Re: 1 - 2 - 3 - Not it!
No longer. Remember GDPR is now active.
16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014
"European data regulators should not be allowed to decide what Internet users around the world find when they use a search engine."
And the point is being well and truly missed. European data regulators aren't deciding what internet users around the world find. They're empowering individuals to decide what should not be found about themselves. It's a big difference. It's about individual data subject's rights.
"Many companies where I have worked operate on the 'budget protection' mindset where each manager jealously guards their own budget so that they look as efficient as possible."
Ah, budgets. And what happens when different budgets fragment the ability to manage as a whole. I'm pretty sure it was lack of coordination between budget holders that resulted in the following sequence at Marylebone station years ago.
Station was repainted. Beautiful job. e.g. there was a bookstall handily placed between the gates to the various platform with a moulded frieze showing the sorts of things they sold, newspapers, books etc. and each individual object on that was individually painted. Must have cost a fortune. Painting budget.
The walls were sandblasted covering all the new paintwork with a coat of dust. Buildings budget.
Some of the tracks adjacent were filled in covering part of the sandblasted wall. Tracks budget.
The whole station entrance was reconfigured demolishing the carefully painted bookstall (which was replaced with a small, far less convenient cave-like space). Utter wanker's budget.
There appeared to have been no budget for running trains; every evening involved a long pause which I interpreted as being the time it took for them to find enough working DMUs to string together to form a train.
"Number spoofing or hiding for these companies should be removed - the telcos must know who they or their agents are as they will be billing someone for the calls!"
I'm all in favour of PAYG. Get a call, dial something like 1472 and get a fee for receiving the call credited to your telephone account. If the telco can't ensure they know the originator to transfer charge they carry the bill. OK, it needs safeguards so you can't get a fee from Auntie Mabel every time she calls. But as a general mechanism I think you'll find cold calling disappears almost immediately.
"What's the odds that the first iffy company director that the ICO pokes a fine at will be a poor dupe living off state benefits who didn't even realize they had a company directorship?"
It's not an aspect of company law I had reason to look into but I'd guess the penalties for setting someone up like that are pretty substantial. Apart from anything else it's probably going to be an offence under plain old fraud legislation and the trendy new money laundering stuff as well.
"Once people stop being teens, they stop paying attention to 'what's in'"
As far as I'm concerned most music worth listening to was composed and a great deal of it recorded before I was born, let alone in my teens. It's just that I've spent my time since then discovering more of it.
I often hear "but I like to see the pictures"
I once got an email from the Co-op which consisted only of a picture of text. This is the touchy, feely, all-inclusive Co-op, right? I pointed out to them that not only was it a daft waste of bandwidth, that by default anyone with any internet security sense doesn't open pictures and that it would discriminate against blind recipients because text to speech wouldn't work. I think it was probably the last that did the trick; the other two would be over the heads of marketing.
"Surely this demonstrates that the usually inept ICO is actually far more useless then we thought?"
You underestimate the population's capacity for avoiding thinking about anything that might be complicated. Add in a percentage who desperately don't want to know anything about it because it makes how they make their living illegal and hope ignorance of the law will protect them.
"So for my needs Libre-Office is fine (although I also have Office-2000 with the compatibility pack lying around for reading docx / xlsx). However in my home others need access to Office and the Ribbon because that's what they're comfortable with."
How old is your LO? I've not come across any docx/xslx LO can't read and the later versions also have the optional ribbon interface although it's currently labelled experimental. As I have no familiarity with the MS product I don't know how closely the LO ribbon mimics it but I really found no trouble moving between Office 95 or whatever and OO in the old days.
"It is very unlikely that this would get past any UK referendum on re-entry"
I think it would/will have no problem. The great mystery will be why, as the country proves to be so anti-Brexit, the original referendum produced such a puzzling statistical effect.
"I cant imagine even with the ability of history to forget, rose tint and wash over things that the brexit situation could ever be looked back on fondly. "
Some of us have realised this all the time although I assume this is actually the "No true Scotsman" being rehearsed.
"It is obvious to the EU that May will never risk destroying Britain with a No Deal Brexit"
OTOH she's continually being hounded by the
grass roots backwoodsmen who would. To some extent this might be an attempt to warn them which is indeed a wasted effort as they just call it Project Fear and disregard it. The worry is that it might be a much belated warning to the rest of us what to expect in the not impossible situation that they get their way. The truth is that this is the feasibility study that ought to have been completed and published well before the trigger was pulled, in fact, well before the decision was taken to actually pull the trigger.
Exactly. I spent a good many years as a forensic scientist. Although it wasn't a frequent occurrence we did see a few occasions where the defence called an expert. We had doubts as to the actual level of expertise, especially given the fact that they would claim expertise over much wider areas of the laboratory's work than individual staff members would, and given that we would sometimes have to show them how to operate a particular make of microscope. There were also a few, possibly apocryphal, tales of these independent experts arguing a case from a standpoint of ignorance; an industrial QA operator not aware of how to measure, say the RI of glass to a couple of orders of magnitude better than all that QA required.
mere testimony of an office manager does not meet the criteria for "beyond a reasonable doubt"?
The testimony of an office manager familiar with the operation of the system would be taken as expert evidence. The other side would need to produce counter-evidence from another expert to cast doubt on it.
"Yep, whats worse tho, an outage that microsoft spends it's time fixing or one you do?"
Microsoft's problems arising from an outage are any penalties in its SLA. End user companies' problems arising from an outage are loss of business during the outage, ongoing loss of business from those customers who went elsewhere and didn't come back, and trying to sort out any inconsistencies in data mangled by the outage or resulting from falling back to manual operations.
Who has the greater incentive to keep systems up and running and to fix them when they fall over?
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