253 posts • joined 4 Apr 2011
Re: Better is the enemy of good enough
A point I obviously didn't address fully enough in my post then?
I suggest you join the business you would fit right in.
Better is the enemy of good enough
I see so many business units that have a 'special way, that is so complicated you couldn't possibly understand it' of dealing with customers in basic tasks.
When you peel the onion, they aren't doing anything special that can't be done by the major ERP's / MRPs much better and with more standard add ons.Maybe they have one or two quirks used by 1% of the customers but these have very little effect on the bottom line or the potential to do so.
The real benefit is when you improve their process and make sure they serve their customers better.
And if you have thousands of sites it makes sense that every major tool is the same and supported by a Vendor or preferably multiple competing vendors rather than Dave from accounts.
Now there are some real niche tools that can affect the bottom line. An ex employee -> contractor wrote a tool that allowed us to report on customer units and charge a good whack for it. Now those are worth doing. However ordering, building, buying & invoicing its best to get off the shelf.
The problem is getting it across to the single business unit that they are 0.05% of the the profit so spending 10% of IT's time to increase their profit by 1% is a waste of time.
Sorry in biggish companies standardisation is the way forward.Now getting it right is more challenging and requires clever and motivated people, most of those left years ago when the accountants took over.
Also the business never appreciated the benefits of the one off's or the advice from IT as one guy said when I said - that is bad idea because of business reason X,Y & Z the order came down from on high 'just do it'. You guessed it XY&Z bit us in the rear. There followed a long weekend producing my original suggested solution and was greeted with 'well at least IT got it right at last'. Guess who got the payrise?
But if you do it with standard tools then you have to do it well, that means lightening fast networks, great support & applications that work properly, the funding for those is stored with the Unicorns.
Disabling alarm, creating a near undetectable crash for insurance fraud, disabling alarm, planned carjack etc.
plenty of possible uses.
it should be locked down but it costs a few pence per car to do that.
Re: End of the world
Hopefully it was for the PHB bean counter who recommended the cuts and has been asked to clear his/her desk.
we can but hope.
can we expect it to finally come out that the support is done in 'Bongo Bongo land'?
Re: GP's Opening Hours
well how did the public know that at the time?
As has been seen the level of incompetence and illegal actions within stafford etc it was entirely reasonable that one should suspect they were wrong.
we can all be experts in hindsight.
Re: GP's Opening Hours
The chat will probably be like the MMR chat where the "Care Professional" nearly laughed at our concerns despite it being published in every national newspaper.
As someone said above you will be canvassed again & again until you give the right answer.
As pointed out efficient mobile detectors are dirt cheap to make. You commission some from a supplier and turn the cells over when the alarm goes off.
Not sure with a femtocell you can force phones on it?
like the idea of the IMSI catcher and banning the phones.
It is actually against the rules to have a mobile in Prison isn't it?
Surely they would be better going back to the Glory days of 3.1/4.0? That was windows New Technology.
Maybe they can make this Windows 'Tiles Technology' =Win TT?
Modern Technology = Win 'MT'
Windows Tile Features = WTF?
Mines the one with the Win7 CDs in it. Microsoft normally get it right on the odd version (NT4 & win 95 being the exceptions)
Re: p-Dock for i-Devices
has to be iWee shirley?
single person or multi player?
They seemed to avoid talking about sensing multiple people. Will the cat jumping about turn the lights out?
Kinnect does all of this apart from going through "walls" or as in the demo stud partitions.
Still has a way to go to catch up with the last lot!
I laugh at your sub beelion bar tab, real idiots spaff £10Billion.
But it does seem if they are just collecting data and processing it externally £10 million would have been more than enough. Can't we buy one that works off the shelf?
Re: IR35 closing one man consultancies through fear and uncertainty
You might want to check out what "Umbrella Companies" do for a living. Check the Annals of the PCG for cases they lost and talk to a few ex contractors. Oh look a handy list and look the Tories were going to abolish it.
It was part of my decision to close, shortly after a bunch of nice ICT chaps turned up at 30% of the cost we were. (We weren't actually charging a lot, much less than a backbencher's salary).
Of course despite being a tax avoider I was still paying more tax than the ICT chaps were earning.
So now you know someone!
IR35 - It's not the tax, its the uncertainty.
The VISAs were another problem which of course force down the tax take.
You know we have so many imported "IT experts" the wages have dropped significantly in the UK?
Combine that with IR35 closing one man consultancies through fear and uncertainty.
Only hiring large bodyshops stuffed with offshore and imported labour for government contracts.
Selling off every organisation to foreign buyers who then offshore IT.
So not sure what these experts are going to do except work in Starbucks?
Anyway if they are any good why would they start an IT business in the UK, you would be better off in Eastern Europe.
Secondly, Star Wars is famously set “a long time ago in a Galaxy far, far, away”. If Vader truly did use an iOS device in that distant locale and time, Apple's various patent lawsuits against Samsung and others just got a whole lot harder to prosecute successfully.
No far from it, by exposing it was a long time ago then they have established that no 'prior art' from Samsung can exist. Now they will have to reveal that Apple are really a descendent of an evil Galactic Empire but all except Fanbois won't bat an Eyelid.
Re: Do what we want, not what we say
Indeed if only they had been in power 10 years ago when all this wholesale tax avoidance really took off they could have nipped it in the bud. Instead of waiting until the bust they fuelled and watching every large UK based tax paying firm fold because their competitors didn't pay VAT or Corporation tax or if Bodyshopping income tax or NI.
I mean the workers party allowing wholesale sale of the Tax offices to a tax haven or sending out search parties to get cheap workers to gerrymander would be unthinkable.
would help if you were Bipolar
Oh yes, 'Windows Tiles for Focus Groups' as an ATM.
I can see lots of vandalised ATMs.
"Although thinking about it now I apologise for using the words 'got off' when talking about your goat fetish. That was inappropriate."
Keep it up!
Has to be done!
“I, for one, welcome our new urine drinking overlords”
Cool edit features (if you are quick off the mark) thanks!
Let me guess you renamed 'Chairman' to be 'Chair' or 'Chairperson' in your business?
Usual government tosh.
There is a deposit scheme Landlords have to use. Its Government mandated and provided by the usual suspects.
If both the Landlord and the Tennant have to register with this and be verified (proper certificates, insurance, ID etc ) just like the DVLA do with cars and you extend it to hold deposits half the fraud, non compliance and identity issues associated with renting would disappear. The minimal fees required for this would be worth it for tenants and landlords.
Renting or subletting without using the deposit scheme would be illegal.
of course its easier to make the landlords take the blame for poor immigration control.
Homeeasy have light socket receivers (no wiring) and battery powered PIR.
Phillips & co are doing similar.
Plenty of tools to run on raspberry pi to do this.
Re: Proprietary garbage
They probably do write for SIP etc but Skype had too much market share to ignore.
Microsoft seem to have pulled the rug from under their feet with no way to replace the functionality their customers have now.
If M$ had said in 2 years the API will be deprecated ,
it will be replaced by URIs,
please work with us to make URIs a suitable replacement,
APIs will be retired in 4 years.
Then there would be no problem.
Its M$ targeting their feet again.
Re: I do like how...
That's internship for you!
Prepares you for the reality of work life.
Re: This is nothing
Oh I don't know I would of thought if you were a male port beagle dog, you might think differently.
and yes I too want to know how they found Beaver botty had such an interesting taste.
And if you have to ask, you don't know Paris.
You have to admire them, they are that arrogant they think they can do anything to their customers & suppliers.
180 day terms BT? oh sorry that is only when you are paying the bill.
Business line - it has to be down for 7 days before we pay compensation of less than one months line rental.
Oh we don't fix residential lines at the weekend? But you broke it by replacing the telegraph pole on Wednesday.
Hopefully Bangalore Telecom will soon be replaced by someone who can do the job.
Maybe its time to change their financing option?
"Taxing citizens to subsidise a biased broadcasting corporation is unfair and immoral.
In the digital age we live in, the BBC should be able to survive on advertisements and selling the rights to its various TV programs and even to charge a subscription if they wish to."
"We ask the Government to replace the TV Licence Fee with a voluntary subscription. The commercial element of the BBC would be scrambled for non-subscribers and the public service content would be free to air.
The TV Licence Fee is responsible for 12% of court prosecutions. It criminalises poor people and forces people to pay for genuinely ‘free’ services funded by advertising."
They will just lock a few more people up:
"The BBC was responsible for more than one in ten criminal prosecutions last year as the number of people taken to court for non payment of their television licence reached a new high."
doesn't sound like cuddly Auntie!
lets stop them extracting money with menaces.
Re: They would say that, wouldn't they?
"On the issues of immigration and the EU in 2012, out of 806 source appearances, not one was allocated to a representative of organised labour,"
That is probably because most trade unions would denounce Labour for importing cheap labour and undercutting their members.The BBC don't want to upset their chums.
Re: Truth or consequences
After months of being bullied and complaining to the school to no avail I hit back and ended up in the 'special behaviour' group. My bully got off scot free.
My parents suggested next time I should make sure I left no marks or witnesses.
If the kid is stupid enough to F & blind online about the school then unfortunately he has to take his knocks, which include other education establishments being warned.
However if he is as truly disenfranchised as suggested then he either needs mental help or the school needs to review their handling of students.
Surely just adding an O would be a nice way round.
NoSA - sticking it in since 2001.
NoSA - No Security Agency
NoSa - we didn't illegally take your data (needs to be pronounced as Gunnery Sgt Hartman would).
Re: According to my records...
Any truth in the Rumour you are renaming it 'Booty call Notes'?
Why for the love of Dog?
Comet is a busted flush and left a bad taste, smell and mess behind for consumers.
May I suggest 'Rasputin Radio', 'Ponzi products' or 'Madoff Machines'?
'Meridian Electrical' would be a better choice.
Not that its easy, Argos have the cheap & here niche, Richer sounds / Lakes the expertise, Dixons have the cheap & cheerful but wait for stock. Amazon/eBay have cheap take a punt and it will be here in a couple of days. Maplin have the gadgets. What need is he going to sell to?
This cost hundreds of millions???
Blimey where do I sign up as an AOL supplier/imagineer?
Re: Closing the stable door....
yep about 900 horses now.
Though the thing with people, unlike horses they tend to know how to open stable doors.
100 sys admins with 300-400 highly secure users each, yeah that should work. Segregation of duties (or the spook equivalent) will be easy.
Mr & Mrs Gates are Inspirational
If you saw the Academy Lecture with Bill talking about eradicating Polio you could hardly fail to be moved. The work their foundation is doing on sanitation is huge.
However I think he is wrong about this.
There are many things internet access could help with, supplying email, instructions and monitoring to remote areas will have benefits.
Do I think Google are truly charitable? not sure.
well their page graphics take hours to download, maybe they are preparing you for the battery recharge?
Nice idea, not sure how they are going to do that for $300 I'm assuming the cost of panels will be a significant part?
Paris because she will go all night without a recharge.
You know I wish el Reg had a decent comment system that allowed edits.
I would be so tempted to
Create another app called 'Z**** go bang yourself without Friends' and encourage them to sue.
Re: Why does plastic make it 'cheaper'?
The advertising worked on you then?
Yes they upgrade the drive chain or more likely down grade it for the cheap one. The Engine is likely the same one they have been making since the eighties and the bigger brake parts are all made by the same sub contractor.
forget the EPG
would much prefer they told them to stop offsetting programs by 15 minutes so I either miss 15 minutes because I'm watching the similar interest style program on BBC, or I record it and fast forward through the adverts instead of supporting their funding methods. Advertisers please note if its on at a stupid time I dodge the commercials!
They seriously need to change the EPG to correctly classify the shopping and pay channels on freeview. If I want to buy this hours special I will go to the channel.
Nice Idea bad implementation
£20 a month ?
little Idiot buttons, they are old not toddlers.
and that has been tested when?
My meter has been in for 30 years and as far as I know no one more technical than a meter reader has seen it.
Novell 3.1x - ran fast and easy loved it. NW 4 made sense eventually.
But NT3.x allowed you to use a PC that cost a months pay as a workstation as well as sharing files. Cost of Netware = 2 weeks pay. NT3.x = 2 days pay.
If you were selling 3 - 4 machines with a shared database to a customer you could knock off the cost of the server machine.
Novell could have added a decent native database and dropped the cost and have had more of a chance.
Re: WFWG TCP/IP?
oh Trumpet twice as fast and doubly stable.
they should have called it we all used to describe 3.11 as 'W*ndows for crash groups', can't complain kept me busy and wasn't as obscure as the early UNIXs (you just had to make everything fit in 540k ish).
That flag will upset them.
Do you think windows 8 should be called 'Tiles for focus groups'?
Re: Hypothetically speaking
You don't get sent to prison if you do your best to manage it, only if you are criminally negligent.
Re: Hypothetically speaking
1/you sign a contract with a suitably accredited firm that takes responsibility for disposal and indemnifies you against such fines. You then ask for a quarterly report of wiping and compare with your disposal list.
2/ You wipe them yourself before going off site, will probably take 30 - 60 seconds labour per computer if you have it set up properly. Nothing goes off site unless it has a signed sticker on it saying it has been wiped and attach a copy of the wiping report. do random inspections.
3/ you ask your mate to dispose of everything on eBay without wiping them and feign ignorance when he gets caught. Get your Trust to pay the fine.
Any chance of the muppets that signed off on the defective system getting some jail time?
Why didn't their defence solicitors point to the known failures in the system and create a reasonable doubt?
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