59 posts • joined 28 Jul 2009
Mixed messages from Y2K
Alister, in my experience both you and Tim are correct.
There was a lot of time and money spent on Y2K. Much of this was necessary, and had it not been spent then there would have been real problems.
There was also a lot of hype, wastage and bandwaggon-jumping. Also upgrades or expenditure that was difficult to make a business case for if stand-alone was rolled in to the Y2K "gold card" / FUD factor.
I was a programme manager on Y2K - hence the grey hair!
What about the unlicensed ones?
What Uber et al seem to be facilitating is unlicensed, unregulated and uncontrolled drivers.
I've not done any in-depth research, so genuine questions:
- who does back ground checks on the drivers - if any?
- any checks that they have suitable insurance?
"Everyone legally in this country has a unique identifier: a national insurance number"
Unfortunately national insurance numbers are not unique!
Re: Lets hope...
Come on, you commentards - how many other song titles could cause mayhem/amusement on a display?
Re: I'll just repost this
Even more respect to him after seeing that!!!!
Sounds like Paypal....
..with ATM access.
However two issues with this:
- From time to time central banks have had negative interest rates (you have to pay to deposit money with them!)
- No overdraft facility
Moulded in Poly Styrene?
Re: An idea from an ignorant American
I thought China had the copyright on that? We wouldn't want to pirate that idea, would we?
I think you have hit the nail on the head - the pressure is from the "guvm'nt" to free up the bands so they can be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Expect to see the update and coverage stats fudged even further to try and achieve this.
"Pirates" icon - robbery, that's what the "guvm'nt" is trying to do!
Neither does Microsoft ...
"still doesn't even have a word processor that can compete with Microsoft Word 2.0 running on Windows 3.1."
Neither does Microsoft since they introduced that stupid ribbon .....
System is way too slow
It seems to take about 20 to 30 seconds to extract the image data from the passport chip, authenticate, decrypt, do any database searches and render the image and results on the operator's screen. That's way too slow when dealing with an arrival queue.
Anyone with inside info on what the original performance SLA was?
Re: Bird Book
isn't there an app for that?
We seem to have an Attack of the Clones?
Or a schizophrenic commentard?
Good maps or good interface - your choice?
Streetmap uses OS maps which to my mind are far better than anything Google provides. But the interface is terrible and there is little functionality apart from the maps.
Google has horrible maps but a superb interface and excellent functionality.
A game for idle moments
Click on the most annoying ad links until you get bored. Help them waste their budget!
Re: It's lean, rich and lower in fat than the main meat groups.
I've no problems eating horse (s long as I know that's what it is, and can be confident it's not full of Bute) but venison is tastier !
Just be careful how you spell it.......
Re: Concorde did make money
Concorde only made money on an operating cost basis - BA effectively got the aircraft for free. Adding costs to service the debt for the real capital cost of the aircraft would have rendered it uneconomic.
Re: Blogger was causing 'distress and harm'?
I'd be somewhat distressed if I had to eat that!
Re: Does anyone know...
Dead cats are much more aerodynamic - if they've been squashed flat - make a great Frisbee!
A cartoon (by Robert Crumb?) featured this a long time back
But TFL gets stung on the Oyster transaction
TFL have to pay for transactions through the Oyster app. Maybe their fault, but they got stitched up on the Oyster contract.
So 23 tons of Marmite ...
... are now toast?
They'll sue them
For infringing their 1-click patent !
But does it suppress the craving for a doner kebab?
"Pity poor Stuart for having to sift through the dumps from that one"
That's a new keyboard you owe me!!!
Both the list and also the comments have some very pleasant memories - and also about a year's worth of new reading recommendations! Thank you El Reg.
Off to the charity shops to check what's on the shelves. What? Me? Cheapskate?
That's another new keyboard
you owe me!
Mega fail by the Glazers
Silent Running, anyone?
Those poor little robots
... was La Repubblica a Spanish laguage newspaper?
Full marks ...
..for the most contrived acronym of the month!
Wonder if the parachute deployment caused a jerk that effected separation?
And no comments about Paris jerkin..... oh, I already did :)
So to enforce a total gagging order which also includes a clause forbidding mention that the gagging order even exists (of the kind which has been rumoured to have been granted recently to certain high-profile persons) the gagging order itself must be publicised?
Does not compute!
Splendid stuff Lewis...
But you owe me a new keyboard for "elusive deiton"
Canard a l'orange? Magrette de canard?
Delicious! And kills two bird with one stone, so to speak.
Ok, Ok, mine's the one with Larousse Gastronomique in the pocket
"and matter was routinely passed around among the young and excitable stars"
....although "star" may be a bit of an overstatement in Paris's case?
Another winner from Lewis!!!!
I shudder to think
what could happen once this escapes into the wild. If not this particular mutant, some other mad scientific creation
Oh, this will be great with Valentina Hasan (check on YouTube)
And the next environmental disaster ....
... huge swarms of meat ants wipe out what little wildlife the Cane Toads have left behind?
Fail - for the original introduction of the toads to Oz
So now we will get charged extra to park on the top floor of multi-storey car parks?
Granny at home, but not the breadwinner
In developing countries mobility of labour is high, with the breadwinner often having to relocate just to get a survival wage, so an economical means of sending money home is vital. The amounts involved are only a few pounds per month, but they are essential for the family. Many of these people will have no access to any sort of banking facilities, and could not afford the transfer fees charged even if they had access.
A couple of years ago it was reported that in some parts of Africa mobile phone top-up vouchers were being used as currency - because the activation number could be sent as a txt message.
If The Sun is handling it ...
..it could be "X-Files" in more ways than one.
The world's energy crisis solved ...
... at a stroke! (or two, or three)
I look forward to having a hand in developing this product
That should make for some interesting ads popping up in your Gmail
Point the finger at the breweries
Do I see a bit of dual standards here? The breweries charge exorbitant prices to their tied houses and tennants, but give huge discounts to large purchasers like supermarkets.
Then they complain that pub sales are falling and put up the prices even more?
Who thought up that acronym?
"Equation of State: SupErNovae trace Cosmic Expansion", or ESSENCE
Do I detect the hand of AmanfromMars in naming this one?
As one who bears the indelible scars from a Y2K project, I wait with deep interest to find out what caused this one
Dark Star - matchless
But there was a Pirate Willy (snigger snigger) - and a Master Mate, as I recall?
Looks like that's what they tried to do originally. Seems the NASA engineers may be from your neck of the woods.
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