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Message 1451458 - Posted: 8 Dec 2013, 15:41:23 UTC - in response to Message 1451455.  

Agree but if that did happen, there will have to be systems A,B & C in place, otherwise the crap will certainly hit the fan if the system goes down in that scenario.

Can you imagine the chaos if that happened during the day?
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Message 1451471 - Posted: 8 Dec 2013, 16:18:23 UTC

I think they were lucky that stuck in night mode they still managed as many flights that they did. But of course if day mode goes down during the day, they are stuffed, so yes, we still ideally need Systems A, B, and C. I think a lot of this is all about the numbers involved. If a coach crashes 50 people get killed, a train a few hundred, a 787-10 has 330 seats. The Costa Concordia had 4880 passengers and crew. Statistically you are more in danger crossing the road than flying.

Actually I enjoy a short haul flight to Gibraltar as much as an Atlantic one to the States. What I never understand is people flying from London to Manchester and back for a business meeting in a day when it's so much easier to take the train for just over 2 hours each way, or with HS2 just over 1 hour. Or take the overnight Caledonian sleeper to Edinburgh or Glasgow, why faff around at airports?

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Message 1452088 - Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 0:43:21 UTC - in response to Message 1451471.  
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Actually I enjoy a short haul flight to Gibraltar as much as an Atlantic one to the States. What I never understand is people flying from London to Manchester and back for a business meeting in a day when it's so much easier to take the train for just over 2 hours each way, or with HS2 just over 1 hour. Or take the overnight Caledonian sleeper to Edinburgh or Glasgow, why faff around at airports?

Probably because the train is incredibly expensive. Unless you book way in advance a single train ticket from Manchester to London can cost you up to around a 100 quid. I have the feeling that with EasyJet or something it doesn't cost nearly as much.
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Message 1452228 - Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 9:25:45 UTC

London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, tomorrow 11am - £34 Virgin

London Heathrow to Manchester, tomorrow 11am BA1390 - £66 BA

I haven't looked at return fares, and advance fares may be even cheaper than next day prices. Of course you have to factor in the time and cost of travel from the cities to the airports, rather than going direct from city centre to city centre. Trains will also have wifi for laptops to do business on the trip.



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Message 1452267 - Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 11:55:54 UTC - in response to Message 1452228.  
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London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, tomorrow 11am - £34 Virgin

London Heathrow to Manchester, tomorrow 11am BA1390 - £66 BA

I haven't looked at return fares, and advance fares may be even cheaper than next day prices. Of course you have to factor in the time and cost of travel from the cities to the airports, rather than going direct from city centre to city centre. Trains will also have wifi for laptops to do business on the trip.

Eh, strange, when I was in Manchester (a year ago) I looked up how much it would cost me to buy a train ticket to London if I bought it at the station. I wouldn't have made it with 34 pounds. Then again, maybe the prices differ if you buy them directly on the station or if you book them at Virgin.

EDIT: yep, it depends where you look and book. If you go to National Rail Enquiries and try to book a ticket it cost like 76 pounds.
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Message 1452278 - Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 12:27:07 UTC - in response to Message 1452228.  

London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, tomorrow 11am - £34 Virgin

London Heathrow to Manchester, tomorrow 11am BA1390 - £66 BA

I haven't looked at return fares, and advance fares may be even cheaper than next day prices. Of course you have to factor in the time and cost of travel from the cities to the airports, rather than going direct from city centre to city centre. Trains will also have wifi for laptops to do business on the trip.




The problem with these cheap fares is that they are no good to the business person. I've been in the situation of being invited to a meeting in London, at 10:00 or earlier, in the next couple of days. If you take the cheap fares that are usually only available between the rush hours, then you have to travel the day before and return the day after. So you have to add two overnight stays, that cancels out any savings. Plus in situations like that you cannot book in advance.
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Message 1452442 - Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 21:55:06 UTC

I used to regularly do the Presto/London round trip, at peak hours...
Now the fare varied dramatically, but the most spectacular was getting a first class return for the following day, in peak hours, for well under half the normal off peak single fare - I just happened to turn up at Preston station just as a pre-booked ticket was being refunded somewhere else in the country. All down to timing and luck.
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Message 1452787 - Posted: 11 Dec 2013, 15:33:07 UTC

12 days of Christmas

I like No 8, they'll love my network name... UKIP HQ :)
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Message 1454515 - Posted: 16 Dec 2013, 16:41:57 UTC

For those who often complain that Microsoft is a large monopoly should read this....

EU quashes Cisco complaint

...“Lync faces competition from other large players on the enterprise communications market, such as Cisco, which alone holds a larger share of the market than Microsoft. That circumstance considerably reduces Microsoft’s ability to impede competition on that market.”

....as our favourite Linux guru has often stated.....

competition is good for all :)
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Message 1455427 - Posted: 19 Dec 2013, 12:42:30 UTC
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I really don't want to start another separate thread, so I'll post this here. Serco/G4S

Private security firm Serco has agreed to repay about £68.5m to the government for overcharging on contracts to tag criminals in the UK, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said. It follows allegations Serco and G4S charged the government for tagging people who were either dead or in jail. The Ministry of Justice also says there were "serious issues" in two G4S contracts to manage court facilities. The matter has now been referred to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). An SFO spokesman said: "We are aware of the Ministry of Justice's referral and will urgently consider the information they pass to us."

The problem is twofold here. Serco and Group 4 Security (G4S) have a record of being incompetent, but once you are an Approved Government contractor, it's a licence to print money, and they know it. The second problem is sheer incompetence and lack of expertise in the Government procurement depts. They will quite happily let suppliers charge £5 for a 50p box of paper clips and authorise the bill for payment. Although some would love to imagine there are backhanders going on, sorry, no there isn't. It's down to 20C rules in the 21C.

Government procurement, whether it's fighter aircraft or stationery, works on two principles. First, always accepting the lowest quote to ostensibly save money. They don't recognise that you can buy rubbish very cheaply if you want to, and that companies will offer loss leaders to win contracts, but quietly front load other bids to balance that out. Secondly, they never challenge the value for money of the goods, or the price of spares. We all know the razor principle. Flog a razor for pennies as you will make 10 times more selling the replacement blades. It's the same with printers and ink cartridges. Responsible procurement looks at the whole life cost of an item.

Responsible procurement also requires a QA oversight in managing the contract, so how did Serco get away with mischarging anyway? Why was their performance not checked and monitored? It would be appropriate if a Civil Service head was to roll.
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Message 1455452 - Posted: 19 Dec 2013, 14:21:18 UTC - in response to Message 1455427.  

A separate thread was not needed as this was discussed in another thread. It could have continued there.
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Message 1455476 - Posted: 19 Dec 2013, 16:24:21 UTC

If you'd like to ask the mods to shift it there, I'd be quite happy :-)

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Message 1455591 - Posted: 19 Dec 2013, 21:10:08 UTC

LG's Chromebase PC

Will it make a dent on Windows?

"However, they run a more limited range of applications.

Popular products including Skype, Powerpoint, Photoshop and iTunes are all unavailable.

However, Google promotes a range of free and paid web-based alternatives that can be run through Chrome OS's browser."

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Message 1458932 - Posted: 30 Dec 2013, 21:21:55 UTC

BBC received its own Xmas day present.....

Merry Xmas BBC
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Message 1463165 - Posted: 11 Jan 2014, 17:08:10 UTC

It had to happen sooner or later.......

How long before replicators arrive?
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Message 1463195 - Posted: 11 Jan 2014, 18:06:36 UTC - in response to Message 1463165.  

It had to happen sooner or later.......

How long before replicators arrive?

Only a few years behind the times...

From c2007 we had from The Evil Mad Scientist: Solid freeform fabrication: DIY

That was just a bit of fun for himself and his family.

Since then, the new improved version is: The CandyFab Project!


Note: Look after your teeth and your insulin levels!!

IT is what we make it...
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Message 1463627 - Posted: 12 Jan 2014, 17:46:45 UTC
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As it's technology related....

A short time ago I received a text message. All it stated was "941410" which was automatically underlined so it's a Number to call.

The telephone number it came from was +1 310 421 2412.

Googling it, found that it is from the Los Angeles area. Can find no other reference to the number itself.

Anyone know if it's a real number or a spammer?

Edit: Never mind, found it on 800notes.com. They can come here to change boiler filter if they wish........ :)
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Message 1464624 - Posted: 15 Jan 2014, 15:56:42 UTC

The beginnings of Skynet?

Somebody already thinks so.......

"In the longer term, watch out when any of the nodes can evolve or otherwise improve their own software. The consequences of sharing that capability with the central 'mind' should be explored before it happens."
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Message 1465737 - Posted: 18 Jan 2014, 12:34:49 UTC

Some interesting links regarding the misuse of technology, which only makes it much easier for many to access illegally (or for the pedantic - Unauthorised access).....

List of councils whose staff gained illegal access to DWP
More than 1,100 DWP employees disciplined over snooping - undercover NSA by chance? :)
Nosey council staff breached Customer Information System
HM Court Service staff breached CIS

Some links are fairly old, five years or more, but as the more up to date ones show, it is still occurring.
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