119 posts • joined Monday 15th June 2009 11:41 GMT
Why don't the Home Office just have the honesty to rename themselves the Public Control Department and give the shade of Wilfred Greatorex the credit he deserves?
Casting will be key
I saw the stage play a couple of years back, the writing was excellent, but some of the acting just didn't do it justice. It showed that the success of the original programme was that they combined great scripts with great actors. So finding a new set of great actors will be key to the new series' success. I am not holding my breath.
... that's not something you see every day.
To err is to be human
But so is to have a touch of schadenfreude, seeing as El Reg hauled the company I used to work for over the coals when we did exactly the same thing a few years back.
 The fact I don't work for them any more has absolutely nothing to do with said incident.
Ialmost feel a bit sorry for MSFT
because I have a feeling Windows 8 will have the potential to be one of those truly exciting new products, but I doubt it'll be enough to tip the point back from inexorable decline, not unless they fire Ballmer.
Joined up government?
I suspect that PC Plod has pointed out to the government that social networking helps to alert them where likely trouble is going to happen and help catch the scrotes afterwards.
If you've ever been to Iceland
And I mean more than a stag do in Reykjavik, you might see where the belief in huldufolk comes from. The landscape of the place runs from slightly to very unreal. You sometimes think you're on the gigantic set of a science fiction movie. I don't believe in elves myself, and to be fair, neither do most Icelanders, but you can sort of see where it comes from.
<i>it is almost impossible to get hold of prepaid microSIMs in the various countries I regularly visit.</i>
So get a SIM cutter.
Did a rather good radio adaptation a couple of years back.
Having worked in local government IT I do not believe for one moment that the shiny GIS systems that no self-respecting planning department would be seen dead without cannot convert from National Grid References to latitude and longitude or indeed the compass bearing and number of miles and chains from Charing Cross and back again.
I do find it easy to believe that no-one in said planning departments can be arsed to import the data though.
Unfortunately the British loading gauge (clearance of structures from the track) is too small for double-deckers to be practical here. Bulleid tied it back in the 40s but it was not a success (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/4DD).
The loading gauge on the European mainland and in North America is larger, and so double-deckers will fit. The new high-speed lines have been / will be built to the European standard so we could see double-deck high-speed trains in years to come. The cost of enlarging the loading gauge on the legacy network is almost certainly going to be prohibitive.
The tight loading gauge is also why the 3 + 2 "high density" seating is such a squeeze. We have 3+2 seating on the Metro-North commuter rail here in the American colonies but the seats are large enough to fit comfortably in (well people here still complain about them but they really have no idea how bad it could be!).
High density seating is not at all new - much of the old slam-door commuter stock had it, but people have got larger on average over the years and modern trains have thicker exterior walls (for better crash-worthiness) than the old slam-doors so it definitely feels more cramped.
I'll get me anorak.
You have a year*...
...from first employing someone in which you can fire them without cause. If line managers and/or HR can't figure out in that time if someone's competent to do their job or not, then maybe its them that needs to be fired instead.
*soon to be increased to two, personally I think it should be no more than six months
I'm more worried
That the Googlerover will come down *on* Tranquility Base and destroy it. Can we have the lunar equiv of a listed building please?
Good luck with that
It's a basic rule of dual citizenship (and that's assuming that Bradley Manning is a dual citizen - he may well be entitled to British citizenship but he may not have taken any action required to claim it), that no country can protect its citizen from any legal action taken by another country that he/she is also a citizen of when that person is in that other country's jurisdiction.
British Airways only require the booking ref and passenger's surname to access a booking. OK, I don't think you can add any paid-for items without having to pay for them there and then but still, seems a bit double standards to me, even though like all sane people I too detest Ryanair.
...Galileo doesn't look like a waste of money after all!
The SF writer Charlie Stross has a series of posts on his blog (<http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/04/common-misconceptions-about-pu-1.html>) about the the costs of e-books and the publishing industry in general. He points out that the vast majority of the costs of publishing a book go to humans: author, the copy editor, the typesetter etc, and only a small proportion on yer actual dead tree and the costs of shifting such around.
Uh not quite
The island has "always" been Britain for values of "always" back to at least pre-Roman times, hence Latin "Britannia" and modern Welsh "Prydain" from older Celtic variants.
When the Romans withdrew from Britain in the early fifth century and the Anglo-Saxons started to invade, some Romano-British Celts moved from south western Britain to the Armorica peninsula in the north-west of what was then still-Roman Gaul. That area became known as Brittany/Bretagne, as it was now inhabited by Britons/Bretons. Until Cornish died out iin the late 18th century it was at least partially mutually intelligible with Breton.
As you say, the French then started to call the island Grande Bretagne to distinguish it from their Bretagne, but the island had the name first.
Life imitates Pratchett and Gaiman
Although they had it in _Good Omens_ that the *whole* M25 was cursed: specifically that the demon Crowley and arranged for it to form the exact shape of the dread sigil odegra, which in the language of the Black Priesthood of Mu means "all hail the great beast, devourer of worlds".
Makes sense to me.
Correct me if I'm wrong
Bu the NYC subway has a flat fare of $2 for any distance travelled, so all you need to do is guard entry into the system. The Tube has fares tiered by zones travelled, which is why you need to touch out on exit to ensure the correct fare has been levied. When you enter you are automatically charged the maximum-possible £5 fare and are refunded the difference between that and the fare you actually travelled when you touch out.
So it's a lot easier to implement the tech described in the NYC system than it would be in London.
Of course, it does beg the question wouldn't it have been cheaper in the long run for London to have gone flat fare and save having to have all the kit for exit checks and, as you point out, Oyster cards at all.
"have reacted with fury"
Uh, has El Reg started hiring Daily Mail hacks or something?
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