saw a program, about building planes...one of the new Airbus? (have not currently googled the details)...France's software ran in one unit (inches or cm), Germany's software ran in the other. it went right thro to the end, meant miles of cabling around the aircraft was the wrong size/didn't fit. cost so much to rectify & rebuild, the commercial version of the aircraft had to be ditched (pun not intended).
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Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted 'figures in millions'
Laughing UK health secretary launches COVID-19 Test and Trace programme with glitchy website and no phone app
NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?
Re: now if someone could produce a wireless mechanical keyboard...
oo. not bad...
wireless and lit up - could be good. do the lights majorly affect battery life? guessing they can be turned off. altho backlit like that can be very nice.
rechargeable using optional USB cable, or just battery? *hints for focus group*.
flat keys...any makers want to make regular switch/keytop type keyboards? I'm not into the 'chiclet' thing yet. there are at least 2 types of cherry keys I might be interested in, the regular light-resistance action (red, I think), and non-clicky tactile 9can;t remember which, possibly light grey).
I used to like Logitech (mice, at least), haven't since some of their recent (well, 5 years ago) products. their setpoint software is *horrible*. (want to reassign mouse buttons? they become "mouse button 1", "mouse button 2", "mouse button 3" 4 and 5. (as opposed to left click, right click, wheel). but, re this article, ok, good.
now if someone could produce a wireless mechanical keyboard (they don't seem to exist?) https://i.ytimg.com/vi/3FJPGpwyzOA/maxresdefault.jpg they might have a customer/market.
half related, but there's a popular online review site (either 'trust'pilot or sitejabber, can't remember which, both sites definitely have their integrated dodgyness - and I'm not talking about fake reviews). when you contact them, "if" you get a reply, the email subject says:
"your ticket has been solved/closed"
at the end of the message, it says "please reply if you have questions".
*why* do some people find the internet confusing? no idea...
We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump
Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much
it's only semi-related, but the amount of censorship on the BBC news Have Your Say comment section is starting to annoy me (the election brought it all out).
I have a feeling that the BBC doesn't want a comments section. that's why it makes the comment software as annoying to use as possible, and gives so many options for reporting comments.
I'm into reporting as many comments on there as possible. I often get quite a few hits. some of them on comments which seem perfectly fine to me. its a side-hobby. hopefully people will get put-off using the site because they get censored.
Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...
Hey, China. Maybe you should have held your hackers off for a bit while COVID-19 ravaged the planet. Just a suggestion
Sadly, the web has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase 'nothing is true; everything is permitted'
Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens
nice to know. I'm on a VX912, at least 10 yrs old. (I've replaced the cap on the power board). it's been giving occasional jip (fleeting horizontal pink lines across mostly the lower right hand part of the monitor when I have a USB hub connected). I'm thinking of a Dell U2419 when this eventually goes
lots of interesting informations there. thanks.
reminded me of a couple of eg's I had
used to be a technician for a company that supplied CD copiers. one of our customers was a barracks (fair play, not a lot wrong with them). the guy that met us in the copy room, said "don't tell these guys how to work these copiers (I mainly just replaced the bits that went wrong). they are corporals, you know. they're in charge of ships, they win wars, they don't need to be told anything".
also, different place. we had a new computer in the test room. case off. it had a bracket in it. the sales guy was showing a customer around. he gave the bracket a tap and said "look at that build quality, solid". I happened to know, that if he'd done anything more than give it a tap (ie, tried to move it), it would have come out of the machine.
This episode of Black Mirror sucks: London cops boast that facial-recog creepycams will be on the streets this year
yeah the specific thing I might be thinking about is "do you have to give the police your details in the street" or something. I've seen footage of people refusing to give information that I'm assuming the policemanwoman they were dealing with, were "hoping" the member of the public wouldn't be aware that they didn't have to provide. eg, "what's your name" "I don't have to give you my name", or something like that
Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally
Another free web course to gain machine-learning skills (thanks, Finland), NIST probes 'racist' face-recog – and more
Want to live long and prosper? Avoid pirated, malware-laden Star Wars free vid streams – and pay to watch instead
does this mean that next time I submit something to Action Fraud, I'll get a reply or even an acknowledgement that my submitted data exists? w w w . a c t i o n f r a u d . p o l i c e . u k . don't answer. hangon. you didn't. (by the way, it would be really, really amazing, if action fraud also bought up .com and .co.uk domains. so that...you know....people over 60 (or something) don't get really strange websites when they type in a website url they don't know exists. just. you know. webbernet stuff)
You leak our secrets? We'll leak your book sales, speech fees – into our coffers: Uncle Sam wins royalties fight against Edward Snowden
Valuable personal info leaks from Facebook – not Zuck selling it, unencrypted hard drives of staff data stolen
"so far there is no indication of the purloined details being used for fraud", it's really weird, how when you tell an insurance company that or a bank, they immediately cancel whatever it is you had, and issue you with a new one. ie, "they have no idea". when do we get Libra? or when does Facebook go back to being number 3 ranked on alexa? like it hasn't been for a couple of months.
PSA: You are now in the timeline where Facebook and pals are torn a new one by, er, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen
I told Jeremy Corbyn I want hoverboards. he said he could do that. he asked me what they were, I said there was a network of peters, which he could access through a competer. if he used something called goggle, he could find out what hoverboards were on a competer. he said he'd do that, and I'd have my hoverboard by 14th December.
This won't end well. Microsoft's AI boffins unleash a bot that can generate fake comments for news articles
Capital One gets Capital Done: Hacker swipes personal info on 106 million US, Canadian credit card applicants
the sneak peak of the new twitter seems to have all the text next to the icons gone. and no 'hover over' feature.
also google maps seems to collapse every menu option unless you click it's 'reveal' arrow. no idea why some (older? or other) people find the net confusing..
but I guess actually having information on-screen would make viewing on a smartphone difficult...
DeepNude deep-nuked: AI photo app stripped clothes from women to render them naked. Now, it's stripped from web
The seven deadly sins of the 2010s: No, not pride, sloth, etc. The seven UI 'dark patterns' that trick you into buying stuff
although....careful with possible complacency. I've been using ther 'net since ~1995. A couple of months ago, I had fraud for the first time. downloaded an infected file, virus scanner went nuts for a couple of minutes. and my hotmail junk folder got a strange receipt for a £200 delivery sent to Scotland (not where I live).
what I didn't do, was run malwarebytes. 3 days later, my paypal was (correctly) frozen as £700 had been ('suspiciously') spent on it, by someone else. paypal accepted liability, refunded me. (malwarebytes picked up about 200 items). happy ending to that one. fair do's to paypal.
since 1996 or so, the only drive I've had going wrong (apart from a seperate IDE controller which went in 96 ish) was a maxtor 40GB, and that was pretty much my own fault because I ran it in a 'quiet' enclosure without the metal heat sink brackets, it overheated and started developing errors. mostly running 500GB sata western digital blues now (apart from my hitachi 2TB external). the annoying thing with two IDE western dig's I have is they can't be used on docking stations because of the jumper configuration.