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What could possibly go wrong?
At one job, I had an amazing resource called Pete. If there were such a thing as a British Standard Fool, Pete would have rated as about 1 Megafool - he'd do the most mindbogglingly stupid things, and when you got over spluttering and asked him why he'd just say something like "Dunno. Seemed like it might help". I got into the habit of getting him to test my code first, and he'd invariably break it, but by the time I'd got it Pete-proof I had no worries whatsoever about letting the rest of my users loose on it.
Can't they just use Amazon like everyone else?
Every grunt goes into the field with a Bullets-R-Us Dash button.
I thought Americans knew even less about football than I do
American football. What a friend of mine calls "almost rugby played while wearing ladies tights and moped helmets".
Last I heard, NASA is American, funded by Americans, so if they want to measure in corn dogs, that's their prerogative.
Using mixed units of football fields and corn dogs was what lost them a Mars probe.
But will May get the two-thirds majority in parliament that is needed to pull off this move?
Corbyn has already said Labour will vote for an election. I think that gives May the 2/3rds majority she needs. Of course, whether all Labour MPs will vote that way is another question entirely.
Whereas I'm in favour of standards as a principle, they act as a barrier against the entry of small companies to the market.
I wholeheartedly recommend simply sending a couple of people on an ISO 27001 Implementer or Auditor course. It's a few days and a couple of thousand pounds well spent
Fine for large corporations, but if you're a startup of two people, working from home seven days a week to get off the ground and living on ramen, then a few days out and a few k just isn't feasible. The problem is that standards tend to get formed from the practices of large companies, and even if they are not consciously trying to shut out disruptive startups, the resultant standards have that effect. What we need are gradual versions of pretty much all standards that increasingly apply as a company grows. Startups get a half page check list of absolute no-nos to work on, with dirt cheap (maybe even pro bono) auditing, working up to the full standard when/if the company hits a certain size or turnover (with clauses to prevent gaming it by splitting into subsidiaries).
Should someone point out to the EFF that the US constitution for free speech covers individuals and not organisations?
I have no idea how the 1st amendment is interpreted in US law, being a Brit, but I'm pretty certain the article was written by a human being, not the incorporated entity that is the EFF.
Wow! A window with a counter, counting down! In 1999! Probably 15 years after such a thing first appeared in civilian systems and 30 years after the military had it.
Actually a countdown is much older than that. The Wikipedia article mentions its use to start a Cambridge rowing race in the 19th C, and Fritz Lang used one in his movie Frau im Mond, released in 1929. Putting a countdown in a computer window should count as a trivial and obvious extension, so not patentable.
I thought it was going to be about Three, the mobile phone company.
Ditto. It would have given "Feel at Home" a very different meaning.
Any chance of getting the top ten offender companies directors names and addresses onto a kickstarter fund for a hitman?
Tempting though it is, I think the Constabulary might have something to say about that. Let's just get their email addresses and telephone numbers on as many spammers' lists as possible.
Lets assume BT make a profit of 1 pence per call.....
Not sure about profit per call but BT's 2016 financial report says turnover was 19 G£, profit after costs and tax was 2.6 G£. (To two figures in each case.) That's 13.7% profit margin.
How about Bishop Godwin's The Man in the Moone published in the 1620s. A swan powered flying machine to the moon.
"The man who represents himself in court has a fool for a client" -- old legal saying
...using your colleague as bait
I asked him if he'd be my chum, and he said yes.
They take the jobs of 10 men digging with shovels, or 100 men digging with teaspoons.
That's the logic of this report.
Actually, the real reason for it was reported in the Grauniad:
Even some lawyers risk becoming unemployed. “An intelligent algorithm went through the European Court of Human Rights’ decisions and found patterns in the text,” the report records. “Having learned from these cases, the algorithm was able to predict the outcome of other cases with 79% accuracy ... According to a study conducted by [the auditing firm] Deloitte, 100,000 jobs in the English legal sector will be automated in the next 20 years.”
I.e. the lawyers who rip off the public with exorbitant fees are sweating and want the lawyers who sit in Parliament to ensure they're featherbedded for life.
Anything that requires a second's thought will be ignored, palmed off with a letter written by an office junior about how wonderful some idea of their own is that sounds almost like it might be pertinent to your question as long as you don't actually read any of the words...
Definitely true. My wife tried engaging with Rudd several times when she was minister for energy & climate change. Ignored or meaningless form letter every time. My wife was employed as a consultant by DECC at the time.
who has to take Amber Rudd's witless meanderings and try to find some semi-plausible misreading that might just have made sense if you're being generous. That's not a job I'd do even if you offered me a premier league footballer's salary.
There is no incompatibility as they see it. Only encrypted messages involving terrorists, paedophiles and other designated bad guys will be revealed for what they are
Which will be signalled by "the necessary hashtags" according to Amber Rudd. No doubt she's about to propose a law which will make it illegal to communicate about terrorist attacks without adding #terroristattack to it, and similarly for other possible offences. In which case, she'll need to have #talkingbollocks tattooed on her forehead.
I've got one: Stagecoach.
Stagecoach isn't just a problem, it's a problem looking for more problems to breed with and flood the world with problem offspring. Classicists believe Stagecoach was one of the things Pandora found in the box.
you need to pass a CAPTCHA. A security measure better defeated by AI than humans.
force them to watch the drivel the airlines want you to watch
That has to count as a cruel and unusual punishment.
Just use your own local DNS server.
I do. The staticly assigned IP addresses are a bit of a give away though.
Description says no longer manufactured.
The end of an era.
Thank $DEITY. It should have been banned under the Geneva Convention.
Take your meds. NOW!
It's alarming that the president of the USA is one.
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
A quote from HL Mencken
Small children, spread enhanced bread products and VCRs were a combination made in hell. I helped out a few friends with rug rats over the years. Cleaning peanut butter, jam, or worse Marmite, off video heads is a tedious pastime.
Did anyone find a way out of the cave system ^W^W caldera by clicking on the arrows, or do I have to say "xyzzy"?
Despite the hype, webassembly is even more limited. Arithmetic only.
Paging Herr Gödel and Mr Turing. Herr Gödel and Mr Turing are wanted in the mathematics of computation lecture theatre where Signore Peano is waiting.
I picked one that's not generic and not in ISO3166
That's an approach I've found useful over the years. Potentially any TLD with 3 or more characters could become a gTLD in the future, but among the 2 letter ccTLDs AA, QM-QZ and XA-XZ are reserved for end users. And if you really want to save keystrokes, the 26 single letters are not used as TLDs and probably never will be.
Anyone want do a patch for bind to allow delegating ??. so I can easily take care of the CC-TLDs?
I think you're mad wanting to do that, but each to their own. Try taking a look at Unbound, particularly the local-zone and local-data directives. It's a lot easier to run than bind as well in my experience.
Anybody can set up DNS servers, and they do. ICANN's arrogance is going to work against them as time goes by and the already growing alts are just going to gain momentum.
a) alternate roots risk partitioning the net. Ideal if you're a control freak dictator who wants to isolate his country, or alt-reality fans (working on a smaller scale), not ideal if you believe widespread communication is good.
b) ICANN is still the 800 lb gorilla in the room. You get a .narnia domain from an alt, but only a small number of people can see you. ICANN then announces a .narnia domain, you're stomped and hosed. Maybe a handful of diehards stay with the alt and can see you, but even less of the world can see you than before. At which point you've just put yourself squarely into category a, even if you weren't there in the first place
nuclear powered propulsion
I suspect it's because a) we don't have the technology and the Yanks wouldn't sell it to us, and b) a major use for our large warships these days appears to be friendly visits and flag waving, and many countries won't let nuclear powered ships into their territorial waters.
And why is the carrier using US style 60 Hz when it should be a properly British 50 Hz? Anyone would think we didn't have an independent deterrence force.
[Pause for thought.]
the brows would be capable of handling one 20-foot ISO container every six minutes
So two men per container. Whereas we don't want overcrowding in the Navy, I think they could pack a few more in.
For some reason I'm reminded of a French film critic's review of Last Tango in Paris:
C'est magnifique mais ce n'est pas le beurre
So long as that's not Donald Trump look alike escort services.
By the minute information on usage will just change people from concurrent usage to sequential... "the meter doesn't flash red when i do the laundry first and cook afterwards".
Which is good as far as the grid is concerned. A major problem is not how much electricity people use in total, but the fact that it's bunched up into a couple of peaks. If usage were spread out so the peaks reduce it would put less stress on the grid carrying capacity, and would mean we didn't have to use the more expensive generators to keep up with instantaneous demand. Add time of use pricing to penalise peak consumption and reward off peak consumption, and yes, your bills would go down if you spread out your usage.
@ Brenda McViking
Thanks for a much appreciated rational and informative comment.
What on earth are you doing in El Reg's comment section? :-)
You can bet that as soon as they can, they'll start to really sting those who chose not to switch to encourage them to change their minds.
That happened with my water meter. When I moved into my current house the unmetered water bill was based on the old rateable value, and was stupidly high. We got a water meter and promptly cut the bill by ~75%. I fully expect dumb metered electricity tariffs to start ratcheting up in cost against smart meter ones in the next few years.
to avoid paying notice etc. you might have to get a little creative... like taking a look through expense claims...
It doesn't necessarily have to be creative. One company I worked for summarily dismissed a salesman without notice. His mistake was not realising the (legal, in another country) brothel had no problem stating clearly what its business was on his company credit card bill.
What happens to the measuring accuracy with the "power factor" effect of capacitive or inductive loads?
If you look at the SMETS 2 standard, all meters record both active and reactive power on however many phases they have. Domestic households don't pay for reactive power, but industrial consumers do AFAIK.
There are a whole swath of /8 blocks that each contain 16,777,216 IPs.
Get Apple, Ford, GE, Prudential, UPS to return a few as good corporate citizens.
I don't know if it's still the case, but 10-15 years ago a friend of mine worked in IT for a GE subsidiary and GE had the stupidest net policy I've ever come across. All internal GE machines had addresses in their assigned 3/8 network but none of them could be externally visible. World facing machines were usually on class C network addresses. They could have switched their internal machines from 3/8 to 10/8 and handed back the entire class A network for reuse.
Amazon should shut down datacenters on a rotational basis every day of the week until the duplication message has been well massaged in.
The problem with that is that the lazy would simply move to another cloud provider that didn't do that, and then whinge when that one had a failure that bit their arse.
If you're a big enough player you really should be using tools like Netflix' Chaos Monkey/Gorilla/Kong trio to prove you're truly resilient. If you're not a big player, the truth is that AWS is probably not for you. From day one, AWS documentation has always warned that you should be prepared to handle outages.
The politicians like to think they know something about the internet when, in fact, they haven't the faintest idea about how it works.
The internet, the economy, business, science, technology, arts, sport, culture, etc, etc, ...
To rephrase an old saying, those who can do, those who can't try to get elected.
Henceforth I shall attempt to make "squeaky serpent lubricant" part of my vocabulary. Well played sir.
For example, the sequence "01100010111101110011100" could be replaced by "0110", meaning four bits, a symbolic bit marker, are used to represent 23 original bits; this is just my example of how the algorithm could work.
When I wer't lad, this was called compression. In fact it sounds remarkably like Huffman encoding with the table kept by the OS.
When the newly encoded, and now much smaller, image and its data files are read into IRIS memory, the SymCE operating system computes the original values from the bit markers and executes the application with no or minimal IO, thus accelerating it.
And that's called decompression.
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