"A51 Technologies stopped offering this service on Tuesday 31 July 2018,"
When did they start offering it? The first Sunday in April?
UK.gov bods have been stripped of access to services for the emerging non-terrestrial standard XTML, beamed in by little grey vendors A51 Technologies, following an El Reg probe. The "extra-terrestrial markup language" implementation and support service was listed on the Digital Marketplace by A51 Technologies, as part of the …
Hugs, winks and pats in the back? I'd expect much more from professionals charging 1200 USD per a day's work. At the very least, a happy ending should be guaranteed!
And for this price, they should have a good backup plan in place for "those days of the lunar month"!
Vlad Putin still has access to Little Ponies and their magic. Why can't Whitehall allow access to ETs and their saucy saucer tech? Write your MP and complain!
(Hmm. Perhaps being shirtless is a requirement for the service. Does anyone actually want to see a shirtless MayNot? Didn't think so.)
Asked about the possible SETI-back given that the service has been de-listed,
Easily the result of a panic knee jerk reaction to a Stellar Government Breach and Almighty Success Story, methinks. What say Yous/US?
And surely, if Governments don't Driver AIdDevelopments with Alienating Codes for Almighty Powerful Command of Universal Energy Controlling Vectors, the Private and Pirate Sectors Will on their Own. And when Governments' Input to Future Extra-Terrestrial Virtual Output is Nil, are they Forever Left Trailing Behind to Be Always Treading Water in IntelAIgent Wakes.
Not an Extra-Terrestrial Leading Position that, is it? Care to reconsider, UK.Gov/HMG? You know, El Reg will be requesting comment on a decision.
And that was a very attractive upper day rate being offered. Appreciatively generous given the crazy circumstances, and well worth ensuring performance in the field remains to continue outstanding and even mind-blowing when Too Exercised to XSSXXXX. Very soon then one be dealing with very big figures. :-) ..... and that for Many is a Simple Attraction which has a Complex Addiction all of its own.
:-) One Sure Way to Try and Temper that Temptation, is to Deliver Instant Colossal Wealth to a Prime Target which Acknowledges Non-Refundable Receipt to Deliver Expected Future Cargo Streams in an Arrangement that Provides a Monopoly Lead Position to Invested Governments and Private and Pirate Venturing Capitalists ..... COSMIC Business Angels.
There's a Helluva Lotta Absolutely Fabulous Stuff Going On and Getting Right On Down to IT out there in these Brave New More Orderly World Orders, El Reg, although of that do you surely know more than most, given the posting and hosting of regular invites/insights here for elsewhere, which this Medium can Deliver to Anywhere.
So the Government, notoriously short of cash* and the apparent inability to figure out to set up a border in Ireland has been dealing with a company experienced in "interfacing with applications in the Clouds and
beyond especially with highly mobile disc-based platforms flying bl00dy saucers", well at least until today?
Seriously? Is time to take my meds yet?
*except for projects like this
Hey, if you want the gov't to be able to spot a scam, you've gotta allow them time and resources to do it.
The more you insist on taking up their time with trivialities like the Irish border question, the less time they have to look at the proposals and contracts that get dumped on their desks by the handful on an hourly basis. That's one reason why cutting taxes is self-defeating - it makes a government more wasteful, not less.
That's one reason why cutting taxes is self-defeating - it makes a government more wasteful, not less.
I fail to see how the current governments could be more wasteful (expect some wag will suggest a labour government, and actually miss the point on what's a waste and what isn't - but I doubt they have got it together either).
You'd think with less tax money to waste on doomed to fail IT projects....
But no. 'Essential Public facing Services' would probably go first, if they haven't already (quite close to Northampton).
Lord Vetinari would make a far better City Boss than May...
What persuades you that the City is "bossed" by central government, or politicians? Hardly coincidental that Ankh Morpork bears more than a passing resemblance to a well known capital city with plenty of guilds, including a Guild of Thieves.
The Lord Mayor of the City is largely ceremonial, and from that you can surmise that the real power sits somewhere else. I doubt that there's a solitary white-cat-stroker, it is almost certainly a collection of people with vested interests, meeting in the sort of rooms that used to be smoke filled.
Are Registered Safe Haven Spaces an Area 51 Clone/AIDrone, or more a Bletchley Park Type Confection of IntelAIgently Designed Construction?
Be They a Relatively Cheaply Home Grown or Expensively Imported Export to Price Mark and Market to Markets?
Does Military Intelligence Guard and/or Provide Future Market Spaces in which there is an Awesome Lead? And that's a direct question to MI5 - The Security Service
Is the current Boss, Director General Andrew Parker, a Right Chancer .... and Perfect Pathfinder?
And the answers to those last two questions are a resounding Yes, a Right Chancer and No Perfect Pathfinder ..... and that makes the notion of MI5 being able to provide National Security more than simply risible.
Makes you wonder what service operatives are doing and who they be protecting when the Director General is so Lost in the Virtual Field and Missing in Future Actions and NEUKlearer HyperRadioProACTive IT Programming.
No wonder Flighty Blighty is in such a Right Royal Eton Mess of AIdDisaster. No Guts, No Glory = a Vulnerable State for Virtualised ZeroDay Opportunity Exploitation.
Old technology. These folks are mere amateurs, like any self respecting aliens would still use clunky ships powered by a technology which didn't even work well enough to avoid a simple weather balloon.
As anyone who is familiar with the state of the art knows, we simply appear when needed and aren't around long enough for anyone to even get their smartphone out. We don't usually need to appear just send an Email or Tweet containing helpful pointers so you hue-mans don't get lazy.
Yours, the blue skinned hemocyanin based "Star Folk"
Ha, they have accidentally leaked the fact that the Maybot is controlled using this ETML stuff. ..... SVV
And more probably terrorised by and terrified of it too, SVV.
And with heads buried in deep sand with arses cocked up into the air do they invites all sorts of weird and wonderful shenanigans to visit their poorly fortified bunkers and COBRA meetings to out their incompetent future programming/incestuous dealings.
And the problem with having dirty little secrets in one's bare boned cupboards is that one dare not share them freely because the knowledge can easily be deadly and weaponised for use against misusers and abusers alike. One then is at the Mercy of a Greater Intelligence which one can only hope isn't too mad and deranged and enraged at one.
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