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Why worry. Just accept it. The one thing history teaches us is that ALL empires and powers fall or decay and are replaced with something else - sometimes better, sometimes worse. It may take centuries or decades, but that change is inevitable.
Personally, as a UK citizen sat here somewhat amused as I watch the country slowly go down the pan - I feel no allegiance or obligation to it whatsoever. It's just the country I happened to be born in, and unfortunately I wasn't consulted in advance.
I'm not sure it is any more as I like to discuss this with a friend who is a senior officer on a big Maersk container vessel. I know in the leisure sphere that the RYA takes the view that you should know how to navigate using charts and stuff etc, with GPS being a good tool "but not to be relied upon" due to failure.
But I think the whole commercial and military view is that GPS and such like is the primary source with good old charts and stuff being the secondary method and for close inshore work.
Happy to be corrected.
"DR" or dead reckoning (i.e. course + speed + time) is slightly easier for a power vessel as they are less inclined to be influenced by tidal streams and leeway. For a sailing yacht however we also need to account for both of these, which when having done so ends up giving us the "EP" or estimated position. If near a coastline this might then be backed up by a 3 point fix.
Other than that, I'm based near the Solent myself, so what a lovely week they must be having mooching about in the Channel what with this sunny calm spell we are having.
Just wondering, if this goes along the bottom, and the average depth of the good old Atlantic is about 3.5km, how long does that make this cable overall? Is it one long piece that the boat has to carry, or is it constructed in sections that are delivered as it goes along its route?
"Actually, commercial vessels have used n Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) for some time. No one in the commercial world has used charts for decades."
Agreed. And this stance is also now filtering down to the leisure market where a lot of yachties I know now only use electronic charts such as Navionics on mobile tablets and dedicated integrated chartplotters etc.
Personally, I don't necessarily disagree and everything has its place I guess, but I l still have a love of paper charts and old school navigation techniques to the point where I'm just about to buy a sextant and start my Ocean Yachtmaster course.
That said, my yacht only cruises at about 6knts, and in fog, GPS, AIS, Radar etc. are all invaluable tools.
Perhaps, but I didn't get the sense from the book that EH started out to be awful. I got the sense that she genuinely believed she could, and was, changing the world. I think she got carried away with her own press and that brickbat Silicon Valley mentality that "impossible is just an opinion".
More, she then put herself in a tight corner via the slow dripping of real-world design and test problems with the blood machines, which then led to the false statements, lies, mis-directions and threats to cover or hush them all up.
Balwani on the other hand has been repeatedly proven as a serial liar and does read like a nasty and rotten fruit loop.
I've been fascinated by this case for a while and have read the John Carryrou book twice, and also seen the documentaries. To me it seems they both know it wouldn't work; they specifically put in place competitors equipment to complete the blood tests that they said that their solution was producing, and then lied to investors and other potential customers about contracts that they had with the US DoD. All of that is pretty much documented.
Also the amount of testimony about how Theranos tried to prevent, and threatened anyone from speaking about "working at Theranos" is also telling.
I get that EH was driven, but I also think she's a bit of a sociopath who (A) really REALLY wanted to be Steve Jobs, (B) Absolutely stage managed her image and voice, and (C) couldn't accept that her idea wouldn't work.
Was she abused? Well, I don't know, but from what I've read most people say that she was a "force of personality" so I very much doubt it.
Did Balwani abuse her, again, no idea - but he does come over as a bit of a self aggrandising twat / liar who probably will get everything he deserves.
Similar to most large organisations these days, I assume a large proportion of that will be spent on bean counter centric strategies that (A) put costs before actual "public service", (B) prevent or dissuade people from actually being able to make contact in the first place, and (C) reduce the overall number of people employed, because, you know... less people always == better service right?
But surely this just brings the nonsense all back home. The message I take from that is that Jeebus only lasted 40 days in the desert before he gave into the physiological limits of thirst and hunger. The fact he came back at all only presses home the fact that he never really had the conviction to die for his purported beliefs and should be roundly ignored.
Thank heavens for those Romans who really did the initial experimentation of money vs mouth.
Like most things credited with being "AI" I'll just put my jumper down for a goalpost and call this another pile of old bollocks.
I'm assuming we'll all be able to go back to this company after the Euros and laugh at them and their seemingly lacking grasp of what AI actually is, and that what they are doing... isn't.
And yes, bring back the Octopus albeit that I assume he ended up in a pasta salad a long time ago.
"So as you can see, that tax benefit does fund a significant proportion of this incremental FTTP build"
Yeah, nice words. I'd be highly surprised if ANY of that actually goes towards improvements in either service or operations.
More like the normal snouts in the trough will get their dividends and other backhanders.
Sounds about right. Whilst the sums involved are vast magnitudes less, I have several experiences that spring to mind of being involved in ERP and other solutions procurement processes for UK regulated businesses where Oracle have challenged scoring despite very clearly not fulfilling the response requirements of the underlying RFP or regulated tendering process itself.
Notwithstanding the fact that they do obviously win a lot of business, I think perhaps some parts of their organisation (in the UK at least) have this view that the rules don't apply to them, or that they can just bully their way through to a successful conclusion.
I agree, and this is the sole reason I am and remain a contractor. Yes, the money is good - but I like the fact that I and I alone am in charge of my time and direction. Across my work career I've taken quite a few sabbaticals - or "mini retirements" as I call them and my next year out is planned for when I finish my current contract in February :-)
I agree. I'm lucky enough to have worked throughout and am now planning to sell up and move onto a sailing boat while I continue to do IT work remotely and at the same time continue to build my day-trading pot to keep the pocket money coming in.
Still a bit of work to do - but it's all very exciting.
I have to say I found he article a bit TLDR, not necessarily with the El Reg reporting of it, but I find Which to be a bit of a scaremonger that is quite happy to take " minor risks" and present them as "critical issues" as long as it gets them some publicity.
However, where did you read this about lack of support if you switch routers? I have had a VM router in my house in one form or another for the last 8 years and they have never raised any form of issue with my having it in modem only mode and connected upstream from my 3rd party router.
"And the app only reminds you to wash your hands for 20 seconds when it detects you are actually washing you hands."
If that is the sort of thing you need to be reminded of, when you are actually doing the thing you are being reminded about - then you do truly need all the help you can get.
That seller is optimistic if he thinks that anyone will pay £1500 for it. But hey, EBay right?
I would have thought the best end for it would be to dismantle it piece by piece, give the components to an electrical waster or recycling firm, and then just walk away and get on with your life.
I think you've intentionally missed the point. I read this to mean that Apple see "platform" as both the hardware and software layer combined.
Still, nice of them to keep 30% of my (sometimes) hard earned cash just to "protect" me eh? Can someone get them to explain how? And once they have validated that that transaction has been made "securely" why they aren't only charging a couple of cents on the $ like my bank does.
I'm with Epic on this.
I see it similarly, but slightly different...
"It doesn’t matter to me that my reward is £0.00 or that the lawyers take most of it. What matters is that the company at fault is legally held accountable and forced to change their ways with the knowledge that people are now paying full attention."
This is my view as well. Bearing in mind that the burden of proving the guilt or "crime" would have been on the Post Office, at what point did the defendents legal teams not reply :
1. Defendants (presumably) all had historically correct accounts up to the point they started using the new system?
2. Defendants (presumably) all started to find and then be accused of accounting discrepancies at the point of starting to use the new system.
It's just too big a coincidence and I'm surprised it even passed the legal sniff test.
"the state changed the specification once the project had started. For example, it did not inform Workday of its need for a Labor Cost Distribution solution "until the configuration and prototype stage of the deployment.""
Err... An RFC perhaps? A change request process? A programme change management and governance function?
Sounds like all parties are at fault in this clusterf**k.
"a boiling water tap for instant tea and coffee seems to be the killer app here. "
Doesn't make sense unless the respondents really didn't take it seriously, or they targeted lots of those insecure / hero types that feel they can't be away from their desk for more than a few minutes. Going down to the kitchen to make tea and/or to have that regular break from the screen is a very welcome relief, and I would expect part of most companies updated H&S policies for working from home for extended periods. It certainly was at the client I'm working for.
I think you just need to remind yourself that (A) a lot of these smaller "consultancies" post fictitious jobs, or repost others adverts simply to harvest CVs from people. Also, (B) the entire recruitment industry is mostly filled with people that couldn't hack it or make it in the industries that they recruit for; and (C) the entire recruitment industry is mostly filled with B & C - Ark type people that couldn't hack it or make it in ANY industry... hence why most of them have no clue about the actual jobs they are trying to fill.
Commercially, deliverables and the responsibility for the ownership and delivery of them are usually detailed out in the work contract between the two parties.
The overarching Programme and Project plan is then usually pulled together by the "owner" of the overall plan, from the leads from different workstreams such as Development, Data migration, Testing, Release, Business change etc etc. It is then their responsibility, sometimes with the assistance from a PMO or project support team to pull all of this together into a whole and then validate that (A) it works as an end to end plan, and (B) do all of the disparate teams and stakeholders agree to, and support it.
So who "owned" the plan?
Either way though, the PMs from both sides should have been regularly reviewing the plan and raising risks and issues etc if they felt it didn't work.
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