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Re: Of course the ICO...
"Yes, they should. And, giving a huge wodge of donated cash to a Quango does this... how exactly?"
The ICO a quasi-judicial body and it issues fines for infractions.
BPAS charges for its services and advises on how to get the NHS to fund it.
Donations in 2012 were £9000 and fees for services were £26,380,000 see page 12
Its objective is to get more NHS funding see page 7
Three people were paid between £100,000 and £130,000 see page 20. I'm sure everyone else is on minimum wage and no-one, not even the consultant surgeons, does it for the money.
Perhaps all fines should be abolished as once someone has "been told" they won't do it again?
Re: Of course the ICO...
If we're discussing money, the charity gets tax breaks in order to meet its charitable objectives.
I should imagine given BPS claim Confidentiality means that what a woman says to bpas staff stays private" they have failed to meet their charitable objectives.
So, do nothing? because it's charadee?
The trustees are personally liable for the charity. No-one forced them to become trustees. Let them find out they should have taken the role seriously.
Most tin shakers are out of work actors on a day rate. A government study showed that it takes eighteen months of the average direct debits to recover the cost of recruiting a new donor.
BPAS are "horrified"...
...according to the 1 o'clock news.
Not because they couldn't find their arse with both hands, nor that they didn't have a clue how much information they were actually storing insecurely.
but at the size if the fine.
Let's ask one of the women who had an abortion in circumstances where confidentiality were paramount.
It will be quite easy to find one, apparently.
Let's hope the trustees work out they're personally liable and are supposed to take this stuff seriously
Kolab originated as a security measure by the German security services
10 years ago, precisely to deal with the concerns we are seeing with the NSA, GCHQ and back doors.
It's all part of the KDE ecosystem - though it's available for other desktops (for some reason KDE never seems to get the coverage c.f Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible)
so, if I understand your arguement correctly
TOH gives you options that are not available with other devices but because you have to pick the one or two TOHs you need for your day's activities you'd rather not have the options at all?
May I just mention KDE...
...Qt5, Frameworks 5 etc...
BBC should adopt an airlines business model
What does an airline actually own? The aircraft are leased, the logistics, aircrew and catering are contracted in, etc. An airline seems to own only the brand and the business model.
The BBC seems to have the old Ford's of Dagenham raw materials in at one end, cars out at the other, vertical and horizontal sprawl
Which is fine until flexibility and agility are required. Channel 4 and Netflix signpost a future in which a broadcaster can adopt the airlines business model and it seems that the BBC is behind the curve.
This would strip out swathes of overpaid middle management and strategic co-ordination roles. Or paying the "right price" for talent,
And that's before one considers whether the BBC is trying to do too much, the wrong things or how it should be funded.
you pays yer money you gets yer lack of choice
It's not as if no-one knows the vendor preferring business model deployed by Microsoft, Oracle, etc.
Open source software remains the ultimate client-side business model. Yeah, yeah so "AutoCAD" doesn't work on it but as Steam are demonstrating with games, it would be possible.
And yes, as Munich demonstrated it's not necessarily easy to go cold turkey - but it's possible
So either take the pain or migration or suck it up
public sector and software decisions
Since whenever we've been told by various government officials and politicians that FOSS isn't necessarily(1) cheaper. For some excellent waffle recall this Parliamentary select committee hearing or this "guidance" but I suspect part of the negotiation here was the threat to dump Microsoft Office there
End result? More Microsoft in the public sector - immediate symptoms cured, long chronic problem remains.
(1) arse covering qualification, fingers crossed behind back
android upgrade debate
"Whether those customers received "upgrades" without buying new phones, however, is debatable."
You pays yer money you takes yer choice - Some phone manufacturers will offer OTA updates but some consumers enjoy getting new handsets via a mobile contract and despite everything the upgrade interval is only slowly getting longer.
There must be more to this than we're being told
I thought the EU had decided that you can resell software even if the software company says you can't when Oracle tried to dob-in UsedSoft.
The absence of hard numbers gives this settlement (why not get a verdict... oh, wait, see above) a fishy odour.
It's a "recommendation", don't hold your breath
Moreover, the writ of the Cabinet Office does not run wide especially not as far as local authorities or non-departmental public bodies:
"According to information provided by Cabinet Office representative Linda Humphries in a meeting on Open Standards and Levelling the Playing Field on May 29, 2012, the policy would only apply to central government bodies, not local governments or other government bodies."
Which is inconvenient because the majority of IT spend takes place outside Whitehall as does the interaction with the public,
The problem is not only document format but also embedded code and over use of document formatting
some DMI history
Remember Ashley Highfield speaking in 2007?
The Digital Media Initiative is a behind-the-scenes project that Mr Highfield described as "the most important over the next year to get right", because it underpins the success of the likes of the iPlayer and other digital services.
"In an interview with web design mag .net, Highfield hit back against claims the BBC is too cosy with Microsoft. He said: "We have 17.1 million users of bbc.co.uk in the UK and, as far as our server logs can make out, 5 per cent of those [use Macs] and around 400 to 600 are Linux users."
Re: OEMs lack of innovation
OK, fair enough but while you're going large on Apple perhaps you might want to mention proprietary connectors, arbitrary changes in interconnect, hardware designed to lock out cheaper third party alternatives, lack of interoperability, blah blah
If that's innovation I'll leave the fruits of it to others
If it were not, then there would be approximately 130 tablets/mobs sold for each person on the planet rather than the still faintly astonishing 1 for every 7
better information - better treatment, yeah right
GPs supposed to be professional not merely well qualified (professionalism rant, passim) so if they were to actually use the information to come up with a patient-centric diagnosis there would at least be a benefit to weigh up.
My experience on the rare occasions I visit my GP is that it's up to the patient to present properly in order to get a half-decent diagnosis or risk being fobbed off with a diagnosis based on the obvious symptoms.
I'll spare you the details but on that occasion the real problem turned out to be my new bicycle saddle (there's a reason padded is bad - my subsequent diagnosis) rather than my GP's "it's your time of life, so here's a prescription and a print out"
The point being, that Hayek's aphorism that there are three kinds of money, my money our money and your money, which one do I look after most carefully? probably applies to health too,
Give me my records to look after, I'm the only one that cares about me.
Re: history repeating itself, why?
Ah, good to see the old explanations about TCO rearing up. That will be the non-complex problem-free Azure, then?
From the article:
"Last time Microsoft's Azure cloud went down, it was a sub-component that flaked out globally, and the time before that it was a certificate problem – now the service is inaccessible again, along with its status page."
And it's never too much trouble to link to the London School of Economics TCO comparison
history repeating itself, why?
If cloud is the the question it's difficult to understand why Openstack isn't the answer. As the article implies choice of lock-in isn't "not locked-in" and it certainly isn't a contribution to interoperability.
If Openstack isn't yet ready for prime time (isn't it?) helping it get there seems to be a better option than getting sucked into yet another proprietary nightmare.
Unless of course, someone on the client side is suitably incentivised from someone on the supply side?
Any other reasons?
The power of open source
Personally you'd have to drag KDE on openSUSE from my cold dead hands, but this shows how ultimately, if an open source project strays too far from the collective objective "stuff happens" With KDE it was Trinity but that turned out to be a minority sport despite all the noise about "4.0"
Try rolling back or re-factoring your favourite proprietary operating system to something you prefer.
time to reframe Woody Allen...
...in What's new Pussy Cat?
Michael James:Did you find a job?
Victor Skakapopulis: Yeah, I got something at the striptease. I help the girls dress and undress.
MJ: Nice job.
VS: Twenty francs a week.
MJ: Not very much.
VS: It's all I can afford.
longevity of Parliamentary records protects us all
Our rights and freedoms derive from Statute law and case law. Statute law is ultimately based on Magna Carta first written in 1215, (the original is still readable and three clauses remain unrepealed). Case law stretches back even earlier than Magna Carta. Statutes used to be written on goatskin parchment using a special ink in acknowledgement of the need for longevity of the record.
It is unlikely we are going to be so lucky with digital recordings of democracy in action (cf the BBC's Domesday project and the subsequent efforts required to preserve it) unless they focus on interoperability, which at a minimum requires unencumbered open standards, probably requires open source software and most certainly is threatened by remote hosting.
BTW: Government <> Parliament so G-Cloud brings its own problems about separation of powers.
"The objective of the proposal is to establish a sufficient and comparable level of redress across the Internal Market in case of trade secret misappropriation (while providing sufficient safeguards to prevent abusive behaviour),"
The is bureaucratic gobbledegook . A good test of whether a statement is meaningless is to invert it and if the result is rubbish the original is rubbish.
Clearly someone, somewhere has decided that Something Must Be Done so they developed a scheme.
People, particularly SMEs use trade secrets as a way of sidestepping the bureaucratic and expensive clusterfuck associated with IP law but unluckily for them it's going to become easier for trolls and the vexatious to give them grief (you're using my trade secret, bitch)
The formula for Coca Cola is a trade secret, they haven't patented it because patenting requires publication. Over the years various attempts to copy don't appear to have troubled them.
However, without evidence of other already criminal activity, such as burglary, I'm really curious to understand how this is going to be "light-touch and effective" (don't forget to invert that one)
it's not a fossil
(dinosaurs and loads of money seems to be topical)
What's Liam Maxwell saying thes days?
As El Reg reported this what he said in July:
Liam Maxwell, the government's chief technology officer, said at an Economist CIO Forum last week that “the majority” of large outsourcing contracts expire in 2014 and 2015.
“We are not going to replace them – we are going to replace around user need, and that means not doing the same thing again,” Maxwell said.
Maxwell told the event: “It’s time to stop procuring and to start designing. You need to be in control of your systems and what you are putting together before you go to somebody and say: ‘Please take everything from me’.”
According to Maxwell, the ownership of the government’s technology and the information in its systems currently rests with "outsiders". Reforms such as Digital by Default and G-Cloud are bringing this back in house.
The least worst solution
Given the state of patents and patent litigation, anything that helps restore sanity is welcome, but it is extra-judicial and extra-democratic. In effect there's a good natured tough guy in the neighbourhood threatening bullies if they threaten others.
But it's not the same as a sensible legal system with proper oversight and actually adds dead-weight cost because it's working on the symptoms not the cause.
what was wrong with an Oyster card again?
You were one of the three people in a hurry, in a queue at a ticket office with a credit card without contactless payment with an inability to use Oyster at one of the 3,800 other outlets?
Let's design the system around your former use case and wonder why fares continue to rise so quickly
"Locked out of the system?" Hyperbole much?
Children go free, older people go free, disabled people go free, veterans go free, jobseekers get a discount on Oyster, apprentices get a discount on Oyster, students get a discount on Oyster.
Except we were discussing TfL - from the link:
"This year cash fares will make up less than one per cent of bus journeys - down from 25 per cent in 2000"
If time is that tight...
.There are around 400 ticket offices but over 3,800 alternatives to top up your Oyster card (which is always cheapest, except for the hard of thinking). On the buses you can use credit/debit card contactless payment for the cashless fare. It's coming everywhere else in 2014.
What's the problem exactly?
Is this a story?
11 miles in a shift? 8 hours? 1.375 miles an hour ~ 40 yards/minute? Is that excessive for stock picking? It's not fun but it's not sprinting
Re: Somebody doesn't get the concept of preorders
I've just received my pre-order email. (I'm in the UK, btw)
Re: Somebody doesn't get the concept of preorders
...but I did get a free T-shirt (it's ok, but I wouldn't want to go to any venue in which it enables bragging rights) and a price guarantee. And, apparently, I'll be getting a super-duper custom "other half" though there's no news about what that will be.
Moreover (1) , it's not shipping any later than I expected
Moreover (2), while I can't do anything about the network owner at least the phone itself will be under my total control (as others have opined already)
El Reg proposed this strategy in the mists of time
I'm failing to find the article in your archive but several (many?) years ago El Reg mooted that Intel unleash its massive software expertise and deliver itself from the Wintel partnership. Certainly earlier than this 2009 article on Intel and Chrome
Re: economics in two pages never really works
I apologise if I came across as supporting Wakefield. My intention was to illustrate the difficulties of trusting public policy and all the adverse consequences. If public policy were demonstrably universally benign and public servants always held in esteem Wakefield would not have got the floor space. Let's not forget the role of e.g., Private Eye, giving weight and making the decision all the more difficult.
Re: Seeing the good
Sorry to go all economics in my reply but there appears to be an assumption of unconstrained resources underpinning the creation of an unlimited supply of STEM graduates. When does society have enough STEM graduates and could the resources be better allocated elsewhere? (If you are covering the total cost, graduate in whatever you want)
In the eighties, there was a chemical engineering graduate glut as a result of universities selling a false prospectus to those without the full information. Was that a Good Thing?
As a STEM myself I quite like living in a society with art literature and music. That some of it is public funded enables a benefit (e.g. free art galleries) I could not otherwise get. But how much art is enough art? Good luck with that one.
economics in two pages never really works
It's not what you've written, it's what you've omitted, including: dead-weight loss (crudely, any intervention creates inefficiencies), moral hazard (if I can I will, even if I shouldn't, creating resource allocation distortion), public choice, (those "holding the ring" aren't incentivised to take the tough decisions) capture (who? whom? determined by power and influence rather than legal/moral/philosophical principles), signalling (how do I decide if the other party if telling the truth, the whole truth...)
Picking on your example of immunisation and herd immunity. For a healthy person, immunisation is an unnecessary and not-risk-free intervention at point of delivery (no pun intended). So the individual (more usually, the parent, guardian or other person with capacity) needs to have faith that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, e.g. big pharma hasn't captured public policy, creating an unnecessary intervention and so a misallocation of resources (of course, the same resources can't be allocated twice). Given other public policy screw-ups how can the individual be sure of the outcomes (signalling, public choice).
The whole sorry tale of MMR and the triple vaccine is an example of what happens when any of the foregoing goes wrong.
On a smaller scale I heard on the news just this week that one child in a disaster area was vaccinated for measles three times by three different aid agencies.
More generally, none of your examples are relevant to intellectual property unless you can demonstrate read-across. Otherwise it's argument by false analogy.
So good luck with part 2...
Original concept has moved on
The original Doctor was a alien, misanthropic, and the series was set during the tensions of the cold war, reflected in the original plotting. The first three series were definitional. Even the later series with Hartnell diluted the original concept.
The latter Doctors were allowed to redefine the role (and to this viewer, dilute it further) The current Doctor (whomever) is just an action hero.
I'm not sure comparisons are possible, apples and oranges.
In case anyone thought this report were going to change anything
"The OFT is aware of an allegation of anti-competitive behaviour by some (unnamed) ICT suppliers made to the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) in 2011. No respondents to our CFI provided evidence to support the allegation made to the PASC"
So we can ignore Francis Maude's reported admission that there was an oligopoly by promising to end it:
"We will end the oligopoly of big business supplying government IT by breaking down contracts into smaller, more flexible projects. This will open up the market to SMEs and new providers."
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