Re: The Brexit angle on this...
Brexit GPS takes you to an obscure village that's neither your origin nor your destination and threatens to drive you off the cliff at beachy head if you reprogram it
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Zoe Smith is the child of John Smith and Emily Williams but Emily is now living with Fred Wilson and had a child with him called Joe. Joe Wilson is the brother of Zoe Smith and he has Emily and John down as parents whereas Joe has Emily and Fred.
Now Fred and Emily have Chloe living with them, Chloe is Fred's daughter with his former partner, Susan Jones and retained her mother's family name. However, Emily has parental responsibility for Chloe Jones and so she should be down on SIMS in that case. So should Susan as although Chloe is not living with her, she still is her mother.
So. Zoe Smith; Joe WIlson and Chloe Jones are all siblings but different people living at different addresses need to see their records.
If Emily comes into the school office and says that she has a court order that prevents John seeing Zoe how does that get recorded in SIMS? And does that prevent the school from sending information about Zoe's progress?
So relationships are more complex than in my day so it easy to see that it can get screwed up. And in education software there are fixed release dates set around events in the school year so the pressure is on.
However, there is this thing we have all heard about called testing...
"Anyone see that coming? More important, did anyone in the industrial supply chain buck the pressure and move their products to BSD despite the competition touting their easy-to-run Windows systems?"
Of course not. At that time I was moving products TO Windows from perfectly good platforms.
And why was I doing that? Because IT put the block on buying anything that wasn't Windows.
"So surely if you are buying a piece of medical kit for £250k you also buy a support contract from the vendor? And you put a clause in that contract that the supplier must provide software updates to ensure the software works on a supported OS?"
In an ideal world, yes. But in the real world, that piece of kit has some clever stuff designed and built by the vendor surrounded with a whole load of other stuff that is bought off the shelf. And so there is a chain of dependencies not only on hardware but also the software to drive it. And it takes just one of those vendors to stop producing the kit or decide that it isn't worth their while updating the drivers to the OS latest driver model and you are basically stuffed.
I need the 400m of loop that goes down the road to the green cab at the bottom of the street. I don't need the pair that meanders from there back to the exchange. I don't need an allocation of a phone number and the billing thereof, nor the paper thin directory that drops through my door (rarely). Now that won't represent the full amount of the "line rental" but they could knock a few quid off it.
rather than in a bus. Nothing quite like the push back in your seat when you accelerated down the runway.
And you could get a standby seat on the evening flight from JFK for about $500. It was cramped on board and "most" people prefered to fly subsonic, have a nice meal and sleep on the 747.
It doesn't matter how much it costs. The rich will afford it. We plebs don't count.
Now. I thought that as well when I read the article and I then I thought "Well, it's not a perfect vacuum so why shouldn't there be?" And the answer turns out to be 9000m/s. Or not.(*)
* I read it on the internet. So it must be true.
It's a mess but it's where your value is. All those different versions, patches, tweaks and kludges represent 20 years investment in understanding what your customers do and all those odd exceptions, minor cases and other surprises that have come up over the years.
The myth that we all subscribe to is that you can sit down with <user> and apply <methodology of the month> and you will produce a complete new shiny system that will cover all those cases.
And one that won't be technologically obsolete by the time you finished it
Well done for reading it all. I bet you even clicked on the link in the email for more information. (What did I say about clicking on unsolicited emails?).
And better comprehension than wot I has.Out of curiosity (and displaying my ignorance), where did it say" re-register". I found "new" and "improved" and "enhanced security" and "new statement" (which has some design flaws).
Exactly, Now they did send out an email a couple of weeks prior which blithered on about new features and introducing SecureCode, but did they take the opportunity to say "Oh BTW you will have to reregister on the new website"? Of course not.
And if you went to the old site and tried to login did it say "Oooh! you're still using the old website. You need to go here and reregister" or did it just give an error code with "call customer services"?
And guess how secret the information is that you need to register. errr....
Well, AC. You assume that BI would be sufficient to pay for beer. Bad assumption on many levels.
And maybe you need to tell your dear mother that not being bothered to wash is actually a symptom of a number of recognised conditions.
But then it is your mother that I would like to do out of a job. Not because I have anything against her - but because her role needs to be made obsolete. Medical secretaries are there because medicine runs in an archaic, inefficient and costly manner.
But I digress.........
It was Xerox PARC. Rank Xerox was a joint venture between Xerox Corp and the Rank Organisation which had the rights to manufacture and sell Xerox products in EMEA (and some times, Australasia).
But yes, they invented all this stuff. Some of us were using this in the early 80's while the rest of you were still tapping into green / orange screens.
er.. or hadn't been born yet....
So you say. I say that it is a cruel trick to reduce youth unemployment by making them take out loans for useless degrees.
And... although you send documents to Darlington, the jobs are in Scotland - where, of course, they still get free education.
My son is still getting letters amending his "award" for 2011. They are without doubt the most useless, inefficient, overly bureaucratic, self righteous, obstructive twats ever.
"WE will be able to make a lot more laws unique to Britain."
Well, yes and no. The UK is currently signatory to 14,000 treaties (source: FCO website) so that is going to limit our options.
And, if we are going to sell into various jurisdictions, then we might have to enact certain laws to enable us to trade there.
And those might just turn out to be the ones that we think we can repeal if we leave......
It's quite likely that the OSS components in commercial software you are running are not the latest versions. But then again, in my experience, it is very likely that the version of the commercial software you are running is not the latest one either.
Some time ago, I did work with products that had open source components. All dutifully acknowledged. Please write to / email this address for the source etc. No one ever did.
There's nothing like standing up in front of your customers to expound on your great new release which is only
Fixes for stuff we should have found in QA
Fixes for stuff we DID find in QA but prioritised out to meet the release date
New stuff that has been on the feature list for so long we forgot who asked for it.
No fixes for the stuff you found and that you have been complaining about the grief it gives you for months.
And .. let me add my condolences
Afraid not. Ministers (and others) like to play. So, the rules change, sometimes subtly, sometimes not and by the time they are finalised, there isn't enough time to do a quality job in development, test and, especially, deployment before the next admissions round starts.
And it's more complicated than you might think - especially in and around London where applications often span boroughs / counties and each LA has to coordinate with its neighbours.
This about the ISPs (or, rather, the big media company) increasing its profit. This has nothing to do with service to us, the customer, or better roll out of "fast" broadband.
The crap service you get is due to callout prevention by your "service" "provider" who doesn't want to call out Openreach. That won't change.
And instead of BT pocketing the broadband rollout money, it will be OpenReach plc taking the money and not delivering instead.
And make it a nationalised company? Hahahahaha!
I'm old enough to remember nationalised utilities.
I was running products and he was running professional services.
I called him a "whore".
"My world is about response times, release dates and feature content" I said. "If I don't meet them, I fail".
"Your world is different. You don't care what you deliver or when you deliver. As long as the stakeholders sign off, the paperwork's done and the client keeps paying the money, you will do whatever they ask."
"At last!" he cried. "You finally understand!" .
That's just FUD.
It looks like they have finally realised that no one wants to pay for big new versions of Windows (or Office for that matter) so the plan is to get everyone on the same base (stuff Win10 down everyone's throats) and then monetise extra functionality through a subscription to the cloud.
In order to do so, they need to make sure that any new code that might be needed to enable new "cloud" functionality is delivered seamlessly to everyone's machine. That means compulsory windows updates.
So, office, gaming, media, access to data or device sync will be delivered as part of a Microsoft subscription and that is where they intend to make their money not through Windows which becomes an enabler.
The hard part is getting everyone to open their wallets for the first time, but once we are all used to paying MS monthly, then another couple of quid for more data storage or a new productivity tool will come easy.
That sounds a bit like the BS that merged grammar schools with low performing secondary moderns and dragged the brighter students down to that level thus depriving a generation (or two) of brighter working class children from dragging themselves up in society.
And did that action specifically improve the education of the rest? No. But it reduced competition for the output of the "independent" schools.
I was in my local primary and the teacher was leading. Now, he has had all of the training that is around and has access to all the materials that have been produced to make a lesson.
It all went wrong during the lab session using scratch. One kid's effort "didn't work" and the teacher had no clue what was wrong, how to find out what was wrong and... how to get the kid to work out what was wrong.
So they're not spending enough on training but even so they are assuming that a bit of training can equip your average teacher with the critical thinking skills required to guide the kids through this.
I really doubt it.
Close the Palace of Westminster. Hand the keys over to the National Trust. They can organise tourist experiences and fund propping it up.
Build modern replacement. (No don't use the same guys that did Holyrood) with 400 spaces and all the facilities for a 21st Century administration.
And a modern round debating chamber.
Less MPs and maybe less schoolboy behaviour.
Now let's see:
a) Downsize the BBC and stop it making "popular" programmes
b) Cut back its website as it "competes" with other "news" and "lifestyle" sites
b) Split out OpenReach from BT and potentially stop BT moving further into the Pay-TV market
c) Be "concerned" about BT buying EE. It might start offering a true mobile or higher speed broadband.
I guess the next will be to drop the insistence that certain sporting events must be FTV.
Can we guess at any media empire with political influence?
In my day we ad a proper solar system. 9 planets, a bunch of asteroids and comets.
Not loike these modern solar systems you gets these days with all them politically correct TNOs.
And rings. Only Jupiter ad rings, now every bleedin upstart gassy giant got one.
Where's that amanfrommars chappie? What appened to your canals then?
They make them cheap and sell them dear.
They are things of beauty. All the best people have one, there's so much hype and it just says so much about you.
Every so often there is a new one. Does much the same as the old one but you have to have one. After all, who wants to wear last season's designer clothes?
Nasssty Andriody does much the same but would your wife (if you have one) prefer Clarks or Jimmy Choos? After all, they are both just shoes aren't they?
And for all those making technical judgements? Well, my friend, you are not the target market.
Am I running Apple down? No way. I'm lost in admiration.
Companies and especially governments cheat - whether it is on product standards, product testing, subsidies, prices. You name it, they manipulate it so that they can sell their stuff in your market but you can't sell your stuff in theirs.
So we need rules. If we leave, we are back to them setting the rules and us being disadvantaged.
Why are the rules "daft"?
1. We didn't turn up to the meetings where the standards were discussed and agreed.
2. If we did turn up we screamed and shouted as we learned to do at Eton and Oxford ("debating") and left in a huff when we found out that everyone else had been negotiating sensibly.
3. Then the media, for whom a common market in media represents a substantial risk to their profits and / or "unique" funding, pick up some random rubbish on bananas (where we probably didn't turn up) and portray as the end of the world.
4. As for bankers and policitians.............
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