I don't think I've ever gone shopping knowing what I'll spend and not knowing what I'll spend it on. Oh, hold, on. I remember being given a couple of quid at the seaside amusement arcade. I spent every penny (very quickly), I expect the people behind this feel the same as I did.
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Consultants' eyes light up as UK.gov dangles £4bn over 6 years for 'large-scale digital transformation programmes'
Re: Try living in a building...
Serves you right for being posh. Get a number and your life will be so much better. Amazon don't care that you can afford to own Hill View Cottage. Our's has a name and it doesn't help that the OS maps use the medieval version of the name, and it doesn't help that there are 4 abodes down a 1/4 mile drive numbered 5,7,9,11 and the numbers at the top of the drive go 1,3,13,17, but deliveries are easier now we just use the number. Hermes are crap though and always pretend we are out so they can deliver the next day yet still be paid for quick delivery.
Re: If HMRC had to take the GOV offenders to court? how would that work? particularly the DoJ?
I expect it's all rather friendly and not at all ike it would be with HMRC vs a real trading company. The result is: department budget has to be increased, but oh look, HMRC has more money coming in than expected, and it may get to set precedent in the courts
Iranian state-backed hackers posed as flirty Scouser called Marcy to target workers in defence and aerospace
Thinking about upgrading to Debian Bullseye? Watch out for changes in Exim and anything using Python 2.x
Just because your data is valuable, it doesn't mean you should monetize it
The OS organization seems to have been taken over by rejects from the RIAA that want to squeeze the maximum income from their trove of data. Data paid for by the British taxpayer for centuries, relevant only to the British people (and those planning to invade). The data should be made freely available with no copyright attached. I'm sure the government won't cut off their funding as it is a useful service, but it seems to have been skewed by a desire to show how valuable all that data is.
How many Brits have deleted life-saving track and trace app from their phones? No idea, junior minister tells MPs
0.84 will cause problems in looking after the elderly if it becomes a global trend. 0.95 for a few centuries, then back to 1 would reduce the population to something more sustainable. Unless you want us to go extinct. If your countries R rate is too far below 1 you will have to allow immigration is large numbers in order to look after all the oldies.
Nominet is back to 'the same old sh*t' says Public Benefit campaign chief as EGM actions grind to halt
Facebook granted patent for 'artificial reality' baseball cap. Repeat, an 'artificial reality' baseball cap
Re: Phew that was close!
"IOU from our government, backed by nothing of any value, except a promise to tax our citizens" - which is precisely why it has value, that and the fact that most currencies have an army backing them that will not let another currency just pop up and replace the incumbent.
Re: Struck off?
My sample size of one indicates that osteopaths are 100% ok. Now this lunatic has brought the score down to 50%.
The one I know that does good likes to pint out the difference between osteopaths and chiropractors by saying to compare the car parked outside their practice. He drives a tatty Land Rover, the chiropractors around are all in posh Mercs. That seems to be a good measure of how effective you are at getting your patients to a point where they no longer need you, or how good you are at convincing them they need to come back every week.
Re: misses the point
Not sure about TV as I watch recordings with MythTV, and it skips commercials. You are, however, absolutely spot on with commercial radio, back in the days before podcasts I used to turn the radio off for 5 minutes three times an hour as channel skipping was pointless. Even the ads were synchronized, so hopping off a MacyD ad just got you to the same ad - aaargh.
'Universal Processor' startup Tachyum unveils full-system Prodigy emulator ahead of sampling later this year
Seagate finds sets of two heads are cheaper than one in its new and very fast MACH.2 dual-actuator hard disks
Re: Reduced testing time
Maybe I'm more paranoid about data storage than Seagate. I would have thought that testing the drive would mean testing that arm1 can read what arm0 wrote and all the other three combinations. You might be able to do write0-read0-read1, the write1-read0-read1 but still it means the test takes twice as long a single arm disk.
Or is there no ability for one arm to read the other's data? In which case a 30 TB dual arm drive is really two 15 TB conventional disks jammed into one package in a RAID0 format. If that is the case then the only advantage is space and power saving and no speed advantage.
FYI: Today's computer chips are so advanced, they are more 'mercurial' than precise – and here's the proof
All that Lego has a purpose: Researchers find that spatial memory improves kids' mathematical powers
Re: Lego and origami
I still have my Dad's Meccano set in a box. It includes a small paraffin fired boiler and tiny piston that can drive cogs and chains. If you hold down the safety pressure relief valve you can get your windmill to go into overdrive (don't worry about the speed of the rotating steel windmill blades, they don't go all the way through a pencil).
Re: Run old systems for better security
This. It can't be that hard to keep old exploit methods around, can it? I'm pretty sure the TLA professionals would. Far from being positive PR, this just tells me that PTP prefers shiny-shiny to useful-functional, and you shouldn't use them to test your infrastructure.
Proposed amendments to UK Finance Bill target rogue umbrella companies ripping off contractors after IR35
The problem with really useful free stuff
is that if it can't be used to make money the big companies will actively try to replace it. RSS is one example (anyone can run TinyTinyRSS on their own computer and get a nice ad-free news reader that works well on a mobile or desktop web browser) but there are others that are under attack e.g. FLAC
Android 12 beta lands bringing better personalisation, speed upgrades, and some privacy tools borrowed from iOS 14
Apple announces lossless HD audio at no extra cost, then Amazon Music does too. The ball is now in Spotify's court
Re: Since it is lossless
If all you do with it is to play it in a CD player, yes you are the last person on earth to do that. When I buy a CD I rip it to FLAC so that I can enjoy it easily wherever I am. I'll buy lossless digital preferably as it's less damaging to the environment and this system from Apple and Amazon may provide a way to get it. I hate the idea of subscribing to music and the Apple/Amazon way may be subscription, so I'll be stuck buying plastic CDs.
Re: Lessons learnt? I doubt it.
It was not difficult to make a card that would cause a reboot on certain mainframes. There was a Boroughs machine at Warwick Uni in the early 80s that was susceptible (allegedly). Scatter enough of those in the pigeonholes used by students to submit their jobs and the computer will slow to crawl until they are all found.
Home office setup with built-in boiling water tap for tea and coffee without getting up is a monument to deskcess
New systemd 248 feature 'extension images' updates immutable file systems without really updating them
Haters gotta hate
I'm OK with systemd. I think it is better at keeping a system in good nick than init-scripts. It can be hard to find the right man page but at least everything is documented in detail and Google usually has a quick answer.
I have a little set-top-box pc that has a read-only root I update by rsyncing the main server root file system and then having a dozen or so symlinks to handle the unique files and files that have to be write-able. Those symlinks are created by a script in the initramfs image (very painful to debug) so the vanilla boot procedure works normally. This new feature might be usable instead given that systemd has a very powerful and customizable dependency system.
Nominet ignores advice, rejects serious change despite losing CEO, chair, half its board in membership vote
State of Maine orders review of $54.6m Workday project as it alleges delivery failure and threatens cancellation
There must be a better way to build these systems
It was done 30 years ago probably in COBOL on a mainframe that probably has less compute power than the average PC. I think the problem word in this instance is 'comprehensive' as it tells the vendor that you don't know what you want, but you think you can afford the best.