Re: I think it's worth remembering ...
"n the UK, GEC might stirs some memories"
As does Ferranti and a few more.
Is it possible that rather than businesses becoming too big to fail they actually become too big to not fail?
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"Then there will be clear policies and training in place about what is acceptable and what is not acceptable, and appropriate level of controls."
Including staff selection policies. If he'd been warned about misuse of company facilities should they have reviewed the level of continued trust placed in him?
"So when a Morrisons employee crashes their car"
Who's "their" in this context? If it's Morrisons' car then very likely their responsbility: either he's on Morrisons' business or he's taken it without their permission and Morrisons failed to have sufficient controls in place. If it was his own can and he was driving for his own purposes then it was nothing to do with Morrisons. However when an employee is using Morrisons' own computing facilities then they have to have some responsibility for what's done with them.
I've got to go out now. I need to get some bread at Morrisons.
“render the court an accessory in furthering Mr Skelton’s criminal aims”
Nice try. Admirable, even.
But it conflates two issues. One is his criminal aims for which, according to TFA he's been tried and convicted. The other is in Morrisons' conducting their business in a manner which allowed him or anyone else to do this whatever the aims.
"The odd thing about it is the public statement on knowing about the case on a specific date before the Bloomberg article was published."
A. Bloomberg's reporters had asked them. B. Whoever planted the story planted it with them. What seems to emerge from the translation is that they'd heard of it but have no direct information themselves.
"you manage highly skilled and intelligent professionals towards a common goal"
I think Linus would dispute the "highly skilled and intelligent professionals" or maybe the "common goal" in those circumstances where he's given off. And you tell me just what management tools he has at his disposal.
“The use of computer decision support systems to better guide treatments and improve outcomes is a much needed approach,”
The crucial word here is "support". They're talking about a decision support system, not a decision making system. If I were looking for a system to support my decision making I'd want it to be able to explain its recommendations to me. What we frequently hear about AI is that the system isn't able to produce anything that looks like reasoning. Is this one different?
"avoiding targeting short-term resuscitation goals and instead following trajectories toward longer-term survival.”
I'm not clear on what this means but ISTM that if resuscitation is needed and you can't meet that goal in the short term you're going to fail to follow a trajectory toward longer-term survival.
Here's my suggestion:
1. This is a technical group dedicated to $name
2. We value members on their technical ability and technical contributions to $name
3. All other aspects of members' lives including but not limited to ethnicity; nationality; age; gender, biological or otherwise; sexual orientation and general life experiences are orthogonal to technical matters and hence of no concern to the group and so we neither value nor devalue members on such bases.
4. Members' opinions of such orthogonal matters and members opinions of other members' opinions to any level of recursion are likewise orthogonal to technical issues relating to $name and hence of no concern to the group and we neither value nor devalue members on such bases.
5. We acknowledge that some members whose technical contributions to $name we value may not be comfortable with discussions of such orthogonal matters. In deference to their feelings, therefore, we choose not to discuss them in the group nor outside the group in relation to group members.
6. We acknowledge that some people are unable to avoid discussing such orthogonal matters. This is not a suitable group for such people irrespective of any technical contributions they may be able to make to $name. They have our sympathy but not our empathy and we wish them well in their search for a group they may find more congenial.
Back in the days of character-based server applications we had the problem of users switching off their monitor at night & wandering off home (or maybe someone else's home - who knew?) without logging out. We had a motd that reminded users to log off but that didn't always influence behaviour. Eventually we added "This includes you $name" and changing the name whenever we discovered someone else logged in. The message got through fairly quickly and the time between name changes got longer until the last miscreant's name was their so long their manager rang and asked us to remove it.
"Properly configured, the worst a customer will see is a long response time."
Properly configured a customer should not even need someone else's computer unless they need access to the system when they're our of range of their own WiFi. And, just in case the WiFi goes down, if they're at home they should be able to do whatever's needed through the control panel.
the cron job that played "cuckoo!" the appropriate number of times on the hour.
The converse of that: back about 1970 when said gadget was the status desk accessory a starling that habitually perched in University Sq Mews in Belfast had the Trimphone ring tone down to a T. I wonder how often the owner of the phone came dashing back to answer non-existent calls. Maybe this is the way to deal with annoying ring tones - have various PCs around the office emit the tone at random times until the owner gives up on using it.
"But anyone with half a clue knows that probably the least restrictive extradition treaty is not the Sweden/USA one"
With a European Arrest Warrant in place the UK couldn't have extradited him to the US anyway. He'd have had to be sent to Sweden. If he'd succeeded in appealing the warrant here then he would have been at risk had the US applied for extradition. It's a moot point whether the then US administration would have bothered with him. The US administration now seems to want to get their little hands on him.
"To be honest if he had not skipped bail he would at most done 6 months at Her Majesty's Pleasure"
If he hadn't skipped bail he wouldn't have committed any offence here, he'd probably have been shipped back to Sweden. It's his skipping bail that makes him liable for imprisonment here.
"Treating him as a dirty rapist who should be thrown in gen pop without a trial is supposed to be wrong?"
Nobody's suggesting that. He should be sent back for trial. What happens after that depends on the outcome of the trial. Whilst not wanting to prejudge such trial one has to wonder if his leaving the country indicated his expectations of the likely outcome of the trial based on his own knowledge of his actions.
"Basically, was he ever in any real danger in Sweden, aside from becoming a convicted rapist?"
Maybe the danger was conviction and then being deport back to Oz from where he very likely would be extradited if anybody could have been bothered. The other danger, of course, was that of being ignored as a no more that a nasty little sex offender.
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