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Ministry of Justice IT bods to strike over outsourcing fears

JimC

Re: Still have an area that's completely...

OTOH there have been many fewer deaths and injuries down the mines, many fewer people crippled with silicosis, all sorts of things like that

Deep mining was/is a damn awful industry and its fairly hard to wish it back again. The failure to find new employment to replace the old is a nationwide phenomenon, not unique to mining or indeed unique to any particular flavour of government. How does a government create real new economically productive jobs in the Western world? Tell them, they'd all like to know.

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These 'Shared Services' ... can also deliver incredible savings.

I'm sure that's literally correct...

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US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine

JimC

Re: > just that the track record to date has been poor in places.

That ought to be a gloriously understated ironic comment, but I have a terrible feeling he's *not* got his tongue in his cheek...

Hey anon, you're not the bloke who, when I was tin shaking for a charity back in my student days, gave me a five minute lecture on how we should be demonstrating outside the houses of parliament instead are you?

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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

JimC

Re: 4.5 billion years ago

Hey, that's no issue. Because the event was so, well, world changing, its kinda embedded in the "memory" of the atoms of the planet, and so its a part of every human makeup. It's all related to the same "memory" for want of a better word, that makes homeopathy work.

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

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as spam offences go

I.think this one scores about 0.5 on a scale from one to ten. Still, one shouldn't deny a bloke his hobby and the standing up in court bit is kinda fun.

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Australia iOS ransom gizmo-snatch OUTRAGE not our FAULT: Apple

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if millions are in trouble

Then the system is up the chute because its abjectly failed the people its supposed to be serving, and if you can't see that but carry on bleating about secure passwords etc then you are part of the problem.

The complacency in our industry that blames the user when the systems we provide for them are demonstrably not secure is a big part of the problem.

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Swiping your card at local greengrocers? Miscreants will swipe YOU in a minute

JimC

Re: If only...

Verify signature?? That's even more naive than expecting Internet banking to be secure!

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Dogecoin off the leash after Doge Vault admits server attack

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Re: "secure multi-tenancy rigs."

>If you want security you have to do it yourself

While I don't altogether disagree with the underlying proposition, that presupposes that 'you' can build an infrastructure that's more secure than your external suppliers can, and in practice everyone's reliant on external partners to a greater or lesser extent. Heartbleed, after all, demonstrated just that.

Obviously all the levels of indirection that come with external hosting, cloud hosting etc bring in layers of extra risk, but to make an extreme if not ridiculous comparison, that's still far less risk than an unpatched windows box sitting direct on the net with no firewall protection. You just have to do the best you can, but if you're doing it with my money, well, maybe I will wonder if the risk is similar to that nice investment opportunity in last night's email...

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Europe's shock Google privacy ruling: The end of history? Don't be daft

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> Why can't the taxman

Sooner or later he will, but megacorps lawyer up a lot harder for money than they do for stuff like this that they basically oppose just for the publicity. And people still think Google are nailing it to the man when Google has far more money and resources available to it than any government department could dream of.

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Dogevault praying backups work after confirming attack

JimC

Re: Why they don't operate in the same way banks do?

Because it would cost them far too much in overheads at a guess...

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

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inevitable

There's no way in the long run that governments will be prepared to live with a situation where law and tax breakers and evaders ( multinationals that's you as well as the Criminals) take advantage of national boundaries to evade oversight. We'd soon end up with Panamanian or Liberian data centres of convenience...

If you provide the service to customers in the UK, or USA, or Western Moldoslovakia or what you should and eventually will be under the oversight of their tax and legal authorities, no matter where the boxes are. In a cloud world nothing else makes sense.

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CEO Tim Cook sweeps Apple's inconvenient truths under a solar panel

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green as an overripe tomato.... scarlet ferrari

Wonderful simile: made me grin:-)

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'Maybe I'll go to Hell, but I think it's a good thing' says plastic Liberator gunsmith Cody Wilson

JimC

Re: A better alternative

I've known a good number of teenagers who got into greater or lesser trouble with the law, and in general they didn't seem to make a connection between crime and punishment at all. It seemed as if the mindset was that getting locked up occasionally was just one of those things that happens, like some days it rains, some days the court locks you up.

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Crime before...

Its certainly an odd comment to make when heard on this side of the Atlantic... The trouble is any stat analysis I see is buried in the noise of grinding axes...

But its true that social acceptance of violence has changed over the years and decades and in different societies and even parts of societies. And when you look worldwide there are armed societies with very high gun crime rates, and armed societies with very low ones. Hard to believe that the weapon does more that make murder a little more accessible. Plenty of genocide has been achieved with simple hand tools.

Two hundred years ago two significant politicians might fight a duel in London which was illegal but socially acceptable, but you can't imagine it today... However in other parts of our society a violent response to insults isn't unknown, although they don't generally go in for formal duels.

I think its a bit strong to say that democracies are always against citizens being able to murder each other. I think you have to look a lot further than that. I'm not sure when you take the same people and put them in an oligarchy or a plutocracy or a monarchy they suddenly gain a whole new enthusiasm for murdering each other. Indeed recent history in Eastern Europe suggests that a new freedom to murder members of other ethnic groups may be taken up as eagerly as other new freedoms.

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Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'

JimC

Re: Hack reporting

> content was sliced and diced beyond recognition.

So just like all the other news reports you've ever seen then. Its SOP for press everywhere. Have to edit to make the content fit the space available - and *of course* no responsible journo *ever* distorts the message in the process...

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

JimC

Re: Fine until.. will they never appreciate the workers

Yeah, its strange how these days all executives are vital and irreplaceable and must be paid top quartile salaries, and the actual productive workers and ideas people are utterly interchangeable and need to have their pay frozen for the good of the business.

And I read a good deal of history, and the books are quite short on the great business executives who created the modern world - politicians, engineers, scientists, academics, but few executives...

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JimC

Fine until

Your company goes toes up because all your most talented staff have burned out under incessant pressure.

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JimC

Something else that irritates me about 24 hour email

I've always felt that the biggest advantage of email is that I can write when it suits me, and people can respond when it suits them. So I liked being able to write an email at stupid o clock if it suitse me, knowing it wouldn't disturb Jane or Bill until they turned the PC on. But now I have to start figuring whether I'd be disturbing someone by emailing at a time when I wouldn't consider making a phone call, plus time zones too.

So whereas before I had the choice of voice when it was 24*7 urgent and email when it was next office hours urgent, now I don't, which is crazy.

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Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

JimC

Re: So, the EFF gets donations from Google.

The thing is you can find pressure groups.who support anything, no matter how crazy. But most of thrm have zero money and zero influence.

But if you give lots of money to groups that broadly support.your aims the money buys them influence, no matter how kooky they are.

And as pressure groups like having money and influence a percentage of their decision makers are always going to be influenced by a desire to keep the money tap running - not to change beliefs maybe, but in targeting their campaigns.

So the end result is a corrupted system without actually corrupting any individuals very much.

Like inflated executive salaries, its not illegal but it is wrong.

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BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

JimC

Re: Consulting the users

consult/consultancy /consultant is a very interesting family of words in contemporary business speak.

consultation is of course a process where you ask the users /public what they want, and then ignore it and do what you were going to do anyway.

A consultantcy is an organisation that tells you.what you already knew in a form your executives might listen to.

A consultant is someone who does exactly.what your permanent staff would have done, but gets away before the problems are visible.

But on another topic, the reason BOFH sounds as if its a mole in your own office is because people are people, private sector or public, big company or small, we're all much the same.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

JimC

in this context creosote

Is a Terry Pratchett parody of Croesus.

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Napster cofounder's Jerk.com accused of acting like ... err ... jerks

JimC

Re: The internet distilled

And at the root of it all, pimping for the advertising dollar... We had such utopian visions for the net back then, where did it all go wrong?

(I suspect in thinking it was a free lunch when the ad exec was paying)

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

JimC

Re: The reason COBOL gained a foothold and became ubiqitous?

Well, as we are there (inter alia) to provide a service to managers and beancounters, what on earth is wrong with that. I know the managers and beancounters are suffering from the delusion that they are useful in themselves, rather than simply providing a service to the people who actually create the product, but that doesn't mean we should make the same mistake.

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Its just another language. Not that big a deal. So I bet that in big cobol using companies astute folks in their 40s who fancy the idea of steady employment until the pension fund is healthy enough, might be saying hey boss, let me work with old Bill until he retires and I'll learn that stuff so we are covered.

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AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

JimC

Re: "Someone must pay a cost".

As there is never any such thing as a free lunch, why should I, who has no interest whatsoever in streaming video, be subsidising those who do want it?

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Calling all Spare Rib veterans: Sisters, don't lose your rights!

JimC

Re: Let me see...

You do have rights as a commentard. They are limited, because we signed an awful lot of them away when we signed up the el reg t&cs, but they nevertheless exist. Of someone wants to compile a book of the wonderful wit and wisdom of FredCommentard across umpteen fora and print it then they can't just do it...

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BT warned: Speed up Openreach repairs or face PUNITIVE FINES

JimC

What Monopoly?

I never understood BT to have a real monopoly: I remember those cablecos digging up my road (and crunching my car), and going bust doing it. If you want other companies competing with BT all you need to do is increase the rates so the there's a potential for big profits...

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Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

JimC

Re: Title is too long.

The code *is* being maintained/documented/ported... What its not is fully understood. I'm all for open source software, but it appears to me to have sweet fa to offer to this problem.

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

JimC

Heralds were neat, that's why. Just as long as its got the original bonnet, not the later pseudo-vitesse one.

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London: Hey Amazon, wanna slip your speedy packages down our tubes?

JimC

Re: Except...

And I wonder how much of that reduced cash take is because casual travellers won't use the buses any more because you get ripped off with exaggerated fares or have to deal with some damn card system that you'll only go near twice a year and cannot be bothered with...

I used to catch the bus on to work if I dropped the bike off for servicing, but now I can't be bothered and make other arrangements.

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RIP Bill Lowe: Father of the IBM PC no longer reading drive C

JimC

Re: Obituary?

Why on earth are you bothering to go AC on a "whinge at a journo" post? I'm sure the reg can work out how you are if they care, and I can't imagine any one else being bothered about your little whine, unless of course there's someone out there wanting to spam people with offers to buy cheese...

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Wikipedia sockpuppetry probe puts a sock in hundreds of accounts

JimC

Re: Encyclopaedia Britannica/marketeers

Advertisers of any description if you ask me. Putting ourselves in the hands of a profession that is basically about a sort of sanitised deceit was not a smart move.

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

JimC

Exactly...

Due to my amazing trust in MS I didn't want to go near the store thing, but that way we are forced into it..

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

JimC

Its the UI changes that kill it for me...

Really need to upgrade my 80ish mother's PC, but no way will she be able to learn a new user interfacr

So right now it looks like the best option might be to keep the old box until it dies and get her an android tablet for web browsing.

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Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles

JimC

Re: Yay!

Personally, as someone very unconvinced bythe IPCC and their AGW posturing, I'd say the opposite. Over time catastrophic natural climate change is inevitable. Happened before, will happen again. But if you've spent all your resources on useless damn windfarms, what are you going to do about it?

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Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers

JimC

It would be nice to think

That the default config disables management access via the WAN port anyway, but I suppose that's too much to hope for.

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Wikipedia Foundation exec: Yes, we've been wasting your money

JimC

What, pay the creators?

They'll get in trouble with their sponsors if they move away from the principle that content should be provided by the naive exploited who should just be grateful to see their text visible in public...

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Web Daddy Berners-Lee DRMs HTML5 into 2016

JimC

Quite

Don't they know that big advertising are the only people allowed to make any money, not the people who actually do stuff...

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

JimC

s for that musk stuff

Or the civet cat glands...

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NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

JimC
Pint

Boys are back...

According to one report I saw they got one of the old team, in his 70s, back in from retirement to help reconfigure an on board tape system to get the extra data. Here's to the team!

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Former staffers of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2 haul administrator to court over pay

JimC

Re: and FTI Consulting

> Would you undertake thousands of pounds worth or work

Maybe if payment was not "guaranteed first snout in the trough" then the administration could be achieved for many fewer thousands of pounds 'worth' of work...

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and FTI Consulting

Will end up with the Lions share of the money...

(other insolvency practitioners are available and behave in exactly the same way)

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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

JimC
Boffin

Presumably

For balance one needs two studies. This one, clearly demonstrates that the far left considers there's editorial bias in the BBC in one direction, whereas the previous one demonstrated that the far right considered the BBC biased in the other direction. Therefore they've demonstrated that the BBC is providing thoroughly balanced coverage , and all is well in Nephelococcygia.

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Put down the (cod)piece and step away: Artist cuffed after sculpture cockup

JimC

Re: A total over reaction

Well it could be an over-reaction - or or it could be that he's not telling us the whole story as we only have his side of it. I'm not saying that the photos are, shall we say, also an artistic work, but it occurs to me the possibility exists.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

JimC

order of songs ... seems a little daft.

> order of songs they are claiming copyright on. Which seems a little daft.

Why? A book is just a long collection of pre-existing words in a different order. Although I suppose we can expect that any time now the EFF will deliver an amicus curiae brief suggesting that copyright on books is invalid because all the words have been used before, just in a different order and that constitues prior art...

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Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE

JimC

Social Workers not very good at IT Security

Pope not protestant

Bears fail to use public conveniences

Politicians fail to own up to relationships with certain young women

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MIDI daddy Dave Smith: '30 years of version 1.0 shows we got it right'

JimC
Facepalm

eh, what...

Midi will drive a modular setup as well as anything else... Note ons are note ons. Or are you thinking you want some kind of protocol for interfacing multi manufacturers module components? Get real man! Bandwidth alone threw it right out of the window back then, never mind analogue vs digital...

The only thing that maybe might have been better was another byte on the program change, which would have helped the GM limitation

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Guardian teams up with New York Times for future Snowden GCHQ coverage

JimC

Re: "Prior restraint"

> Bush administration/ Obama administration

Which consist, of course, of 90% plus of the same people in the same jobs...

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Re: damage limitation - Syrian chemical weapons.

I also wonder how easy it is to distinguish a chemical weapons attack from a conventional shell or two landing in a storage warehouse or factory, or even a straightforward industrial accident?!

Imagine if Bhopal had happened on the middle of some sort of military incident..

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'Silent' staff stood by as £100m BBC IT project tanked – DG

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Coat

Re: Management don't want to know ..

Or you get labelled as not having a "can do" attitude. I have yet to understand what the difference between having a can do attitude and being a mindless yes man is...

I got the coat last month...

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