23 posts • joined Monday 8th December 2008 16:23 GMT
"Governments used to do this. It was called socialism"
Fine, but if governments can't create jobs and capitalism won't then can people fortunate enough to be in employment please stop blaming those without jobs for there being no jobs and can somebody please tell Iain Duncan Smith to stop punishing them for capitalism's failing!
The arrogance of people who judge this without trying it is amazing. I'm a PC gamer and I know that some games don't work very well with my Xbox 360 controller when speed of movement or accuracy come into play but that's exactly the problem that Valve are trying to address. How about you wait and see what it's like before declaring that keyboard and mouse is the only thing that's good enough?
"How come people on benefits can afford a bright shiny new Mac?"
Quite a lot of people on benefits were previously working before losing their job or becoming sick or disabled, and already had modern computers. Others are given computers by family, sometimes even new computers.
I find your language unhelpful here. "Dole Office" in particular. The benefits in question are disability and pension related, nothing to do with unemployment and dole, which makes up only 3% of the welfare budget anyway. At a time when government ministers and tabloid papers are going all out to spread propaganda against benefits you need to watch how you present them.
Re: Stick his tweets up his butt.
Disability benefit fraud is 0.5%. Total benefit fraud is 0.8%. These are the DWP's own figures. How is that "plenty of people screwing the welfare system"? Sick, disabled and unemployed people are living on the edge and many are dying after being thrown off ESA and starving or ending up homeless. That is the reality of what the Tories are doing. Of course you'll probably applaud that.
It's not bad
I follow some of the people involved on Twitter so I've used the beta of GOV.UK a few times and I have to say it's pretty good. It's quick and accurate to find information I need even if it then links back to Directgov for the content. A worthwhile improvement.
How does this work for gaming?
I got quite excited when I read about RemoteFX in the RDP 7 protocol. It allows video and 3D graphics to work smoothly over a remote desktop connection, and I have that successfully working between my gaming PC (running Server 2008 R2) and my laptop, playing video and with Aero Peek working as a proof of concept. Unfortunately none of my games work. Valve games put up a message abut failing to create direct 3d device, and Skyrim flatly refuses to start on a remote desktop.
They've done a lot more than that
At this point the DNS servers ns0 and ns1.newsint.co.uk are down and domains including times.co.uk, sunday-times.co.uk, newsinternational.co.uk, thesun.co.uk, and rupertmurdoch.co.uk do not resolve. Even when they do, the servers are just responding with errors.
You really are failing to understand the nature of the problem. Living with a disability, there is no way to predict ability to do a task. It might happen tomorrow as planned, or never. You can't earn a living that way. Since you obviously won't read the links I posted, let me repost a little bit of it here.
As regular readers will know, I have a variable illness. There are days when I can walk to the shops. There are days when I can’t get out of bed or as far as the bathroom. There are times when I go out without using a walking stick but I have to use one to get home. (Staggering all the way.) There are times when I am well enough to ride a motorbike. There are occasions when I have ridden that motorbike for four hours, but then an observer has no idea what I go through after doing that. If someone sees me walk to the shops without a stick, they can’t make any assumptions about what I can do the next day, or even an hour later.
A major flaw in public thinking, and in the Work Capability Assessment, is the idea that if a person can do something once, they can do it again. I can choose to do a task at the expense of a day, a week, or however long in bed. I couldn’t do that task every day. I certainly couldn’t do it all day every day. I can sign my name, but I can’t write a page of text. I can commute to work, once, but couldn’t get home again. I could set up a whole website in a couple of hours in the middle of the night, but I couldn’t do it all day every day for a living, or tell you when I could next do it. Other people with health problems might be able to mow their lawn, put up a shelf or paint a wall, but at a similar cost to their health along with the associated recovery time. Living on benefits, as many of these people do, they are poor. They can’t afford to pay someone to do these jobs necessary in everyday life, and so they do them themselves, and pay the health costs later. Yet neighbours and passers-by see them doing these tasks, and instead of asking “can I help?” they phone the DWP and report them as a benefit fraudster.
re. Irresponsible government
As I said, those excuses are outrageous and deserve punishment. My point is that they are rare cases, and the vast majority of people are being punished for the crimes of a tiny percentage. (Fraud is down at 0.5% - 2.5% depending on the benefit, lower than admin errors.)
Making these excuses headline news is propaganda, however you look at it. It is not representative of the norm, but it is designed to turn people against benefits claimants. How would you like it if you were in my position? It very much IS a political issue. Millions of people are suffering because of this government's policies. Not that Labour was any better.
These excuses are outrageous, of course they are, but they represent a tiny fraction of benefit claimants. They are anecdotal evidence, and the release of this selection by government is not highlighting anything, it is encouraging a witchhunt against benefit claimants and providing spin and propaganda to justify cutting costs.
I have written two blog posts in response to this. I would repost here, but it's 2k words.
I see a drawback...
I am all for wasting telemarketers time, but which number range have they reserved here? Is this why I could not get a new VoIP number anywhere near my current one yesterday? I wanted the same first three digits but could get nothing closer than the area code.
RyokuMas -3 hasn't got a 2G network, and has never had one. They are a 3G only network that happens to let you roam on to a competitors 2G network if there are no available 3 transmitters, and they pay extra for every 2G call.
Evil_medic, the Burgman is available as a 125, 200 and 400 as well as the 650 that you mention. The 125 Burgman weighs 159Kg against the 650's 277Kg so it isn't that bad. Having said that, I much prefer my Diversion 900.
I hate CCTV...
...but there might be a case for cameras in the classroom.
In a time when any kid can say "teacher hit me" or "teacher made a pass at me" and instantly ruin a career, cameras might be the only way to protect the teacher involved. As it stands if an accusation is made then the teacher is instantly suspended, guilty or not. An investigation may find them innocent, but that teacher will still be absent from school for days which will disrupt the other children's education and cost the school money for a cover teacher. It has happened to people I know.
Perhaps there is a case for cameras in classrooms with a strict policy that the recordings cannot be accessed except by special permission in the event of a serious investigation?
Still won't install behind a corporate firewall
Version 1 or not, I still can't download it at work behind a firewall that needs a password. Why can't Google just provide a direct link rather than using their own downloader for no apparent reason?
Response from Virgin Media
I just got off the phone after a long conversation with Virgin Media in response to my complaint. I originally complained about 3 points.
1. They were being dishonest with customers by dropping the connection or returning a page not found error when blocking, and that they should inform the customer when they block something. Surprisingly, Virgin assured me that they were making changes to do so!
2. That by redirecting the whole of Wikipedia through a transparent proxy and not passing the "X-Forwarded-From" header they were breaking Wikipedia and preventing all of their customers from editing Wikipedia anonymously. On this point the customer services rep claimed that I was the first person who had complained about this, but if 5 people reported it as a technical problem then it would be investigated. So if you are a Virgin Media customers, please call Virgin and complain that you can't edit Wikipedia anonymously due to a Virgin technical problem!
3. That Virgin Media had broken their contract to me by blocking some content and not providing access to the whole of the internet. They claimed that their terms and conditions allowed them to do this, although they insisted on sending me a highlighted copy by post(!) to tell me which part applied.
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