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Comment I dont know how - but dousing works (Score 1) 266

I tried it as a skeptic, but its hard to deny what happens in your own hands. It was demonstrated by someone who works in archeology and is highly respected in her field with a track record of finding buried structures (roman villas, neolithic burials etc).

Ignoring or ridiculing an observable phenomenon because you have no explanation. Even though that ridicule has precluded any sort of mainstream scientific study. Is pretty unscientific IMO.

Superposition or the simultaneous wave/particle properties of light sound pretty batshit to the layman. But im glad they are being investigated enough to at least present hypotheses to test.

Comment Re:So... outsource ALL OF IT (Score 0) 74

It already has been. Thats the problem. The civil service service is run by pension farming bureaucrats who pushed a lifetime of paper to get to the middle. For example vanloads of paper docs are secure couriered around the country because nobody knows enough about encryption to ask ATOS to make it so.

       

Comment As a former employee... (Score 1) 74

I can attest that the British MoJ is a Gilliamesque farce. It was as if an overzealous technocrat saw 'Brazil' and rebuilt the Civil Service in its image.

I was an temp admin-monkey for 6 months after things went to shit in 2008/9, in what we called the 'Ministry of Paperwork'. The HR offices for the MoJ. Holders of 60k+ complete records of everyone who ever applied to work in the UK courts. Right up to the top judges and bigwigs.

At this point we were using WinNT on boxes with XP CoAs and paying meeeelions for the privilege. All to run a bespoke Oracle client that topped out NTs user profile limits with excessive caching and borkt the windows session. All built and supported by one of the most predatory firms in the UK, affectionately known as Twatos.

The decision-makers were in another city and were clueless about the day to day running of a computerised office. Let alone data protection.

This sort of incompetence runs to the core of the Civil Service and they get fleeced at every turn. Including by the recruitment agency supplying staff to the HR department.

The idea of the government fining itself is preposterous. Terry Gilliam must be laughing in his grave.

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