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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"
TfL is trying to go cashless then there's all the other ways to top up Oyster and use credit/debit cards (see above)
Children go free
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)
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...
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)
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."
Probably because it's Friday but your article inspired me to rework Desmond Dekker's classic
Get up in the morning slaving for bread, sir
So every month can buy ipad
For me iColyte
My wife an' my kids them a pack up an' a leave me
Darlin' she said, "I was yours to be seen"
For me iColyte
Shirt dem a tear-up trousers a go
I don't want to end up with money and Android
For me iColyte
After a storm there must be a queue
You catch me with a 4 but the 5 is new
poor-a- poor, for me iColyte
Ima wondering working for hard
A-poor, a-poor, a-poor, me iColyte
I look a-down and out, sir
poor-a-poor, for me iColyte
yeah, sorry about that
How high does the price have to go...
( not---> )
...before even the most cynical management consultant can't keep a straight face when launching yet another "get the facts" about TCO comparisons between MS and Linux?
For those that missed it, The LSE undertook a real study of the TCO of OSS (pdf)
HTC get a refund of the proportion of the licence fee paid in USA and then pay it to Nokia for use in the UK - or better still just net it off and call it quits?
Or is that too sensible, focusing on grown-up business-like behaviours rather than the preferred bonkers MAD that is patent litigation?
Do those that decide have a clue?
I'm in a good reception area for DAB so most of my household listening is digital mainly R4, R3, occasionally WS, very occasionally R4+, rarely R5L.
For R3 at 192kb/s audio is as good as I can tell compared to FM, seems to offer better phase stability and no background hiss
For my bathroom, garden or travelling the FM radio in my Nokia 5800 is ideal as is the solar powered FM portable.
DAB is completely unsuitable for portable use - it's unclear how it ever will be. I have no idea what is the total power budget Tx/Rx for either technology - does government? What about all the energy in scrapped FM radios? What's the material cost?
Digital TV I understand, no ghosting, better images, there's a benefit. The bandwidth for analogue TV was quite significant 860Mhz-470MHz ~ 400MHz
What are the benefits, exactly? Sound quality? no. Use cases? no. Choice? possibly, though not supported by demand. Bandwidth 108MHz - 88MHz = 20 MHz Is that really worth the candle?
Re: "Who remembers netbooks?"
replaced my 8GB SSD Acer Aspire One 8" screen 512MB, Linpus (changed to openSUSE) £199, 2007 with an AAO D270 1GB RAM 10.1" screen 250GB SATA with XP, (£170, 2013) heaved out SATA and replaced with 120GB SATA £60 added 1GB £12 and openSUSE 12.3
Runs flawlessly and how much is an Airbook?
I didn't forget my history which is why I wasn't doomed when I repeated it
Govt fines itself - taxpayer pays additional cost of process
But is the Permanent Secretary or other "Senior" "Responsible" officer going to take any pain?
Answers on a postcard or unencrypted email to be left in a pub toilet. Closing date: the week after the publication of MoJ performance bonuses
Re: Half a million?
Qt is available under two licences commercial and LGPL. They're probably discussing commercial deployments.
Re: Bring back Maemo
It's back as Sailfish OS
I've always been fascinated by the concept of renewable heat (or indeed renewable energy)
Surely a marketing term created by tree huggers to the sound of whale song in an incense filled innovation space?
Re: "the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"
I've never used Red Hat but I was two years behind you with SuSE 6.1 and KDE 1.something
And it had all the drivers, and almost everything else, on 6 CD ROMS
It was a bit bling lite but hey have you seen KDE 4.11.2?
The only grief I ever really got (save for jumping to KDE 4.0 too early) was waiting for people cleverer than me to sort out handing CD ROM drives. The Mandrake team delivered that IIRC.
Re: "the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"
In my late yoof lots of people were buying computers for the home:
No one yet seems to have mentioned Acorn/BBC A&B , Commodore PET and VIC 20, Dragon 32/64 and all the others.
In the UK at least, there was a feeling in govt/parents that programming was a job of the future except most of the many magazines focused on games (which one typed in).
We were using HP instrument controllers in the lab (IEEE-488 anyone?) all the technicians had one or more of the many devices listed in this comments section.
Then IBM produced the PC and standardised various hardware features and sort of gave it all away as they didn't think it was a big deal but an IBM PC running MS-DOS or DR-DOS (GEM) cost something like £2,500 at a time when a good salary would have been around £8,000/yr (the company MD bought one to "evaluate").
Then all these other devices ended up discarded by those that got bored playing games as the "what do you do with them" problem kicked in..
In some offices there were many document systems including Wang, Data General, but PCs were a bit "what are they for" until Lotus 1-2-3 was invented for the accountants and then WordPerfect (which integrated).
Then of course came the internet and probably pornography.
But in all of this the anti-competitive hand of Microsoft forced out alternatives and kept the price of software high
A market threat with the netbook* failed where fragmentation smartphone/table/consoles succeeded, all because of Linux (and the other stuff) derivatives.
Ffor the average punter the cheap-as-chips Chromebook** must be a god-send - all nothing to do with Microsoft (or Apple)
So it's very difficult to agree with any sentiment in the article.
*using mine to write this
** yes I know _you_ wouldn't touch a chromebook even though half your life is on a mobile phone or tablet
"didn't meet own goal"
au contraire - went straight between the posts
so much text so little fact checking
"Given that 90% of the non-fanbois/fandroid (ie remotely reasonable) complaints about WinPhone is the lack of apps (or, for some reason the lack of Instagram), then I suspect that Jolla and any other ecosystem will suffer."
Got my free T-shirt ...
..last week. Having bunged my €100 earlier this year.
Looking forward to getting the phone.
It might be a shock to us all but...
...very few people reading Vogue will be checking out nor caring what we think over here.
I remember, about 15-20 years ago, a good friend (still) and avid Vogue reader (still) dismissing email in favour of a hand written note - and assuring me she would never succumb. Today she is an avid user of her phone and tablet; technology that has been fully and innovatively embraced by the fashion industry (paying the wages of some readers here, possibly).
Google Glass? Maybe not, but her children?
(In passing, she also holds down a serious job)
Re: Legality ...
IANAL either - but the offence "abstracting electricity" originated in the Theft Act 1968 in an attempt to control phone phreaking (for those of us who remember that)
Whether capturing excess radio transmission is an offence under the Theft Act, Telecommunications Act or Communications Act is probably one for the Courts.
However the most close analogy would seem to be "piggybacking" and according to this
yes it can get you into trouble - but "jail time?"
These RFID devices will use microwatts of power - how much RF power gets grounded by a tree?
(I can see the plot for new cop show: "keep your hands where we can see them and take the tree out of the ground, slowly, now")
See Wireless World article of some vintage "Tree Antennas, TV & Wireless World, UK , 1985" for work in using trees as aerials in rural India (and then I found this on using an oak tree as an antenna)
yes great - but...
...what if it doesn't happen?
Will any individual in any department suffer any pain?
If not either it's not a target or it's not important
Re: may I be so bold
I'm a left-handed typist.
I hold my pen in my left hand. I throw a ball with my left hand and stir my coffee anti-clockwise - how do these skills help?
adjusts the wearers cleavage based on location tracking
Version 2 raises or lowers the hod carrier's shorts based on proximity to building site
Re: "Damn you hamfingered digits and lack of proofreading"
There is a preview button (giving an option to, er, read what you have written before you post it). Or you could delete and re-post.
I really hope this one has no spelling or grammar problems
You couldn't make it up
Apparently the US Courts are getting overwhelmed by these patent cases caused by overly broad claims and too much prior art.
One might have thought the solution was to look at the USPTO and the way it issues patents but no, the Courts propose instead to limit the ability to asset claims (possibly good) and limit the ability to raise defences (definitely bad)
standards, standards, standards
"Interoperability is a key asset for LibreOffice, which is the de facto standard for migrations to free office suites since early 2012. Numerous improvements have been made to Microsoft OOXML import and export filters, as well as to legacy Microsoft Office and RTF file filters. Most of these improvements derive from the fundamental activity of certified developers backing migration projects, based on a professional support agreement."
I have no reason to think OOo has other goals - other office suites may vary
...all the hot air generated by the procurement process, all the hot air generated discussing the procurement process - causing climate change but not changing the climate
- Facebook offshores HUGE WAD OF CASH to Caymans - via Ireland
- Review Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G
- NSFW Confessions of a porn site boss: How the net porn industry flopped
- World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...
- OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene