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"Also interesting was the difference in cleanliness of various facilities towards the end of the day."
Amongst the instructions "Please leave these facilities as you would expect to find them" is a common one. The differences you note are the consequence of differing expectations.
"Does that go as far as a full transcript of the proceedings?"
You might have to pay for a full transcription to be made. The judge and barristers will make their own notes ?in longhand but if the official reporter is using shorthand it will all have to be typed out from that. The official reporter would use the shorthand if asked to read back a reply but from one story I heard there didn't even seem to be any systematic preservation of the shorthand notes after the case had finished.
I'm not sure of the situation regarding audio recordings. They were being trialled back in one court in my day but it's a long time since then.
"If I'm beta-testing something, I expect a big discount and a free upgrade to the finished product as compensation for my time and help"
I think your expectations are out of date. Whatever you buy you're probably a beta-tester with added data-slurpage.
If they're so stealthy perhaps we could claim we have a couple of full squadrons already operational but nobody can actually see them.
There was supposed to have been a fly-over of the Derwent dams in commemoration of the anniversary but it didn't happen because of unfavourable wind conditions. However I think they must have had the Tornado flypast; one appeared close to us yesterday afternoon.
I'm sure 100 years ago every person with a horse was laughing at those idiots with their automobiles going 10 mph and running out of fuel after 25 miles while the horse simply "refulled" by eating some grass on the side of the lane.
From time to time there are TV programmes about weird inventions. It seems that for everything that worked - such as the motor car - there were a whole stock of things that you've never heard of, largely because they were solutions to problems most people didn't need to have solved.
"Doesn't the GDPR do this (make a nominated person - probably very senior - ultimately culpable)?"
Even better. Although a DPO has to be nominated there are provisions for directors or other senior officers to be held responsible and although the actual words aren't used that's effectively ex officio. IIRC the relevant section of the new Bill (should it ever get through Parliament) is S191.
"The bogeyman of the hoarders of personal data, GDPR, also reared its head. Black Duck noted that responsibility for compliance lies not only with auditing one's own code and processes, but also ensuring that any open source in use is also compliant."
In what way does GDPR say anything about code? It's all about data, specifically personal data, and what you do with it. It makes no difference whatsoever as to the technical details of how it's processed; even your salesman's little black address book is subject to it.
I'm building raised beds in the garden. I could do with some of their top-quality BS as a soil improver.
"It decided to outsource the service as it lacked the necessary skills to transform services through better use of IT, the NAO said."
This is the central problem. Those are also the skills needed to supervise an outsourcing contract. A successful IT operation must start with a core team in-house with adequate knowledge to understand what the business or organisation needs and what's available to meet those needs. With that in place they can then make a sensible decision about whether to outsource or to develop in-house, bringing in external help on an as-needed basis.
"I, at least, won't be expecting complete adherence on the date from registries that got no guidance."
The registries have had as much guidance as everyone handling PII in other lines of business. GDPR mandates various behaviours which affect registries. That mandate overrules any clause in the ICANN contract which is in conflict.
"This puts the European registries in a tight spot."
It shouldn't. Like everyone else they've had plenty of warning. As you say, statute law overrules contractual terms so ICANN's contract terms will shortly become invalid with respect to any data subject resident in the EU irrespective of where the registrar is or the TLD of the registration. The registries should have realised this and made their preparations in good time. The only question remaining is what do the contracts say about terms being made illegal - does the contract remain in force with only the affected terms struck out or is the entire contract invalidated?
" you think that going to a conference like this is actually making you a better person, then you're simply not very good and should be in another industry. "
To be fair, discovering the pointlessness of this is a rite of passage. If you don't grok what's wrong after the second conference that convincingly contradicts everything that was so convincing in the first then you really should be in another industry; probably management consultancy.
"Under the Computer Misuse Act, such an action would be illegal without authorisation."
It doesn't apply within the Ecuadoran embassy although they may have their own legislation about that. If they were to charge him they'd probably have to take him to Ecuador to stand trial. The trip might go via a British court and possibly jail here. Sweden might get involved as well.
"You put the code the developers write on the same system as your data"
You put the code on some 3rd party "serverless" server. Now where do you put the data? In some other location? Then you expose the data directly to the internet so the serverless server can access it. Let's think of all the ways that could go wrong.
would might identify 50 people, one of which would be me."
It depends on the rate of false negatives but given your figures, what happens to the other 49? How many of them get picked up, held for a few hours, searched, miss trains, get locked up because they refuse to give anyone the password to their phone?
"It's a prefilter."
That was my reaction. If it was doing a good job at that it would be worthwhile. But even for a prefilter that rate of false positives is very high and raises the question of how many false negatives there are. Is there adequate reason to suppose it's doing a better job than picking faces out at random?
" If the phone service were not provided that maintenance costs that are currently chaged to your phone line will simply be added to your broadband charges."
Let me amend that. In the fibre future you'll still be charged for the upkeep of the line and it may indeed at some point be less than it costs OR to maintain the current structure. However you'll also have to contribute your share to pay off OR's loans for the cost of rolling out the new system plus the interest charges on those loans.
So will the rest of us, irrespective of whether or not we wanted anything more than FTTC. The chorus of "FTTC is not enough" have done their work. Now OR have got a means of getting a price increase past OFCOM.
"I've no use for a voice line in the house but I've got to bloody have one to get broadband."
You may not have noticed that the broadband arrives in your house via the same set of wires as your phone. If the phone service were not provided that maintenance costs that are currently chaged to your phone line will simply be added to your broadband charges.
"It is attracted by ordinary matter - its gravity - but goes straight through it and out the other side. Why? because it is the electrostatic forces that present surfaces, that repel things when they get close."
On a cosmological scale it's gravity that counts. It's gravity that holds galaxies together, not electrostatic forces. Electrostatic forces come into play at smaller scales. Electrostatic forces stop your hands passing through each other but when we see galaxies interacting it's gravitational forces that determine the outcome.
We're also told that dark matter, like ordinary matter, forms its own structures on cosmological scales. What's not clear is why ordinary and dark matter cosmological structures don't coincide given that they have a mutual attraction. I'd expect to see a single set of structures with dark and ordinary matter being similarly distributed.
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