2363 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009
It wasn't a paper system, it was replacing an electronic system (which might also have used paper records I suppose, but it was an electronic system at heart).
The problem with government IT is there are hundreds of chiefs to keep changing what the thing is supposed to do.
Finally, something is produced, and it is put in front of the people who are expected to use it, and they find that they cannot use it efficiently because it has been poorly specified and somehow mutated to do something that was never originally in spec, and so they continue to use the old software, at least for some tasks.
This means that you cannot then remove the old software, and so instead of delivering cost savings, the project has delivered extra costs.
It all comes down to poor management and design processes, which still happen a bit in the private sector, but not as much - if you screw up, you probably no longer have a job - so in the private sector we spend a lot of money making sure that our processes are good and deliver continuous improvement.
In the public sector, train-wrecks like this happen constantly, and so it seems it is not such a judgement on someone who led/designed these failed projects, they seem to land another one immediately after presiding over hundreds of millions of pounds in losses.
"hacking" seems to be in the list of categories that are filtered. What the fuck? How is information about hardware and software considered so harmful that it cannot touch the minds of our precious little children?
Where will the next generation of hackers come from? In 15 years, will we find that 99% of CS graduates only know how to prod .NET or Java?
Filter hardcore porn? Sure. Filter gambling? Sure. Filter drugs? Sure.
Why filter hacking?
Re: My data went to 65,536 ports and all I got was this lousy browser
No, he described Web (HTTP) as "the open Internet's interface" - it's right there in the quote you've included.
Seems pretty uncontroversial.
Re: When did Britain lose its way?
Here in Britland, we've had to deal with proper terrorism for years, and everyone has dealt with it with rational perspective.
Back then we were tough and dealt with things - we didn't have the Matt Bryant / Daily Mail paranoia that we have now.
Lets go back a sec and look. The majority of terrorism that we've encountered in the UK was due to The Troubles, and the government response to that was.... to give military intelligence to the "good" Protestant terrorists so they could go kill the "bad" Catholic terrorists (and deal drugs and run criminal enterprises).
Only you can see the items you save unless you choose to share them with friends.
Plus Facebook, and anyone they want to sell advertising space to..
Re: re : James 51
You appear to have confused the need for vehicular traffic when turning to give way to pedestrians WHO HAVE ALREADY STARTED TO CROSS THE ROAD they are turning into. There is otherwise no overriding priority for pedestrians on the road. They are road users like any other and are expected and required to abide to rules that apply to them.
You need to actually read the highway code as it relates to pedestrians, Mr AC.
The number of things which pedestrians have to obey are marked with the word MUST bolded and in capitals - hey, its just like an RFC. There are only 4 rules which pedestrians must obey, the others are simply advice on how best to use the road:
Motorways. Pedestrians MUST NOT be on motorways or slip roads except in an emergency
Moving vehicles. You MUST NOT get onto or hold onto a moving vehicle.
You MUST NOT loiter on any type of crossing.
Railway level crossings. You MUST NOT cross or pass a stop line when the red lights show,
Re: Typing texts at the wheel is incredibly dangerous
What I find interesting is that you can be fined for eating an apple, but smoking a cigarette (which involves picking one out of a pack, and fiddling with lighter and ashtray) is perfectly OK.
Cigarettes are fine, its rollies that are tricky, especially if you use filter tips.
Re: Ban? What ban?
Ah well, you should have mentioned this was in advice from a Dorset Policeman, they never get things wrong or give misleading legal advice.
I'd say 3TB has already been the sweet spot for at least a year.
Nah, Dongguan Shinyang is GONE! Completely last months news.
However, Foshan Shinyang, Huizhou Shinyang, Shunde Shinyang and Zhuhai Shinyang are just getting ready to start their production lines..
"I don’t buy for a minute that these services are intended solely for diagnostics. The data they leak is of an extreme personal nature. There is no notification to the user. A real diagnostic tool would have been engineered to respect the user, prompt them like applications do for access to data, and respect backup encryption."
Don't recall any of those features in gdb or Dr Watson tbh..
Cmon, you know how this works by now. It's white only for now, but the blue will be "coming soon" and will be in vvvveeeeery short supply.
Come after me industry!
I have a license for all the media I view, but not necessarily for the specific means by which I acquire the media.
Uncle Rupe wants me to spend an extra £10 a month so that I can download that media to my tablet - which seems excessive, this is a feature the tablet already has.
He also insists on me turning on (and leaving on) location services so he can use GPS to ensure I'm actually present in a territory to which he has permitted me to watch his curated media - despite my permanent residence in that territory being a pre-condition to registration.
Therefore, even though I do pay Rupe to license that content, I don't actually get it from him. I use an alternate provider to source DRM free media for the content I have licensed from Rupe.
Look, it's basically religion at this point. You believe that something exists, for which no proof can be shown for its existence, but in order for you to be convinced that it does not exist, you must be shown evidence of its non-existence.
You can get sweary and downvote me, but the only thing you aren't doing is convincing me of your position with your fallacious arguments.
I'm downvoting the new-speak "Google do not sell your personal data, they use your data to place more appropriate adverts." followed by the fanboyish "If you think you can buy personalised data from Google, please provide a link to where they offer that service." Prove that they don't
It's not a very good argument though is it? You're the one making the unsubstantiated claim, and asking others to prove a negative. You might as well say Paul Daniels bites the heads off hamsters (prove he doesn't). I'm sure there is some clever word describing the fallacy of this kind of argument - oh hey, here we go: onus probandi.
Even taking the low end of the billable, it's still over £9k per 1U server per year.
Re: Poor Bug Fixing
There is a school of thought that suggests the 'big....mass' actually contains a lot of information about the problem being modelled by software.
Consider the source... Joel makes a lot of money by spreading FUD about OSS and selling closed source alternatives.
Re: I, personally, am not surprised
Some people only run Firefox for a few hours or so and do not realize how awful it still is at leaking memory when used for days or weeks. Use it without restarting for a week or more, close down all tabs, and it will still be using gigabytes of RAM.
Re: I would laugh at this if it weren't so sad
The U.S. has between 15 and 40 million people here illegally.
Some might consider that any of you west of the Appalachians are also there illegally.
Re: Further to Andrew Jones 2 post
I thought it works like this:
It uses aircrack to discover the network the chromecast is currently using.
It broadcasts bad packets in order to disrupt the chromecast's wifi connection.
When this happens, the chromecast will accept new connections, as it thinks it needs to be configured.
When this happens, the pi-rickroll box sets up a new network and instructs the chromecast that it is the new controller.
Once it has control, it sends content to the chromecast.
Re: 75 bucks? WTF?
Actually, the price of the phone is £75, but some retailers will accept 75 freshly shot adult male rabbits.
Once upon a time, Alcatel was known for making budget tat.
Hmmpf. Once upon a time, Alcatel was known for producing the highest quality fiber optic interconnects known to man.
Re: Sorry about this..
We're out of cake!
Re: I like mass surveillance
Which group is the minority and which group is the majority depends on whether the audience is register readers or genpop.
Re: The UN is not *excatly* powerless but
The UN has power because it consists of powerful nations, but it has no power when it wishes to control the actions of the powerful nations that give it power.
However much of an arse he is, his rights and fears shouldn't be subjugated to the comfort of the state.
What a load of bollocks. You cannot ignore the law because of "fears". All that does is say that your personal inclination is more important than our laws.
<p>Sweden seems to have done nothing to allay those fears. They could interview him in London, or issue an assurance that he wouldn't be extradited after being interviewed in Sweden.</p>
He has been given those assurances, he "fears" that they are not being forthright and will extradite him anyway, despite it being against Swedish and EU law, so he is ignoring our laws.
And you're still apologizing and justifying his behaviour and actions..
On the spectrum, Gauntlet came on 2 tapes, once you finished tape 1 side a, tape 1 side b, tape 2 side a, tape 2 side b it would instruct you to insert tape 1 side a, and you start again from the beginning, but with a few more beasties!
Infinite play :)
Re: For me, the game changed when someone said ...
I've not seen such bravery?
No, their paper is not on execution speed of languages, it is on choosing the best language for a macro-economic model, and yet they chose to measure a metric that is irrelevant for choosing the best language for a model, and admit as much in their conclusion.
A "scientific" paper presumably has a hypothesis, an experiment that tests that hypothesis, and conclusions that can be derived from the empirical results of the test. To be valid science, the test must be valid in order to draw conclusions, and the purpose of being a scientist is to devise valid tests.
In order to determine if your test and conclusions are correct, you release the information to your peers, who examine your work to see if they can determine logical inconsistencies from your experiment method or your conclusions, which would invalidate your conclusions.
By critically examining their paper for these logical inconsistencies you can determine that their experiment did not produce valid test results, since they only measured execution time, which TFA explains is not worth measuring.
Science. It works bitches.
Re: Hire Tim Almond
Are you hiring?
Re: Re Tom 38
The dichotomy is that you are trying to state what is required to produce a high quality product, but manufacturers mainly produce what most consumers want, which is cheap products.
In general as consumers, we are far happier to pay less for a lesser, buggier experience than we are to pay more for a premium, high quality experience.
Is that your understanding from a lifetime of dealing with software provided by hardware manufacturers, that they spend a lot of time and effort making it work efficiently?
Mine is that they get it right enough to put it in a shiny box and sell it. If it sells well and there are software bugs, they can fix them in rev 2, if they care enough.
Re: Horror Stories with these machines!!
When I bought my house, I assembled my funds in an "Instant Access" savings account at HSBC. At some point, I needed to transfer £25k to my solicitor:
Log on online, go through security, add solicitor's client account as payee, but I can't pay them more than £500.
Website says to try phone banking.
Ring up phone banking, go through security twice (automated, and then in person), re-supply solicitors account details, finally "Steve" tells me I can't do it over the phone, I have to go in to branch.
Walk to nearest branch, queue up for counter.
Get to front of queue - "This is business customers. You want the counter around the corner that isn't signed at all"
Queue up again. Get to the front of the queue - "You can't do withdrawals here, you need to make an appointment to talk to an advisor"
Go to the front of bank, there is a man with a clipboard. He can give me an appointment in 1 hours time to do a withdrawal, it will cost me £40.
At this point I enter meltdown and had a fit of pique and threatened to close my "instant access" savings account on the spot, walk across the road with £25k in cash and deposit it with my solicitors bank directly. This got action, they do not like having to physically give you your money..
I would move my current account, but they are all similarly cretinous these days.
Re: Get a grip
Most people who are planning or have committed really serious crimes are extremely paranoid and will naturally limit or disguise their communications.
Most of the people who get caught via these means will be minor criminals - such as the person who gets drunk and emails or posts a racial or homophobic rant, or small-time drug dealer/users
and it really doesn't need special laws to get access to that information.
It currently does, so what do you think changes in the future?
Re: Get a grip
Sucide bombers dont care if the data is retained, what are you to do with it? prosecute the crater they leave?
Not all terrorism is suicide bombing, and RIPA is not only used for terrorism but also organized crime. Even if it were a suicide bomber, do you not think it would be handy for the police to know who he spoke to 10 minutes before-hand?
A panopticon only works if everyone is rational (they aren't), the punishment always outweighs the benefit (it doesn't) and that the surveillance is perfect (it isn't).
Except this isn't a panopticon, for two main reasons.
Firstly, this isn't the mass collection of data on everyone and everything that security services apparently do legally, which could be considered a panopticon.
Secondly, it differs in that the idea of a panopticon is that people who are constantly observed will not offend, where as the idea of this is that if people offend, it's easier to determine who and why if you have this data available to query.
It's not perfect, but in most cases, if two people communicate digitally, this may record the fact, which can then be used to prove that they communicate with each other when their defence is predicated that they do not.
"This [Vantablack] is not a groundbreaking thing," sniffed professor George Stylios at the school of textiles and design at Heriot-Watt university to the Graun. "It's a progression of a group of scientists who didn't ask me to play
Re: Money isn't everything,
Only the autistic think a free market will solve all of life's problems.
Obviously, when people think thoughts politically different to your own, they must have a neurodevelopmental disorder.
It's been some years now since I have read any of your articles because every time I read your stuff, I feel like committing suicide.
Expressing your feelings is good, but it is even better to actualise them.
The FBI are also hoping that this latest arrest will lead them closer to apprehending Su Bin's cousin Paste, the man they believe to be behind most recent information disclosures.
Definitely knew which truck would have the easily shifted consumer tech in and not big bulky washing machines.
the outage lasted for "approximately an hour and a half in the North East."
Interesting, does time pass at different rates in different parts of the country?
Re: Struck by "comparatively flimsy"
Playing Devil's Advocate, there is some issue to be taken with the alleged offence. The police helicopter was only endangered after it began following the quad-copter, (wild speculation follows) tracking it by observing it from above. The quad-copter operators, unaware of the police helicopter following above them, raised altitude, which alarmed the police operators and they took avoiding action.
chose the Isis name […] because it "brought to life our company and our values,"
Presumably by gathering the parts of the company in a big chest and burying it on a magical island?
No, because this isn't about GCHQ intercepts, which apparently are all legal (dubious: discuss), but instead about ordinary plod being able to request warrants to request the same sort of data from ISPs.
Re: Not the apology I'm looking for
Yep, "whoops, too bad" is about the worst apology you can give.
A couple of days ago a company I've bought e-cigs from decided that the best way to market their crap to me was to give Twitter my email address and full name, so that Twitter can invite me to register and subsequently follow my retailer... it took multiple email exchanges before they figured out that I was upset that they had spaffed my personal details to a 3rd party, not that they sent me a marketing email every 2 days.
Their subsequent "apology" was along the lines of "Well, we've done it now, can't really take it back". Fortunately, they are a UK subsidiary of a US company, I only dealt with the UK company, so I'm seeing how toothless the ICO actually is in dealing with idiots like this. Accidental data losses are one thing, this was wilful.
Re: Facin' IT
"Facin' IT" is surely a pun.
My favourite was the PA whose monitor was "broken"
She'd turned the brightness down to zero.
Re: Asking for a court order
50,000 people might fill in a web form, 50,000 people won't instruct a solicitor.
Re: Of course it's clumsy
And they've just now announced that all the links they've removed in the past couple of days - they've added them back again. Guess too many people saw through it.
- JLaw, Kate Upton exposed in celeb nude pics hack
- Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search
- GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Twitter declines to deny JLaw tweet scrubdown after alleged iCloud NAKED PHOTOS hack