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You can be who you want to be. Unless you can't afford the fees to join a state sponsored cartel.
Thanks for highlighting two of my pet hates.
It's a sad fact of life that not everyone washes their hands after heeding the call of nature, but it's no good putting signs on the walls saying "Wash your hands" if you don't provide enough sinks. Who washes their hands but then can't be bothered to dry them?
And why do cheap hand dryer manufacturers think temperature is more important than airflow? A design based on an asthmatic dragon is going to burn my hands rather than dry them.
Bearing in mind the predilections* of the Eton Old Boys club that is the Conservative Party, probably the only thing that will be banned is the heterosexual missionary position.
* I've gone right off my bacon butty now...
The regulator* will fine NatWest** a fortune for this. That will teach those pesky shareholders***
* Part of the government
** Owned by the government
*** The UK taxpayer
Just for gratuitous swearing in the same paragraph that describes El Reg as "Family Friendly"
We'll keep the red wine flowing here...
"The US and UK still have free press; Russia, not so much."
In Russia, the state has too much power over the media. In the UK the "free" press has too much power over the state. And I put "free" in quotes as the UK press is predominantly owned by a small group of tax exiles.
"Feeding children properly is generally regarded as a good thing. It is also an investment in the future many of us share at least a portion of."
Feeding and educating the next generation is a no-brainer, If only out of self-interest. After all, who is going to feed and clothe us in our dotage? Or will today's children solve the housing shortage and pension crisis by instigating a "Logan's Run" style policy of geriatric care?
"if they could make 'Til Death Us Do Part now (which they couldn't, the BBC is far too PC) "
The BBC recently remade an episode of "Till Death Do Us Part" with Simon Day playing Alf Garnett.
"The most telling thing about that series was that Johnny Speight wrote him to be a figure of ridicule, and was siad to be quite upset that so many people identified with Garnett."
Al Murray gets a lot of abuse on twitter from people upset that his character is a parody.
@Steve Davies 3
"The problem will be with the Union block vote. They'll want another lapdog to boss around."
The Union "block vote" was abolished by John Smith 20 years ago. Corbyn has won two leadership elections thanks to his popularity with party members.
"We need an effective opposition but at the moment the Labour party is not it. IT is a party withing a party (Momentum) which I thought was illegal (in party rules)"
The lack of effective opposition is due to the spoiling tactics of Progress - the real "party in a party". Sadly, there are too many Labour MPs who would rather another five years of tory rule, than back a leader from the left wing of the party.
"A state entity like the Post Office"
It's no longer a state entity, it was sold off for a fraction of it's true worth by George Osborne. Utterly by coincidence, a hedge fund fund that employs Osborne's best man was allocated a large chunk of shares, from which it made £36million profit overnight.
I can't help but wonder if this whole debacle has been swept under the carpet so as not to jeopardise the privatisation. You can be damn sure that any illegal activity will be blamed on the previous management and any fines or compensation will be paid by the tax payer.
Compare this with the bailed-out banks, where the crooks formerly in charge walked away scot free with their ill-gotten gains, and the subsequent fines have been paid by the reluctant new owners - the UK tax payers (who's ranks do not include the crooked bankers as they hide their wealth offshore)
As I've said before, he used a car as a weapon to kill and maim in his attack. So why isn't Amber Rudd demanding a ban on cars?
"successive governments have found other ways to make it expensive to run businesses in the UK"
The biggest expense for businesses seems to be paying royalties for intellectual property rights to a parent company in the Cayman Islands via subsidiaries in Ireland and Luxembourg. There's no profit to pay any corporation tax on.
"The toilets are stupid, with an over-sensitive automated flush that inevitably hoovers your arse at least twice while you're using them."
Is that to increase "throughput"?
"2-4-2 is much more suitable for couples (and swingers)."
FTFY (I think)
The arsehole who commited this awful act used encrypted communications. Obviously (at least to Amber Rudd) encrypted communications should be banned.
He also used a car and a knife...
Speaking as a parent, I have no more authority on this matter than a non-parent. The point I'm making is that the drone pilot was in the wrong, regardless of whether his target was the kids, the wife, the dad or the house. Which I think is the point you're making. So shall we agree to agree?
AC, could you cite where it says his daughters were under-age? I've re-read this latest article, the original El Reg article, and the WDRB story, and nowhere does it say mention under-age daughters. It's perfectly feasible that his daughters are in their twenties.
What the drone's owner was doing was out of order. There's no need to invoke "Think of the children".
"If we're being charitable to Redmond, we'd say this is a case of Hanlon's Razor: never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."
I'm not feeling charitable so let us apply Red Bren's axe: never attribute to stupidity that which is adequately explained by greed!
The ad at the top of my screen tells me that Microsoft Cloud is changing the future of golf. A little bit of my soul died at the thought of that ad being targeted at me...
"Or maybe the 'be wary' flag could expire when the conviction is spent?"
As it's damn near impossible for innocent people to get themselves removed from the police database, even if they're only on there for "helping with enquiries", how likely do you think a spent conviction will take to remove?
"Any offshoring plans by Capita do not currently impact Barnet."
So no one at risk of redundancy lives in or spends money in Barnet?
Why the casual sexism? What exactly was it that the husband did that was idiotic?
He was performing a software update on a home computer. He took the precaution of making a temporary, off-site backup to prevent data loss. Not a bad thing to do, I use free tools do do similar.
Did he know his wife had stored confidential/sensitive client information on their home computer? As others have said, she should have a dedicated machine for such work.
Should he have checked through his wife's files for any confidential/sensitive data? No, because even if he did, he would not be authorised to read the sensitive documents in order to determine their sensitivity.
Paris icon, hasn't that joke passed its use-by date?
"The cold war ended when I was born."
Does that mean you're the lovechild of Reagan and Gorbachev? Sounds like the stuff of ancient prophesy...
And your comment makes me think of The Phantom Flan Flinger Of Old London Town.
Nostalgia is heroin for old people...
Just follow the money. If the police had kept changing their minds about what they wanted, you can bet Accenture would be happy to oblige, and demand payment in full if it all went fubar.
The fact that they refunded AND compensated the police would suggest the audit is correct.
If only every public* sector IT project was as tightly governed.
* And a few private sector projects I've witnessed...
As I said, the requirements didn't change. To also quote the article, "Accenture underestimated the programme's complexity and the resources needed to develop it"
What's missing from the Accenture quote you requoted are the reasons why the scope and complexity of Accenture's solution increased. "This was driven by the client" could easily mean Police Scotland knew exactly what was required and were holding Accenture to deliver it as agreed.
"If Police Scotland had been honest up-front about their IT requirements..."
It sounds to me like Police Scotland were honest and up-front about their requirements. Accenture spent months assessing the requirements. The disagreement was whether Accenture's solution would meet the requirements, not that the requirements were changing, because changing requirements are where consultancies make their money.
The fact that Accenture gave a full refund plus compensation suggests desperation to avoid a court case and a desire to protect their reputation, whatever that might be worth...
"That would be an ecumenical matter!"
No other answers required.
"The centre is being abandoned as Tories and Labour lurch right and left..."
The Tories have been lurching to the right since Thatcher, with Blair's New Labour following them. Instead of a spectrum of political options, we're given a choice between two variations of the same neo-liberal ideology, with what was once the "centre ground" sneeringly labelled "left wing". And into the vaccuum steps a charismatic orator with a handy scapegoat...
"Labour (or at least the Labour MPs and most of their working class voters) has split over Brexit."
Labour is split over it's leader. The majority of Labour MPs want a Blairite* messiah to cozy up to Murdoch and be business friendly enough to ensure they get a seat on the corporate gravy train. The members have (twice) voted for a leader who shares their ideals. But Corbyn can't generate appeal with the wider electorate as he is constantly undermined by his own back-benchers, who would rather remain in opposition than allow a left-of-centre Prime Minister threaten their corporate sponsors.
* An insult so offensive it can get you expelled from the party!
When CSC or whoever quote for a job, do you really think they pass on the full savings from offshoring? They just have to make the tender look cheaper up front than doing it locally in-house and pocket the rest.
Meanwhile the UK former staff are now claming benefits instead of paying taxes and spending in the wider economy, putting a deflationary pressure on wages and a heavier tax burden on those still in work.
So yes, I want CSC to use UK workers so I can pay less tax.
If Uber is a lift sharing service then no money should change hands. You build up credit by giving people lifts, call them lift-miles if you like, which you can then spend on getting lifts yourself. Otherwise it's a taxi service.
Funny. Play golf on company time and you're networking with the high flyers. Play WoW on company time and you're a freeloading nerd.
"Who's going to do business with "Linden Consulting2"?"
Almost as though the people who "choose" the service providers and monitor their delivery against targets are the same people with shares and cushy directorships with those same service providers...
Was it just me that read "If you fetch a Linux kernel from Linus's ego"
"But they *did* insure the car when it had 184.108.40.206 installed. So why would that version, all of a sudden, not be insurable?"
Because v220.127.116.11 includes the new Highway Code rule that states self-driving vehicles must follow some arbitrary requirement. Your car is X.Y years old and just out of warranty. The manufacturer only releases updates for cars up to X years old so what do you do? Your car is effectively uninsurable and worthless.
"Even if it's rot13, it's another layer to wade through to get the goods."
How many layers of ROT13 should I use? At least two...
Resistance is futile!
"Also, It's long past bloody time that El Reg made it easy to include hyperlinks, or at least made the information on how to embed them clear, complete and easy to find."
"You need to put in the code yourself. You are a techie. This is not hard."
Troll icon, because I've just done the thing you've asked for help with, without explaining how I did it. But I don't know how to show an example of how you insert a hyperlink, without it appearing as a hyperlink!
"But you have to be careful with the "sun orbit" requirement anyway, since pendants like myself will point out that the Jupiter-Sol barycenter is outside the sun, so technically they orbit each other."
I thought one of the reasons for Pluto's demotion was due to its barycenter with Charon being beyond its radius.
On a further point of pedantry, the fact that the Jupiter-Sol barycenter is outside the sun is why the sun is not classed as a planet...
"I don't have anything to do with Twitter, Facebook or any of the other time"
We don't believe you and if you don't comply, there's a lovely holiday camp in the Caribbean where you can stay until you reconsider.
Of course, while everyone must have one twitter/facebook/time-wasting crap account for posting cat videos, no one could possibly have a second account for nefarious reasons...
He's lucky he isn't facing the death penalty
"He also said their origin was “so puzzling” that it led him to write a paper that examined if the blazes could be linked to “advanced civilizations” dying far away in the cosmos."
Can we have a "That's no moon!" icon?
"For once I am happy with an Apple decision as it means that it will grow the market for such devices"
Until Apple decide to introduce a new, incompatible charging mechanism, leaving the owners and makers of such devices high and dry.
Forced obsolescence is the new innovation
"I get the feeling IBM feels like the teleworkers aren't shouldering their portion of the burden, if true, it's really a shame for those who did work as expected."
If it isn't true, and IBM and others have mistaken presenteeism for productivity, it could be fantastic for employers and employees who don't.
Only if you're a member of the clergy.
"The sentences available should rise from 2 to 14 years imprisonment, the commission suggests."
Because there is no greater crime than embarrassing the state.
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