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Running Great Britain? There's an App For That!

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the good-thing-it's-so-simple dept.

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judgecorp writes "Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron will get a personalised iPad app to help him run the country. The 'government dashboard' will include health waiting list figures, crime statistics, economic statistics and a real-time news feed. Cameron is a committed Apple user — but British members of Parliament have only been allowed iPads in the House of Commons since March 2011."

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Lies! (5, Funny)

dexomn (147950) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544166)

Angry Birds will be running the country.

Re:Lies! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544480)

I guess by county they mean America.

Re:Lies! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544742)

Is America the name of a British county? How quaint.

Tory party is a collection of special interests... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544172)

...doing the minimum possible for the voting public to get enough votes to gain the power needed to further those interests.

Which tool the Tory party's current spokespuppet uses to pretend to be interested in the country is completely irrelevant.

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (2)

Goose In Orbit (199293) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544246)

Looks like "Dave" has a new tool to replace the old one (Nick Clegg)

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544390)

Don't worry, Dave needs Clegg. It's not as if he managed to push through a Bill which fixes parliaments at 5 years and requires a majority of 2/3 to call an early election. Combine this with New Labour's Abolition of Justice 2003 and Castration of Parliament 2006 acts and I begin to wonder why Westminster hasn't been turned into luxury flats. 99 in every 100 pieces of legislation are already written by government with only a few dozen Acts per year actually resulting from Bills passed through Parliament. The people of England and Wales are too busy worrying about manufactured crises while one of the most stable democracies in the world self-terminates.

Oh well, we're getting what we deserve. It's not as if we've suffered a suffrage-abolishing enabling act yet - the Fixed Term Act merely gave the Tories the maximum allowed by the 1911 Parliament Act without Lords veto privilege.

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (1)

0123456 (636235) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544436)

99 in every 100 pieces of legislation are already written by government with only a few dozen Acts per year actually resulting from Bills passed through Parliament.

Don't forget that 80 of those 99 are written by the EU and just rubber-stamped in Parliament.

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544644)

The EC Act 1972 which gives the EU legal supremacy was, of course, Tory. Decades of "we hate Europe" by successive Tory governments are entirely disingenuous: while there is a hatred for creeping continential social policy (so vague and littered with exceptions that judges often deem it inapplicable - see ECHR/HRA), the EU is very much pro-corporation. It supports contracting out of government, discourages anti-competitive behaviour (which is doublespeak for "deregulation except where the regulation protects the big guy") and encourages a flow of workers so as to minimise wages rather than to lift up all members of the Union.

When I meet people who sing praises for the EU I note that they invariably have little idea of the directives and regulations it has actually imposed on its member states. Some even operate under the misapprehension that the European Parliament forms the legislature.

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (2)

augustw (785088) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544868)

The ECHR may, or may not, be "vague and littered with exceptions", but it does not come from the EU - it's the product of the Council of Europe, which was formed in 1949, and of which the UK is a founder member.

There are two, quite distinct, legal Europes - the European Union, and the Council of Europe.

The EU has 27 members, the CoE has 47.

The EU court is the Court of Justice of the European Union, which sits in Luxembourg.
The CoE's court, the European Court of Human Rights, sits in Strasbourg.

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544960)

On the contrary, the UK deliberately ignored any push to implement the ECHR in national law for decades until the EU itself was well on the way to producing its Charter of Fundamental Rights based on that Convention. The CoE does not make binding laws; the EU does.

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (1)

augustw (785088) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545084)

"On the contrary" to what? Everything I wrote is totally, 100%, correct.

Anyway, the only substantive changes the HRA made were (a) to allow the pleading of Convention rights cases in the UK courts (rather than pursuing them in Luxembourg), and (b) to require the UK judiciary to take Convention rights, and ECtHR jurisprudence, into account in reaching their judgements.

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545202)

Contrary to your assertion, "There are two, quite distinct, legal Europes" is the observation that for over a decade the EU has been gradually integrating the ECHR (including, more recently, ECtHR case law) into EU law. This is the only reason we have the HRA.

The HRA requires declarations of compatibility from the legislature for new Government BIlls as well. And goodness knows how you can tack "only" in front of (b) - applying the law to the facts is half the judge's job!

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545298)

dude, wikipedia says they are totally separate. and wikipedia doesnt oversimplify or distort the truth EVER

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (4, Interesting)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544986)

Politicians are hypocritical! Shock horror.

I'm in Scotland and we've got the Nationals in 'power' at the moment (we get Education, Health, Income Tax, Law and some others, but money and legislation on Power, Defence, Foreign Policy etc. comes from Westminster). There will be an Independence referendum in the next year or so and I'm still undecided myself which way I'll vote. There are pros and cons for each side. The biggest Pro would be finally kicking the Tories out of Scotland.
Sure, they got that bit of the Borders, but there's about 10 people living there and half of them are English. Ofcourse, then we're left with Labour as our most right-wing party of note, since our National Party are about as left as the Liberals.

The biggest Con would be keeping our economy working. Especially with the way Europe is at the moment (and no amount of increased trade with Norway will counter that).

What I'm scared of is that I don't know enough to make an informed choice. And that people in general have lost faith in politics in a broad sense because they feel they don't know enough, and don't CARE enough to find out. They just trust that each party is pretty much the same as the other ones and just vote for the person that shouts the loudest at them.

Here in Scotland we have Holyrood, who defer to Westminster for certain issues, who defer to the EU on top of that. I know here we have three systems to worry about, and three Elections to vote in. We vote in MSPs, MPs and MEPs. Each parliament is so monolithic and entwined in their own red tape that the general population don't know what each one of them *really* does, and who controls what and are so fatigued by it that voter turnout for the last Scottish Election was 50%. Half the people in Scotland didn't turn up to vote.

It's 2am here. I'm rambling. Hopefully some of it made sense :P

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (2)

chrb (1083577) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545182)

It does make sense to collaborate with your largest trading partners to produce a common base of legislation for trade and issues that directly affect trade (eg employment rights, movement of labour etc.). Think of it from a systems engineering perspective - a single trading market needs protocols in place to function. EU Directives specify the basic protocols. Each nation is free to implement those protocols as they wish in national law. A single market that crosses national boundaries can not function without a corresponding legal system to regulate it. For an analogy, imagine every city in your nation implemented different laws regarding trade, freedom of movement, residency, contract law, currency etc. Trade between those cities would become more difficult, and more expensive, and there would be considerable barriers to individuals relocating for work, which would make acquisition of talented employees more difficult.

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (2)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545052)

" while one of the most stable democracies in the world self-terminates."

HUH? I never though you people cared about the United States.

Or is your goverment full of assholes, ingrates, and scumbags like ours?

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (1)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544364)

what, the UK only has one party like that? Hell, we have TWO! we're fucked either way! Gawd Blezz the Yewnited Corprit Bee-Yatch States of Merica!

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544484)

Old Labour was built on the trade union movement and its legacy is clear in a (dwindling minority of) ideological backbenchers and through union funding and lobbying. It's true, however, that New Labour no longer really listened to the unions because of their message of protection for the working man, instead doing what was necessary in the short term for members of the largest sponsors to retain financial backing. Similarly, the LDs suffered a right wing coup which undermined the message of social justice in favour of unregulated business - a message traditionally twisted by the Tories into just enough regulation to protect big business but help no-one else.

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Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (1)

Pax681 (1002592) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544552)

what, the UK only has one party like that? Hell, we have TWO! we're fucked either way! Gawd Blezz the Yewnited Corprit Bee-Yatch States of Merica!

thank fuck we have another choice in Scotland... the SNP

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (1)

Rei (128717) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544762)

... who wants you to declare independence and try to be seen as a Nordic country. [presstv.ir]

Not that that would necessarily be a bad thing... ;)

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (2)

RDW (41497) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544858)

'... who wants you to declare independence and try to be seen as a Nordic country.'

This probably just means Alex Salmond has given his 'Braveheart' DVD a rest and got hooked by 'The Killing' like the rest of us:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Killing_(Danish_TV_series)#UK_success [wikipedia.org]

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (1)

Rei (128717) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544904)

Well, there is an element of truth to it. When talking about Icelandic with people, I've frequently found myself making references such as, "... kind of like the Scottish word (blank)". Many of the settlers of Iceland came from viking settlements in Scotland and Ireland.

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545108)

Icelanders all wear knitted shirt made out of very thick brown and cream white wool yarn and smoke haschis. What else do you need to know?

Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (1)

Rei (128717) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545308)

Eh, pot smoking in Iceland doesn't seem any more common than anywhere else. But yeah, the sweater thing (lopapeysur) is pretty spot on -- you could have added "$80-200" to the list of descriptors as well ;) Hagkaup (common chain of Icelandic grocery stores) even has an entire (sizeable) lopi yarn section. You can have your choice from dozens of types of lopi but can't buy headache medicine there ;)

Obama's Ipad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544180)

If Obama had an Ipad app to run the country, most of it's use would be for planning the next vacation and golfing. Running the country would be left for campaign contribution lobbying groups.

Re:Obama's Ipad (4, Informative)

nomadic (141991) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544360)

Presumably you also criticized GWB, who literally took 3 times as many vacation days as Obama, right?

Re:Obama's Ipad (3, Insightful)

magarity (164372) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544674)

It's really hard to identify when any president is really on vacation. Obama doubtless golfs with people he needs to talk to and discusses business just like GWB used to host foreign leaders at his ranch in Texas. Neither one is a vacation or 'just' a golf game in my book but each's political opponents count them as goof off time.

Re:Obama's Ipad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544970)

Anyone happen to have a citation for that? I wouldn't be surprised if it was true, its just that I heard (from Fox News, so consider the source) that Obama had taken more vacations in [insert time period here] than Bush did in all eight years. I'd be curious to know if anyone is really keeping track of this beyond vacuous smear campaigns.

Re:Obama's Ipad (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545100)

Here is a bit from CBS

predecessors? CBS Radio's Mark Knoller has kept track of presidential vacations for years and supplied the data.

So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.

Re:Obama's Ipad (1)

turkeyfish (950384) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544992)

You seriously don't think your average Tea Party/GOP'er can count do you?

Re:Obama's Ipad (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544444)

No, it would ask the people what they wanted. Then, when overwhelming numbers of them respond with "smaller government," "abolition of the DHS," and "Legalize Marijuana," they will have paid for the app only to have their hopes smashed with responses of, "LOL GTFO idiot you're not supposed to actually respond." [slashdot.org]

Re:Obama's Ipad (3, Interesting)

Rei (128717) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544780)

This whole app sounds like a modern rip-off of Salvador Allende's star-trek-ish [wikipedia.org] proto-internet, Cybersyn [guardian.co.uk]

Re:Obama's Ipad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545150)

Beautiful.

Just imagine how far we'd have come by now if the capitalist imperialists hadn't colluded to overthrow the democracy and install a ruthless tyrant, setting back progress of the internet for decades... (am I joking?)

Re:Obama's Ipad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545196)

Wow! Everyone should obviously get to vote on everything they want anytime.

Why do they call it the "socialist" internet, though? Isn't this more about democracy than socialism? Or is capitalism, as opposed to socialism, somehow inherently un-democratic?

Re:Obama's Ipad (1)

Rei (128717) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545324)

Well, the goal was a socialism-inspired production/distribution management system. Just like how DARPA had no clue what the internet could become, neither did Allende's people. But what they created clearly was headed down a direction that likewise could have led to not only the internet, but instant, true (non-representative) democracy. An awesome system.

Anybody else read the title... (5, Funny)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544192)

as "Ruining Great Britain"?

Re:Anybody else read the title... (5, Funny)

Goose In Orbit (199293) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544332)

He doesn't need an iDevice to do that

Re:Anybody else read the title... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544602)

no but it'll certainly help in ruining it faster

Re:Anybody else read the title... (2)

happyhamster (134378) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545004)

Technically true, but he would get inferior experience by observing the country without the "Retina Display". Also, the "Send economy down the drain" one-click functionality would be missing as it's patented by Apple.

Re:Anybody else read the title... (1)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545330)

The iPad doesn't have a retina display, only the iPhone 4/4s

Re:Anybody else read the title... (1)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545200)

See, here's the thing. I'm American, and while I keep somewhat in touch with world events, I don't know how Britain's doing, politically. Don't know how Germany, or France, or Australia, or Uzbekistan or Liberia or Kosovo are doing. I know, vaguely, that there's some electoral shit going down in Russia re: Putin, I know there's shit going down in Korea with Kim III succeeding Kim II, and I think there's still general economic problems in much of Europe, but I don't know specifics. I could probably find out, but I barely keep current on my own country's politics, let alone the world's. I'm not even 100% sure Cameron's still PM of Britain. So I don't know why I subconsciously assumed he's ruining it, why I accidentally read it as "Ruining".

While you *could* say that it's because politicians are *always* ruining everything forever, a less pessimistic view would be that you don't hear many stories like "Everything's Going OK!" or "Nothing Bad Happens for Third Week Straight", so I just expect negative headlines.

What are you waiting for, Anonymous? (3, Funny)

dingen (958134) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544200)

Hacking into those feeds sounds like a lot of fun indeed!

Why is a native client needed? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544232)

Stop making apps for the sake of making an app. If the solution doesn't require any specific equipment on the device, just write make it a website.

Re:Why is a native client needed? (3, Informative)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544268)

But... but... Apps! In the Cloud! On iPads! Using social media! Web 2.0, man!

How else are the Tories ever supposed to convince us that they either know or care one whit about the general populace?!

Re:Why is a native client needed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544582)

But... but... Apps! In the Cloud! On iPads! Using social media! Web 2.0, man!

Politicians with the heads in a cloud? SNAFU

Wait!! Something done for thousands of years and now done on computer! Quick! Somebody patent it! Can they claim diplomatic immunity to being sued for having their heads in a cloud? There are treaties after all. Does first to file circumnavigate non-patented prior art?

Re:Why is a native client needed? (3, Funny)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544294)

Stop making apps for the sake of making an app. If the solution doesn't require any specific equipment on the device, just write make it a website.

A wwebsite as on the internet?

Is that you, Paul?

Re:Why is a native client needed? (1, Troll)

lucm (889690) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544432)

An app is an Objective-C equivalent of a website, with an additional touch: it gives the opportunity to Apple to fetch a few dollars in the process. It is also hugely convenient for them because they don't have so spend money on fixing their browser so it work properly on their devices. It's "win-win" with Apple being on both side of the dash.

Re:Why is a native client needed? (2)

Bogtha (906264) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545334)

Wow, it's rare to see a comment that is this clueless.

An app is an Objective-C equivalent of a website

No, "app" is short for "application". The concept has been around for a long time, it certainly predates the web. Native apps aren't the equivalent of websites. They are fundamentally different things. Apps aren't the shoddy knock-offs of websites you seem to think they are.

When Apple first launched the iPhone, they didn't include an SDK for native applications and wanted everybody to use web applications instead. Mobile Safari was a huge leap forward - at the time, most mobile browsers were junk that couldn't render normal websites. It doesn't need "fixing" so that it "works properly" - this is simply delusional. It's been ahead of the pack from day one.

Native iOS applications came about because there was a strong demand for them. Apple didn't push them on anybody, and they certainly didn't do it at the expense of Mobile Safari - they have continued to improve it including adding new features that would ordinarily require native applications (e.g. geolocation). Apple have clearly, inarguably invested in Mobile Safari, and your entire opinion is utterly backwards.

Re:Why is a native client needed? (0)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544842)

Let me know when a website can (with the user's permission) use an iOS device's camera and microphone.

Re:Why is a native client needed? (3, Interesting)

chrb (1083577) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544978)

Agreed. And I'd go further and say that it should be available to everyone. From TFA: "The software will allow the Prime Minister to see the latest NHS waiting-list figures, crime statistics, unemployment numbers and a wide variety of other data at a glance." The big question is, why isn't all of this information being made available to the general public? It is not secret, it is not personal, it is just a summary view of various national statistics. Once again the tax payer funds software development but will never see the actual software, and citizens are denied access to what should be public data.

Re:Why is a native client needed? (4, Informative)

Xugumad (39311) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545026)

Re:Why is a native client needed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545098)

Stop making apps for the sake of making an app. If the solution doesn't require any specific equipment on the device, just write make it a website.

For one person?

Webapps already suck, thankyouverymuch, but why bother with all the necessary infrastructure for that with such a limited audience?

Re:Why is a native client needed? (1)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545344)

websites, and "cloud computing" require a constant internet connection. Apps don't, they can actually do useful work any time.

Custom-developed app (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544244)

"Cabinet Office developers are currently building the customised iPad app so the Prime Minister can remain abreast of government business . . . is expected to be ready by March."

I'd love to work for the government contractor that got that contract. As if the MPs expenses scandal wasn't bad enough, now we're bankrolling the Prime Minister's iTunes account.

"The app will essentially act as a government dashboard, providing the Prime Minister with all the latest information from across Whitehall – including the latest NHS waiting-list figures, crime statistics, unemployment numbers, and a wide variety of other data – at a glance."

I just hope that we, the taxpayers who are paying for this development work, will get a version of the app that we can use ourselves. It's fine if they scrub out the sensitive internal government data that it's (hopefully) tracking, but a sanitised version appropriate for public consumption would still be quite useful. I'd be interested to know things like crime and unemployment statistics, which can then be used to judge how well the Conservative government is actually doing.

please make nuke feature password protected :) (1)

youn (1516637) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544282)

an "oops" after a baby picks up the ipad would be really bad :p

Will the app be on the app store? (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544344)

And if not, one is compelled to wonder how they are getting their app onto a device that *ISN'T* on the app store...

Is their iPad jailbroken?

Re:Will the app be on the app store? (4, Informative)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544402)

Dev accounts can load apps directly onto factory standard iOS devices - it'd be a bitch to chase down bugs otherwise!

Re:Will the app be on the app store? (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544702)

Yeah, but dev apps expire, and are a headache if you want an application to be permanently used.

Re:Will the app be on the app store? (4, Informative)

lakeland (218447) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544496)

Someone else has already mentioned dev accounts, but it's also possible to run an enterprise app store. Perhaps not worth it for just one iPad but I wouldn't be surprised if that's the way they go since it will be seen as the proper approach.

Re:Will the app be on the app store? (3, Informative)

alen (225700) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545222)

$3000 for the enterprise dev license to load apps directly on your organization's idevices without the app store. apple even has a tool for IT drones to do it automatically

Re:Will the app be on the app store? (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545312)

apple even has a tool for IT drones to do it automatically

With helpful information like this, I can't imagine why people call Apple fans elitist douche-bags.

Re:Will the app be on the app store? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545506)

Read: http://www.apple.com/ipad/business/resources/

Non-App Store applications are built everyday by Enterprise businesses rolling out thousands of private applications to the iPad. Banking, Automotive, Insurance, Manufacturing; all of these industries are investing heavily in the iPad to be a consumption device for sales, service and other in-front-of-the-customer roles.

Been there... (3, Insightful)

stm2 (141831) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544416)

Re:Been there... (-1)

SalsaDoom (14830) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544542)

OK, that was way to much for the computing power of that era, and way too little money. But that was a pretty cool idea. Even if there where no real computers, it looked like a pretty sweet place to hang out. One of those cool ideas that was just too early.

Cheers for the neat link, I hadn't heard of that before.

What with iPads stories today? (2)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544428)

Product placement much?

Better idea (4, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544448)

Just put him to playing Civilization or the like, and tell him he's running the country.

Re:Better idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545020)

What make you think that's not already the case?
Do you seriously think the puppet's running the theater?

Re:Better idea (2)

pellik (193063) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545114)

The press conference where he informs the country that their settlers were attacked by Indian spearmen would be golden.

Re:Better idea (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545226)

The press conference where he informs the country that their settlers were attacked by Indian spearmen would be golden.

Yeah, you've got to make sure to tell all the ministers what's going on, so there won't be an embarrassed silence when he asks the Minister of Defense why they can't seem to make progress in the war with the Aztecs.

Cameron test run (1)

RogerRoast (1914292) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544450)

Cameron was doing a test run with the ipad to see if he can run the country with it. Now he allowed others to have it, to run the country so that he can run the country with them. Without the ipad the country would have stalled, rocked and capsized as it is an island, as the US congressman mentioned [youtube.com] (he probably did not have an ipad).

See here is the problem with modern government (4, Insightful)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544456)

While your country is in a rescission, your people are in the streets protesting, and having to budget for a simple can of beans what does the government do?

Buy the most expensive, most shiny status symbol toy cause they cant be bothered to check their fucking email at their desk.

Re:See here is the problem with modern government (1)

sco08y (615665) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544834)

While your country is in a rescission, your people are in the streets protesting, and having to budget for a simple can of beans what does the government do?

Buy the most expensive, most shiny status symbol toy cause they cant be bothered to check their fucking email at their desk.

Yes, if only the UK had that $500 back, they could balance the budget.

Re:See here is the problem with modern government (3, Insightful)

chrb (1083577) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545028)

This app will cost way more than $500. A team of professional app developers, working on a government contract, will cost hundreds of thousands, the final cost with maintenance and bug fixing may well be over $1 million. Remember that even a very simple app costs $100k+ http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/11/23/210241/osha-app-costs-govt-200k [slashdot.org]

Re:See here is the problem with modern government (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545080)

Also, if it's a government ontract that automatically adds a 10x multiplier to software costs.

Re:See here is the problem with modern government (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545446)

"even a very simple app costs $100k"

which is silly all you do is write a few lines of text. in soviet russia they used bullets to program their computers, such as they were...

Re:See here is the problem with modern government (1)

Galestar (1473827) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544894)

While your country is in a rescission...

Those damn Recsissions [wikipedia.org]

SimNation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544474)

Quit hogging it, I want a turn.

iTechnocrat (1)

lucm (889690) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544536)

The drill-down on that dashboard will be awesome.

Each Monday:
1) Click on Crime Stats
2) Drill-down by city
3) Drill-down by street
4) Sort by count, in descending order
5) Send a black ops team to deal with the top 10 addresses

As an alternative, the data could be plugged in Google maps and the info sent to a UAV.

What would Edwin Black say? (1)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545062)

This seems more user friendly than using punch cards.

Typical Apple hype (0)

davidoff404 (764733) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544544)

The tagline should really be "Running England? There's an app for that." Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have all had devolved governments for some time.

Re:Typical Apple hype (2)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545306)

Actually they are underselling. Cameron is prime minister of the United Kingdom, not just Great Britain.

Not just iPads (4, Informative)

Albanach (527650) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544610)

I have no idea why the summary says MPs are only allowed iPads in the House of Commons. Members are allowed to use smartphones or tablet computers, there are no brand restrictions placed upon them.

MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544772)

Yeah, that you noticed this amazes me. Slashdot is full of illiterate wankers who would have NO CLUE what your implication is.

Re:Not just iPads (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544786)

You read it wrong. The "only" refers to the date (March 2011) when they were allowed to use them, not to the iPads.

omg! (1)

crutchy (1949900) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544650)

they have sim-city for the iPad?!

Dupe...? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544692)

I didn't read TFA, but this sounds like a duplicate of the orangutang story [slashdot.org] .

Re:Dupe...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545134)

Lets only hope that the orangutang's advice gets through. Judging from the way things are going in the UK these days, the PM could use all the help he could get.

If you've seen the latest Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie, you will appreciate that perhaps this is just the chance one of the apes needs to hack in and actually become PM, although some Labor backbenchers might be heard muttering that you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

official moratorium on 'there's an app for that' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544696)

Until theres a blasted postscript viewer.

Re:official moratorium on 'there's an app for that (1)

lostchicken (226656) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545594)

Postscript, being a Turing Complete language, would seem to violate the "no interpreters" rule.

tim cook versus steve jobs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544708)

steve jobs would have a tear in his eye if lady gaga is composing her next song on an app on his device
tim cook has a tear in his eye when an app on his device gets to direct a country or world. just like ibm times, eh, Tim?

ive should be ceo

Cameron's Game (1)

Intropy (2009018) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544710)

I wonder if he knows he's actually running the country.

SimCity (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544712)

It's called SimCity. And yes, politicians really do think running a city, state, or nation is just a game by their attitude towards us.

From PM of Great Britain to Orangutans... (1)

wisebabo (638845) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544782)

Apple really has the market sewn up!

Unless, of course, Cameron's just getting the same App as the Orangutans. If the App is made to run Great Britain remotely, would they be better off if they let the Orangutans run it? Would they even know the difference?

How long until... (1)

enaso1970 (759924) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544878)

The MOD develops the High-Velocity Irritated Avian Launcher and support personnel who don't shape up get rendered to Guantanamo?

Is a good thing, given the public ignorance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38544932)

Why wouldn't you not want to have the important stats at hand ?
Is this slashdot or ludditedot ?
You could , in my view , legitimately argue that it is not his job to know all the detail all the time, but until you can educate the public to that fact ( and I'll give that a 20% chance over maybe the next 30-50 years) , as head of Govt. you are not allowed to say "I don't know, I'll find out" or "No idea mate, speak to the Minister I put in charge of that & I'll get involved if he has f***ked up".
So you should give fair credit for gaining a marketing advantage in the sale of votes to the public, and not just quietly aiming at the corporations with promises of friendly legislation like you tend to get in the US right now. In the UK, as we stand today, you still have to convince the floating individuals of you capability if you want to run the country, and there is a big enough 'floating voter' % to decide whether you are in or out.
Long may that continue.

Only If Approve For Sale at the Apple App Store (1)

turkeyfish (950384) | more than 2 years ago | (#38544976)

Of course, all decisions made on the device are subject to the approval of Apple Inc, which will receive a processing fee.

Just Great Britain? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545040)

At least Northern Ireland will be spared.

Apple's first step towards world dominance (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545118)

We all knew that Apple was planning something evil, and this is the start of it. Once they can get the majority of the world's leaders to become reliant on their apps and devices, they can influence their decisions however they please, thus gaining control over the world. And noone will try to stop them, as all the sheeple just laugh at me when I try to explain it to them!

Hear hear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38545126)

Jolly good indeed.

Now if only I could get one of these things to show me the pubs with maps of Piccadilly! Perhaps I would not be returing home so early in the day. Then again, perhaps I would just rent a cot under the bar and call it a good night.

Ha ha ha ladies.

And it's called.... (1)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 2 years ago | (#38545374)

Lemmings.

Great old game.

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