1166 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
On a more serious note
if the UK gov does insist on "digital by default" then presumably web pages become primary sources of information. Has anyone developed a mechanism for keeping track of websites so that you can prove what version was displayed when ?
Otherwise, I can see pages with incorrect information being put up, that people act on, and when they have to defend themselves ("the government website said this...") they find the page has mysteriously changed.
Or are they not *that* serious about DBD ?
Re: water power
Indeed ... the recent excavations in London have demonstrated that the Romans management of water was not to be equalled until Victorian London.
If you like your history and engineering, there's a cracking Time Team special about an experiment to recreate an amazing piece of machinery found in London - unknown anywhere else in the Roman Empire. It was a conveyor belt of buckets powered by animals.
What kind of installation is needed?
The kind that costs £50
Starting to be excited about this ...
although not in a boys toys way.
Mrs JP has MS, and it's knackered her vision (optic neuritis) making it hard to see at a distance. It's not a lens issue, so specs don't help. If these gadgets can be used to project a TV picture so it's viewable as if it were a foot from the eye as opposed to the 6-8 feet in real space, it could be a godsend.
So bring it on.
Smile of the day ...
"The negotiations collapsed after 2e2's venture-capital backers Duke Street Capital held out for more."
Overweening greed ....
Re: News from NK
you read Korean ?
What does it mean for the end user ?
England no longer existed. He'd got that - somehow he'd got it. He tried again. America, he thought, has gone. He couldn't grasp it. He decided to start smaller again. New York has gone. No reaction. He'd never seriously believed it existed anyway. The dollar, he thought, had sunk for ever. Slight tremor there. Every Bogart movie has been wiped, he said to himself, and that gave him a nasty knock. McDonalds, he thought. There is no longer any such thing as a McDonald's hamburger.
He passed out.
Re: To be fair...
How do you measure ?
Go to Victoria embankment - see how many times it's been raised in the last 100 years. No because of rising sea levels, but the sinking south east ...
Wow - quicker than you can say "judgemental"
I couldn't quite see the bit in the OP where it said the new owners *knew* they had received stolen goods.
I wasn't saying there has been a slump of sales because *I* don't need a new PC. I was pointing out that if you extrapolate my situation, you can work out why PC sales are nosediving. All I was doing was using my personal situation to inform my professional view - with the appropriate level of caution.
There was a Samsung stand in my local shopping mall last week. Despite their being loads of phones, the few times I walked past it in a 2 hour period, the only things people were eyeballing were the tablets.
Hardly scientific, but it would cause me to want to know more before I invested in selling Samsung phones.
Why is there such a disconnect
between the industry, and the market ? It's painful to see, and certainly isn't great PR for capitalism and the free market.
PC sales have tanked, because nobody needs a new PC right now. I'm working on a 3 year laptop supplied by work. My wife and sons PCs are 4 year old boxes I put Win7 on. I see absolutely no need to upgrade. Possibly replace in the event of a failure, but even then, I have some older XP boxes in the loft that would probably do.
Now, Win2000 ran software that people (especially in business) needed to run. Therefore NT4->Win2000 was a big event.
XP ran software that Win2000 couldn't. So there was a push to that. The first crack in the dam occurred when Vista didn't really add anything to XP.
Win 7 came along at a lucky point in the cycle, and drove a few upgrades, but given I am working on a Win7->XP machine, it wasn't essential
So here we are today. Win8 just doesn't add anything people *need*.
It's like mobile phones ... in our household (we've not drunk the Apple kool-aid) we're all happy with 2+ year old phones.
And it's not so much a nugget, more of a splat.
Re: Moving away slighly
not really - T&Cs are subject to civil law, and can be struck out if unreasonable or unfair.
Anyway, RBS T&Cs only apply to RBS customers.
Moving away slighly
does anyone know how far the consequential losses claimed can go ? ISTR at the time there were stories of house purchases falling through, and businesses being forced into bankruptcy.
EU hosting makes no difference
People still don't get it. MS are a US company. MS have to abide by US law. US law (PATRIOT act) means that Uncle Sam can ask MS to cough up data from *anywhere* it controls it - and to hell with any other arrangements they may have promised. Uncle Sam can also require MS to shut down any server they control - again irrespective of location. MS admitted last year that wherever they hold data, it's available to the US government if requested.
Also, (or so our Information Security guys tell me) if this were to happen, any person whose data was snatched would have a case for suing the company that lost it.
Two reasons for being *very* careful where your cloudy data goes.
Did no one notice ...
the subtle shadow of the todger in the pictures ? Perhaps they should have used examples lit from the front, not side ....
Nothing to see here
don't forget encryption was also classified as "munitions" to control it's export.
Sadly, the under 40s
will think we're making it all up.
*If* you were lucky, you could get a phone in less than 2 months. And as for a *second* phone ....
One of my first paying jobs in electronics was (illegally) fitting extensions for neighbours - because in those days only GPO engineers could do that (phones were hardwired - no plugs and sockets) AND you only rented the handset.
Anyone remember party lines ?
Once again ...
a suspicion that those in power *really* don't "get it". It would be funny, if it didn't result in ludicrous laws, and the appalling waste of money sunk into IT schemes that could have easily delivered with a managed FOSS solution.
And to the commentard who suggested that new eBooks are the *same* price as the dead tree version ... I have seen many eBooks that are *more* expensive than the paper version.
Re: Is there a GOOD broadband provider?
Bad form to reply to oneself, but just to add about routers ....
VM supply a crippled rebadged router, which would be flattered with the epithet "pants". However (although I had to await a firmware upgrade for this) it can be put into "modem only" mode, which allows you to use your own preferred router.
Make sure you do use the VM supplied kit though - it's DOCSIS 3.0
Re: Is there a GOOD broadband provider?
I know it's less than fashionable, but for me, VM are tops. On their basic package, can download an hours HDTV prog in about 4 minutes, and never had an outage.
I've fallen victim to this scam
The caller identifies themselves, and then tells about a system called "government" which you have to pay into, and you can get the most fabulous prizes. They then threaten that if you don't pay them, they'll lock you up.
Despite me sending off over £15,000 last year, I haven't seen a bean.
Is there not a precedent ?
Going back to my childhood, it was not uncommon to know some people who just did not have a phone. And this was London, not some backwater.
Clearly, at some point, it was decided that the telephone would be the primary point of contact with the state.
I appreciate it's a little more complex to use the web, but that's where we are heading.
Explains recent YouGov surveys
I had at least 3 in the past few months - I could almost sense the hysteria when I happily told them I didn't buy *any* newspaper, or subscribe to (i.e. pay for) *any* site.
Re: was it yesterday?
And I was the one who said that if you believe that you need to step away from the internet.
Or, to use a newspaper expression:
"Below the fold". Because no one reads that. Oldest trick in the book. Beloved of politicians, as it can be done with absolutely (a) no money, and more importantly (b) no trail linking you to any media outlet.
Ever wonder why with the state of the country, newpapers have stories about X-Factor fallouts on the front page ?
Why are security services exempt from incompetence ?
I love the reasoning that this data can't possibly be real because "no one would be that incompetent".
I would submit that anyone whose posted that needs to step away from the internet now.
Re: Effectively another "cloud" failure.
Actually, that was a lie. Sort of. What I *could* have said, is that our DR plan has a risk of the office being unavailable and a compensating control of some rented war rooms to be available within 2 hours for key staff, and systems being switched to 3rd party providers. So airliner hitting building, gas leak, flooding, fire. They are all things that could make the office physically inaccessible.
And yes, it does get tested. The compliance guys have a secret pow wow with facilities, and when a fire drill is planned, key employees are stopped from going back into the building, and the DR plan is tested, so they have to make their way to the backup site. Quite a faff, but not quite as much as discovering your plan is flawed. Like one company that had a 300 page DR manual that was supposed to be issued to staff in the event of a disaster. Come the disaster, a murder in the estate their office was in, they discovered the only copies were kept in the office the police had sealed off and no one was allowed in.
Re: Effectively another "cloud" failure.
Big boy businesses have backup generators, and disaster recovery plans.
Part of being a "businessman" is that you actually know a bit about "business". Axiomatic really. This is why there are so many failed "businesses" in the world. I know it's fashionable to knock people who get high salaries, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater - some of them are worth every penny.
I have known a few directors of "tech companies" who couldn't program a microwave, yet were very canny at managing sales, staff, and resources. They could spot flaws in plans and account for things that you just couldn't imagine.
ISTR aircraft crash investigators don't have any concept of "accident". The same should go for businesses.
Let's put it this way: our disaster recovery plan has an airliner hitting the office as a risk.
Effectively another "cloud" failure.
Anyone you *relies* on eBay to make money (as opposed to the odd hobbiest) really should factor "eBay goes titsup in someway" into their business plans.
Men, boys, etc.
Is there a *shrug* icon ?
bongos and strip clubs ???
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: So what will happen to...
Ah, but UI != underlying OS ....
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 is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow ...
that should fox them.
Cheap security gets fooled - nothing to see, move on.
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 ?
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" ....
Re: Lastpass for me
Exported to a backup file put on memory stick.
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.
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