* Posts by IHateWearingATie

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Home Office awards Raytheon £150m over e-borders cancellation

IHateWearingATie

Re: Seriously

The first rule of the blacklist for crap suppliers...

... is that you don't talk about the blacklist for crap suppliers, lest their lawyers get wind of it.

"Of course you're a valued supplier, its just that someone else provided a better bid on this contract... and this one.... and this one.... and every contract we get a whiff you're involved in for the next 10 years...

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Health & Safety is the responsibility of Connor's long-suffering girlfriend

IHateWearingATie

Ah, I remember this one

... my usual option was:

j) Try and fix it and put in a worse hack than the original problem. After forgetting to check the code out and back in properly so some poor sap has to merge the code later.

Maybe that's why I'm not allowed near anything more complex than powerpoint these days.

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

IHateWearingATie

Hmmmm

Is this kind of malarky well paid? If so it sounds like the kind of indoors, easy to do, hard to measure work that I like to be involved in. Time ot polish the CV

I find myself thinking that Wally from Dilbert really has the right approach more and more each day.

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Universal Credit could take 10 YEARS to finish, says Labour MP

IHateWearingATie

Stephen Timms

In the words of a former colleague who worked for him:

"One of the few genuinely decent human beings in parliament".

I'd like to believe that he's raising this due to be being a shambles, rather than as a party hack scoring points.

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

IHateWearingATie

Much as I like android..

... this really is the worst aspect of it, waiting not just for the handset maker but also the network (depending on your device) to bother to update it.

And my 2012 Nexus 7 has slowed to a crawl as I stupidly assumed that Google had tested its impact on on the Nexus devices before pushing it out. The upside is I did manage to use it as an excuse with The Boss to let me buy a Z3 Compact tablet which is great and give the Nexus to my son as a dedicated Minecraft tablet :)

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

IHateWearingATie

no s6 for me

While i appreciate I'm in a minority, the reason i bought a s4 was the sd card slot and removable battery. As a work phone, it's so much easier to swap the battery when it is running low than plug in and carry around one of those external packs while I'm trying to speak on the phone and there isn't a handy socket nearby. Similarly, work will only buy me the base storage version as any additional storage costs more and isn't really for work purposes (i have a 64 gb card with music, podcasts, games etc on it).

Quite sad as i don't think there is a flagship Android with a removable battery now.

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UK.gov shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?

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Reason it will never work? Salaries outside paygrades.

It's time to give up on the idea of ever having central government IT functions unless the grade structure is changed. You just cannot recruit perm staff with the necessary skills if you are trying to fit into the civil service pay grades.

For example - bottom of the deputy director pay grade is somewhere around £50-60k (I seem to remember). A dep director is not a doer, he/she would be someone managing an entire IT project - the pyramid then flows down to the point where to fit in with the grades and salaries, anyone who actually does any work like cutting code or configuring development environments could be on a maxium of £30k ish (my guess is the old HEO grade in DWP, or Grade D in HM Treasury). In Central London.

Now, I'm not saying that you can't live on £30k in London, but anyone half decent could make more elsewhere.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

IHateWearingATie

Don't mind the change tracking in Word

Maybe if you're an author it sucks, but for general office related tasks it seems to work well enough for me. I couldn't get on with LibreOffice, but then I think that's only because I'm so used to Word everything just felt in the wrong place.

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Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy: Hands-on gizmo-packed motoring

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275 hp 4 pot engine? Easy...

.... as Scoobys and EVOs have been doing it for years and years. My track car was a 2003 Impreza that I fettled to 320hp. There are plenty being ragged around by boy racers (and slightly older racers like me) that are even older.

Wouldn't want to put that kind of power through just the front wheels of a car of that vintage though...

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IHateWearingATie

No passengers?

I've done track days with all of the major UK operators and visited all of the major UK tracks and never encountered an operator or a circuit that bans front seat passengers.

Timing, handheld cameras, back seat passengers, all regularly banned. But never front seat passengers. Sadly I had to sell my track car last year and haven't been on a track day for about 14 months, but I can't imagine things have changed so radically in the last year.

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

IHateWearingATie

Re: Basically...

Agree - a sure fire way to screw up a central gov IT project is to let Cabinet Office get wind of it and send people to 'help'. My advice is to brief security and not let them in the building.

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Hey Apple - what's the $178bn for? Are you down with OTT?

IHateWearingATie

Re: BBC Death

Just because the next generation are not using it now, does not mean that their tastes, preferences and watching / listening habits will stay the same as they get older.

An example - if you looked int he 1960s at the number of spotty youth listening to classical music, you may have concluded that it'll be almost dead in a generation. Instead, its still going strong with mass audiences for Classic FM, Sky Arts, Andre Reui etc. My Dad followed this trend, where as part of the boomer generation spent his youth listening to the Beatles and Rolling Stones. As he has got older he's added Bach and Brahms to his listening - something he would have never dreamed of in the swinging 60s.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

IHateWearingATie

Hmmmm

1. Central gov employs hundreds of thousands of people, and deals with sensitive information all day every day. The likelyhood of a complete muppet doing this is pretty high. That does not mean that everyone in Gov is an idiot.

2. From my experience, private sector organisations are just as bad. Came across an example recently that made my mind boggle, but you'll never read about it in the paper as the company will never tell anyone and it wasn't personal data or anything covered by the data protection act so it is not obligated to tell. Stupid things government does ALWAYS ends up in the paper

3. Don't have enough information from the story, but posting a disk encrypted with very strong encryption may be appropriate given the outcome of the risk assessment. The headline might be fun, but actually it could be a non-story (but that doesn't sell papers or get unique vistors). Use the right encryption software and the disks will be nothing but coasters to anyone who doesn't have the NSA's encryption munching capabilities (maybe not even them depending on what they used to encrypt it).

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

IHateWearingATie

Re: Can't believe it took 5 posts...

If you're in an area with crap broadband, 9 times out of 10 it's because there are not enough of you willing to cough up the cash to make it worth anyone's while to install the right solution.

Exchange only line? Either FTTP or re-run cables so there is a cabinet you can get FTTC through. Bloody expensive per property in both cases and unlikely to be worth it for a few people paying £20 a month.

Too far from the exchange? Probably not enough of you to make it pay to install FTTC or run FTTP. Unless you each want to pay £100 a month for your broadband so the installer can get their money back.

Bloody miles from anywhere? You're on your own pal. Only option is to put the hard work in yourself and get together as a village to sort it out with one of the small suppliers. BT or others are not going to do it for you as it will be too expensive.

Government has thrown a bunch of cash to help sort it, but while you can give BDUK a kicking for the way that it has spent the money, its always going to be spent to get the best bang for the buck and it was NEVER going to be enough to get everyone more than a basic connection no matter how it was distributed and whichever companies were involved. You can think that the Government should spend more, but then you have to take the cash from elsewhere (nurses, doctors, police, teachers, roads etc etc).

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IHateWearingATie

Can't believe it took 5 posts...

... before the obligatory "500Mbps, I can't even get 2Mbps, rant rant, rave rave, evil BT etc etc" post. I would have bet on that being 2nd post at least.

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One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

IHateWearingATie

A special place in hell...

... is already reserved for the OneDrive sync designers.

This improvement will mearly make their eternal punishment slightly less agonising.

(It has got better, but still catches me out sometimes)

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QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic

IHateWearingATie

The only camera test that matters for this phone...

... will be can it take a decent detailed snap of a fair sized whiteboard with much squiqqling on it in a single picture.

Important for the vast majority of users of this I suspect. My old Blackberry Bold sucked at taking pictures of my squiggles on whiteboards.

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

IHateWearingATie

I'll be happy...

If it makes using Outlook Web access and share point less painful in IE then I'll be happy. I use chrome or Firefox to access OWA and the company's share point as IE 11 is so flaky with it.

I can only assume the engineers who developed OWA and share point were as fed up with IE being crap as the rest of us and coded it for decent browsers.

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Grab a SLIM MODEL for Xmas cheer: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

IHateWearingATie

Re: Is the screen..

Not that I have found so far but I'm not a stickler for these things

Actually typing this reply on my z3 compact tablet - very pleased with it so far. I chose it over the ipad and Samsung offering due to the water proofness as it is small and light enough for the wife to use it as an e-reader in the bath

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Working over Christmas? Government tech suppliers will be

IHateWearingATie

The good old days

This used to be the usual practice for government procurement. Tender released on 19th Dec (as the procurement team goes on Christmas break), with the response due back on 5th Jan so they can get stuck in when they're back. One member of the team then occasionally checks emails (i.e once a week) in case anyone has asked any questions.

Good to see CCS is keeping it old skool

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Penguin porn? NO! Linux folk in #LCA2015 standoff

IHateWearingATie

Worst excuse for reading porn at work.

Ever.

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Car-crash IT: HUGE write-off for Universal Credit - PAC

IHateWearingATie

Re: Pretty good for public sector IT

Actually, UC as a concept had been hanging around DWP like a bad smell for years. IDS is the one who said "Yes" when every other minister before him had said "No".

As I understand consultants only got involved once the decision had been made and they were asked to make it happen.

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Apple lawyers fight to silence dead Steve Jobs: 'No right' to hear him from beyond the grave

IHateWearingATie

Re: Not strange to me...

The truthers have invaded El Reg

We're all doomed !

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CERN IT boss: What we do is not really that special

IHateWearingATie

It should ALWAYS be called the God Particle...

... as it really annoys particle physicists :)

Just as you should always tell chemists they are glorified cooks, biologists that its all just plumbing in the end, and management consultants like me that we are all overpaid, know-it-all, useless bastards :)

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

IHateWearingATie

So the part of my comment "can't find much either way on Google?" passed you by?

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Anyone know if the Samsung Galaxy S4 will get it any time soon - can't find much either way on Google?

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

IHateWearingATie

Re: Here we go again.

It's not my place to defend Tim - I'm sure he'll respond if he wants to. On the substantive points at the end of your post:

1) utter utter tripe. There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest this, and all of history would suggest otherwise - where technology replaces or reduces human effort we move on to do other things. Where that extra wealth goes to is a separate unrelated issue.

2)not really anything to do with robots replacing humans. Good polemic, worth a discussion by itself as social democracy as your favoured model is a type of a market economy political system that you say had failed, and has no specific quality that would address the problems you state. In fact, national self interest (which is one of the things stopping effective action on climate change) doesn't seem to be limited to any particular economic system.

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IHateWearingATie

Re: Here we go again.

What are you blathering about? Replacing jobs with machines is one of the main reasons we're not all working in the fields to try and grow enough food so we don't starve. The distribution of that future wealth is a moot point - the fact that the future will be richer doesn't say anything about who will get the riches, but their existence means that there is a chance of things being better for all of us.

This is pretty basic economics. Something most of those who originated the whole 99% /1% slogan could do with educating themselves on

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IHateWearingATie

Re: Here we go again.

All this study proves is that things in the future will be RICHER

Fixed that for you. If anyone doesn't agree, go and read a few Tim Worstall articles in The Reg's archives to educate yourself.

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UK superfast broadband? Not in my backyard – MP

IHateWearingATie

New estates and urban fill in...

... are some of the most difficult to sort out. There are patches of 80 & 90s builds in East London on Exchange Only lines that are longer than you might think and the Cable Co ignored them when they were doing their 90s build out. Really the only option is 4G, WiMax of some kind or FTTP. FTTP install in London to domestic premises is so expensive whoever put it in would never get their money back.

New builds on the edge of towns like Cheltenham are a nightmare as well. The copper line topology for the town will have been designed ages ago, so it is a case of just finding where it may be possible to run the copper bundles given whatever duct space and spare cables you have to run a telephone service to the new build. I remember seeing a map of one where the best route ended up adding several K to the distance on the wire run, while the exchange was less than 1 K away.

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NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

IHateWearingATie

Huge story really. ..

Organising spends money on end user IT kit.

Shocking. Awful. They should use quills and their own blood for ink.

For fcuks sake - some commentards seem to think the public sector should run on good will and fairy dust with nothing spent on anything ever.

"We pay these people wages ? How dare they waste tax payers money - they should do it for free out of their own good will"

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

IHateWearingATie

Re: The UK Smart Metering gear is still being designed!

EXACTLY what I was going to say - the quotes in the article even say this:

"If the technology COULD be hacked for fraud, hackers with more nefarious intent may use these flaws for other purposes." (my emphasis)

So it hasn't been hacked, and there is no sign of a specific flaw - just that people are going to target it (no shit sherlock) and might succeed.

I'm not saying Smart Meters are good or secure - just that this is a terrible article

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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

IHateWearingATie

Meh

Always thought that Banksy's stuff was fun, but nothing more profound that you get in the political cartoons of the broadsheets. Just with much much better marketing and more 'right on' celebs loving it.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

IHateWearingATie

Re: Nonsense

IIRC the iPod classic uses a 1.8 inch drive, not a 2.5 inch one.

I guess there is far less demand for the 1,8 inch format, and as the article said that Tosh had developed one, I bet the cost was such with a *relatively* small run the cost meant it no longer met Apple's rapacious margin expectations

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The future health of the internet comes down to ONE simple question…

IHateWearingATie

Re: Problem with organisations everywhere...

I think the saying is multicoloured bureaucratic unicorns, not ponies.

And yes, that seems to me to be the only way. The step back for the final time would be in the relinquishment of the contract permanently, giving them no more say over the organisation than anyone else. Other options have not worked and continue not to work. Quite like the idea of the ITU getting involved as posters below have mentioned, as it is slow but pretty stable which is what is needed.

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IHateWearingATie

Problem with organisations everywhere...

I can't see an alternative to the US Gov smacking them over the head again and imposing a sensible governance structure before stepping back for the final time.

This isn't because I think the guys who run it are bad people, just that human nature seems to take over in organisations like this and smart people just can't see beyond the limits of their own knowledge and power - seen it time and again in organisations from the top of Government through to scuba diving clubs and student unions. Pretty sure I will have been guilty of this at some time in the past as well.

I'm sure some commentards will come on and denounce them as fools and scoundrels and ask for their heads, but in my experience the same thing will happen again and again no matter who you have, without a sensible counterbalanced structure. And that won't happen without a slap from above. Again.

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Ye Bug List

IHateWearingATie

buggy Android app

The Android app on a Samsung galaxy s4 (Android 4.4.2 currently) had two very annoying bugs.

It fails opening stories that have any embedded video - the whole article, not just the video itself. It gives a page not loaded error in the frame where the text should be

Second, it randomly fails to load the comments page for some articles- can't see any pattern to it, probably 25 % of the time. It gives a connectivity error as though there is no Internet access, but it happens on wifi as well as on cellular data and when I switch to the browser I have no problem getting to the article on the Web site.

I barely use the Android app any more as it is so buggy. Sorry!

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ESNet's 100 Gbps Atlantic link almost ready to flow

IHateWearingATie

That's all very well...

... but what's the jitter like? Can't play Call of Duty with teenagers on Ritalin with messy packet latency

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

IHateWearingATie

Shiny......

I wonder if our IT guys will mind getting me a Z3 as a replacement should my Galaxy S4 come to an unfortunate end on the train platform this week.

Don't worry, I;m sure they don't read El Reg

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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

IHateWearingATie

I don't pay anything for twitter...

... so I am the product.

I just can't get worked up about stuff like this - they need to make money to keep the servers running and I don't want to pay. It it gets too annoying I'll leave and probably do something more useful that read live tweets from Formula 1 races (which is all I use Twitter for really).

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The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Impressive snark...

... you've really upped the game from the iPhone 6 launch.

Carry on chaps :)

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Deckchairs shifted aboard tech liner HP's services biz

IHateWearingATie

More to come...

My mate works for the E(D)S part of HP and it seems things are looking very bad, with them failing to win anywhere near enough work to replace their legacy contracts as they expire. Coupled with truly mad travel and expenses policies that are seriously getting in the way of service delivery it seems the only way is down :(

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

IHateWearingATie

2 years for my Nexus 7...

... cause the battery is knackered.

While I always welcome an excuse to waste my money on some more shiny shiny, I am a little annoyed I didn't get 3 years out of it.

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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"true dat"

I agree - Satan's balls will have dropped off due to frostbite before Google allows a micro sd slot in one of their nexus devices.

On a side note I really like el reg but your Android app that I'm trying to post this from is one of the most buggy pieces of crap I've ever had the misfortune to use. And I used the early versions of itunes on Windows.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

IHateWearingATie

About matches my experience

Currently commuting from Watford to Kingston (sometime round the outside via richmond, sometimes through central London) and reception is pretty good using my EE mobile.

Only on 4G though - if I have it switched to 3G (as I do at home to get a signal for voice calls) the mobile connectivity sucks on both routes.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

IHateWearingATie

I wonder why the change of hinge...

... I have a Yoga 2 as my main work machine and it is really very good. The hinge seems to work fine and the laptop is pretty thin already - can't imagine this gives many extra benefits.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

IHateWearingATie

People still buy HP desktops?

I imagine the PC and Printers part being cast off in a lifeboat from a larger Enterprise yatch, with the sharks (Lenovo, Dell etc) slowly starting to circle.

The outcome is inevitable...

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

IHateWearingATie

A defence of DVLA

- You are the DVLA CIO...

- You are pretty sure about the normal loads that your car tax website will get in normal periods throughout the year, as you have been running the old website for a while.

- You have a fixed budget.

- Your 'customers' HAVE to use your service to tax their car on pain of fines etc.

- You have a change to the service which in theory means the only difference for the average punter is they don't get to change the paper disc displayed in their window. However, you expect this is going to mean a rush on 1st October - but you don't really know how bad its going to be.

- You have a fixed budget.

- Building temporary load balancing capacity in for the beginning of the month will cost extra. You don't know how much extra you will need and for how long, as this is well outside normal operations.

- You have a fixed budget.

Given this, trading a bit of 'customer' pain and a brief moment of bad publicity for a cash saving on the load balancing and temporary capacity doesn't seem that bad an approach from their point of view.

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New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

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pointless

These hearings are unfortunately pointless as the parliament only have the power to reject the whole set, not individual commissioners. However bad he is, it won't be enough to move the parliament to reject the commissioners.

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Be your own Big Brother: Keeping an eye on Mum and Dad

IHateWearingATie

Surprised at the lack of progress in this sector...

... as I remember working for a short while (in one of my brief departures from Public Sector work at the time) with a system that seemed to work pretty well in 2004/5.

The system had video cameras in each room for image recognition to track the movements of the person within the home. I saw it tested and it was pretty good at recognising when someone had fallen over and wasn't getting up or was moving much slower than usual, or hadn't visited the kitchen for the day (comparing with normal patterns, you could assume the person hadn't eaten yet).

Given that was 10 years ago, and the cameras and processing power was pretty crappy compared to today's capabilities I'm surprised that something like this hasn't been commercialised so far.

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