I agree 100%, I have been using windows based systems for running all kinds of applications offshore and when I install our main system, the first thing I do is fit a secondary system with the same software which will run in tandem with the first and can be hot swapped in a matter of seconds. It is pretty important when we are working to keep stability and if your main system goes down at a critical point it can cause untold problems, but most of the time not life threatening. However, in a combat situation with multiple incoming aircraft can you afford to be seeing the blue screen of death and doing a CRTL ALT DEL?charlieoppo said:Having used Win2K extensively in the offshore industry I can say it's pretty stable but alot depends on the peripherals you are interfacing it to, also the Command system software will have a decided effect on system stability.
If the hardware is configured such that the operating systems etc are on a removable/ interchangable hard disk, with backups available, then swapping out to get the system back on line should be easy. Maybe I'm being too simplistic??? :wink:
The Telegraph has a former naval officer (with frigate experience) on its staff already, Toby Harnden. TH isn't being exploited as a defence expert, probably because he was a Lieutenant and has been outside a along time. Different if one retires as 1SL/CDS. What makes Lewis page think he is such an expert? Nice photo though, very Walty.I hope that Page soon gets the job he deserves, as defence correspondent in the national media." - Sir Max Hastings
The software for Windows suffers memory leaks and unpredictable behaviour because the software is crap. Any application built on a Windows foundation will be non-deterministic and should be avoided for safety related systems, e.g. weapon control, power, propulsion, etc. Big And Expensive migration to WIndows was, in my understanding, because the accountants didn't understand the distinction between the OS that corporate IT systems used and the OS fundamental to their product applications and simply sub-contracted the lot to a 3rd party who decreed "Windoze".Maxi_77 said:Equally his argument seems to be based on the simple premise that becaus windows crashes on my PC from time to time it will crash anywhere, rather than looking at why windows may actually be a sensible answer to the problem.
Windows tends to crash, not because windows is crap and unstable but because the software or hardware it is working with is not up to scratch.
In fact, Levers, I do feel slightly guilty about slagging off Lewis from the nameless comfort of an anonymous username on a web forum, but he does have the right of reply (he's clearly aware of this site from his single Google Ad, and I would expect he Googles his own name pretty often, especially here). Th fact is that he is now a public figure. He comments, extensively, on naval matters, and frequently justifies his outpourings on the basis of his own naval career. Look at his own site, for a start.Levers_Aligned said:Okay. Lewis is a bit of a whipping-boy for you nay-sayers, isn't he? And we all love to exploit the fact that he's possibly just a little red-arsed to be of any significance (by some considerable time, in my instance)
But who else is there? Well, Levers, certainly not you! Whereabouts over the parapet is your contribution - I must have missed it? Anyone would think its coming up to the Cdr's promotion board time of year.... SUCH a lack of Lt Cdrs willing to go on the record these days.Levers_Aligned said:But who else is banging the drum for us? Any of you lot sticking your head up over the parapet and putting your money where your mouths are? I see a lot of bellyaching on these boards, and precious little action. Nothing changes much in the navy in that feild, does it? Drip, drip, drip ... and still the shit pours down on us. Page is a bit more than 'a Naval spokesman said ... ' even if he is sometimes a tad Walt and certainly stovepiped by his limited experience. But who else is there? It wouldn't be so bad if we were properly represented, but everyone thinks that the NDA and BAFF are a crock of shit. Don't they?
.letthecatoutofthebag said:Page now resorts to petty name calling and shows his true colours and just how bitter and twisted he is. I am sure he would have loved to have a P2000 Command during his time in the RN but clearly he wasn't good enough.
What does he base that on? Did the angry naval officer tell him so or is LP letting himself down (huge) by putting his own spin on the correspondence?The only really angry mail was from a naval officer who looks a likely contender to captain one of the new Type 45s.
Correct, and these days they can't even get conduct unless they've sat CQ1. Which they haven't, because they're not navigation qualified and they cannot be arsed to sit the exams. MM XOs (and OPV 1st Lts) are no more than glorified OOWs, with a special interest in Heads and Bathrooms and a penchant for boarding fishermen and/or swimming with Pusser.letthecatoutofthebag said:Going off thread, but to answer your question, the jobs are different and subtly different qualities are required. Put it this way: you have to have Command Quaification 1 and pass the XCAB (Executive & Command Appointments Board) to get a P2000 drive (the board also selects OPV XOs, all MM/PP (inc P2000/Gib Sqn) COs and FF/DD XOs).
You don't need to be CQ1 for MM XO and as far as I am aware XO of a Hunt or Sandown is a non-selective appointment and is part of the normal career path for a MCDO or MWO.
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