The Conservatives should be applaud they only wasted 150 - 200 Million a year on failed IT Projects that's a lot less than the 1 - 2 billion / year of the previous government.
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I always, fix it - take the arse kicking from my boss. Then try and smile polity which always seems to comes out as smugly every time a similar issue is detected and ignored which brings complete chaos to the company.
I have learnt that it does not matter how brilliant I my have thought my code was at the time, once it comes into contact with the real world it will nearly always be found wanting. So it's much quicker to take the pain and fix everything and if that requires a re-write then so be it, the band aid approach always seems to dig a bigger hole for the company.
Re: Pure sophistry
You are making the classic mistake, and falling into their weasel word trap :-).
The security services try to distinguish between surveillance & collection, you used the phrase "mass surveillance" and they will claim they are not doing that, so where's the issue? Of course the issue is we are not happy with their "mas collection".
If you ban their "mass collection", how do they then get the data they need to perform their duty "which is to observing selected people's actions and communications". I think one of the issues the security services have is bad people will try and hide there actions and communications and the only way to find them is mass collection of data and filter this in a effort to identify only data from identified bad people.
Of the firms they listened to, how many had more than 20 employees but did not have IT apprentices schemes. Most of these issues are self inflicted because many business do not have professional development schemes to train and mentor there staff.
I have worked with many leading investment banks, leading retailer's, NHS and logistics companies over the last two years and there is very little proper structured professional IT development.
I would change the rules to specify that firms must demonstrate that they have tried to develop these skills in house first.
Re: FOSS for all...
It would not take money, but change in attitude to IT by our politicians and especially the civil service. Currently IT is treated as a commodity/cost, with an attitude that if they can use Excel they know all there is to know about IT.
The Civil Servants that manage IT projects need to have a proven track record of (5-10+ years) software development (using a key language like C/C++/C#/Java/Python/Ruby etc...) and managing software development teams.
Re: Failover not necessarily the answer
I agree, this is why they should have two independently developed systems running in parallel.
The slight of hand here is to confuse hardware spend with investment (just like RBS did recently with there new mainframe), Hardware spend should be seen as a cost of doing business. What one needs to look at is the Software investment as this is what's important to the business. I would expect to see a five-ten year rolling replacement plan, due to the nature of the business I would expect this to be developed in house by three competing teams.
When the complaint was made against Microsoft, they had 97+% of the desktop market place and where preventing other browser being installed, completely different to Google. I notice my IOS friends all use Google so it cannot be that hard to install a search client on a smartphone.
At the time I never saw Microsoft advertising competitive products in there market place, I note that bing is available in the Google play store.
BIG Business approach to IT.
I have an issue with this whole BIG Business approach to IT, on the face of it they seems to make some good decisions i.e. agile. But the problem is over time they spend more time/money on marketing how great they are, taking longer and longer to make decisions and develop their products with their products become blander and safer. A good example of this was B.T. in the 50's to 80's when it was a monopoly you had one big heavy phone in one of two colours, where in the US from the late 60's you could get many different phones including push buttons and they had almost completed the digitising of their phone network. BT also developed a new exchange called system X that was 25 years late, over engineered - the world had already moved on.
They really do need to break up the teams, have some competition, work closer with Universities, try and have a scheme where 75% of new staff are apprentices. IT is a moving target insure that at least every 3 years the IT staff are skilled up on the current technologies that have been mandated. Have a programme to insure all IT's system are brought up to the latest spec's at least every 3 years. And as they use public money, give the source code back to those people that paid for it the UK citizens.
I think you will find this is more a Amazon / Starbucks tax, if you want to tax Google the best way would be to place VAT on advertising.
"but thinks it can win them round with populist measures that require ad hoc intervention."
This points to the essence of the problem with socialist politics, and particularly the EU, many of the solutions require hard and difficult choices which they are afraid to put to the people.
The solution to the Google problem is to reduce the cost of living and remove red tape from small business so that more people can have a go at starting a small business not just the rich - free the people to come up with a solution and they will (you cannot force a horse to drink :-) )
Re: The bible is a book ?
A common mistake people make,
The bible as a collection of writings, not all of the same category, some if it is undoubtedly historical records, some is poetry, some is philosophy, some is tradition, some is law - which has under pined western thinking for a very long time. So much of the modern world is conditioned around us by a time when the bible was central to most people lives.
Exactly. To me it looks like the biggest support that unfriendly foreign powers and extremists have had came from our own government & security services 1997-2010 and now is being continued by our supposed security services alone.
Firstly we need proper effective oversight of our security services (please note our Law makers who provide oversight failed to spot the fact that MI5/6 where undermining the Judicial system they had set up and oversee). The British citizens must understand the scope of what the security services are aloud to do and have confidence in the oversight that ensures they stick within that scope - once this has been accomplished we can then look at the other issues.
Re: NSA vs Apple + Google
The company's board of directors are endorsed by the general public through the purchase of their products and shares. So in that sense they are elected, and BB is example where the public fell out of love with there products.
But my understanding is that this does not work out of the box with those iPhones ! The extra costs involved in wireless chargers, new backs for your phone etc.. is way to much, when you just forked out for a new wardrobe to allow your to transport your HUGE (and that's Apples words) new iPhone is beyond most peoples budgets.
Yes, Iphone 5 takes about 130 pounds of force where the Iphone 6 takes 70 pounds of force to bend.
70lbs of pressure does not seem much. I have an LG G3 and I'm already looking at replacing the Circle case as the current one has already taken significant damage from being inserted and removed from close fitting front pocket, cycling when in said pocket, climbing over fences (and this from a 50 year old) I hate to think what would happen if my son had a iPhone 6.
"Samsung, you’ll recall, doesn’t invent anything; it just "copies Apple". Even judges say so."
Being English, I go by what Her Majesty's High Court of Justice in England made Apple admit on the front page of it's Web Site.
Also it is heavier and not as opaque gorilla glass (requiring a more powerful back-light).
Re: What's in a name?
So if Scotland votes no - would we still have to change our name to DUK Disunited Kingdom :-) as we are clearly not united.
Re: Registered office.
Reuters: TSB Banking Group (TSB.L), which is part-owned by Lloyds, said it was likely to relocate some operations to England.
One factors, that will effect the number of jobs moved south - will be how effectively the U.K. regulators can regulate banking business in Scotland.
Please note the the North Sea Oil industries rely on Tax subsidies funded by English/Welsh tax pays, Scotland's tax take will be 1 / 10 of the current U.K's so the burden will be 10 times larger for the Scottish Tax payers. This same issue will effect most R & D work carried out in Scotland.
One question never asked - is who is Scottish ? Will my wife born in Glasgow get a U.K. or Scottish passport ? would each person on main land Britain get a choice ? Please note many brit's from the north of England left for Scotland 3 months ago just so that they could vote Yes to independence - so if we can vote do we note get a choice also ?
Re: competent IT Staff
Where's the proper Job development, having worked for many High street Banks/Investment Banks I have yet to see IT taken seriously, rarely do I see a scientific or engineering approach taken.
The same could have been said for BlackBerry users at one time. Your example is not comparable as she is not listed on NASDAQ employing thousands.
Apple has become a fashion brand and in that sense it has no competitors in the IT Fashion space (HTC came close and then fell away). IMHO it will not be about the technology, it will be about the perceptions from it's user base - it's new product need to have that premium look and feel ?
Re: Another day
And all you have do is to look at what the competition all ready has - although I think laser aka the LG G3 is way to cool for apple :-)
Mr Hague is no better. Over a year ago he came out using weasel words in an effort to say that GCHQ where not spying on UK citizen.
Re: Depends what you mean by 'code'
Agree, not everybody can do ART or Music but we all do it at school, coding should be no different.
A few basics (concepts) are already taught successfully to many primary school kids using simple robots that they programme with a few simple set of instructions.
Re: "Surely you'd use a Windows 7 boot CD to re-install the OS if you're a power user? No?"
Na! you need a hammer & a nail and lots arm muscle
Re: Oh please thise same tired old crap...
Apple has not sued Sony or Microsoft or Nokia, ....
It always seems to me, its because they do not look Chinese (=>益<=)
Corporation TAX is a TAX on profits not turnover !
If you want to TAX based on turnover then the best one is VAT (with a few fixes). For companies like Google Corporation TAX is not the correct TAX to be looking its VAT. We should be charging VAT on the products & services in the country the products & services are delivered, and if this was done fairly then Google would in the France as it should in England pay 20% of it's turnover in TAX in each of the countries it operates.
What is the point, the security service(with the help from their so called oversea friends) are ensuring that all systems are hackable, providing this information to the Americans who then broadcast this to the world either via virus/worms or making the documentation available via contractors like Snowdon.
May-be help provide some thing secure first before we go down the Eggs & Grandma route.
Yep - it does't look cool to take calls, but if it came with a cool stereo Bluetooth headset all with Qi charging and a mat then it would still look cool when your on the phone.
Can Mr Cook say this in the Europe where he would be in contempt of court:-)
"Given Samsung's blatant disregard of Apple's IP rights," Cook & Co. claim, "Apple should not be forced to bear the full expense of prosecuting its claims."
This as usual, is a bit rich given apple US ban for blatant disregard of Samsung's IP rights, that required Mr Obama to issue an executive order in-order to prevent the US courts enforcement of their order.
Re: Another faulty valve? @ian 22
I think you find he's like me, he cannot afford the energy prices to heat these awful UK houses many would say my house gets to −222.65 °C :-)
I think you miss point, in the real world there is little need for computer scientists, in my whole 34 years I have meet a handful of true computer scientists and only employed two (my wife and another), when recruiting or being recruited personality & business knowledge with a passion for industry sector are the key factors.
On role models what about Natalya Simonova in film or Eric Schmidt in business.
So I would recommend reducing the number pure computer science courses and ensure good computer science eduction is provided as part of the other degree course like art/design/medicine/science/engineering/etc... courses should include modules on software development , development methodologies (like agile), product production management and quality assurance. As these people then go out into industry they will have an appreciation of the issues and this will raise the standards.
I would also include computer science modules as part of politics degrees our politicians often run massive IT projects that fail a little understand of what they are doing would help.
I hope this makes sense, sorry for the English recovering from heavy night.
I would say the first Samsung phone looked like a Sony phone with design influences taken from Braun - just like the first Iphone. In this whole battle people have forgotten that Sony / Nokia / Samsung where already in the the feature(smart) phone business they just lacked a little bit of extra refinement that Steve Jobs managed to bring (there was nothing radical in the first Iphone).
Exactly - You are correct!
As you say, just make the UK Based legal entity through which the call is first seen responsible for the fines (how that entity back's out the the risk through it's contracts with it's suppliers is it's problem).
Also TPS needs upgrading so you can request that the call meta data is kept for 24 hours only on incoming calls, allowing you identify which calls are an issue and this will provide information needed to identify the source of the problem.
I have no issue with the NSA & GCHQ trying to break encryption, my issue is when they endeavour to provided back doors into to security systems (like it seems the NSA did with RSA's BSAFE security product) by doing this it enables Terrorists and unfriendly Governments to access our systems.
I have issues with the deployment of virus like stuxnet that provide the Crim's, Terrorists and unfriendly governments with detailed information on how to break the security of various systems.
Another issue I have is that all spying by UK or Foreign governments(American, German etc...) on U.K. citizens should be done in accordance to UK Law and under UK Government over-site. There should never be the case where Foreign governments have greater access to UK citizens private data than that available to our own security services.
IMHO - he has, his "shoot down" email clearly show his pain at being trapped by US law (The land of the slaves that are forced to say they are free). Have a look at the various commented random.c files out there - make your one changes and compile the kernel with your version. We have all been forced to be on our own here.
The NSA must stop helping non US government sponsored hackers by weakening the security of there own systems. "Come on " do terrorists really use bsafe ?
Re: Basic questions for DARPA projects
And I thought those skills where developed on the streets of our big cities, I understand that the US military train a lot of there surgeons by getting them to work in some the Big West cost hospitals (I suppose that is one advantage of america's policies on guns - well trained trauma surgeons).
And here in the UK, a lot of our trauma care practises were developed in Northern Ireland by civilian hospitals.
So another wannabe John Lydon.
I'm not one for the Potty Mouth. But I'm fully behind where people like Johnny are coming from and in my own way very anti establishment.
God save the queen
It's a fascist regime
They made you a moron
A potential H-bomb
>>that customer satisfaction with Level 3 was at an all-time low.
If this is the case, why don't they do something about it !
May be the strategy should be to increase Staff numbers with higher quality better paid staff ?
Or for one betting company let me put the clean mop away - was that the master trip the mop hit.
Re: 64-bit, why?
Classic mistake, 64-bit's is not always faster depends on what your application does.
Re: Champions of privacy
So you would like them to make the data they collect public, so that any company can use it ?
My understanding is that they keep your data private to you, unlike what I understand skype(Microsoft) does. For example they hand your data to third parties, an example of this I understand can be found in skype messaging, just enter a url for a private web site and watch bing try and scan it ?
So the cost of developing the software does not have to be factored in ?
Paying a builder dodge some tax some tax is is illegal, what Google and MP Margaret Hodge's family owned steel company does to side step Tax is legal - big difference.
Eric is correct the issue is the law - but MP's like Ms Hodge, or ex PM's like Tony Blair don't want this changed because they will pay more Tax, they just want you to think it's the other guy's that are the problem.
Re: They tried to tax you without paying tax themselves.
Harriet Harman - was revealed to be one of the beneficiaries of a trust set up in her father's will designed to reduce the amount of tax she would eventually pay on his estate.
Lady Margaret Eve Hodge - shareholder in the family business today the world's largest privately owned steel-trading corporation and the sixth largest British company in private hands, with an annual turnover of over £6Bn 2011, this company seems to pay similar levels of tax to Apple & Google.
Tony Blair - another person who seems to dodge tax that Miliband should be complaining about.
The list just keeps growing...........
Re: An open letter
So if Google are selling in the U.K. this is illegal, but if they are marketing it's OK.
So when does marketing become sales ?
Re: I wonder how much of the opposition matches mine?
And not only that the central storage of personnel information which is irrelevant to primary purpose of the system.
Re: ID cards - good, database - bad
This is not about travelling with ID cards.
But to answer your question, when we put number plates on cars, when we started using phones/credit card/debit cards to pay for tickets (TFL have a proposal on the table to stop accepting cash).
Re: ID cards - good, database - bad
I totally agree on the biometrics, but without a back end database the cards are worthless it would be to easy to forge/clone or steel the cards (we saw how easy it was for the Israeli state to do this to British passports) .
A backend database only needs to contain the cards ID, it status (valid, lost, stolen etc...) and an encrypted hash using a key created from the persons name + date of birth, you can verify the authenticity of the cards but you can-not use the data for any other purpose (as you will not be able to go from the encrypted details to the persons name).
I do accepted that politicians and civil servants are not trustworthy and would include details in plain text that should not be there.
Re: I find these whole debate a Joke !
It is a legal requirement for your employer to check that all his workers are entitled to be in the UK and can legally take up the job in question. As the first check they should confirm the identity of the candidate and establish that their identity is genuine. They should not undertake any other checks until they are satisfied that the candidate is who he claims to be.
If your employer only requires suspected emigrants (or people they do not personally know) to show their ID's then this is discrimination and is illegal, your employers policies must not discriminate - they must perform the same set of checks for all employees. So which every way you look at it, your employer should check your ID.