68 posts • joined 17 Feb 2012
Re: Incoming Rant
/me goes back to my Xfce desktop.
Obligatory XKCD reference
(Yes, I know it's the other rover. Still a great strip though.)
Using a frigging magnet to re-align the bits in the bootsector
Obligatory XKCD reference:
Re: Why Divide by Seven?
Chuck Norris can get away with dividing by zero.
Re: Or even....
This. Though I did also buy a small subwoofer to compensate for the lack of bass from the bookshelf speakers.
Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare
Richard Durkin's 15-year nightmare began when he walked into a PC World store
Yup, I know that feeling.
Re: Time out a second here, Skippy
And this would be a bad thing...?
Well, I don't know about you, but I'm convinced
> audiences, allowing them to explore the content – learning the basics
> on their journey, while being able to choose to read further.
So by clumsily breaking out of a well-understood and well-tested user experience (browsing web pages) they've somehow made it more immersive? As opposed, to, say, introducing introducing a jarring dissonance?
And what happens to the "immersive" user experience when the user hits one of the (many, many) external links and end up off on some banking website or wherever?
> There are no page refreshes throughout the experience, which is
> Women aged 35-55 and SMEs
It's 2014 for $DEITY's sake. A surprising number of people know how to use websites without being patronised by cartoon graphics and so-called immersive experiences. Yes, that includes women aged 35-55 and SMEs.
> "Small changes in behaviour^H^H^H Wasting less taxpayer money on
> badly thought-out digital campaigns could save the public and small
> businesses in the UK a tremendous amount of money."
Kim Jong Il Brief History?
It's 160 pages long! I've read tax codes that are shorter and less densely-written.
Re: Only supposed to cost £497m
Tenderise? As in, repeatedly pound with a hammer until it becomes more palatable?
Somehow seems appropriate.
Re: Imagine how much better it could be
I suspect more control over the last mile is exactly where they're heading. Amazon Lockers, for example.
I used to have a cheap account with the local Mailboxes Etc, specifically so someone was always available to pick up/sign for deliveries. That's only a workaround though - I agree the delivery side needs to get better.
Retail sales grew measly 0.4%
You say that like it's a bad thing.
Christmas consumerism, bah humbug.
Re: Beautifully cynical
OK, it turns out they *are* on www.gov.uk, they just haven't closed down their old site:
(Whether this is better/more usable than the old site is left as an exercise for the reader...).
I still find it interesting that they apparently feel the need to follow their own path with regard to development projects. It'd be good to know where some of this code ends up being deployed.
Re: Beautifully cynical
So are the people behind that MoJ GitHub account part of/acting in concert with GDS?
Or are they acting in opposition to the centralised "our way or the highway" approach the GDS seems to be adopting these days with respect to other government departments? (I can't help but notice that MoJ are still at www.justice.gov.uk and not www.gov.uk/justice or whatever).
I agree with the low-level philosophy - sharing is good. Open systems are good. Users are important. But I also suspect the GDS are out of the honeymoon period and into the hard, unsexy, possibly intractable problems. I wonder if that's part of the reason for their recently-announced delays.
We've also already seen departments jumping off the GDS ship so I wonder how they're going to keep people on board; particularly people who want to do things and apparently have the independent skills to do them, such as MoJ.
Re: DVLA Site seems fine to me.
That, I think, may have been the point.
The superficial Web 2.0-ified GOV.UK front door generates all the Lane Fox/GDS column inches and dubious industry design awards. But once you need to get actual things done you quickly end up back on the legacy DirectGov sites.
How poetically cyberpunk
"...we're holding it, but we might as well be plugging it into ourselves".
I read that phrase three times to try and work out WTF the guy was blithering about. Then I got it - he's using one of them metaphor things what shows how Amazon workers are all treated like robots.
What a clever little journalism grad. Here, have a bikkie.
Time to get on down
...to your local Ecuadorian embassy.
You pretty much described my laptop. Used to have a Mac, which had some nice features (OS X, everything well integrated) and some annoyances (glossy screen, chiclet keyboard).
Replaced that with a ThinkPad off eBay. Many nice features, including matte screen and the best laptop keyboard I've ever used. Another £100 or so for an SSD and RAM upgrade a year or so later. It doesn't have the wow factor, and Linux isn't as polished as OS X, but I can live with that.
Macs are nice enough but they're not my cuppa. Maybe if I did video editing or lots of Photoshop or something.
Re: At what point
If you want to SOLVE a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them...
One of the problems with Notes...
...was that most people thought of it as an email system, at which task it pretty much sucked.
We also used to use it to run bits of our intranet though - discussion databases, call trackers, that sort of thing. It was actually a pretty good system for that, back in the day.
I last used it about 10 years ago, at which point the UI was firmly entrenched in 1995. So maybe it's made it into the current century by now.
However I have XFCE on Mint 13 LTS and it works well. I don't really want to update my DE and/or distro more often than I have a shave or haircut, despite that being pretty much de rigeur for Linux desktop users ;)
Maybe I'll give it a go when it hits the next LTS.
Choice; it's a wonderful thing.
Re: Evolutionary Dead End?
The Canonical business plan syllogism:
1. We must do something
2. This is something
3. Therefore, we must do this.
Re: Migrate away from MS altogether
Normally I take "Linux on the desktop" comments with a large helping of sodium chloride. However as a replacement for an elderly MS desktop OS you may have a point. If most of what you want is provided by applications a decade old, then chances are they'll work with WINE.
I run Mint on my main laptop, but have a small handful of Windows apps for which I've not found a decent Linux alternative. But because they're all simple and/or old, they run just fine under WINE.
Re: I know what's causing it
Didn't you sell me a Monster Cable last week?
The Chair recognises the Rt. Hon. Tub of Lard MP
RIP Ken Wallis
Here's to an interesting and inspiring life, and I hope they have a beer ready for you in the great ready room in the sky.
Re: Grey importing??
I've got family in New Zealand. They'd happily pay the license fee for a decent alternative to the drivel that passes as local programming down there.
Surely it can't be too hard. So I sometimes wonder why the BBC aren't doing it.
If you're on the other side of the world
The Manapouri Power Station in New Zealand is worth a visit if you like this sort of thing.
It's not pumped storage. But it is underground, and in a fairly impressive wilderness location (no road access - boat only).
the robot probably gets some other signal
I wonder if he could use a mouse with his other hand?
The bit I'll find sickening
Feels like this has reasonable odds of being passed. There doesn't seem to be much political downside. And on the upside it's a great opportunity for our Elected Reps to appear liberal and forward-thinking, yet at the same time grave and dismayed over past injustices.
Picture, if you will, a press conference fronted by a contrite-looking yet oh-so-liberal $senior_politician taking all the credit for righting such a shameful, shocking (shocking, I tell you!) injustice. We may not have got it right in the past, but your Government is so much more caring in these enlightened times. Honestly.
[Pulls out hanky, wipes away crocodile tears. Blows nose.]
Then picture, if you will, the "technology press" (by which I mean the "technology" press such as Rory Cellan-Jones) lapping this all up.
Now please excuse me. I feel a sudden need to go punch a wall or something.
I think (Finnish word) should be a new El Reg editorial standard, to be used whenever cuss-words are required in an article.
Yahoo's! Market! Share! Is! (Finnish word)ed!
UK Gov IT project run by (Finnish word) consultancy is (Finnish word) expensive, (Finnish word) late. Quelle (Finnish word) surprise.
Page/Zuckerberg shock admission: "(Finnish word) your privacy, users"
Re: This has now officially..
Oh no it hasn't.
Re: I do not like this, it better not be a trend
> the richest businessman in the world
> And he is trying to save the world
Have Bill Gates and Batman ever been seen in the same room together?
All the Russian government needs to do is declare his transit hotel capsule at Sheremetyevo airport an extension of the Ecuadorian embassy.
Anything's got to be better than getting on a plane to Caracas. I've been there. I've also been to Hull, Luton and Slough, and Caracas is worse than at least two of them.
Hit them where it hurts
Right in the bottom line.
Does the new version really do anything that important? Don't buy into the "cloud" fubar upgrade treadmill. Instead, donate a fraction of the money you save to GIMP or Paint.NET. At least they sometimes have their users' best interests at heart.
Re: Does this mean
I was a very happy O2 customer - broadband and phone - until a recent house move forced a change of provider.
When I rang to cancel my contracts, I got straight through and told the (very nice and helpful) call centre rep that I'd go with them again in future if circumstances warranted it. I would've too - their offerings were good and the support excellent.
Then within months their broadband gets sold off to Murdoch and the (very nice and helpful) call centre rep either gets booted over to Crapita, or perhaps she took the money and ran. Guess I lucked out with my timing.
I'm going to be looking for broadband and phone again soon, but not so sure I'll be looking at O2 any more.
Here's what I'd really like to know
How can I get a $122K sysadmin job, and a pole dancing girlfriend?
Re: Adobe Reader
> 386sx with 4 gigs of ram
Holy crap. I want the PC you had 9yrs ago.
Re: 140 laptops onboard
Simple way around this. Put them in The Cloud.
The Cloud solves everything, don't cha know.
I think this is a particularly crappy move on the part of Adobe, but I don't use PS much any more so I don't really care. They can take their overpriced software and shove it up their activation API.
Back when I did more graphics, though, my go-to vector app was often Xara X. Now called "Xara Photo & Graphic Designer" or "Xara Designer Pro" depending on edition.
Worth a look if you want to get off the Adobe treadmill and CorelDRAW or Inkscape don't quite do it for you.
You beat me to it
Here, have an upvote instead.
Re: I guess fancy UIs matter to some people
Who says I don't use an old school Nokia with a black and white screen? ;-)
Also... *requirements*. If one of my requirements was, say, to have an always up-to-date calendar in my pocket then I'd probably be carrying around a smartphone. Regardless of what I thought about the pointlessness of shiny-UI discussions.
Re: Round lights or square lights?
I guess fancy UIs matter to some people
I use what works for me. I tend to keep using it until my requirements change, or something new comes along that fits them better.
I don't give a crap whether it's boring, exciting, looks clunky or whatever. There are bigger things in life to worry about than flashy new shiny.
I like ThinkPads. I hope this muppet doesn't get too much influence.
Re: dodgy data and misleading stats again.
Indeed. This is exactly how we use it. Though we strip the HTTP header.
Re: Lazy coders
Joel Spolsky has an anecdote about that particular bug:
...now *there* was a disturbingly strange SF series. Whenever I watched it, I felt like I'd wandered into a cheese nightmare. Great stuff.
Yacht? Aim higher.
In other 2012 news, Larry Ellison now has his own island. For 2013 I quite like the idea of him building a lair underneath, and holding the Moon to ransom.
Mine's the one with the Walther PPK in the pocket.
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