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I remember annoying my parents with Big Trak's laser. I was lucky enough to have the dumper trailer too!
I've seen Big Trak being sold again in the shops. It looks smaller than I remember it. (Just like Curly Wurlys)
I always wondered if Big Trak was the inspiration for the truck in Lunar Jetman
Re: Just wondering
Well someone claims that a swan's neck makes the best bog paper..
14 hours to fix the largest air traffic control communication system in Europe sounds pretty good going to me.
Without taking it off-line!
Aren't we being a bit too negative here?
There's no denying the fact that there was a problem with a computer system at NATS at the weekend, and that this problem caused problems to the travelling public.
Using backup procedures, they managed to perform 80% of their normal workload. I'd say that's pretty darn good!
Beers all round for everyone who undoubtedly worked their butts off to keep things running.
Re: Flashing news!
One scary thought emerges. IF these applications work fine in Chrome/Firefox, then does that mean that IE11 is now more standards compliant than Chrome and Firefox? Scary thought!
I suspect they're sniffing the browser agent string and sending different content to different browsers.
I hear that IE11 breaks Sharepoint too.
Way to go Microsoft!
Re: How about a little perspective here?
To be fair, there are slightly different design points here. Falcon 9 starts out being able to lift 13,000kg to LEO. The SLS is designed to lift 70,000kg into LEO.
The Falcon 9 Heavy is designed for 21,2000kg to LEO. The second revision of the SLS is designed to lift 130,000kg to LEO. (Which is greater than what Saturn V could achieve)
I'm not dismissing the amazing achievements of Space-X (or their low prices compared to NASA), just pointing out that comparing SLS & Falcon-9 isn't a simple apples to apples comparison.
If we want to go down this route of purely looking at cost, what about the $74m India has spent to send a probe to Mars? Shall we ignore the fact that their launch vehicle, the PSLV can only lift 1,300kg into LEO?
Finally, how much of what Space-X (and India) have achieved is built on the knowledge gained from the NASA & Russian space programmes? Being first is always more expensive as you have to make the mistakes and learn the lessons.
(All figures from the trustable Wikipedia)
I can understand fresh transactions being declined if there were IT problems. But how could already committed transactions suddenly disappear?
Enquiring minds wish to know.
Re: OF COURSE I still have my TRS-80! Are you mental??
do people remember those thermal printers that were everywhere? The ones that printed on the silver rolls of paper and faded just about instantly in the sunlight?
Ah, the Sinclair ZX Printer....
Re: the problem is subsidised handsets
The problem is people get seduced by "free device" marketing. They can't be bothered to do some basic primary school maths to work out that they're getting shafted.
A fool and his money are easily parted...
I can't speak for consumer contracts, but in business contracts, Blackberry tariffs ARE different to all other tariffs. This is because they ensure your data gets routed through a BES or a BIS. You usually found the Blackberry tariff was worse that a normal smartphone tariff. They also went a step further and if you put a non-Blackberry SIM into a Blackberry ('cause it's cheaper), they'd block you.
Apple have a second money-making string with iPhones & iPads.
If you have an iPhone or iPad specific tariff, the carrier pays Apple a cut of the monthly fee. Those in the know, tell their operator they only have an Android phone and save a few quid every month.
This has nothing to do with hardware purchase subsidies.
What's the difference between an "extraordinary" proof and a run-of-the-mill one?
In the context of nuclear fusion, a bit more than "Trust me that it does what I say it does"!
Why is amanfrommars posting anonymously?
Once again showing that Christmas is no longer a Christian religious festival, but an excuse to spend, eat & drink too much.
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof."
Truzzi, Sagan, et al
Re: Why are the names of the two female accomplices being kept secret?
May be they are related to some of the abuse victims?
Re: "We don't have to worry about market share"
Surely it doesn't matter if you have 1% market share or 99% market share, what matters is making a profit.
After all, a 99% market share is useless if you make a loss on every widget you sell.
Re: How the fcuk...
I'm sure Novell, WordPerfect, Ashton Tate, et al would like to know the answer to that question too...
150 failed devices may seem a lot. But we need to know out of how many in total are shipped, before we can make a meaningful observation. And if we're being thorough, we should compare these figures against those of HDDs.
The new law needs to make two major changes to legislation regarding unsolicited calls:
1 - There must be just one body to complain to. At the moment, complaints are split between the ICO and OFCOM (and possibly even the financial regulators too)
2 - Levying fines against the people/companies making the calls is not enough. Many of them are outside UK jurisdiction. If the companies making the calls are outside the UK, then the UK company contracting their services must be fined. I know this isn't perfect as you could use a chain of off-shore companies to hide the trail, but this does raise the bar.
Lastly, the law needs to be enforced, with meaningful punishments. A £10K fine probably isn't going to make much difference to some companies. (I wouldn't be surprised if some of the companies factor in the cost of fines into their business plans.)
Re: The galaxies are colliding?!!?
We'll all be murdered in our beds!
I'd have thought it more likely that our bed would be burning
Re: One word
We've done it in training. Each student has one PC running ESXi, with ESXi, VCentre and Windows VMs inside it. It worked quite well.
I can also see its use when doing proof-of-concept work with ESXi, VCentre, etc.
Not sure why you'd do it in production, though...
Re: Why always so wrong
Yes, but why bother doing the calculation in the first place - I mean the result will obviously be 42...?
The calculation is to work out what the question is. We already know the answer.
So they tested their new software on a few servers, then hit the big button to roll it out worldwide at once? I've never run an operation the size of Azure, but I'm fairly certain I wouldn't do everywhere all at once.
Read the news reports of Google, Amazon & Facebook releasing new features, and you see them slowly release their new features across their different geographical locations.
More detail elsewhere
There are more details on the Prenda cases on other news websites. Ars Technica often has reporters at Prenda hearings. El Reg just reports the headlines (otften a day or two after everyone else).
For those wondering if Prenda will face more than just returning payments and paying costs, judges in different states are reporting Prenda to state bars and at least one has reported them to the FBI.
One of the problems the judges are having at the moment is trying to unpick who exactly is in charge of Prenda and all the shell companies. The Prenda staff/lawyers are claiming a guy called Alan Cooper is in charge. The only Alan Cooper to come forward so far is a mild mannered janitor for one of the lawyers at Prenda and is claiming no knowledge of any of this.
Re: Makes you think....
I suppose the original value of the charts was to help record shops decide what to stock.
If memory serves, the charts were first created when a DJ phoned round a couple of their local record stores to see what people were buying.
I think it unlikely there will be any radical shake-up of Microsoft unless Gates goes too.
"You can't sing, you can't play, you look awful. You'll go a long way."
Re: Busted accounts - does it really matter?
Exactly. For sites that I want to use that need a login for no real reason, I lie and use crap passwords. For sites that store real information about me, I use secure passwords generated by a password manager.
Re: Will they block themselves?
keep calling asking if I want to upgrade my account
If you're an existing customer of a company, the TPS rules don't apply.
TPS only applies if the company has never had any dealings with you.
Whilst I applaud TalkTalk's noble aim, I can't see it stopping many of the scammers. At our place, we get calls from:
- Invalid phone numbers
- Fake phone numbers,
- Number withheld.
We've also experienced one UK outfit using a DDI block for outdialing. We're thinking of putting a bar on a block of 100 numbers which all appear to come from one marketing/scamming company.
We don't get many presenting an International phone number, though.
I can easily see Cisco building software to enable corporates (& resellers) to run their own clouds on Cisco hardware. But I can't see Cisco selling cloud services direct to end users a la Amazon, et al.
I think the Reg's bye-line of blaming a lone sysadmin is a bit harsh on the sysadmin. Sure, the final error was that the sysadmin didn't do it right. But surely the larger error was the company not having better deployment procedures in place to reduce human error?
The Phone 8 update will also include a driver mode
All my mobile phones have had a dedicated button to enable driver mode. It's called the off button.
Re: Few things..
It's a UK police force trying to get a Canadian company to do something about a company based in Singapore.
Re: "Our priority will be to find ways to do this that respect the interests of consumers."
I think you misunderstand who Microsoft think is the consumer of this service ;-)
If we didn't have all these space missions using the Earth to sling-shot themselves into the solar system and stealing our rotational speed, we wouldn't need these pesky leap seconds that seem to be causing so much grief recently.
Why, oh, why, won't someone think of the little 'uns?
Introvertedness is often associated with people on the Austism/Asperger's spectrum. (Yes it's a spectrum, not a plain black/white diagnosis)
This list I find can be quite useful for NT's about how introverts/Aspis/Autistics interact differently.
What's in it for the average consumer?
From analogue tape to CD, the advantage for the average consumer was obviously better quality and easier to select the track you wanted. (Although the format was a bit more fragile compared to tape)
From CD to MP3 the advantage was portability. You could cram hundreds of tracks into a small package. (with the introduction of slightly poorer quality and DRM)
But from CD/MP3 to all these high-def formats: What's in it for the consumer? Bugger all. How many people sit down and listen to music from a HiFi system, compared to those listening on the move? You're just not going to hear the difference with all the background noise while on the daily commute/treadmill/etc.
Agreed. Cisco have got previously tried and failed to enter the consumer area, so I doubt they'd have any interest in the phone part of the business.
Car acting as a hotspot for passenger devices, and being able to download latest traffic information for its satnav: Good idea.
Car integrating into your Twatter and Plebbook accounts...WTF?? Don't we have enough problems with peoples concentration being disturbed by the radio & smartphones whilst driving, without the manufacturers making it worse by integrating social networks into cars?
If your iPhone is grabbing free WiFi as you walk down the street, instead of using up your lovely and relatively expensive mobile data connection, that's a revenue threat to address
But iPhones (and I assume all the other smartphones) have done this since the beginning: Preferring to use WiFi for data when available over cellular.
Re: Obscurity for security
Having seen ITIL (another government initiative, that assumes an infinite amount of manpower, time, meeting-rooms and budget to get anything done)
I'm no ITIL/PRINCE guru, but I've seen some introductory ITIL/PRINCE methodology documents. One of the things I remember about these things, is that the level of detail/paperwork you employ for a project should be proportional to the size/risk of the project.
If some project manager is insisting on unnecessary levels of paperwork & meetings, I suspect they're just making work to justify their existence rather than to benefit anyone.
Re: "HAL bug"
I read that HAL was so named because it was 1 letter ahead of IBM in the alphabet.
Repeatedly denied by Clarke & Kubrick.
"As is clearly stated in the novel (Chapter 16), HAL stands for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer"
But don't we all already have a continuous time parameter: The Unix count of number of seconds since 1st Jan 1970?
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