Re: Elon Musk isn't helping, is he
FFS it's flies
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Well that's why the guy called his company that. As Sopra Steria provide consulting services to the MoJ it's a very plausible and easily overlooked thing, they'll get invoices from Sopra Steria and invoices from "Sopra Business Consuting" and probably associated one company with the other and it passed by unnoticed.
Step 1. Save money by having a single colour changing LED bulb instead of three different lights.
Step 2. Ensure every traffic light is fitted with a camera and the system for fining people running a light is automated.
Step 3. Offer a reduction for paying fines promptly.
Step 4. Make appeals costly and unlikely to succeed.
Step 5. Introduce a gradual colour fade from Green to Amber to Red so that nobody can be sure of when the actual cut-off point is.
Step 6. Profit!
Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust?
Why on earth should they have the right to look at anybodies browsing history (let alone mine...)?
What's the justification? Do the Welsh ambulance services national health service trust need to check to make sure their customers haven't caught a computer virus?
It did occur to me that inter-species sex is probably not called bestiality when it doesn't involve a human, I was just being Daily Mail type lazy (not being a proper journalist and also being lazy) and I figured it would be understood and forgiven.
I should remember where I'm posting.
I look at this sort of thing and think about people who say "it's not natural" when describing something like homosexuality.
Behaviour in the natural world are not always things that are acceptable in human society, gang rape, paedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, the list goes on.
Then there's the marketing of products as "natural" as if it's a good thing, I think to myself deadly nightshade, that's entirely natural, why don't you go and garnish your salad with that?
What is it that sets human civilisation apart from the natural world? It's those unnatural behaviours and unnatural things. There aren't really many though, you look hard enough and you'll probably find similar behaviour in nature anyway. The best ones I keep coming back to are glasses and books, you don't find things like that outside human civilisation.
It's a bit of a troll article to be honest eulogising apple when compared to cheap tat pre-built machines.
On a website where most of the readership will build their own kit and will be perfectly aware that you get what you pay for and some manufacturers provide better components than others.
There are also exceptions to every rule. Sometimes you get unlucky, sometimes you get lucky.
If we want to go down the route of Apple vs. Microsoft vs. A.N. Other then it entirely depends on your own abilities and tolerances.
I am not a fan of Apple because their environment is a walled garden, I can't break it in the way that I want to break it, I'm not a fan of Microsoft for similar reasons, things that I want control over are hidden in the depths of things which you can't get at without breaking something else.
I want to be allowed to at least be able to see how something is working in order to break it in a way that suits me, I want root.
There are a lot of parallels between private and public IT projects, awards for failure, pretending things didn't happen etc.
The main difference I have found is that usually in private IT the buck stops with someone, usually the person nominally in charge. In govt projects (local or central, I've done both) the buck goes to committee to be passed around endlessly.
"we can spend all weekend fixing it without causing significant damage to the company processes"
You've been sucked in there.
Changes are made when people are around to notice them and people (you) are getting paid to fix them, why the hell would you spend your free time doing the corporates a favour? You can be damned sure they won't do you any.
Deal with the euro transaction issue by getting a Metro bank account.
It uses the mastercard exchange rates and doesn't charge a foreign transaction fee for european transactions, it has saved me money on foreign holidays and importing from europe.
It won't speed up or discount delivery though, but I am very comfortable in going to foreign websites using google translate to turn them into something almost readable and buying things from them.
Bizarrely when our office found that their old laptops couldn't easily be upgraded to Windows 7 from XP started issuing new laptops, which have slower CPU's less memory and no DVD/CD reader let alone writer in them, that might be okay if they also provided everyone with a means to transfer information.
Working within a department that deals with govt. data means we need a secure means of transferring data between systems, this has always meant CD's or DVD's which are shredded after use.
The alternative is encrypted USB memory sticks, however these are small in capacity, relatively slow and apparently non-existent as far as the IT ordering system goes.
I lucked out by virtue of getting a fairly new laptop in the right gap between upgrades which meant that it came with windows 7 installed and was actually better than the old one, including coming with a DVDRW drive.
When I say lucky it comes with the downside of a queue of people holding blank CD's...