A few months ago the work I was doing kept crashing Excel. I'd gone from processing the electoral register of a single ward of 3,500 people to a whole constituency of 72,000 people..... Cue installation of OpenOffice.
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Dead LAN's hand: IT staff 'locked out' of data center's core switch after the only bloke who could log into it dies
The external IT Auditor is an external organisation. They would only ever approach our offices if both Clerk and Deputy Clerk fell under the same bus at the same time. And even if all the parish councillors went under the bus as well resulting in no executive authority, things would devolve up to the district council. If the district council was wiped off the earth, there's be other more important things to worry about.
We've been going through this sort of thing with our succession planning for our parish council (2.5 employees!). The God passwords are written down and stored in a safe, the key to which are held (locked up) by the two Responsible Officers and the (external) IT Auditor. If all three manage to die at the same time - especially something that takes the IT Auditor as well - it will probably be due to an event causing more concerns than parish council continuity. ;)
College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system
turning the lamp off would mean lifting an electrified vase
the vase would be the return side of the circuit, so there may well be zero potential between the floor you're standing on and the vase you're lifting.
a gentleman does not extinguish his own lamps, the butler would extinguish the lamp, and any decent butler would be wearing (nonconductive) gloves.
Re: While I got you here
* I've come to update Fred's computer
* Ooo, that was quick, Jim's only just put a request in
* No, Fred not Jim
* Fred's not here, can you do Jim's, and then do Fred's when he gets back?
On that occasion I phoned Dispatch and confirmed it would be booked as two call-outs, and I'd be paid for two call-outs.
Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator
Re: "The Post Office" couldn't go down
Ok, taking that at face value, it was very difficult for "the phone system" to go down. Your line might go down, that doesn't take out the whole network. Your local switch might go down, that doesn't take out the whole network. Your local exchange might go down (happened to me, local exchange caught fire), that doesn't take down the whole network. The Soviet Union could decide to switch off their whole telephone system, that doesn't take the global network down.
Your comparison is a telco wirer swapping over a couple of banks of Strowgers in Little Troddingham on the Stow, and the ENTIRE WORLD goes telephonically dark.
Re: Not sure the comparison is valid
Yes, but "The Post Office" couldn't go down. The Post Office outlet at the end of the road could go down, go to another one. The sorting office in your district could go down, the deliveries would be diverted to other sorting offices. The deliveries in Inverness could be held up by snow, that doesn't stop the deliveries in Plymouth.
The Handmaid's Tale or Man-made Fail? Exposed DB of 'BreedReady' women probably not as bad as it sounds
A couple of years ago I picked up a RTA'd motorist on Snake Pass and gave him a lift to Glossop so he could get a signal to report it, then gave him a lift back to wait for the response to turn up. My biggest gripe was the 999 service wouldn't take SK 090 929 as the location and insisted I describe the location.
(My line manager was perfectly happy with me being an hour late for work considering the circumstances.)
Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster
Re: It's not a gender pay gap
It's not even a primary childcare giver's pay gap. It's a not-doing-paid-work pay gap.
If you do 20 hours work a week, doing exactly the same work as your colleague doing 40 hours work a week, you will shock horror get paid less. If you want to get PAID the same, you need to DO the same.
Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo
The electoral register solely has your name and address, so it's fairly beneign in content, and election candidates *need* to have the electoral register in order to perform their requirements of being an election candidate - they need to know who are elegible to vote for them, and in order to become a candidate who can nominate them.
UK.gov pens Carillion-proofing playbook: Let's run pilots of work before we outsource it, check firms' finances
It's the owners of a company that have the right to decide what a company does - that's what the ownership of private property means. If the workers want to direct the actions of the company they are at perfect liberty to buy it. If the workers do not like producing the products the company produces, they are at perfect liberty to cease working for the company.
WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web
Re: or an un-improvable legacy interface designed a thousand years ago by a goblin
"so why must we have a responsive design and a 1/3 of the screen blank??"
Because humans (y'know, the ones who you expect to be using your system) read by difting their eyes *downwards*, ****NOT**** by draggin them acroooosssssssssssssss the screeeeeeeennnnn to the far edge then
bang! across back to the left then draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggggggginnngggggg across again thn
bang! back to the left then.... etc..
In order for your content to enter your user's brains on a wide screen it ****NEEDS**** to be 1/3 or more blank. cf elReg's crud makeover that does this, forcing me to select 'Thread' every time I attempt to read a thread.