* Posts by peterw52

11 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Feb 2018

Half of bosses out of touch with reality, study shows


Once upon a time...

When I started writing programmes in the early 60's I would go into work at anytime of day or night. Admittedly with a batch job turn round of a week to find a miss punched card had buggered the whole compilation it was the only way to make progress. But the main point is I did it because I enjoyed it and getting things right was very satisfying. I was never pushed by my manager to do this although I guess there may have been peers pressure.. I'm sure if I'd had todays remote facilities I would have done things from home ( actually a second floor flat) but I would have still done it!

Anyway as my career progressed I continued in this way, working whatever hours were needed and still enjoying what I did and the friendship of people I worked with. Maybe if I had ever become a consultant and I would have been a bit more protective of my time but I suspect my early conditioning would have won ! Was I been exploited , maybe, but I have no regrets

Airtag clones can sidestep Apple anti-stalker tech


Re: "we condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of our products."

I've always thought were were gods PhD project and now after getting more experience he will have moved on to more positive projects, leaving us at the back of some multi dimensional cupboard

UK government resists pressure to hold statutory inquiry into Post Office Horizon scandal


Read what a judge actually said

For those attacking the judges read the report from Judge Fraser from the Civil trial, he's the one reporting the people for perjury. He shows a vey impressive grasp of what's going on and the procedures involved and really attacks the PO and to a lesser extent FJ.

Follow the link to judgement from here


Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it


Was he serious

Isn't it likely his friend was being slightly sarcastic? He assumed gmail was bad and was just saying 365 was worse!

UK on track to miss even its slashed full-fibre gigabit coverage goals, warn MPs


Re: Openreach foryourwallet

For most of this year Openreach have been installing fibre to the house in my town. In my road they used existing ducts for half of it for the rest they put it in existing poles, in some nearby roads they put up new poles for the fibre although the copper must be in ducts somewhere and for others the dug up the road to install it. The process was very incremental ie each stage was done by a different group with usually weeks between each stage (including the odd visit of quality control) It is in working on the other side of town but is currently in the "available shortly" stage for me

'Following the science' rhetoric led to delay to UK COVID-19 lockdown, face mask rules


Re: Understanding the science

Yes you're right a somewhat cavalier exaggeration, in fact on further research looks like law is the most common degree in the cabinet followed by history. On person with a science degree Alok Sharma with Applied Physics. Hancock did take PPE

Mostly not useful in evaluating the relevance of mathematical models and scientific conjecture?


Understanding the science

I think the whole situation demonstrates that a PPE from Oxford doesn't prepare you for government in this modern world!

Also the rest of the world seems to be doing to us now what we should have done to them in March, pull up the drawbridge, exploit being an island!

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard


Too much credit

I think replies here are giving the council too much credit for conscious intent. I generally judge things as "conspiracy or cock up" and I think this is definitely in the cock up camp. From my knowledge of local councillors they are not clever enough for conspiracy. People who are really good at conspiracy either become criminals or go into the city!

UK's beloved RNGesus machine ERNIE goes quantum in 5th iteration


Then what happens

The thing that's always worried me is what happens post ERNIE. There must be systems taking the output and checking for valid numbers and matching these to actual names and addresses. I assume these will be normal IT systems with all the usual opportunities for errors. It's somewhere in this system that I think my numbers are being lost!

Graphene-wrangler Paragraf slurps a cool £2.9m


golf balls

I can now buy golf balls (Callaway) with a graphine outer cover, said to add 20 yards to a drive! So somebody somewhere is making some in reasonable quantities?

Intel adopts Orwellian irony with call for fast Meltdown-Spectre action after slow patch delivery


Who will distribute any code

I have a 5 year old Dell which they seem determined to ignore and isn't in their list of potential changes, so I asked Which, as our consumer champion, what they thought abut the whole affair. As part of their reply they said any patches from Intel would come via MS updates?!