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New opportunities, Old reactions

Well, almost another year has passed by, and nothing seems to change…

The Public Administration just keeps on pumping out useless and illegal waste of public monies to slide in “under the deadline”.

Damn the citizens, full speed ahead“. This time in the Lombardy Region.

fuzzy logo in the new Lombardy Region portal

(is that logo growing “fuzz” or do I need new glasses?)

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The end, or a new chance to screw things up worse?


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These are the last signals of (non)life of, recorded by the site monitor already mentioned (Thanks Bruno!).

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Letter to Romano Prodi, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers answers: checking of the correct working of the Public Administration is no concern of its citizenry

After the letter to Prodi, Rutelli and Nicolais signed by over 1500 citizens, many of whom design, web and multimedia professionals, in which a request was advanced for transparency in the public documents related to the Protal, here, finally, a sign of life from the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

Today, from the email address we received the following PDF attachment with the answer:

Response to the Letter to Romano Prodi – DOWNLOAD PDF (in Italian)

It is comprised of two documents.

(read the rest in Italian)

Geography anyone?

It is sooo annoying that the Flash programmers that employs do not have the least sense of geography or its conventions and use in the modern world.

Since when has Vicenza EVER been one step left (East) and three steps up (North) on any geographical mapping projection system?

Anyone that looked at the coordinates (much less has ever been anywhere near the Italian Northwest) would know that they are relatively close to the same Latitude (North-South position, geographically speaking) but over an hour’s travel apart in Longitude (East-West position, geographically speaking). Even the Italian State Railways, known worldwide for their inefficiency, horrible train-sign translations and generalized incompetency have gotten it better than the programmers.

Please, get your act together!

Italy as seen by the PsycheVicenza<img mce_tsrc='' alt='Parma' />ParmaVenice

Please note the mapping according to Saint Google deMap, the patron saint of mappers since medieval times:

Italy according to Google

Notice that the traditional North-South-East-West conventions give hardly any difference in the North-South relations between Venice and Vicenza, but create roughly a square between Vicenza and Parma, and that Parma correctly results South of both Venice and Vicenza (seeing as it is almost a degree of Latitude South of both, it is only natural and comprehensible that it be represented that way, or at least one would think…).

The (unforeseen) impact of Scandalo Italiano

Seems hard to believe, but if there had never been a Scandalo Italiano, there never would have been an

Convincing proof: from the time Scandalo Italiano has stopped charging ahead with observations, suggestions, corrections and comments, the site hasn’t gone ahead. Not an inch, or even a millimeter. The translations of the still-in-Italian interface pieces has remained faithfully in Italian.

The news, in nearly a month, has not been updated AT ALL!

The latest news item (at least in the English, Italian and German sections) goes back to April 5. In the Chinese section, it would appear (the dates show in arabic numerals, even if the rest of the text is mostly in Chinese which I don’t understand at all) to have stopped a few days earlier on April 2.

All I can say is: that is one heck of a long Easter vacation, even for a country which takes off an entire month of the Summer to eat gelato and sit under overpriced and ever increasingly expensive beach umbrellas in Coney-island style overcrowded beaches outside Rome whilst no work whatsoever is accomplished (except by the gelato-sellers and beach-umbrella-fee-collectors, of course).

Is it possible they have run out of money already? All the politicians kept saying that there were still tens of millions of euros left available.

At this point, if they don’t actually intend to kept correcting the omnipresent errors and difficulties for the (potential) visitors, maybe the naysayers that called for the closure of the site were the ones in the right.

Italy: Land of Saints and Pagans

In Italy they have two types of National Holidays, didn’t y’know?

Religious Festivals and Pagan Festivals.

Yep, either you’re destined for Sainthood, or you’re one of those ancient polytheistic heathens that hasn’t seen the light yet.

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No news is good news

And its corollary (?):

Any news is bad news, at least when its our faithful Italy.It editorial staff making the news:

This just in:
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5 W’s

Who What When Where Why

the 5 W’s of journalism, as they are taught to every 4th grade elementary school student before the field trip to the Newpaper offices to meet with a reporter and see tomorrow’s (advertisement section of the) newspaper printed before spending the last hour learning to make those funky upside down boat-hats that the printers don’t need anymore because all the presses are electronic and super-clean and run by technicians with EE degrees and not printers with permanently inkstained fingernails.

But do our beloved staffers have any clue about this? NO!

Let’s sample some recent inkstains slopped onto newsrag (or the electronic equivalent)…

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Ci dispiace (We’re sorry)

Curious error that they teach you about in “Web Design 101”, usually round-about “Lesson 3: using templates to simplify your work”.

“grumpy teacher in the front of the room says gravely”:
When you copy a page to use it as a  template, make sure you change all pertinent information about the new page; be certain you don’t leave a title like “new page” or “insert page title here” in the published page.

Too bad it doesn’t seem like the staff of got past lesson 2 in the three years they had to prepare things for us…

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AAA Wanted New(s) staff for Major Tourism Portal

Geography optional
Grammar skills not necessary
Pay: commensurate with experience, starting at €20mil. per year
Start: a few years from whenever you can sign the contract, as convenient to you…

Sounds like a joke, but looking back it really doesn’t seem out of line with what has happened in the past few years with the Italian National Tourism Portal

How else can you explain “improvements” that don’t really improve anything?

We’ve already complained about the “news” which isn’t really anything new and the news which randomly disappears and the generalized inaccuracies of the mapping skills of the editorial staff, but it seems that they are getting worse instead of better as things go on…

Let’s start with the home page that displays the title “Cosa accade in Italia” – “What’s up in Italy”. The English section is still like we saw it in our previous rant, but the Italian side is being diligently worked on…let’s take a look:

Update 9 March, h.8.30 the Events map once inside the site is empty again (Italian section – the English hasn’t been “updated” yet)

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