1084 posts • joined Friday 5th March 2010 16:20 GMT
Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry
In a survey 8% of people wanted Fry to be Chancellor and 3% wanted Cox, no idea why as neither have anything to do with economics.
And Osbornes qualifications are ?
My beef with digital government
is that I don't want to see private business (especially non UK ones) being used to implement it.
I don't want government agencies to have Facebook pages, or Twitter feeds they expect you to use. Quite aside from the ethical question of why you must sign up with a third party to use a government service, would be the observation that if FaceTwitter were to go offline for any period of time, you've effectively cut yourself off from the world.
I've noticed a few companies have started now ... the *only* way you can contact them is "via our Facebook page".
Re: I'm gonna start up my own social network
Hasn't Louise Mensch beaten you to it ?
Re: Prior art
worryingly there are lots of so called "techies" who have never heard of usenet. Take Virgin Media, for example. When I had problems posting on usenet a few weeks ago, I logged a support call. The first reply from the "engineer" asked if I had "contacted usenet to see if they had any problems".
it is quite easy to find out whos calling - pretend you want their "service" and get something in writing from them.
Although I would agree ... who's got the time ?
Re: Death to the cloud
Downvoted because that's not the point. If YOUR servers go down, then it's in your power to get things fixed. You can apply what resources (or not) you see fit.
If cloud servers go down, then you have absolutely no control over the fix, or how long it takes.
It's a little like owning a car, or choosing to cloudsource your transport needs to the bus/train. If your car breaks down you can arrange to get it fixed and possibly a replacement. Probably something you have mae allowances for, so your downtime is predictable.
If you get to the bus stop to discover all buses are off (strike/faulty fuel/whatever) then how long till you get where you're going ?
Re: Location, location, location...
but they did confirm (and why it was treated as "news" was a mystery, it should have been bleeding obvious) that as a US company, irrespective of *where* their servers were, they were subject to the PATRIOT act, and therefore exposed to (a) a request for data from uncle Sam, or (b) being shutdown without warning.
Any company that uses any US connected cloud service is at the same risk.
Re: Treble fail
Grammer = Grammar
Need a spelling option.
What would be more useful as a measure
would be the *differential* between eBooks and real books ....
Just to start a shitstorm
What *is* sci-fi ? As opposed to "set in the future" ? It's all very well for Mr. Smith to say that "Terminator" was dismissed as being "an action film" but it wasn't a dire sci-fi film (IMHO).
How come no mention of Avatar ?
A little clicky linky
Security on the cheap ?
Giving "keys" to "trusted partners" sounds very much like delegating your security.
To be really secure, you'd need to vet each app on a case-by-case basis, and assign it a unique hash, so no one else could impersonate it.
Only that would cost you *real* money. Which your users just won't pay.
So we get what we deserve.
Hopefully HMG are learning from this, and deciding not to have "trusted partners" ....
Er, *who* exactly, in the EU ?
The French ?
any of which would make the average UK sexshop look like a convent.
Enjoying the way people have picked up on the "live healthy" fallacy
EVERYONE has to die of SOMETHING ! A fact some people just don't get. Including doctors.
It's a shame that stories like this don't prompt a wider debate on the desirability of living longer. Or indeed some far-sighted research into a theoretical maximum human lifespan, taking into account the reduced resources available for new lives being ever-consumed by the ageing population.
Somehow I suspect living forever and evolution are mutually exclusive.
Just remember the old joke:
Doctor: I'm afraid you've only got 3 months to live
Patient: My god, is there anything I can do ?
Doctor: Yes. Give up drinking. Sex. Red meat. Cigarettes. Sex. Television, Chocolate and Crisps.
Patient: Will I live longer ?
Doctor: No, but it'll feel like it.
Government IT ????
Does anyone remember the IR/HMRC/Fujitsu fiasco ? As I recall when the tender came up no-one would bid for it, citing (quite correctly) that it was pretty much a done deal, since the incumbent would always have the advantage of not needing to port data. (Boy those proprietary data formats are so well suited to public infrastructure). So they weren't about to spunk millions on a wasted bid.
Then the EU barked about HMG needing to prove it had considered alternative tenders. So HMG had to use OUR MONEY to give to IBM, and Capita (IIRC) so they could deliver a bid which could then be ignored.
It's hard not to think FAIL about government IT.
Not the best thing for RBS ...
another inducement for the customers with money (you know, they ones they need) to switch, leaving behind the customers they don't need ...
For anyone changing, I'd suggest Nationwide. It's not a bank, and in 3 years (since Halifax ****ed us off) they've got nothing wrong.
Great SOH ...
having seen Ms Fisher in the "Bring back Star Wars" "documentary", I couldn't help but be struck by a wicked sense of humor ...
Did you not read the first paragraph of the article?
Yes. It seems somewhat truncated ....
The one part of Linux I have no problem with is X ... and it works perfectly over a network with little resources.
I mentioned before
it's just pointless willy waving to base your faith in code on the fact you compiled it yourself unless you also wrote the compiler.
AND reviewed the CPU architecture you compiled it on, and you intend to run it on.
Seriously, how many people have gone through every possible opcode on a pentium, and checked it does what it says it does.
Including the undocumented ones.
Not sure about NZ ...
They seem to be a plucky little country - not afraid to bitchslap the US when needs be. Also they have a thriving home distilling market, and have just proposed a very sensible redrafting of drugs laws.
Is there much room there ;)
Is it just me, or is this a little bit of a wasted opportunity ?
Whilst I admire the ambition, is this project actually the best way to advance space exploration ?
Why not concentrate closer to home first ? I'm thinking more about lunar exploitation - which might then make a Mars mission a bit easier .
That said, thumbs up for giving us a little bit of inspiration. Seems crazy we last went to the moon over 40 years ago, Concorde is history, and wages are falling ....
wasn't failure to address the definition of consumation one of the reasons why they also had to remove adultery as grounds for divorce ?
Re: The attraction is Methanol is *easy* to handle.
I think you'll find that's a self-limiting problem ...
@AC 13:15 - One thing you can do to help yourself is to obliterate the CVV number as soon as you get a new card (after memorising it first ;) ). And watch out for any cashier who notices it's not there.
At least 15 years ago
there was a story (Tomorrows World) about a system using faces. The touchscreen shows a grid of (say) 9 faces. Your "PIN" is 4 of them. Of course each selection of 9 is different each time - including placement.
Given the low cost of screens nowadays, this is much more viable. To make it easier, maybe customers could supply their own pics ?
However as long as banks can palm losses off on customers, there's little incentive to change.
Re: 1970's tech, too
better than the hi-tech CIA method of using black text on a black background in Adobe ....
Wee legal note
English & Welsh (I have been told off for saying "UK" thanks to the Scots) law has repeatedly held that *unauthorised* removal of items from a bin is theft.
You know that old saying about "possession being 9 points of the law" ? It really means that laws surrounding property are very well established. The bottom line in England and Wales is that *everything* belongs to *someone*.
You put rubbish in your bin - it's yours until the authorised collection happens. And case law has held that if it's a municipal bin, the authorised collector is the local council. Not the Wombles.
There are quite a few people with criminal records that didn't grasp this crucial fact.
Was intrigued, a couple of years ago in Spain, to note they have C&P *and* signature. As the cashier told me "Even if the C&P were OK, if the signatures don't match - the bank don't pay."
I wonder if this reduces fraud ?
The people grumbling the council didn't make £10,000
are they the same that bay for blood when councils lose personal data ?
"This stereo record cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with. If you are in possession of such equipment please hand it into the nearest police station."
Where's the "old fuckers going on again" icon ?
Who remembers ...
Stob's take on this ?
The conscientious would-be Linux user should take time to mull over the pros and cons of the Red Hat versus SUSE, and Debian versus Gentoo. He will want to evaluate the various package installation schemes - comparing .deb with .rpm - and will spend many hours on the web absorbing great quantities of freely offered advice over whether to go for Gnome or risk post-Trolltech takeover KDE, or just run the whole thing in text mode, like a Real Beard.
After he has done all this, he will install Ubuntu, because that's what everybody does.
Re: Making me sure to turn "auto updates" off then
Does anyone else feel
that we might be moving towards an XP-in-a-virtual-machine direction, where corporates just virtualise what they have, and rely on the wrapper security of the environment ?
Sure MS worst nightmare - effectively immortalising XP.
I just say "prefer not to say". It's meaningless anyway, since it's all about "self identification".
I have never understood the logic that putting your race on an application form is a good way to prevent racism. Surely a better way is to NOT put your race, so any weeding out is done on merit. It's also totally contradicting the logic which says you eliminate ageism by removing the date of birth ...
Using monitoring and quotas is simply ignoring dealing with the real issue - which is why certain sections of society seem incapable of doing well.
Re: It takes 8 years ...!
They probably take 20 years to lay 100 miles of railway too, these backwards countries.
But *why* did you change your phone ...
my phone history:
1994: Motorola M300 on 1-2-1 that lasted until 1997 when we (MrsJP and I) were given a Nokia (can't recall the model) which had no new features but was smaller with more talk/standby time
I actually revived the M300 for a couple of years when Virgin started - bought a SIM
2001 - moved up to a Philips Savvy. This was because I wanted to have SMS
2005 - moved up to a Sony W800, as I wanted bluetooth, and liked the idea of the walkman
2008 - was given an HTC by work
2009 - was given an N5800 by work
2011 - was given an HTC by work - still my main phone.
From 2005s W800i, the only things that have really been ADDED are 3G and WiFi. Beyond that why do I need a new phone. Sure, I *could* get an iPhone. But it wouldn't really give me anything I haven't got already. My only grumble with the HTC Windows phone is lack of apps, but nothing I actually need.
The next big thing could be 4G, but is it enough ? Especially as most people who might benefit will probably have WiFi enabled phones and a host of hotspots nearby.
As with desktops
so with mobiles. Everyone who wants one has one. Simples. Now we're entering the mature market phase, where you need to persuade people they should upgrade, or target people seeking replacements.
The past 15 years have seen a frenetic amount of R&D and innovation, but that's plateaued.
Remember all those out of work car marketing executives ? I hope you kept their number.
Wish I could find this ad ...
read this, and it reminded me of an ad I saw in an advertising trade journal about verified viewing figures. It had a couple "making out" on a sofa in front of the TV with the great slogan:
"Whos screwing who ?"
IIRC it was an ad for a market reseach company.
Vaguely reminds me
of the time in the 80s, when anyone in the US who owned a Jag was teased about needing a second car for the days the Jag was off the road ....
Re: I have an idea
I pay enough fucking tax, thank you. I have no interest in doing the states job for free.
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