> The politicians don't even grasp how current technology operates
Sure they do. It's "Digital", right?
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> The politicians don't even grasp how current technology operates
Sure they do. It's "Digital", right?
AFAIK, many GOV.UK services stick in "beta" (not sure about alpha) because it saves the developers having to do an extra round of GDS service assessment.
> 777 seating is WORSE than what you have in B737 or A320 for puddle jumper flights
Having recently flown a 737 across the Tasman to connect with two 777 legs to Manchester via Singapore, I have to say I found the 737 seating to be far worse.
Perhaps this was down to the difference between Virgin Australia (who I will never fly with again) and Singapore Airlines though.
They came up with a catchy name (plus associated domain, plus associated logo) for the exploit. That's apparently important these days.
If it needs to be very large, perhaps we could call the vehicle "Gigantic" or something.
I had some dealings with these twerps a while back. A more oxymoronic organisation name would be hard to imagine.
Which aims to create an inclusive one-stop shop of best practice IoT implementation through the sharing of knowledge of processes and applications.
I see your 'ELAMENT' and raise you an 'HTTP referer'
Discussing Unicode support in PHP
Icon because, there is one.
Had he stayed and not used his lawyer to help him leave Sweden, this would all be a footnote on Manning's wikipedia entry
And Julian would hate just being a footnote in someone else's Wikipedia entry.
That's it. That's my sole contribution to this discussion.
@Raithmir dammit, you owe me a new keyboard.
That will be something like £40, apparently.
Noddle isn't free. Well, the very basic core service is but as soon as you want to do anything useful you end up in "in-app purchase" land. I know this because I've had an account with them for a few months.
In fact, the TalkTalk code gets you access to "alerting", which is (only) one of Noddle's paid-for services. I signed up for it because why the heck not, I already had the Noddle account. And I'm a TalkTalk customer, at least until my contract expires.
They don't make this information easy to find on their website because they're [incompetent|malicious] (delete one). Here's a link to it: http://help2.talktalk.co.uk/noddlealerts
From the Lubuntu help site:
"In the bikeshed ubuntu package, there's a script called purge-old-kernels, that allows you to retain a certain number of older kernels as well as the latest, rather than purging them all."
...welcome our new mutant werewolf vampire bat six-legged chicken overlords.
(Icon because, it's obvious really)
Think it was a TS-219 or something. Nice little device, but I soon realised it was basically an ARM box running a bespoke Linux distro, and I was hitting limits fairly regularly when trying to use it as a music server, cloud backup client or whatever. Sure you could *do* most of that stuff but it was harder than I liked, and sometimes felt a bit hacky and non-standard if you stepped outside the packaged features.
Decommissioned it in favour of an HP Microserver with big cashback offer, running OpenMediaVault off a spare laptop HDD plugged into the internal USB port (yes it does work). I like OMV better; very polished preconfigured NAS experience but full fat Debian under the hood if you need to get down with some detailed configuration.
I like things that Just Work, but unfortunately I found a dedicated NAS device Just Worked for about 90% of what I needed. Other people's mileage will undoubtedly vary. Cost, while nice, wasn't a major factor.
I thought everything was Digital these days.
I can't decide if you're being sarcastic.
If you're not, Google "NPfIT" then spend a bit of time reading how Big Centralised IT projects in the NHS don't always work all that well.
He's an idiot. Fortunately I'm changing jobs soon.
Icon, because that's what Gartner reports need to die in.
To be fair I just visited his website to see what all the fuss was about, and I probably wouldn't have bothered otherwise.
Considering that Ubuntu have just made their MATE flavour an "official derivative" I hope it's not going anywhere too soon...
I'm an Xfce user myself, but this looks like it might do a few things out of the box that are a little bit of a faff with my current (Mint 13) desktop. Maybe I'll give it a go when I upgrade.
I've heard of one organisation where they use Macs specifically for the good international AppleCare support (their people travel a lot). But they boot into, and use, Windows almost exclusively.
I see your diff httpd.conf.20150604 httpd.conf and raise you an svn* diff httpd.conf
* other tools are available
In 2012, NZ had 7.1 road deaths per 100,000 of population. In the same period the UK average was 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population.
Many Kiwis think of ourselves as behind-the-wheel heroes when we're anything but. And on the whole the roads are worse than in Europe or North America. Less traffic is about the only thing in our favour.
So yeah, it's not perfectly safe to speed. I, for one, hope the door doesn't hit Kim Dotcom in the backside on his way out.
Rory Cellan-Jones is easily confused
Is a great argument in favour of the oil running out.
I just agreed with something MLF said.
Does it? That'd be OK. Perhaps El Reg will give us a rundown when they get their mitts on a review unit.
I was going to get a 720 to replace my long-in-the-tooth iPhone 4. But decided I'd wait to see what the 730 was like.
I want reasonably low cost (check) and a good camera (check). Main uses are web, email, a bit of phoning, the odd mainstream app, and taking snaps of the kids.
However Nokia got rid of the shutter button, which was one of the things I liked about the 720. Though I'd heard the camera itself was a bit laggy. So, dammit, still not sure. At this rate I'll have to decide between one of the 10,000 Android handsets out there.
/me goes back to my Xfce desktop.
(Yes, I know it's the other rover. Still a great strip though.)
Obligatory XKCD reference:
Chuck Norris can get away with dividing by zero.
This. Though I did also buy a small subwoofer to compensate for the lack of bass from the bookshelf speakers.
Yup, I know that feeling.
And this would be a bad thing...?
> 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."
It's 160 pages long! I've read tax codes that are shorter and less densely-written.
Tenderise? As in, repeatedly pound with a hammer until it becomes more palatable?
Somehow seems appropriate.
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.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
Christmas consumerism, bah humbug.
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.
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.
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.
"...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.
...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.
If you want to SOLVE a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them...
...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.