James Kemp

James Kemp

  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    MS still provide XP support, mostly just security fixes, for both embedded and desktop variants, but the latter is only available to large organisations and is unlikely to be cheap. I know, I mentioned that they'd indulged in price gouging....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I'm sorry. I have no real experience of Windows 10, but it just looks so ugly... I can't imagine why anyone who has it on their computer would even want to turn the bloodly thing on. I was pleasantly surprised....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    MSFT announced in 2012 that they would drop XP support, and did so in 2014. Okay, not a techie - but, come on - 2 years should be adequate time for orgs to figure out what to do re: safeguard...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    The data comes from the major publishers. Who, since the end of the Apple/DoJ anti-trust price-fixing settlement, have been ramping ebook prices egregiously That explains a lot. Like many of the other commenters I'm wary of spending lots of money...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I first signed it before the 1989 version came into force, as a member of the TA. I've also spent about half my civil service career in the Home Office. I can neither confirm nor deny any secret parts of...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I've worked for five Prime Ministers, briefed Ministers from both Labour and Conservative parties (no Lib-Dems, I had Tories during the coalition). I've worked on things that I voted against, and did them as efficiently and effectively as they could...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    The Official Secrets Act applies to all official information, regardless of the domain that the information applies to. There's also no need to sign it for it to apply to you. Additionally, if you are a civil servant then the...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Presumably an independent Scotland would want to setup or expand some form of its own departments and systems for Treasury, Foreign Office/EU Relations, HMRC, Coastal & Fisheries protection force, Border control etc etc. Sounds good for Scottish employment. Most of...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Can't find it now but recall reading that the UK has a 'sane-clause' in its constitution as grounds for dismissing an elected official. You're doing well if you've read the UK Constitution. It's spread around dozens of Acts of Parliament...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "As someone with some familiarity with most of the new towns in Scotland, I can't really see where it would be sensible to build a new one." I'm mostly familiar with East Kilbride. I couldn't say where they should go,...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Then there's the affordability issue. At leat we could let councils build their own new housing stock, and encourage that, which would help the lower end of the market. I agree that you can't just randomly build houses. I was...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "As for an independent Scotland being a basket case, that would depend as well how good our access to the EU markets would be. If England went full WTA tariff and other such things, we'd surely be better placed to...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I'm a Scot, so I reckon I'm onto citizenship on independence anyway. The reason I don't live in Scotland is twofold. 1) I work for the UK government and got promoted out of Scotland (before that I was the senior...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "At least you can't say politics is dull now" It's that old chinese curse again... Seriously though, we could do with effective opposition that tries to argue in the interests of the country that didn't vote for the current government...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Yes, I was disappointed to find Amazon UK cancelled my order again a few days ago. I'd be much happier to have a solid pre-order on Empire Games so that I can be sure to get it when it comes...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    I just got an email from Amazon UK cancelling my order. This is the order I made after the previous glitch was sorted out. They're showing a paperback shipping in the autumn, but nothing before then....
  • Commented on Administrative note
    (The term "space opera" covers a vast range of possibilities, and let's just say I'm much closer to the Iain M. Banks Culture end of things than the Honor Harrington side of the spectrum.) Excellent! The world needs more space...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Like most, I read the Nightmare Stacks when it was released, and my review is posted all the places I could think to post it. Most of my recently read stuff is on my blog. Currently reading are: The Secret...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Of course the moderate position wouldn't have done the Tories any favours in not disintegrating into the UKIP. However if they'd pitched Leave at the extreme end of the spectrum it might have helped them win the arguments....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Indeed, it could have been a whole lot clearer. There doesn't appear to have been much, if any, contingency planning. Mostly I suspect because the civil service resources simply aren't there to do that. On Friday all the civil service...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    What I was referring to was that the government chose not to say something like: If we vote Leave then we will leave the EU political institutions using article 50 and seek to remain in the Single Market. Remaining in...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Agreed. One of the primary problems is that is was a referendum with the government on the remain side and other people on the leave side. The government choose not to set out what they would do in the event...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I've been involved in preparing draft legislation for the Westminster Parliament. The process involves getting Legislative Consent Motions from the devolved Parliaments/Assemblies for anything that might conceivably affect them. This is baked into the process, and the Parliamentary Business &...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Royal Prerogative (i.e. the powers of the crown) are wider than most people realise, largely because they are exercised mainly through Ministers and civil servants. Here's a link to a Parliamentary briefing note on it (quite short and in plain...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    I found it quite believable too, when I read it I was being a product owner for a digital service in the Home Office building where some of it was set, and working for two 40-ish women. Thankfully the feeling...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    SFreader: Re: '... expertise ... in ... wars rather than ... enlightenment.' Motto of the Empire's Foreign Office? I always thought the FCO motto was Never apologise, never explain However the Empire as a whole might have that as its...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Greg, that sounds plausible, my area of expertise is in the wars rather than the enlightenment....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    There were several English Civil Wars, although those sit within the context of a whole series of wars within the Three Kingdoms of England (inc Wales), Scotland and Ireland. The Wars of the Three Kingdoms start in the mid 1630s...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    I'll see your 300 player MMORPG and give you the in person equivalent, the megagame. Here's a video from Shut Up and Sit Down about Watch the Skies 2, a 300 person slightly SF megagame of first contact. http://www.shutupandsitdown.com/videos/v/susd-play-megagame-2-pt1/...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    I finished reading The Annihilation Score last night, I really enjoyed it, although it makes a lot more sense now that I've read the spoiler thread comments. Like Mo I've set up a team on short notice, and turned up...
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