90 posts • joined Thursday 18th October 2007 17:46 GMT
it's not a disaster
Local radio had one doctor on - he saw all his patients today. Phoned up the GPs who faxed over patient notes. Colleagues - some did, some didn't.
Son of a friend works in IT there. He says where patients showed up, they could send janitors (or whoever) to get their files. They just couldn't know in advance who would show up.
And my money's on the AD login.
Re: You Sure?
Downvoted for using the noun "shop" where the word for buying from said shop ought to have been used.
This move is so they can catch all the small businesses that order lines as residential, and "upgrade" them to the more expensive Business Lines.
The only difference being in the billing.
BT not interested in FTTC for business
There's a new industrial estate being built in Glasgow, green field site, right beside the motorway network, on the main road from the city to the south. BT have enabled the exchange just up the road for fibre. They have put in cabinets in most of the residential areas all around, and doing FTTC for the high density housing.
BUT - they have NO PLANS to fibre up the new industrial estate. And the cabinets which mainly serve local businesses are not on the list to be enabled.
However they are proceeding to FTTP for all the housing for the athletes in next yera's Commonwealth Games. WTF ??? The athletes need fibre for their xboxes and what not ? While businesses that would gain don't get it ............
At least two sides to this story
Yes she opened up state monopolies, yes she let in many chippy chappies who went on to make shed loads of dough, but she also opened the door to de-regulation - leading to all the financial woes we have today.
She also destroyed the lives of millions of families by asset stripping and closing down whole industries. There are still villages and towns today which are derelict and depressed, and full of unemployment and all the social ills.
She started a divide in Britain - the corner which she inhabited has done very, very nicely. But the other Britain - well, that's a different matter.
She used the assets created by past generations to fund her dreams, she used the new oil wealth to buy off opposition, and most importantly she spawned a generation who look on greed as the right way to live. Greed as a creed.
Yes she will have a legacy - but was it worth the human cost ? Could she have done things differently - better ?
This just gives us an insight into the rest of what these security types are telling us all the time.
If a bog-standard spam causes such a fuss that it tops the MI5 website, that insinuates that every other warning they issue is LESS important ...........
Off Topic - Jeremy Hunt
"one-time Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt - who is now doing a good job of dismantling Britain's health service -"
I expected more accuracy from Kelly - The good Mr Hunt is only in charge of England's health service. Other places are doing other things. E.g. - Scotland's health service is not under threat of privatisation. Maybe that's down to effort being put in to manage the service, rather than wind it down.
Real rats don't drink beer
"Rats don't have a sense of self"
Obviously never seen the film BEN then !
That was creepier than the Exorcist.
Old news : my hosting company posted this a week ago :
"With most resellers being more technically clued up than a typical end user I thought this topic was best posted in the reseller area, so you have re-assurance and can re-assure your own customers.
Over the last few weeks a nasty "SSH" compromise has been roaming around, with a large number of hosts infected by some serious hacking incidents as a result. Similarly (and currently suspected as linked) cPanel have announced one of the servers in their tech support department, and possibly their helpdesk ticketing system has been compromised, resulting in possibly 6+ months worth of tech support tickets and associated root login information being stolen.
For clarity ZERO UH servers have been affected by the matter, and when using cPanel support we've always rotated passwords out after supplying credentials. Similarly the hosts that have been affected seemed to all have allowed "direct root login" with password, something we've never had enabled on our servers (our support team login with keys and never use root passwords for SSH).
So while you may be reading of a lot of hosting companies having a bad few weeks with all this, your server is clean and will not have been affected thanks to a proper security policy developed over a 14 year period to ensure matters like this cannot spoil our day "
WTF is up at Nominet ?
Actually I like Nominet, dealing with the .uk domains is fairly straightforward, and affordable. They don't come across (at ground level) as shafters or conmen.
But for the last couple of years there has been one controversy after another.
I really would like to know who's the good guys and who's the baddies here.
Doesn't seem "local" to me
I can't comment on the proposals for south of the border, but the proposals in Scotland are for areas which are anything but "local". One channel for the whole greater Glasgow area - half the country's population. And the figures I heard for advertising are certainly not what any "local" business could justify.
I've got to say this - keep the BBC well out of this area. They don't do decent "local". It's all London oriented stuff with a bit of parochial cat-up-a-tree and football tacked on.
Even given that most urban areas in the US have cable TV, they have genuinely local based TV stations. Mind you their adverts are dire, local karaoke star sings about a used car lot !! But it can be done, it doesn't have to take millions and millions to set up.
Get a good charismatic presenter, make quality programmes, do lots of proper quality local travel news and weather, and sound positive. Keep advertising affordable, and get local businesses involved.
Just don't go down the route that "the local High Street" has - which is just rows of the same shops you see in every town across the country.
so it's an external hard drive then
.... with some autorun software
would be perfect for my dog - she stares and stares when she wants something - takes sideways glances to show me what she's thinking about
I prefer to watch Al Jazeera news over breakfast rather than BBC (which is utter pap) or Sky (which tends to have too much studio chatter). Al Jazeera news is what news used to be - informative, tells you what's happening across the world. It's not just entertainment dressed up as news. Yes Al Jazeera has a high volume of stuff from the Middle East, but then that's where the problems for the world are coming from these days. Al Jazeera reporters and cameras are "on the ground" talking to people in the middle of situations.
I remember TV footage from the Vietnam war - there was a lot of horrific close up stuff that showed us westerners what it was like in that far off land. We don't get that from the "main" media these days. It's like pc-correctness applied to broadcasting - don't rock the boat with stories about foreigners or foreign places, just talk about entertainment or sport, that's good enough for the masses.
Well done Al Jazeera, you've put your money where your mouth is.
And to those nutcases who say Al Jazeera is "islamist" or "pro-Obama" - for god's sake look in a mirror.
We don't like them, so we'll kill them
A country the size and strength of Syria is destroyed in a few months. And we talk about it being some demonstrators who have brought this about.
Bollocks - it's a surefire military action. Whole swathes of the country are now controlled by "insurgents".
Damascus airport and environs seem to be out of government control.
This is not the result of "demonstrators" or your pissed off rebels, this is military intervention by an experienced force who have finance behind them. So who would that be ? Who benefits ? Well there's one world super-power who has been calling for regime change for a long time, the same super-power who would benefit greatly in the upcoming war by removing Iran's strong friendly neighbour.
I'm quite gobsmacked there's so few responses
I'm quite gobsmacked there's so few responses to this article. It's actually a helluvan important issue in the country.
We CANNOT have any controls against free speech. Full stop. The press as much as anyone must be free to say what they want.
However, when they do say something bad - damaging - hurtful - not true, they MUST be held to account, they must atone for their sins.
So if it's a printed nasty, then a printed retract in exactly the same place in the same publication, as the original slander. Then a fine on top of that for getting it wrong against public morality.
And absolutely strong policing of that. This is the ONLY place that legislation should come into it. On the redress side. And there has to be a body that makes sure this happens, because the average wage earner is never going to be able to hire QCs to do it.
Forget regulation of what the press says - but hammer them when they do it badly for the sake of profit.
"good broadcaster" is only in their own minds
I'll take this opportunity to make my own comments about the awful state of journaism at the BBC.
No in-depth reporting, and when the 24 hour channel came in, I thought that's what it would do.
Very little quality news reporting from overseas - maybe that's down to the johnny foreigner attitudes that infest London and the southeast nowadays. Unless it's stories from the USA - then they get the full red carpet treatment, hour after hour, day after day.
Lots of people see bias in their reporting, political bias. Far be it from me to suggest they employ people on the basis of "who you know" - but if the hat fits ....
The BBC spends a fortune on celebrities and broadcasting that commercial channels do very well - entertainment, sports - and also a fortune on the "period drama" no doubt hugely beneficial to the luvvies who would not get employment anywhere else.
But what they were set up to do - inform, be a pillar of light and all that - they have forgotten about in recent years.
Root and branch overhaul, weed out the hangers on, slim down the management, get back to basics. And bring in some professionalism and honesty amongst their workers.
What's this with the fat wasters comments ?
See an old hospital film from the 1960's or thereabouts - check out the waistlines and body shapes of the staff.
Compare to what you see in hospitals nowadays.
Then understand why they are called "the good old days".
The customer's always right, eh ?
Not much support on here today for the honest trader who gets stuffed every time by those b'stards who know their rights and profit by them, leaving the trader with nothing but costs and losses, anger, and no legal comeback.
What's the point of Windows 8 ?
Got a new PC yesterday, installed Windows 8, and took it home last night.
First hour spent looking at it, trying to figure out what to do next.
Slowly got to grips with the easy stuff like loading in software, Internet Explorer, etc.
This Metro - sorry what's the new name again ? - desktop sort of stuff - what in God's own name is that about ? Huge chunky icons, overloading the screen, scroll to the right to find anything. First part of the screen is full of MSN type shite, even the Games shortcut goes to online - WTF ? .
OK, so I found out that to do anything you need to bring up a proper desktop - so that's us now in Windows 7 mode then, eh ? That's fine, now where's "All Programs" ? Thanks to google I could build my own Programs list. So, maybe I'm just old-fashioned, stick in the mud, too old to change ? But at least in W7 you could navigate, use "My Computer", "Network Places", and get work done.
Certainly Windows 8 is fast, loaded up before I realised it. And I'm sure it must have some good points, I'll just need to find them.
But it looks for all the world like it has been designed for a 14 year old schoolgirl, all looks and no functionality. What's the point of trying to pretend that a PC is a mobile phone ? This is going to be a very hard sell putting Windows 8 into your typical small office.
and London gets the cash AGAIN
and London gets the lion's share of the cash AGAIN
Can we not build a big wall around that city and the south east and stop all our money getting sucked into the black hole that is the SE ?
End of the line
This really means it's time for some publisher of a proper alternative to Office to get on the job and sell.
For many family types, an annual subscription is going to highlight just how much Microsoft stuff is costing them, instead of it being hidden in the upfront purchase price. After the first annual renewal, I can see many cash strapped families thinking how can I avoid this.
For small businesses, the idea of all your data being somewhere out in the etherworld ... no, lots of owner managers are not going to buy that one.
Sounds like - with this strict one device licence - you'll have trouble if a PC breaks down, and either needs replaced, new hard drive installation.
Pure and simply another money grabbing exercise by Microsoft. Nothing else. I see no benefit whatsoever to the average user.
Now why did this article have to be spoilt by a blatant plug for the worst form of energy known to mankind ?
Nuclear power stations. Not to be confused with green and ecologically friendly places.
How many centuries will it be until the already existing nuclear sites are able to be used again ?
And how many billions will it cost us tax payers to remediate those sites after just a few years in production ? Noting those few years making profits for private multi national corporations.
If you're going to do down Greenpeace, fair enough. But don't use a false chestnut to do it.
Any business should have a real email address anyway - I can't take a business seriously if they have a hotmail, gmail, or similar address.
FTTP only for residential
It appears to me that any FTTC is being supplied to residential as a priority, and business use is quite evidently not catered for, as evidenced by the lack of cabinets in business areas.
Presumably FTTP will be the same.
"We don't do those nasty things ...."
And then there was the death of Willie MacRae.
"Shot himself in the head" "Gun found 50 feet away" . Motives aplenty.
Does anyone see a pattern here ?
It's just the usual tit for tat - Westminster banned Press TV first.
"BT and Ofcom were able to track the source of the nuisance calls, which now appear to have stopped."
But anytime you report a nuisance call like that to BT, it's a waste of time. They say they can't do anything.
Was this different - did BT act because the "real owner" of the CLI number complained ?
There is ONE place these calls could be stopped fairly easily - that's BT. They have the infrastructure, they have the industry knowledge, they have the data. They could very easily set up a system to identify these calls - as others have said above. But they will not, because they make money from them.
"and since PayPal is holding the funds while its investigations continue, nobody will lose their money."
Boll_x - Paypal will snaffle everything that's in the account, and everybody can go whistle.
Payscammers are a law unto themselves - they care nothing for right or wrong - they exploit every hiccup to confiscate funds. They are not interested in resolving anything properly.
The Law needs to take a firm hand with them.
All that gas was wasted
Then of course when the North Sea fields were first discovered, Westminster wanted to cream off as much cash as it could , as fast as it could. Oil was the cash cow. So there was the ludicrous situation of the burn off - all the gas being burned off into the atmosphere at the rigs, because the powers that were didn't want to build a gas pipeline over to the coast.
Night turned into day all across the North Sea for such a long time.
The Norwegians didn't do that - and see how much money they've got in the bank now, compared to this bankrupt excuse for a country.
The money that has poured form the North Sea over the last forty years is too big to comprehend - see the McCrone Report for the projections. Part of that should have been used in the good years to build good renewables infrastructure. It's not too late, but it's certainly not in the psyche of the Westminster mob to do the sensible thing.
Not an unbiased report
Not too far into the article and here's this gem "mix of gas and nuclear "
I knew it - this is just another episode of the nuclear lobby trying to nix the alternatives.
I remember when nuclear was being touted as the greatest invention ever - the papers were full of stories that we'd all be getting free electricity for life, even maybe getting paid for using it, when we built lots of nuclear power stations. Seriously, that was the propaganda back in the 60's.
And that was not so long after Windscale (google it if you don't know). The governement and nuclear industry changed the name of that plant quickly, hoping the public would forget if it had a different name.
Nuclear gets lots of subsidy that we don't talk about. And then there's the elephant in the big white globe - decommissioning, and storage of waste that could obliterate civilisation.
Dounreay will take about as long to decommission as it was in production. A huge amount of money being spent there. There's a big hole in the ground which seems to be "bottomless" where the early days contractors just chucked their rubbish - of course it's radioactive, and has to be cleaned out and taken somewhere else. Incredibly vast quantities of waste that will still be lethal thousands of years after all of us and all of our known history have long been forgotten.
Nuclear waste cannot be safely kept for ever. It is criminal of our generations to burden the future with the costs and responsibility of dealing with our garbage.
Not public money
Baloney - the article clearly said that Nominet is putting up the funding for this project. Nominet is not a public body - there is no use of public money to set this up.
Methinks you've got your own agenda going here.
currency difference baloney
What's the difference between euro and sterling got to do with Microsoft pricing ?
There's a huge value difference between the dollar and the sterling pricing of MS product. But if I buy US product for use here in Scotland, then MS will have me over the barrel quicker than they can say counterfeit product.
So that's a baloney argument about price differentials between countries in Europe.
It's time to let Cuba in from the cold.
Time to bring them into the international community as full member.
Time for Europe to help overcome the far_too_long dearth of modern goods in that country.
Cuba have a health service that any Western country would be proud of, and that's under severe international restrictions.
If the USA want to continue their sad isolation, let the wall continue there, feed their pique laden righteousness. But let the rest of the world deal with Cuba as with any other country.
1 yr is retrograde
What's the point of a 1 year subscription ?
The 2 year is already cheap enough. What are resellers of these going to charge ? The big ones make only a few pennies on a 2 year sale, they're not going to cut their prices by 50%.
If you can't afford £6 or £7 for a domain, you shouldn't be bothering about it in the first place.
Also, I agree : after 10 years a lot of smaller business will have changed their contact details. Maybe a 5 year deal. But I don't see what the problem is with the standard 2 year subscription as it is at present.
It was Whitby, Ont. Don't think the Whitby folk would like being described as Toronto.
Anyway don't these bomb cops have some sort of spectrum analyser ?
I thought these airport machines can tell whether it's semtex, toothpaste, or whatnot.
Premium rates calls watchdog
When I read "The UK's regulator of premium rate services", I thought, great, finally someone is doing something about these premium rate phone call scams.
How wrong could I have been.
Ref : Now ask me ...
"If I need to use credit to purchase something, I get a cash loan. The banker never gets a chance to observe what I do with the funds. Nor should he."
Who in god's own name DOWNVOTED this post ?
They should be handed over, plastic cards held high, all personal pecadillos exposed, no shame whatever in their brainless faces, to the grasping gormless godforsaken minions of the Great Lord High Finance and His Prophetness on Earth - the Most Exalted Anonymity of the Financial Services Industry, on whose blessed being we pour all our wealth and trust.
The SNP government is actually well regarded as a competent administrator, getting things done quietly, on time and within budget.
For those projects within its control.
So, if they've announced they're going to do something, I will fully expect it will happen, and just as they've planned.
A problem already
Seems all the disties in the UK for us "small" IT businesses, have already pulled whatever stocks they have off their websites. None available from the likes of Ingram Micro at all. So much for customer loyalty - deny supply without any warning.
Just get off my back
As one trying to run a "micro business" I say to government - JUST GET OFF MY BACK.
Leave me alone to get on with the job.
If I do something bad, then punish me. But don't force me all the time to fill in lots of paperwork to show that I'm not being bad.
Make laws against bad things & bad deeds - punish me if I break them - but don't make me my own policeman.
Whatever happened to the rubbish spouted by the tories before getting elected about "red tape bonfires" ???
Tax breaks ? Well you need to make a profit first before that even becomes a consideration. That's the hard part.
re Economy is going down the swanee...
Bollocks, absolutely bollocks. The Scottish government runs a deficit-free budget. It lives within its means. Which is a million miles more than can be said for those useless corrupt numpties in power in Westminster.
Scotland's economy is performing better (marginally, but better) in every aspect than that of England. Scotland's politicians are positive about the future, ignoring the rampant naysayers of the labour party, who can do nothing but attack ecverything the SNP try to achieve. Who introduced the anti smoking laws to Britain ? The SNP.
Who brought out anti binge drinking laws, only to have them voted down by labour ? The SNP. And now the same lot that were against them in Scotland now promote the idea south of the border.
Who pays for personal care for the elderly ? The Scottish government, by an SNP led campaign.
Who guarantees free prescriptions ? The SNP government.
Who continues to give free public transport to the elderly and the needy ? The SNP government.
Who has been spending on capital projects over the last few years to combat the economic situation ? The SNP government, and now Westminster is finally coming around to the very same way of thinking.
Don't buy the "poor Scotland" baloney. Scotland pays in more to the Treasury than it takes out. And that's without counting in all the oil revenues. If independent, Scotland would be the richest country in Europe. Even than Norway. The Scottish oil fields have a higher return than the Norwegian sector. At least Norway has not squandered its windfall on illegal wars, on subsidising foreign financiers and bankers, and a thousand other money down the drain wheezes.
In many cases the law is not the problem - it's the requirement to document every action and non-action every step of the way which is overwhelmingly ponderous for the typical small business.
There's no doubt I break the law - or at least Regulations - every working day, as I just don't have enough waking hours to record in the prescribed form every thought and action I have.
the good Ms Gillard
Don't forget Ms Gillard is a pommie imigrant, and of the same political persuasion as our erstwhile Blair. So you could expect the same type of attitude and responses from her as we've seen from him.
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