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Comment Excellent discussion. (Score 1) 294

I don't come to /. for the stories - I come for the comments. I don't think this story was any good, but I was educated a lot by the input from the Argentinians - not a voice I hear elsewhere in my online life.

Thank you Argentinian contributors - your insights are very welcome.

As it happens, I'm posting from Wales, and this year it's the 150th anniversary of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia, the 'Gwladfa' - there are still many hundreds of Welsh speakers in Patagonia, and many thousands of people of Welsh descent.

See & if any Argentinians are in the UK soon, the National Library of Wales are opening a major exhibition in Aberystwyth about the Welsh colony in Patagonia on the 23rd of May.

Comment Re:have to rewrite muc federal law to not microman (Score 1) 150

Sometimes, he loses the contract and it goes to someone else. Sometimes, he loses the ability to get awarded future contracts

2014 EU Procurement Directives now allow contracting authorities to take past failures into account when evaluating tenders.
At last!

Comment She was suing UK police over past outrage (Score 1) 143

Additional information from The Guardian:

This was the the female political activist who is suing the Metropolitan Police for planting an undercover officer in environmental/animal activist groups who formed a sexual relationship with her for two years under a false identity "Mark Kennedy". See previous stories about him here:

Comment As a public sector procurer in the UK (Score 1) 143

I don't do projects anywhere near the scale of the article's examples, but we have to follow EU procurement rules.

I sympathise with the companies that bid for our projects, we have to advertise our procurements over certain limits (around $150k) throughout the EU. We have to be specific about what we want before we start (fairly impossible for off-the-shelf software solutions without unfairly exempting some suppliers) so the suppliers (or their salesmen) have to spend quite a bit preparing bids. Most of them will fail, so the winner has to recoup the cost of failed bids in any bids they win, so the're always looking to add costs to the contract.

I understand the reasoning behind the rules (stop people giving contracts to friends/family/golf buddies) but we usually end up paying well over what you know a local company could deliver for if you went direct to them and worked through a more agile process with fair billing. Having to control the costs of evaluating hundreds of bids from companies across the EU usually means that you set up a PQQ process to eliminate most small to medium shops that would probably be much better value.

I don't have an answer to how the process could be improved, but it's not great from either side.

Comment Beta comment (Score 1) 2219

Slashdot is the comments - nothing more.
For comments to work for me, I have to be able to filter at an overall score (I do 3+, mostly)
I want a way to click and see lower-rated replies to a post I see.
I value seeing the ID of a poster.
Beta font is way too big, and too much wasted whitespace.
For your beancounters - lower ID members are probably worth a lot more ££. None of those are here for the stories.
I control an IT spend of around $1M (not large I'd guess amongst lower UID ./ IT managers) and learn a lot from ./, but from the other contributors, not the stories. This is probably one of very few places I take note of see targeted ads, and sometimes I follow through. (check how many times I've declined the 'no ads' offering).
I imagine that you've looked at the bounce rate of a random new reader who expects a fun story site with big pictures. Fine if that's what you want, but I'd be surprised if the revenue from that (competing with every other similar site) would outweigh the loss of my kind of reader. And going with the beta as-is, you would lose me to whatever slashcode site wins the exodus.

Just saying, but I appreciate the chance to do so.

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