Type your comment here — plain text only, no HTMLAnd here I thought they were going to dump 1p and 2p coins at long last. Worth more as metal than a coin or so I've hear on the rumor mill, though its illegal to smelt them.
HM Treasury is looking at the possible replacement of the Combined Online Information System. A spokesperson for the department told GC News that work has begun on Project Oscar, which could possibly lead to the creation of a new database called the Online System for Central Accounting Reporting. If it is adopted, it would …
I too was expecting some new coins to look forward to... I was hoping the fiddly 5p was going to be made easier to pick up by people who, like me, still bite their finger nails.
Our coins are very boring compared to the Euro coins, especially the 1 (or 2...?) Euro which has 2 colours. Shiny shiny...
It's the source of those reports on *what* departments spend how *much* on *what* IT projects.
So yes its replacement which *should* promote even greater transparency on govt spending (particularly IT spending) on a *regular* (as opposed to one off) basis *does* matter.
It's the thing that *enables* the coalition to publish such information in the first place.
And El Reg to report it.
sensationalist bylines to attract views??? smacks of desperation...
I thought pinky and perky running the country has made a sensible decision for a moment there...
far more interesting than some random government ICT project that will no doubt be over budget and delayed by four years - just in time for the new government to scrap it...
Is it using Access? I think some details on the underlying technology should be given, considering that this is an ICT rag?
strictly speaking a "byline" is not only an author's name, typically it can summarise the article as well (what, for example, would you call the line that appears under the headline on your home page?).. But yes, I meant "headline" in this case, typing faster than my brain/finger filter could cope...
Hmm. Unlike some, we don't write headlines for search engine optimisation purposes. We try to entertain as well as inform.
So no, I don't accept our COINS| Coins pun is unacceptable.
Now, to be a journalist nerd:
UK newspaper style is to not use full stops in acronyms - we write:
"IBM" not "I.B.M."
It is also, although this is in decline somewhat, standard UK practice to turn four letter or longer acronyms into words, if they sound like words.
So CDMA, but Nato, Nasa and... Coins.
The Guardian sums up British usage here - http://guardian.co.uk/styleguide/a#id-2829413