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Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: It was *supposed* to turn the aeroplane

It would be fun trying to land at somewhere like Turin, where the plane has to fly a corkscrew path to get down

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reminds me of a bug in the radar of those Australian-built high speed catamaran ferries....................apparently if you go over 20 knots the radar reports distances at half their real value. Bug has been there since the first Seacats were built and I understand has never been resolved

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Looking for liquidated damages.........

Looks to me like a deliberate attempt to make the turbine fail the test, so delaying acceptance so the delivery date is missed and damages/penalties became due.

She potentially saved her employer a fortune by discovering the attempt

UK.gov splashes out on 40,000 new devices amid COVID-19-fuelled homeworking boom

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A phone call to NHS England to see how man they've purchased might be interesting............

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

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Huawei gets misty-eyed for the good old days (of a year ago) with maudlin P30 Pro remaster

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What kind of idiot spends £600 on a phone anyway?

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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or Macroshite

Frippin' heck: Watch out, chin-stroking prog rock fans. King Crimson distributor Burning Shed says it's been hacked

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Was the database fracktured?

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The Great Deceiver at work

Microsoft reorg places Surface evangelist Panos Panay as boss of Windows too – report

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Is this the first step of making windows a closed OS, only available on MS equipment?

If windows was tied to the hardware in the same way as Apple software is, then a lot of companies would be in a mess

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees

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Re: Put coffee in non-spill containers

The stewardess may be open and steaming but thats nothing to do with the coffee

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Re: Gobsmacked!

Just ban all humans from the cockpit and rely on the infallible autopilot

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Whisky and porridge


So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

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During my time at Time Computers I regularly got the help desk staff to talk customers through removing hard drives, giving them a sharp rap on the floor and replacing them.

It would free up "frozen" read heads and get the drive working long enough to back up data.

Quite a common problem, especially on 80gb Seagate and Hitachi/IBM drives

If you never thought you'd hear a Microsoftie tell you to stop using Internet Explorer, lap it up: 'I beg you, let it retire to great bitbucket in the sky'

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"and in Java Runtime Environment 8 environments"

That means the whole of the UK NHS

The NHS smart card / single sign on needs a version of Java no newer than Java 8 update 74 - and so do most of the web hosted applications it works with

And then there were two: HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy

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Re: Air Cover?

The P1154?

The heat from the plenum chamber exhaust would on landing be so fierce that it would

1) destroy any surface the aircraft landed on

2) bounce back and melt the aircraft

3) get reingested and destroy the engine

One of the Harrier test pilots, John Farley related on PPRUNE how he regarded the P1154 as a death trap and refused to have anything to do with it

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Re: Fundamentally arrogant and racist

"I do wonder what happened between about 1920 and 1940 to give the Establishment such a false notion of Japan. "

Public awareness of what the Japanese were doing in China and Manchuria, thats what happened

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Re: Bloody Shambles

Where's Lewis Page when you need him?

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data

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Re: 65 million Brits' medical data?

the difference between 56 million and 65 million is the number of patients who have died but haven't been expunged from GP records. In some areas it can be approaching 20% of a GP's list

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Re: NHS ...... ENGLAND?????

Interestingly, NHS Wales recently did a deal to migrate all its GP Surgeries to the Microtest clinical software system exactly because it wasn't convinced that Emis and the other suppliers could comply with either GDPR or its own needs for data security.

The data is held locally, not in the cloud. The fact that the local data servers run an old unsupported version of SCO Unix seems to be ignored


It uses SCO Openserver 6

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Re: NHS ...... ENGLAND?????

Yes - NHS Scotland / Wales / Northern Ireland are devolved and locally controlled

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Interesting that there was no representation from the clinical systems companies on whose cloud servers much of the data sits.

Trying to do this without input from Emis/Vision/SystmOne (for starters) is a bit stupid

Space Force is go, go, go! Because we have a child as President of the United States

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I read somewhere that Jared Kushner was to be given the code name Commander Zero

Asteroid Bennu is flinging particles of dust and rock from its surface – and scientists can't work out why

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I thought you needed river systems to deposit clay?

Uncle Sam challenged in court for slurping social media info on 'millions' of visa applicants

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"........... to submit a list of their social media accounts, both those under their real name and those operated under an alias."

So if you don't tell them about any posted under an alias how will they know?

Make sure phone / laptop doesn't have any shortcuts / favourites / apps installed,clear history and cookies and they'll never know. They're hardly going to check your IP history with your ISP to see where you've been browsing. Are they????

Moby or not Moby. That is the question: Docker devs debate fate of unloved rebranding

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Re: Whale I never

allegedly related

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Whoever chose that name was a bit of a dick


damn, beaten to it

Blood, snot and fear: Why the travelling lone tech reporter should always knock twice

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It happened to me........

In a Holiday Inn in Charlotte SC

Lying down on the bed naked, tired after work having a damned good scratch.

Door flies open, middle aged attractive woman walks in, takes one look at me and freezes........

"What are you doing in my room?" she said

"Its my room - I was here first, but you can stay if you want. Fancy a beer?"

She politely declined the beer and exited backwards, staring at my exposed parts.

Ah well.............

Red hangs up the Hydrogen phone as firm exits handset business

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Who? Never heard of them

And this is news?

A company no-one has heard of, run by a bloke no-one has heard of, stops making a phone no-one has heard of, or purchased

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?

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A few years back we were working through all the GP surgeries in Cumbria, upgrading them to Windows 7. At the same time we were migrating them all to the Cumbria CCG domain. We had five teams, spread across the county.

All went well, until after around four weeks we hit a snag: the domain admin account we were all using kept getting locked. This went on for two weeks, with one day the lock happening thirty times. As you can imagine, it caused chaos - the domain admin account was knocked out for the whole of the County

Eventually I tracked it down to one faulty keyboard - the J and M keys were connected with a piece of plastic flash so if you pressed one you got both.......

Needless to say, the team working on that site got some ribald comments.

Never liked using HP keyboards after that

Repairability fiends crack open a Surface Laptop 3: Nice SSD, but shame about the battery

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Torx plus?

I know what Torx screws are, whats "Torx plus"?

Assange fails to delay extradition hearing as date set for February

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Unable to think?

Unable to think and he's cultivating an impression of senility.

Sounds like he's going to try the Ernest Saunders defence in an attempt to avoid the court case

RAF pilot seconded to Virgin Orbit for three years of launching rockets from a 747

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Re: It'll be interesting

Simple answer

Gerry Anderson showed us how to do it with the Zero-X

Philips kills dependence on its Hue hub, pointing to a Bluetooth world

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$15 for a lightbulb?

Has the world gone mad?

Bloody vultures! Cheeky Spanish paraglider firm pinched El Reg's mascot

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One of them big buzzards dumping on your parachute could give you a bad day.........

US Air Force probes targeted malware attack, blames... er, the US Navy? What?

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Re: How touching

Humanoid giants?

So special forces hunt trolls? That should clean up the interwebs

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but......aren't all journalists criminals anyway?

Now Chinese-made drones rubbing US govt up the Huawei: 'Strong concerns' DJI kit threat to national security

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The UK government is currently worried by the rapid expansion over the last two years of the chinese into the massage parlour industry in the UK

The number of parlours, and the number of chinese girls working in them is growing exponentially and is seen as a deliberate policy by the chinese underworld gangs. Besides the money earned from prostitution, the parlours are fronts for laundering the cash from more exotic crimes, and gives the chinese government a ready support network for the increasing number of spies embedded in British industry

Who pwns the watchmen? Maybe Russians selling the source code for three US antivirus vendors

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Mcafee, Symantec but who else?!?

No great loss there with those two........

crap software that gums machines up

Taylor drift: Finally, a use for AI emerges? Cyber-smut star films fsck-flick in Tesla with Autopilot, warns: 'I wouldn't recommend it'

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Re: Never Tesla employees

I never reaslised Americans had car insurance.......so health insurance isn't compulsory but car insurance is?

Weird country

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Re: Easy part

and a few humps in the road

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In space next?

Where Tesla leads, Spacex follows

Woke up on Wednesday, expecting a SpaceX launch? Surprise! It got postponed

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but have the Americans got any unused Soyuz credits left? Thought I'd read somewhere they'd used all the rides they'd paid for.

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What happens if they need a spare part sending up to fix the problem?

Brit events and info biz Incisive Media admits open server port may have left readers deets exposed

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I've not logged onto that site for so many years that I'd forgotten my password........can anyone tell me what it is?

Not another pro-Brexit demo... though easy to confuse: Each Union Jack marks a pile of poo

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best cure for a dog turd problem is a herd of free-range pigs, they'll soon scoff up any shit

Welcome your new ancestor to the Homo family tree; boffins have discovered a new tiny species of human

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Must have been a pygmy rhino

Patch blues-day: Microsoft yanks code after some PCs are rendered super secure (and unbootable) following update

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causing havoc in parts of the NHS, thankfully not in mine

London's Metropolitan Police arrest Julian Assange

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Whats the cheapest flight to Australia? Via the USA with a stopover???

We don't need to extradite him, just deport him in the right direction and let the yanks worry about the legalities when the aircraft lands for refueling


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