Share price rises : Must have been the CEOs magic
Share price drops: "Difficult trading conditions", would have been much worse without CEOs magic
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> "I would look to getting rid of the management overhead first, there are still lots of people without medical qualification in the NHS taking home wages that the qualified are unlikley to ever see."
When I worked for the NHS in the 80s as an IT specialist, my salary (low for IT but high for the NHS) put me into a management grade. As such, I was contracted to "work the hours necessary to perform my duties", i.e. long hours and no paid overtime. I regularly made the comment to medical staff that I was an "administrative overhead"; They were polite or smart enough to recognise that my IT skills were valuable.
I understand what you mean about administrative waste, but most of the administrators are desperately trying to make sure money is spent well. The Government has the same underlying goal, though frequent changes in policy inevitably mean more short-term waste. It's not a simple subject, but it's highly visible.
Three Databases for the NHS under the sky,
Seven for the Civil Servants in their halls of stone,
Nine for Security services doomed to lie,
One for the Home Secretary on his dark throne
In the Land of Britain where the Shadows lie.
One Database to rule them all, One Database to find them,
One Database to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them,
In the Land of Britain where the Shadows lie
The difference is that buses failed safe - the network connections failed, but the buses still ran.
As I heard it, the Ericsson software was just used for billing usage. But because O2 couldn't track customers usage, they denied them access completely.
I think O2 should have to credit every account with 20p, even if the customer didn't complain (or get through to complain). Costly enough to impact execs bonuses, but cheaper to implement than handling 32m complaints, so even then they get off lightly. And if I have to waste £10-worth of my time to get a 20p credit, that just adds insult to injury - I'd be asking for the £10 rather than 20p
Forgive my ignorance of the state of the art - But can it distinguish "live" sounds from a TV or radio?
(I read the article twice, and all the comments, and no-one seems to have addressed this elephant in the room)
On the other hand, this could be incredibly useful for relaying the wife's softly-spoken orders - usually issued when I'm in another room/beside a boiling kettle or running tap/wearing headphones.
From the Article: "I cannot boot to safe mode and it does not allow me to do a system restore before the updates have gone through. …"
If the users statement is true, that's the real WTF here. Sure, changes can go wrong and you can't test for every configuration out there. But it's up to Microsoft to ensure there's a robust recovery mechanism before starting an update.
I seem to recall posting about this before, after looking at Which? reviews of handheld vacs
Two products had similar performance and ratings.
The Dyson was "good value" at £100, a "lightweight" 2.1 kg and ran for an "amazing" 18 minutes
The Vax was "pricey" at £60, a "hefty" 2.0 kg and "barely" lasted 20 minutes
But at least they usually try to compare like-for-like, unlike most El Reg reviews ;-)
"Every Health and Safety rule is the result of at 3 occurrences"
In that vein: A company had offered me a job, and I was looking over the contract + T&Cs. There were some oddly specific items in there, such as an example of Gross Misconduct: "Hitting a Director".
https://www.which.co.uk/money/banking/bank-accounts/best-and-worst-banks-a3q5d8c6dj7y - Last updated: Sep 2018
However, TSB are 4th in that list, so I'd take it with a pinch of salt.
I'd like to see banks & ISPs compensate customers for loss of their time rather than service; If an outage doesn't actually affect me, no problem. But if I can prove I spent 20 minutes in a call queue or running around to find a working ATM, I should be compensated for that. Even a few quid per complaint would help suppliers focus on customer service :-)
Brexiters - YOU WON. GET ON WITH IT.
Except they haven't, have they? They've spent the 2 years meant to prepare for Brexit on talking about what Brexit means, leaving 0 time to actually prepare.
It's time to recognise that Brexit is impossible at the moment. Blame the EU, blame us remoaners - I don't care, just hit the brakes until the "Will of the People" can be implemented properly.
The Internet is great! The WWW less so. I think some things have become worse in the last 10 years
- Contacting a service provider, e.g. a bank. Pre-internet, you had to phone them during working hours (and they didn't patronise you with "Your call is important to us, but we're experiencing unusually high call volume at the moment"). Then came email and web forms. Now, you have chat & Twitter - but only during working hours. It takes ages to find a contact email address.
- Search. Google had it down to a fine art, then blew it. I regularly find myself going to the second page of results to get past the chaff. I was disapponted when Google stopped spidering Experts-Exchange, though I understood the reasoning. Now, there's a million websites/fora with a million uncurated and incomplete Q&As.
- Don't get me started on blogs, vanity sites, "fake news", website usability or influencers/followers. Suffice to say there's an awful lot of crap out there, and finding reputable sites is tough, especially as many of them are disappearing behind paywalls. Maybe AOL were right with their "curated portal" approach :-)
Start obeying the law yourselves, they we can start a dialogue:
- Warrants for snooping, like you have to for physical access.
- No more getting an untouchable "partner" in another 5-Eyes country to snoop for you and using the results.
Quite apart from the fact that atrocities are almost always committed by someone "known to the authorities", so you don't need the mass-surveillance anyway.
I also rely on "fulfilled by Amazon" - though a recent order arrived, the wrong item and in re-used Amazon packaging, so clearly not always true either.
>The ASA is not a statutory regulator
That explains a lot. But if they're not going to do anything, shouldn't Trading Standards take this up under false advertising/contract law?
Lemme guess - Serial comms, and cheap cables without the DTR pin connected?
We had a similar setup, with about 3 multiplexers between host & line printer, and every hop had to be cabled and configured right, else the monthly* inventory print would foul up when the printer buffer filled up - after about 60 pages.
* Just long enough to forget that a component had been "upgraded" but not load-tested.
"more important than anything else". What, more important than sales, revenue, profit, design, reliability...?
I don't think I'll be buying a JLR product.* Even if they haven't gone bust, apparently their product quality is of even less importance than their shoddy service.
Or, more probably, their stock statement is just a lie.
* I always wanted a SWB Land Rover Defender one day, but too late :-(
> Which is why you should set a minimum time between changes - just don't be monumentally stupid about it.
Ugh, even that brings its own problems. Being told you can't change a password that's been compromised because the minimum time hasn't elapsed. On one of our systems, a privileged generic* account password is retrieved several times a day by different people, but can only be changed once a day. So a bunch of people can re-use the password all day, with no accountability for who did what.
A long password history usually means you don't need a minimum time. Until you meet That Guy who ruins it for everyone:
>>...casually sabotage his own monthly New Password prompts by changing his password 11 times immediately.
* Yes, they should have individual logins. But the ancient application doesn't support that, OR auditing,
As mentioned, the certifications are there - (ISC)2, GIAC - and the guidance is too - NIST, CIS, PCI-DSS. I'd not heard of Cyber Essentials Plus, but it has regular patching as one of their top-5 which puts it ahead of the rest in one respect.
A few years ago I couldn't even spell InferSec Enginneeer - Now I are one! (uncertified, but common sense goes a long way).
The training courses are expensive, but the books are sufficient, and if a company will give you the time for self-study & pay for the exams, that builds a lot of loyalty. I'd be prepared to accept a nominal "bill" for that, e.g. a weeks wages + cost of the exam, to be worked off by staying with the company for 2 years OR the remainder repaid if I left without good cause.
As others have said - "It's complicated". But not completely pointless, as the alternative is to do nothing.
It's clear that BigBiz just treats it as a cost of doing business, as they continue to milk it until fined, and even then ask for an extension to "fix" something they've had years of notice of. Expect to see bigger fines in future for "wilful contempt".
It's particularly ironic that the Rainy City should be the first to get hit by a hosepipe ban. Although we get our water supply from the Lake District. I think Liverpool gets theirs from North Wales, and presumably Leeds/Bradford/Sheffield from the Peak district.
I seem to recall that the North also supplies the South in times of drought. So water is already treated as a National resource. But you can't expect the regional, privatised water companies to plan nationally, so it's back to the government/Parliament/taxpayers that allowed that situation to develop, for additional capture & storage capacity.
I've seen many repurposed broom cupboards. Plus a specialised computer room, which would have been great if the computers hadn't been moved in before it was finished. The servers were lifted (and dropped) by the contractors laying the floor covering. And covered in little piles of brick dust where shelves were being put in.
One of my employers saw the light, and moved the servers and noisy high speed line-printers out of the general office to their own room. With not just an extractor fan, but external air from the cool side of the building sucked in! Unfortunately wasps built a nest near the intake one year, and we had a computer room full of dead wasps.
The issue is that we don't often get hot weather in the UK, so proper cooling would be a "waste of money". ISTR that UK Elf n Safety regulations specify the lowest temperature staff can be made to work in, but not an upper limit.
Apparently the business being shut down by overheating kit heat isn't a problem?
I see your point, but it's essential in some cases - e.g. checking a payment using Verified by Visa loads the Visa JS from Visas site (if I allow NoScript to run some JS from those dodgy-sounding domains when prompted). However, I really wouldn't want multiple "local" copies of that.
"...i get the third party components, bundle and test them then distribute".
Unfortunately that's why you get multiple installs of Java on some systems, all out of date.
Every solution has its own problems :-( The real question is, 'is the "trusted" site trustworthy?'
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