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  1. No, the police DB is obviously a mammoth thing compared to a typical 'office' sized DB. It probably has multiple read/write instances and likely is actually multiple databases that link to one another rather than it all being in one. However, the point still stands; the Police should have both a backup and a disaster recovery routine, not to mention multiple environments for development and testing. An environment should be budgeted to create or already exist if needed for disaster recovery. In simplistic terms, you restore from your last known good backup and you compare the two systems to identify what data is missing. Then you develop and test and implement a data migration to restore the missing data to live. I'm also not suggesting running the diff command; by 'diff' I literally mean you run whatever script or tool you use to identify the differences between your restored data and your dataset that you know to be missing data from. However this is public service IT; I wouldn't be surprised if any of the above simply isn't possible, not through a system architecture problem but a human one; a lack of planning, foresight, ability, whatever. Anyone who signs off on an IT project of national importance that seemingly can't be recovered in the event of a data loss should give up the day job.
  2. Not really, you just restore the backup to a different DB instance. Then run a diff against the two to identify the missing records.
  3. The WTD has always been a waste of time. Few jobs are over 48 hours a week, and those that are just have employees sign the declaration and opt out. Just bin it.
  4. As someone who went through the education system in the 1980s, we didn't have many text books then. The obvious ones were French and German language text books, as well as novels/plays etc we were studying in English We had SMP maths books. I don't remember a Science book. When I reached A Levels (Maths/Physics/Media) the only text book I had was one for Applied Maths. Everything else was copying what the teacher put on the board; your notes became your text book. No reason why all of those books couldn't be replaced with materials online, or ebooks, they were only reference. Good luck covering your iPad in wallpaper though.
  5. British Sugar plc is what is left of the previously nationalised sugar industry in the UK. It's the British Telecom of sugar basically.
  6. From this link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/09/pesticide-believed-kill-bees-authorised-use-england-eu-farmers It clearly states that 'The UK, however, has now joined EU countries including Belgium, Denmark and Spain in signing emergency authorisations for its use, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).' How can it be banned in the EU if Belgium, Denmark and Spain are also wanting to use it in an emergency situation? Let's look into it further: https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2020/07/08/bees-neonicotinoids-bayer-syngenta-eu-ban-loophole/ 'However, an Unearthed investigation has found that in the two years since the ban was agreed, EU countries have issued at least 67 different “emergency authorisations” for outdoor use of these chemicals. In many cases these authorisations were granted repeatedly, or without any apparent evidence of an unusual or ‘emergency’ situation as justification. ' A ban in no sense of the word.
  7. By 'internet access' do you mean being able to access online learning materials, such as videos and presentations? If you just want a one way street, and the child uses the materials as part of learning, or a simple web browser driven multiple choice type of thing to make learning interactive so teachers can test children on what they learn, then it's worth knowing that you could do that on all smart phones, tablets and game consoles from the last ten years. You don't need a laptop for that.
  8. In order of seriousness from least to most: a) The cable is dodgy. Try a different cable if you have one b) The monitor is dodgy. Try a different monitor if you have one c) The video card is dodgy. Try reseating it or swapping it out if you have the confidence/spares to do so If you just want the stuff off the HD, then you can take the drive out of the PC and plug it into another desktop or buy the cheapest USB caddy for it you can find purely to just plug it into the laptop and copy the files across via USB.
  9. UNICEF has been funding different schemes in the UK since at least 1994.
  10. To echo the post above, I've never had to buy any of those things on a ten year old car. Not every car even has a timing belt that needs replacing. The difference I'm trying to point out, is that an old EV car will need a new set of batteries, costing thousands. The equivalent age petrol or diesel car may or may not need work doing to it, and no one will buy a second hard 10 year old car in the knowledge that you need to cough up 2 grand on it as soon as you own it - you'd walk away from it unless it was something very special or something very very cheap.
  11. Reading the comments on that article, the car having the battery replaced was 8 years old; whilst that was for the sake of the article, the comments point out that by the time the car would have been 10-12 years old it would have needed all new batteries anyway. So in a simplified view, every pure EV car is going to be scrap by the time it's 12 years old, as they'll all need a minimum 2 grand expenditure on new batteries and will be either uneconomic to repair or unsellable second hand unless they sell for peanuts. The selling for peanuts thing is interesting either, as it basically means the cost of a 12 year old second hand EV in years to come (when lots are on the market) will be incredibly low due to them all needing new batteries, which means EV's are going to have frightening depreciation rates. Something to factor in if you are planning on buying one in the next few years on finance.
  12. It doesn't seem five minutes ago he was calling for a 'firebreak' lockdown system instead. Which has worked so well in Wales.
  13. I think it's £6k in the bank before they start reducing the money.
  14. Where are you getting sales revenue for Debenhams from? As they have no shareholders, there isn't an annual report to quote. Is that the total online sales for John Lewis the brand, or John Lewis the partnership?
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