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Comment Re:Stop the presses! Someone in IT fucked up! (Score 1) 115

What Trump may have been referring to was something he saw on Fox News

There's no point trying to find out a reason for one of Trumps lies. By the time you've done it there's a new one, so it's best to judge the "biggest electoral college winner" on what he does instead of what he says. That's kind of hard to do since he's been all talk and no action for most of his life, but it's all we can do.

Comment Re:Doing more with less.. (Score 1) 115

OK, so you have written such scripts to notify you. Now the company decides they do not need you any more. Are you going to rewrite those scripts to notify someone else?

In the *nix world you send it to root, postmaster or whatever - a role not a person, so that the next person in the role gets the notifications. That's assuming a real mail server someone and not an enormous flaky suite that tells you to Exchange it for something more reliable.

Comment Re:Doing more with less.. (Score 1) 115

Yes the task is not difficult.
However very frequently nobody has been assigned to do the task.

I'm in a small place and can feel smug due to stuff like certwatch notifiying multiple people, but in large places with poor management tasks fall between the cracks. "I thought X was going to do it" is a frequent cry in large barely functional shambolic orgs where execs spend more time golfing than managing, hence the DHS getting hit with this.

Comment Re:Security focused (Score 1) 115

It's an example of mismanagement and no proper procedures to keep the certificates up to date and an incredibly common failure. Even Microsoft had a very high profile failure of that kind not long ago.

Incompetence is someone not doing their allotted tasks.
Mismanagement is forgetting to allocate a required task to someone.

Comment Re:Security focused (Score 1) 115

I feel so much better knowing that they're so good at keeping their own systems secure, that even their own workers can't access them

Given some of the people working for them (eg. the TSA gropers) I actually would feel good about it, but not as good as if they slash that massive mall cop welfare program and have some sort of professional airport security instead. While they are at it they can get rid of the DHS guys who go around to toy shops and check if rubicks cubes are legit instead of knockoffs (now that was a weird story).

Comment Re:the laws may take 3-5 years to get rid of drive (Score 1) 104

The only time they aren't covered is while they are on their way to pick up a fare

That makes my point for me. They would not be going to pick up that fare if the Uber dispatch service did not tell them to do so. Other taxi companies cover their drivers the entire time that they are working for them.

It's 19th century piecework with an app.

Comment Re:"Taxes applied to worldwide earnings" (Score 1) 170

Yes a cool joke for your bros but utterly useless. How about we return to reality then since you are making a fuss about me apparently denying it?
So then - what really happened between John Sculley and County Cork? There's no point just telling me I'm wrong without any indication of why. Something more than "Apple can do no wrong" is required.

Comment Re:shared knowledge (Score 1) 62

Many people in the UK don't do a tax return and their tax is exactly correct at the end of the year.

This is accomplished in several ways: 1. Just like the USA, employers and other entities send data to HMRC. 2. Many allowances are limited to basic rate tax, so the amount of the allowance doesn't change based on income. 3. Interest and dividends are taxed at source. and probably the most significant difference: 4. Employers calculate tax to be deducted on a rolling basis (taking account of prior income and taxes already deducted), not as individual months. 5. Instead of a W4 which employees complete, HMRC sends the employer a tax code, which is used to calculate tax deductions, based on the employees actual circumstances.

Comment Re:the laws may take 3-5 years to get rid of drive (Score 2, Interesting) 104

The concept you're looking for is "Insurance"

Yes - that thing the human drivers of Uber don't have when they are working as Uber taxi drivers. It will be a step forward if Uber spends money on insurance for these things instead of cutting corners and imposing their costs on others.

Comment Re:No, SLS Is Going to Be Moth-Balled (Score 1) 302

The Saturn V rockets were manufactured in Louisiana, in New Orleans [wikipedia.org], so the large pieces could be barge-shipped to Florida

Yes that's what I'm referring to. Practicality ruled over pork. "Where can we get these parts from" ruled over the later "we need to build something in Utah so how do we compromise the design so we can do that".

hadn't chosen Thiokol, and if they hadn't opted to remove the latex to save all of six hundred pounds, it's possible that the Shuttle would still be flying with a perfect record

Good point and a good lesson for the future.

Comment Re:Great idea... But there is a problem... (Score 1) 302

Giant sheets of alox to precisely-engineered specifications aren't natural, you toolshed.

So how about a link to your giant sheet of sapphire then? Not only not natural but I'm getting an idea that your specific example only exists in your own head.

For an extra laugh a lot of what we've been doing with Alumiunium Oxide (where the fuck did you get alox from?) has been due to the space program.

As for your sliding into the mix "all property is theft", maybe change that handle, lucid just does not fit.

I suppose as soon as I saw the "transparent aluminium" I should have know that things were going from post-literate to post-fact and reality was not on the menu.

Comment Re: Who cares? (Score 1) 302

In the first episode there were some preparations for the launch of long range mission the "meta probe" to the edge of the solar system - some background to justify an active base on the moon I think since it didn't actually have anything to do with the plot.
The massive waste dump appeared to only have a few people who went to work there and did not appear to be the main role for the moonbase.

I'll leave it at that since there's not a lot of point attempting to find continuity in that series no matter how good various bits of it were.

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