Company where I used to work we had different networks for staff (green) and visitors (blue) - the network ports were colour coded to aid selection. One day all the networking for staff and guests went haywire. Took a while to find out that someone, whilst bored in a meeting, had used a patch cable to link the two networks together...
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Re: Bigger Oops
Indeed, this taken from SpaceX's website:
On Wednesday, November 10 at 9:03 p.m. EST, 2:03 UTC on November 11, SpaceX and NASA launched Dragon’s third long-duration operational crew mission (Crew-3) to the International Space Station from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed on the “A Shortfall of Gravitas" droneship.
On Thursday, November 11 at approximately 7:10 p.m. EST, 00:10 UTC on November 12, Dragon will autonomously dock with the space station. Follow Dragon and the Crew-3 astronauts during their flight to the International Space Station on the tracker below.
No mention of the best dunking biscuit there is - the Malted Milk
My top list would be biased against anything with chocolate (though that was not always the case so will allow Plain Chocolate Digestives an honorary top-rank rating based on my younger days), but how can the Malted Milk not be there in the list?
Shorties also make a good dunking biscuit, preferable the rectangular one rather than the round ones...
I would drive 100 miles and I would drive 100 more just to be the man that drove 200 miles to... hit the enter key
Re: "So my urgent 200-mile round trip ended, …
Not clear from the story what the old server was needed for after the new one was put in place, but assuming it was needed then replacing a duff keyboard seems like a better bet than changing the BIOS to ignore errors... well, that would be my thinking. Oh, and next time he would have known to ask someone to check the KVM for errors.
As a side note, in a previous job we had a server which had a BIOS error on reboot which was annoying when working remotely. One solution would have been a remote-access KVM switch, but they were more money than the boss was willing to spend. The server was eventually retired.
Is it just me or is there a flaw in the logic here?
I'm sure there is flaw in my logic, but if two objects are co-orbiting each other, if one is able to grow large enough to encompass the other, would that not happen with whichever grew to super-giant state first?
[Edit] A quick skim of the paper (thanks for the link) suggests that there is more going on than the suggestion of just the size of the second star growing - there is talk of inspiraling which means they get closer together later.
Vivo X60 Pro: Branding was plastered all over the Euros, but does the phone perform better than the English team?
Re: I'd be much happier...
At least that has a top speed higher than 90kph - looked at the Twizzy but the limited top speed to qualify as a quadracycle means it's not appropriate when many of the roads near me are national speed limit; being stuck at 50mph means causing frustration for other drivers and possible accidents when they try to overtake.
Galaxy quest: Yet another sub-£500 phone comes to trouble mobile big dogs in the form of Realme GT 5G
Re: Just a grunt
An assumption is that org charts are not cyclic... something which isn't always true. Fixed an issue years back when a client complained that their CEO seemed to be reporting to one of the cleaning staff (who had a manager, so on up the chain to the CEO again). Turned out the CEO had a blank "manager's personnel number" attribute and the IT system had matched it to the first temporary employee who didn't have a personnel number... was a nice easy fix that one :-)
Re: Why has this not happened already?
I'd hope they already had a plan on how to switch to a backup module, which they knew worked because it was tested before launch [Edit: it does say in the article "done numerous times during testing of the hardware before launch and the operations procedures for doing this are in place"], but having never done space engineering it could be that things don't work out the way you expect. Visions of a small robot arm unplugging a DIMM and trying to get the replacement to click into place are probably not how they will do it ;-)
Further edit: My question was also based on "Degraded memory modules are easy to workaround thanks to spare components NASA installed in the telescope before launch", but of course I forgot that "easy" means "easy compared to other stuff in space" not "easy" in the more common sense.
Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'
Fail-back is just as important as fail-over
Doing DR pre-testing with a client in a non-production environment to make sure the steps looked right for when we did actual DR testing in production, the only issue we hit was during the fail-back a week after the fail-over when the DBA picked the wrong backup to restore from the secondary to the primary data centre and nobody noticed until after the replication from primary to secondary had been turned back on that we'd lost the week of data from the fail-over...
Another reason for testing fail-over and fail-back with a sensible time separation because if it had been done on the same day we may not have noticed the mix-up of backup files.
My work and personal mobiles both allow you to select 64 megapixel resolution, but default to 16 megapixel using pixel binning, so some Motorola and Asus android phones do let you choose. My previous personal phone (up to earlier this week) also allowed native 38 megapixel or 5 megapixel (though 38 megapixel also included a 5 megapixel version), it was doing this seven plus years ago.
Re: Transparent screens?
Correct, not as a replacement for a traditional screen, but there are use cases (including HUD for cars where I think there are already some examples - sorry no citation) and the sensible ways of using such tech will come along once we have it. Remember how going from CRTs to LCDs meant there were now ways to do something not possible before...
Re: Transparent screens?
Just found this: https://www.lg.com/uk/business/transparent-oled-signage
No thanks to a camera behind the screen
With a webcam in the bezel you can have a shutter or other way to physically block it - once it is somewhere behind the screen (a) will you know exactly where and (b) how can you block it?
Phones have a solution to this, even if not elegant, but you could put a small sticker over the selfie cam if needed...
Re: I'm a leaver
Ah so much anger still - you won!
FWIW, I don't have any say in who gets appointed to the cabinet in the UK, nor who will be a special advisor to the PM, etc. so to be honest it's not that much different. The voting system for the EU parliament was much fairer than what we use the UK which you can tell because UKIP / The Brexit Party managed to win lots of seats in the EU elections but almost nothing in the UK elections.
I voted remain and would much rather the EU did a better job - but the cool thing is, EU member states can do their own thing as long as they bother to think for themselves. However, our chance (however small) to fix the EU has passed, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens next.
Re: AKA: People
"There was a vote; most people voted to leave" - I think you want the word you were looking for was "more" not "most". Fewer than 50% of eligible voters expressed a desire to leave, but the leave vote won because a million fewer expressed a desire to remain. Happy to be down-voted for clarifying...
Re: take care when abroad
Hotel safe = illusion of security.
Rather than stopping anyone stealing your stuff they are they to stop (1) casual theft from your room, e.g. when it is being cleaned and someone pops in claiming it is their room, and (2) the insurance company saying you have not taken suitable precautions. On point 2, I have no idea if that would actually work, so probably a case of illusion of insurance too. Just glad I never had to find out the hard way what happens if someone does take stuff from your hotel safe.
Re: FUD by chololennon
I used to find Cortana on my Windows phone really helpful and still miss the ability to set reminders, send texts by voice, etc. because Microsoft decided that they didn't want to keep it going on a platform where there was no competition. So I have no problem with it being pulled from platforms where there is an alternative. I know that Alexa tries her best, but "she" seems to lack the whimsy which Cortana had...
'Imagine' if Virgin Galactic actually did sub-orbital tourism: Firm unveils new chrome job on SpaceShip III
John Cleese ‘has a bridge to sell you’, suggests $69,346,250.50 price to top Beeple's virtual art record
I did read it, but I voted remain so that could explain it...
Full disclosure, I voted remain and would have much preferred it to have been (as originally intended) an advisory referendum so the government could have found out how pissed off people were with the EU, our relationship with the EU, etc. My personal opinion is that the pro-leave vote could have been greater if the choices were "Happy with how things are AND don't mind where they end up" vs. "Not happy with how they are AND/OR want to get asked how things end up". If it had been such a question, I would have picked the 2nd option and hopefully we could then have had a constructive discussion on how to fix things. However, I now know that is a naive approach to take and this was going to get polarised whatever way it was tackled. So instead we got BBC Parliament becoming the most popular live UK channel for a while and more vitriol on the internet than I though possible.
My guess is that I may get some up-votes, I may get some down-votes, I may get a reply and some people may choose not to read what I wrote (which is all fair).
Intel CPU interconnects can be exploited by malware to leak encryption keys and other info, academic study finds
The QL had the potential to be a good machine, but the price with FDD was going to be too much so it was saddled with micro-drives, too little RAM and much of the potential of the M68k wasted. Once you made use of the excellent expansion potential (card inside the machine rather than a box hanging off the outside) to add FDDs and memory it was an OK machine - only by then it was too late and too expensive. I had two with a "network" between them just to see how it worked...
EDIT: Prior to the QL, I as a non-Sinclair user so probably should not be commenting on ZX81 articles, my early days were using a Sharp MZ-80K followed by an Oric1 and an Oric Atmos (friends were in the Acorn cam with Atoms, BBCs and Electrons). While I did have the odd dealing with ZX80, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum machines it was the firesale QLs which caught my imagination.
Re: Road access
My parents were in Tomintoul for around a decade at the end of the 20th century, used to visit them in the summer and winter - so I am familiar with the A939 and the Lecht Road was usually the first to close in the winter (and I too remember it featuring on the news).
I even stopped one August evening on the way back from Aberdeen because it was (just) snowing as you reached the top from the Cockbridge side. Of course, these days the snow isn't as reliable as it used to be...
MediaTek's latest Dimensity phone chippery is 25 per cent faster than its predecessor, supports 200MP cameras
Re: "more pixels doesn't automatically mean better pictures"
When I first got my Lumia 1020 the high pixel count (given good light levels) was really something which I found useful. However, an update (Denim I think) messed with the image processing and after that any full resolution photos start to look like "art" when you zoom in too much. Real shame because the camera used to be one of the main features of the 1020 :-(
Just for reference, it's not a tripod
If you go to the Royal Mint website he says:
The characters in War of the Worlds have been depicted many times, and I wanted to create something original and contemporary. My design takes inspiration from a variety of machines featured in the book - including tripods and the handling machines which have five jointed legs and multiple appendages.
Atari threatens to hit fourth VCS shipping deadline, provides pictures of boxes as proof of product delivery
NHS COVID-19 app's first weekend: With fundamental testing flaw ironed out, bugs remaining are relatively trivial
What about checking out?
I don't have the app myself (being one of the handful of Windows Phone 8.1 users) but when I saw someone using it at our church yesterday I asked them about the features. They could not work out how to check out at the end of the service, so I wonder if this is just a lack of user training or if there really is no way to say "I am NOT here now". Last thing you want is to be told to isolate because someone who tests positive turned up after you had gone!
Re: Employ people you trust, trust people you employ
While I agree with almost all of what you say for non-sensitive data, the key thing is to separate that which is legitimate access (and yes, it is annoying when you are blocked from something you need for no good reason) and having staff with too much access just in case. Any organisation which does not take this seriously is likely to be a news headline some day.
Re: Performance Upgrade
Ah, you forget the most important part - changing the stickers on the outside to the correct colour for the new level of performance (apparently a much harder job than the actual upgrade).
IIRC the machines were too expensive so they did slower versions to recoup the development costs - so the upgrade was just undoing the delay introduced to make the cheaper version. In modern times this has happened with CPUs when there were too few defects to give the cheaper versions so they just fused off some good bits (and it was even possible to undo this on certain Athlon models).
Microsoft spills beans on release, pricing for folding fancyphone: Start your Surface Duo engines now
You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit
Did it still do the dump?
Just wondering because if all he did was add the lines to set the value to zero and write back the record, there should be a copy of the pre-update data in the dump file. Possibly not a lot of help, but sometimes you are blessed and have a "last updated" date/time on the record which can be used to find any updates made since the backup...
Of course, this is back when every byte counted so adding "helpful" attributes which were rarely used was considered wasteful.