Re: iTunes more important than pandemic?
Jeez, we must know the same 'august colleague!
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I would prefer the £6k going toward a scheme to re-power existing diesels/petrol to electric. I really don't like the idea of so many serviceable vehicles being crushed when they could be re-powered, saving all the energy etc required to build a new car from scratch. Also, this sort of scheme would allow a lot more small scale operators to set up conversion factories, or local garages to set it up a useful side scheme. Also local electronic companies could start concentrating on building conversion kits and the associated 'smart' electronics to manage them. Other engineering firms could build kit for the KERS systems to be retrofitted. and battery storage kits to replace fuel tanks etc.
how many nuclear power stations have been FULLY decommissioned, with the old fuel stored safely for the next few thousand years, and at what cost?
and nuclear is not carbon free by any stretch. How do you think the fuel source is prospected, mined, transported and processed in the huge nuclear power stations that are mostly built and maintained using largely carbon generated energy?
It seems implied to me that these crooks (and GCHQ) will be granted access to NHS records regardless of whether you have installed the NHS App or not, or am I missing something?
The arseholes really are a piece of work aren't they. This whole App seems to have been conceived as a commercial opportunity first, with a possible side benefit to public health. They were so hungry to commercialise it that they forgot about the small issues of GDPR, security and that many people distrust them and keep an eye out for their tricks.
Expect a continuous stream of this sort of nonsense as trade agreements are being drawn up with the US and others.
Actually, train travel in India is very good as long as you're not in 'General Ticket' class. The S or A class carriages are particularly good, roomy, clean, comfortable, AC and a food service. They provide newly laundered sheets and pillows for the overnight sleepers. And I'm pretty sure they're made it illegal to travel on the roof of the trains over there now. As long as I had time I would prefer to use the train to flying because they are so good, and very cheap.
'General Ticket' class is another matter, there's no way I'd use that especially now with Covid19 aroud. We had to use that once a few years on a 14 hour trip from Goa to Bangalore as we couldn't get anything on the other classes because it was a public holiday. Getting on was like the Pamplona bull run, the carriage was full, and I mean totally full seats, under seats, floor and luggage racks within about 10 seconds. We had to stand amongst the people on the floor for about the first 6-7 hrs, although the kids were given some space on a luggage rack. The train split at some point with half going to Mumbai. When the new engine connected the bump caused the toilet to overflow and it flowed in to the passenger cabin! After a couple of hours it dried so people started sitting on the floor again. Was a very long night that one.
So the Gov't keeps saying they have done all they can...
The investigation by BBC Panorama found that vital items were left out of the stockpile when it was set up in 2009 and that the government subsequently ignored a warning from its own advisers to buy missing equipment.
Why some NHS workers are wearing bin bags
Are NHS staff getting enough protective gear?
The expert committee that advises the government on pandemics, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), recommended the purchase of gowns last June.
And now, trying to relax the lock-down with having mass scale testing or track and trace in place...recipe for a 2nd wave...we could be stuck with this for years...
A lot more protected now, but the IDCAMS DELETE USERCATALOG FORCE command was a pretty effective way to ruin yours and anyone nearby's life, at the very least for many hours, more if no effective backups in place.That's about as much as I want to remember of that horror show, getting to old to deal with it now, so do nothing at all where possible.
had one of those moments back in the 80's...days when there was issues with some of the old SLED disks started to lose their rust. Had one reporting errors so was asked to copy it to a spare just in case. Proceeded to do this using a very familiar utility I used daily, but not normally for disk to disk copy, usually disk to tape. Unbeknown to me, the copy function targeted DD statements in the reverse of a disk to tape backup, which meant I copied an empty spare disk over top of the live one! This wasn't immediately apparent as it was the mastercatalog volume which is largely static data and is mostly held on memory once first read, so the system carried on quite happily until something tried to update something on the volume but found it couldn't, because the volume was now effectively empty with no VTOC directory. Then came the realisation moment and having to fess up to the boss. Given the nature of the volume we realised that just restoring it from a backup would be OK, just wait until later in the day when we could afford to restart the system after a stand alone restore. So, next was to find a record of the last backup of this volume. Looking through the inventory I couldn't actually find one. Oh shit! The next step was having to find and wade through piles of line-flow paper to find any record of a backup. Please, any 'kin record! Eventually found it as one line on one single page at the bottom of one of the piles, which took about 2hrs. The backup was a bit old, but it was the only option available, and it was used to do a successful recovery and no actual harm done.
After that unpleasant experience I then audited the backup inventory and found many holes in it. This lead me to do a complete rewrite and revamp of the whole disaster backup and recovery strategy, which included both backup and recovery information generated at primary and secondary sites.
Never had an issue in working for or with women, it's not an issue. Most I get on with, some I don't, just like blokes.Merit where it's due.
Having women around does seem to make guys behave in a bit more mature way, and maybe that's what some don't like. And there are certainly some men who just don't seem to able to abide having a women in control. Sad, weak, bastards.
For simplicity I feel a transaction tax would be effective and simpler to administer. A transaction would be taxed in the physical jurisdiction it takes place which would be indisputable. It should also include any internal transfer pricing transactions. The larger the value of the transaction then graduate the tax accordingly to prevent artificial aggregation of smaller transactions. This would level the playing field between smaller and large business.
I'm sure most of those whinging about the 'exhorbitant contractor rates' here have never been contractors and experienced what it really means. It can be good money but it definitely takes it's toll in other ways as many have outlined.
I can confidently say that contractor productivity is significantly higher than their permie counterparts in most cases as the motivation is quite different. You stand on your own merits and only get rewarded for your own direct efforts, and you have to stay ahead of the game with the tools and business practices.
I've been on both sides of the fence and permie's take the piss in numerous ways, through sick (i.e. a terrible fecking hangover, or just can't be arsed) leave, over inflated overtime, self promotion on the back of others efforts, being obstructive to save their own positions etc etc, etc.
the 360 was carbon core memory, pre-silicon. I worked on a 360/40 with 48k main memory running DOS back in the mid 70's. Then moved to another place running the 370/125 which was considerably more advanced and included a screen for the master console, rather than the golf ball typewriter of the 360.
this is 100% about chilling any journalist, or whistle blower, or anyone, from outing information the Gov't doesn't want you to know about. That is even where it is murderous, illegal, anti democratic and downright dangerous.
Assange is the one that will feel the brunt of this, but the knock on affects to journalism and in fact democracy as a whole are terrifying.
And yet all the other media outlets who fed off Wikileaks for years republishing a lot of the same material are walking away scot free.
agreed. That combined with open plan where you always have some noisy tw4t at the other end of the orifice talking loudly to their mobile or anyone they hope will listen. WFH is a pleasure by comparison, and much more productive, for me anyway. And losing the commute through London is a major plus.
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