86 posts • joined Monday 18th February 2008 09:37 GMT
Couple of corrections, massive bias
Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge (>>*LABOUR*<<) attacked the DWP's poor record on building the new benefits system, saying:
"Confusion and poor management at the highest levels have already resulted in delays and at least £34m wasted on developing IT. If the Department doesn’t get its act together, we could be on course for yet another catastrophic government IT failure."
Why is the £34m wasted, whats the basis of this argument? If its an Agile implementation then its built in stages so why is it wasted? The mention of weird and exotic project management seems to be more based on not understanding how Agile works?
Re: Why bother?
Cut out the middle man.....
Ironic in this case that they use MS technology but you cant have everything ;)
Re: Interesting ...
Buy a dehumidifier, we have a part solid walled house (old part of the house) and it did the trick to remove the fridge smell from some of the rooms we dont use in winter. Additionally our neighbour has put this product on and reckons it does the business, Wallrock Thermal Liner.
Also when I replastered the walls and ceiling in the office, I had that bubble wrap with foil on both sides stuff fitted, the room is now 2'c warmer than the other rooms.
Re: Enough bickering you lot...
Rifle range.. them yanks like shooting stuff... with a few magnets it might be possible to shoot yourself in the back of the head, Darwin theory
See other reg article about £35 million spunked on gov websites.. now this is the new skool, done on the cheap version.. with the server under the desk of the grad student...
You commentards are just never happy!
Bye then... we'll survive without Street View... interesting how big corps from US always think they can just muscle their way around Europe, obviously didnt learn anything from Microsoft's mauling!
Google will be next.
Hope the EU stands firm, as opposed to UK gov who would happily allow anything for a nice well paid job after the election.
Binned our "OpenWide" account because of this VbV arse... card details were taken from somewhere, no idea where as I only buy from about 10 sites. Anyhow VbV was reset.. off they went shopping around various clothing sites. "OpenWide" didnt block the card at all and processed the lot of them £2k worth, even though they were in China!
When reported to "Openwide" they didnt consider them to be unusual at the time like WTF and also hit me with £20 overdrawn charge for the pleasure!
I asked if it was possible to limit transactions so they can only ever be authorised in the UK but apparantly they cant do that?! Probably around companies offshoring transactions no doubt.
This is the same company that when I want to transfer £5 between accounts I need to have the physical card, a stupid card reader and enter my PIN.
Needless to say, demanded £20 back and account closed and good riddance...
Could someone explain how letting anybody utilise your expensive dataset without payment is a good thing.. Yeah public paid for it blah blah, but they also return a lot of money back, e.g. maps, licensing etc
I dont really get the ROI for this, it doesnt even seem to be an undercover privatisation thing ie. fast buck sell off and dont worry about the long term profitability or product quality (no money who will keep it updated after year one)
Sure, I'll pay more tax on broadband if you give me a reduction on the council tax. As I dont have a school within miles, dont have street lights, no library, no community centre, swimming pool or in fact any service from the council, except tipping a bin once a week.
But I expect you want me to subsidise your bag right? .....Its about living in a society that you take the good with the bad, rather than a selfish I'm all right Jack attitude, similar in fact to how the banking sector has operated??
I get a very stable 8Meg connection with Eclipse
and my nextdoor neighbour gets an unstable 1Meg connection from BT
Maybe your neighbour is an idiot then, BT are only responsible up until the master socket. Are you saying that Eclipse magically replaced all the cabling to your house.. err no they use exactly the same BT infrastructure!
If your neighbour does some rubbish DIY phoneline extension that causes so much noise on the line that ADSL can only work at a low rate, you cant blame BT for that!
Start by disconnecting the extensions, and replace any worn out phone wire and ensure its terminated correctly. Use google for research and remove the extra bell wires that you dont need to reduce noise (30second job) and then replace the 50p face plate with a decent quality one (£10-15) Hey presto, cometh the superhighway!
I like to kick BT as much as the next man, but you have to get your own house in order first! If you pick up the handset and can hear noise on it, how exactly do you expect ADSL to work fast on it??? Do the checks, make sure your wiring is in order, then report it if its still a problem and BT will come out and fix it!
"In the year 1970, the UK had fewer than 2000 dependent heroin and cocaine users; by the turn of the century there were 100,000 in government treatment programmes and as many as 200,000 more in the population."
Let me think.. err would this be supply availability and nothing to do with legality at all! Fewer people moving between countries and therefore fewer drug mules = higher cost to buy.
To imply that making it legal would reduce this is complete rubbish.
All dealers and users shouldnt go to prison but be sent off to some remote island 40 miles off shore away from the rest of us. Job done...
promised further celebrity endorsements
Nice.. thats how we roll these days huh... how about celebrity juries and a phone in vote to decide if your guilty or not??
Think there is a town/rural divide maybe?
I'm with the locals on this one.
If a burglar is casing a joint during the day, you might notice them loitering about and clock their license plate number.
If you think Police response times are shite in a town or city you should try calling them when you are 15 miles out of town. Not forgetting when you are pretty isolated to start with and their are fewer eyes and hands about to help or notice anything etc.
F8ck google, life can continue without their perv maps....just buy a bloody GPS if you are so crap at finding a street!
BBC Bashing (Again)
Is it still flavour of the month to bash the BBC?? I cant think of a better company that could get the message out and highlight the problem which ultimately is a benefit to everyone.
As for lawyers, its like asking a gardener if your lawn needs cutting......the answer will always be yes, cheque is fine....
Maybe there should be an international taskforce that collects botnets, disables them and alerts the user.
More importantly how does the glam chick go from straight hair to curly hair in the time it takes the car to rotate? Women of the world need to know! and us poor guys who have to sit around waiting...
Not convinced myself
If you spent any serious amount of time hunched over a table then you can expect to put your back and lock your neck out... I can remember all those fancy trackerballs and pen controllers linked up to BBC Micros in the 80-90s and only the humble mouse has survived!
I can already display photos using a PS3 on to a 48" HD screen and spin them about.... but without having to wipe the sticky fingerprints off the "screen" afterwards
Still waiting for something amazing to happen with this surface technology.... so far its not got past the excitement of having photos on a table and pushing them around, all very eye candy but really how useful is it??
What is everybody smoking these days?? Stabbings etc have been going on since the dawn of time, but just because there are a few Daily Mail stories exclaiming that every kid in Britain carries a knife, smokes drugs and shots people we now have the Police tooled up, zapping people.
Every taser should be fitted with a camera and every discharge should be logged and open for review on PoliceTube.
Then we vote on the clips and those where the cop blatantly popped one off because he had his other hand full with a burger should be sacked.
I've always found it strange when you hire a US built car in the US, the outside fittings feel like cheap plastic and you can bend them about; It has a V6 inside (allegedly) yet drives like an old skool 0.6 litre Fiat Panda.
Its no wonder that nobody wants to buy them and the US car companies are in such mess
"moan at the BBC month"
Since when has it been up to the Open Source Consortium (OSC) to determine what is and isnt news. Obviously its just trying to cash in on the "moan at the BBC month"....for its directory of nothing useful website.
"I dread to think what they may find searching online for him"
Yeah be terrible if kids actually found out about the real world huh... better to cover them in cotton wool and pretend everything is fine and dandy...
Since when did kids do extra homework and actually pay for music anyway????
one time cards pt2
I've been using one time cards for over 3 yrs now and was the main reason I chose Cahoot for my current account... its great as you can set the upper limit so the online company cant run up more than you have authorised and you dont have to remember where you put your wallet to buy something! :)
I dont know why more banks etc dont use them!
VbyV not as annoying as Nationwides rubbish card reader
Like some of the other comments VbyV has saved me loads of money, as I've given up many transactions when asked for the stupidly long and complicated password! I've had to take to writing it down now :s
Though to be fair, its not as annoying as the stupid Nationwide card reader system, where you have to have the main account card inserted into a reader to do anything!
My wife and I have a joint account, the web side is registered to the wife's card and as I do all the finance I pay all the bills. Now I cant even pay bills without physically having my wifes card!
If the battery runs out, then you are screwed (its not a normal easy to hand battery), if the reader breaks you are screwed as you cant pay any bills until you get a new one.
I cant register my card online, as the joint account is already registered for online access and there is no obvious menu inside the online bit to add a second card holder, or any reference to how to do it under their FAQ. So I'm affectively locked out!! No doubt I'll have to drive 15 miles to the nearest branch with 50 different IDs to get access or spend 2hrs on a phone to some clueless sword.
Total rubbish system, I've never had any online account breached so dont see any value in it whatsoever and currently trying to convince the wife to move accounts because of it!
Technology making life simpler???? geee
Amazing the number of complaints...
1) are you being forced to go HD freeview?
err No, so what is the problem?
2) Will your wife run away with the milkman because you will only receive corrie in low-def??
err No, so what is the problem?
3) Football in HD.. so kicking a sack of air in low-def vs kicking a sack of air in hi-def, make any difference to the outcome of the game?
err No, so what is the problem?
Buy a book,, talk to the wife and kids, look out the window.......its just TV
Doesnt this breach the Human Rights Act?
Article 8 - the right to respect for one's private and family life, correspondence and home
Article 9 - the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
Article 10 - the right to freedom of expression, freedom to hold opinions and freedom to receive and impart information
Article 11 - the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association with others
Or did I miss something??
On another note, think everyone in Labour should be forced to watch "Taking Liberties" - A documentary profiling the actions of New Labour and the impact this has had on civil liberties in the UK...
Next, clear all cookies marked as "SECURE" (in Firefox, go to preferences > privacy > show cookies. Delete only the cookies marked as "Encrypted connections only").
What if you visit the site and it doesnt have "marked as SECURE/Encrypted connections only" It has JSESSIONID, WT_FPC, and a couple of Apache... is that good or bad :s
"I live in Bury, so I assume I'm going to have to fork out for this debacle.
Perhaps they could stop wasting money on flowers (Bury has won Britain in Bloom twice) and use that to cough up the dosh instead of hitting my council tax bill."
Grim up north I tell ya....Spot the northern, rather have a grey town than one full of colour and pretty stuff.... nice :s
At least with the flowers you can see em and therefore where your money went... unlike refuse collecting or lack of, policing or lack of... etc. etc.
Remind me.. how much that aircraft carrier is going to cost.. £30billion?
hmm...which would be more useful to the UK population?
bit of short term pain?
Is this a case of short term pain for long term gain?
High prices of energy seem to be forcing people the right way at the moment, ie. less car journeys. more people working from home etc. Plus Its increasingly looking like cars will be of a non-petrol variety in the next 5-10yrs.
We have replaced our oil heating/cooking for electric and will be putting in a log burning stove in shortly to get us through winter.
So if we are forced to change from getting our energy supplies from Middle East/Russia/US etc. and become increasingly self sufficient is that a bad thing?
Yeah it takes a while, but so what. I have a 12Gb backup "space" with a cloud provider, my only criteria is that I dont want the data lost.
I also backup to 2 different USB drives locally but to have an offsite capability is worth its weight in gold.. ie fire.
I dont care whether they are DPA or anything else simply because its digital photographs. If you loose the pics they are gone forever, no going back to negatives I have a number of pics that are from deceased relatives so wouldnt want to explain that one if they happened to get wiped!
At £50 a year or there abouts highly recommended.
Blimey you guys must be lucky if you get cinema quality films at a cinema.. when I go to my local megaplex the film is always blurry with what looks like pubes bouncing around in the lens regardless of which screen its on.
I consider going to the cinema the equivalent of watching a knackered VHS tape out...no wonder the cinema is barely a quarter full each time
In other news...
The case was escalated to the Competition Commission by the Office of Fair Trading at the end of June. It received submissions from Sky, Virgin Media and others raising concerns.....
. on whether they could freeload off the back of other broadcasters' budgets for R&D whilst maintaining complete control of their own fibre and satellite infrastructure and not putting a penny towards future development.
Today Sky and Virgin announced record profits thanks to increases in "child" benefit payments originally designed to reduce child poverty and a new service called "US+7" where the entire US output is pumped on every channel time shifted to GMT. This radical new service allows Sky and Virgin to limit doing anything creative and for viewers to watch endless shite until their eyes bleed and their brains rot.
Half Baked Reporting... again
"UK taxpayers have the pleasure of supporting Ordnance Survey’s activities to create maps of the >>*entire*<< UK"
OS are self funded and not *funded* by the taxpayer, less than 5 mins of google work would have cleared that one up!
So what if a local authority buy their maps from them? Someone has to be paid to produce maps, nothing in the world is free, who paid for the satellite, the satellite launcher? They buy them even if compelled because its been decided that we would like some decent quality to our map data. The Open Street Map may be great for London, but outside of the M25 (Yep quite a lot of the world is outside London), the data is completely useless, doesnt have anything beyond A roads and B Roads.
If you are pushing towards dicing them up just like the Post Office, you end up with a unsustainable business.. Freetard Cherry Picking hmm what Post Office... ??
On your bike.. El Reg thats a 20mile cycle to your nearest Post Office.
hmm that looks quite uncomfortable, cant they add a large steering wheel like a bus driver would have? :)
"It isn't at all clear that the rest of us, who don't live near Heathrow, should submit to having brakes put on our national economy just so that local residents can have untroubled barbecues and weekend lie-ins. That benefit is purely for them - but we would all share the costs"
Thatcher would be proud of you. Isnt this a case of reverse nimby? ie. as long as its someone else's patch its fine? Whats the recommended sleep period vs operating times? Yeah screw those young kids they dont need to be asleep before midnight.
Exactly what are these mystery benefits? or do you mean that company x makes an extra million pound profit which goes to the upkeep of the MDs private island, rented out to your MP at mates rates?
Limited runway space will ensure priority to its use, rather than just another plane load of chavs off to Spain which drains money out of the UK.
Seems you can do anything these days if it brings in a couple of cleaning jobs and a HR department.
What happened to government for citizens rather than the big corps??
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