141 posts • joined Tuesday 14th July 2009 07:34 GMT
More government mental
I work with disadvantaged people in a local Learning Centre in rural Dorset. If you ever had to help someone with eye sight and mobility issues to navigate through the pages of the Government's Job Centre web site, you would soon wish to retire to somewhere electricity will never reach.
It is no fun and as a voluntary job it is certainly is lacking in any sense of the word "rewarding".
Recently, I could not assist a disabled person to send his CV to a prospective employer. The web site insisted he write a new CV using the web page. His CV written earlier in the job club )open one day per week) was not acceptable, there was no way to upload it to the system. He could make no progress until he had done this task. Press the write CV button, site asks him to first log-in. He was already logged in, but never mind, we'll do it again to humour them. Types password, one shakey finger at a time, peering, searching, scanning the large screen for info, confirmation that he hasn't made another typo, his eyes about six inches from the monitor. If he sat back, as Health & Safety advises, he could not make out the page contents, had considerable difficulty finding the insertion point and all this was compounded by his lack of command of the English language. After innumerable typos, finally presses Log-In button, site promptly returns him to previous page, asking him to create a CV.
He was with me for about two hours, fumbling about and being completely fucked over by this badly drawn software. He kept apologising for being unable to type faster, for making typos. He even thought that HE was doing something wrong and that's why he couldn't send his CV to the prospective employer.
Consequenlty, he went away quite depressed having failed in his Job Centre task to apply for x number of jobs this week - using their web site. I went away quite depressed too wondering if he would now lose entitlement to his Employment Support Allowance. I have a BSc in Information Systems, but I have never felt so utterly useless in the ten years since graduation.
We are a charity with many of our callers on the one day per week that our doors are open, being disabled, have learning difficulties, living without electricity on a traveller site, or are simply too old and have not needed to buy into this didgital nightmare...........until now. 7 million out out 70 million.
I hadn't been able to assit anyone else for two hours.
In my humble opinion, the gentleman would not have got the job even if there had been no-one else on the planet, because his poor vision alone would have made it impossible for him to work in such a dangerous environment as a kitchen.
What is this world coming too ?
Ministers and scientists must accept that some people will never be able to operate like a machine, even if they do have an iFad.............
BT can deliver something which resembles broadband in Shoreditch (2mb). In deepest chicken shagging Dorset BT simply charge us for braodband whilst delivering mere dial-up speeds which don't even allow their customers to use BT products like BT Sport/Cloud etc. 350 kbps max download anyone ? I threatened the bastards with Ofcom recently for miss selling the product and the broadband price came down pretty quickly along with the cost of my mobile phone calls combined with removal of the monthly data cap. Chicken anyone ?
So saying that
Thames Water gave many of the inhabitants of Oxford and surrounding villages cryptosporadium poisoning during the 1980's would have to be proved in court by Thames Water to be incorrect and in fact defamatory ?
About fucking time .................. IMHO what a bunch of irresponsible bastards the leading team at Thames Water must have been back then. And no, I am still NOT paying my fucking water bill, take me to court you conniving numpties.
So what happened to the mask icon, is it now considered defamatory to use it ?
Sad day, sad day
how the best tech usually loses the battle of the market place. I may be getting old but this romance with touch screens will end soon. What happened to RSI, does it not work with touch screens ? Personally speaking, I hate smudges on the screen when doing most tasks or even playing about, some iPhone fans seem to like using ones with huge cracks in the screen as they often go out and buy the same again but a later version.
There's no getting away from it, people are generally quite gullible, nay, f*cking stupid .... and a shiney novelty to wave about in the pub seems to be their only agenda, not getting any work done, or having fun even.
Losing half my screen real estate in order to type an eMail or enter a web address or complete an on-line form is IMHO - flippin bonkers, never mind switching screens to type upper/lower case or numerals.
Got to say it, you must be f*cking mental to want anything to do with a touch screen, and it doesn't matter which tech tat firm knocked it out ......... didn't you ever repeatedly press Delete by accident ? How thin are your fingers ?
I feel sorry mostly for all those grannies that I am regularly called upon to help with their new device, who have an iFad, Windowlet, Googlegawp@, Samsmug Glaxo, etc, to compliment their Parkinson's disease, simply because their grand daughter/son or other stupid offsprog said that they should have one in order to do Face Time. For fucks sake, with the iFads, you don't even get a manual that you can read unless you are actually conneced to the internet !!!!!!!!!! How daft is that ?
Sometimes I feel like we are all drowning in a sea of IT lard and that the HCI handbook went out of the window some time ago .... along with our common sense.
Re: A million eyes look at the source
er, maybe not everyone .....
Re: I wonder...
I have to assume they have already done that with older versions of MS Office, other wise Open Office would also declare the MS Word document to be corrupted.
8-) c l o w n
IT's the figures that are missing
which is the stuff that I'm more interested in.
I'd love to know how much senior bods in these companies pull as salaries and bonuses, (whether their IT project is delivered or not).
Re: They have done this before, haven't they ?
Supporting the local community with their IT issues, as I do - I find it advantageous to have "been there and done that" before they ask for my help. Anyway, I just like breaking and fixing stuff and these devices give me plenty to pplay with !
They have done this before, haven't they ?
Didn't Macs once come with Adobe PhotoShop and some other neat software which was dropped unceremoniously from subsequent OS updates.
Supposedly, iPhoto and iMovie are still available to me after the upgrade to Mavericks, but this is another loads of old bollox, the App Store has been downloading and installing them back again without managing to pull it off. They no longer work on this Mac Book Pro and in the process I had to sign in to the App Store about a dozen times. Oh yeah, and reboot the machine a couple of times too many.
Just confirms everything I ever thought about Apple. There's very little to choose between Micorsoft and Apple as manufacturers of iTech tat. "Could do better", is what appeared on my school reports, even when I was top of the class.
Think I miss spelled the title !
Yes, You can upload your files but you cannot share them, if they are audio .was files. No reasons given, so two days wasted trying to access this free service, which doesn't like some browsers. Especially Internet Explorer, the default for your BT Account.
STOP this IT BULLSHIT
Look, the money hasn't been flushed down the drain, it went into the pockets of the unscruplous or incompetant IT company directors and consultants. It went the same way as all of the other lost Government IT Spunking money, the same way as the Bank losses, it went into some other fuckers pockets. Strange that ! Stranger still, you think it turned into sewage..........
What a lot of hot air !
So according to this story, Germany (and the rest of the world) only has solar and wind mechanisms for producing energy. With all of their huge rivers they have no hydro ? I doubt this very much.
We've all been sold so much bollox on this renewables debate that even the sanest of us cannot see that we are still being blagged stupid by the politicians and pundits.
1. There are thousands of industries manufacturing (what I think of as) a lot of shite that we don't actually need, which are directly responsible for consuming energy in such large quantities that production on massive scale is necessary. They make huge profits from exploiting us and our "needs" and they bugger up the environment in the process, then when there's not "enough" profit in it for them, they fuck off to rape somewhere/one/thing else. We can do without a lot of this and consequently, we don't need to produce as much energy as we are being led to believe.
2. It appears that Hydro power can be generated cleanly - 24 hours a day from a slow flowing river, like the Dorset Stour, even in the summer, employing an Archimedes Screw mechanism. From a small amount of fall, It provides electricity on a small scale, for local homes and businesses.
3. I humbly suggest that our Universities, chain outlets of consumer goods and services, govermin and military institutions, as well as Cloudy providers, etc, all of whom consume vast amounts of energy in order to exploit our "needs" - should invest some of their govermin gifted dosh into the development of such plant - on their own turf, of course. AND, If they cannot produce enough, then they shouldn't be damned well expecting the rest of us to stump up for their greed and grandiose schemes.
4. People please get real on power. Stop being hoodwinked by these f*ckers, a lot of us here are supposed to be tech savvy. The picture isn't so bleedin' bleak as some foks like to make out, but capitalism as we know it - can get screwed !
So far, not so good, but when was it any better ?
Is Windows 3.11 still in operation anywhere critical ?
But if I specifically wanted to run Win 3.11 or even DOS apps, I'd set up a machine for that purpose.
A lot of businesses, large and small are still using Windows XP because of the applications they are using. Just like UK Govermin is resistant to change from Windows 2000, it's the cost of upgrading the applications as well as the OS, as well as the hardware - for ALL your Users, which makes the process something you don't do lightly or over night. The sensible approach is to roll out as and when the upgrade is required. Usually, this is some time after the early adopters have had their burned fingers bandaged and the major bugs have been discovered and ironed out. I imagine that this is one of the main reasons why so many people and businesses are still using XP, not 'cos they like the badge or Bill Gates. When upgrading you are going to be throwing away money that you earlier invested in stuff like, version of Adobe PhotoShop which still serves it's purpose on an XP machine, but won't run on the latest OS.
But most of these apps will still be able to be used on an XP box which doesn't have an Internet connection. And remove any USB/floppy disk ports, NICs, etc to reduce the opportunity for Users to import malware onto the machine from their BYOD devices.
Running a Linux distro with XP and it's retro applications in a Virual Machine seems an obvious means to enjoy modern hardware along your favourite interface.
It is time to upgrade the "tool" when upgrading the "tool" presents an advantage to the business, not when you are being held to ransome by the company who sold you the tool in the first place. If the new tool is superior in some way, then there may be a tangible reason to upgrade, but for f*cks sake, 7, 8, 8.1, RT !!!!
There are better tool makers these days, Linux anyone.
What is the point in posting a video which begins with the words "This video is private", which then stops ?
or How about
Microsoft Dope !
MS Smoking Tablet
Microsofts Memory Error
It has to be System Restore
There's nothing else for it if it's truelly going to be the Cognac of the THC's.
Since any would be Claimant without a PC and connection to the Internet would be pointed in the direction of the local library where they can do these things for free.
Since the libraries I know are still running Windows 2000 and IE6, they shouldn't have a problem, right.
Did someone mention security ?
Didn't think so !
Re: Ok here we go again
I never saw any mention in the post of any political party.
I think the criticism is attributable to all UK Gov Vermins, the colour of da flag or their favoured gangsta lean aren't the issue here, it's the "will to power" syndrome and it applies to all of those smug twats who think that they know what is best for us while shovelling money into their own pockets as they smirk away merrily behind their hands.
This whole IT lark has us being bled dry by top of the food chain sharks who probably can't even use a word processor or eMail properly by them selves, yet who still have a strong opinion to batter us with.
[Democracy] = [Hipocracy] says Alfazed
Better a Ludite than the village idiot
"I think we must be careful and not underestimate where people are at the moment. The vast majority of claims for jobseeker’s allowance are made over the telephone"
Talk about believing your own propaganda ........
It has been the case for a number of years now that all new claims were ONLY accepted over the telephone. I have enough anecdotes to write a book on this farce, anyways, that number has probably decreased ...... since it's been possible to make a new claim on-line.
Talk about watching it FAIL. When chumps like this are in (charge ?) it's so bloody predictable.
I feel contributors here are not socialists or commies but, in the main anarchists, which isn't a bad thing.
More likely to be an open minded bunch of concerned individuals, excepting the trolls, and extremist nutters.
Re: Web wise
I'm currently rescuing two charity web sites that have succumbed to malware infections and are now not available.
I can only see the situation getting worse as I visit so many web sites these days that just haven't considered Accessibility at all. Web pages are pumped out and dumped on the public without regard. Government web sites happen to be amongst the worst.
Re: Access to the internet
Yes Nick, I've seen the results of these PC's for poorer kids. The devices end up back at base camp hoping to be repaired. Some fucking hope as the body's responsible for dishing them out don't have a repair and return to owner policy in place. So the poorer kid loses all their school work and their family photos, etc. The Govermin look good from a distance, but this policy doesn't stand scrutiny.
What a f00kin mess !
Re: Access to the internet
I agree entirely with Corinne, with the additional levy on Housing Benefits coming into play very shortly, many of these poorer people are in fact going to find them selves homeless as they will no longer be able to pay the rent, or if they do will have to do without stuff like food and maybe even "none prescription" drugs.
As a long term disabled person myself, I have returned to work recently and am now running a Community Interest Company working to assist disadvantaged individuals with their IT needs. Otherwise IT support on the ground floor is pretty piss poor, generally only available to disabled or poor people who are NOT on drugs.
On drugs and no where to live ?
Who needs a fucking internet.
People just die, which is great news for Mr Cammeron and his bunch of Tax dodgers, as the number of claimants will fall in line with this surely.
Maybe there aren't that many poor or disabled people in your social/work group.
This is the company that just got favoured status in the UK to supply wind turbines, ones that are actually really shit at producing electricity.
Oh yeah and they just got big financial handout from UK PLC for a new windo turbine fabrication plant on Humberside. It's gonna cost us (UK Tax payers) loads of wonga to provide a special harour and all the services for this Seimens fab plant.
How the fuck do they do it ?
Oh, yeah, sorry. Bloody obvious init.
Did someone mention Stuxnet ? More like Fuckusnet !
Yes, seriously grateful that this is the case, most off the shelf OSes are crap, or otherwise I would have to do some other kind of work.
This is somewhat less than a chimney sweep gets.
Maybe this is where we start to build our economy again, with child labour.
IT applicants - under 16 only please.
If you get that job @ GCHQ, you can afford a new bicycle.
I think the dustman gets more than this for dealing with our shhh IT.
to whoever thought this one up.
It's about time someone sorted out the real Bad Boys and "the industry" started to tie it's own IT laces. We've put up with crap systems for far too long, (Linux penguin brains are you listening and you too MAC funboyz ?), maybe someone not in redmond will design something that works, well, as well as Stuxnet for a f'in start.
Kettle calling the pan black.
seems to have gone out of the Window.
My Oracle version of OO 3.3 running on Windows XP can open MS Powerpoint presentations and allow me to work on them, but these cannot afterwards be opened with MS Powerpoint or Powerpoint Viewer on Windows 7.
A friend who is a plasma physicist, had his doctorate paper turned down several times by Oxford University because it challenged existing physics facts laid down by Amper.
He finally got his doctors certificate because the results of his painstaking physical experiments, which had been conducted over several years, were some time later coroborated by other physicist who had used a super computer.
Does it matter ?
Ditch the buggers is what I say.
Especially as the bugs that are running their mail servers don't like the content of some stories being run in The Register !
I've had numerous messages that I sent to my clients, which contain links to security related articles in The Register, returned to me, marked as "undeliverable".
Apparently, according to the Postmaster's blurb, a Policy doesn't agree with the content.
Have they been botted too ?
They are attempting to revive a dead cow ?
And are they throwing any money at the dead beast ?
How about maybe feeding the musicians, who appear in sub 100 audience venues.
In the hope that happy to be nuetered, broadband surfing music lovers will suddenly crave a trip to the nearest chemical toilet for a gullet full of consumer poo, for the sake of the UK's economy. And this is supposed to keep them amused as they while away the night on and on into the wee small hours, just to experience the novelty of a pair of politically sanitised muzaciens.
Now, if the pubs were allowed to sell your actual, "real" drugs, alongside those bloody awful chemicals dressed up as refreshment, but hey, these Eaton educated Tory overlords just ain't that smart. Besides, I believe that all their loverly monies is invested abroad, somewhere sunny no doubt, not here in this cultural husk.
Read the logs of your router.
There will be an endless list of attempts to connect/start a raft of applications like Apache, Webmin, PHP, MySQL, etc. These attempts usually try combinations of default username and password, often appearing to originate from IP addresses owned by companies like Microsoft, PCWorld, Argos, BBC. Which then end up being blocked by my router's IP blacklist, with the expected result.
Sooner or later these attempts find a mark in the "low hanging fruit" department and they are in with privileges.
I've been running Apache on Win2K for years now, and as far as I know, none of the site pages have been compromised, ..... so far. However, I'm no expert and I half expect a proper "expert" to get in touch with me to tell me the awful news.
I stayed away from LAMP precisely 'cos I could not be certain that all the apps were sufficiently tied down so as not to be a liability, or be a vulnerability. My lack of LINUX knowledge saved me ?
However, if Microsoft et al, are having these difficulties when they have all those highly trained IT staff, what chances do the rest of us have of staying sharp and our servers germ free ?
I hope those loony Linux fanciers are reading this article.
That's what I like about
this country. The council doesn't have the resources to train it's staff to make sure these idiocies don't occur, and the best way to deal with that is for the courts to take away more resources by fining them.
Wouldn't it have been better if the court had ordered the council to spend that money on training, or for implementing safe guards ? Like a proof reader type person who could manually validate the post before it went out.
even my home router gets bored with penetration attempts from machines under the domains of Microsoft and many other major players. Why would the home PC of an Admiral of the Fleet be any different ?
I'd not be surprised if it turned out that some high powered pumpkin was controlling a .mil SCADA system from home.
It sounds like
he was having a run of bad luck generally.
Other wise, no one would go to such lengths to bring on a round of good luck. Would they ?
And if my luck was going badly in the first place, I certainly wouldn't be betting my life on anything more dangerous than a piece of lucky heather.
Even if I was a MAC programmer.
Or, perhaps, being buried alive is the ritual Steve Jobs has been performing in order to ward off the MAC loving malware. And that's where this poor sod got the idea.
It's a fair cop guvnor
but they must be taking a lead from our venerable MP's, who are often caught red handed stealing from the People's Purse, or they are simply caught telling porkies so large that they wouldn't fit into the Guiness Book of Records, ie; when the Minister pushing the Localism Bill ( durr wotsiz name) pushes ahead a project to send nuclear waste to landfill in Peterborough, against almost total opposision locally.
Why not have a story about Wankers not paying their taxes after making huge bonuses for crashing their companies. How many billion was that, oooh we only have their figures to relie on.... Lets bash the Benefits Cheats (the poor) again ...... instead....
Didn't Cammeron have a hand in Black Friday a while back ?
WTF peeps ? Behaving Like Sheeps, BAA ! beep beep
Phew ! Thought they'd bought the Reg for a while there !
I told you so
This "news" has been common knowledge since about 1995, amongst the rest of us.
I've written comments several times indicating how we're being shafted AGAIN, by our wonderfully knowledgable "GREENING" overlords.
Is everyone asleep here in BLIGHTED ?
Isn't hind sight wonderful, if a bit costly.
Murder is illegal
Along with numerous other offences like hacking and sabotage of computer equipment.
Which seems to be OK for Yanks and Israelis to commit, as long as it's done somewhere like, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Columbia, Nicaragua, shall I continue ? Oh yeah, you may or may not need to be wearing a military uniform at the time.
Littering and fly tipping are also against the law, but NASA et al have left loads of junk in space.
Some of it capable of dropping on our heads.
Come on people, let's get real.
The only reason for going to the cinema these days is if you want to catch a bout of flu, or whatever other bug it is they are giving away this week.
The films are in the main, pretty poor IMHO, and certainly not worth the cost, effort, time.
an Service Level Agreement would have been handy.
I've had a number of clients try this one and it just doesn't wash around here.
New SLA please with a bigger bill attached.
A lot of clients have no idea what they want, until you show them the end product.
Then they suddenly get the "great ideas", which include treating the contractor like a chump.
Without an End Point
Server to blame or Symantic security software to screw with things, I was recently flummoxed when my own laptop (running XP) could no longer pass through my Router onto the internet.
The wireless NIC was working and the router's signal at full strength. Encryption details were as configured in my notes, dealing with this machine by a fixed IP address for wireless connectivity. Just to keep me confused, I could log in to my router, and access my Web Server on this network by it's local Network IP address, but not via it's domain name.
Everything worked just fine with a CAT5 cable connection.
I had to admit that I wasn't going to be paying myself for this task.
So, after two hours dicking about, checking the array of Windows Services modules, again and again, setting up a new wireless networking configuration and disabling the laptop's firewall and anti-virus, produced only the kill switch and bugger all else.
Other than completely resetting my router, or the laptop, I was stumped then and I still am.
This exercise didn't do a lot for my self confidence as I have been attaching wired and wireless devices to networks for about 15 years and never experienced anyting like this ...........
ALF defeated by XP Home
As there are so many flakey Linux distro's, out there, it's almost irrelevant whether the OS is vulnerable to attack ! These days the apps themselves don't stay on the desktop long enough to get pwned !
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