Given some other launch company you have no such feelings about, would Canterbury be a likely choice for rockets aimed at the ISS which is not in an equatorial? The class I took in orbital mechanics was well over twenty years ago and I've never seriously applied what I learned in it, but you sound so certain here that perhaps you've got more of a handle on it. Apart from the obvious advantage of failed launches not having to go over much land before going over a lot of sea/ocean, is that lattitude (~43 degrees south) useful for inclined orbits such as the one the ISS is in (resupply launched from ~46 degrees north)?
The claimed advantages of launching "deep in the Southern Hemisphere" are bunk
Are they aiming for the ISS?
It's not in an equatorial orbit and maybe Canterbury is around as far south as Baykonur (real spelling is in cyrillic) is north.
People have got powerfully angry at such an inconvenience on this site when I've put a URL in a post and it's shown as text instead of a handy little link.
What surprised me was that a second e-mail was also sent containing the password (in cleartext) to access the document
The HR manager at a place I used to work at would send both in the same email.
However I still couldn't read the stuff he sent out since the key and document had to be used with a specific version of MS Office that was new at the time.
You still assert that inputting an encryption key into a process is massively complex.
No, just massively stupid and directly opposed to the entire operation of having something to come back from when the shit hits the fan. It's a situation for physical security and not something to keep yourself and a few others in a job because nobody else has the keys. Being one office fire away from the org never having access to some data ever again is what backups are supposed to prevent and not enforce.
This is the bar you set:
Please give up on the juvenile pissing contest and name calling and at least attempt to aspire to your HR granted appropriation of a professional qualification that you shoved in my face earlier. I wrote what I wrote above, stuff about devising procedures you should recall, stuff about self documenting you should recall, and not the words you are putting into my mouth.
and a good number of the population
Shrinking rapidly since the majority of the population is very young.
I've also always wondered why the U.S. put all its money on the Arab countries instead of Iran
Follow the Saudi money into the pockets of key US political figures for decades and you have the answer.
Last decade, when you were doing this shit
Bit longer than that and still doing it. Why bother to quote something if you haven't read and comprehended it?
Indeed. Even though that's a bad idea with media life and formats there's a lot of material that fits that description, especially in the geosciences and some other applied sciences. It's something I have to deal with several times a year with some clients even providing tapes from the late 1970s.
Losing an encryption key is one of the most minor risks I can imagine
It's both potentially a complete showstopper and totally unnecessary in the first place. I don't really understand why you cannot grasp the concept.
I'll restate something above in another way - if you can't work out how to do a bare metal restore on a single system with all the needed data on media that you can read and the right hardware then somebody has seriously fucked up. That guy that worked there should have put something together in such a way as someone with a moderate skillset can work it out, or someone with detailed instructions can do it with very little in the way of skills. Requiring a key that can be lost is a major fuckup waiting to happen. You suggested you wouldn't be able to work it out in a couple of hours - I think you were selling yourself short to try to make a point just as your ridiculous strawman in my name "with no foreknowledge of their systems" WHEN THE ENTIRE POINT is to PROVIDE FOREKNOWLEDGE OF THEIR SYSTEMS by having disaster recovery documents designed to be read by the least skilled person capable of doing the job.