61 posts • joined Tuesday 11th December 2007 11:23 GMT
left libertarian, please
Something not to forget
It is already a nightmare to provide technical support to customers that have different releases when these releases have gone through proper testing at all levels, it's going to be hellish if every customer has different snapshots.
They have been used by prisoners to dig tunnels...
What sort of contract do these people have?
My contract specifies reasonably precisely the functions and activities I have been hired to fulfil, and if my employer would try something like that, I'd lawyer up immediately and sue them for breach of contract. An employment contract is a two-way street, in which I agree to work 40 hours doing X, Y and/or Z. If employer did not provide me with (enough) X, Y and/or Z to do, employer is in breach of the contract.
Probably a rhetorical question
Considering this study wasn't a solo effort by Mr Garcia, but was co-executed/authored by a member of staff and a student of Nymegen University in the Netherlands, what is to stop them publishing it in the Netherlands? Or did I miss the bit that says that the Dutch have to care about UK court rulings?
There are three parties to this dispute, and I am sure that at least IBM will argue that project costs exploded because the requirements the customer wanted implementing were not the requirements it tendered for. That's how IBM (and others) make their money: the knowledge that the customer will want something else.
Fine is fine, but why not go one step further?
To stop these cowboys cold calling, fining them is great and all that, but I do believe there are a few further steps that can (and should) be taken.
I assume this company operates a telephone exchange or switch(es), and as such are subject to the rules of OFCOM (they come in a Big Fat Book together with the licence to operate such devices). Rules broken, revoke licence.
Try and cold call someone with two tins and a piece of string, you twunts!
Glad to see there are at least still a few techies that have enjoyed/dured a classical edumacation.
And yes, it could have been just plain 'terram' (accusativus directionalis) but the original (and the mangled sub-heading) had the 'ad' with it. And yes, 'ad' always takes (or "governs") an accusative.
It's only been 25 years for me, but someone it won't release the brain capacitiy I need for Haskell or Erlang
ad terram, actually
It was worse. IBM The Netherlands actually concocted an OS/2 + Windows in DualBoot crAptiva, and sold it to its retirees!!! Disaster! I did tech support on the bloody things, and guess where my nickname comes from :)
There were also quite a number Choose'n'Lose machines: You booted the first time and had to choose an OS: Windows 95 or Warp... guess the shock if someone called in that actually had chosen Warp... invariably by accident.
Mind you, Compaq shipped pre-installed OS/2 Warp long after IBM actually discontinued the product.
Re: The suspect hasn't been named
Does go to some silly extremes though. A while back there were articles in the papers that elderly couple Joe and Isabel Smith (names altered because I cannae remember the originals) had been murdered in their home. The articles then went on to relate how the police had arrested the prime suspect, the couple's son, Andrew S.
No poisoned chalice
Most European legal systems don't give a hoot about how evidence was acquired. in this case, information was handed to a private individual who then reported this to the police. No case there, because it wasn't the authorities that did wrong.
Secondly, even if it had been the police that broke into Skype's offices, hacked their computer systems and found the name, the evidence would still be admissible to try to convict the perpetrator. The police officers would, however, be charged with breaking and entering, computer hacking and whatnot. Two separate offences.
Cloud: The ultimate in vapourware
As long as nobody has a standard definition of what is and what isn't cloud, I can define it myself and see if my customers pay extra for it.
No blacklist, but...
Government officials that state that "they do not operate a blacklist of vendors" are speaking the truth, but only in as far as that there is no list headed "Do Not Buy from These".
What there is is a list of "Risk Multipliers". The "cost" of any bid is assessed as the product of the price quoted and this multiplier.
So, all they need to do is make the multiplier for Fujitsu so extreme in relation to all others that the only way they could beat the "cost" of others is to do the work for free (in which case they'll probably be in violation of some price dumping legislation)
An another little problem...
Since the clearance of Silicon Glen, all IT experts had to move abroad
wow, and can you make phone calls on one?
Not really the end of the world
Considering that Java is now a dull, enterprise back-end kind of language, coded in by boring enterprise guys like myself, who cares that development of the language moves at the speed of tectonic plates? I mean, the application I'm co-developing just moved from Java 5 up to Java 6, and that only as a required platform; half the code has not been updated since Java 1.3. Enterprises sure ain't waiting for rapid development cycles; they want solid, bug-free (asif) software.
I know Java isn't sexy, it isn't what the script kiddies like, and it's not at the bleeding edge of computing either, but by-and-large it gets the job done, and it gets an awful lot of jobs done these days.
If the uptake of various career choices is so heavily influenced by media portrayal, then why are there men in IT, or in Engineering, or any science... or the police force?
Any indication of how the membership of Interview Street is split between Chinese and others? It might well be that having 14 chinese coders in the top 20 is not an indication of anything... could be a bit like saying that 95% of hyves.nl users speak Dutch...
I'm just a simple coder
so I don't quite get why "something which tracks how many users visit a page" needs to be a cookie at all.
Shurely, you count visits on the server hosting the page, rather than having the server put a cookie on the client that can then be queried by the server to say "hah, look, visitors += 1"...
(Windows user, because I'm obviously not smart enough)
I know this song that will get on yer nerves, get on yer nerves, get on yer nerves, I know this song that'll get on yer nerves....
Maybe it was the same scene?
or -- due to lack of acting talent -- the two scenes were indistinguisable?
Facebook has ads?
Never yet seen any advertising on Facebook. What's that? Ah no, I'm not disabling AdBlocker tyvm
That's why we invest in
Business Continuity Management
A title is optional and must consist of letters and/or numbers
And a "Remember me" tick box. Hope this is in line with the rather confusing cookie regulations. Too complex for a simple software developer to understand
*sigh* This is why some consider democracy to be a bad idea
For one, even if the "bring back hanging" (e-)petition got 200,000 votes, and even if there would be a parliamentary majority in favour, it still won't bring back the noose. For that, the UK would first need to withdraw from just about every European treaty it ever signed: EU, Council of Europe, etc etc.
And if they did that, having a death penalty or not would be among the least of one's problems
A little credit where it is due
Ok, it had to be forced on them by FOI requests, and 7 forces failed to even honour those, but at least it shows that police forces have a policy, that they report and prosecute violations (at least in some cases), and from the examples they've given, they are disciplining violating officers for the right reasons.
Obviously, I have no idea how big or small an iceberg this is the tip of, but some plods are now ex-plods for farting aboot with systems they shouldn't have. No reason to stop being vigilant, no reason not to be more vigilant, but at least someone is doing something somewhere.
Will we be allowed to
store a cookie with your cookie storage permission status?
how does it define 'users'?
Only at 39? I do believe the German Health Minister is 36
Surely only quote sources
if you want to become (self-)defence minister of a major European country
I sure hope she can find something like Col. Deering used to wear
Mine's the one with the misspent youth in the pockets...
Is this a test of gullible reg readers?
The study by Professor Lau is old. Inkling magazine published a report on it in March 2007 according to its website
Obviously it's a web site, so its timestamping has probably been doctored...
Fingerprinting kids so they can pay for lunch or check out a book?? What the flaming fuck are these people thinking? That's just Wrong!
"Oh, it'll stop kids being bullied out of their lunch money"
So now we can expect a wave of kids being bullied out of their fingers?
One Big Difference
Great and informative write-up. Would like to point out one major difference between Cablegate and the Pentagon Papers is that the publication of the latter was accompanied by journalistic analysis (which is what got Mr Sheehan his Pulitzer), something completely lacking from WikiLeaks.
But I grant that indeed you compared Assange to the NYT and not to Mr Sheehan.
Disclosure: Mr Sheehan has been a hero of mine since I met him after attending a lecture at my uni 20 years or so ago.
The major effect of this
will mean less job security for women of child-bearing age; at least now someone *can* sue when being dismissed for getting pregnant. Yes, I know, annoying when you're a small company, but there's always an excuse.
Secondly, how will this generate more jobs? It might generate more vacancies, but the only way this is going to generate more jobs is by letting employers hire more and more personnel without thinking of the consequences and before it may be economically viable. And a broke employer employs nobody but the administrators
Not owning print book?
"Well, you don't "really own" a print book, either."
Care to explanify? Is Mr Bezos going to come to my house and take away my Penguin edition of _1984_ ?
So like Sun...
Oracle will not make the test kits available?
From a personal perspective, btw, the best thing Oracle could do is to kill Java; would mean I could immediately start demanding pay rises for having legacy skills