286 posts • joined Wednesday 13th April 2011 12:54 GMT
> Because all of the projects that ever go wrong/late/over-budget are govt ones, right chaps?
Undoubtedly not, but one failed Government IT project is likely to cost about 10+ times of that of an ordinary company's failed IT project, and will affect a proportionately large number of people.
It's the economy of scale...
Re: @Steve Todd
Regardless of the argument about whether banking IT systems are complicated or not (I would prefer to call them "multiply-interfaced"), is it not the case that we have quite a number of banks other than RBS/Nat West/Ulster Bank whose systems seem to be much more reliable? Cue the people badly affected by the current débacle moving across...
Over the past dozen years, at least, RBS management has done a very thorough job of "wrong-sizing" by getting rid of the people who knew how their IT systems worked.. This policy works fine - until such point that something nasty goes wrong. At present nobody even seems to know exactly what has gone wrong, and the response was presumably simply to "turn everything off and on again"...
Since the initialism GPS is already well-known to almost everyone as Global Positioning System, one might hope that the Government Procurement Service might abbreviate themselves as GovProSer?
The New Zealanders (at least) refer to a tow truck (operative) as a towie, little realising that this actually means The Only Way Is Essex...
Sadly, it seems that The Sun's description of him as a "Crystal Methodist" is not original, but it is funny!
Re: Increase prices for faster speeds?
I always thought the main reason for faster download speeds was so that you could install Windows Updates faster...
First our much-loved Fearsome Moderatrix, now Bill Ray...
Good luck, sir, and thanks for your articulation.
> Great name, Rashlike.
Rather, it looks like one of those 8-character "off the shelf" company names (e.g. DerryWay, EuroNest, Vectoria) that you occasionally see around when the owners haven't realised that you can change them to something meaningful to their business.
Probably VMWare should itself be running in a virtual machine?
Re: Another rant
Leap seconds? Don't we have enough problems with the two GMT <--> DST transitions each year? And the fact that Windows' NTFS file time-stamps don't handle it neatly...
> How many ordinary small office/home users even need to use USB 3.0?
Perhaps those who want to write a lot of data files to a USB 2.0 device?
Those who actually back up their data and who had to let it run overnight...
@agentgonzo: Maths was correct, holding down of shift was incorrect... I meant 94KB (kilobytes) rather than Kb (kilobits).
Probably you actually meant 94kB!
If I remember correctly the kilo (k) is the only SI prefix for powers of ten great than one (apart from the never-encountered hecto-h) which is in lower case (compare mega-M, Giga-G, tera-T).
Another instance of where a standard is flawed...
Re: Come to think of it....
"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography."
... to find out his first name was Ray, and not Thomas.
Rockets turn frogs on? (But more probably off...)
Surely better to be fleeced by a British firm than an American one...?
@Brian de Ford
I commend your well-reasoned, insightful and thoroughly researched comment.
Why did you bother?
Re: Underscores the problem with vendor certifications
"I have known people with degrees, doctorates and, dare I say it, memberships of <u>the relevant august societies</u> who I wouldn't trust to change the toner cartridge of a laser printer..."
You must surely be alluding to the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, whose membership is composed of "Current senior members of the industry", "‘Senators’ of the industry", "Accomplished practitioners" and "Young high achievers"!
Come back, Verity Stob, all is forgiven...
"I’ve yet to come across an article that accurately shows what it’s like to be a woman in the trenches like me"
Verity has worked in the trenches of programming and systems analysis for many years - is that no good?
Surely Intel must have copyrighted/trade-marked anything of the format <something>Pentium?
Oh, maybe not - they're not Apple...
What's with the "hand-tightened bolts"?
Suppressing the urge to ask why they didn't use spanners to tighten the bolts, I ask why a powered torque wrench wouldn't have been a better tool?
Or is this just a piece of useless information, like "pan-fried sea bass"?
Re: I'd rather have...
> "Money doesn't make you happy but it makes misery bearable"
Surely the quotation was "Money doesn't make you happy but it makes poverty bearable"?
Is that "fitness expert" Jay Blahnik any relation to Manolo, of women's feetal coverings fame?
Re: Lies, damned lies and recruitment agencies.
You are presumably referring to Thomas J Watson's 1943 statement, ""I think there is a world market for maybe five computers"?
If so, it seems quite unlikely that one of them would be in Cornwall!
So that's an improvement, then!
Surely not as many as that ...
Lenz and his lens
This seems to be a rather suspicious patch connection.
You'd think that if the scanner couldn't resolve something, it would reproduce the 'something' as closely as possible, but not arbitrarily decide that the 'something' was 'something else'. Where's the fail-safe in that?
Re: SKUs by Microsoft
> They just leave a bad taste in my mouth...I don't know why.
Perhaps you feel that you have been SKreUed?
Snugsburys Famous Ice Cream
You really can't take a straw Dalek seriously when its website uses date formats like 1st/08/2013...
Re: 'Much as I would love to wind Eadon up (where is he these days BTW?)'
No, the required word was "hyperbollocks"...
Lots of techical details
But absolutely nothing on comparative prices.
LAWYERS SEE THE JOKE ICON
I don't know what you're worrying about. El Reg would never, ever, reveal your real name or email address, now, would they!
Re: nice speeds
Am I missing something? If you are watching a video, does it matter that you're seeing each frame 110ms after its transmission time? Surely there's only a problem if you're sending stuff back...
Re: 2 Megabits per second?
I can't begin to imagine just how much more expensive it would be to provide 10Mbps 'everywhere' in the UK. Can you?
An end to some of the major shambles, perhaps?
Maybe the new Chief Exec will sort out at least the following:
1) the great email domain name rationalisation débacle, which was due to be sorted out several years ago, and so postponed that it doesn't even seem to be mentioned in the forums recently (has everyone forgotten the broken promises?)
2) the partly-working SuperHub scandal, successive firmware levels each making matters slightly better, but still wireless is not completely sorted. Perhaps the new SuperHub will be the answer (once everyone gets it - free?)
3) completely-UK-based Customer Support. Fortunately it's been a few years since I've needed to talk to Customer Services...
Thank heaven VM broadband usually works.
Re: You don't know what it's like......
Somehow I can't see the IT chaps complaining about the "dumb blonde"...
Why would one ever want to do this?
We have enough annoyance leaping up and down to trigger the motion-activated lights when it's dark at work.
"Gesture recognition using WiFi" looks too much like a solution looking for a problem.
Re: How many articles is that on Dell now?
I like to know which Optiplexes I'll be buying second-hand for work, in about three years' time.
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