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Comment: Re:But it is! (Score 2) 641

Except, I don't think that is what the general theory of relativity says. Maybe you're thinking of the special theory of relativity, which says that in inertial systems one frame of reference is just as valid as another. However, I don't think the sun and the earth represent an inertial system, so I'm not sure why that would apply.

Er, no. The special theory deals with inertial frames, you need the general theory for non-inertial frames. According to the general theory, you can't tell the difference between gravity and acceleration. So, you can claim that you were stationary on a roundabout and the rest of the universe swirling about you caused space to warp in such a way as to cause you to fall off. That's a perfectly valid interpretation according to general relativity, if a somewhat egocentric one.

Comment: Re:Ooh look! (Score 1) 111

by Shimbo (#46681385) Attached to: EU Should Switch To ODF Standard, Says MEP

What's with all the Euro-hate, anyway?

I don't think a random MP or MEP saying something particularly intelligent or unintelligent counts as news. MPs or MEPs will be found talking to almost every lobby group you can imagine at some point. And, because they are elected by proportional representation across a variety of languages and cultures, MEPs in particular will have a very diverse range of views.

To be honest, I would be happier if /. didn't run any such stories, because on average politicians say a lot more stupid things than sensible ones. Actual policies would be different.

Comment: Re:UK Taxpayers (Score 3, Interesting) 341

What I would like to know is how much would it have cost to upgrade to Linux? As a UK Taxpayer, I would prefer my money to be invested in Linux systems instead of Microsoft.

Much more than that, obviously. You don't replace the operating system, reinstall and develop specialist applications for £5 a PC. Of course, paying for extended support doesn't move you forward, so you have to some sort of migration next year.

And really, as a taxpayer (IMHO), you (and I) should be wondering how the NHS managed to piss £10 billion away on a failed IT project, and how we can avoid them doing it again. £5 million across the whole of government is fairly small beer to keep existing systems going, compared to the amount you could blow on a load of migration projects.

  It sucks that some departments are going to miss the deadline but the questions I'd like to know the answer to are 'what are their migration projects for next year?' and 'are they on track to be completed before the extended support runs out?'. Have they got a credible plan, and it's just slipped a little, or is it a total fuck up? That, to me, is the big money question.

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 5, Insightful) 193

by Shimbo (#46644081) Attached to: London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

It doesn't sound like they're using web apps, at least not yet

No, but they were (apparently) using mostly Citrix apart from the power users. A Chromebook seems a good fit as a remote desktop client; you don't have any more issues with requiring an always on network than you started with. For once, a fairly sensible strategy it seems.

Comment: Re:Rewards the hacker (Score 2) 104

by Shimbo (#46433545) Attached to: BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

What I find incredibly offensive is that the charity's CEO didn't even apologise to the 10,000 innocent victims whose data was lost as a result of his organisation's failings. Instead he is trying to shift the attention onto the ICO and try to portray themselves as victims.

In all probablility burning tens of thousands pounds more of the charity's money in the process. If they do actually go to appeal, rather than just saying it in the heat of the moment. It's a she, by the way.

To be fair, they are victims in the sense that if they didn't get hacked, they might have got away with their negligence but that is often true. It's rather like blaming the guy that pulled out in front of you when you were drunk driving.

Comment: Re:so they got an anti-abortion judge (Score 1) 104

by Shimbo (#46431733) Attached to: BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

Why is it a "heavy-handed" fine? It seems to me that when an organization endangers members of the public via negligence, they should receive a penalty that is sufficient to motivate them to change their practices.

It's less that 1% of their annual turnover, and could easily come out of their senior management's pay. Think that will happen? Me neither.

Comment: Re:Of course it's "lawful" (Score 1) 169

by Shimbo (#46291277) Attached to: High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

What do you mean it didn't happen?

He was arrested and held for 6 months then allowed to go free by the UK government.

GP argued that the courts always sided with the elite. However, Pinochet lost the case, although some of the charges were dismissed. The government later decided to let him go on medical grounds.

Comment: Re:Of course it's "lawful" (Score 2) 169

by Shimbo (#46285563) Attached to: High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

To paraphrase, when the government does it, it's not illegal. It would be absurd to expect any other outcome.

Not at all, the executive frequently acts unreasonably and gets slapped down by the courts. However, when parliament grants very broad powers (as in the case of a lot of anti-terrorism legislation) they are more likely to get away with it.

A fairly standard (but nonetheless shameful) case this morning:

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