There was one occasion
When the genuinely easiest option was for me to crawl under the false floor to where it needed to go. Usually I'd just use a bit of string and my wallet as a throwing weight.
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Its already been demonstrated that "safety drivers" will tend to be minimum wage peons with more eyes on the phone than the road, at least once the thing gets vaguely competent. Not that I'm presenting a solution, but there's a definite trap there that needs to be avoided somehow.
Oddly, when I've been involved in tendering exercises, "has never sued us" has not been a compliance item, so having done so wouldn't disqualify. Procurement rules don't permit you to eliminate tender on those grounds, as indeed they prohibit you from disqualifying someone on the ground that they are a bunch of useless idiots you wouldn't trust to organise a p**** up in a brewery.
But when did you last change a light bulb in your office? We may do it automatically at home, but in the office its frowned on because of ladders, insurance, light fittings that are not straightforward etc etc
I've not really come across an IT department that likes making up over restrictive rules for the fun of it. I've come across exasperated IT departments that have over-reacted to constant user idiocy though.
OTOH user idiocy is often related to failures in system design and training, but it can also be related to users who believe they are too busy - or at executive level too important - to devote the time to learning how to do the IT related part of their job properly.
Its also often the case that if x% of users are capable of doing IT administration tasks correctly, the number of users who believe they are capable is x + n%, where n is a number large enough to cause significant grief. And like Gilbert andSullivan's criminals,
The idiot user who cannot be trusted
Looks just the same as any able one
Something that seems to have escaped a lot of commentators. Tracking these things down, let alone getting within shotgun range or hitting them with another drone seems like a significantly challenging task to me.
My guess is on the more fascist end of the climate change protest scene, although of course simple vandalism is always possible too.
I do like the statement that its not terrorism related. I mean, how do they know?
What's more a fictitious need for them will appear on every government form. I was recently called up for jury service, and the form contained a list of all the acceptable ID you were supposed to bring, photo id mostly. I plain didn't have it - I have a paper driving license etc etc. so I contacted the court:
"I don't have this ID"
and back came the answer
"doesn't matter, anything will do"
I suppose you could use the verb form of queue in that context, in which case the sentence would have the sense of some outside party arranging the muppets in a line. Bearing in mind the apparent tin foil hat belief system of the poster, he/she possibly thinks its the CIA placing all their muppets in line.
It does give us an insight into the poster though: rather than admit : "OK I typed queue instead of cue, so what, bite me" we have this aggressive posturing to defend the basically indefensible. Now I think of it that does seem awfully appropriate...
The theory behind Vat is that it is a simplification. Every transaction has VAT on, so there are no exemptions, and no problems with alleged business to business transactions that are retail in disguise, thus fraudulent. Of course it didn't stay as simple as that...
because everyone who said that this is an upcoming pile of pain and totally impractical got sidelined from the project for not having a "can do" attitude, so the whole thing is being run by a bunch of incurable optimists and posterior lickers with their hands over their ears saying "la la, can't hear any problems"...
At least that would be my guess...
Something that depressed me working in Local Government. Most people were cutting expenditure to the bone, working their asses off to do less with more, all the rest of it. And by and large almost everyone was doing less with more.
Yet, somehow, for no logic I could see, money could always be found for pet projects of very limited value. In Surrey, for example, there's a cycle race. Sure they managed to create "business cases" with a bit of creative accounting, but if you really looked it was pretty obvious the emporor had no clothes...
Very much so. And this graphically illustrates the shady practices of the outsourcing industry.
If you outsource something you want the outsourcer to provide a complete service, doing everything a fully competent in house team would do as and when it becomes necessary. But the outsourcer wants a strictly limited menu of tasks so they can price gouge you on so called extras which were omitted from the contract.
By the time you have enough expertise in house to properly manage and monitor the outsourced contract you practically have an in house capability. But you can't divert the in house capability to other work, because if they don't stay active and current they won't retain current expertise.
There are those who would argue that's why evolution has generated grumpy old men.
I think the big problem is the way that the net has extended the power of trans national organisations. perhaps the breakup needs to be on a national scale with legislation that companies must exist on a national level and somehow be prevented from offshoring profits. It would sort out a lot in terms of tax problems as well.
Very hard to do well though, I'm not sure I'm clever enough to suggest how it could be done practically.
Our original Lan installation ran on Corvus Omninet. This was a shielded twisted pair installation (as opposed to UTP - unshielded twisted pair - onto which little 5 sided (IIRC) boxes were installed where you wanted a LAN point, which a standard length drop cable ran into. ISTR is was 1MB/S, so 10MB ethernet was a big advance when we moved to that. One of the big advantages of Netware was that it ran on all sorts of different cabling technologies, and would happily route between them with multiple cards on the server. Indeed I recall having a dedicated server with damn all disk space that's only role in life was to route between different cable technologies. I think we had 10base2, 10base2 over fibre, Corvus Omninet and 10baseT all running at the same time at one stage.
10baseT was considered a royal pain in the neck due to the huge physical volume of cabling required compared to the much neater cabling of the bus installations.
We'd sometimes do a special. One of the ones I recall was a variant on that with a quick vb app as shell which included a screen image of the standard desktop, but which went to a BSD* screen on any keystroke. As we were a Novell shop with Zenworks I could deliver anything I liked to anyone's PC without needing to access their login.
*BSD as in Blue screen of death, not Unix sub species.
Bearing in mind the percentage of registrations that are
a) Spammy or
b) pointless duplications or
c) crime related or
d) cyber squat or otherwise bad faith
I'm not convinced this is a bad thing unless you run a domain registry...
One of the greatest triumphs of fake news, big lies and useful idiots is the way that rights societies, basically co-operatives of small people, have been successfully portrayed as big business, and Google et al as the defenders of freedom. Even the media companies are minnows compared to the 800lb gorilla, and yet there are still people all over this thread who fall for it...
Company manufactures 2 Stroke engine as demonstration piece
- Press coverage one paragraph on the bottom of page 15 of a trade magazine
Company manufactures gun as demonstration piece
- Press coverage worldwide front pages.
Can we look forward to them making some kind of sex toy next as a technology demonstration?
“We’ve been trialling a new IT printing system" - Presumably true
"a number of mistakes were unfortunately not picked up before this letter was dispatched.” - obviously true
However they don't actually say the IT system was responsible for the mistakes, although quite probably the mistakes were made as a result of changing to the new printing system, they just weren't made *by* the printing system...
A headline is designed and intended to be clickbait. What makes it the undesirable side of clickbait is not the headline itself, but the content that it leads to. So, I submit, what is needed is Ais that can determine how worthwhile the content is. Some factors might include:
- More than 300 words of real content per page:
- Less than 3 pages total unless very high word counts
- Images that are not reproduces endlessly elsewhere
- Thumbnail images that are contained in the first page
- unique text
and I'm sure we could add many more...
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