I think that's called a Pyrrhic victory
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I have lived where I live for over 16 years. Every year I used the two part no-change on-line process to update the electoral roll
With the new process involving gov.uk my local authority couldn't use that information but instead had to match my address details to those held by DWP. Despite me having contacted DWP a few years earlier from the same address by post because I couldn't use their on-line service for my NI record as my address details didn't match their records, they still couldn't match me, so I had to do the passport and inside leg measurement fandango.
It does actually leave me wondering if they are deliberately this bad.
in response to the NAO criticisms the then head of the RPA procuded one of the best non-statements I've seen:
"We will be considering the content of the report carefully. The problems we have faced over the last year have been widely documented. We are striving to make payments as quickly as possible and apologise to those farmers still awaiting money."
I can't track it down at the moment but at a Select Committee hearing, the then recently appointed head of DEFRA said (my phrasing) "the thing is, it started before I arrived" and the then recently left head of DEFRA said "the thing is, it happened after I left"
The naked RPA staff seem to be in there, somewhere, too
"I don't think there is risk, because in the worst case scenario the government could take it over," he said
"It might have a point, given that the work IBM and Novell did on Linux is thought to have have helped the operating system reach its current status as a data centre darling."
For those of you who haven't been following this since the start it is worth reading the history on Groklaw.
This no longer about Linux, Novell settled that. So now they are going after IBM on contractual matters.
It was a failing business then (remember we are talking pre-2003, when the suit was launched (oh, how I remember) and it has failed ever since. IIRC IBM have been waiting for them to bring this on.
It's a strange thing, there's a lot of concern out there that [insert your least favourite private sector leviathan] is getting too big and that this cause problems for you, me, world peace and global warming
However similar behaviour in the public sector tends to be treated differently and I've never understood why.
If bad outcomes are caused by size then it seems irrelevant what those bad outcomes turn out to be (profits, too many bureaucrats, overpaid "talent", whatever)
Anti-competitive practice in the public sector is loosely described as illegal state aid
it's not as if the BBC hasn't been here before with its digital curriculum.
...no-one at Google reads El Reg, then
"Razali said that Windows Phone runs better on the same hardware than Android. “It’s not something I can say in front of Google. The truth is that the system is less demanding in terms of hardware,” he told the Reg."
Is this really the best anyone can do?
As in "at the margin"
What else are they going to do with their money, put in a post office savings account and borrow it back? Invest in each others' shares and profit from each others' growth. If anyone can see how this works they've probably got a patent on a perpetual motion machine too.
Speculative R&D is an essential part of a portfolio investment strategy. They've got to stop it all becoming a zero sum game by finding new areas of economic activity from which they find new sources of return on capital.
It's not difficult.
Yes, no doubt they could give it all to developing countries and no doubt all of it would be usefully and efficiently deployed on schools hospitals, clean water and sewage systems (and none of it would end up Swiss bank accounts and other syphoning activties)
However in the real world, villages in Africa are getting all this stuff through earlier examples of speculative R&D, e.g., mobile phones, solar power and, earlier, bicycles
[Microsoft] confirmed last week [...] is raising the cost of its software to UK channel partners by 29 per cent on average.
2015: "Government departments will pay up to 47 per cent more for the pleasure of using Microsoft desktop software"
Well at least the recession must be over.
gov.uk is yet another example of wishful thinking leading to vanity publishing disguised as transformation and thought leadership.
Branding remains firmly in the mind of the beholder, whatever lipstick you put on a pig.
However government did get something spectacularly right, but they couldn't cope with the branding they saw so they scrapped it.
Back in the days of Inland Revenue, (a brand so strong that even today, some 12 years after it disappeared, you can still hear HMRC being called that) they developed (in-house for about 50p, according to someone) Hector the Tax Inspector - homage to everyone's image of a civil servant, complete with little briefcase.
The "brand" was scrapped for internal vanity reasons despite it being an effective communication tool. (example)
Although Hector "died" in 2001 he survived in articles about taxation long after - last seen by me in about 2012. (example)
And therein lies the counterfactual with all this online glitz and glam - it you want to produce fluff bathed in incense while listening to whalesong - the El Reg Consulting Boutique might have vacancies but that's not what effective delivery of public services is all about.
Agreed, it's all about the quantum of entanglement.
If I recall correctly, the lightning connector was designed to lock out third party otherwise honest, gadgets.
As with all these measures, it turns out that it only punishes the honest.
Including the honest purchaser of Apple products.
The Strad Magazine April 2001, Page 408, to 415 "The hole Story" by James Beament and Dennis Unwin discussed this, explored by New South Wales U (pdf).
Then from 2004 The Cremonese System for Positioning the F-Holes (pdf)
Then there's this from 2013.
What happened to literature searches?
In which Thomas Thwaites attempts to build from scratch a toaster he could buy in Argos for £3.99 (economics of scale, durr)
However, it is not so simple to discuss whether a 40p home made loaf is only worth it if you value your time at zero.
The first issue is whether you have an alternative, more valuable to you, use for your surplus time. If not then making a loaf for 40p is equivalent to paying yourself the difference between its cost and a commercial price. Value has been created.
It might be below the minimum wage, but you get your loaf of bread, in circumstances in which you otherwise might not be able to afford to eat. (in extremis or "at the margin" if you prefer).
If YouTube were replaced then I agree with you, however loss without replacement would negatively me, albeit a bit niche, old videos of Jimi Hendrix concerts, interviews with him, Mitch Mitchell etc., on the one hand, Go turorials on the other, then there are all those "how to replace that widget on your gadget".
Boring to most I'm sure, but they might have their own examples,
A thought provoking read. Thank you.
While it's difficult to imagine a scammer using this level of analysis to craft an email, I found that the body of the mesaage is crafted to filter out those with more than half a brain so enticing only the stupid and therefore more vulnerable to be compelling.
I understand it is a DWP commonplace that if you want to know how the benefits system really works don't ask a civil servant, ask a scrote.
(Thoough, is there anyone who doesn't know how to "operate" when it's relevant to them? tax, TV licence, expenses claims, etc?
but three syllables short, inspired me
how on earth does that work then?
I'll get my kimino
Yeah, yeah, we can all do the science and engineering because we're all so clever. And some of us might just be a little bit jealous that others have got so much spare wonga.
I think it was a chap called Douglas Self writing in Wireless World, goodness knows how many years ago, that the only occasion he managed to detect a difference in sound quality was when he inserted a rusty nail into the signal path
But is there anyone here who hasn't used a gold plated connector "just in case"?
Or not engaged in cargo culture "just in case" Or not bought a more expensive product (paint? after-shave? a car?) "just in case"?
Good to get some retro trolling every now and again, reminds me of the old days. Is your analogue Wintel modem still giving you problems?
Most lawyering is conventional analyis honed by probabilities based on experience.
All professionals think they have some secret sauce that makes them different and for some professionals, some of the time, that's true but mostly not.
So MYCIN gave medical doctors a shock; and
ELIZA (try it) is cheaper than your average psychotherapist.
"The acquisition bumped Oracle’s annual revenues up from the $22-23m area to $27bn and then $37bn. Its challenge now is to grow that past $40bn"
I have lived where I live for 16 years. For many years I got my electoral roll thingy and used the two part no-change on line process to update the register.
With the new process involving gov.uk my local authority* couldn't match my address details to those held by DWP, despite my having contacted DWP a few years earlier from the same address by post because I couldn't use their on line service for my NI record as my address details didn't match their records**.
*despite having contacted them about various matters over years specifically related to my address details (I know that they can't match Council Tax records)
** I can't work out if my exasperation about the incompetence in practical matters is greater or less than my delight in the failure of big brother and the data holding company (yes it is..., btw)
There's probably a clue to the answer in the article.
If you are poor $1 is $1 and a free one is free, etc. If you are better off you are further up Maslow's hierarchy of needs, so you can afford to tell people to stuff their $1. On the other hand you might not be able to afford a Porsche and $100,000 is $100,000
While we're busy loving god, "market dominance"? What happened to Kodak?, buggy whip manufacturers etc?
Then there's James Dyson and vacuum cleaners.
Look how the world is (slowly, admitly) moving away from Microsoft, previously IBM
People dominate markets because they are good, people abuse market dominance because they are bad in all senses of the word
These hotels are not compelled to work with Booking.com Similarly they are not compelled to accept American Express with their higher charges. Many still do for other reasons.
How much advertising does a hotel not have to do as a result of these services?
If someone can do it better for less don't use Booking.com
If a hotel wants an alternative, use kick starter to help fund it. Find all the other hotels that want to work with you. Find out how much money and effort that will take.
Without Booking.com quite a few hotels and B&Bs would not have got my business. 85% of nothing is nothing.
I choose location within city, level of quality of room and then price. Booking.com helps me find "the one". Of course all this information empowers the consumer. Competition is thwarted by information asymmetry and the consumer is usually on the wrong side of the information asymmetry problem.
And let's look at who is complaining.
Not happening with me or the few people I know that use Plusnet. I even use their squirrel mail as my client. I'd shout at them about various but not this.
I'd be curious to identify common factors among those affected.
no, I came back... see below
You're right - have an upvote
Sensible, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Bound (Drucker)
not SMART - Smart meters
Feels a bit like thinly disguised protectionism to me. Let's throw public funds at European non-alternatives rather than notice what we're good at. Over here we failed to understand Turing, LEO was largely ignored and so we created ICL. Tried with Inmos and the Transputer. (Didn't really think Acorn Research Machines was up to much until it became ARM). In France it was Groupe Bull. Holland probably Philips, Germany Siemens.
Hurrah for MEPs
Regardless of the durability of DNA - experts seem to have already covered that off - this doesn't even begin to prove that life arrived on asteroids.
It just leaves open the possibility that some DNA could have arrived by asteroid and that possibly the DNA could have developed into an organism that might have had "survival of the fittest" characteristics and has not have gone extinct.
We have no evidence that this has happened or that if it did it's the unique reason for life on earth.
"Uber is distinguished really only by its use of what seems to amount to zero-hours contracts and by-demand pricing"
Never used them, because I can choose not to. If they drive (no pun intended) others out of the market then it's because their customers have spoken. Not Uber's problem.
Without Uber we might find ourselves saying
Taxis are a complex monopoly abusing their customers because they can charge what they as there is no alternative
They've got form on resisting competition
Atrributed to P T Barnum
"Bladerunner - the director's cut" is one of the few times where more is more. Leave it alone.
Nerd point: Although I haven't put it in the DVD player to check, I'm fairly sure it opened the question at the end of whether he was a replicant (in which case the sequel suffers from an obvious flaw)
Anyway, as someone has already posted it will be shite. I won't be going.
However, as also attributed to P T Barnum: "There's a sucker born every minute"
From a cached page on the Brennan website (URL now returns a 404)
In 2006 the British Phonographic Institute or BPI said to a parliamentary select committee that they wanted to “make it unequivocally clear to the consumer that if they copy their CDs for their own private use in order to move the music from format to format we will not pursue them"
So the effect of the passage of time on enforcement of rights will be of interest.
There's a helpful discussion here
Despite the marketing rhetoric it was only ever formally described as a registration service. For non users of digital certificates (which authenticated you elsewhere) authentication was an off-line traditional service based on sending you something to your home address.
Have an up vote. While my prejudices are based on having been there since S.u.S.E 6.1 this sums it all up
"The article, to me, focused more on the touchy feely stuff, not actually how it behaved in a real world work environment."
openSUSE is now either the longest running distro (1993?) or second, Fedora has similar longevity and unless you are going to go all Gentoo on me, (or Linux from Scratch) these are relevant considerations.
I was also pleased to see in another comment that the good KDE 4.0 bashing is alive and well, personally I'm thinking of losing all GUIs cuz I'm 1337 and all over TTY