4853 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
As in - 'pissing it up against a wall' type "waterfall" model ?
The US took 6years to waste $300M on a complex social security IT projects. Given the same timeframe the UK managed to wast 10x that on NHS IT. They blew £347M on a system to log 300K asylum seekers in a few months.
Re: People of the world?
Then you just need a bigger sample size - obviously.
Although knowing the mass to within 50% would have helped.
Re: People of the world?
Couldn't they have done something useful like polled people on what they believe the mass of the Higgs boson to be? Then we wouldn't have had to build the LHC
Re: who cares....
>It's all shite anyway.
In our Time, News Quiz, Sorry I haven't a clue, Old Harry's Game, Cabin Pressure, Hut 33, Museum of curiosity, Absolute Power + anything written by John Finnemore or Andy Hamilton
Of course the radio-with-pictures is unwatchable crap.
Revealing information useful to terrroists
If the police wrote this letter then the fact that there is somebody on the Yorkshire constabulary that can read must be useful and previously highly classified information which has now been leaked
Re: Out of their ever lovin minds!
But the current system is perfect.
Candidate 1 - no knowledge of the system, field, language or any noticable skills - but has clearance. Has sat in the same job for 20years having clearance automatically renewed.
Candidate 2 - has skills but no clearance. Hire them and have them sit in the breakroom for 9 months while waiting for clearance.
Guess who gets hired. Now guess how good government IT systems are.
The Roman empire didn't have duct tape.
The Roman empire collapsed
Re: Not so ...
But it would have been vulgar latin - not the stuff written down on monuments.
It might have sounded like crude Geordie does compared to the elegant phrasing of Yorksha
Perhaps they could send a gunboat?
Re: No they don't
>A standard home DC bus of 48V or so would be nice. ELV, so no licence required for DIY work
Ever tried to switch off 100A of 48VDC?
Although you won't be able to visit their site if your own ISP blocks 'virgin' as a naughty word
Well each record needs a copy of the database and Windows licensing and a server to run it on - so £1000/record doesn't seem that unreasonable.
They could probably have bought Dell servers for less than £1000/ea but buying in bulk is always more expensive.
If it is cheaper to fly to New York, buy a Macbook and fly back then that is obviously how they import them. But they have to pay the time of their staff to sit on transatlantic flights for 8hours
Re: So it's quite a sensitive detector of airborne contaminants.
Been done before. They make the sensor more and m ore sensitive to they point where it could detect a single explosive molecule.
First soldier, miner, quarry worker, demolition worker to walk through shuts the airport down.
Re: Curious about the dogs
Dogs do well for drugs when the operator is allowed to push the dog up against a hippie/person-of-color and say "go on boy". they are less good in double blind trials.
Re: So it's quite a sensitive detector of airborne contaminants.
They introduced drug sniffer dogs on transit in Vancouver (!!!) after the supreme court ruled that a sniffer dog was reasonable grounds for a search - no SUS in Canada.
The dogs were all Alsatians and when one bit a homeless guy the operators couldn't find any proof that they had received any drug training, then they couldn't find any proof that they had a rabies vaccination. Then they got removed (was only a trial, lessons learned etc etc)
But, companies with software patents would have the right to sue if Europe didn't enforce them.
And companies that have most software patents also have most lawyers.
Time to ban French
It's expensive and inconvenient to translate our product.
Any government that doesn't speak English is reducing our profits
Re: open source patents
He didn't say free (as in beer) and most patents can be forced to be licensed under FRAND (Fair reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing) terms anyway.
Telsa's patents on the electric car are much weaker than those of Toyota, Honda, Ford etc, and are mostly design patents on the shape of bits. So he was merely claiming the moral high ground for a future patent war, before an inevitable govt imposed standardization of things like charging ports.
Re: Poorly Written Article
But the Austin Metro had a brilliantly ingenious and completely secure and effective theft deterrent.
Re: It's more than that
So if they only hacked the mobile app which then sent a signal to the "completely secure and unhacked" car to self destruct - that isn't an issue?
You don't work for a congressional oversight committee do you ?
Re: Perhaps the BBC might want to come clean about the full extent of the problems?
>I have been seeing Bubbles the Clown pretty much 50% of the time.
I think that is a new major piece of real time performance art being trialed on BBC4 as part of a dynamic, brave and exciting new interactive... something... something... wibble.....
>Content unavailable. Error code: WIGGINS
The bloke peddling the exercise bike which powers the server has left.
>Content unavailable. Error code: BOYCOTT
The server refuses to serve and data to southerners.
Re: I'll fix...
Huawei - we guarantee no NSA backdoors.
I really don't care if the Chinese army spy on me, I don't do business in China, I don't visit China, I don't have to pay tax to China, I don't have to make submissions to Chinese govt agencies, I don't compete with Chinese companies that might have "connections" to govt. agencies.
Now if I only I could say the same about the country I live in .
Re: Stormtrooper turned good guy?.
In the new one the Death Star (now renamed Freedom Star) obliterates a bunch of robe wearing bearded religious fanatics on a desert planet because they had some sort of force weapon that could be launched within 45parsecs
Re: This makes sense
Good for fishing trips.
Stop someone in the street for what used to be a non-arrestable offense and have an automatic warrant to search not only their person, all their computers but now any online account held anywhere in the world.
Re: Complete non-news
>CNN, Al Jazeera and BBC
Aren't at least two of those officially terrorist sources under recent US administrations?
Re: Complete non-news
Well, like, duh - it happened in the past so it's not going to be on, like, the news - is it ?
Re: More options with Bitcoin
So nice to receive your order again Mr Archer.
Re: I just wonder
At the fact companies are still trying to get in on the USD nonsense considering the carnage and loss that has been wreaked by numerous attacks on the system / thefts / global banking fiasco.
Any belief that they're doing it to help support a dynamic, secure economy is sorely mistaken - they're doing it in the hope that they can make stupid profits from cashing in those USD before someone decides to mine a few trillion more quantitatively eased ones
Re: why would anyone use Malaysian Airlines
Lufthansa flies over this region - I'm not aware that they carry anti-missile force fields.
>Granted the court may not put much weight on it
You're joking. A multi million pound computer system that has been used in all these other cases and prints an accuracy with so many decimal places in such an impressive font.
The evidence before the court is incontrovertible, there's no need for the jury to retire ....
Re: What about the authors?
>Only heavy readers are likely to spend more than $10/month on books.
audible (owned by amazon) currently charge $15/month for one audio title per month.
Safari (O'reilly) had such a complex structure for their $15/month I cancelled.
$10/month for instant access to 10,000s of titles, even if I don't read more than 1/month is a bargain - assuming it doesn't only cover the latest blockbusters.
8 years for 15K
So the bosses of the phone company that overcharged 100k for sms will get mutliple life sentences?
Re: What do you think mass surveillance is?
We spent a huge chunk of our GDP on defence, had spies, spy planes, satellites electronic intelligence gathering for 50years and failed to notice the USSR ending (in the case of the MoD failed to notice it 2years after it happened).
So spotting terrorists is probably a little tricky.
Re: Mark 85, I think the real question is..
I was planning on putting on a blue helmet and standing beside somebodies keyboard without actualy stopping them doing anything.
If somebody has read the Quran or been to a mosque there may be insufficient grounds to charge - but they should be put on a watch list as a potential terrorist and this information shared with police and non-police organisations
Major breakthrough in formal logic
>"unambiguous" list of terms that would clearly lead to child abuse images online
There exists a finite set of terms which leads ONLY to illegal images online?
Somebody call Godel - it seems he was wrong.
Can't be long before we have a unambiguous list of image parameters that make an image illegal porn
It's exactly how to run an "alleged" democracy.
Re: a netbook by any other name would stink as much
If they are any good they destroy the single market that actually wants Windows8.1
So expect Netbook2.0
Unless they are also counting every Office365 and visualstudio.com that uses Azure as the backend.
Re: Liberal Democrats
Well they are in a Tory coalition government but still to the left of New Labour
Re: Presumably . . .
The only mistake they made was then issuing the resulting equipment to their own side
Re: DARPA: The Better To Murder You With, My Dear
>Funny thing, if a precision guided wepon hits a civilain, you can't say it was a mistake
I believe that at that point you simply define the target as an enemy, presumably on the basis that somebody you have just shot is unlikely to still be your friend
re: It's been good enough for the last twenty or so years
Err ... how do we know?
The computer model of the bomb matches the other computer models of the bomb ?
"private space company"
Orbital science is a consortium of the same defense companies that used to build the Space Shuttle and other kit for Nasa and now launches rockets for them and the USAF under a no-bid single supplier contract. Calling them a private space company is a bit of a stretch
BAA have also released a report stating that nowhere in Singapore or Hong Kong is more than 20miles form an international airport and in order to compete on the world stage, the rural international airport rollout program must be accelerated by the building of another 4 million runways at Heathrow
Re: Perfect opportunity
Just in case a newly installed Microsoft CEO decides to boost its falling revenue by end-of-lifing new editions of server a little quicker.
In fact the entire MSFT corporate board could be replaced by a pocket calculator that looked at the income for the next quarter and decided how many copies of Server it had to force customers to replace to break even.
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