A Worldwide Failure in Computer Check-Ins – 28/09/2017

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Does no-one see this as a warning?  Last time this happened, a young man was sent to jail, extradited from Britain to the US, because he infiltrated their computer systems.  But he saved the world and hackers everywhere are rightly angry.  We need them on our side.  How about putting them to work on the space race?

Someone is practising disruption or testing a system.  Maybe they think that ‘network problems’, cited  everywhere by software company, Amadeus, will mean less concentration on security, so as to get harassed passengers off the ground.

It shows me that there should be at least one desk at check-in where passengers are processed manually, not a computer in sight.  It is then the customer’s decision whether or not to use a manual check-in desk. It depends on what section of the market appeals most to a particular airline. If a section of airline passengers worry excessively over travelling, that should determine the airline’s response.

The response to a threat is always to keep customers safe and broadly give them, with respect, the experience they want.  War is irrelevant in this context.

LucyLou

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War Is Reckless For Planet Earth

I thought that Mr Trump wanted to keep his country safe and to give people better lives under his caretaking.  This is a point where all politicians have trouble.   They are not controllers of the world’s destiny; they are caretakers of it for the generation to come, the one after, etc.

I fully expected Mr Trump to take time and suggest more tourism around the States to make a happier population.    The vacation resort islands of The Bahamas and the Caribbean need help and the US has its fair share of rebuilders.

What the population does not want is another war.  No terrible weapons were found in Iraq, the Taliban was not quite eradicated in Afghanistan and is putting its head over the parapet again and Syria has been reduced to rubble.  Their populations are scarred by war and have come to the West to help make them better.

America is hardly the friendliest of nations towards Europe.  Americans talk of doing Europe: 22 countries in 21 days, oh and a hop to the UK.  When we had foot and mouth disease in the south-west of England, every city dweller had to walk through disinfectant to enter the States.

Now the Pentagon has jumped into a volatile situation  between two country leaders, to assure the President of its support; hardly what anyone needs at the moment.

To Messrs. Trump and Kim Jong-Un, please look to your countries.  Your people have faith in you to promote its economy and to safeguard its citizens.  In war, thousands will die.  What for again?  I have forgotten.

LucyLou

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Boris Has Pulled Back From The Brexit Brink

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Of course he has.  The newspaper article is the direct result of a valuable and valid member of the UK Cabinet being diverted and ignored.  He would have much to offer Brexit, but he has Mrs May’s original problem.  Brexit cannot be fulfilled by any one individual.  It needs experience from across the political parties.  Mrs May is delegating, I think.

Thirty billion pounds over 3 years in return for continued access to the EU single market sounds like a good deal.  Boris is used to that kind of negotiation; he held LWT’s unions off  for several years.

I look forward to him being given a valid job, in connection with the Foreign  Secretary role.  Outbursts of this kind do no-one any good, but they do make it easy for MP’s to act alone to give countries better oil deals etc.  The DUP that £1 billion promised, is fraying at the seams.  MP’s should only act on checking with and having permission from Mrs. May.

LucyLou

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If M. Jean- Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission has to stoop low as to suggest weakness of character on the part of David Davis, the chief Brexit negotiator, the insult may ping right back at him.  It also means that he can find no fault in Mr Davis’ job performance.  It is actually a back-handed compliment.

I suspect that the British are rightly being intransigent to procure the best deal.  The French would not understand intransigence as they see it every day when looking in the mirror.  Are Luxembourgers of the same mould?

It is just that David Davis has to keep going and leave soundbites to other people.  Retaliation is what they want.  In these situations, the British smile serenely and ignore the comments.  The opposition cannot figure out whether they are being insulted or not.

As of today, M. Juncker is seeking to combine two roles: his current position, with presidency of the EU.  For me, democracy needs transparent argument.  If there is no opposition to conflict with, it becomes a different society altogether. I thought it may be harsh comment.  However I have just asked Google and  this came up:

The European is ‘charged with defining the European Union’s (EU) overall political direction and priorities.’

Absolutely not; it will be 27 countries with 1 Head of State.  Brexit cannot come soon enough now, although I was like a reed in the wind at Referendum time.

Have a smiling week

LucyLou

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Somebody was complaining in ‘The Daily Telegraph’ 1st September, about £100m being spent on Civil Servants who undertake overseas postings and take their families with them.  Well, that is a small sum compared to what it was, as its aim has been largely fulfilled in the public sector.  In the early 1900’s, Britain sent out its brightest Civil Servants to the outposts of the Empire and they would train up the locals to do his job and then they would be posted somewhere else.

Is the Telegraph saying that the families do not deserve somewhere to live, roughly appropriate to their English accommodation?  That their children do not deserve to be educated?  With education, doing well is a question of consistency in the way a child is taught and familiarity with that style will continue when they reach England again. The child is given a private education to provide stability through three-yearly contracts.  To my knowledge that was primarily in the military or teachers or the airlines.

Fifty years ago and more, the private sector in Britain wanted its Executives to have overseas experience.  My husband and I went to Portugal for three years. This meant that suddenly grandparents did not see the beloved grandchild for months and going out there was their only other option.  Uprooting from families and friends is something that you have to do, so companies will compensate with material things like paid flights home three times a year.  My expatriate life revolved around children and making new friends.

New people came out all the time as everyone revolved around the world, yet the friendships have lasted almost 30 years.  You need it to accustom yourself to a new life and I loved it all.

So £100m is good value for money.  It is much better to have children with you than sending them off to boarding school at seven years’ old.  Some of those girls suppressed their emotions so much in order to blend in that they found it difficult to have children.  Thanks Dad for coming home when I reached five. I would have been an entirely different person if I had had to go to boarding school.

LucyLou

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Syria Shows That There Are No Winners

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This continual tit-for-tat,

“mine is bigger than yours”

and

“ I am going to let it off”

scenarios prove one thing.

We must get off this planet as soon as possible.

It is not normal, in the UK in August, to have two successive Mondays at 35 degrees C and the rest of their respective weeks at 14 degrees C.

We have to sort out why sunbursts are happening so frequently.  Is this the Mayan Prophecy coming true?  We are on a once in 3000 years’ planetary trajectory and meteorites are hitting us more frequently. One the size of a bus would create enormous damage and we do not know where that will fall.  It makes sense to put more funding into tracing the sky, preferably together.

And in the face of it all, seeming to ignore the danger, there are two men.  The choleric face of Mr Trump fills me with misgiving as does the calm face of Mr Kim-Jon Un.  Two different ideologies.

It is unfair of Mr Trump to ask China to mount sanctions on North Korea, who is a key trading partner.  China may be looking for a way for either side to stop this behaviour, without anyone losing face.  We were cast into World War II for the same reason.  Neville Chamberlain warned Germany that if he invaded Poland, Britain would enter the war.  Surely we have learnt that lesson?  Millions of men died in World War II and a whole generation of women missed having babies as there were so few men.  Could all consider what would happen if the planet imploded or if a string of earthquakes carved us in half, gigantic tsunamis blanking out populations? The Larsen B iceshelf, in the Antarctic will calve imminently: 5000 kms in diameter!

We need to look skywards, so that each of these men can save their nations. As Mr Barack Obama evidently wrote to Mr Trump, Presidents are caretakers.  We are all caretakers of this life to make it better for the next generation.

War is fruitless as Syria knows.  A country has been systematically destroyed and returned to rubble and desert, its people irreparably damaged.

So back to the bigger picture, back to calming the dreadful extremes of weather …  or leave Earth.  Without a planet, all wars and people disintegrate.

In the event that we do not wake up to safety, space-stations could be used as initial living quarters on as many planets and moons that we can reach.  Monitor for the best, easiest or cheapest and send out pioneers.  We should give them hope of return.  Their names will be carved on a memorial with our gratitude, to be passed from one generation to the next. Their faces will be remembered.

There may not be an Earth to which they want to return.

LucyLou

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Earth 2017: Its Legacy

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What if Mr Kim-Jon Un’s greatest legacy, that would impact on his country for generations to come, is not destructive, it is growth?

Looking skywards and looking towards the Moon, where the West has postulated about building, without tangible result, our planet needs to discover its mineral properties and establish people on the Moon.  Maybe in an adapted spacestation.

It seems now that there is a possible new fuel to be taken from uranium dumps around the world.  North Korea’s Engineers have shown themselves to be adaptable by fitting a nuclear warhead to ICBM.  They will be able to build a station on the Moon.  The other day, there was some small announcement about possible water at its equivalent of Arctic and Antarctic.

The West’s position is to share, to keep peace for 70 years.  Will we ever learn that all countries do not think American or English or the EU? What if the first men living on the moon could be Korean?

Then in 20 years, if there is a global threat, Earth would be better able to protect itself.

LucyLou

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