* Posts by Richard Jones 1

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Not Quite The Same Every Where

Some years ago I worked in an overseas country not famous for developing the rights of women. New work roles were being developed for the first time and filling them was proving a challenge. The first few women taken on in the programming and support roles proved as a group, considerably better than the men who had been tried in the roles. More careful, more adaptable and all round more reliable at doing what was required.

Perhaps they saw it as an opportunity in an otherwise, (for them) narrow field.

I guess the narrowness of choices here is why we have no female bus drivers, or truck drivers at all - oh hang on who's driving that bus?

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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How Is This Interesting?

Just how and why should this make any difference to normal PC using people? What does it do that has any value? If someone wants an X box I guess they would buy one, why would I want this dodgy extra which appears much like a value removing tool.

Am I missing some perfect point, I am certainly missing something as it means less than nothing at the moment.

What with other stupid ideas like WiFi (Non)Sense are they running a 'do not touch this' campaign?

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Ex-Apple bods suing Apple for bag searches get class-action upgrade

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Control Freaks Unite!

Control Freaks Unite you have only control to lose!

With apologies to 'control central' aka apple HQ.

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

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Watch Out for Flat Battery Syndrom

See the warning from the London Transport system about boarding a train by using a phone and then leaving at the end of the journey with a flat battery and getting billed the maximum charge.

This is just a cautionary note, I am not knocking any of the contactless systems.

It is a 'don't care' for me as I never use the London trains - or any others either.

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Apple's chip'n'firmware security demands behind HomeKit delays

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Re: More things to buy

Why worry?

It is just a way to sell more Apple branded items to support an alleged 'need' I for one do not have using a device I will never want and never use.

It is like all the wonderful steps they have taken so far, they are selling snake oil to those who buy dreams. To those not in their club they are close to or less than nothing.

I have never owned anything Apple, never missed anything Apple and will never want anything Apple, so for me it is of no interest.

Some home automation could have very limited value, but note the words 'home automation'. I don't want, don't need and have no use for a so called smart phone so why buy a smart phone extension from any source?

A remote to control in home thermostats, might replace legs one day - the old ones are getting old, but probably by then the need, interest and the capability to care or understand will have gone.

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

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Re: For the nay sayers...@Peter 26

And just how easy is it to link to an apple/play store thing and install it on a mobile phone? Now try it on a Nokia 6230i. I use it because 'modern' toys cannot do what I need.

I have no ability to even send a rubbish picture, so would first need someone to set that up, before I could even use this retrograde idea.

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Re: Of course..

Text is at best some form of best effort with no proof that it has succeeded in getting through and can suffer delays of several hours.

I have enough reasons not to use a money waster phone, am I now to be blackmailed into using one of those otherwise pointless (for me) device 'in case' I might need to call 999?

As an also option it might be of some value, if it can ever be made to work. History suggests that getting reliable operation might be a challenge of greater than usual proportions.

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KILLER! Adobe Flash, Windows zero-day vulns leak from Hacking Team raid

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Re: And this is why...

I am waiting for the headline that reads;

at last a day without a Flash problem.

Until then I will not be running flash. It does make some site's 'wonderful videos' unavailable, but if they cannot use something safe, (including using words, not moving pictures) I cannot be bothered to waste my time on them.

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Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out

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I guess I could if I tried really hard, care less about banks flopping, or not flopping into bed with Apple. Still it is just not worth the effort. Barclaycard offered me the chance to opt out of 'travel by bonk' an option I was happy to accept within seconds of getting the notification. OK it possibly helps that I have few transactions that are less than £20, never use putrid transport and do not visit coffee shops. In the unlikely event of needing to spend a few £s I carry a few crinkly bits of paper or some of those round, or semi round metal disk things. Not because they are untraceable but because they are easier than cards for small payments.

My mobile phone sits in an inside pocket and is only ever used hands free, I do not need a transportable minicomputer. Why pay out a fortune on something that would be useless and inferior to what I have at the moment?

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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Re: The Rise of IT Consultants...

No problem here the cow is gender neutral and should really be a COW.

It is the TLA for Clerk of Works.

Since most Clerks of Works are driven mad by user changes, obstructions and nit picking it is normal to have issues over Mad COWs.

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Pisspoor EE customer service earns it a cool £1 MILLION Ofcom fine

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Do They Even Try To Do Customer Service?

I was not aware they even tried to do customer service, is this something new or something left in an old cupboard?

They sent me a new router to fix problems at their end, which they did fix after an hour or so and before the router was delivered. Then they wondered why I had not reset all the NAT side set up to be able to connect it into my network.

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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

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Yelp

What on earth is yelp?

Is it one of those dreadful listing sites with 101 names of companies you would never use to get goods they do not hold?

If I could I would bar every one of my searches from every giving a listing site.

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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

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Re: A possible solution?

VM are somewhat less of an example of success than the chocolate fire guard. At least that can be eaten and enjoyed.

While the pre VM local cable co made a right mess of the main roads they have offered nothing to the side roads they pass. In a candid moment (I saw them about a job!) they admitted they got out a map and drew the shortest line past the greatest number of dwellings until they met their planned 'passing' targets. So nothing doing if you were not a block of small flats - even though some of them got 'passed' but not serviced.

As far as I know Murdock vision only leases satellite capacity and while they do pay out to lease access to a range of events they then package bundles of junk together in the manner of a US banker selling junk mortgages! They carefully split anything they think worth having so you have to take on several bundles.

Now they expect to get something else for nothing by trying to arm twist BT, who are the ONLY service option for far too many people.

While I hold no candle for Open Reach who appear to be allergic to having any sort of effective management, Sky remind me of a Mafia boss with a big dog and not a lot more, or am I being rude about Murdock and his family, I hope so! As for their idea of customer service,

"oh you have had that connection for more than twelve months you will have to buy a new one, got any cable?"

That used to be their level of customer service for CPE.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: The Purpose of Government.

Anyone with memories of the old broken rail will know why there was an attempt to privatise the mess in the hope that it might start to run trains and not just be a job centre annex. Sadly it is an industry that has proved remarkably able to resist much in the way of real improvement. There are arguments about whether the privatisation was well structured. Evidence suggests that a better job could have been done on that front. The infra structure part is proving to be remarkably incapable of doing what appears to be needed. Though the train companies have managed, somehow to push more passengers onto very expensive trains running on a creaking infrastructure. While short franchises were I guess supposed to encourage companies to keep standards up, they also discourage the sort of longer term investment that the thing needs. Given that major works take far too long to achieve you are unlikely to get much return on an 'investment' that takes 90% of your franchise to achieve. Quite why infrastructure and service are divorced from each other, and appear to this non user to be in competition, is beyond me:

trainco "I want to improve service"

Infraco, "No you cannot I will not let you, so have a project overrun for fun."

The definition of a train service appears to be;

'Something that takes you from where you don't happen to be, to where you do not want to arrive'.

That is the essence of the problem for most people, if the only choice for me was to use the train, I simply would to go there.

The whole attitude to our train set appears to be based somewhere in cloud cuckoo land.

I well remember an argument about redeveloping a major station, the infraco wanted to include a large amount of commercial development, shops, offices, eating places and residential - a good idea in many major cities. However the union boss of the time complained that station sites should be reserved exclusively for railway use not sordid commercial profit making.

Try looking at e.g. Japan where some stations are in the middle of major stores in the heart of commercial developments, not stuck next to a canal with the town centre along with the bus station slowly dying half a mile or more distant.

Some years ago I was taking the children to see a show Docklands, I rocked up at the local station where there was no parking - (there is no bus service from home to the station). I knew it was likely to take several hours by train so had allowed enough time. Faced with the problem journey I risked driving there, less than an hour later we were parked and for considerably less than the train price had plenty of time for lunch and a look about.

We have an ill thought out mess of a transport non-system, most of what remains being those bits that still operate from the Victorian times and are gratefully held back there by various vested interests. Still at least some other things have worked as Tim set out. It is just a shame that trains are something we invented but we did not work out how to run them after that initial head start.

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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Re: Missing poll option

It might also be nice to have a good reason to move from 2G just as soon as they have managed to deliver it reliably to places 10 miles out side of the apparently 'rural backwater' that is London. Receiving calls within the house would be a huge step forward from not getting them at all, No wonder I stick with POTS a superior contact system which has the undoubted advantage of working more of the time.

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Warning flags were raised over GDS farm payments system – yet it still failed

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Did Anyone Understand the objectives and Required Methods?

The mess does suggest that there was a limited understanding of where the project was heading, what it had to deliver and the methods to be employed to get there. Mapping is not exactly a new requirement, we have had cartographers for hundreds of years and digital maps are pretty much old hat, if maps were a key requirement how come it was not understood early on and the right skills were not brought in at the start to identify the tin cans littering the path forward.

Or, just as likely the required skill set was consulted, pointed out the potential issues and were then sidelined as not being team players.

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Come Back Nokia?

Perhaps all Nokia needed was an injection of better guidance and direction to break out of the hole they were in and then they could have made phones worth having once more? With MS now finding their magic sauce was no better, I trust that Nokia will once more climb back to producing phones worth having and I will be able to replace my ageing Nokia hardware. I can only hope, as the current market place appears to have nothing to meet my needs.

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Re: One big problem

Emergency calls from mobiles can be a really major problem because the callers location can be very hard to trace. Calls from a land line tend not to move about the countryside.

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Re: provide only internet services

Well this dumb ass plan should cut the load on the ambulance, fire and police emergency lines. You will not be able to call them in the event of any power troubles, what a really clever idea.

Not!

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Re: Ha

Given the quality of the recruitment and vetting processes as shown by several recent data runners they need a quarter the staff numbers and ten times the quality. Possibility exist that both figures will need revising the number of bozos downward and the skill level factor upwards.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: Iceberg ahead!

If you do a clean install onto a machine it appears that it will not have a previous install there, which is how most 'DVD' preview installs will likely have been/will be made. How then will they be treated? Will you have to remove the preview than re-install windows 7/8.x before going forward again?

Also, if a hard disk or other key part drops off its perch, how will you then recover the machine? I guess you could (a) keep an image or (b) keep the upgrade download, put 7/8.x back and re-run the upgrade. This does appear a slight(?) nightmare of confusion.

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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Full of Canned Laughs

It sounds a bit tinny to me*

Apologies to those who think a tinny is something else - better!

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Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

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Re: Hey Nokia: Android please

Whatever else they do can they please include the user dependant voice calling that was such an excellent feature on the 6230i which I still use. One touch to the headphone, one word and call out hands free with the phone hidden in an inside pocket. The other stuff might be of interest to others, that's fine for them, but with another hand operation set for Thursday, hand free and voice calling is a prime driver for me for what should be obvious reasons.

The Asha 300 I was stiffed with, left out the one touch voice calling in favour of supposed web access 'featuring' 'favourites' comprising nothing I had ever heard of, which could not be removed. I removed the SIM in stead and went back to my old phone!

I do not care about the operating system though a camera is optional but if there it should be improved quality compared to the old phone.

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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Wow

People with more money, spend more money and don't much worry about where they spend their cash. Who would have guessed that?

I am still struggling to find a reason to buy any oversize go flat mobile phone so I stick with a non Apple, non Android phone that suits exactly what I need. Sure a charge now 'only lasts three days or so but it is nearly ten years old. As for mobile internet, no use or need, mobile disco in my ear, thanks but no thanks - with knobs on!

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AT&T fined about 3 days of profit ($100m) for limiting 'unlimited' plans

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Try The ATT Tightly Managed Step Limited Service

Put the honest way it does not sound quite the same. All so called service providers re-define unlimited to mean;

"as much limitation as we can get away"

If throttling is applied to ALL traffic at times of stress that is one thing, to selectively apply it to some customers on the basis of a limited use threshold has NO relationship at all to 'unlimited'

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AssangeTM says Sweden squibbed on promised interview

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Max Clifford II or Assange?

Anyone else see the parallels?

"You can't touch me or I will publicly taunt you with imaginary stories. So let me get on with whatever I want to do."

Self publicist or what?

He appears able to spin anything; the embassy must be filling with his tangled thread if not his cloth!

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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Re: EE are charging more - 44p

I think they are charging 37p before VAT is the Vodafone cost ex VAT at 37.5 or with VAT, at 37.5p or Value Deduction Tax as it appears to be, but VD Tax might not sound so good in the eyes of some.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Water-loo Taking the P*ss

Sorry I could not resist, perhaps a bit too blatant but the Belgian action get a round of applause. It almost makes me want to use the Euro so we could employ their coin here. - Steady on at the back I said almost!

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EU: Explain your tax affairs. Google, Amazon, Facebook: Mmm... nah

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Toothless Tiger Meows?

Since the committee has no powers to compel anyone to attend it might be wise for it to address its own weakness as a matter of urgency. Since the other bodies in question claim to follow all relevant local tax laws, (I am not saying they do this - only that they CLAIM to do so) the committee is between the rock and a hard place.

National tax bodies could do what is needed if, but only if, they can find evidence that tax law has been broken or incorrectly applied. Then it comes down to whose lawyers argue the better case.

It does appear for the moment that the committee has about the same standing as any other obscure special interest group trying to exceed its powers (remember this one has NO POWER to force attendance). For the moment it is like standing next to an unconnected light switch demanding the lights come on because you have thrown the switch to on.

Given the glacial speed with which most EU bodies work resorting to law could be the least favourable option for all parties, the fact that laws have been very badly created to distort the terms of trade is not a very useful state of affairs and needs to be addressed urgently so expect that to take about 10+ years

For the record, I would like to see all business conducted within an country/location/geographical entity to have to follow all laws and rules pertaining to that place, including tax, health and safety, product safety, etc. However, any laws do need to be well drawn up and not resemble lace curtains with most of the lace removed.

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

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Semaphor Stations or Hill Top Beacons?

May I offer new and as yet untried, (at least by the Home Office and the police) solutions? Semaphore stations and hill top beacons. Combined with the previously suggested pigeons a complete future proof solution.

Ps, I wanted to add the WTF and joke icons but sadly I am limited to just one

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Apple's HomeKit: So, you know, it exists and all that. Oookay ...

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Re: Homekit

Perhaps you do not have to spend enough time recharging flat batteries without it to help you create some more? Many things simply work better without a goon playing remote control god, 'because they can' well at least until the battery goes down.

Perhaps this is a plot to sell more back up batteries/generators to keep the home running,e.g. ensuring door locks working during power cuts?

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Is that a graphics driver on your shop's register – or a RAM-slurping bank card thief?

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Re: So use ApplePay

Interestingly my local supermarket takes cash in its self service tills.

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Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack

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Cow Fart Powered Cars Anyone?

Just because something might just be possible does not make it a good idea.

Studies show that with the right diet cows can be persuaded to fart even more methane. Experts suspect that with perhaps as few as 50 to 100 super farter cows in the car boot along with enough food for the journey cars could be adapted to avoid using fossil fuel. The admit that the size and consequent weight increases may adversely affect the car's handling but with a bit of further development and wider roads, they expect the problems to be overcome.

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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Re: @1980s_coder

Yes and no. If you base your rates on you own theory of where they should be you may win if you can create a margin wide enough on which to live. However if all the others are borrowing at 0% and lending at >5% you are going to be hard pressed to make loans at anything like an acceptable rate if you are paying out 4%. In short why would anyone want to borrow expensive money when cheap money exists?

I fall into the 'I in effect own my own personal bank group'. I do not need to borrow from a commercial loan arranger and my age fewer and fewer people would want to lend to me. So, if I want something I borrow from me and pay no interest. I would love to have an interest rate that pays me more - I look back to the past years when I was getting above 10% - but also when I look back there were costs to that time that I am not sure I want to pay now.

Of course the left would like me to pay it all away as 'stoppages' i.e. increase tax on me and the economists would like me to go out and spend, but on what? Health and caring for other family members limit my options and don't half dent my interest in simply buying for the hell of buying. I should get some projects sorted on the house, but see above comment on the 'caring' issue'. The conflict between that and the projects would just be too great. I must also keep an eye on my own possible future care issues, though I have negative thoughts about, i.e ways of avoiding 'care centres'.

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Google: Our self-driving cars would be tip-top if you meatheads didn’t crash into them

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Re: Defensive driving

There are several types of contributors to this section, those who feel they have additional insights to a situation, those who have alternative experiences and those who seek additional information. I was unable to decide which you tried to be. I was left with the impression that you simply wanted to expose your prejudice and preconceived idea of how the world should be.

Put simply if you are starting from any location, it does not matter which you will initially profile that location not say what New York or for that matter New Delhi has if you are in California, Surely it would be basic common sense to start of with the right profile? Have done that and got the thing working, expansion to areas where all sorts of variables add complexity would be the next stage. Should new profiles be kept as a monster data base or paged in and out according to how many specific data points are noted. Road marking may well vary from State to State, that is a variable that will need to be covered, the style of trees the dampness from bone dry to water logged, the closeness of buildings indicating congest town or open country all have to be mapped in some way to build a risk profile. Hopefully new drivers live long enough to acquire the skills that will allow them to take such issues in their stride. Returning for a moment to road markings, they may well be part of a set standard per local variation. However, wear and road works can also affect their presence and appearance as can the presence of high sided vehicles and other variables. All such variables do have to be considered when controlling a vehicle. Knowledge of wind speed should also alert drivers to the risks of different situations, how many do take account of such issues - not many if they are of the wetwear variety that I see weaving about in cross winds. Some, (many?) cannot even detect changes in the road layout ahead causing precipitous manoeuvres when roads narrow. One ended up facing fully the wrong way after braking too hard while doing two or three other changes of direction. They did not hit anyone.

A while later close by similar stupidity resulted in five deaths. No autonomous driver-less control required, that was down to wetwear meathead driving.

This is a research project, for such someone to complain that research finds things out is does not show a high level of understanding of why research is carried out. I may be the only one who expects research to discover aspects that are not obviously apparent to desk jockeys, but someone will probably tell me I am wrong on that point.

I did once avoid being rear ended on a country road, I stopped due to stationary farm traffic, the meathead behind was talking, not looking I could see they would not stop so I drove onto the grass verge, my movement drew the other driver's attention to the road, he braked and steered out towards oncoming traffic stopping two cars in front of me along side the stationary traffic. Would his error have happened with a Google car - I doubt it would.

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NHS blows £5 MILLION on delayed Care.data

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Re: No issue

It does not work that way as my daughter found to her considerable cost. She has an underlying problem its interaction with some treatments was known only to a few in the medical profession (and more outside). GPs were mystified by her situation though a 'specialist' saw the answer instantly. She should never have been given a long term treatment.

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Re: No issue

While I agree wholeheartedly with your comments, one issue should be covered. Irregular reactions to treatments and their relationship to underlying conditions.

Most of us are aware that some people have a bad reaction to nuts, some to milk and some to other foods and treatments. There must be a way to flag up when patients have a condition which causes an unwanted reaction to an otherwise useful treatment.

However, this does NOT require some billion pound 'will not work edifice'. It needs a reporting process that allows such problems, (NOT PATIENT DETAILS) to go through a central register of 'bad combinations' to flag up warnings to those who prescribe treatments.

A simple 'a case with X reacted badly to Y treatment' is all that is required. With a warning that Y treatment should be avoided for patients with X.

Absolutely no money should be involved.

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Network negotiations nix 2015 Apple TV streaming

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Market Suicide Or Murder?

Given that this year's TV schedules appear to be thinner and less 'content rich than ever' perhaps they no longer have a visions of endless riches from TV. If they spent a little of their cash pile on programmes it might be useful to spark some interest, but with the few watchers using largely off line personal devices, would a room style TV device have any traction anyway?

Since Apple are set against the one sure fire niche offering for video content, (and that is apparently being fuelled/satisfied by a torrent of DIY material), I am struggling to see any opening that this could aim at.

While I am not an apple lover, quite the reverse, I would welcome anyone who can breath some life and interest into what is fast becoming an entertainment desert.

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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Tea Bags For All Brews?

The thrust of the article appears to be that Windows is going to be the answer for cross platform deployment and not much else. Frankly the idea that you sell more teapots because you can use a new teabag in chocolate, ice cream and coconut teapots is, well nuts.

If you have a better teabag you promote its better flavour beverage, if its only 'advantage' is that it needs three handles and four spouts forget selling it at all.

In other words the package, whatever it is must be good enough to grab market share in its own right. If it is truly brilliant and yet still runs on slightly used hardware great, Windows H8 made the error of trying to force hardware upgrades to match the software and that worked so well that it should be repeated - oh hang on perhaps NOT.

If Windows 10 really is a great package and really will run properly on slightly older hardware and if it really will bring forward new benefits some of that will translate into new hardware sales. At least it won't come with the don't buy tag that WindowsH8 earned from me when my test mule was artificially barred from the party. (And no I still brew my tea in the same vacuum jug teapot I have been using for some years and do not need additional chocolate teapots, coconut shell teapots or for that matter tablets, mobile telephones, bathmats or whatever else that also run Windows.)

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Your CAR is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO

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God Help Us

No chance of any interest from me.

A car that only goes where they want, only does what they want, will only carry passengers they approve. Of course it will not allow you to do anything inside that they do not approve.

What could go wrong?

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Blackhat hack trick wallops popular routers

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Checking?

It would also be useful if a suggested method of status checking was confirmed so that users could easily verify that their router as still using the right DNS settings. I assume that verifying that the DNS settings are as previously wanted/set will suffice to confirm the status of the router.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Hype

No more old guys in hats, (though what is a hat?) being held up because the young blood a little while ahead decided to remodel the hard landscaping and a few other cars while he was having fun. The last one near me took quarter of a day to clear up - about 6:00 until lunch time. It did not help he killed one passenger crippled another one, nearly murdered a woman coming the other way and missed a pedestrian by a couple of feet as he then went off road driving. Over 60 in a 40 area on bald tyres is not a pretty sight - neither is a banana shaped BMW.

Perhaps self driving cars might have some benefits after all?

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

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Re: What a tool

I should not worry, I worked for a company whose shares were at about £14, then everyone said how they should soon be at £20 if not a lot higher. The next thing that happened was that they were closer to 20 pence. I am NOT saying that will happen to Apple, I am saying that too many pundits are worth less than an ant's spit.

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Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

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Re: Conundrum

If the ad is NOT obtrusive and does not demand more bandwidth than the site itself and I I was silly enough to use a pay per byte service than it might be OK- ish. However, none of those appear to apply, I am certainly not interested in paying twice for content that I do not want, (once in terms of my wasted time and again for the bandwidth). As for the putrid video pratt-verts, it is time for the fools that make them to be publicly disposed of.

I am able to avoid their annoyance by avoiding the use of any and all so called smart (alias money grubbing) mobiles, though I do use a mobile phone.

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Apple Watch rationing caused by the MOON GOAT, not quality

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iClairvoyant Faliure

Sounds like a failure in the new iClairvoyant application to me. I mean how hard is it to predict mass social events without a special application?

Answer; Dead easy for those who interact with real people in different locations; for the rest there should be iClairvoyant.

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Apple HomeKit: DELAYED until JUNE, mumble Cupertino spinners

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Better To Get It Right on The Launch Date

While there are two reasons why it is of no interest to me, I know that there will be many who might want to sample the products, but I feel it is better to debug things before you launch. Possibly they might have found some 'out of normal issue' of the type which can really disrupt a product launch, yet not always show up in product development.

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The Internet of Things: a jumbled mess or a jumbled mess?

Richard Jones 1
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Joke

Re: Why

OK, I admit I was not being honest when I termed it a 'bright' solution. It was intended to be black humour of the, 'bright is the new dumb' type.

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Richard Jones 1
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Why

To summarise, many of us, perhaps most of us have devices that function well in semi autonomous mode, heating, fridges, hot water, freezers, even lights, video, DVD recorders or PVRs, garage door openers, fire detector and intruder alarms, etc. With virtually no need for one to see what the other is doing. In a few very personalised personal cases it 'might' be useful to control a few of the items remotely, e.g. the warm up time for heating, though money spent on insulation might achieve more payback. Many of us do not have unoccupied buildings so remote access is achieved via the phone already. For industry where hundreds of device form part of a chain, interconnect is valuable - and frequently best supplied via a cable anyway. For the outside living world it is only niche users, many of which will have their own unique user profile, who will really be interested. Perhaps a lot of the fragmentation is because the market is really fragmented into different user groups with very different profiles?

The other bull filled elephant in the room is the smart meter. Now I might be the most weird set up in the world but things work like this, if the hot water is cold the heating system heats it up, likewise if I am cold I run the heating, if it is dark I turn on the light, if clothes need washing they get washed, if food is raw but needed for a meal it gets cooked, anyone see a pattern here? I do not need s stupid meter to tell me when to do these things or more importantly not to heat the water so I can wash, wash-up, have a bath, whatever. Most of us do what we do at home for a reason, therefore a so called smart device is not an item of desire, but part of a mode of irritation - or more likely another remote control disaster when some twerp turns off your power when food is cooking, the washing is washing you are showering and it is dark.

Except for the possible remote reading of the meter, (if it works), they are another example of a bright solution looking for a way to create an insoluble problem.

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Home routers co-opted into self-sustaining DDoS botnet

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Re: Class action?

While I find the loony tunes aspects of some class action cases abhorrent, the idea here would be to prise action out of a derelict equipment builder. As such I feel that such an action would be entirely reasonable.

It would be far better if the makers of really sordidly, useless junk got active and thought about more than their next bonus cheque. If they have built the things down to a price point too far below reason that is not a defence, it is a reason for them to leave the market place.

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

Richard Jones 1
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Re: Time for biocontrol

The problem comes when the parasite is not only perfectly adapted to the usual host, in this case the Parakeet. Too often the parasite does one of several things, e.g. finds that the absence of parakeets cramps its style so it species jumps to another host. Or the parasite hybridises with some other parasites in its new location to become a super variant that affects some other, actually endangered animal, (or every other thing it encounters). Ruling out spread is what takes time and money to achieve and is not always achieved even then.

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