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I use a VMDG480 hub, yes routing as well as modem. I assume it is an earlier version of the gear described in this article.
The other evening it reset itself to factory defaults, I don't know why. But (after a "pin-in-the-hole" reset) I have reapplied a set of passwords etc., different from my previous ones.
No, I have not contacted the Helldesk either. Better to just get on with things.
Re: @Pascal M
A4 office paper is worth about 1p per sheet. The paper in banknotes is special quality, so is probably worth 1p,, not 0.01p.
"where have all the Bitcoins gone?"
Sung to the tune of "Where have all the flowers gone?".
The sub-heading should read "...while you're at it...".
Looks like the report was dictated into a computer. But these things do need to be checked, even if it costs time and money.
Sorry to put this in the comment area, but there did not seem to be a 'report errors' button.
Sorry again. Just seen a 'report errors' button, but it was on the comment page, not the main article page.
Re: Cant we just bring back EDI?
Just to clarify, do you mean Electronic Data Interchange, as described in Wikipedia?
After just glancing at all that, I need a G & T.
At first, I had confused it with the EDT text editor on VAX/VMS and its 16-bit ancestors. That produced plain text, but had a word wrap function so you could produce or alter a sensible document. There are worse standards to choose from.
Re: "wrapper around a closed binary blob"
That all sounds a bit too technical for the modern, managerially focussed, British Civil Service to begin to comprehend.
They should all be sacked, and replaced with a corps of Reg readers!
Re: It's not DOCX we're worried about
I am involved with three voluntary groups. In such groups, you find computer systems ranging from Windows95 to Windows8.1, some with old versions of MS Office and some just with wordpad. And, of course, the occasional Mac user. So you go for DOC format as the most generally acceptable.
The government dreams that all these people will do whatever business they do with government using their computer. This ranges from renewing the tax disk (or just paying the equivalent after tax disks are abolished, as mooted) to filing income tax returns.
So DOC and XLS (as in Office97) are de facto standards which we the people will continue to use, even if government uses ODW and ODC.
Stuxnet-like weapons could be used against various nations: Japan, China, Australia ...
Storage / IT
Do you really mean, in the first sentence, software, hardware, and IT services?
Re: Improved what exactly?
Huh? I've been using Office 2010 since, er, 2010, and am very pleased with it after defecting from Open/Libre Office. OLOFF are good products, but MSO is better.
If I really want to clean up a document, I export from MSO to "HTML without the crap", then use an html editor. In my case, Namo Web Edit, a poor man's Dreamweaver, but still WYSIWYG; supports lists, tables, image handling. Even has a maths editor.
I have detested having to hand-create markup documents since the days of Digital Standard Runoff, via Latex, and on to Wiki formats.
Re: Relative distance?
As Einstein noted, that depends on how fast you are going.
Re: The link obfuscates any genuine URL?
Thanks for the genuine link.
However, I stand by my comments about no TOC etc., notwithstanding all the downvotes.
I am deeply unimpressed with the document and with Google.
Secondly, the document itself. No table of contents, no introduction, no executive summary. For a document of 90+ pages we expect some help. The document radiates the legal expertise that went into it, but there is just no editorial expertise.
It would be nice to see Google defeated, as punishment for that awful document.
Re: This would be a good moment
I stayed out of bitcoin after the Winklevoss twins moved in. Then we are finally told something serious. It would take a lot to make me sorry for the Winklevoss twins, but this incident is nearly there.
Its time for a lot more disclosure before anyone puts a serious amount of their wealth into bicoin.
Re: @1st 2nd 3rd
There has been a misunderstanding here. When I typed in my comment "Yes, it does", it was meant to appear under the original comment "Does it matter?"
But there was a delay in my comment appearing on this website, and it finally appeared under "Means justify the ends?"
I share your opinion that the ends do not justify the means, and sympathise with your comment.
But I do agree with the basic premise of the original article: that the "work" of the Nudge Unit is pseudo-scientific nonsense. On that basis I expect it will waste a lot of my taxes before it is finally killed off. Its future demise will probably be because a different fashionable thought has caught the minds of the essay-writing classes, rather than any scientific reason.
Well done, the Reg, in publishing the article.
Try again, re Does it matter?
Yes it does. If the original result was due to chance, the next attempt will probably achieve nothing. A waste, therefore.
David Willets, Oliver Letwin and Danny (now Lord) Finkelstein. All essay-writing arts graduates, nobody with a solid grasp of numbers and statistics. PM Cameron is equally unqualified.
re Does it matter?
Yes, it does. If the results were due to chance, further spending in that direction is likely to achieve nothing. Wasted, in other words.
Willets, Letwin, Finkelstein. All essay-writing arts graduates, nobody with the remotest grasp of statistics.
It amuses Germans to wish their English guests a safe journey: "gute Fahrt".
Late of Moscow?
What is all this about "one E. Snowden, late of Moscow". I thought he was still alive and living in or near there.
Mind you, his temporary asylum runs out sometime this summer. Where does he go then? When nobody actually wants him.
It has been reported that planets exist which roam the galaxy, not orbiting any star or multiple star. It is thought they have been ejected from multi-star systems in three-body manoeuvres. They cannot be captured by a single star because they need to lose energy. But they could be captured by multi-stars.
One would expect this to be improbable, though. So we ought not to see many such systems.
Re: the general public is largely in favor of the government
The Secret State Police knew how to deal with your sort.
Re: Didn't ask me
The Conservative Policy Forum did ask me and others.
OK, mostly they asked about policing matters such as CCTV surveillance and stop-and-search. But inevitably, as a free people, we discussed Snowden.
Yes, average age 67, but poking our political bugles into public forums like this one, our consensus was as Cameron stated.
As to what Conservatives think of Cameron, is that fit for the esteemed Register to print?
Do the Canadian people reign, or do they rein in their government.
The reign it reineth in the just / And unjust folk together / But reins more tightly in the just / The rest escape the tether.
Commercial fake data
Fake data? Do you mean Google advertisements?
I am the Treasurer of a small voluntary group and use a spreadsheet to keep the accounts and produce the end-year numbers.
I used to use Open/Libre Office Calc. In 2010 I switched to a newly purchased Office 2010 Excel. Sure, Excel read the .odc files from Calc; but the 'total' field at the bottom of each column came across as just the number - the formula had been lost. So the total did not get updated when I inserted new transactions into the column.
It is that kind of "compatibility" which drives people to despair.
In a subsequent experiment I found that Calc -> export to .xls -> import to Excel did preserve everything. OK when you know, but truly compatible would allow any migration path.
Finally, I have doubts about Maude's policy to use csv files for spreadsheets. They do not preserve the formulae. In my experiments, Calc did not read Excel SLK format (which does preserve formulae) and Excel did not read Calc SLK. The de facto standard is .xls, but that includes fonts and margin widths as well as formulae.
Re: Somebody put it far better than I could...
El Reg v. Fry. Reminds me of something I wrote about an entirely different dispute. "There is a tinge of animus in our public exchanges."
Re: Why don't the NSA just put out their own App?
I thought they did. It's called Google.
Re: The new renaissance
You are right about the poor quality of voice recognition technology. National press (Telegraph) and trade press (Register) are full of woeful errors. For example, people pour over documents to tow the line.
OCR is pretty good with modern typefaces on clean documents, but is weak with old fashioned typed documents.
The average typist, e.g. me, is not very good. I do find the coloured squiggles of MS Word to be generally helpful, but some people don't seem to bother.
We need a software kit that quells / The prevalence of awfull spells / And so it needs a lot of bells / and whistles till the answer gels.
Fast hardware may help.
Well said, sir. The only reason the US has a democratic constitution is that its creators distrusted the voters less than they distrusted each other. Those creators were worldly wise politicians, and that is why the constitution they created has lasted so long.
The kings of Rome lasted two centuries. The republic lasted five centuries. The empire, in the east, lasted over a thousand years. How long will the US last?
Systeme Register units
Furhter to your bootnote about the Register's much loved eccentric measurements, have you considered the Binary Mile? this would be 65536 inches, as against the traditional 63360 inches. The New Furlong would become 8192 inches.
A further adjustment, for neatness, would fix the New Inch at 25 millimetres exactly. This would bring the new Binary Mile a little nearer the old mile.
Re: Amazing stuff
I once had to do a long division in octal, to solve a specific problem.
How can you tell? Electrons are indistinguishable.
Re: This was a USB stick not a BBC stick !
According to recent news, the NSA did exactly that with bits and pieces attached to non-networked computers. At a range of up to 8 miles - pretty good, huh?
Worse cases than that have won the blessing of the European Court.
But what a contempt for English law and England the terrorist showed. Could not remember his password, until suddenly he could. He would deserve to be jailed for contempt, even if the RIPA law did not exist. I hope we can throw him out one day.
Re: How much?
It's what happens when you employ an army of bureaucrats on "Quality Assurance" but don't have anyone who actually knows anything.
First we had Defence Standard 05-21 (in the MOD). Then we had ISO 9000 in government generally. The only effect has been to push up costs, with zero effect on software quality. I met MOD people who asked us if we could do a cheap job without all the QA crap.
Only a paranoid mind would of course suspect that this is all a cunning plan by our enemies.
No Admin Users
They omit to point out one very useful practice:
* Be a pleb user, not an administrative user.
Re: Unnecessary Windows 8.1 Hate
I did try Windows 8.1 - the free trial version downloaded from Microsoft.
I was using a traditional laptop, vintage 2007, and I did not like Win 8.1. In particular, the sheer hassle in getting everything switched off properly at the end of the day.
Yes, it recognised the hardware excellently. But that was no substitute for general anti-useability.
No, the NSA (or one of their competitors) is not recruiting; just trying to locate its enemies.
Re: When any C/C++ code includes "goto" you know it sucks...
Real designers use flowcharts.
Yes, I know they were ridiculed by the structured programming brigade, but...
Flowcharts are two-dimensional, and make it much easier to understand the logic. In particular, to verify that all cases have been dealt with.
Structured programming if used sensibly and non-dogmatically then imposes reasonable limits on what is permissible in the flowchart. GOTO is defensible if it makes sense in the flowchart.
Sometimes new technology can read old data. I remember reading, probably in El Reg, about a laser beam tracking the groove in vinyl records, delivering a signal with much less noise, so to speak.
Re: Who'll be using it
But do you think you could do better if you were elected and then came under the pressure that all politicians face?
Or do you just cop out and say that's not your job, it is for somebody else? That would be a poor attitude in a democracy where politics should be open to a wide range of people.
Re: Not all darkness
Some of us hope that our governments, in my case the UK gov, do actually have such facilities. But I would not bet on that: I have seen too many accountants and too few techies all over the computer industry.
Re: Re Mr Snowden -What's Wrong with Moscow?
Add to that, they have so generously just pardoned Mr Khodorkovsky and Pussy Riot.
Er, what was it they had done wrong?
Re: Re Mr Snowden
I mean the latter: USA and my UK are less worse then many places.
The Nazis did not like pacifists. I met one who had been thrown into an asylum.
Perhaps after a year in Moscow Mr Snowden will tell us what the Russkies get up to.
Re Mr Snowden
Mr Snowden is a self-indulgent pompous prig who has no idea what it means to live in a genuinely repressive regime. But perhaps he will learn something from his year in Moscow.
I have met Germans who had brushes with the Gestapo. Snowden and his ilk whinge about hypothetical situations.
Re: how the hell did we end up with...
In ca 2000 BT invited bidders for major contracts to modernise their network. The Marconi company was a bidder, but was awarded zilch.
Didn't surprise me, I once worked for them (but in a different branch). A company run by "management", technical ability counted for nothing.
After that they closed down.
Why not just use a spreadsheet
With projects like UC I always ask, "Why can't they just use a spreadsheet?".
OK, in the real world there are reasons. But it would help in putting together a project plan if those reasons were spelled out: to the taxpayers, to the minister, to the civil servants, and in particular to the contractors.
Re: Time for a new gov dept. - 'Department for IT Development' ?
It used to be called the Department of Administrative Affairs, and was run by messrs Hacker and Appleby.
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