212 posts • joined 29 Jul 2008
Re: I get the impression Govt projects *never* plan for change
> the basic principle of taxation doesn't change <
I'm not so sure. The principles do change.
To take one possible change in the pipeline - married couples' allowances. Might the (re-)introduction of that hose your data model and code base - or could it handle that with just a soft configuration change?
(Well outside my domain - would genuinely like to know).
Possibly the best country in the World
I am in favour of low taxation jurisdictions offering solutions that put pressure on high tax jurisdictions to compete. (Also applies to Switzerland - no coincidence I suggest)
Re: lipstick on a pig
.... only you wouldn't expect to apply the pig's own bodyweight in lipstick. You might even be able to use the same tube of lipstick to more than one porker.
Re: Why can't they write some new programmes?
Well the big budget revamp worked for Dr Who I'm told. (Never seen the post-hiatus Who.)
Word Perfect largely has itself to blame for it's demise
While I don't dispute one could do a great job with Word Perfect back in the 1980's - IMHO it made Vi and Edlin seem like user friendly text processors by comparison.
Ease of use (by the untrained majority) was where WP 5.1 lost out to Microsoft Word V2. The much belated Windows GUI version of WP stank (yes I know about the hidden api stuff) but they never caught up.
By the time MS lost the plot with the ribbon it obviously had all been over for 15 years.
A bear of little brain asks...
Is difficulty 'moving data' the burning problem keeping people on XP?
So it's nothing to do with losing perfectly functional 16 bit apps; retraining lusers on crappy UI's; legacy hardware with no Vista (and later) drivers or the inability to run Office 2003 on Windoze 8 then.
I know XP arrived when PCs still (just about) came with floppy discs but.. (see icon)
File size limit
The other hidden gotcha with these services is the maximum file size - last time I tried Microsoft's Sky Drive it was 100 MB for them.
This pretty much stuffs storage of HD movies, large database backups and large encrypted containers (i.e. pretty much the only things that would potentially soak up terabytes of space) - unless you fancy splitting them before uploading.
Welcome To Marketing
... the Department which always has the hottest babes, the ugliest dudes and the ethics of an anthrax bacillus.
Whistleblower == outsider?
Perhaps your average family guy / team player / good old boy is less likely to rock the boat. Whatever else, you have to admire Bradley/Chelsea's cojones.
Paris? Blowing a different kind of whistle.
Re: A question from a young'un of 31...
>I have wondered WTF was the bloody point of Windows 95, 98 and (trigger warning) Milennium Edition?<
NT 3.5 won me over and 3.51 was a revelation. It was games which kept me (and millions of others) dual booting into DOS/95/98 well into the noughties. Doom, Duke Nukem etc. needed to hit the hardware (the ports you get now weren't available and would probably have been too CPU/RAM intensive even if they had been). Most business DOS apps could be coaxed into running on NT with various degrees of pain.
256 MB RAM? Luxury!
Microsoft - scarcely known for their lean creations - in 1995 shipped Windows NT 3.51 which ran very well with 32 MB RAM on less beefy CPUs than smartphones have today. 256 MB was still a fair size for a desktop hard disc. Win NT 3.51 was perfectly capable of running background services and multi-tasking.
I know it's chalk and cheese but I suggest some perspective is needed.
Form radio buttons - I am a spammer=default
If one is looking to reduce post spam - a radio/options array on the HTML form with 'I am a human being' not the default option foxes 99.9% of the script kiddies.
If the bot can get through that and/or there's anything more precious you're protecting - captcha's probably aren't going to buy you much more.
accidental killing ... by a US helicopter gunship
There's accidents , there's reckless homicide and there's murder for 'fun'.
Clip (with crucial audio)
Why aren't these guys facing a Military tribunal?
Prevention is NOT always better than cure - but to appreciate that you have to apply more sophisticated reasoning than an amoeba.
The same dilemma exists for screening healthy people for diseases in medicine.
'Screening' starts with the default assumption that the patient has heart disease, breast cancer whatever - and you then set out to prove the negative.
There is always a false positive error rate in whatever test you apply.
Therefore one should accept
1. normal people are going to be misdiagnosed
2. if the damage (and/or number) of misdiagnoses exceeds the benefits (and/or numbers) of correct diagnoses you abandon the screening program
Harvest (say) a million internet transactions to catch the one in a million by a p@edo/terrorist/tax dodger. Say your test has the unbelievably impressive false positive rate of 0.01 percent (1:10000) and 100 percent true positive rate.
You will 'detect' one terrorist whilst falsely accusing 100 innocent people.
Not looking so good for the snoopers - even with highly optimistic assumptions of prevalence of bad guys and performance of the screening instrument.
Re: Jobs bonanza!
>the job adverts for thousands upon thousands of people to check the content of billions upon billions of URIs to categorise them<
Nah... cheaper to issue a whitelist : .gov.uk .bbc.co.uk Job's done.
Re: Attention grabbing title ?!?
Running Mountain Lion and Windows 8 on Bootcamp on a Mac Book Pro (8 GB RAM / i5 2.5 GHz / 250 GB SSD). Windows 8 runs like a rocket on this admittedly silly money kit - imagine the Air in this review might be a bit underpowered.
Install (via USB NOT DVD) flawless and perfect hardware support. Do not be an berk like me and try to partition the Windows disc from inside Windows.. (I totally bricked both OS.. needed to reinstall from scratch) .. otherwise totally recommended.
I do Windows based development but need Mac for testing cross-platform stuff. I would buy a top of range Windows laptop anyway and would otherwise need a separate Mac. So stll quids in.. just.
Why no stills from the movie?
I have never seen Avatar (yes - I'm the one) - whereas I am familiar with Roger Dean's work.
Everywhere these news stories are replete with pictures of Roger Dean's LP sleeve art. None of them have stills from the movie. It's almost like Cameron doesn't want his work copied.
Hmm... we're firmly in London's upmarket commuter belt here but with some Conservative marginals in Herts. And then of course Bucks is being skewered by HS2 - if you're having half a million squid knocked off the value of your property this might make you feel a tiny bit better.
BT were ever the wh*re to the incumbent government.
Re: Users of the Tor traffic anonymizing service are currently locked out of Facebook
Hmm.. we routinely block traffic from all Tor exit nodes on our (non-registration and wholly uncontroversial) web site.
I am sorry we have to do this.
I support and occassionally use the Tor service. However the bad traffic emanating from >a relative few< exit node IP addresses is staggering i.e. vulnerability scanning, post-spamming, scraping, high speed rule breaking bots etc. I don't think much of this traffic is actually routed via Tor - people just put a Tor exit node on their box to give them plausible deniability.
G-Cloud - a solution in search of a problem
The problem being - how does the Government get a press release which make them look hip with the cutting edge of technology?
We must be grateful I suppose that the Coalation only p*ss*s hundreds of millions up the wall on this kind of BS rather than the billions New Labour used to,
Re: 2-in-1 WTF?
OK I think it goes like this..
The Spice Girls had a song 'Two become one'.
Ginger Spice aka Geri Halliwell - sounds like Haswell.
re: We want a new OS just not this one.
Actually UI wise - I want Windows 2000 / Office 2003.
>how we got into the position whereby our leaders, or moreover, the people behind our leaders care so little about the privacy and rights upon which most of our nations were founded.<
Because the media and Lumpenprole demand the sacrifice of freedom for security from pedo-drug dealer-turrorist-tax avoiders.
.. just because the (otherwise) advancing edge is melting doesn't mean the glacier is retreating.
Through Internet2 we can support a small number of very large flows
Hmm.. does this look a little like Internet1 circa 1990?
i.e. it's high time they allocate 99.9% of the address space to US govt institutions, universities, megacorps, bagel stores, kindergartens etc. before the rest of the World gets a look in.
Re: STOP THE ROT
Pity you posted anonymously - I want to have your babies
Re: If more proof were needed...
True - but there are people out there dumber than the politicians.
The average child murderer or terrorist bomber does seem incapable of emptying (much less wiping) their Internet browsing history and cache - let alone fathom VPNs, anonymous proxies, MAC obfuscation etc.
This does give the illusion that a mega-log of everything an ISP sees could be trawled for suspicious activity.
Re: Another PR stunt by MPs
change the law OR change the tax rate to compete with Ireland.
Why should UK based businesses pay more than any business based (nominally or actually) in Ireland?
Re: the efficiency of plants converting sunlight to fuel is abysmally low
Hmm... efficiency not the whole story.
When solar panels have renewably sustained 99.9999999% of life on Earth (excluding hydrothermal vents) for a billion or so years AND while doing so laid down as much fossil fuel - get back to us.
Re: In a mental institution..
No actually you're wrong there.
"Care in The Community" (National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990) a.k.a. all but eliminate inpatient mental health - neglect or underfund community care - came in right around the end of her administration.
Research is no defence...
One assumes they'll catalogue any terrorist manuals (and worse) out there on .uk
I assume the legal framework must give them specific immunity from the default assumption that copying to local storage='making'
zOMG - you can only learn to program on a Pi
>Running Ubuntu means there’s no reason why the NUC can’t be used to learn programming the way the Pi can<
Is there any reason that one can't learn most second or later generation languages on just about any mainstream OS running on any piece of hardware?
Brilliant marketing concept -
1. managers can get hard ons playing directly with 'Big Data' until the next buzzword comes along
2. they never understood RDBMS and SQL anyway
3. they never figured how to create a table in Microsoft Word
So as long as the graphical user interface looks like Excel these BI guys have a license to print money
Re: Popping Clogs
>hobble an old vista pc to continually boot loop, until only a handful of people survive.<
Vista booting eh - your would be victims will likely die of old age before it gets there
Re: Login cookie for TOR
>nonces in the TOR authentication protocol<
Double entendre intentional?
@Peter 26 VPN
Don't know why you're copping downvotes on this. I have to use a VPN on BT ADSL at my parent's place to get access to certain ports >at all< never mind BT's throttling, the obvious monitoring of URLs you attempt to visit etc.
FWIW I use VyperVPN. Being a US company this probably also saves the CIA the effort of requesting my traffic logs from gov.uk ;-)
If the malware had placed a picture of a murder being committed onto your hard drive it would be an evil and unpleasant act.
However would you thereby be placed in a position where you would be accused of murder?
Re: What about UK?
Why bother with the porn?
For the UK they could just plant a random data file with a size evenly divisible by 512 on the victims hard drive.
"That's a True Crypt file - open it if you're not a drug-ped0-terrorist"
Nothing to hide nothing to fear. Guilty until proven innocent.
Re: On Radio 5 Today ....
>some young men now prefer anal sex as they think pubic hair is disgusting<
Non-sequitur - what about the young men who prefer anal sex with hairy bums?
Well I would
I think Diane A's kind of sexy.
I think her politics stink but I imagine she'd have her mou** (cont. page 69)
Doing the maths
Say there is a 1 in 100 chance that a serious sexual assault on a child will be brought to justice - a depressingly low proportion but probaly not far from the mark IF you take within family offences into account.
The probability that 200 independent serious sexual offences will be committed with none being brought to justice is 99/100 to the power of 200 or about 0.13
So how lucky was Jimmy Savile feeling - or are a fair proportion of the allegations poppycock?
Re: What was more shocking was
Even in 2001 when this Tweenies episode was made, its audience would not have known who Savile was - at least in this context. He stopped being a regular TOTP presenter in the mid-1980's.
Re: Commentards Unite
Hmm - many a true word spoken in jest.
Paris? Because we haven't seen enough of her on The Register of late.
I've owned a Browning Hi-Power and fired Glock 9mm's. I've also shot .357 and .44 magnum handguns.
Both the 9 mm's allowed me to put 2-3 times as many bullets into a man size target at 20 metres per unit time.
If you get to draw, lift and perfectly aim your weighty Desert Eagle - and make that first shot count - fine. Otherwise you may achieve little more than deafen yourself and your target. But once you start trying to rapid fire the magnums you struggle with the recoil and getting the thing back on target.
Heathcare sector in the UK
I do work in UK healthcare IT - and have done for 15 years. I have no formal IT qualifications just clinical ones.
UK healthcare IT
1. Is totally dominated by one utterly ignorant, imbecilic and fickle customer - the NHS (or in fact the DoH)
2. The money is cr@p unless you can get on the increasingly elusive consultancy circuit. Gone are the heady days of Nu Labour and management consultancies throwing zillions at morons.
However that doesn't mean you shouldn't try this sector given your background.
Robet Helpman makes an excellent point. Domain knowledge is helpful and even valued by most sensible IT companies.
Also IT work is not restricted to taking a monkey wrench to hardware and cutting code. Good systems analysts, people who can read and write functional specs and documentation, trainers etc AND have worked in the industry the software is being supplied to are few. If you set out on that path you may find yorself with plenty of choice of work in this sector - but as I said - don't plan on retiring to the Caribbean at 35.
And don't kid yourself it's an escape from the NHS. If you work for a supplier to the NHS - you'll still be at the sharp end of the Political BS.
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