Just for this...
...I am now boycotting 'Wishes'.
I will have to just live with 'Demands' and 'Entitlements' instead.
Millionaire model Lily Luahana Cole has been promoting her British taxpayer-supported "wishing well" website on a coast-to-coast tour of the United States. We wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't update you on its progress. So how's it doing? The United Nations and Harvard's New Age think-tank the Berkman Center both rolled …
"Two Hundred Thousand Pounds! Two Hundred Thousand Pounds!! Two Hundred Thousand Pounds!!! Two Hundred Thousand Pounds!!!!
Two Hundred Thousand Pounds!!!!!"
"Why do you keep saying 'Two Hundred Thousand Pounds'?"
"Because I've never had the opportunity before to say 'Two Hundred Thousand Pounds'!!!!!"
Too late to withdraw that post now, the grant funding applications are being written even as I reply.
Cabinet wasting money on something because, Shoreditch, Johnson, it's got "internet" in it - useless but within the mental grasp of MPs and civil servants. Sadly, your proposals are equally easy to understand and have the same voter-winning "ooh ahh" factor.
Vegetarian tiger would be a popular zoo attraction, and if people can have miniature house pigs I'm sure that the odd billionaire would pay over the odds for a micro-elephant.
I SO want a pocket Pachyderm.
My wife, though, she would want the Tiger. I do try and point out that being awoken by the current domestic variety by them walking on her head would redefine her current desire to own a Tiger, but she doesn't get it.
I should get one, just to prove my point.
Correct. In the absence of snowballs in hell, or bears utilising the smallest room rather than the woods, there's very little point in wishing for a government that only spends our money efficiently.
Therefore I shall fall back on the advice of Dogbert. A guru who all should follow. "Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines."
I take this advice to mean that if it's pointless to wish for efficient government, I'm better to wish for an inefficient government to waste some tax-payers' money, by giving it to me.
Arnaut the less,
Sir! Sir! I know this one sir!
I can tell you what HP software does. It's easy-peasy.
HP software checks for updates. Then fails to connect to the server (for various different reasons). HP software then plasters warnings all over your screen that it's failed to update - then disappears. HP software then waits a couple of days, only to ambush you again with 5 pop-ups and hysterical demands to be allowed to update. Repeat. For ever.
In the name of the FSM, cant you all stop picking on the poor lass. This is last years money we're griping about, its time for El Reg, and us all to move on.
The child is at least "trying" to do something "positive" and she found some dopey well meaning civil service types to smile upon her.
I cant wait for the TED talk- cough
Oh no, not some well meaning civil servant types but Jimmy Wales, advising the Cabinet Office, on how to be more transparent and also advising Impossible.com, don't feel sorry for the poor child - Lily Cole is a mistress of self promotion and manipulation of gormless older men who presumably feel flattered that someone described as a model shows some interest in them. Good on you Register for exposing this misuse of public funds. Could the reason NESTA have not provided information on the application be that no formal application was made?
"... I have no complaints about Lily Cole, because I used to work with her cousin."
From that I infer that her cousin is a very frightening person*, and knows where you live.
* Strangely, the image of a crazy enforcer relative makes me feel a bit more comfortable about the world, because there is no way that woman could have become as successful as she is on any of her own merits ...
I think this is the twenty teens version of BBQ.com being valued at millions of dollars by investors at the turn of the century..
I can understand that government run funding schemes can occasionally fund rubbish ideas like this. But... surely there have to be some criteria that have to be passed before money is handed out?
Meanwhile, far below the throbbing Londonopolis streets in the secret headquarters of NESTA.
I say Carruthers, no-one has applied for a grant and if we don't pay out some of our budget before the end of the year we'll get the chop.
Crikey Fortescue, you absolutely right. We're doomed.
Hold on, what's that stuck to the bottom of your tea cup?
What? Oh! I say! It's a request thingy. Some woman called Lily wants two hundred-thousand pounds.
Does it matter?
I can't believe they spaffed £200K to produce such a crappy website. Not only does it look cheap they have no idea when it comes to usability. Where are the directions, where is the message or goal. They should at least have splashed some of that cash on designing a decent logo or banner.
At 12 year old child could have come up with a better website than this.
Should I visit impossible.com and Youtube videos to form my own opinion, or should I avoid them entirely to reduce the amount of views they can claim? I'm pretty sure I don't want to endorse the site or its claims, but I can't claim to be informed if I don't check.
in the words of Father Ted (although he did see the movie)...
"Down with this sort of thing!"
It's slow. So slow. The interface is awkward and difficult to navigate. It looks like someone has decided to use pretty much every single transition known to JQuery to display, move or hide elements (and there's no way to turn it off.). It looks like one of those Web 2.0 websites where every flashy new technology has been used just for the sake of it.
There's no verification of users. Yes, you can create an account with bogus credentials and then upload anything you like. The entire site is full of schoolboy errors like this. I don't know about you, but for £200K I expected more.
Just a hint for users of this terrible impossible.com website.
#if #you put #hashtag before #every other #word, #it becomes #unreadable and the #whole #purpose of the #hashtags is #lost.
Hashtags are to help denote the keywords for searching/indexing. If practically every word is a keyword, then no word is any more key than any other. The hashes are therefore pointless and you may as well index every word.
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