Given where they had got themselves to...
.... getting Microsoft to pay as much as they did for the handset division was pretty impressive.
Now, if only they had applied that business sense earlier to not fall down the rabbit hole that they did...
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.... getting Microsoft to pay as much as they did for the handset division was pretty impressive.
Now, if only they had applied that business sense earlier to not fall down the rabbit hole that they did...
Bring back Mondex! Used it at university in the late 90s and I need a nostalgia hit
Lots of people use strava or other apps to plan their rides - a killer feature would it being able to accept tcx or gcx files for routes. Will have to investigate
Seems like a sensible set of proposals to me. I'm not that bothered about Net Neutrality for the UK as most (to be fair, not all) people have a wide choice of ISPs and if one starts playing silly buggers others will soon start differentiating to attract customer.
Take a look at the 'unlimited' debacle - it may have taken a bit of time, but there are mainstream ISPs offering properly unlimited access (for a price) if that's what you after. If you're not that bothered as you don't download a lot of data, there are others that will offer a cheaper deal. Virgin have gone a different way, with dynamic throttling rather than monthly download limits (I'm with Virgin - the dynamic throttling works very well for what I use it for). It wasn't fast, but it worked - I can see no reason why the same wouldn't happen without net neutrality laws if some ISPs started killing iPlayer bandwidth unless you / BBC paid them more money.
I can see in countries where certain suppliers have a virtual monopoly in an area this would matter much more - I understand this is a particular issue in the USA. But I don't live there, so they can do whatever they think is best.
At the time my route to work was walking through Tavistock squre, but that morning I and my wife had decided to go in early as we were both busy - quite a good idea in hindsight. The bus that blew up was on the route that she used (No30 I seem to recall) which went down the Euston road to Kings Cross but because of the tube bombs had diverted down to Tavistock Square that morning
Walking back to Euston later that afternoon was really very strange as all the tubes and buses had been cancelled, so everyone was walking. The streets were filled with people but it was very quiet with the mobile networks all still switched off. Walked up the other side of Tavistock Square on my way and saw what was left of the bus, before they screened it off.
Got one of the first trains out of Euston after they opened the station late afternoon - first and only time that strangers talked to strangers on London transport.
You must be outside the glasshouse before throwing stones.
I suspect the Baronness was reminded of the rule on her way out the door
I think I;ve read before about people who say they have 'golden ears' and can tell the difference between very subtle increases in dynamic range and sampling rate.
I however have 'lead' ears, which means I've never really been able to tell the difference between rubbish and amazing, or any grades in between. Which saves me money, as I can happily continue on my merry way with my £10 bluetooth earphones and MP3 files and get exactly the same experience as if I had spent £10k on some crazy super kit.
Ignorance may not be bliss, but it's a hell of a lot cheaper.
This kind of thing has been standard across central government since FoI became law 10 years ago. You have to choose to save off the important stuff (and there are archive systems to do this) and then everything else is cleared after a specified period of time - No10 have 3 months but I think the rest of Gov have between 6 and 12 months as the limit. Remember,this stuff has been in place since 2005 - storage was really very expensive back then and Gov IT budgets are limited (remember they are funded by taking money away from you as taxes).
The FoI Act specifcially did not include a clause to stop people deleting stuff before a request has been received to allow removing anything unimportant / incriminating (delete as appropriate :) )
Of course, deleting stuff after receiving a request will get you in a load of trouble.
Currently working on a project with a private sector business where they have SMEs rather than a single big integrator. It's a disaster (which is why I'm here to try and help fix it).
Just goes to show that if you don't have the fundamentals of IT delivery right, things will screw up just as easily with an SME as with one of the big boys.
Being a former civil servant, I'm usually annoyed when people mention Yes Minister as real life in Government tends to be stupidly complex and has lots of very good people doing as good a job as can be done in difficult circumstances (certainly just as good or bad as in the private sector in my experience - you just don't see them being eviserated in the press very often).
However, this has all the hallmarks of the minister in question being throughly Sir Humpreyed.
"Welcome to your new office Minister. Just read this brief on how wonderful we are. Oh by the way, you have a select committee meeting in 3 days where you'll have no choice but to regurgiate our briefing as you don't know any better yet, and then you'll be stuck defending us forever more lest you be accused of a U-Turn".
No. His constiuency is Witney, and I don't think the list of villages are covered by his constituency. I know some of the villages and they are very small and very wealthy. Seems perfect for FTTP.
I read that as 'i seem to remember Dunham was hot', as in the character Olivia from the aforementioned TV series...
My Dyson hasn't broken which is a surprise given the amount of plaster dust, rubble and other unsuitable crap I've thrown at it over the years. always impressed with the industrial design making it easy to take apart and find the random kids coloring pencil that it has sucked up
Didn't know that the G3 has a removable battery - will check it out
Good point. note 4 is a bit big for me but i may have to suck it up if i want a removable battery
... as I'm due an upgrade of my work mobile later in the year, buck sucky reception, no SD card slot and lack of a removeable battery come together to make a dealbreaker.
Shame really as I think my S4 is really very good (have had iPhones and Blackberries in the past) and I may be the only person in the entire world who quite likes Touchwiz and didn't find the S4 plasticky.
What annoys me more is that there is no longer a flagship android with a removable battery - using this as a work phone (with some games & podcasts added for my commute) I swap batteries more often than you would imagine and having to wander round the office talking on the phone while an external power pack is dangling away off the phone will annoy me.
Yes, yes, I should remember to charge it while I'm at my desk or bring my charger to meeting rooms etc, but I'm sometimes too busy and forget. A quick battery swap is easily the most convienient option, now sadly not available if/when i upgrade and choose a flagship android phone.
Felt very futuristic when we were using it at University in 1999.
A pox on these flashy modern gizmos.
Wasn't the Tower model all the rage in the late 2000s and Cabinet Office had now recommended public sector bodies to move away from it?
Unless the Beeb are way ahead of time and anticipating the inevitable pendulum swing back to it in 10 years time?
I think you're mixing up free trade and taxation of investments. The article is about taxation once a company has invested, though i think what's in your mind is protectionism in order to build up local industries in the way that South Korea and India did ( and the UK and US did much earlier). If youare interested in that aspect I'd recommend Ha Joon Chang's book 'Bad Samaritans' - he's a developmental economist at Cambridge.
Thinking about it, I'd be interested in Tim's take on that in a future article
It's not hardware that annoys me, its software. Now we get everything digitally, there are no more CDs to frisbee across the room in frustration.
Its a good thing iTunes never had a physical manifestation when I was using it in the past - an angle grinder would have been the least of its worries.
The first rule of the blacklist for crap suppliers...
... is that you don't talk about the blacklist for crap suppliers, lest their lawyers get wind of it.
"Of course you're a valued supplier, its just that someone else provided a better bid on this contract... and this one.... and this one.... and every contract we get a whiff you're involved in for the next 10 years...
... my usual option was:
j) Try and fix it and put in a worse hack than the original problem. After forgetting to check the code out and back in properly so some poor sap has to merge the code later.
Maybe that's why I'm not allowed near anything more complex than powerpoint these days.
Is this kind of malarky well paid? If so it sounds like the kind of indoors, easy to do, hard to measure work that I like to be involved in. Time ot polish the CV
I find myself thinking that Wally from Dilbert really has the right approach more and more each day.
In the words of a former colleague who worked for him:
"One of the few genuinely decent human beings in parliament".
I'd like to believe that he's raising this due to be being a shambles, rather than as a party hack scoring points.
... this really is the worst aspect of it, waiting not just for the handset maker but also the network (depending on your device) to bother to update it.
And my 2012 Nexus 7 has slowed to a crawl as I stupidly assumed that Google had tested its impact on on the Nexus devices before pushing it out. The upside is I did manage to use it as an excuse with The Boss to let me buy a Z3 Compact tablet which is great and give the Nexus to my son as a dedicated Minecraft tablet :)
While i appreciate I'm in a minority, the reason i bought a s4 was the sd card slot and removable battery. As a work phone, it's so much easier to swap the battery when it is running low than plug in and carry around one of those external packs while I'm trying to speak on the phone and there isn't a handy socket nearby. Similarly, work will only buy me the base storage version as any additional storage costs more and isn't really for work purposes (i have a 64 gb card with music, podcasts, games etc on it).
Quite sad as i don't think there is a flagship Android with a removable battery now.
It's time to give up on the idea of ever having central government IT functions unless the grade structure is changed. You just cannot recruit perm staff with the necessary skills if you are trying to fit into the civil service pay grades.
For example - bottom of the deputy director pay grade is somewhere around £50-60k (I seem to remember). A dep director is not a doer, he/she would be someone managing an entire IT project - the pyramid then flows down to the point where to fit in with the grades and salaries, anyone who actually does any work like cutting code or configuring development environments could be on a maxium of £30k ish (my guess is the old HEO grade in DWP, or Grade D in HM Treasury). In Central London.
Now, I'm not saying that you can't live on £30k in London, but anyone half decent could make more elsewhere.
Maybe if you're an author it sucks, but for general office related tasks it seems to work well enough for me. I couldn't get on with LibreOffice, but then I think that's only because I'm so used to Word everything just felt in the wrong place.
.... as Scoobys and EVOs have been doing it for years and years. My track car was a 2003 Impreza that I fettled to 320hp. There are plenty being ragged around by boy racers (and slightly older racers like me) that are even older.
Wouldn't want to put that kind of power through just the front wheels of a car of that vintage though...
I've done track days with all of the major UK operators and visited all of the major UK tracks and never encountered an operator or a circuit that bans front seat passengers.
Timing, handheld cameras, back seat passengers, all regularly banned. But never front seat passengers. Sadly I had to sell my track car last year and haven't been on a track day for about 14 months, but I can't imagine things have changed so radically in the last year.
Agree - a sure fire way to screw up a central gov IT project is to let Cabinet Office get wind of it and send people to 'help'. My advice is to brief security and not let them in the building.
Just because the next generation are not using it now, does not mean that their tastes, preferences and watching / listening habits will stay the same as they get older.
An example - if you looked int he 1960s at the number of spotty youth listening to classical music, you may have concluded that it'll be almost dead in a generation. Instead, its still going strong with mass audiences for Classic FM, Sky Arts, Andre Reui etc. My Dad followed this trend, where as part of the boomer generation spent his youth listening to the Beatles and Rolling Stones. As he has got older he's added Bach and Brahms to his listening - something he would have never dreamed of in the swinging 60s.
1. Central gov employs hundreds of thousands of people, and deals with sensitive information all day every day. The likelyhood of a complete muppet doing this is pretty high. That does not mean that everyone in Gov is an idiot.
2. From my experience, private sector organisations are just as bad. Came across an example recently that made my mind boggle, but you'll never read about it in the paper as the company will never tell anyone and it wasn't personal data or anything covered by the data protection act so it is not obligated to tell. Stupid things government does ALWAYS ends up in the paper
3. Don't have enough information from the story, but posting a disk encrypted with very strong encryption may be appropriate given the outcome of the risk assessment. The headline might be fun, but actually it could be a non-story (but that doesn't sell papers or get unique vistors). Use the right encryption software and the disks will be nothing but coasters to anyone who doesn't have the NSA's encryption munching capabilities (maybe not even them depending on what they used to encrypt it).
If you're in an area with crap broadband, 9 times out of 10 it's because there are not enough of you willing to cough up the cash to make it worth anyone's while to install the right solution.
Exchange only line? Either FTTP or re-run cables so there is a cabinet you can get FTTC through. Bloody expensive per property in both cases and unlikely to be worth it for a few people paying £20 a month.
Too far from the exchange? Probably not enough of you to make it pay to install FTTC or run FTTP. Unless you each want to pay £100 a month for your broadband so the installer can get their money back.
Bloody miles from anywhere? You're on your own pal. Only option is to put the hard work in yourself and get together as a village to sort it out with one of the small suppliers. BT or others are not going to do it for you as it will be too expensive.
Government has thrown a bunch of cash to help sort it, but while you can give BDUK a kicking for the way that it has spent the money, its always going to be spent to get the best bang for the buck and it was NEVER going to be enough to get everyone more than a basic connection no matter how it was distributed and whichever companies were involved. You can think that the Government should spend more, but then you have to take the cash from elsewhere (nurses, doctors, police, teachers, roads etc etc).
... before the obligatory "500Mbps, I can't even get 2Mbps, rant rant, rave rave, evil BT etc etc" post. I would have bet on that being 2nd post at least.
... is already reserved for the OneDrive sync designers.
This improvement will mearly make their eternal punishment slightly less agonising.
(It has got better, but still catches me out sometimes)
... will be can it take a decent detailed snap of a fair sized whiteboard with much squiqqling on it in a single picture.
Important for the vast majority of users of this I suspect. My old Blackberry Bold sucked at taking pictures of my squiggles on whiteboards.
If it makes using Outlook Web access and share point less painful in IE then I'll be happy. I use chrome or Firefox to access OWA and the company's share point as IE 11 is so flaky with it.
I can only assume the engineers who developed OWA and share point were as fed up with IE being crap as the rest of us and coded it for decent browsers.
Not that I have found so far but I'm not a stickler for these things
Actually typing this reply on my z3 compact tablet - very pleased with it so far. I chose it over the ipad and Samsung offering due to the water proofness as it is small and light enough for the wife to use it as an e-reader in the bath
This used to be the usual practice for government procurement. Tender released on 19th Dec (as the procurement team goes on Christmas break), with the response due back on 5th Jan so they can get stuck in when they're back. One member of the team then occasionally checks emails (i.e once a week) in case anyone has asked any questions.
Good to see CCS is keeping it old skool
Actually, UC as a concept had been hanging around DWP like a bad smell for years. IDS is the one who said "Yes" when every other minister before him had said "No".
As I understand consultants only got involved once the decision had been made and they were asked to make it happen.
The truthers have invaded El Reg
We're all doomed !
... as it really annoys particle physicists :)
Just as you should always tell chemists they are glorified cooks, biologists that its all just plumbing in the end, and management consultants like me that we are all overpaid, know-it-all, useless bastards :)
So the part of my comment "can't find much either way on Google?" passed you by?
Anyone know if the Samsung Galaxy S4 will get it any time soon - can't find much either way on Google?
It's not my place to defend Tim - I'm sure he'll respond if he wants to. On the substantive points at the end of your post:
1) utter utter tripe. There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest this, and all of history would suggest otherwise - where technology replaces or reduces human effort we move on to do other things. Where that extra wealth goes to is a separate unrelated issue.
2)not really anything to do with robots replacing humans. Good polemic, worth a discussion by itself as social democracy as your favoured model is a type of a market economy political system that you say had failed, and has no specific quality that would address the problems you state. In fact, national self interest (which is one of the things stopping effective action on climate change) doesn't seem to be limited to any particular economic system.
What are you blathering about? Replacing jobs with machines is one of the main reasons we're not all working in the fields to try and grow enough food so we don't starve. The distribution of that future wealth is a moot point - the fact that the future will be richer doesn't say anything about who will get the riches, but their existence means that there is a chance of things being better for all of us.
This is pretty basic economics. Something most of those who originated the whole 99% /1% slogan could do with educating themselves on
All this study proves is that things in the future will be RICHER
Fixed that for you. If anyone doesn't agree, go and read a few Tim Worstall articles in The Reg's archives to educate yourself.
... are some of the most difficult to sort out. There are patches of 80 & 90s builds in East London on Exchange Only lines that are longer than you might think and the Cable Co ignored them when they were doing their 90s build out. Really the only option is 4G, WiMax of some kind or FTTP. FTTP install in London to domestic premises is so expensive whoever put it in would never get their money back.
New builds on the edge of towns like Cheltenham are a nightmare as well. The copper line topology for the town will have been designed ages ago, so it is a case of just finding where it may be possible to run the copper bundles given whatever duct space and spare cables you have to run a telephone service to the new build. I remember seeing a map of one where the best route ended up adding several K to the distance on the wire run, while the exchange was less than 1 K away.