Stopped reading when you quoted the Daily Mail.
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"Special rates for Government work!"*
*Still much-missed, Sir T.
"If customers have an issue connecting to the internet, they should visit our help site."
I long for the days when your ISP was just an ISP. I just want the fastest connection you can give me. Thats all. I do not need you ten thousand shite TV channels or your telephone service or your cheap set-top box. And I want to chose my own router, thanks.
I once worked with a guy who, last I heard, was working at the SFA. Fellah was once lucky not to make the news for building a system for the NHS which had SQL injection holes all over it. Same age as me and at the time we worked together he had never heard the terms "script kiddie" or "staging server", to name a couple that come to mind.
I have a very clear idea of how this may have happened.
I can see twitter being bought by the BBC or the Gaurdian or similar when it gets cheap enough, journos appear to love it. Guess they actually have to research stories and check facts if it went away.
I quite like twitter, I use it to follow local farmers markets, live music venues, a few writers I like. I'm well out of the demographic for dick pics/abuse/trolling/fan wars.
Sincerely, everybody, Scotland.
Oh, it's far worse than that. No. 10 is nothing more than a step on the career ladder to these people these days, the ultimate aim being a cushty $$$$$-paying non-exec seat on several multinational boards, a speaking gig or two at a fancy uni, some well paid but meaningless UN synecure position and all the world travel, big dinners and pimms you could want, all aboard your private yatch.
Detest Thatcher as you should, there was always a sense she genuinely believed what she was doing was for the good of the country. The Camerons, Goves, Johnsons et al don't even seem to pretend any more. Sheer naked mercenaries.
Last NHS system I worked on (a portal site that hooked into literally dozens of ancient creaky things and pulled all that data onto one screen - quite useful.) the login data was reviewed by an information governance person every month. Anything dodgy - same login used at two different locations at the same time, for example - and someone would get a polite call from IG to explain themselves. Mitigating circumstances, such as real life or death emergency would be taken into account. Seemed a reasonable common sense solution to me.
(Although in fairness, a relatively small health board and that app was by no means universal - maybe 700 users.)
Thin-lipped chancellor announces death of UK contractor market.
I honestly think that Osbo's notion of "a contractor" is one of those senior level civil service or quango directors who have the big salary and the job security, yet style themselves "consultants" and take advantage of every tax benefit going.
Yer normal jobbing contractor, meantime, generally has no option but to travel, stay away from home, shell out on hotels etc. Isn't this the point of contractors? We're flexible, we can go where we're needed, stay until the job's done and quietly go away. Well I for one won't be doing that anymore.
(And no grousing about how much we get paid please. I've been lucky enough to be able to work pretty consistently over the past couple of year, and I have not made any more than any other reasonably senior IT or project manager)
Set up a Digital Tech Media Quarter Digital Hub Catapult!
Preferably somewhere with craft breweries and achingly trendy coffee shops!
Get Lord Bong on the phone!
And not anywhere outside London, God No!
...annd...relax. Good work all round people, that ought to do it.
Yeah, that'll work.
Have the Germans discovered spice then?
I lived there as a kid in the late 80's. Coming from the curry capital of Britain, we found it hilarious what the German idea of "spicy" was.
Take a tip; take a lesson
There ain't no use in messin'
With the fellas at the freakin' FCC!
Can we have a similar definition of the Scottish "dod" please?
Re: The horror, the horror
Hang on - where did you get snake?
Re: Great article, pleasure to read
Falkirk wheel was done a while ago IIRC.
But yeah, any chance of a Complete geek's guide ebook any time, chaps? Or at least a header link up there, for easier reference?
Re: Wow - missed a word
Seven hours later, I just got that. Bravo!
Imagine Assange living in Paris. There'd be some kind of self-satisfaction critical-mass event.
The thing that happens immediately after the Big Bang is the Maoam advert.
I think you should have, yeah.
..there's issues that need to be worked out with this. But nothing I'd imagine a small and strategically positioned piece of gaffer tape couldn't resolve.
I think it's a rather good idea.
The whole smart-wearable-watch tech thing is still a solution looking for a problem, but Apple could well have cracked it here.
It's going to be a fucking fantastic dickhead identifier.
I like blinkbox - non subscription and generally has more up to date stuff than netflix. One of my 2015 plans was to get rid of TalkTalk, precisely because their shitty broadband offering isn't good enough to support it. G**##*!!
Oh well. Back to standing in the (non-cabled) street waving £50 notes at passing virgin media vans.
Interesting to see
If this gets any coverage in the mainstream press.
When I was a boy, I had to abuse myself!
Re: Talking of plain English
Yep. I've inherited a rather rare omega wristwatch and a WW1 era pocket watch from my late grandfather. Both are shit, but goddammit they look good.
Frey Bentos "pies" don't even qualify as food.
Certainly would. Farming can be quite a hi-tech business these days.
Re: Applies where?
Irn Bru haven't used "Made from Girders" for decades - for this exact reason. Also, there's no iron in it and it's not brewed, hence the 1970's glam-rock spelling.
Re: So basiclly,
No to mention tattie scones, lorne sausages or haggis slices. The true masters of the grease-filled fry up live north of the border.
One of the good guys.
His standup was a bit too full-on wacky for me sometimes, but the man was a genuine talent. RIP Robin.
The phrase "Better and more relevant ads" is fast becoming this years "superfast broadband." - i.e. makes you want to use your fist as a dental drill on the person uttering.
* but not necessarily up to date.
Electric cars for personal transport are a dead end and I wish car manufacturers would stop trying to sell us this shit. The technology is a backward step in every possible way, in terms of speed, comfort, reliability and sheer usefulness. Unless there's an order of magnitute improvement in battery technology in the next decade or two, electric cars are never going to compete with an internal combustion engine, with an extra can two of petrol in the back when neccessary. In the UK at least, they're not even particularly beneficial to the environment - most of that leccy is still being produced by burning hydrocarbons.
The place for electric cars is limited range taxi runs in an urban environment. No one cares about the performance of a taxi. Range is not a problem - no-one gets a taxi to go 300 miles. By staying near the city, charging points can be made available. Get the pollution out of our city centres, and use an ICE for the long range stuff.
If google gets a move on, they could even be made self driving. It's easier to make a machine learn a defined area of a city than to make it deal with the near-infinite set of circumstances you might find driving about randomly.
Re: Actually I'm quite impressed
I'm on every social network that'll have me for this exact reason. There is a minor financial embarrassment in my past, I ain't exactly proud of it, but I can't deny it, it was nothing illegal, it happened, it's happened to millions of others. But that doesn't mean I want it top of the list when a potential employer or customer is doing their due nosiness. Drowning it with results from inskypabookwitter works pretty well. Hell, I think I still have a myspace account.
Heard on R4 this weekend....
Otherie: A photograph of someone else.
I could see drone photos being a bit of fun at e.g. a large outdoor wedding or summat.
No one would have believed, in the first years of the twenty-first century...
Ooh, I do hope they have some kind of elephant analogue. The chances, of course, are a million to one.
Re: Yeah, and we all fell for that ridiculous panic that immediately after 31 December 1999
Seconded. I was at BT at the time.
I agree, I typically run with noScript, but it's just becoming painful these days. Things like jQuery have taken web design away from the security-aware professional developer and put it into the hands of the skinny-suited and trendy-spectacled brigade.
What in the blue fuck does twitter have that's patentable?
I fucking hate linkedin. But even more, I hate the pimply-faced trendy-haired skinny-trousered pointy-shoed so-called "recruitment consultants" who seem to think if you're not on linkedin, you're not interested in the job.
I was actually wondering what a Large Millimetre was. I may have missed the point of this article.
Re: I've said it before...
Ja, true. What I actually meant was, the physical network, be it copper, fibre or whatever ought to be in public hands. Internet access is pretty much a utility these days, same as gas or 'leccy. I'm not particularly leftie (I think not, at least), but I'd happily pay my taxquids to making a real contribution to the UK infrastructure. Then you rent it out to whoever wants to pay for it.
Sorry. Common sense disease again. Forgot all about the overheads you have to pay to the politicos etc.
I've said it before...
..but nothing identifies a dickhead like the term "superfast broadband".
BT need to be forcibly separated from ownership of the network. They own the cable, provide the service and provide increasing amounts of the content too these days. Monopoly, us?
You do remember, of course, that Bond is Scottish? Not a problem.
(OK, half Scottish. And from Edinburgh, but that was still part of Scotland in the sixties.)
Re: Data Protection Act?
Yes, unless they make you aware of how your data will be used, and you give consent. Which you do by accepting the T&Cs when you sign up. Gotcha!
Re: Next Technology? Damn..
I thought it was "New Technology" too. However, rumour has it that "Windows New Technology" was a backronym created for WNT - WNT being to VMS as HAL is to IBM. Not impossible, I guess, given the number of ex-VMSers on the project.
The biggest single reason I don't own any iGear.
Bring it on.
If this means getting rid of some of the millions of bytes of "manager"-generated excel shite that fills my inbox daily, the sooner the better, says I.