48 posts • joined 16 Dec 2007
The problem with economics is that to the tidy mind it offers superficially attractive remedies to very complex problems.
Re: Build council houses
Enforce a use it or lose it. The supermarkets have massive land banks.
Could you elaborate on what's faddish about GDS, Andrew?
I've been quite impressed by their work (as shared on their blog https://gds.blog.gov.uk/) and I count them as one of the few successes of this government (as evidenced by the so far smooth rollout of the new polling database - in comparison to the recent e-borders payout).
I can't tell if your bile is aimed at GDS specifically or government in general, but I would be saddened if it turned out that a political bent for libertarianism undermined an appreciation for well managed agile engineering practices.
AWS is cheaper than outsourcing your data centres to Accenture...
shame it doesn't work
$35 million sounds like "the cost of doing business" ie a slap on the wrist...
Something a bit more punitive might have helped. Not to mention criminal charges and jail time for US Infosys execs and execs of companies who outsourced to them.
Re: Gee Plus Only (for now)
youtube yes, gmail no.
Although you can't do much with google talk any more if you don't have g+.
Since I don't want G+, I can see the very real prospect of being forced to re-acquaint myself with email servers and bayesian spam filters again.
Re: The fact is CD needs a lot of resources - and not everybody has them
These things are possible. I remember this talk covering some of how you can approach the solution,
However, the best way to deal with the problem is not to have it. If you can adopt a component architecture (SOA, Microservices, plugin frameworks etc) with loose coupling then you should have a component simple enough to perf test for anticipated use and to be able to put it live without requiring downstream releases.
We're still missing mature open source frameworks to support CD
There isn't an application orchestration engine (that I know of) as mature as the Puppet/Chef infrastructure tier and this forces us all to a lot of painful in-house custom work. I've used Glu and Capistrano and both have problems. Asgard might work next time I'm on AWS again.
These aren't selling. Flea markets in ME/Asia are full of marked down units.
As a long time Debian user who has to use CentOS at work, I can see why some of the differences could grate.
Have you tried CentOS by the way?
Re: Burning Gas = Electricity
It's more efficient to use gas in homes than in power stations. Gas is an excellent store of energy and you get a lot more power out of burning it in your home than out of burning it in powerstation sending it to your home as leccy (losing 40-60% during transmission) and then turning it back into heat (and losing some more).
We should stop using gas in power stations. The only reason we do is because it's cheap and easy to throw up a gas turbine whereas it takes years of planning to build equivalent wind turbines or work out where you're going to bury nuclear waste.
Re: The only difference..
Yeah, but they can loan it to yourself.
ministers need a building which
makes a nice photo op....
The mental overhead of writing in one language and debugging in another is too high.
Is it time to switch back to Enlightenment again?
our company uses their cloud expenses app
it works very well, the assumption being that it is to discourage employees from filing expenses...
Re: your skepticism is confused
which is why they need to be balanced by other sources (wind) across a continent wide smart grid (where the productive day is also longer) and storage solutions can be made use of (eg Norwegian water storage, but there are other ways).
The Against the Grain podcast explores this a little bit.
your skepticism is confused
Because you can't imagine how the human race could beat global warming you refuse to believe in it. That's quite normal. It's not rational, but then few people can think rationally about such an abstract subject.
However, as a tech journalist, I wish you were more inquisitive and read the non-military news. We've just opened super-connectors with Iceland (Geothermals) and Norway (Hydro storage). Siemens (Desertec) is building super-connectors to Morocco where solar concentrators offer a rare-earth elements free method of generating vast amounts of electricity.
Against the Grain just broadcast a really good interview with Gar Lipow on this subject, where he goes into some detail on the technological solutions we already have and how we could pay for them here and in the global south. Simply put, If there was cross-border state investment in expanding the projects I described above we could generate 70% of our energy from renewable sources in less than twenty years.
Also this week's Analysis explored the topic of political prejudice in some detail and why people have trouble adapting their opinions on these subjects
Both would be worth while listening to and would offer a lot more of value to you and other readers than the sort of sensationalist pap that I'm more used to seeing in the Metro free-paper.
Re: 300 patents?
They learnt well from US (who did same thing after kicking Britain out).
Shoreditch was so named because it was originally the City of London's open sewer.
Can you feel a bit of the glamour now?
Always the problem with incubators is kicking out the startups which don't succeed.
To me Old St === insurance. Mind you, plenty of insurance internet startups...
The Nationwide website is on the blink every day. The hilarious thing is that that they seem incapable of grasping the fact. Maybe the servers are fine and is just the network bridge to the internet outside of swindon towers which is foobarred.
I liked Ru's answer best
We're at our most adaptive and in a position to learn most when we're young.
At a university you are guaranteed to be challenged to a certain minimum level and to spend all your time constantly learning new things.
You might be so lucky in your first job, but you could easily get thrown in a corner and taught a lot of very bad habits.
If you are hugely ambitious (this probably matters more than smarts) and are confident that you can drive yourself forward then a degree probably isn't necessary. For anyone else, you might get lucky - but you'll probably drive yourself down a dead end career.
If I were an 18 year old today I would get a degree in agricultural engineering. Lots of very old farmers about to pop it and a huge shortage of fertilizers coming in the next 40 years. You stand to make a mint.
what happened to el reg skepticism of press releases?
These are their estimates and don't include estimates for the damage that drilling will do to local economy (destroying farming).
I've not read anything that good on the Register for years. many years.
ff4 was painful
It might be because it attempted to migrate my profile (I remember that being why firefox 3.0 was so painful).
Anyway, it slowed all of our computers (mac + linux) down too much.
Much happier back on ff3.6.17.
the problem is short-termism in business and government
It's businesses which sell their IP down the river to China for a quick boost to earnings (no doubt linked to Executive bonuses). It's businesses which undermine the loyalty and pride that most employees want to have in their workplace just so they can save a few bucks that look good in one single quarterly earnings report.
And then government goes and copies all the worst things about businesses.
Why bother studying when it's increasingly just rote learning for the benefit of school league tables and of no benefit to your future career at all?
Why bother healing people when you can get them more ill and then squeeze more money out of them (or in the UK: why bother healing people when the most important government target of the week is empty beds).
These stupid targets are set by governments who think everything should be measurable just like in a logistics business or pizza restaurant.
Only the Germans and the Chinese (and a few other smaller economies) have a systemic respect for the complexity involved in and flexibility required in running a modern country.
And I blame big business for that because it was their policy to lobby for and support braindead governments less likely to oppose them.
depressingly negative provincialism
We should be celebrating the ability of these companies to attract VC and even generate profits.
Where there are independently wealthy trust fund kiddies dabbling in trendy nonsense, they deserve to be skewered but there are far more of those types draining oxygen out of the talent pool through internships all across the city.
Name dropping Nathan Barley is a tired cliche that was already pretty old when the tv series came out five years ago.
The only thing which makes sense is to hook up the whole shebang with the EDF. Why would we want a navy which isn't integrated into Europe?
Alternatively, if you're an anti-European we should just get rid of the navy and rely on the Americans.
Either way, there's no more point going it alone. Hasn't been for years.
Shouldn't he be playing Zynga's latest extension to the Farmville franchise, "toffs and oiks"?
i do sympathise
In my business at least, I have watched as we've sawn off the bottom rungs of the career ladder and exported them to Eastern Europe.
And then there's the people who offer to work for free for three months (in Central London I might add) just to get some experience.
Seems like the only way to get off the ground these days is to have a trust fund or to have been running your own business since you were 16.
Reg fails usability 101
Wow, the second page was so short I got bored of clicking next. What gives?
I preferred Warren Ellis' take.
You guys are getting lazy.
I like gmail offline
So will noscript protect me from XSS attacks?
Are these the ones that fish eat?
If so the invasion problem is less a jellyfish one and more of an issue about over fishing.
There's an interesting study on Cape Cod somewhere which talks about the failure of fish numbers to recover. Apparently the same jellyfish that the cod used to eat now eat the cod eggs.
Mother Nature sure has a sense of humor.
trains cancelled today
due to lack of snow. I confidently expect them to be cancelled tomorrow due to "lack of snow".
I believe the problem
with melting the ice caps / glaciers for terraforming processes (or indeed throwing comets at it) has always been that the low gravity on Mars means too much of any released atmosphere would leak to make settlement viable.
my girlfriend will want this one
because it comes in red.
Shame really, the Debian support for EEE is getting very good.
i like bendy buses
double deckers are so sloooooooooooooow at loading/unloading. I wish I had seen one ticket inspecter like _ever_ but if they do get rid of them, it will make the busy routes take literally hours longer end to end.
what about gas prices?
Things carry on the way they are in Russia and an expensive gas plan that reduces the amount of gas burnt might start to look very attractive indeed.
bunch of comment troll muppets
If you want a new job, it's worth boning up on "just getting out of university" questions. If you're smart enough to work at Google it wouldn't take long. The technical questions would be a breeze.
What they've established by interviewing you is that you're not committed enough to wanting the job, which probably means the recruiter shouldn't have put you forward. You're "happy" in the job you're at. End of story.
There are disadvantages to 3+ interviews, however. If a company can't get organised enough to go from square one to making an offer in under a week, they're likely to lose the best applicants to nimbler hirers. In a buoyant economy, of course.
have used expedia plenty
is cheaper than booking direct from many airlines, eg BA Turkish. It's also easier to find the cheaper flights
Re: Peak Oil
Whilst there's plenty more oil, there's not enough easily accessible oil to keep supply growing faster than present demand (at least at recent historical prices).
ERGO Exxon physically and economically can't grow it's oil supply rate fast enough to keep up with demand.
Soon the price will have spiked far enough to make less accessible sources of oil economically viable, but that is exactly what peak oil is about.
It's not a swindle by Exxon and other oil companies part of some sinister cabal, it's simply fundamental market economics too complex for your simple little mind to grasp.
It would work over occupied territory* if total air superiority had been achieved.
ie Iraq for the next 100 years.
say something, anything.
I don't think you're saying anything except new technology means new ways for people to conform or not conform.
At least Colbert has a target with truthiness and Manjoo a point with "post-fact societies".
journalists need to stop buying the CBI propaganda line
Business will leave the country for two reasons.
1) High operating costs drive them out (part of which tax is a factor, but so has been the strong pound, cheap green field sites elsewhere and the larger skilled labour pool in developing countries).
2) Inadequate education system not providing numerate and literate employees, fractured transport system shrinking size of labour pool and making logistics more expensive. Health & Service (eg postal, electricity etc) costs adding too much to cost of doing business.
The Chancellor has to walk a balancing act between those to possibilities, but the CBI doesn't care one whit about (2). Once public services have been hollowed out for a generation by cheap taxes, businesses can simply upsticks and pull the same trick on other countries.
It's sad that a lot of otherwise smart people continue to believe that business naturally has the best interests of the country at heart. It doesn't. It has the best interest of its shareholders at heart and they're as likely American, Russian & Chinese as British.
the productivity gap.
The problem is that the difference between a good programmer and an average programmer is an order of magnitude in terms of productivity and yet the pay gap is unlikely to be more than 50-100%.
Lo, our employers want the demonstrably good coders and there just aren't enough to go round. We set an aptitude test that anybody competent could ace after a weekend scanning old torrented java blackbelt questions. Two thirds of applicants fail miserably, all after having claimed they've 3+ years relevant industry experience. It's pathetic really.
So yes, there is a skills shortage. But it's also a global thing. Doubtless two thirds of Indian coders are also rubbish, the difference is it might still be economic in terms of productivity to employ them.
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