Re: Credit reference agencies
"They get what they deserve."
Unfortunately those whose details were leaked got what they didn't deserve.
16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014
"While jail is appropriate for truly criminal conduct, if it is used for simple negligence then CEOs will spend all their time butt covering and consult their personal lawyer before any decision."
The law has a concept of criminal negligence for situations where simple negligence is an inadequate description of conduct.
"So Kennedy's mistake (well, apart from himself being an untrustworthy crook) was passing information to a world class stupid crook who was bound to get caught."
Yup. From TFA: "Mr Kennedy was little more than a kid (24) at the time of the incident, in 2015. He exercised very poor judgment in this case" He certainly did.
The end result is that they can't know if the plane, including all its support infrastructure, is going to work in Korea until they actually test it in Korea.
"Are we ready for Operation Overlord?"
"We have a slight snag, Prime Minister. We don't know if our planes are going to be able to operate in France. We have to take them over there to do some testing first. Can the Foreign Office arrange that with the Germans?"
"If they're going from 3i to 3F it seems to imply that they didn't anticipate needing more than 26 interim versions between each major release."
i is interim and F is Final? Although it looks as if there's going to be an interim final. Will this be followed by a Nearly Final, and Almost There Final and a Real Soon Now Final?
"otherwise why are we spending $10bn on them?"
Come to that, why is anybody spending money on them when the software still isn't able to support the product's purpose, combat. And come to that why are we spending money on carriers which also aren't ready to do the same because we still don't have the planes to fly from them? Eventually, of course, they are hoped to be ready but we rather hope the Russians don't invade before then.
Yes Prime Minister: "So if the Russians are to invade, we'd prefer them to do it between Mondays and Fridays?"
So governments don't trust software from other countries because of the possibility of backdoors put in at the behest of those other countries' spooks and we as users increasingly don't trust software from our own countries because of the possibility of backdoors put in at the behest of our own governments' spooks. It's all going terribly well, isn't it?
"the convoluted route to get to Euston Square - it's a short walk along Euston Road"
Presumably you mean Euston Square tube station - Euston Square itself is just in front of Euston railway station. Euston Square tube station used to be called Gower Street which was appropriate because that's where the entrance is. When it was renamed Euston Square it really should have been provided with entrances & exits at the Euston end of the platform.
Back in the days when I commuted into Marylebone or Paddington to work very near Euston the route I'd take depended on the weather, something TfL should take into account. On wet days it would be the longer route via Oxford Circus on the Bakerloo & Northern lines to avoid as much walking outside as possible.
"You'd think the ad droids would have figured it out by now."
Not really. It wouldn't be in their interest to do that.
The ad industry sells marketing. It would cut their income severely if they had to admit their product was junk. In a lot of cases even those commissioning ads in their customer organisations probably don't want to know: they're in marketing departments and their jobs depend on being able to generate marketing activity.
"Coca Cola vs whatever your local brand of shitty coke is"
To be fair advertising "shitty coke" wouldn't be a great move unless "shitty" meant something different to the English meaning in the local language.
That doesn't alter the fact that the more I see Coca Cola advertised the less I want to buy it.
"this does of course include the customers that have been put off"
You measure the increase in sales stimulated by the few percent who responded positively and wanted whatever type of product it was that was being advertised. What you don't measure is the future lost sales that could have gone to those who don't want that type of product at the time but are so annoyed at being pestered that when they do want something of that ilk will deliberately go to a competitor. Those need to be subtracted from your gross upturn in sales to get the overall picture.
TL;DR. Not all effects take place at the same speed.
But thanks for proving my point ;)
One of my frequent comments on advertising is that the advertising industry never produces net statistics for its outcomes; they don't measure the number of potential or actual customers put off by persistent pestering.
In response there'll be occasional replies that the industry employs statisticians who thoroughly examine results. Given that the industry doesn't seem to have spotted this one I think I'll stick with my original thought: it doesn't and daren't measure what their activities actually achieve.
"We've all had little flashes of brilliance, some of us have worked on them and abandoned them. Over the last 35 years of working in IT I'm sure I'm invented some stuff that no one else thought of"
This is the essence of programming. You're presented with a problem and you invent stuff to solve it. The core of programming patterns was the realisation that in general programmers (or, as the law calls them, persons skilled in the art), faced with a given problem, will produce similar inventions.
This should set a bar for claiming a patentable invention: it should be demonstrable that the problem has been recognised for some time and acknowledged to have not had a solution. Only in that way does it become clear that the level of originality in the invention exceeds that expected of persons skilled in the art.
I suppose one of the few examples of this is HTTP/HTTPL. It should also be salutary to realise that it wasn't simply the invention itself that made the web successful; it was making it freely available. Without that it would have had as little effect as the patent of BTs which seems to have simply sat on the shelf until someone decided to try to use it to cash in on other people's work in producing working code.
"The strength of mail by carrier pigeon is that the message is supplied along with a tasty treat."
OTOH, given that you have to supply the pigeon you might wish to forgo the treat. Shooting the messenger is one thing, eating it, especially when it's your own messenger, is another.
BTW The big weakness is the difficulty of supplying the pigeons to people who might wish to correspond with you.
"To comply with this Lenovo's risk assessment program must satisfy the FTC, naturally they will be the first to operate such a program."
The auditor would be well advised to take into account the attitude that appears to underlie their comment about disagreeing with the allegations.
"Lenovo said while it disagrees with the allegations"
On what basis? Are they saying they didn't do it at all or that they weren't wrong to do it? I'm not sure which is worse but maybe the latter. Neither interpretation says anything good about them. It would have been far more reassuring if they'd admitted it was wrong. As things stand it labels them as not to be trusted.
"Twitter has silently, and without warning, deleted reams of lists users have spent months curating."
Curating means taking care of things. Simply building a list of stuff perceived to be important without backing it up doesn't really amount to taking care.
"when your only meaningful competition is Google in the thing that Google do best, you're bound to look crap."
BT runs a free hosting service for community groups under some community obligation. Google doesn't find these sites, Bing does. An aspect of search at which Google isn't best. There may be others.
"every GUI using it looks like coming from 1982. No surprise it's also inefficient."
Actually the example you linked is efficient. There are relatively few objects systematically laid out, you can navigate them with the keyboard, menus are clearly labelled, there are no extraneous graphics and there's no cause to wonder where you are on the screen. It's everything a modern flat design is not.
"On small screens, a flatter UI can have some advantages because it uses less screen space"
Could have. But my bank with its flat design uses so much white space on its web site that I can't use it without maximising the browser window and they've even taken to adding text hints about where to click as a substitute for a control that might be out of sight. Lunatics and asylums.
"Oooh, lovely text only interface."
It might not be pretty but you don't have to hunt for the functions and that's a win.
I can imagine the flat interface carried over into a self-driving car. Suddenly the car announces you have to take control. You look around and can't find the steering wheel or brake and the accident is fast approaching...
One gem of the flat style is the so-called hamburger menu. On a reasonable design if you have a link which expands to give a choice it will at least be labelled "Menu" and might even be in the form of a button. Or it might even be a series of first level items on a menu bar - much like our beloved "DATA CENTRE SOFTWARE" etc menu across the top of elReg and each then dropping down to give more choices. With a hamburger menu you get 3 short lines, supposedly a schematised drop-down list but looking equally like a schematised hamburger. This will be lurking in an odd corner somewhere and quite possibly looking much like some of the other irrelevant bits of graphic design on the page.
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