This was the week when hacking group Anonymous felt it was doing the world a favour by shutting down a child pornography site and outing its membership list, forgetting that the people whose actual job is dealing with this sort of thing (the police) might have liked to arrest the members and get some info out of them. It was …
Dear Bob Crow:
For f*ck's sake, get an education.
The Victoria Line was automated from its opening day in the late 1960s. It has remained automated ever since. ATO is also *already* being installed across the network, so this is not news. And the DLR, like the Victoria Line, is also fully automated.
Note, however, that the DLR still has *staff on the trains*. They're called "Passenger Service Operatives" (or some such) and, yes, they are trained to drive the trains when absolutely necessary and at very low speeds. Furthermore, they're expected to help passengers evacuate trains when required—including when the trains are in tunnels.
All that automation would do is downgrade the driver to the level of an old-school train guard. They're still responsible for the passengers on their trains, and they still have to check the doors. So no worries there. (Yes, they'll be paid a bit less in real terms, but by the time this happens, I suspect £50K won't buy as much as it does today.)
As for manned ticket offices: I suggest you check out Rome's metro network (such as it is). Note that not a single station that isn't a major interchange has a ticket office. Nor was one ever provided. Why? Because passengers are already used to buying tickets from bars and newsagents instead. The pricing is piss-simple and easy to follow too. (€1 buys you 75 minutes of travel on both the bus network and the metro. See? No confusing "zones".) Ticket machines in the stations themselves will also sell you any ticket you like, in multiple languages. And they don't even have anything like London's Oyster cards.
Stations still have station staff, but they're there to provide a presence, to provide general assistance, and to keep an eye on the station itself. They don't sit behind a window all day.
If I can read a bloody website and the occasional industry magazine, so can you. And, of course, as the boss of the National Union of Rail and Maritime Transport Workers, you most likely do read such materials. So you should f*cking well know all this. I do, and I don't even work in your industry!
So please stop laying down the bullshit so thickly, Mr. Crow. You're talking out of your anus and you bloody well know it. (If you don't know it, you should step down from your position on the grounds of incompetency.) There really is no excuse for your arse-biscuit hailstorms.
Yes, there will be changes to the positions available in TfL by the time ATO becomes the norm, but that was always going to be the case. Life is change. Deal with it.
And perhaps, instead of calling a bloody strike at the drop of a leaked memo, you could try putting your union's funds towards *retraining* members instead, so that they can continue to have a future, regardless of the surprises life throws at them.
A mate of mine was in a restaurant with some clients a few months ago and who should be on the table next to him but comrade Bob and his side-kicks. Quaffing expensive wines and stuffing their faces at their members' expense. That pr*ck wouldn't know reality if it jumped up and bit him on the arse. Most union leaders are totally divorced from the plight of their membership despite plenty of posturing to the contrary.
A million cocks?
What is this, Second Life?
And here I was...
Hoping for an article talking about coding practices. What a disappointment, especially since I got reminded /again/ how El Reg manhandled ("mailhandled" ? ;-)) my e-mail addy by sharing it with the world.
SO, I'm not going to let you ruin my fun again you evil El Reggers ;-)
I fully agree with the general consensus of the article, it is one of the reasons I still prefer coding in Java these days. The second being that I'm no full time developer and Java allows me to do what I want without having to worry too much about the platform I'm using (which has become very handy since I no longer use Linux as my desktop environment).
Another is the excellent way which Visual Paradigm's SDE seemingly blends in with my NetBeans environment (it also supports Eclipse, IntelliJIDEA and Visual Studio). Its a piece of software to create & generate UML diagrams (these days the software goes beyond mere UML alone, but its what I'm using it for) and so far it has really helped me to keep track of my software projects even when my projects grew bigger.
Another aspect is when I leave a project alone for a few months and then suddenly need to pick it up again. Studying a few diagrams is a lot easier to dig into the whole codebase again, and if done right (this is where the responsibility comes into play) it can really help you get up to speed.
So yes; if you code responsibly and also document and (in my case anyway:) diagram your code you can go a long way!
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Your turn Mr. Moderator ;-)
Back in 19th-century America, some prurient halfwit decided that "titbit" had something to do with tits, and that it should be spelled "tidbit" to avoid triggering a collapse of the nation's morals. (He or she was probably an ancestor of the person who objected to the use of the word "niggardly".)
In Britain, where some of us actually understand the language we speak, the word is "titbit".