1367 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010
Several people have commented on how infrastructure should be in the public ownership, then others say how the UK isn't a shining example of what happens when infrastructure *is* in the public ownership. But the UK infrastructure is actually heading in another direction: Non-profit (or heavily regulated for-profit)
Rail: First, everything was nationalised. Then everything went for-profit private sector. Now, the infrastructure (Rails and some stations) is a government backed non-profit (Railtrack) and the trains are run by for-profit companies.
Phones: Again, everything was nationalised. Then for-profit BT was formed. Then BT was slowly split up, and Openreach (last mile cables) is slowly being pushed towards a non-profit standalone entity.
There was a similar piece of research done on spreadsheets generated by financial bods. They found something like 10% of spreadsheets contained errors affecting the calculations.
But can it crack safes too?
@Steve Davies 3 - Re: Please!
Microsoft is a bug factory
To be fair to Microsoft, all software has bugs. The real question is: Does their software have more bugs than other software vendors? Or is it that they *appear* to have more bugs because their software is used by more people than other vendors?
Statistics: A slippery phenomenon indeed.
Bing, Google, etc...
The problem with maps from Bing, Google, etc is that the information they hold has not been specifically drawn together. Instead, Bing, Google, et al take a load of datasets and try and automatically link them into a map. The data isn't always accurate and there's no human involved to provide sanity checks.
Re: This should be one of the easiest taxes to collect ...
I saw one of these naff police documentaries a while ago. The copper was saying that the in-car ANPR notifies them of so many suspect cars (Tax, insurance, MoT, "wanted for questioning", etc) that they ignore it a lot of the time.
Just like the USB cables?
@Dave 126 - Re: The shape of things to come ...
However, there is a school of thought, as cited by Volvo, that this 'half-way house' approach is potentially dangerous, since human nature is to lose concentration at times.
Other experiments have shown that even when machines are blatantly wrong, humans are very reluctant to take over.
From the El Reg article, it looks to me like the pilots were trying to work around know problems with the automatic systems.
Hint: If you have an automatic system that you have to regularly override because the automatic system can't cope with a situation, then your automatic system might need revising!
@Pascal Monett - Re: the investment didn't make sense
I've been involved in several incidents over the years where I've said to the boss: "We need to spend X to replace an aging/failing system." I'd be asked: "Is it currently broken or about to fail?", and when I replied "No", was told to forget about it.
Later on, the system in question would die and management would complain about people not being able to do their jobs. A blank cheque was usually swiftly provided to replace said faulty system.
@Doctor Syntax Re: What's Wrong with Slurp?
And then people keep saying LibreOffice can't open MS Office documents....
Oh LibreOffice can open MS Office documents.
Whether it can keep the formatting is another matter.
Re: In the middle of the noughties...
To be fair, the small businesses that use these support companies do so because they have no IT skills themselves and can't judge if the companies they're using are sound.
"I see you've written your script on these slides. Shall I convert these slides into a Word document?"
Re: That video would be so boring without the music
I'd kinda hoped it might have closed in a bit further.
you'll sound better snooping will be easier for the NSA if Skype runs in the cloud in America.
A BT spokeswoman said the power issue affected around 10 per cent of internet usage - meaning one-in-ten attempts to connect to the website they want to go to may fail.
Well that's one way to read it. Another, is to that the 10 percent of Internet sites were unavailable (From BT's network) during the outage.
Re: Just this morning?
Looks like the universal IT cure-all of turning it off and back on again has once again fixed the fault.
That assumes the cloud provider does not go down. If they do you are really stuffed.
Absolutely correct. But the same applies to on-prem kit too: If the PSU in your PABX goes bang, you're stuffed until a replacement/fix arrives.
It depends on the solution ;-)
For some, you're stuffed.
For others, you can get local devices which can support a basic level of working if the hosted/cloud data center becomes unavailable.
Remember, that if you're running business critical services in the cloud, you probably want to have two diverse ISP connections to the Internet.
..single ISDN links because failures were generally in the PBX, not the line
Really?!? I've been in the telecoms/IT world for 20+ years, and the BT ISDN lines have always been the most unreliable part of a phone system.
Re: I love how
If WhatsApp genuinely are not able to hand over messages (Either because they don't have them or can't decrypt them) then the government and courts are wasting their time. Unless, of course, the government & courts believe WhatsApp are lying....
(An alternative thought is that the government want WhatsApp to add back-doors to enable them to get at the clear-text messages)
@Steve Davies 3 - Re: Get the facts right
[Openreach] do have the rest of the Telephone network to maintain and upgrade.
Er, no, they don't. Openreach are only responsible for the cabling from the exchange to the customer. The exchange equipment (Phone, data, broadband, etc) is the responsibility of someone else.
Am I missing something vital, but why not contact a local air-con company? Is PG so far off the beaten track that there are no local suppliers?
Size isn't everything...
One key piece of information you're missing is the power consumption of all the equipment in the room.
Re: Obviously the first sounds will be...
Surely that's a Mars shattering kaboom...?
So if there's not enough profit in it for the banks, why don't the government pay the banks to run the scheme? Surely that must be cheaper than the government doing it - and making a mess of it.
@JeffyPoooh Re: "Errors caused Hitomi to spin wildly..."
Sounds like an abstract for an El Reg article there....
Since when has government policy been based on evidence? Policy is decided by either the "old boys" network or money (i.e. party donations, bribes, etc) Logic, Reason & Evidence have nothing to do with it.
I bet this happens when an engineer is out on a job, needs something and their only option is PC World or Maplins.
I read on the BBC website that this particular petition doesn't stand a chance of going anywhere, as it is, in effect, asking for retrospective legislation.
I've had one reseller rescind all their quotes today due to the currency markets. I'm expecting another to say the same in the next hour or so too.
Re: Very weird
I agree. Whenever I've had BT engineers turn up, they're always very strict about adhering to H&S rules.
..Absolute power absolutely corrupts.
@Fatman Re: I always encourage...
An off the top of the head guess is that TT equipment at CO side of things dates back to the last century, thus the shitty performance.
The exchange equipment isn't run by TalkTalk retail, but by TalkTalk wholesale. In my exchange, the TalkTak wholesale equipment is much better than BT's. Fortunately, being with A&A, I get the benefits of the higher speed without dealing with TalkTalk retail.
Re: "Vexatious Litigant"
According to Wikipedia, few American states have Vexatious Litigant laws.
Re: Must be...
Or a Police fan. I wonder if his Facebook password is "DoDoDo"....
Newtown, Einstein, and...?
Newtown was consider right until things started moving at speeds closer to c. What we discovered, wasn't that Newtown was wrong, just that his theory didn't work at a certain scale.
It could be that we're reaching something similar with general relativity. It's not that it's wrong, just that it needs adjustment at certain scales.
The other issue is what MS forces you to buy. Under our license deal with MS, you have to buy a certain number of core licenses, even if you want fewer.
What MS gives with one hand, it takes with the other.
This was also the time when Intel were saying that there wouldn't be a 64-bit version of the x86 processor architecture as the Itanic would be Intel's 64-bit roadmap.
That lasted until Intel saw AMD stealing a lead with their Athlon 64 processors....
And how long did El Reg spend looking for PR contact details on the site...?
Re: It's dead
Dead as Norwegian Blue parrot?
Re: Targets Vs Cost
Also, the late running targets are only measured at the terminating station, not any intermediate station, so you can be as late as you want everywhere except the last stop without any problem.
I seemed to recall this was being clamped down on, as train companies were adding unnecessary time on between the final two stations to try and "catch-up". You had the anomaly that the inbound journey could take two or three times longer than the outbound journey due to this padding.
Targets Vs Cost
Anytime you have a performance target, people will try to achieve it the cheapest/simplest way, which may not be the way you intended. The NHS have discovered this on numerous occasions with hospitals fiddling waiting lists.
Re: Guns can actually be quite dangerous
Sorry to be a pedant, but the press release you linked to says that 172,000 guns were stolen during burglaries, with the other 60,000 stolen during other property crimes.
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