Re: Oh deary dear...
Like, ummm, credit cards?
345 posts • joined 13 Mar 2009
Well they wouldn't, would they? STEM-educated people tend to deal in facts, evidence, problems and solutions. These types of people don't usually go in for careers where the main skills required are bullshitting, backstabbing, disloyalty and rabble rousing.
I recall a school visit from my then-MP, who had previously been a well regarded neurosurgeon. He admitted his medical training hampered him as an MP because "he had a tendancy to want to answer the question."
If you have any problem with BT, I can quite recommend emailing Libby Barr, Head of Customer Services (whose signature you'll find at the bottom of any letter or bill from BT) and telling her to procreate elsewhere. Worked for me.
I won't share the actual address, but it's not hard to find if you're linked in. I personally feel a bit sorry for Mz Barr dealing with BTs ineptitude, but... You took the money, you made the choice.
Full autonomy won't happen until we get proper Turing-level AI, but...
Use case 1) All-day all-night tireless taxis in an urban environment. Limited range from a central point. Probably needs a bit of investment in the local infrastructure to keep the thing informed where it is, which junction this is etc. Could be made electric and return to a base station/car park when running low. A big sign on the front says "AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE - WILL NOT STOP." It's basically a big roomba.
2) Long range overnight transport on predefined routes. In my case, it needs to know the M40, M42 and M6/M74. I have an after work pint in the Winchester, have dinner and a glass of wine with the Mrs in my own home and pick one of these up at the local hub at midnight. 8am next morning I'm at the hub in Glasgow. I don't care if it goes 50mph the entire way, because I'll be asleep in the back. Then I climb into a No. 1 (above) and get to my Mum's house just in time for the bacon sandwiches.
"...if the purpose of the QE live targets is really to have milled some steel in Gordon Brown's constituency;.."
Glasgow Govan was squeaky-bum territory for Labour in the face of the rise of the SNP. The QE class, and the 45s before them were a naked bribe to keep jobs in the area.
"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.
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.)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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