"verify" yeah, right
This farago has been elaborated in all its gory detail over many months by D Moss Esq
531 posts • joined 19 Aug 2009
Are these air bags from Bulgaria?
It's OK, I'm not here very often these days
Motorists crash into lamp posts, illuminated keep left signs (other types of illuminated street signage equally vulnerable) bridges, each other, pedestrians, cyclists (I know, I've weakened my case)
We could paint everything yellow and erect barriers around it but that still wouldn't solve the problem that 99% of motorists think they are above average drivers
I don't know enough about the rest of the world, so I'll stick to London.
Uber seems to meet a need, AirBnB similarly. I have used neither of them. A few years ago Taxi Drivers were up in arms about those bicycle rickshaw things claiming they would bring the end the world as we know it. Doesn't seem to have happened. No incumbent welcomes competition.
The argument here seems to hinge on the "community" theme, we are all in this together, etc. So what will Uber/Air do to undermine that? Well, if we all agree with one definition of community: nothing at all. Personally I don't care about the schools I don't need, the public libraries I don't use and so forth. Of course I live in a Local Authority that seems to be efficient in both collecting and administering local taxes, so they are low and I am quite happy. YMMV
Those that argue for mechanisms other than competition highlight the accompanying evils but underplay the resulting choice and diversity. Don't like the wages? Do something about it. Don't like the prices? Don't buy it then. But what are the options in the absence of competiton?
Remind me again, why the tube drivers are taking strike action and what alternatives I have?
The Grauniad says it's about working patterns - OK but is that every tube driver*? (in the same way some shops are happy to open on Christmas day) and what about the user demand for a 24 hour service?
The world was going to end, according to some, when buses went cashless - doesn't seem to have happened.
Sure society needs some oversight, but always beware of special pleading and always ask "qui bono?"
* I'm grateful as ever for the Daily Mash view no thanks, we're paid enough
...and I didn't pay for it when I didn't use it
Isn't that called "a taxi"?
Drinking "Waterloo Sunset" cocktails?
If they were, they'd be out there competing
"The boffins also asked 32 folks, none security experts, how they feel about this form of 2FA: most said they would prefer it over no 2FA being used"
Whatever the merits of the proposed system, I was deeply underwhelmed that they prayed-in-aid the preferences of general users. General users generally know what is the right to say when asked however, the researchers would do well to research the dangers associated with relying on Revealed Preferences
In general, general users are underwhelmed by security measures, nobody cares
There's a code of conduct in order to co-ordinate the release of financially advantageous information. The press releases are sent out early and embargoed until x o'clock on y day. It's so everyone get the information at the same time in order to prevent the arbitrage of privileged information (a mild version of insider trading but as we see, with similar opportunities)
I was briefly on a list used by sub-continent scammers. The first few were wanting to discuss my recent car accident which stopped after a few pre-emptions of the Boris Johnson gambit but my deepest regret was never to have received the Microsoft support call (worse, a non-technical friend for whom I have provided LOTD, has) but my most recent (and hopefully last) call gave me (Linux user since 1999) that satisfaction
I got a Chromecast on special offer (£15 with about that on credit with Google play) I was offered a Fire Stick for £18 so I thought I'd give it a go.
Both have their plus points
The Firestick has 8 (5 free?) GB of memory which enables buffering and makes HD watchable on my 19Mb/s broadband - it's more like a DVD experience
Using your phone or table with Chromecast is OK but still gives a clunky UI, I prefer the Firestick remote control, clunky UI, but easier to use.
Use case: I don't have TV and find it neither shiny nor pointless
It was to be formed by countries accepting 100 directives. This was amended to 99 by the UK's refusal to sign up to a directive banning pattern parts (not just any radiator hose but now it's a reassuringly expensive BMW radiator hose)
I've sometimes mused whether this and similar gave rise to the IP wars we've seen over the year ("rounded corners" anyone)
Perhaps the return to trying to eliminate third parties reflects the turning tide in IP wars, but it would be interesting to see how this one pans out as the topic is well worked over
They might be wankers, but the last time I checked (see what I did there) right-handers wear their watch on their left wrist and left-handers on their right wrist.
Remind me of your contribution to all of this?
Whether or not you use (GNU)Linux, you have benefited from FSF holding critical account.
but he deserves a bit more respect than this
or "The Boys in Blue"
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
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?