48 posts • joined 17 Jul 2009
In the Foreword to the report: "...the squandering of enormous sums of money from hard-working taxpayers."
Implying he's not worried about squandering money from indolent, lazy taxpayers?
Re: Which Chinese Calendars?
I got given a free Chines calendar by the Happy Garden last Christmas. It hangs up in my kitchen and is quite useful especially as, handily enough, it has their phone number on it in case I need to order a takeaway. They think of everything don't they?
I was off like a long dog as soon as I heard Santander were taking RBS over. If I had to suffer the inconvenience of changed account numbers and sort codes (I was informed that I wouldn't be keeping the RBS ones I'd had since 1980) I'd rather it was on my terms. I'd had dealings with Santander before when they took over Abey [National] and had no wish to repeat that dismal experience.
Moved in a painless transfer to Co-op - a bit boring, with not as much add-on functionality as RBS, at least initially (e.g. a decent phone App) - but, so far, reliable and owned by its customers. The latter is, to me, a big plus.
I was saddened to leave RBS (I joined when it was Williams and Glyn) as I had always found the high street banking side of things reliable, and the telephone banking staff invariably helpful, but the sell off of the branches was the last straw.
Good luck to remaining customers and staff.
Mice are not, as is commonly assumed on Earth, small white squeaking animals...
... who spend a lot of time being experimented on.
Now, if these two male mice are our friends Benjy and Frankie, we should shortly be hearing some exciting news about a new bypass in our neighbourhood.
Has anyone been down the planning office recently? I must admit, I haven't - too apathetic.
Re: The Beatles better watch out
"...if you play them backwards they sound like Yoko Ono."
Now that IS evil.
Re: Great article
...and a branch of the Scaramanga family, after whom the triple-nipple eponymous villain is named, still live near Bath. One of them had, until recently, a firm selling Quality Cars of the type that Bond might have fancied.
It's not a very good image, and I don't know the story behind the picture, but that's not a commander's rank on his sleeve. Commander is three rings of the same width (including the executive curl) whereas in the photo it's either a very thick ring (Commodore) or there is a suspision of a line running around making a separate band attached to the curl and another very thick band which would be Rear Admiral.
But, as I said, it's not a very clear image.
..." 'ordinary' as opposed to 'a bit special' ".
And there you have a neat encapsulation of the outsourcing problem. It's the 'ordinary', less experienced, programmers and developers of today who, with experience and training and identified talent, become the 'special' programmers, maintainers and developers of tomorrow. By cutting that link you might make immediate savings but you've bolloxed yourself for the future.
But what do I know, after all I only work for an organisation that has done exactly that and then finds itself over a barrel when it does need people to jump through hoops in double quick time.
I opened an account with Williams and Glyns in 1981, and they were excellent; after a while it transformed into The Royal Bank of Scotland before truncating itself into RBS, with the emphasis on the last two letters. Even after [Sir Fred's] Mr Goodwin's departure the branch network was still solid and, from a user's point of view, the online services were good.
Then I heard that RBS England was going to be passed over to Santander and alarm bells rang good 'n' proper - they'd done me over years before when they took over/rebranded Abbey [National].
I moved (hence the coat icon) over to Co-op - on the basis that they seemed the least worst and owned, at least notionally, by its customers - and completed the transfer of D/Ds, S/Os, funds and notified anyone paying in last month. Just in time, it seems. Now maintaining the accounts with zero balances just to piss off RBS/Santander, though must keep an eye on sneaky account charges being introduced.
In all my dealings with the phone banking staff over the years I unfailingly received good, polite, friendly service and it saddens me to leave. Good luck guys.
And I work for an organisation that itself is still worshipping the false god of outsourcing, so my sympathies go out to all those former RBS IT staff who have been dumped.
PS, Listening to an RBS Spokeswoman, Susan Allen, on the PM programme. Apparently this failure wasn't expected. That''s OK then...
@ MonkeyBoyFan - Re: Metro was designed by experts
I've left a drink at the bar for you, sir, along with an upvote.
I believe your favourite tipple might be *sake*?
Re: Alternatively - @David W.
....Which is better? There's only one way to find out: FIGHT!
Or as John Lennon once noted...
"It's good to fly Lufthansa to London...all the pilots know the way..."
Re: I think you confused Acer with Asus
Well done that man! Have an upvote on me.
It just shows the deleterious affects of cheap alcohol on society blah blah
Minimum unit pricing the only way to cure the ills of society blah blah
Orange Jump Suits for goal posts
Lewd and licentious soldiery and alcohol don't mix harrumph harrumph
And all the other guff that issue-obsessed rent-a-quotes are likely to come up with to support their world view.
@Rob Dobs - Will You Accept a Reverse Charge Call From Under a Rock?
I'm indebted to you for a comprehensive round-up of what sounds like a pretty ghastly troupe of people - I'm so glad I've genuinely never heard of them before (although the OJ lawyer reference rings a vague bell, I suppose) and hope to never again, although I fear I will be seeing their names all the time now. That's the way it goes.
Must dash - off to browse the latest copy of The Chap magazine now. Fascinating article on how to keep the perfect crease in the trouser leg while travelling on 'public transport'.
Why discourage reselling? Poor sods will probably be out of a job soon the way the company is being mismanaged; let them make a few bob from HP while they can.
You could even call it market research - something the HP marketeers or bean counters have obviously not troubled themselves with (a bit 20th century, don't you know) - establishing the optimum price beyond which the general public aren't prepared to buy one.
If HP had done that themselves, they might not now be covered in cack.
Old Joke No 94
Could you check she's actually dead?
Yup. Now what?
Just synthesise your voice through a Cheryl Cole Voice-o-matic generator. Apparently a whole nation canna unnerstan what' she sez, like!
Haddaway & Sh!te!
"...So is the word "grrl"...."
True, but 'Reel' is quite a clever pun, though, in the context of teaching Grrls film making.
But then, I thought 'Anti-Pesto' was funny, so who am I to judge?
Ah, a pint of Bishop's Finger to go with my Stinking Bishop.
Ah - THERE'S the IT angle!
Calm down, dear, calm down!
Reading through the pile of uncollected prints piled by the printer is the only reliable way of finding out what's going on in our organisation. Please don't ruin that by introducing yet more 'policies and procedures'.
POP POP TOCK TOCK WUMBLE TOCK
Just listening to my DAB radio in the kitchen.
What a waste of money that was.
Oy you! Get your hands off my wallet. I'm fed up to here with being fleeced by every bastard who feels they have a right to my money...
Jail TIme, though???
...Or is he to be jailed under the Three Strokes Law?
Look forward to reading that Al Yamamah report in full, guys.
Oh I'm soooo shallow
The first time I listened it clearly said "f*ck" in a slight home counties twang, but after I read the comments it was obviously "bark". No question. Although...
... isn't it just rhyming slang - Bark(shire Hunt)?
What a surprise...
I used to be with Abbey National in the late 90s. Santander undoubtedly acquired it because they were culturally similar, i.e. as incompetent as each other. I left Abbey National in 1997 and used RBS as my main bank quite happily until this year.
Granted, RBS has had its problems <ahem>, but its branch network - what I would in my old fashioned way call 'proper' banking - has always been well run as far as I have been concerned. So imagine my joy and delight when I received a letter this year to say that the RBS branch network in England was being handed over to Santander.
Well bugger that, I'm off-ski. I've opened an account with the Co-op and am transferring. Not that anyone will notice or care, but at least I'll feel better for not having my money in the hands of this bunch of idiots.
On time? To Budget? No news there, move on...
Not newsworthy then. The news sharks are only interested in public sector IT failures (private sector ones just get buried and we pay higher prices). It doesn't suit their agenda to publicise anything that runs counter to their world view.
Holy costume party, Batman!
I think the Robin-style eye mask was a bit of a giveaway once he'd removed his disguise, too.
Still, good try.
I have to agree with TeeCee - it's fails on too many criteria to be considered FOTW. Leaving aside his opinions for a moment, it is well capitalised and punctuated.
He even uses paragraphs and fails to fall into the standard FOTW your/you're trap for goodness' sake! Only two exclamation marks in the whole letter, and those could be construed ironically.
I must say, I strongly deprecate the rising standard of these flames. There's just no fun any more.
Coq au Bin
"You're my wife now, Dave!"
I'm going to have nightmares...........
I see MS are still having trouble with their dollar to sterling conversion software.
$279 = £270?? My arse it does, even taking into account taxes, shipping, etc, etc. It's not even as if they've put themselves to the trouble and expense of translating it into proper English.
Still, if people are so foolish as to be ripped off by such actions, why should I care?
I do, though, miserable old sod that I am.
Split up into smaller sections...
Have an up vote on me. You'll have read Francis Maude's views on Big IT then? No contract with more than £100m whole life costs, and making sure it's accessible to small and open source competitors.
Mind you, I'll believe it when I see it, and no doubt the usual consultancies will get their snouts in the trough giving advice and guidance on how to make the new methods work.
Cheer up Susi!
Why the long face?
@why? - Why not indeed?
I agree, although at least round our way the planning system requests comments. It's up to anyone who wishes to to write in and say what a spiffing idea that radio mast/Safebury supermarket/conservatory/conversion of pub into luxury homes (sore point) is, just as much as getting out the green ink and objecting.
Precious few people do either, of course, but - like the doors to the RItz - it's open to rich and poor, pro and anti, alike.
One of the phoneco's - Orange I think - put up a mast in line of sight of Brunel's Box Tunnel entrance so that people could continue their mostly inane conversations for the 3,212 yards of dead straight brilliance that is the tunnel. To be honest I feared the worst as it was going to be over the entrance to Middle Hill tunnel in a field - I'd have objected if I could have got off my arse (see above) - but they fulfilled their promise of making it look as unobtrusive as feasible and disguised it as a couple of telegraph poles with an electricity transformer between them.
Now, I know that doesn't sound too great, but actually it does fit in with the other rural wooden telegraph poles nearby that are an accepted part of our field furniture, linking farmhouses to civilisation, and fair play to them, you don't notice it.
Ah - the phone's ringing - which pocket did I put it in?
Surely 'Gt' is an El-Reg Standard Unit of Measurement, being the number of Gin and Tonics* a thirsty Moderatrix can neck in a lunch time?
*Regional variations might refer to these as jynnan tonnyx, gee-N’N-T’N-ix, or jinond-o-nicks, but the effect is ultimately the same.
Looking at the photo I think he's got a Midget.
Can't tell whether the hood's down or not.
It's the open road for me!
Have a drink, have a drive, as Mungo Jerry would say.
I'm as open minded as the next humourless bigot but....
.... walking down a street while SMOKING?
Something Must Be Done.
MMMMVelopes (bacon flavoured envelopes)
Bacon Lip Balm has me, well, licking my lips, I suppose.
Perhaps you could finish off such a lovely meal with a Unicornetto Ice Cream.
Well worth a read, a quite marvellous apology. Heartfelt and sincere.
I've 'upvoted' (yuk) your posting on the basis that you meant for it to be in Lavender, in accordance with the proposals* from the Vulture Central Humour Comprehensibility Committee, under the iron rule of Lester (for it is he) but which, because they seem to spend most of their time quaffing cider down the Fighting Dog and Pikey, has not yet been implemented. Tsk.
If you weren't being ironic, please remember that I voted after 1000pm on Thursday, and it therefore doesn't count.
To the barricades, mon braves!
IT icon because it can only be a matter of minutes before some idiot suggests a multi-million pound (about $10 at the current exchange rate) government IT project to address the procedural jobsworthian cock-up at some polling stations last night.
It's a NICKNAME for heaven's sake!
Ah - just noticed your moniker. I take it back.
Perhaps, in accordance with El Reg policy (which I notice, 9 years and 4 days after it was posted has never been properly enacted you bunch of pub-botherers), Jock Stirrup's name should always be printed in Lavender. See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/02/01/the_color_of_irony/ for more detail.
Other standard nicknames used by the services can be seen here. Haines, Bee and Page get off lightly, I see.
<lav>No icon, because..... </lav>
If it was physiological shock, which given that he was bandaging himself with strips of clothing seems likely, falling asleep could lead to coma or at least not being awake to notice things going wrong. The body temperature drops when you're asleep, too - not a good thing to happen when you're in shock.
James Hughes 1 - Price Point £200
John Lewis are selling it at £199. Does that swing it?
Well, I tried what you suggested, but....
....some of us are quite browsery and even quite good looking!. Internet Explorer is the world's favourite browser (apparently fishing is more popular but its [sic] simply not a browser)
The Thick of It
Am I alone in feeling I've wandered into some extended sketch of Armando Iannucci's 'The Thick Of It'? Got to feel sorry for him - what's the point in trying to write satire when real life is outdoing it every time? The lunatics have taken over the asylum, I'm afraid, and we have to take the blame for letting them.
Oh well, as long as have X Factor. Bread and circuses......
Cheers, mine's a pint of.....
Baldrick: Should we drink each other's or stick to our own?
Edmund: Is Captain Rum joining us for this bring-a-sample party, or is he going to sit this one out?
Percy: Oh no, he's been swigging his for ages. He says he likes it. Actually, come to think of it, he started before the water ran out.
'ello 'ello 'ello
Following the link from the article to the BBC site, and following a further link, one finds this. Suddenly things aren't quite so clear cut.
Police believe they prevented a rave in Devon on Saturday night.
About 30 people had turned up at Sowton near Exeter by mid-day on Saturday afternoon to what organisers said was a 30th birthday party.
But local people, fearing a rave was going to take place after previous events with loud music at the same premises, alerted the police.
Organisers have been told to get licences from the local authority before they organise further events.
The event was closed down under section 63 of the Criminal justice and Public Order Act 1994.
But how of its age that legislation sounds, though: "wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats". One can imagine all these Tory MPs sitting around, still mildly surprised that they'd won the 1992 election, trying to define something they dislike or fear in such a way that Glyndebourne or Proms In The Park doesn't get closed down under the same legislation.