Actually, quite a few bureaucracies can invent self shooting guns. Case in point - US gun laws and the high levels of injuries at home.
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Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021
Fancy watching 'Bake Off' together with mates and alone at the same time? The BBC's built a tool to do that
Oracle faces claims of unequal pay from 4,000+ women after judge upgrades gender gap lawsuit to class action
Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard
Sheffield is one of the (mostly Labour) councils who have used the Coronavirus crisis to delegate all powers to the CEO with no oversight at all from elected councillors (except the leader of the Labour group). Oxford is another. The Stalinists are taking over in local councils (as opposed to Conservative Ministers in Whitehall shitting on us).
Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word
Your PC is not a typewriter
Was the title of a book in the 1990s. The author pointed out that with proportional fonts, the way to make text look good is to use the conventions of typesetting rather than typewriting. So only one space after a full stop in proportional fonts, 2 spaces in monospace fonts. (Word know which font you are using.)
New York Attorney General probes Charter over claims it forced staff to work in offices amid coronavirus pandemic
Lockdown endgame? There won't be one until the West figures out its approach to contact-tracing apps
Re: many European nations hesitated when it came to instituting lockdowns.
Since health is not a competence of the EU, but strictly that of national governments, it doesn't matter what the European Parliament or Commission does.. The EU is as powerless to intervene in this crisis as Donald Trump is against the state governors in the USA.
Don't Zoom off elsewhere: Google plugs video-chat service Meet into Gmail as user eyes start wandering
Kepler telescope is dead but the data lives on: Earth-sized habitable zone planet found after boffins check for errors
As Zoom bans spread over privacy concerns, vid-conf biz taps up Stamos as firefighter in totally-not-a-PR-stunt move
Twitter takes away twits' ability to limit ad data sharing – after telling investors its own privacy settings hurt revenue
COVID-19 is pretty nasty but maybe this is taking social distancing too far? Universe may not be expanding equally in all directions
'Social distancing champ' Linus Torvalds releases Linux 5.6, tells devs to put health before next release
We did it in 2 weeks
What did we do? Find services to run the Green Party conference online, quickly eliminate unsuitable ones, get a demonstration from two of them, picked one to go with and then set up a completely online conference in one week.
Unlike the consultants quoted in the article, it was not a case of creating new software or installing existing software on our machines. We just chose which software as a service offer to use. Nor did we try to integrate it with our existing software. We didn't try to set up single sign on. Instead we sent emails to members with a link to where they could register on hopin.to.
There were inevitable user experience problems as there had been no time to train anyone except the speakers and the digital support volunteers. But still 350 people took part on Saturday. We can an online video conferenced help desk all day, sorting out user problems as they occurred.
The big company mindset and rules prevents rapid adaptation to changes in the environment. Expect both the biggest and smallest to collapse over the next year.
Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database
If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago
The Sinclair QL was the business machine of choice for a while in Kenya. It was small enough to bring in a suitcase, avoiding the 160% duty and sales tax after President Moi had declared the only purpose of computers was to put secretaries out of work.
I wrote a 24 hour pedal kart timekeeping program on a QL - multitasking 4 68008 machine code programmes with a BASIC one for reporting.
Re: Toothless regulators
Although I do like the way they have called out Government advertisements for not being truthful. The Dept. responsible claimed the adverts had been checked by Clear Channel - but they only check that it is legal and decent. They don't judge whether it is honest and truthful.
Millimetre waves to come
According to past Register reports, there won't be any use of millimetre wavebands in 5G for a couple of years. So any measurements at the moment are of 5G masts working at frequencies close to 4G.
We don't yet know the possible biological effects of millimetre wave exposure. But as their range is so short, that won't be a factor except in conference centres and some malls where the 5G transmitters have been set up for high bandwidth communication.