41 posts • joined 31 Oct 2008
Re: App gap
The app gap is real, that's a given. There's even an app gap between the daddy, Apple, and Android as the ecosystems are so different.
The two largest groups that are writing apps are either needing to make some money from the app or are supporting something else that makes money. You will struggle to see a return on such a tiny market share as the WP so you won't write for it: that's just business in the same way as many restaurants don't cater for those who don't eat meat. To extend that analogy, your veggie lasagne is equivalent to your mobile website. Your bank may write an app for WP because they have deep pockets and they are competing against other banks for your accounts.
"It's the economy, stupid"
The "app gap" is why I don't use a WP myself but I bought one for my wife and now both sets of old folks have them. The cameras are excellent and taking snaps of the grandchildren is a top selling point next to it being a quick, simple phone - snappy performance and a clean UX.
In the case of the old folks, retirees all, the lack of apps is, for me, another feature - now I don't have to worry about what they are loading on there.
Xamarin at $999/year/developer/platform is a bit pricey, no? Most folks aren't going to chance that and I suspect they aren't going to see a return on the WinPho platform if they do. Is this a popular choice?
@Angry of Scotland I rather like the Android and the Mac controllers but then I'm entirely biased by the whole Sonos experience. I'm really impressed by kit that can set up its own internet bridge, stream to and from my hifi, set up a wireless mesh network for more speakers and then just work. I'm prepared to forgive the odd little idiosyncrasy and, heavens, it's *much* more usable that iTunes!
I am shocked
"You'll not be all that surprised to find that these are mostly Western European states that do that social democracy thing. Yes, even us here in the UK."
I am very surprised to discover that I live in a social democracy. I was under the impression it was a constitutional monarchy - only without the constitution.
The buck stops here
You can't go blaming the employees or a contractor. It's the BPAS' site, they're responsible.
A present for Father Jack for when the Toilet Duck runs out?
Two things. You need a licence for a car, obviously, so strike that rubbish comparison and secondly even a GoPro of 200g dropped 100 foot onto a child's head is going to do some serious, permanent damage. So yes, the consequences could be serious.
Off topic, but the front page of The Grauniad today has a large piece on global warming (and squabbling politicians).
So there'll be no bars in these prisons, eh?
Mine's the one with the suppository sized Nokia 100 in the pocket ... ouch.
Surely we could just upgrade the buildings with giant Faraday Cages?
Re: As a windows phone owner
Windows Phones don't have any apps ... full stop.
Re: The semi-genuine solution...
And yet you post Anon? :)
Re: The semi-genuine solution...
Here's one, AAISP, who are refusing to censor: http://www.aa.net.uk/legal-terms-services.html
Think I'll just vote with my wallet, bye-bye Virgin Media. You were... average.
As a techie
As a techie (well, software developer) I like the sound of Bates. Bootstrapped himself, no degree, gets the tech, knows something about getting products into the market. Seems genuinely interested in what I might want from MS.
Also, I can't imagine him dancing around the stage like U. Fester, oh dear no. British, dear boy!
I'm guessing the bizness representatives at the chat-fest thought it was necessary to have domain knowledge. Suggesting an extra year at Uni to pick this up is madness - you'd never see the payback.
In my own case I jumped into IT with an MSc, did 5 years in various industries and then I've been contracting for the last 10 years. I do work for government bodies; the NHS; finance companies; power companies; all sorts. There are managers who think you need domain knowledge to do the job but they are usually the ones who don't quite understand software development and would certainly struggle to explain their domain to you.
When developing software it's about team work. Some have the domain knowledge and some have the programming chops and someone keeps it all ticking along with a time frame and a budget.
Next gab-fest, why not get some programmers along who are actually doing the jobs you're talking about?
Pass me the needle and thread, mum
He's earned a lot of brownie points.
Thanks, mine's the one with the Queen's Scout badge on the pocket.
I worked as a software developer for a firm that are trying to do electronic ID: miicard.com.
tl;dr You let it see your bank accounts.
Once you've set up your account you let the requester, whoever that is, see just the info they need and no more (claims-based identity). For instance, they want to know your age? That's all they get to see.
It would cut through a lot of the nonsense around easily forged paper documentation and there's a lot more that it could be used for if it took off. It's *not* a government ID database but as it's mainly based on US services (Yodlee/Azure) the Patriot Act does apply.
You can, quite simply, ask.
Re: New Development. Where do we go?
Slightly off what you are asking but instead of proposing a platform I'm going to propose a methodology for finding your platform (or platforms - I think you'll need to master more new technologies than you might initially realise).
Have a look at your app and try to pick out one small part of it that could stand alone but does touch most of your current system - a full back-end to front-end slice, if you will. The smaller the better. Now try to describe it with use cases or, my recommendation, some user stories that add up to a minimum viable feature (I'm not going to explain terms here, you can look them up).
Create fully functional spikes of your mini app. You need to set strict time-boxes on each spike - if it ain't done in the time then the review with your team at the end should ask why. Do work with a team, preferably half a dozen programmers, although even if it's just two of you doing a lot of pair programming it will be better than one person on their own. Making the time to do this may be hard but as you are planning such a major rewrite I hope you'll find your MD/CEO is supportive.
The advantages will be a good look at the architecture of your app rewrite; learning a lot of new development methodology *and* really getting stuck in to the new technologies that are available to us all.
Enjoy it! It should be fun.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that PACS (digital imaging) was begun before NPfIT. It was subsumed and then credit was taken.
Just to pick a single point, it's not impossible to stop drugs getting into prison. Just look at how it's managed by the Health Service in the secure mental hospitals where you *really* don't want the inmates self-medicating. It's more due to a lack of resources and, reputedly, motivation. Medicated prisoners aren't as much bother, generally.
Same for mobes, really. Just a lack of resources to tackle the problem and a tacit recognition that it's really not that huge an issue.
Re: He was lucky :-(
Sorry, I'll assume the downvote is from a Plaid Cymru MP. Hywel, is that you?
Re: He was lucky :-(
The Act used is from 2000 (Labour). The use of the Act was yesterday (Con/Lib). So who, for crying out loud, are you proposing I should vote for? Plaid Cymru?
Average spend by Danish councils on cycling initiatives per capita per year over the last 5 years: approx. £40. UK councils? £1.
Especially galling as I live in Edinburgh where our council's vanity project, the Trams, would have bought every single citizen five decent bicycles ...
Re: Here come the haters...
And did you make your fortune in delivering public sector IT on time and on budget. No, I didn't think so.
The reason we care is because it's *our* bloody money. The private sector can pee away as much as it likes for our amusement.
oh come on
Oh, come on, down-voters, Albert Hall's comment made me smile. Lighten up.
"There're no more beds on the wards and this old lady needs to stay in tonight."
"There are some. I one that was free in the mortuary."
Also on Defy with Cyanogenmod 7 but don't think you need a screen protector for it - I'm reasonably careful with it but it really is hard to scratch Gorilla Glass screens.
if you were NotW
If you were NotW level you'd just exploit a daft weakness in so many brand devices where the default logins are well known but that doesn't apply here.
Personally I'd siddle up to a sys admin or senior dev with some access and get a copy that way. Shouldn't be hard. Unlikely there'd be any record of them making the database dump. Maybe a backup tape "wore out", eh?
The number of complete databases I've had over the years beggars belief. Complete marketing databases for insurance firms; the 60m prescription forms annually in the Scottish NHS; even the 35m of you who've ever booked a holiday cottage in the UK. Even if there is encryption the dev who wrote it knows where the keys are.
it's not a daft question
The ECS has a minimal amount of information in it and it can only be accessed with the patient's consent (unless they are unable to give it, obviously). So where's the fire?
Once your ECS has been accessed it cannot be deleted, only archived, for medico-legal reasons, so you can never go back. If you opted out at the start you would be okay but you wouldn't have that right later on.
If these records leak out, and lets just look at all the data-fails that occur around here, all of your prescriptions are public knowledge. It depends on whether or not The Sun on Sunday rates you as news, of course, maybe it's just your employer who has a quick shufti.
I believe the vast majority of El Reg readers would have been against the last government's ID card proposals. They would have recognised that the cards were not the real problem, it was the database behind it. Here is another database and this time it knows even more than just where you live.
I have a responsibility to keep my family free from this unwarranted intrusion. Am I endangering them by *not* providing an ECS? My wife, who co-signed the opt-out with me, is a GP. Her judgement was the records are not useful anyway.
opt out while you can
"We are very concerned at the lack of evidence of risk management of security issues which may arise as a result of medical records being held electronically."
I've opted out, have you?
I opted out my children, too, and had to do it twice as their ECS (Emergency Care Summary - Scottish NHS) *still* ended up on the spine when the GP practice changed from GPASS to Vision and they forgot to reapply the opt-outs (WTF?!).
Should .gov be allowed to requisition *any* IT systems? Seriously, though.
don't those warning signs for bikers, like "to die for", mean it's a good road and you should speed up?
Rubbish site and getting worse
I wanted to place an ad for a Triumph Daytona 650 last week but they didn't have it in their lists, only the 1000's. I pointed it out to them and guess what the reply was? "Place the ad anyway then phone us and we'll make the correction for you." Straight to ebay, me.
clueless and don't give a monkey's about the customer - we've been asking for something more useful than a CSV of our transactions for years and still customers have to use things like http://edwilde.com/Nationwide2OFX/ which really isn't a good idea!
+1 Dropbox. Now using Dropbox on a share between my Linux and Windows partitions for most of my data _and_ sharing photo folders with family. Working nicely!
"pictures of his estranged son"
That's a little bit sad. If I were on the jury I'd feel pretty sympathetic when that came up.
A right to be unhappy?
So over half of those in the "land of the free" are relatively unhappy? That is, if the cut-off for happy is taken as $75k and over half are nowhere near that. The "pursuit" of happiness clearly isn't much fun.
@KitD Looks a bit similar to ...
The Liquid A1 comes through the letterbox at £356.74, the Nexus One at £362.54 (I took them both through to the checkout on Expansys and Google and converted the $ to £ at today's rates).
I don't think £5.80 is a lot pricier ... still, £360 is a fair whack for a phone, however "super" (and that's the only thing that stopped my itchy finger from clicking "place order" for the N1).
Have your day in court
They'll never go that far in my experience. Invariably a letter stating why I won't be paying sent back to the Debt Collectors has stopped the whole thing in its tracks.