They do; they post them to 15 year olds, who then have to go through a complex process when they lose them to get it back again. Because of course 15 year olds look after such things.
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Re: Funny Sound Bite on Radio 4 This morning
Because of course you've had great success with a grumpy teenager who you've politely asked to switch off their phone during dinner or to allow them to get some sleep.
It would be great if I could run a script on leaving the house that switched off wifi, switched GPS on, turned volume to max, opened Runkeeper, ready for my commute by bike. Takes a minute or two just now, especially as location is hidden away behind the privacy tab.
(If I could already do this and just haven't realised, please poke fun at me and then tell me how to do it)
God their software was awful too. We bought it as an internal search engine to combine a number of data stores (intranet, shared drives, Exchange public folders etc) but it never really worked, despite the number of times the consultants came on site and set up their spiders to crawl the network, and the huge security holes we opened for them to crawl through (Exchange admin account, NT domain admin etc). Probably worked ok on anonymous websites but that wasn't what they sold us it as.
Re: Fuckety bye...
Something that she had to be forcibly reminded of when she claimed not to have been briefed on the targets. Ooops, how did that leak out?
Re: Applicants must be women of child bearing age only
I presume this is supposed to be a joke. And I also presume that you have never had someone working for or with you who has gone on maternity leave. Women returning to the workplace after they have given birth are awesome employees I have found; organised, focused, loyal etc
Because they don't; or are you somehow claiming that only dumpy white or Asian males are capable of engineering? A workforce that reflects society better is also likely to be better for the company. An engineering example; palm print recognition used to be excellent at differentiating between white male subjects but rubbish when it came to black palms, and black women in particular. I wonder why that might have been?
Re: Data retention
They really aren't. The problem with each force having a system for this and a system for that. No link between custody systems, criminal history systems etc, probably because someone in the past claimed that there were "Big Brother implications" of a link between someone not yet charged, and a later person who had been charged with something.
Facial Recognition works well enough for the police to be able to spot those members of the Green Brigade who have sent along someone else to the police station to sign the book while they are at Parkhead and shouldnt be there because of a Football Banning Order.
Re: Start With Your Passport Photo
And the opportunity for the person who is of good character and has countersigned your photo as being of a true likeness going to prison as a result is quite high.
A friend of mine was working on object recognition like this 15 years ago. Unsurprisingly it had lots of military uses but he was trying to get it to read road signs and then tell the driver what signs he was going past; warnings, speed limits etc. It could recognise tanks, but only if they had a big white cross painted on them to help them stand out from the background.
I like the idea of a fixed result in a democratic decision making process; can we choose the 1945 UK General Election please. No Tories ever again, nationalisation and socialist principles at the heart of a workers government.
Oh, was it just decisions you approve of that can never be overturned?
Re: Shame (the libs)
Abandoning democracy? Like having another vote some time later that might come up with a different result? Can we go back to the 1945 general election then, and just sit at that for the rUK for all time, with the 2015 result for Scotland. Or is it just referenda (advisory ones at that) that can never have their results changed?
When a Surface Book 2 appears, I have a credit card waiting.
I use a Surface Pro 3 at work, best laptop I've ever had.
DEFRA deals only with reserved matters at Westminster; the Scottish Government has responsibility for fisheries, forestry, agriculture etc in Scotland.
Honestly, before devolution journalists used England and UK synonymously; now when they could just refer to England, they don't.
Re: PC World still exists?
There was a Chewing The Fat sketch with them flogging extended warranties 'for total peace of mind' on batteries.
Re: First Past the Post
Hooray, someone else who gets that electoral systems (and their names) are important. France has first past the post; you need to be elected with 50% of the votes, or the top two go into a run off. UK elections use plurality - 'most votes wins' - for each constituency. As a form of shorthand, FPTP made sense when there were two parties, now we have three and four way marginal, and it doesn't. Call it most votes wins, but even that doesn't work (as in 1951, where Labour got more votes overall, but lost the election). Its not like there aren't better systems to use with all the advantages (named representation is still a big thing) such as the Additional Member system used in Scotland. The disadvantage of that being that there is a likelihood of coalition unless one party gets an overwhelming support (Scotland in 2011 for example) but it has to be better than a system that allows a party with barely 40% of the vote to be propped up by 10 orange loyalists, whose opinions seem to count for more than they should.
Re: Get what you wish for
I cannot imagine the circumstances in which this would be allowed under the Civil Service Code.
Of course I cant connect over the wifi here, and have to use my Mifi device.
Oh no, I'm in a coffeeshop, using my government issued Surface Pro. Does this mean I am a spy?
Housing Control in 5G Standard?
Given that large numbers of folk live in partial or complete Faraday cages, how is 5G going to sort that out?
It was The Incredibles that had a section on the dangers of capes, no?
Edna Mode was quite strongly opposed to them, and they [spoiler] led to the destruction of a certain baddie.
Pish, as we say in Scotland. It is not their main policy; that would be Independence. And the named person scheme is a formalising of good practice, where information known about a child is shared in their best interests with just one named individual. If it works properly, it can mean less data sharing of the trivial variety as professionals know who to speak to rather than ask around. Every time a Serious Case Review reports following a death, the constant refrain is that no one had the big picture about the child's life, lots of people knew a little but didn't know who to tell.
Re: First the Brexit vote, now this.
MPs consistently vote in ways that a majority of their constituents may not want, on a variety of issues, but historically capital punishment is one where a majority of constituents are/were in favour of it returning but the representatives who we pay to think about things deeply looked at the complicated issues around the subject and decided on several occasions that they were not in favour of it returning (and would not be whipped into so doing).
Re: on the plus side?
Sadly us Scots will be excluded from this (which is partly why the section has not yet been enacted) because Scots Law does not allow punitive damages like this.
But What Does It Mean?
I'm stuck on 6Mbps ADSL in central Edinburgh; I could switch to Virgin and get more speed, but at the expense of having to change all the bundled services that I get from BT (the only option when I was an early adopter for ADSL in 2001), and disrupting my phone, tv etc, as well as adding to the cost.
What I'd like would be an option of FTTC or FTTP that wasn't as disruptive, and moved us away from bundled services, so I could pay a little for the bundled services (email, backup hosting) and separately for access, making competition between internet providers a reality.
Re: it amazes me..
I live in central Edinburgh and I cannot get FTTC because cabinet 17 on the Morningside exchange is not upgraded and there are no plans from BT to do so. I could get Virgin to install cable, but that involves drilling holes in my house and running cables over my garden as well as losing my email address etc. I get about 7mbps down on a good day, with disconnections if it is windy or rainy.
Not Just That
Yesterday I had the problem that the sub accounts on my main BTinternet.com address were all being polled at the same time as the main one. Those are used by my kids who don't get what 'spam filters' are for, so masses of ancient spam and adverts flooded into my mailbox. Happens every so often but not for a year or so.
What about if you are not compatible?
The pop up says my laptop is compatible; Sony says otherwise and says W10 will blue screen because of the switchable graphics on my Vaio that Sony say they wont sort or write a new driver for.
If the One For All device allowed me to manage my Denon 2307 receiver that would be great value for money. The Denon manual is written in an entirely different form of English and the UI is impenetrable.
Re: Hold on there commander
Neither set of elections involve FPTP, they are not in France which does have FPTP, ie candidates are elected with 50%+1 of the vote in the first or second round of voting. Designed for the 4th and 5th Republics
Westminster elections are done on plurality, where the candidate in the constituency with the most votes wins. Could be 1 vote, could be by 1 vote. If there were only two candidates then one would by definition have 50% plus (outside of a dead heat), but very few Westminster elections (as opposed to LA ones) involve so few. More typical to have 4 or more, especially in a byelection.
Holyrood is most definitely not a combination of FPTP and PR, it is AMS, where candidates are elected in constituencies and then the regional votes (not national) are adjusted so that the result more fairly reflects the overall vote. It takes quite extreme voting patterns to get to an overall majority and it was assumed that this was never going to happen after the first two coalitions and then a minority government but the current SG had an overall majority, and on current polls that will continue after next years election. It has worked pretty well so far, with a few independents, greens, trots etc elected. I'd prefer if the party didn't get to agree the lists.
Given their helmets, those are not Police Scotland officers, and RIPA is not Scottish legislation (there is a separate RIPSA). Are you sure of your facts other than that?
Any chance they could finish the Infinity roll out first?
Central Edinburgh and I cannot get FTTC; my cabinet has been marked as due to get Infinity for over three years now but it never happens. I can move supplier (although getting Virgin to give you just internet access looks a challenge) but I'd lose an email address I've had for 16 years, and the hassle of that is probably not worth a faster download speed.
At least it isn't the old Syntegra business unit. They really were appalling - we had their call centre software at work.
Re: Only too right
I think you need to go watch the film 'Her' . Loving an OS is the plot.
My mobile has had 15 spam call centre rings today, where I normally get one a week. My data probably compromised in this. A coincidence?
We don't have FPTP, for GB elections we have plurality, the candidate in the constituency with the most votes wins.
French elections have a post (50% turnout plus one) that you have to be first past. That has worked well in the fifth republic to allow (normally) a second round run off between the best placed candidate from the left and right.
And to talk about 'paying off the deficit' is just nonsense. The deficit is the growth in the national debt. The best way to pay off the national debt (and which the good Keynesian economists out there would recognise) is to do so when your economy is growing and there are more taxes coming in from workers and less benefits paid out to the unemployed.
Re: NI numbers?
NI numbers are issued when your parents claim child benefit for you. Its used as a proxy so we can all pretend that we don't have a national identity number; instead we have five or six.
Re: Suitable Punishment
Beat me to it.
Re: If I was stupidly rich...
I regularly go shopping in my 1973 DS23. Nice big boot, and lots of comments in the car park at Waitrose.
What Is this Infinity Thing I Hear About?
One mile from the centre of Edinburgh and I cant get Infinity or an indication of when it might be available. I have a 13 year old ADSL engineer install from BT; maybe that's why. When I moved here from the previous flat, BT didnt even have a method to move ADSL from one circuit to another (you took a new primary email address), so I guess there has been some progress.
What British Justice is this?
The MOJ is a Whitehall department with no responsibility for Scotland.
I'd rather be gullible
than a racist troll.
Re: Upgrade or wait?
One thing to watch for; if you have your music compressed on your phone but not your PC, previous updates would fail as they tried to restore the uncompressed music and then failed when they ran out of space.
Also, my 3GS doesnt currently have turn-by-turn navigation in Maps; isnt that one of the main features added by this upgrade (and therefore worth doing?)
Re: "French cars are not exactly known for their long term reliability"
Well, my 39 year old DS seems pretty reliable, but of modern hire cars I loved the 306 Estate I drove in the spanish mountains 12 years ago
Re: Mitt Romney Rules!
Hey, the dog just likes fresh air.
Personally, I just wonder about the Sherman's ability to even consider a candidate who cant remember his own first name (clue, its not Mitt).
Re: Therefore it must be done.
So its just a coincidence that smoking rates are down as the price has gone up hugely?
Re: Much as like the idea.....
For every case that churns, there is less chance that those witnesses will turn up next time. The defence system is based on this; never plead until the last minute and only if you've checked the witnesses are there. There is astonishing waste in the justice system
If this is his level of understanding of government after 7 years, then we are well shot of him. For central government, there is only one Home Office, or DWP/HMRC. They have pretty unique requirements, that are not the same as any other organisation, so they have bespoke systems. Leveraging in COTS products creates the sort of nightmares that the CSA faced when using a system from Florida that couldnt handle such arcane concepts as VAT. Yes, where a service is generic (postcode checking, input validation etc) then a cloud service is usable, but not for most caseworkers and policy makers/knowledge workers, who will really love that application latency as their screen redraws as data comes back from India, Iceland and Indiana, rather than the empty datacentre in the basement.