Re: Still reeling
The people ruling on this simply don't understand the implications of it and the reasons that it shouldn't be copyrighted.
561 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013
I'd blame it on one of these factors:
1. Not reading to kids at bed time, or getting them to read to you - instead letting them play their tablet for 10 minutes whilst chilling out on your phone.
2. Too much Roblox and Minecraft, too little homework and practical skills like painting, writing and mathematics.
Actually just lazy parents. I say this as one who's guilty of this on occasion myself. It's got bugger all to do with internet speeds.. as 99.9%* of reasonable people will agree.
*Statistics made up, but so is the reason for the drop in school performance.
1. Review all Vodafone contracts, find out how many have been subcontracted without notification. Look to end all of those.
2. Find out who was in charge of the Vodafone contract here, sack them for a) not preventing sub contacting as a clause in the contract and b) not making anyone aware of it happening.
3. Tax Vodafone properly on profits made in the UK, seeing as they apparently are cost focused and were saving some pennies by sub contracting work.
4. Start the same investigation into G4S, ATOS etc.
Also the organisation now knows what problems it has and is under pressure to fix them. This is better than a company which is blissfully ignorant.
Yes we can point and laugh at some of the details in the report, but that's my point - they are in a report so the senior management can be held accountable for a change so things will happen. Let's turn that around on the UK organisations, how many of us are confident in our local councils, whitehall etc having all this done?
How many think senior management in those places can/will ever be held to account for the failings when there is an incident?
I still remember one of my friends buying an Amiga from Dixons years ago and paying almost half again for an extended warranty I could here him repeatedly saying to the salesperson he didn't want.
It'd be nice to know if the charge PCWorld etc were abusing included any commission for staff.
In all the years I've met and worked with various Microsoft staff in the UK I don't think any of them (outside of receptionists) have been female.
I'm usually the first to sigh and say "oh women's rights/pay gap/equal pay" but come to think of it compared to most other companies it's rather odd.
Anyone with a Youtube account who uploads videos will likely have had at least one attempt to pull content or screw over monetisation due to "infringing copyright" when it's actually covered under fair use.
ISP are more likely simply to block entire domains than go for a case by case method.
Not a slippery slope, more a great big cliff.
That's what I read into this and so does the market by the looks of it. There's a smell of "covering our backs" here by execs too, I still expect this ship to sink or shrink dramatically in the coming years as we see senior execs opt to retire early or jump ship before it finally goes down.
Link for download may have changed since publication, it's now: https://www.acronis.com/en-gb/personal/free-data-protection/
I'd be interested to see if anyone fancies deploying this to their estate.. so I don't have to be the guinea pig obviously
My only concern is that free tools, well they are usually not that brilliant especially when they are part of a promotion for cloud storage. I hope this is one of the few exceptions.
We have looked at WER in the past, but abandoned it due to lack of usefull info, and quite frankly we have more important things to do, like keeping the medical systems running, and deploying the endless stream of MS patches, and sending responses to useless NHS Digital Alerts ....
Don't forget answering freedom of information requests from companies asking about critical infrastructure, social media etc too! Because they are such a good use of IT resources.
That all the staff that pulled this off were well rewarded.
Because frankly that's a phenomenal effort that deserves it.
Annoys me that companies don't shout about how well their IT departments recover in situations like this. If they'd had a fire etc they'd be thanking those staff who helped PUBLICLY but IT is seen as a shadow department, we can't possibly talk about those people..
.As well as paying the fine, VTech agreed to apply privacy and security requirements so that it complied with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC Act
How nice of them, so here again we have an example of a fine being required to get people to AGREE to comply with something they are meant to legally comply with. Clearly our sanctions regime isn't enough, time to consider holding executive directors personally responsible for the actions of the company they manage.
Money isn't always the solution, assigning responsibility to senior management and making them lawfully responsible might be.
As I've said before we should start ICO related fines at the maximum and look for reasons to lower it, don't find any? Fine at the maximum amount.
Right now we gradually put a few quid onto the fine and start at zero, resulting in us never giving the maximum EVER and a majority being a pittance.
They should have to prove the controls they had in place before, contracts, safeguards, training etc. Then they can show how quickly they reported the incident to both the ICO and those affected, then lastly what they've done since reporting. If all of those are dire they get hit with the maximum.
It's the wrong mentality if you ask me, START at £500,000 and then reduce it to show where good practice was used, where speedy remediation was put into effect, where they notified ICO and those affected quickly.
Don't start at £0 and count up, that's the wrong way. If companies aren't fast at notifying people, don't bother to do anything quickly and didn't in the past then they should always be hit with the maximum.
Looking at the action the government is taking I feel like I can say with some certainty that they haven't got a bloody clue what they are doing and this is entirely to grab headlines and allow them to say at their party conference that they are "thinking of the children"
Sadly that last line is probably a little too close to the bone for many of the older party members..
Apple have become far too focused on the iPhone, everything else is falling by the side of the road in varying states of disrepair. The focus is off their PC offerings, has been for years and they are coasting, knowing that some will continue to buy whatever nonsense they release. I say that as someone who was repairing PowerPC logic boards back in the 90s and who hasn't owned a Mac laptop or desktop for over 20 years now but still have plenty of hands on experience of repairing friend's ones.
The iPhone is the cash cow these days.
I moved to Apple for the SE, long time Android user but the android alternatives back at the time were very limited in number due to the trend of phones getting bigger.
I'm intending to return to Android in a year or so but the iPhone SE has been superb for me personally, just a shame it runs IOS.
Search for a USP, which unfortunately for apple means innovating, something they have never been that great at. Samsung and co though.. well they love having a go with random stuff and typically make a better job of it.
This was an unwanted addition and Apple know it, but they can't possibly admit it.
What do you do with people out of area who aren't on the hospital books but have been referred to them from other hospitals because they don't have the facilities locally to treat them? This is incredibly common and one of the reasons the NHS has national systems.
You're idea looks great on paper right up until you actually know something about how the NHS works. There are centres of excellence around the country who specialise in specific types of treatment. You'll even see patients referred cross-border if there's a need into NHS Scotland and NHS Wales.
without AMD, NVidia would chuck out even less optimised cards/drivers each year. They need the competition to keep them pushing as lethargically as they are.
If AMD folded, you'd have one major supplier of gaming cards and the tech would barely move in the next 10 years except to make them cheaper to manufacture (without passing on the savings).
Waitrose near my work has spaces with lines, but the lines are basically different colour monoblock which changes to the same colour as the rest when it rains. So being in the UK this means for the next 9 months or so it'll be a demolition derby in there, happens every year.
The guy who built it was on the radio this morning. Apparently he gets <700Kb download but companies are busy running a fibre cable down the middle of the village but not allowing anyone to tap into it.
I'm sure many of us have been in this situation, makes you wonder if the rural broadband millions companies have been getting for years are just being used to run the big cables through rural settings to urban centres with zero benefit to those who's roads are dug up along the way.
You mean the company who deployed it to the location and which conventiently goes bust shortly before the clean up is due to start?
If we're using technology like this companies should pay a levy for clean up etc which is then refunded with interest IF the money isn't used to clean up their mess once the site closes.
You'd end up jailing innocent people.
We need out financial regulators to have tie-in powers with the police to enable seizing of company assets/e-mail servers and accounts quickly, then using that along with paperwork to identify the guilty parties. Not simply jailing people because of their post within a company.
In every company there are good and bad people, we need to ensure the good ones remain to change company culture.
Throughout history mankind has applied technology in unexpected ways, advancements don't always have an immediate and obvious application.
Look at the guy who created suction pads or the chap who created the process for moulding shapes from synthetic rubber. Voila! the suction dildo.
A masterpiece of engineering.
As an avid gamer I'd say it's dependent on the game. Games which stream in content to RAM as you play such as Star Citizen will benefit from this as it generates smoother gameplay. Those which typically front load like Fallout 4, GTA V etc won't.
It's more complicated than yes/no though as much of this is dependent on how much RAM the computer has, less RAM, you'll likely benefit more from an SSD than otherwise.
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