Re: A Government that wants carte blanche with personal information
Poly - Many
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39 posts • joined 16 Mar 2018
For my sins, I am an MCT, and once ran a (successful) course on SQL Server Querying for a company.
As with other Microsoft courses, it was all run in a virtual environment, on laptops I brought in, but using a database (AdventureWorks, for those who have met it) which had nothing to do with the actual line of business.
We finished a few hours early, so the delegates asked if they could put their new skills into practice on the real databases. Since they had a nice training room, with plenty of PCs, I didn't see any problem with this, and the IT manager couldn't see any issues either, so they all set up, practicing joins, sub queries, grouping, and all the other fun you can have with SQL.....
...for about 10 minutes, when the DBA came running in and demanded, in no uncertain terms, to know what the f@&k we were doing to his production servers, which had slowed to a crawl under the extra load.
I was five (and a very important half) and remember the Genesis broadcast, but my first real memory was Apollo 11, being sat down in the school hall, in front of one of those big (for the time) B&W TVs with the wooden doors and being told "watch this, you will never see anything like it again". The teachers were right!
With hindsight, and a nerdy interest in all things space-flight related, I realised that for the UK at least, it was a repeat, since the actual timeline doesn't fit with the school day, but it was an unforgettable experience.
I can also remember being glued to the radio during the Apollo 13 mission, wondering whether Tom Hanks (sorry, Jim Lovell) et.al. would make it back.
"a long car ride and the soundtracks of Frozen and Moana are, in fact, significantly worse "
Having once spent 10 hours in a car with Frozen on endless repeat on a screen just behind my head (plus children singing along where appropriate), I can testify to the accuracy of that comment. By the third repeat, I was ready to hurl the damn things (the screens, not the children, although I was sorely tempted) into the middle of the motorway.
Beer... because I needed several after it was all over
Given the way most large charities seem to be run as businesses (executive pay, perks and admin costs, not to mention chuggers on commission) and treat their alleged "clients" as little more than an afterthought, please pardon my lack of sympathy.
Even "worthy" charities such as the RNLI (and why does Britain need a charity to rescue sailors?) are going rapidly down this route, so I now refuse to give to anything other than small local charities which actually care about the causes they represent.
I agree with other comments about lack of due diligence and proper procedures, which should not have allowed this to happen.
My Dad (now in his 90's) had a laptop with a USB printer. When it died, he got a replacement and shortly after phoned me to say he had trouble printing. I used TeamViewer and could not see the printer, but he assured me it was plugged in properly. Nothing I tried worked, but I was visiting a couple of weeks later....
….that was when I realised that a USB plug would fit perfectly into an Ethernet port.
A little bluetac and stickytape later and the problem should never recur
As I understand it (from a brief conversation with my accountant) you are having to submit a lot more than boxes 1-9. He said all transactions involving a VAT element will need submission so presumably they can match the claimed refunds for one business against the sales for the other.
I said it sounded like a complete clusterfork and he basically agreed. I have used an excel workbook for 15 years - never had any issues or complaints, but now I am going to have to completely revamp it into an HMRC compatible format (I am told Excel is an acceptable method as long as the layout matches what they want). I reckon one day chargeable time used per quarter (at the moment I am 10 mins a week updating the workbook, then 15 mins a quarter pulling out the numbers for the return).
For me the screen resolution is the great thing about the SP and SB - enough to do a decent amount of work rather than flipping windows all the time.
Agree it can cause problems with remote desktop, although the zoom function generally resolves them for me.
I was disappointed that, from a first glance, there are no real improvements in the SP6 - same general memory and processor options, same screen etc. I had hoped for some more ports - a single USB is not enough and maybe a slightly larger screen area (resolution does not need improvement).
I am impressed with Micro$oft's creeping changes:
2FA works with AD.
Domain Admins the world over assume this means their existing ACTIVE Directory
Oops, silly me, it is AZURE Directory (premium at that) so "just a few <currency of choice>"
"Just a few" per user per month suddenly becomes yet another budget drain, plus of course, your internal security directory is in the cloud "for your convenience"
What could possibly go wrong?
At my kids primary school there were some steps in the playground. For "elf 'n' safe tea" reasons, they had a 3 inch fluorescent orange strip carefully painted on each one.
A couple of winters ago the school was closed because (this was in the message that was sent out) the snow had covered the steps so the orange strips were not visible. You couldn't make it up!
In a similar vein, early 1980s watching a boss waiting for his financials printout to emerge from the impact printer. Neatly dressed - business suit (jacket open) and tie, and holding a cup of coffee. He saw an interesting bit emerge, leaned over to look more closely and... I now know that coffee, polyester scraps and high speed printers do not form a good combination
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