Re: Christ, just put it out of its misery now
It's not Unix, it's DEC VMS. Not the same. Not even a little bit.
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It's not Unix, it's DEC VMS. Not the same. Not even a little bit.
Do we actually need all of these projects? Especially as many of them will fail. If the Government wants to throw money away, it would be better just to convert that into helicopter money where it might do some good. Using it for something actually useful (and therefore potentially vote winning) might be better.
There's waste, but then there is Government waste!
That makes someone behave as though they are beyond moral and ethical standards of behaviour? First the King of the EPO and now someone who seems to be able to successfully get away with DNA testing his workers over a workplace spat. On current performance it seems likely he will get away with sanction busting as well.
Do these people really need this level of
Teflon coating lack of accountability to do their jobs?
The only problem, of course, the (lack of) timescale and whether the people doing the "agile" etc buzzwordy thingies actually have a clue as well.
This really hasn't changed in the 40 odd years that I have been in the business - particularly in anything to do with software production. Nearly every company I have ever worked with have war stories about a CompSci graduate that they have employed. The complaint nearly always boils down to: intelligent, but not actually much use for "our" business without spending two years (re-)training them.
Why is this? Why has this still not improved?
It's actually worse than that: we look at everyone with a computer - and we all know where that leads when humans get involved with the output.
The computer - she say yes - so, sorry mate, you're nicked.
is how the water manages to be liquid in the vacuum chamber in which both the camera and the xray laser are said to "operate". Or am I missing something?
There is a chance that he might actually be good at Maths. Which would be a novelty anywhere in government.
And they did.
I have been doing this indeterminate sentence call "IT" for a long time (with no imminent prospect of release), so it tickles me rather that "graph databases" are being touted as "new". In the early days of "databases", "graph" or "network" databases were the only game in town. Then some upstart, name of Codd, came along and said that they were all wrong and we should embrace some new fangled concept called "relational" databases instead.
I know that one has to hype one's product up to stand a chance of getting it noticed - but I do wish that, at least some, acknowledgement of computing history is given instead of hyping some "new" concept that has been around before - sometimes three or four times.
I know, I know - I am an old codger and am on my way to get my knackered coat already... I just wish they would let me outside.
Not to mention NoScript
The European Court of Justice has nothing to do with the European Union, other than it lives in a town in the EU. I don't doubt that if the UK leaves the EU, it will likely also attempt to extricate itself from the the ECJ. But it will have to do that separately.
... comes around. In this case for at least the fourth or fifth time. Or one could argue that they haven't really ever gone away, just dropped out of fashion and then occasionally in (a bit) for a while.
If you need them, then use them - it really isn't some big deal or new technology that requires all this hype. Remember Wyse "thin clients" from the 1980's?
According this site, in my village (which shall remain nameless) the rate is 17.8%. Which makes one think a bit as about 2/3 of the population of 500 is over 50 and getting for 1/2 of those are over 65.
Or could there be another explanation?
I don't know from whom their PRs have been taking lessons, but I must say that the PRs have excelled themselves. The original Dutch puff makes many similar British "announcements" seem staid, subtle and succinct. Amazing.
in 35+ deg and no rain for weeks. In the height of the fire season.
Poof... one ex town.
While the UK gives itself powers to slurp everything, everywhere, all the time anyway. And we all know where that's going to end up (on demand) - because of the "special relationship" tha' knows.
I wasn't aware that the possible new national flag of NZ had been a) chosen and b) adopted.
Git is a distributed SCC system? Isn't the whole point? One can hack away at one's code, committing revisions and then catchup when (or if) ever a central server comes back. If it doesn't, or just if needs be, then your repository can be pulled directly by co-workers. Try git send-email.
Go look how git is used for the thing that it was written for: the Linux Kernel. Or alternatively RTFM.
Git is not CVS nor is it Subversion.
Github going away for a few hours or even days is not the end of the world.
You mean like the "arrangements" in Venezuela? They are ostensibly "democratic" but now that the president's aura is waning, he continues to cling on with grim death. No, I stick with a nice constitutional monarchy, thank you.
For me, this is very timely advice. So what would one use?
Surely you mean "have their tail strike protectors tested"?
Is that all? On a 1Gb link? In a year?
GCSE Statistics Paper Question
A "quality" newspaper recently asserted that: in 2013 another "newspaper" had 30 million audited users per month. But today, that "newspaper" now has 1 million readers per day.
Please tick one only one answer:
* The "newspaper" has 96% fewer readers today than in 2013.
* The "newspaper" has roughly the same number of readers per day.
* The "Grauniad" has a maths problem as well as all the others it's famous for.
Barramundi is an excellent fish to batter, fry and serve with chips. But then I prefer haddock and chips and regard cod as tasteless, therefore my judgement may be suspect.
On the very same day, the 'Fail runs an article about a consultant gastro-enterologist saying that he recommends the eating of red meat. Which article are we to believe?
Or is the 'Fail just trying to make sure it can maximise its (cough) "targeted" Ad revenue by playing both ends to the middle?
Not just students, but clueful techy SMEs as well. A customer of mine has identified that his shiney new internet line, that is at least three times as fast as his old one, is going to overwhelm his existing Cisco border router. The only choice is either to go up to the next range (entry price £5000+) or buy a chunky white box with eight NICs and do the routing & firewalling himself. He has the knowledge to do it either way. His white box would cost about quarter of the price...
Fixing the hardware so that it is blindingly obvious that the computer is on would go a long way to solving this wetware problem. If hardware designers spent some time on usability instead of solely on aesthetics, life for support people would be soooo... much easier.
What is it with designers hiding tinier LEDs with every new generation in less visible places? With (if one is lucky) some unfathomable symbol which is one is supposed to "intuitively" understand means POWER ON?
But just knocking diesel because it has some characteristics that can cause problems (which have largely been solved) and then blithely saying petrol engines "will catch up" simply doesn't cut it. Each engine type has its particular emissions issues that need to be cleaned up and an advance with one fuel sort is quickly transplanted onto the other.
Frankly petrol engines have different characteristics to diesel which are fundamental to the cycles that they use. Those characteristics are why trucks use diesel and cars (that don't tow or carry heavy loads) use petrol. It isn't simply a matter of fuel consumption. It is all about torque curves and a petrol engine performs comparatively poorly in the [torque, engine size, fuel consumption, (blown) air pressure] matrix compared to diesel at various loads.
I declare an interest: I have had several diesel vehicles over the years - for the way they drive and not just for their fuel consumption. Given equal fuel consumption and similar fuel costs: I prefer the diesel.
Not certain about the "annular member" either. Apart from the obvious I can't quite see how one can call a ring (apparently with stuff attached to it) a member, annular or otherwise.
A central database accessed by 6200 people in 133 locations. It's just a boring database with a load of miscellaneous administrative data that is of no interest to anyone but us chickens. Anybody see anything that could go wrong with that?
No? Thought not. It'll be fine.
Perhaps we should vote on it?
I didn't see any mention of breaking encrypted data in your "useful" list. This may have been an oversight.
That should be: "rich dick"
Is that wishful thinking or is there some actual evidence that the HO (probably secretly) has this as a "fallback" position? It is the only foreseeable solution that makes any sense. But no solution that has working PTT group calling and 4G+-like data in the same device will be available (even in beta) before at least 2018.
If you are talking about the stuff called Gouda that they send over to the UK for sale in supermarkets then you are absolutely, if distressingly, correct. However, a decent matured Gouda (particularly a farm produced one) is a completely difference animal. It has taste, bite and is only very slightly rubbery. It also melts very satisfactorily when toasted on bread and, perhaps draped over some previously grilled bacon, chopped tomatoes and with a generous amount of Worcestershire Sauce, makes a very satisfactory post pissup neck filler itself.
No tomatoes. The only vegetation that should be present is gherkins. A lack of gherkins is a serious omission.
The Dutch are expert piss artists. They provide many neck fillers for post pissup consumption. FEBO will provide the usual ones like: croquette and bitter ballen but the crucial thing missing is that eating these things should be done during the drinking process, not just after. Then there are a range of comestibles for eating before drinking (like haring sla) which are designed to coat the stomach - to allow one to drink even more kopstoters (a beer with jenever chaser).
Yes, let's get some other constituency to run all our "public services". But not the Germans and especially not the French. The Americans will just give it to one of their big election contributors.
So who can we call? I know, let the European Union do it. It's big enough, it's got lots of money to erm.. invest. What could be better?
I am Fred's pet robot and wrote this for him whilst he was out and about in his coat. I am not feeling very well, I think I am coming down with a virus.
Maybe it was a troll (good use of icons there) but it does beg the question: how big (many words) is a page then? Is it defined anywhere visible (I can't find it)?
Must try harder : 2/10
Whomsever one gets to do the "single payment system" (or whatever else one might require), will have to maintain the "bespoke" system for ever (and ever)? Or is there some kind of magic "fix-it" sauce available to the idiot that said that?
It doesn't matter whom one gets to write or sells the software. Companies go bust, key developers move on or (sometimes) die. If the supplier (in house or commercial) doesn't have an independently verifiable and robust system for dealing with entirely predictable problems, then when it breaks - you still get to keep all the pieces.
I hope that sets everybody's mind at rest.
What has a couple of balloon flights tracked by Ham Radio got to do with the content of this article (apart from cheapness)?
The problem with the Civil Service and the politicians that "drive" them is that there is very little domain knowledge. Many people working there are "well educated" and by no means stupid, but there is a functional ignorance in anything remotely technical or scientific. Worse, many decision makers do not have the background or skill in the domains they are administrating to come to a view that will stand scrutiny by outside, informed, opinion. So they use consultants, whom have seen them coming...
The Civil Service then really doesn't help itself by rotating out the people that the contractors have trained up. The contractors have to start all over again with new ones every couple or three years. This appears to be an out of date hangup from colonial days about officials "going native".
To give the Government credit, they have recognised that big ticket projects are likely to equal gigantic (and expensive) failure - so they tried something else. The result has had some modest success (for at least 2 orders of magnitude less cost). It is by no means perfect, and some of the bad habits of old are creeping in, but by banging on at them in the technical press we can hold them to account because, at the very least, they actually understand the questions and the proffered answers.
Just have a gander at HMRC's APIs (designed by a committee of outside consultants) to see what that gets you. And I just looove the "signing" procedure (and lack of layering).
Yes, Yes. Let's go back the good old days of framework agreements with the big contractors.
It crashes in linux as well (but nicely)
My finger in the air guess is that the median number of persons that work / household has definitely increased since the 1960s.