Chris Perver of the Bible Prophecy Blog
3335 posts • joined 19 May 2010
I think you miss the point.
In rural Norfolk, and in other rural areas around the British Isles, Churches (with towers / spires) tend to be the tallest buildings around, and therefore make ideal ready made towers for good signal propagation to outlying villages and farms. A lot of these places do not have broadband available over copper / fibre, so WiFi is the only option.
This isn't about providing WiFi for churchgoers, but for residents who otherwise would not get any Internet at all.
Glad I'm not the only one. I spent most of the late morning / early afternoon trying to raise a ticket with BT, and couldn't get through on any of the publicised phone numbers, they either rang until they timed out, or were engaged.
My PHB kept glaring at me 'cos I hadn't fixed it yet, so it was a relief when the news finally broke and I could show him it wasn't my fault!
"It’s a shame that this failed as the idea of reducing the number of control rooms was a good one, (why are there 45 control rooms!?) "
There speaks the voice of an idiot.
Local knowledge is essential for quick dispatch of emergency service vehicles to the correct place. As various others have posted, if all you get in a phone call is "The New Tesco" then no amount of clever interactive maps and databases is going to find that location quickly.
Centralising control means control staff who don't know the area where the call is coming from, which is the nearest station to the incident, etc, etc.
No not the whole world, but anyone who chooses to do the ICT curriculum should be taught programming, just as those who choose to do "Design Technology" or whatever metalwork's modern equivalent is, should be taught how to do basic car maintenance, those that choose physics can be taught how televisions work and those that choose "Domestic Science" should learn how to cook.
It seems that modern school education doesn't teach any practical skills like this.
Maybe this is why this country has lost the innovative, inventive lead in technology that it used to have.
"Schmidt's speechwriter – and one sees the work of the wondrous Sarah Hunter in this – fails to realise that while "luvvie" is always used pejoratively, "boffin" is almost always used affectionately. "Trick cyclist", if anything, is the pejorative equivalent."
What rubbish, trick-cyclist is the pejorative for a psychiatrist.
I've never known it used to describe any other science or engineering profession. Or are the reg doing their own thing with the english language again?
A common pejorative would be egghead, perhaps?
"...lead on to robotic casualty evacuation, which would remove one of the main ways for a chopper pilot to win a medal for going in under fire."
Yes, because we already have robotic medical staff, don't we.
Come on Lewis, cas-evac is going to require real life meatsacks in the back for a long, long time, unless you think they just sling a grappling hook round the casualty and drag them up into the air?
Exactly what I was going to say - F1 viewing figures will drop next year, I guarantee.
With the Beeb, not only did you have a good team presenting (who may migrate to sky, I suppose) but the best thing, which carries the most weight with viewers NO ADVERTS.
After the pain of the ITV years, where they once even went for an Ad break on the last lap, if I remember correctly, it's no wonder viewing figures increased when the Beeb got the franchise.
Whilst i don't condone what happened in this case, I would contrast your idea of the criteria and scope being limited with the increasingly common practice of seizing a person's computer in criminal cases where there is believed to be data which could be used as evidence. In those cases, they certainly don't limit their search and access to just the relevent data.
Being a Brit, I don't know if federal and criminal law have differing rules about evidence seizure compared to civil law in the US?
There was also the recent well publicised case where Federal officials removed a whole rack of servers from a data center although the evidence they were after was confined to only a single virtual host running on the shared hardware.
To use your analogy, that would be like handing over the keys to a whole apartment block, instead of just the apartment of the accused.
There has been an existing body of law (The 1988 copright Act) which covers this, however in 2003 it was amended and clarified:
"The infringement of copyright or performer's rights by making a work available to the public in the course of a business or to an extent which prejudicially affects the copyright owner becomes a criminal offense (reg. 26; new s. 107(2A) of the 1988 Act)"
...and why do they always use the keyboard when they're doing these things? If it's a GUI can't they do it with the mouse?
"enhance square echo two..."
"and zoom in..."
It's like a touch typist updating their CV, FFS.
I agree with the other posters. Unless you are developing a hypervisor, then application development shouldn't need to take into account the distributed system at all. You shouldn't be handling that stuff at the application layer, it should be transparent to the application.
I don't see that being an application developer is any different "in the cloud" to what it would be on a privately owned bunch of blades in a datacentre somewhere, which is something an awful lot of developers have been doing for years. Being a "Cloud Developer" is just marketing speak, not a different skill set.
"Curiously the Ambulance Service has the most to gain from computerisation because it has a fairly small, well defined, set of things it must do: take a call, send an ambulance, deal with the problem on arrival and either go to a hospital or back to a standby point. There is a simplish state machine and in a well run control centre, an average ambulance will need to resort to voice once or twice a day at most"
You really have no clue about Ambulance Service work, do you?
Firstly, it's very common for the reported illness / injury to be nothing like what the crew find on the scene. Also, Ambulance crews are called to assaults in pubs, houses, and in the street, just like the police, and have no idea what they may be walking into.
Secondly, as you note for the Police Service, a proportion of calls - road accidents, collapses in the street, leisure pursuit injuries - have no fixed address, and in the latter case can be some distance from accessible roads, particularly in rural areas, and may require coordination of other rescue services, such as Mountain Rescue or helicopter evacuation.
Your glib assessment of the command and control needs of the different services is sadly wrong.
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