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Huge airline IT failure.

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 7:46 pm    Post subject: Huge airline IT failure. Reply with quote

BA flights suspended for most of the day and major disruption ongoing.
Due to a worldwide failure of IT systems, it looked at first rather like a cyber attack but is now said to be cockup rather than conspiracy.

Another , very small, nail in the coffin for mass air travel, this should prove hugely expensive both in direct cash terms and in reputational damage.

All to the good if it puts a few people off air travel and they use rail instead, or better still stay at home.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The mass-flying by a wealthy minority, and it is a wealthy minority that are responsible for the vast majority of flights, is hugely selfish. Highly damaging from a climate point of view, and unlike a lot of other sources of CO2 largely discretionary. I hope history is highly critical of 21st century frequent flyers.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Presumably the traditional bank holiday weekend strike by baggage handlers has been called off ?

Striking seems a bit pointless at the moment, perhaps they can have another strike later in the year instead.
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ongoing
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40074751
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen on some IT related places pointing the finger at outsourcing of IT functions.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if you can still dial in to the X25 modems in mainframe computer rooms that were/are used [unencrypted] for BACS money transfers? Just thinking out loud..
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread's cheered me up on a boring Monday morning.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The journalistic efforts to determine the actual nature of the cause of the problem are lamentable. A "Power Surge" near BA's data centre at Heathrow is currently being uncritically accepted by lazy hacks.

Perish the thought it might be something as mundane as penny pinching maintenance and a system so cobbled together. poorly documented and complex that nobody really understands the nature of it's vulnerabilities and where they are located.

That brilliant senior management strategy of outsourcing and making a whole load of experienced staff redundant does seem to be a common factor in a number of complex IT system meltdowns.
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