The Taxpayer in me agrees with you
The IT Contractor in me wants to know how I get a contract on this gig.
90 posts • joined 4 Oct 2011
The IT Contractor in me wants to know how I get a contract on this gig.
So let me get this straight:
You want your project managers to manage outsourced teams and vendors, you want to have architects who design but never actually do and you want to keep your existing procurement.
Cost in time and money increases when you put organisational lines between people trying to develop systems. It's hard enough when internal teams collaborate; having inter-organisational teams is even worse.
And as for buying in talent from large consultancies... Really? I mean, come on. Really? Do they really still believe that?
I await even more government delivery fail.
There will be hi-jinks here:
How do we tell the difference between the person and the "tablet" voting? Can an MP give someone their password so they can trigger their Surface to vote when they're not in Parliament?
How do we confirm that the MP who owns the Surface is the one who actually cast the vote?
What happens if/when an MP breaks their tablet? Does this mean they are unable to vote?
Does this mean MPs are no longer constrained by being in Parliament to vote?
The whole voting in secret thing is a red herring: MPs votes are a matter of public record. If they're doing this I'm waiting for the first scandal where an MP is found not to have actually been there when a vote has taken place and has instead given his tablet to another MP/a whip/an assistant for them to cast their vote.
I recently got a letter from TalkTalk about the data that'd been nicked when they were hacked. Their letter stated that the data theft had included:
•Less than 21,000 unique bank account numbers and sort codes
•Less than 28,000 obscured credit and debit card details (the middle 6 digits had been removed)
•Less than 15,000 customer dates of birth
•Less than 1.2 million customer email addresses, names and phone numbers
Their own words: Less than 1.2 million customer email addresses, names and phone numbers.
So, when they say "just a handful", I suggest people take that with the appropriate levels of salt.
Linux is at 1.55%. This puts it behind Windows Vista (2.46%) and "Other" (2.8%).
This is from StatCounter and is their September 2015 numbers.
That it looks like Microsoft employees are now trying to arrange a piss up in a brewery. By making the brewery.
This won't go well...
Anyone who is any good (lets call them "Bob") will tell them to get stuffed and get another job pretty quickly.
The remainder of people will fall back on one or more of the following:
1) I didn't work on that part of the system
2) Bob wrote that, I'm not sure how it works
3) That code was written after I left
4) That's not my code
5) I wrote that but it's since been updated by the outsourcers.
6) That's a feature.
7) Yes, I can look at the problem. I can give you a day in three weeks time
Whether you like the idea or not, should they really be calling the app "Pane"?
The scope for puns is enormous
Not having to run your OS on top of DOS?
64 bit memory addressing.
128 GB limitation of FAT disk image.
No security on a FAT file system
And, whatever you may say about the stability and security of Windows XP,Vista,8/8.1, they're light years ahead of the stability of Windows 95.
What happens when people are doing 140 mph on the highway and there's a data-centre failure for the cloud service controlling your car?
"Our research shows 64 percent of millennials regularly communicate only using emojis."
a job in fulfilment leaves the person doing it unfulfilled...
Oh, the irony
It's a mixed bag: the calendar app is much improved but email feels like it's taken a step backwards: you have one app for all your mailboxes but it shows each email account as a distinct entity. I rather liked the idea of linking email accounts so I could have one mailbox for my main account and have my secondary accounts in a linked mailbox.
Settings is somewhat more confusing with a series of submenus; it's harder to find what you're looking for sometimes.
I've also found that it sucks the battery dry pretty quickly.
Other than that I don't see a huge change on the overall user experience.
I got my kid a cheap windows laptop/convertible for a couple of reasons:
It's got all the stuff they use at school.
It cost £250
The parental safety software is pretty good. I choose when they can log in, for how long, what sites they can go to and which apps they can use. I also get a report emailed to me each week with a list of where their time is going and which web sites they surf.
It also does the whole tablet thing with the touch screen and allows them to type up essays and homework when it's got the attached keyboard.
Granted, it's not as slick as an iPad but it's replaced the existing iPod and Kindle fire without her ever looking back and at the same time given me some proper parental controls that the other devices sorely lacked.
We've got 30 cops in this building...
We all know how that ended
In the "better search results than google" angle.
I wonder if we'll see more of these specialised search engines appearing.
It sends a huge signal that this is not a company where people with children are going to be happy. If you have a family or want to start a family, don't work here.
It's also signalling that it wants people who put career and job ahead of their personal life. This is a very strong "your job is your life if you work here" message. They're asking people to put off one of the most important decisions of their lives until it's convenient for the company.
And finally, it's a huge con. How many of these people are still going to be working at Apple and Facebook in 10 years, given how workers tend to job-hop. They're saying "don't have kids on our watch".
Granted, they've pushed some of the storage cost back on the user by expecting them to buy an SD card, but that's still very, very reasonable.
I suspect it's the kind of phone I'd get for my kid when she's 11-12. Has apps, isn't something she'd get mugged for and won't break the bank if it gets lost or broken.
Ain't nothing liberal about this, mate.
Liberals are all about equality of process. You're equal in front of the law, you're allowed to sell your goods or labour in the market without hindrance. You're free to act as long as the person with whom you are acting consents and nobody else is disadvantaged. You have the right to own property (but not people) and do with it as you like. Liberals believe you should have just enough government, and no more, to enforce these freedoms.
What you've got here are a bunch of innumerate people who haven't given a thought about the size or source of their sample. Actually, that's not true. They probably have given it some thought but don't care. This isn't liberalism, this is just bad politics.
"The fact that some individuals have enough surplus income to be able to opt out of the state provision and into a private paid for alternative is largely irrelevant"
No - that's hugely dangerous. People who opt out of these services no longer care how well (or badly) they are run. Worse, they then resent having to pay for services that they aren't using.
Take education: my kids go to private school. We do this because the local primary schools aren't particularly good. All the parents at the school are very fussy and push like crazy to keep standards up. Now, imagine what would happen if these parents were let loose in the local state primaries: they'd be on the board of governors, they'd be pushing the school about school meals, the quality of the homework and lessons and bugging the hell out of their local councillors to ensure that the schools standards were maintained.
But, because they're not doing this, the local primary schools aren't pushed as much. If we want to keep services going we need to ensure people are bought into them.
But surely arriving at a job-interview when drunk/high is not the best idea.
Arriving to a job interview with law enforcement while drunk/high seems particularly nuts.
The last time they called me I said "Oh dear, I'm not very technical. I work as a lumberjack. Let me tell you about my job".
At which point I broke into song. They hung up half-way through the second verse and haven't called back since.
Which will need to include sugar, custard and (and this might be controversial) a little strawberry jam then I agree they may be on to something here. We would be both more environmentally friendly and yummy...
I've already had several hundred pounds worth of Amazon and JL vouchers from DVLUP. MS and Nokia are obviously keen/desperate enough to encourage/bribe developers.
I'll be taking their coin while its offered
Yes and no. Substantial shareholding only applies to shares owned by UK companies and these shares are held by Vodafone Holland because of (you guessed it) the low tax Dutch tax regime.
As such they would have been outside the 2002 Finance Act and "substantial shareholding". The reason HMRC is getting squat is because of the following:
1) Previously the UK would have charged a foreign controlled company the difference between the tax it paid in the foreign jurisdiction and in the UK, but this was deemed contrary to EU law.
2) Even after all this we would have still got them on any profits they tried to repatriate to pay off UK shareholders. This would have amounted to about £5 billion (or the cost of higher education for a year in the UK). But the law was changed in 2009 so that it's now perfectly OK to move money to the UK for dividend purposes and pay no tax on it.
So, the story is that where there was once a tax obligation there isn't one. This is all recent. This is money would could have used to improve services/reduce the deficit (choose depending on political persuasion) but it's no longer considered chargeable.
Who is getting £84 billion for it stake in Verizon? And is returning £22 billion to shareholders?
What happened, did they lose all this money behind the sofa?
Or do the use inter-company loans and other complex financial products that allow them to move their "official" profits to low/no tax jurisdictions?
Yeah, thought so...
You must be joking.
As a .Net developer who writes LOB apps there is no way we'd have these. Why?
When you look at their side-loading story, it's all about si
de-loading Windows Store apps. This means Different Xaml, different control sets and all the fun of double coding features for this and the desktop version of the app.
Buying the full fat version of a W8 tablet makes all this go away and costs an additional £300. Given that a developer costs about £500 it's far, far cheaper to buy more expensive kit than to re-building existing apps using new tech.
It has a teeny, tiny screen. All my users have 2 or more screens. This would only be useful to management types who wanted dashboards, and they're all in love with their iPads. They don't want these things because they don't want to buy Fruit Ninja all over again.
I'm sure it's well-built, but the only way business is going to buy these things is as kiosk/POS devices (and even then it would be cheaper, integration-wise to use intel devices). And they ain't gonna buy them from John Lewis...
Just a seconds worth of interest on the sum. That wold be fair. I'd still be a trillionaire.
Though it just goes to show, you should always develop with a sensible dataset.
I can just see the developers working with a flat-file of 2500 intercepts and saying "yup, the system works just fine..."
So, what's a significant encroachment?
They only do this because they can. At no point have our governments tried to read all our meatspace post. Now we know why: not because it is a authoritarian and anti-democratic thing to do, but because it was too hard...
Actually, the Declaration of Independence had very little to do with French philosophes. It was very much a Lockean document.
First, some history. After the English Civil War a writer called Thomas Hobbes wrote Leviathan. He basically argued that living outside of state control was so horrible that we would/should accept a ruler with absolute power because any kind of civil society was better than living outside of one.
A little bit later (1690 something) a writer called John Locke write "Two Treaties on Government", in which he argued that the state of nature was not so brutal and that (wait for it) man had some inalienable rights because of his God-given reason and that, finally, man only formed the civil state to pursue "life, liberty and the pursuit of property". He believed that the state was a man-made thing and required our consent in order to be legitimate.
The Americans would not have liked Rousseau on little bit as he argued that the state and society had is bound by its laws and people must submit to them (he calls this the "General Will"). Once these are in place people must conform to them. On the plus side, everyone is treated equally before the law but they are expected to submit to it. Given that the American founders were in the process of rebelling against their lawful rulers, I suspect that Rousseau was not their philosopher of choice.
Locke, on the other hand, fit the bill nicely: "No taxation without representation" is a Lockean argument (I haven't consented to you so you don't get my property), Their argument about "God-given" rights and reason is pure Locke.
We can be sure that the NSA (Hi guys!) will have your usage and browsing patterns analysed before Apple does.
I work for a large organisation which gives all its staff laptops so ee can hot-desk.
The problem is that, as a developer, having a laptop that can run an email client, chat and excel doesn't cut it. Having your hard disk encrypted, with the 40% reduction of performance that comes with it, doesn't help either. Having a slow 5400 rpm drive sucks too. Oh, and did I mention that we also have anti-virus scanning each read and write?
The developers complained and were told that getting laptops with SSDs and a sensible amount of memory would cost an extra £200 so wasn't practical. I would gladly have written them a cheque right then and there for £200 for a dev box that wasn't the laughable joke my current laptop is.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. The developers here have risen up with torches and pitchforks and have demanded better kit and it does look like they're listening this time.
But, all this said, I can see the attraction of using something I've chosen as fit for purpose for my job instead of the pile of junk I currently have.
The tremor in the force I felt earlier...
It's all horses for courses...
It allows the owner to talk into their watch and out of their arse at the same time.
Another breakthrough product by Apple!
Wealthy countries? Have you ever been to India? I have. Here's a flavour of what to expect:
Extreme, grinding poverty. Crippled beggars in the street, people who live in tents by the side of the road, children running from car to car in the gridlocked, potholed roads attempting to make eye contact so they can beg for money. We don't have anything like this, not even in the darkest, poorest places in the UK. For us, poverty is not having a DVD player. For them, it's sending your children to beg in the street. There is no comparison.
Yes, it has an IT industry. The people who work for it are, by comparison to their compatriots, fabulously wealthy. When I was there my driver was paid 4000 rupees a month - roughly £55. The most junior people I was hiring were going to earn between 600K a year - about £600 a month.
How do I know this? I've worked there for the IT industry in India.
So don't give me that shit about them being a wealthy country. Go find an article about Windows to whine about.
Eadon oh Eadon
I can't help but reading
But I think what you say is rot
Perhaps you were dropped
Or repeatedly bopped
With an MS manual as a tot
For your angry rants
Most often are pants
And surely, rarely, are missed
Perhaps you're drunk
Or were locked in a trunk
But chill, dude, there's no need to be pissed
By 17%? Not a chance. Especially as most Asian exchange rates are pegged to the dollar. And commodity prices have been going one way in the past couple of years (and it ain't down). Also, they said revenue from their largest customer had gone down, not profit. These terms, in accounting parlance, are quite different:
Revenue is how much you've made from a customer. E.G: I sold Apple $500 million worth of stuff
Profit is how much you made from your revenue: E.g. After costs, I made $150 million of profit of my sales to Apple.
They're saying revenue is down, not profit. This means that either Apple has reduced the price they're paying by 17% (don't believe that for a second), they've bought 17% less stuff or some combination of the two.
Also, companies making large purchases in foreign currency fill usually go to a bank and sign an agreement to buy x amount of currency y with currency z at a point in the future (this is called a Forward), so currency fluctuations usually don't affect this kind of thing.
So no, it's not price fluctuations, it's almost certainly that they're buying less stuff.
The guy's a Liberal. There's quite a lot of difference between a Liberal and a Socialist.
Socialists are interested in managing outcomes in order reduce the disparity between the most and least wealthy in a state. They do this through progressive taxation (income tax), social programmes like free education, free health-care and significant state ownership and participation in the economy.
Liberals are more interested in process. Equality before the law, protections of freedoms (free speech, habeus corpus, etc) and freedom of action and conscience are all aspects of Liberal thought. You also have economic Liberals. They tend to believe in unfettered markets, minimal state control in the economy. Thatcherism is a form of economic Liberalism.
We're actually being governed by two Liberals. Cameron is an economic Liberal and Clegg a classic Liberal. Come to think of it, Tony Blair was also a liberal. John Prescott is a socialist, as was John Smith.
You, on the other hand, are simply ignorant.
Y'know. Jobs, the economy, that kind of thing?
So we're paying for foreign companies to use UK state office space in foreign companies? In the name of supporting the UK tech industry?
Another year, another set of incremental improvements palmed off as revolutionary...
Visual Studio integration costs $999 per year per platform. Easier to learn Java...
Chromebook sales so far make the Surface look downright successful.
There's an app for that...
They tried that with their "Look and Feel" lawsuit against Microsoft in the 90s...
To call Steve Ballmer
I'm not so sure. Nokia didn't just get an OS for Microsoft. they got quite a bit more:
1. About 1 billion dollars
2. Protection from being sued by Apple. You can bet Apple would have targeted Nokia if they'd gone with Android. MS would have probably targeted them as well. Nokia doesn't have the deep pockets that Samsung does so this could really have been a problem for them.
3. A lot of say over how the OS was going to be developed and the hardware that could be used with it. Given that they've been the only one championing the OS for the past 18 months this gives them a lot of leverage.
4. A new market. Nokia map data is now the WP platform standard, a new revenue stream for Nokia. I think you'll see them doing this with other services, giving them new revenue sources.
They could, of course, still go belly up. I just don't think their move was as dumb as people say. Their choice came with a large number of advantages.
So if I'm currently forking out £47 a month I can change to £26 a month + 69p a day.
That means £251.85 a year for the handset (or 20.99 a month). That means a very generous saving of 1p a month.
So the "deal" has nothing to do with saving any money. It's a case of being tied to a shorter contract in return for giving up control of the hardware to the operator.
I'd be interested in knowing what "rights" I had on the phone? When can Vodafone claim the phone back, and for what reasons? If I annoy them can they cancel my contract and leave me phoneless with no warning/comback?