424 posts • joined 19 Aug 2009
never thought it would happen, hoping it finally has
I want to congratulate them, but I'm several times bitten, now shy.
However, the word "must" in the official guidance is particularly encouraging.
Re: But Who gets the patent.
For the hard of reading the answer is in the penultimate paragraph:
"All intellectual property for the winning designs will remain with the inventors."
let's remember some history
2007 the accountants: HMRC's 10-year IT contract balloons to £8.5 billion
2012 the techies If HMRC’s experience is anything to go by, outsourcing can, in the long-term, at least triple an organisation’s IT costs.
Francis Maude failed to do anything about it but luckily a Parliamentary Select Committee has noticed so who knows what might happen next
Re: so how are you therefore entitled to compensation?
"...is a shocking abuse of process, and one which may well be found to be unlawful, when reviewed against the UKs undertakings to the European Convention on Human Rights..."
You are just grandstanding. Parliament is sovereign and ultimately makes the law. Democracy changes Parliaments.
If something has got out of control then retrospective legislation is used. It's not new, albeit rare. It has been used to undermine aggressive tax avoidance schemes
Come back and condemn that and then I'll listen to you about welfare reform
By the way from the article "The judge also pointed out that retrospective legislation was not prohibited by human rights law, although there is a strong presumption against it"
"It's not that they inherently WANT to work in lower paying jobs"
such as programming?
...I succumbed in order to watch the final series of Breaking Bad after crashing the box set 1-5: sad, I know.
Got a month free trial (actually wasn't expecting that, felt faintly guilty). Yes they asked for my c/card details. I cancelled after watching BB6 free; it was extraordinarily easy.
Received a polite email regretting me leaving reminding me (in terms) that I had approximately 20 days left and I should feel free to indulge.
Perfect marketing. Netflix will be my supplier of choice should I ever subscribe to a streaming service
"Plus the world service is still a great service"
Perhaps not universally known BBC WS is/was a window out to the world (funnily enough...) and used to be funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
It is/was remarkably high quality - e.g., IMHO, best election coverage in 2010, thoughtful and without ranty point scoring politicians shouting over each other.
Now it's funded out of the licence fee - I hope but don't hold out much hope that it will stay as good. Already there is increased programme sharing with R4
history repeating itself
I seem to recall another government project in which all the technology was junked and it was only rescued when those involved came out of retirement and rescued stuff they'd stashed away
what is it that people are watching, that needs this level of tech?
I recently watched Waterloo Bridge using my DVD player; the one Vivian Leigh thought was her best film. B&W, monaural sound, probably fairly rubbish picture definition. A truly gripping film. I think it had something to do with the screenplay and the quality of the acting, but I might be wrong.
Re: I read this as...
I was reminded of a comment by the late John Mortimer QC to the effect that he preferred having to defend murderers rather than act in divorce. With the former, once the deed had been done there was a sense of finality. With the latter he'd get a ranty phone call at any hour of the night along the lines of "do something, he's only gone and taken the toaster"
@Anonymous Coward - While I'm not sure which point of mine you are riposting, if you dig even deeper still you'll find that all draft legislation is scrutinised for constitutional implications. So yes you're right, all statute law forms part of the constitution, but only in the sense that they're not making it up as they go along.
"Is there really legislation that says anything written down in a contract overrides all other laws?"
It's actually the complete opposite: contract law is essentially common law, non-statute. Its structure has been sorted out through legal dispute over time.
Legislation is used to trim the enforceability of a contract
I've used iFixit - they're amazing
Friend's son's Apple laptop - dead, obviously a power supply problem, couldn't swap battery as short term measure with his sister's Apple laptop as they were not interchangeable (natch).
Apple "genius" - "it needs a new logic board £600" (about 10p less than a new laptop) - iFixit second user dc conditioning thingy - about $29 IIRC and $10 IIRC air freight - arrived three days later. With aid of iFixit guide - about 90 minutes work
Re: Ray Winstone
Where are the Time Lords when you need them?
I'm fairly sure patent dispute shenanigans contravene the First Law of Time creating a distortion of history
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.
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