Re: Cruel and unusual
A Microsoft sales droid took the
right wrong person out to lunch?
16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014
"Asking anyone who is used to Linux to move to Windows - and, worse still, to use Outhouse - is cruel and unusual punishment."
As far as I can make out from the article it was a Linux server that was being replaced and we're not told what the previous desktop or mail client was. It seems unlikely that they'd have swapped a Linux desktop out just because they'd swapped the server. So here we have a Windows or Mac user having their mail client swapped out. If the user had actually been, as the headline almost certainly misstates, a Linux user he'd just have fired up his existing mail client and connected it to the new server.
"Other staff have just the same responsibility to learn how to continue to do their job, be reasonable, respectful, and proportionate to the problem at hand, as we do."
You need to be able to see it from the other side.
The user has been doing their job for years. They know how to do it Doing it is their job.
Suddenly an unasked for change is imposed which means they now find themselves in the position that what they've known for a long time no longer amounts to knowing how to do their job.
Their job hasn't changed.
What they know hasn't changed.
What they need to know has been arbitrarily (at least as far as they can tell) changed.
So now instead of doing their job they need to acquire a whole lot of new knowledge which takes time and doing that isn't their job, at least not as they see it.
“The problem with Australians is they are very slow. They ask their lawyer, they ask their financial adviser, they ask their family, they ask everybody. The Chinese don’t ask anybody, they come off the plane, buy their unit and go.”
Easy come, easy go. If it was you you did the hard earning of the cash you're careful of it on your only purchase. If not then you can afford a few misses amongst the many.
"As every day goes by I believe more and more that Brexit is a huge mistake"
Unfortunately some people will cling to this mindset regardless of all that has and is happening.
What's all this stuff that's happened and is happening that's supposed to show us that it isn't a huge mistake? I know there are occasional quotes that the negotiations are all going well but given that it's politicians saying that it gets discounted by almost 100% without any solid evidence to show for it.
The real question is if the gov will take the saving and the opportunity of freedom to make good decisions for the country or if they will continue with what we did while in the EU/worse.
The "No true Scotsman" excuse being warmed up already.
for some die hard EU supporters they also want the same destructive goals if we leave the EU
No we don't want this. We do, however, see it as the inevitable consequence of doing this damn stupid thing in the damn stupid way we voted against.
"Does government and general public has a complete understanding how to practically make this separation happen and what will it mean for UK."
Not in the least. That's why so many of them voted for it, including in areas where major employers were EU bases for non-EU corporations.
Would it be too much to ask that you STFU with the whinging and actually try and make it work?
How? If you have an answer please let the cabinet know because they don't seem to have one.
Or would you really prefer to see it all end in disaster just so you can stand in the queue at the dole office telling everyone "Well, I told them so." ?
No we wouldn't but have a nasty suspicion that that's what will happen anyway. And when it does you'll scarcely be able to find anyone who claims to have voted leave.
"BigCo buys online advertising to sell its product, SpecialStuff.
Googazon sells ads to BigCo, and makes much money."
I think you've missed out several steps here. Somewhere in there is an ad agency selling to BigCo. They then place the ads with a chain of several businesses before it gets to your Googazon, each taking their cut.
It's one of those that's in cahoots with your BotBuilder to increase the number of cuts they get. Of course it's in the interests of all the others in the chain to make sure this doesn't happen - or is it?
"What the hell did you do that for? Given that the internet has given you access to a world wide market , it'd be a coincidence if the best deal was at the local independant retailer - and also it was a carryable size item, ideal for posting."
It depends on the purchase and how you do the carrying. Yesterday I went to a local independent builders' merchant to buy some stone product. I carried it home by car. I'd dread to think what postage might be or how it might be managed (70 stones, each individually wrapped and posted?) but delivery by the vendor would have added nearly 20% to the cost.
"They have access to a damn' sight better data than your gut instincts, or mine, or even their own."
And what data do they have on the reaction so commonly expressed here: that after being subjected to obnoxious advertising the potential customer will go elsewhere? They can show net effects of advertising but I doubt they'd even dare go looking for the negative effects.
"I guess the HR wonks have just cut and pasted a spec from another older job."
Alternatively HR only provided something very vague and then someone at the agency googled 'list of PC operating systems'.
Or maybe it's just a case of hiding what they're really interested in in a list of other stuff. Can't tell you what it really is. Security.
Company after company is pushing "self-assessment" kits to prove how under-prepared organisations are, while others are selling various widgets, gizmos and services that claim to help them comply.
Given that so many companies have shown themselves to be unprepared to deal with what's already law and has been for a few decades not I'd have thought that anything which spurs them into activity should be considered a Good Thing.
"SELECT TOP 100 FROM students ORDER BY InfluentialFriendRelationWeight, FamilyWealth DESC"
Not entirely. You've got to iterate your way through this eliminating any who are paired in the list with someone already selected.
Personally I'd go with the "if list is less than 150" approach. If it's more than 150 allocate any that don't appear on the dean's list, then sort the students on the list in DESC order of the number of occurrences. The one who appears most is obviously a trouble maker so eliminate, take any of his pairs who aren't paired with someone else and add them to the allocation until it reaches 100.
In real life, of course, my sort is probably fairly near the reverse of yours as obnoxiousness would correlate strongly with InfluentialFriendRelationWeight and FamilyWealth.
"Given the way that technology is going, I suspect that the future is going to involve file systems that were designed specifically for flash storage."
I think that, in response to malware, we might have to start looking at storage in a new way. Rather than letting any old application write to whatever lump of storage to which the user has access it will need to ask a service to do the writing and the service will ensure that the application has the appropriate credentials.
"All organisations have a duty under the Data Protection Act to keep people's personal information safe and secure,"
I wonder if that carries an implication about what sort of response would be required.
Here's an analogy. A ship operator has a responsibility to keep passengers safe from falling overboard. The first line of this might be a guardrail. But if, despite this a passenger were to go over the side then one would expect some form of rescue attempt - anything from throwing a lifebelt to calling out air-sea rescue as appropriate.
So perhaps a mere "oops" to the ICO isn't sufficient response to a breach. The requirement to keep data subjects safe continues and one element of discharging that would be to alert those affected to that they could help themselves - in addition, of course, to any additional help from the company which would be appropriate.
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