And that's after the excessively employed civil servant drones have made a complete hash of it in the first place, which is why a senior servant or politician thinks a consultancy will fix the problem.
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@Sarah - Besides your patently flawed arguments, it's this that amused me most:
"Stop believing the effluence that's exuding from the Beeb's back orifice. Presumably you're a Tory voter. Have down-vote."
Amusing given that Auntie is more left wing than even Red Ed's Labour party.
Re: Nice review...
I rather like Elysium. While not a great film, it's superior to much of the dross out there. Elysium starts with a great premise and a pretty coherent start and somewhat runs off the rails about midway. Even so, it's a watch-able film. And the effects of the space station and ships were nicely done.
If Elysium is Neill Blomkamp on a bad day, I'd be pretty content with 'bad days' like that.
Re: A different Freak?
"Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 Preview and Windows 8.1 was/is flagged up as vulnerable on freakattack.com. It is the same problem."
Any mention of the new Spartan browser being vulnerable?
Might be a nice Thin Client.
Keyboard and mouse, plus (insert Terminal Solution of the day) client. And it'll play games too.
Is this Y2K all over again?
Hope so. That's my pension pot sorted.
Re: 3 TV's
@Lost all faith
"That's right because everyone in the world has Cat5e / 6 installed into every room in their house."
In general, I agree. Ask most UK house builders about networking a new build house and, at best, you'll get a "no" and often you'll get a blank expression and "duuuhhh".
However, its not uncommon to find TV/Satellite antenna coming in at the same place as phone/(internet), so a router to TV cable connection is both easy and convenient. In a different context (and there are split opinions on this), homeplug solutions offer another easy alternative.
Re: Back in the 80s
Brings a whole new meaning to corrupt humans.
I was obviously written using NT backup as I'm useless at remembering anything of value.
Re: We are all getting screwed by public sector
"In the end either the beast will be tamed or the country will go broke leaving the people with a huge bill and nobody accountable for it. I despair that some people actively support continuing down the road we are going assuming a magic money tree or happy to accept the selling of our future generations."
Case in point - Greece. Low taxation, high public spending on a large public sector. Ends up living on Euro subsidies and loans until the bubble bursts. And then they still can't take living within their means and try and demand yet more handouts.
Tax and government...
Now, forgive me for perhaps being a bit over simplistic, but...
People and companies pay tax to the estate to fund state activities carried out by government departments and their employees. To some degree, this makes sense. Why does a government department pay tax at all as it will only end up back in their coffers, less the cost of administering the tax calculation at both the department and HMRC? A lossy system if there ever was one.
Similarly, why are government staff subject to income tax on government salaries? Surely an equivalent value to net should be paid and so you eliminate the need to calculate tax and all the staffing needed to handle it.
Of course, keeping departments and staff subject to tax ensures more union members on one side and management on the other, so it's highly unlikely that such an inefficient system will change. Keep the gravy train rolling....
Spectrum instruction manual.
To start your Spectrum, switch on and enter the following command:
Then press the play button on the cassette deck....
Re: The BBC science coverage is useless ...
But Jesus DID ride dinosaurs. Look, there are pictures, so it must be true!
I am one of those victims...
I spend more time resetting the underpowered, overworked Sky box than I do watching it. I've knocked movies on the head and gone elsewhere.
Glad to hear they're finally listening and hopefully doing something. I, for one, am bowing down to the Australian Overlord in prayer to make it so...
Re: But can you change a headlight bulb?
If you want that level of practicality, perhaps you need the latter half of Jaguar Land Rover. They do a big old monster called the Defender...
I rather think you're on the wrong site. Try:
Otherwise, nice to see automotive xenophobia isn't dead.
Re: Oh dear...
Don't forget corners. It's gotta have corners!
Re: Well, since the 930 isn't affected...
I have a 1020. The odd crash, but it is Windows, so its a tradition. More stable than any of the nasty Samsung Chavdroids I attempt to keep running for the kids and faster than my work iPhone.
Fantastic camera too.
They miss the next bit of the conversation...
Number 2: Of course you're a 'free man', sir. And I'm a 'Samsung Customer Support Representative', but my screen still says you're number 6.
Number 6: Oh....
I take it that you weren't keen?
Thanks for the warning. Perhaps I should see Taken 3 instead...
We are gathered here today...
...to mourn the passing of an unloved child. Outlived by an equally unloved, but underappreciated sibling and several elderly relatives.
Leave no flowers.
1000 vms per host is getting more likely as the specs of servers get higher, particularly for VDI.
Personally, I'd sooner scale out, but, some customers....
How about "no", Mr. Chen?
If he wants folk to support his platform, then he needs to make his platform an attractive proposition, either through numbers of devices in the wild, or some attractive business enticement.
To arrogantly demand support in this fashion shows that he has a poor grasp of business (effectively wanting something for nothing) as well as a misunderstanding of what net neutrality is about.
Mr. Chen has made himself look a tad foolish.
For a little risk, the SAAB Gripen - BAe helped work on it (so PC), already capable of short take off in adverse conditions, so probably wouldn't take much to navalise.
Of course, with the carriers we have, with no catapults, and nor are they likely to, it needs to be ski-jump capable, which somewhat precludes the Rafale or the F/A-18. Perhaps some mice Russkie numbers might work though...ha ha ha ha...!
"Does anyone over 12 years old use the upvote/downvote buttons?"
Down voted 'cause I is down wid de kidz, innit? LOLZ!!!
(40 year old trying too hard...)
Re: I wonder - North London commuters
@ Lars "problem in the UK is all the low bridges you run under"
A fine point. The East Midlands line is gradually being electrified and even this requires substantial works on bridges and tunnels to fit train plus overhead lines.
The problem the UK rail network has is that it survived the war largely unscathed - so no need to rebuild as happened across Europe. So we have a network designed for steam engines carrying masses more than it was ever designed to do.
Re: A few good pints
"I think the real problem is the cargo cult approach to any methodology that is taken by many users."
Well said. I once had to tell a project manager in rather blunt terms that PRINCE is not a religion.
Try processes, sure, but drop what isn't working. Don't keep it purely out of stubbornness.
Re: An ideal car for the French market
"The Captur is made in Spain..."
Many folk don't let the facts get in the way of a good bit of nationalism and the French are more nationalistic than most (even Alex Salmond would tell them to calm down). After all, its a Renault, therefore it is French!
I had similar discussing a (then) recently acquired German car with an elderly gentleman who hadn't cottoned on that the war ended a little while before. I pointed out that my 'German' car was built in Portugal - at which point his rant changed to fits of laughter and derogatory descriptions of Hispanic working practices. Some people are just that way inclined....
Re: The love of money is the root of all evil
"Let's not forget, it was beancounters who ultimately did for the UK car industry. It was run by them, whereas the German one was (and still is) run by engineers."
Nationalisation handed it over to the unions and the bureaucrats in Whitehall. The former destroyed the work ethic and drove wages to uncompetitive levels and as a consequence, we built expensive, shoddy cars. The latter lead to poor business management leading to designing cars for non-existent markets, sometimes products that competed amongst themselves (better than they do against imports anyway!) and selling products at a loss because they couldn't 'do the numbers'.
Government intervention in the UK from the 50's onwards was a heavy-handed disaster. The only segments not nationalised are the only ones that remain in any size and made money later - the financial and service industries.
Re: I agree that MS needs to be more on-the-ball with this.
Google aren't the police or some government agency (though the ad-peddling data scavengers do see themselves as all powerful). I can go with the 90 day disclosure, but releasing exploit code is dubious to say the least.
Google are treading on dangerous ground - would they like MS (or anyone else?) dropping code for vulnerabilities in Android or ChromeOS 90 days after finding them? A harmful precedent set by Google that could backfire on them.
Putin the kettle on for a cup-a-soup...?
Baaad pun time!
Re: "irrational factors such as the shell’s colour"
Couldn't agree more. How many beige PCs do you see in the shops these days?
Re: a board game isn't just for Christmas
Jenga? Nah - Twister. Less a board game, more an act of sado-masochism.
Re: Voiced by...
"Where you goin' to, fool?!"
"This ain't no plane, fool!"
"Hey, fool, you've reached where you goin'...fool!"
Re: Missing statement from article
"Quick! Supreme reader must reboot the modem!"
Re: Vince Cable
All this talk "ancient systems" and "skimping" - all sounds like he wants to push for a nice new system. No doubt the usual "government IT" project suspects are rubbing their hands with glee at mega-££££ quotes in the off'ing. I'd have expected such talk from an old school Tory looking for a directorship, but not so much from a senile LibDem'er looking for the nearest retirement home.
24? The ultimate answer? Kiefer Sutherland will be pleased.
The problem becomes - if not touch screens, then what?
Customers are increasingly after twiddly features - SatNav, climate control, media services etc. These all require control of some sort.
Having masses of clear, single function buttons won't cut the mustard - too many would be more distracting than a touch screen. BMW use a wheel type device (other multifunction button solutions exist too, of course) - this too is distracting as you have to scroll around masses of menus etc (I know - I've had one). Voice control simply isn't up to snuff - most struggle with the combination of ambient noise, variation in accents etc.
So, really, how much worse is touch screen than any of the above if customers want these modern functions? Voice may be the answer in the long term for input, but audio feedback is point-in-time, so only of limited use (you don't have an audio output telling you speed). Like voice control, head up display is in it's early days, but a combination might work for some functions - but you don't want surplus stuff like air con splashed across the windscreen.
I'd also say a touch screen satnav on the dashboard is a heck of alot safer than a road atlas on the lap - and this was alarmingly common once.
I almost sympathize with car manufacturers trying to balance the wants/needs of the consumer with functionality and safety.
Bring on the neural interface!!!!!
Scirocco's dull, practical, humdrum sister for those who's budget doesn't stretch to an Audi A3.
Re: Shortly after takeoff
"But they're still waiting for the small lemon-soaked paper napkins"
They serve KFC on their flights? Now THAT is proper in flight catering!
Re: Tempting but...
In some ways, I rather agree. I have a Samsung 40 inch 1080p screen that also has your TAS feature (loving the acronym). It has a good picture, plenty of ports and works fine (though I'd love to be able to disable the analogue tuner...). At the moment, the only thing smart about my Samsung is a Chromecast up one HDMI port and an XBOX 360 up the other. I can do most things a smart TV would do quite easily.
3D doesn't make me rush out to buy a TV, and really, the smart trinkets haven't sold me (especially as they seem to be very model-specific and poorly maintained as models age). 4K is probably about the only thing that interests me and even then, only if I got a bigger panel and the price/quality ratio was right.
Re: Not the same
Silicone chips -
elastic compute resources!
Re: Hope they've sorted the legals
Warning - Daily Mail style joke response...
Oh, you know those clever legal types - The German lawyers will say "Ach! Our BORA has ze kapital letters, jah?"
The Italians will nod there heads and then beat a hasty retreat....
Fact vs Fiction
Pleased to note that there are six factual books, with the remainder firmly rooted in the fiction category.
As works of fiction, the Qu'ran and the Bible are respectable collections of short stories, poetry etc, not too dissimilar to Aesop's Fables or any number of anthologies.
I always thought Animal Farm was a better Orwell book than 1984. It's easier to read, more accessible to a broader audience and is just as well crafted as 1984.
Works for BMW. I rather like the 6 Series.
Audi naming sounds like European paper sizes and they don't seem to have a problem either.
Re: Just one question....
Counterpoint - can I buy a Samsung S5 or an iPhone 6, format it and put Windows Phone on it? That kind of flexibility would be nice. I suppose being able to by the M8 as either Android or Windows Phone might be nice - but a truly customizable 'Pick Hardware then pick OS' would be nice too.
I've had Android and I currently have Windows Phone. I have far less trouble and have a far more seamless user experience with my Nokia (or NOTkia now, I suppose) than my kids have with there flaky Android equipped Samsungs.
Why solid-state disks are winning the argument?
Well, for me, my battery life on my power-hungry monster Lenovo improved markedly when I switched out to an SSD, and it also ran quite a bit cooler too.
And that's before I start looking at performance.
For enterprise applications, there's a place for both. It's a bit like shiny 15K SAS/FC disks versus 7.2K SATA disks - performance quality balanced against capacity quantity, only with shinier SSDs at the performance end.
They should count themselves lucky as they had a u-boat sized mega-shark patrolling the waters...
Re: Wrong platform?
"Will it open my beer bottle at 50 paces?"
I'd buy that for a dollar!