Failed my first test for not making "reasonable progress". In mitigation it was 4pm on Christmas Eve in the East End of London and full of black cabs.
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When I started as a Software Engineer (yes I have an Engineering Degree - Electronics and a Physics Degree), I applied for a Mortgage and the Mortgage Adviser put "Soft Ware Engineer". I assume that meant I engineered soft wearable clothing like woolly jumpers, socks and scarves.
True story (I was thereat the time)
Frenchman walks into a gun dealer.
I would like to buy a rifle.
Do you have a Firearms License the gun dealer asks.
Yes I have a French License.
Then you cannot buy a rifle as you need a British License. You can however buy an air rifle.
Ok I'll have one of those.
The Dealer casually ask what he intends to use it for.
I want to shoot the pigeons that sit on our roof... I can get a good shot from the street.
The Dealer looked at him and said you will probably need a bullet proof vest then.
The Frenchman asked why - do British pigeons carry guns?
No replied the Gun Dealer, but Police firearms officers do!
Unfortunately, we Brits do not have a codified constitution, but an unwritten one formed by acts of Parliament, the Courts and conventions.
I am of the opinion that the Supreme Court will now lobby for a written Constitution on the back of this judgement.
I can't say I'm shocked to find out that the Advertising Standards Authority found the advert misleading. I always read the small print at the bottom of the screen where it says first 6 months £20, must have a Sky Q box and take the Sky Sports Bundle, must be subscribed to Sky fiber broadband at £25 per month, then £90 per month thereafter.
I once wrote a Fault Reporting system. The system allowed a user to record a fault and then subsequently record information about how the fault was cleared.
I turned up on-site and asked if I could see how many faults had been recorded in the last month. To my surprise - none! So, I asked if there had been any faults. Yes the user replied. So asked asked where they were. The user said that they had all been resolved and cleared. Ok, I said, but surely there would be lots of cleared faults. No, said the user they are all cleared. I stood in confused silence for a little while. Show me, I said. The user then entered a fault with all the details. Ok, now clear the fault (I already knew what was coming...). He then cleared every field on the screen and then deleted the fault.
Suffice to say he was re-assigned a couple of days later. And, I re-wrote the interface to take account of unexpected user behavior.
True Judges are not elected, but then government ministers are only elected to serve a short term and then they go and sit on the backbenches or right their memoirs or some such. What arrogance to think that by being elected makes them right.
To become a Judge one must have a relevant legal qualification and practiced in law for a least 5 years. Let me see a part-timer with a political agenda vs a legally trained professional - mmm!
Any time a sitting government removes independent judicial review from a legal process involving its citizens should be viewed as suspect.
The report included below is for UK Wind Power Generation from 2008 to 2011.
During the study period, wind generation was:
• below 20% of capacity more than half the time.
• below 10% of capacity over one third of the time.
• below 2.5% capacity for the equivalent of one day in twelve.
• below 1.25% capacity for the equivalent of just under one day a month.
You have to look at what most Macbook Airs are used for: News reporting, working on the go, picture editing, quick presentation to clients, editing a document or spreadsheet. For these activities the new Macbook is ideally suited, it's thin and light with a great keyboard and screen. No extra ports are needed.
I look forward to (running away and hiding on the moon) a drone/weapon system/aircraft system developed using Agile. what about all those Features and Stories still in the backlog, that add no Business Value, like exception handling, navigating around buildings, how to hover.
Why should a politically motivated person who is at most in office for 5 years be able to sign-off anything to do with accessing personal information. There is a current process that involves a Judge and the Police Authorities convincing the Judge that the reason is valid. The Judge can then ensure that the correct judicial processes are carried out and that human rights are maintained.
Due process and issue a warrant. Stop blaming someone who provides a social media service for not monitoring everyone and passing on anything suspicious to the appropriate government official, who can sit on it for a month before doing anything about it. If the message was posted as "public" GCHQ can see it anyway. If it was "private" then that is what it should be.....private, just like opening someone else's snail-mail
Look at the X-factor, that has managed to make hundreds of thousands of people believe that that can sing and actually make money out of their (lack of) talent. Maybe, David is right after all. The Government through it's industry puppets should decide what we are allowed/not allowed to see, like they do in Syria, North Korea, Iran. I already get lovely messages from my ISP that say "...this search content has be removed to protect....someone or something". Trouble is, I have no idea what was removed and why I shouldn't see it as they provide no URL or sample content.
Sorry about the rant, but censorship to protect the innocent, vulnerable and easily influenced often ends with censorship that subverts: free speech, constructive criticism and disillusion.
All things considered they appear to be proceeding very well. Once they have had their afternoon nap they should be ready for some finger painting.
In business speak - they should be ready to award and start the contract - following a short delay while they have to explain to all the other bidders why they where not selected.
And, of course before May 2015.
What happened to the Police presenting their case to a Judge or Magistrate and seeking a Warrant. Currently, only HMRC Officials are allowed to enter your house without a Warrant. The Police may enter with the Customs Official to provide support and protection, but the Customs Official must enter first.
This law allows a Police Officer to enter a home without a Warrant. They have not satisfied a Magistrate that they are justified in entering the property - the current law is there to protect people from un-lawful entry.
I have no issue with my Firearms Liaison Officer arriving unannounced and requesting to inspect my gun safe and general security. To me that is their job. I don't see the need for this draconian law.
The problem with most of these gun laws is that they only effect the legal gun owner. It doesn't do anything to stop illegal gun ownership. It also gives opportunity to anyone with a grudge to inconvenience the legal gun owner. That inconvenience could result in a £5000 legal bill (High Court, Barrister, Solicitor) to get the firearm back. In my opinion this is another pre-election PR exercise, similar to the The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 by Douglas Hurd.
A case made out of used railway track about 2 inches thick should do the trick. It might be a little heavey and yes dropping it on the floor may cause the floor more damage than the phone (don't blame anyone if you left you foot in the way and please make a youtube video), but the phone wont bend or break.