149 posts • joined Wednesday 4th April 2007 11:59 GMT
Re: The next giant leap
Unfortunately, unless the all new and improved version that's now much faster and more secure comes with new features you're off to a losing start. Try convincing your manager or the finance team:
a.) That the new version will be the same as the old version, heck it might even have fewer features.
b.) That the new version will cost (assume relatively tiny app) 20 man months to develop, document  and test .
c.) That whilst the new version has no new features it will be faster and more secure .
 A robust design will need to be well documented if it's to be a reliable platform for future versions.
 A robust design will still need extensive testing shurely, it's not going to be bug free and arguably as a new software baseline could be more buggy initially than the predecessor version. Better the devil you know.
 Well it was faster and more secure until the requirements creep started...
It's a people problem
It always makes me wonder who is responsible for the success or failure of a company? Even the most competent, dynamic and intelligent CEO is to some extent at the mercy of inept staff and lower level management (although you would expect the CEO to remove the dead weight) . Likewise, an incompetent or indifferent CEO will be offset by a capable engineering and/or management team. Does a CEO on their own have the magic touch to turn a business around ?
Re: Not really a ‘car’, is it?
Suggest that you go look at the website and read up on the schools that are seriously following this project. No you're probably not going to put a 1,000mph car into general production itself, but you will gain insight into any new electromechanical designs, chemistry and material science breakthroughs as a result. And possibly convince a few kids that they don't want to be Wayne Rooney.
This is actually an efficiency saving
After all why expose just a partial data set by leaving a USB stick on a train/bus/back of a taxi. You won't even have to replace the lost one.
Lee I just want to say - long post and yet you had me hooked and reading from start to finish.
I couldn't agree with you more. Have you considered writing a customer service horror stories and "how not to do it book" ? :)
My impression of CCWF
"'We've moved away from doing it cheaper' (Thank god)"
Really? The overriding emphasis I got from attending day 1 of the event was that everything was cheaper "in the cloud" because you "only pay for what you use". (I didn't attend the HP / SAP presentation unfortunately.) The aforementioned terminology did seem to get bandied around a lot along with the "single pane of glass" expression I'll add to my buzzwords collection. There was also an abundance of dashboards, dashboards, dashboards - lots of vendors with pretty control panels on display.
I get the idea that cloud probably represents a step in the right direction and does indeed seem to offer flexibility and versatility our world demands. However, questions over whose local law your data is subject to and vendor lock-in still remain. I took El Reg's advice (from a previous cloud article here) and asked a vendor about avoiding lock-in. Sure enough, he didn't have an answer!
Side note: Entrance to the venue was a bit of a shambles - long big snaking queue of people all waiting to scan in at only 5 shiny terminals.
Re: Red matter is bullshit
... dispatched via a naff little rocket launched from a rickety metal gantry where, after ascending at about the speed of your average domestic firework, it suddenly covers several million miles to reach its target.
I've seen that movie too.
Re: So what /should/ have been done?
That's great but what happens when you simply cannot access the machine (i.e. no networking, no remote PC, X completely locked). That's a reboot for you. And hope that when X starts post-boot it doesn't freeze again.
Just managed to convert an existing Debian box into a media centre. It was more painful than I was expecting but at least the result is pretty good.
On a side note, thumbs up to:
Linux kernel, Grub (with Raid), Debian, XBMC, Subsonic
Thumbs down to:
Alsa, Wifi setup
This is most likely a step in the right direction. But is it priced in a way that will tempt me away from waiting for a few months to get the DVD release cheap from play.com et al? Probably not. Just my opinion.
I had a similar story with Scottish Power. I had the usual quartely 'your meter readings are due' email reminder. Logged in to Scottish Power and noticed that the previous meter readings were unusually low (in the 00's) instead of around the 7000 mark. Turns out the previous reading was supplied by someone who turned up to read the meter.
I thought nothing of it and entered the correct readings. Scottish Power's website then proceeded to tell me that I owed them £9000. Of course you are then locked out from supplying any different readings for that day. Rang customer services, on hold for 30 minutes! (Argh) and was told politely by the operator that she was also locked out of editing my account. However, to her credit she at least rang me back 15 minutes later to say she'd had a word with her supervisor and managed to correct everything. Although she did say check the follow up bill and call them back if there were any problems. I notice this becoming more common practice these days, get the customer to do the work that the service/utility provider should be doing themselves and not allowing to happen in the first place.
"secure dns uses public key crypto to generate digital signatures of the output from strong hash algorithms like md5 and sha. 1024 or 2048 bit rsa keys are never going to be broken in "roughly 3 hours", except for the dumbest hollywood movie scripts"
Uh isn't MD5 considered reasonably trivial amongst the available encryption algorithms? And a 1K or 2K key seems good but surely if this serves as the DNS root key you would anticipate that there would be a *lot* of parties interested in breaking this key with the computing power to throw at it.
But then I know little about DNS so flame away.
Never mind the computer games, violent films, gory books and so on.. The thing that really brings the red mist down is watching MPs with their snouts in the troughs, bankers taking huge bonuses whilst pissing the economy away and any special privilege granted to the political and social elite.
And yes, young people are smart enough to realise this also which probably helps explain why the youth of today are so angry.
 ok, ok, youth have always been angry.
"A solar plant the size of one nuclear reactor will indeed produce sod all electricity. But a million solar plants, each the size of an average houses roof, will produce a considerable amout more."
And how many years will you need to generate electricity from those million solar plants to repay the initial massive outlay in emissions and materials required to manufacture them and accompanying spare parts in the first place, before you start saving the world?
To all the hippy types like Dominic above. So you're willing to cover most of the landmass and most of the coastal areas with wind turbines then. Obviously think nothing of the emission and raw materials cost of all that aluminium and steel construction and infrastructure. Think nothing of the year on year cost of maintaining and servicing all this countrywide engineering gear. Think nothing of the regular blackouts when we do actually get nice hot still summer days.
Sure, mix some wind power (amongst others) into the total energy provision but only where its appropriate, i.e. foster R&D into improving the efficiency/output of the things.
However, large scale centralised power output is most likely the only way we will be able to achieve independence from fossil fuel whilst maintaining current demand. (Ensuring every tom, dick and harry has their own wind turbine/solar power system is again a massive manufacturing effort to churn out product + spares, again something the greenies are not keen on)
As for future demand, a previous poster mentions electric cars which no doubt the hippies are raving about. Get on your exercise bike + dynamo if you want to use that car in the morning.
With hindsight its a damn shame we haven't invested more time and effort into researching nuclear. Even worse that we've effectively sold it all off. Come back all is forgiven!
Oh and Dominic raising the price of electricity merely penalises those who are struggling to afford it anyway, the elite energy abusers will barely bat an eyelid.
 or attach wheels.
Before CP: My 2 kids are known to me, my wife, some friends and family, GP, local hospital, local school, HMRC, child benefit office.
After CP: Any one of 300,000+ dullards who fancy an idle trawl of the database today/tomorrow.
Hmm, which one is more secure? Which one do I have at least some sort of idea of how/where my data is/being used? But then I'm just 1 out of millions of people right? Security through anonymity in that sense, nothing to hide nothing to fear right?
The great social conditioning experiment rolls on...
Is all very well and good, but until the likes of Virgin Media wake up and realise that there is a legitimate reason for upload as well as download backing up anything over 100meg is still going to take ages. USB stick for me still.
@OpenOrifice blah - Tim J
I must congratulate you on your excellent FUD comment.
I use Office 2007 at work - from time to time it crashes or formatting goes wonky.
I use Openoffice.org 3 at home - from time to time it crashes or formatting goes wonky.
Note that the above comments are less vague and hand wavy than yours.
"...G rated only programs (24/7 teletubbies). As you do not have the expertise to identify suspect material they will also now select the books, internet sites and all other literature that you are able to read..."
Careful now... our friends across the Atlantic found Teletubbies offensive 'cos they thought that Tinky Winky was a gay icon. TV channels with just 100% pure advertising are the only way to go. As long as there are no Cadburys flake adverts.
"I wonder if they've fixed that in this release -if you've ever tried to install packages outside of the package manager on Debian you'd know what an understatement "difficult" is."
Am I feeding a troll? Aww go on, have a little tidbit:
Yes, however this is true of any software package with dependencies that you're trying to install on any platform, not specific to Debian. It's also an 'edge' case that you're not using the package manager, surely not an everyday thing. Although specific to the .deb system at least dpkg tells you what the required packages are + their version numbers.
"fried steak, hot metal and even welding a motorbike"
There seems to be a link here, fried, hot, welding (specifically a motorbike though wtf?!) all suggest the astronaut is smelling their somewhat irradiated suit after coming in from out of the cold.
Maybe this geezer could try ironing spacesuits with an x-ray machine to reproduce the scent.
Do you get the feeling that Wacky Jacqui sleeps with the light on, maybe she's just a frightened little girl inside. awwww!
Of course, there are other players at work in this ridiculous parade.
Agree with 'luddites'
"It's a good thing, as would be a car that could drive itself and completely avoid all accidents."
Ah the self drive car. Now that would be cool. Given the lengthy commute these days I would be far happier reading a book or playing a game on a laptop rather than seethe at all the idiocy on the roads. Myself and all the rest of the 'perfect' drivers being included in that idiocy of course.
Lets hope we can hurry up and complete the national ID, ContactPoint et al databases. It'll make a dodgy contractor or disgruntled employee's life so much easier. At least someone will be happy.
Was the wool turned to nylon?
Y'know as in:
Mary had a little lamb;
She tied it to a pylon,
ten thousands volts shot up its ^&*^
and .. so on.
We need to know. If someone has already posted this elsewhere, that means there are *2* really sad gits in the world.
Virgin Media update with regard to Phorm
Just spoke to a lady from VM in regard to a recent complaint letter about broadband reliability in my area. I happened to ask about Phorm, having contacted them previously about it and whilst on the phone.
The good news at least is that she was very much aware of Phorm, it sounded like many other customers have also been in contact with the same concerns.
Anyway, she stated that all VM have *at the moment* is a technical adviser from Phorm but there is still no actual implementation on the horizon as it were.
The bad news is that she trotted out the same 'it doesn't store personally identifiable information about you' line. She also insisted rightly or wrongly that it does not perform interception of your web stream. (WTF? I'm sure you'll be thinking.) The final comment from her reiterated that there is nothing in the pipeline yet in terms of implementation.
So the ballet goes on.
 I'm apparently going to receive a sparkly new cable modem. Whoop! Shame it won't come packaged with a glittery new infrastructure too.
Bah what's all the rush
And there was me thinking that the newer Postman Pat series was souped up (shown on CBeebies recently)! Personally I still prefer the much older 'originals' where Pat might just about have a cup of tea before delivering a letter, or help dig Ted Glenn out of a snow drift. Old school.
Nice to see all the spittle and froth in response to my comment some weeks ago. Interesting reaction considering I don't disagree with the theory of evolution. Way to go zealots. What I was trying to say in a nutshell was "never stop questioning", maybe I should have just posted that in big crayon letters.
"Hm... what does abiogenesis have to do with evolution, exactly? That's right, nothing." Ok I hold my hand up here and say I know nothing, tell me in big crayon letters why the two are unrelated given that one follows logically from the other? Or maybe my definition of evolution is inapplicable here.
And suppose that a fossil was found that dramatically changed the way we perceive natural history (please note I'm not saying how), what then would all the absolutists do? After all we've only seen something like 3% of the total fossil record.
Carry on Flaming. Oooh saucy.
It does seem that there is a disparity between Google churning out software and other 'houses' churning out software. And in this respect, according to the comments above, Google can seem to only poop rainbows. If other 'houses' churn out bad software, even in a so-called benevolent fashion, they're placed firmly and squarely on the crap pile (especially our favourite bad boys: Microsoft), but not Google. Just remember, there is no definitive Kool Aid, rather a number of different flavours.
OMG!!!1one The real reason for the national identity database
So that civil servants have got an effectively infinite source of 'identities' to pretend to be whilst on t'internet.
I predict there will soon be a website called whodoyouwanttobetoday.com which at the click of a button ('I feel lucky' anyone?) will serve you a new identity chosen at random from 1 of 60 million possibilities.
Just remember I claim IP on the above and 50% of all resulting revenues.
@Why the fuss?
"Since evolution has been proven beyond all rational doubt, those that do doubt it are ignorant, stupid and/ or insane."
That absolutely made my lunchtime. "Scientific theory proven beyond all rational doubt" - I'm surprised it didn't make the papers. You were there then were you? When the first molecules spontaneously began replicating themselves and mutating over generations? Hurry, the Royal Society probably would like to talk to you.
But seriously, a theory, albeit a very good theory, it remains.
@Open office is crap.
"Have any of you actually tried to use it for anything important?"
Ok ok I'm feeding the MS troll but here goes. Actually yes I have used OpenOffice, I use it on a regular basis to produce newsletters with complex formatting. And yes, it works just fine thank you. I guess you're anon because you're an MS employee right? 'Get the facts' *snurk*
"Besides, how is MS giving cheap software to education a BAD THING? Or, at least a worse thing that indoctrinating them with OSS/Linux instead?"
*sigh*. So will you still be parroting this shite years down the line when the MS Office 97-2003 doc format is obsolete and no longer supported, but unfortunately for all the users they still have thousands of documents stored in this format? Ironically, I suspect that at that time the only software capable of reading the obsolete documents will be OpenOffice.
Repeat argument ad infinitum
"Why don't you want to be updated without being informed?"
You must be new here. If feature X worked yesterday but no longer works today *because* the silent update introduced a bug with the new release, I am sure that you would like some clue as to what has changed in the system. Or maybe you don't :o)
'"We don't have to pay for wind power - it just comes to us naturally," BWEA chief Maria McCaffery'
You my dear are certainly full of it. Wind power isn't going to cut it, may I be one of the 'I told you so's when the lights do go out.
Of course no one ever committed any violence before those nasty films and video games started appearing in the 20th century. Repeat the previous sentence until the end of the universe.
Having said that, lower age classifications guarantee more bums-on-seats in the cinema. After all, the rather impressionable sub twenty year olds are always the first to be targetted by the marketing crews.
In other news, it rained in Britain today.
To agree with one of the earlier posters I don't know anyone with a Blu-ray player, but lots of people with DVDs.
Besides, all this HD TV is a load of crap, who cares? Surely it only really makes a difference if you're a videophile with an ever expanding tardis-like lounge which will accomodate a bigger and bigger TV. Most people are not videophiles and find that DVD on their existing entertainment systems are just fine. I've got a mid to small sized widescreen TV in the corner of my lounge with a couple of SCART inputs, I bought it for about 150 quid. DVD films on it suit me down to the ground. When it dies, I'll buy another budget TV, if it happens to have HD then whup-te-doo. Who actually spends a couple of grand on a TV anyway? "I must do something with my credit card but I just can't think what". Anyone with this problem, I can help.
 That started to sound a little bit like the A-Team in my head, but I couldn't be arsed to find the actual quote.
And to add insult to injury, Google are of course based in the States so whilst they are happily sat there in front of the screen pillaging and plundering our data to generate ads, the American government can look over their shoulder. There's a good patriot, lad.
Does anyone actually *genuinely* believe that the removal of Labour from power will put a stop to the totalitarian survellience society that is steadily making its way in?
I for one will certainly be glad to see the back of Labour. It's been a while since I've actually seen or spoken to anyone that thinks that Labour is doing A Good Job [tm]. But, supposing the Tories win the next election? When they're standing there with the keys to the estate as it were, are they actually going to say 'No, we'll relinquish the power and control amassed by the previous government"? Are they going to say "We're no longer going to bow and scrape to the EU, IMF, USA, etc and fight for the good of Joe Public"?
Are they £$~%@%#
I'd like to say do a bit of spring cleaning and toss all the current politicians (and their boxes of expense claims paperwork) onto the street. It's a nice daydream. Unfortunately having read 1984 we already know just how that daydream ends, smack bang in the middle of square one again.
Stop complaining about OOXML
It's a perfectly acceptable and well-defined format for document representation
Those countries that have complained against the ISO process are just causing unwarranted delays and are blighting Microsoft's good name
We can trust Microsoft to deal with document format obsolesence as they have always served us well and looked after our electronic archiving best interests these last 20 years or so
ODF is clearly inadequate in the face of the rich content and power offered by OOXML
I've just recently discovered that OpenOffice is very poor at word processing and will be replacing it with MS Office 2007 immediately
No, Office 2003, 2002, 2000 or 97 don't have the richness I need, only 2007 can fulfill my requirements
In fact whilst I'm at it I might as well get prepared for the goodness that is Windows 7 by upgrading to Windows Vista, my productivity will leap 70%
And now I must go to the pub, via the way of the bank of course, I'm feeling a little heavy in the wallet department.
So you're on holiday, taking a break from the rat race and absorbing some of the local culture and you decide, in all the wealth of things to do... to watch TV. And are willing to pay £229 to do so. "A fool and his money.." and so on. Who goes on holiday to watch the goggle box? Flames icon, 'cos no doubt somebody does.
 Just the one *hic*
- iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job