From what I've heard the very high winds shown in movies is just fantasy.
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If this is really supposed to reduce the money that the public are paying in their bills by encouraging people to turn things off, just buy every household something like the basic OWL meter and job done. You might need someone to install them in the houses of little old ladies but this could be done during a yearly visit.
But I suspect that the real reason this is being supported is that the suppliers will be able to get readings a lot cheaper and if they do need to disconnect you they can probably do it remotely.
Appx 27mil homes in UK, basic OWL meter £35 (probably cheaper if you need a few million of them)
So total cost £945,000,000 or less than 10% of the budget for the Smart Meters
Not tried a Huawei phone yet but bought one of their 10 inch android tablets for just over £200 and very impressed.
And the Samsung response to the competition is going to be seven different phones, oh great you'll spend ages just trying to work out which one is the one you actually want. I remember HTC when they announced the ONE phone to have less models and then released about 6 models on the ONE phone.
New Nvidia cards, MSI just announced for 2070 models and ASUS will have seven. That's just the 2070 what the hell will they do with the higher end cards.
All these companies are doing is fracturing the market further, customers don't want to have to spend ages pouring over datasheets to find the device is missing some feature you want, that you sort of assume they will all have.
I had similar at an old job, boss was setting up projector system for the directors on an away day. Following 30 minutes of them trying to fix the system I get the call to bring the spare laptop and projector to the event.
30 second look at the setup with senior management crowded around, spotted that the VGA from the laptop was plugged into the VGA OUT of the projector, plugged into the correct port and TA-DA all working fine. Boss didn't look too happy.
24hr watch, used to have one, great for confusing people that ask what the time is in the street. You just flash them the watch and they look and walk off happy, they get about 50m and then stop and look very puzzled when they realise that the time they read doesn't make any sense.
I've worked on nearly every election in my area for the last 20 years and every year we get some nut coming in claiming that the whole thing is a fix or that we can change the votes if we want. It got even worse during the Brexit vote when we had a visit from the police to warn us that some groups were planning to follow staff when they left the station to make sure we didn't stop somewhere.
Even if you could fix the vote in one polling station, which would involve a lot of work and chances to be caught, you would have to hit a lot of stations at once to make any real difference. On top of paying off the staff you'd also need a printer willing to spend some serious time inside if caught to print the papers, which would have to match the real ones accurately. All it would take is a candidate or agent to come in an apply their own seal to the box and you'd be screwed.
The UK elections are about as secure as you can make them, except for the postal votes.
When I last bought a new car I was very direct during the early paperwork signings.
1. If the car has any own brand stickers or badges on it the deal is off, you can put your name on the number plates, that's it.
2. If I find the number plate holes have been drilled pissed then the deal is off. There is very little as annoying as a new car with a number plate that is just slightly pissed, you can never not see it.
I agree these VR systems should be moving towards some form of AR. With an AR setup there is no reason I couldn't use a full HOTAS setup and be able to see what I'm doing with my hands whilst using the VR part to look out the windows etc.
You need a pair of cameras on the headset that allow you to see through the VR into the real world. This could also stop you falling over the dog or furniture when you move from your seat.
I've been with Virgin for a while now, currently on 200mbs down which I get most of the time.
I did have a problem with slowdowns and lag after being connected for a while and have solved the problem by fitting a timer plug to the router. Now the router switches off every night at 4am for 5 minutes and it seems to have solved the slowdowns.
I'm also running in router mode too if that helps.
Traffic Management Act 2004 (c. 18)
Part 6 — Civil enforcement of traffic contraventions
86 Prohibition of parking at dropped footways etc.
(1) In a special enforcement area a vehicle must not be parked on the carriageway adjacent to a footway, cycle track or verge where—
(a) the footway, cycle track or verge has been lowered to meet the level of the carriageway for the purpose of—
(i) assisting pedestrians crossing the carriageway,
(ii) assisting cyclists entering or leaving the carriageway, or
(iii) assisting vehicles entering or leaving the carriageway across the footway, cycle track or verge; or
(b) the carriageway has, for a purpose within paragraph (a)(i) to (iii), been raised to meet the level of the footway, cycle track or verge.
This is subject to the following exceptions.
(2) The first exception is where the vehicle is parked wholly within a designated
parking place or any other part of the carriageway where parking is specifically
A “designated parking place” means a parking place designated by order under section 6, 9, 32(1)(b) or 45 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c. 27).
(3) The second exception is where the vehicle is parked outside residential premises by or with the consent (but not consent given for reward) of the occupier of the premises.
This exception does not apply in the case of a shared driveway.
(There are a bunch of other exceptions that all relate to emergency services or deliveries.)
Technically you are totally wrong. The law relating to blocking of a dropped kerb makes a point of stating that the homeowner may park there, or anyone with permission of the homeowner (but not for reward).
Of course, this is dependent on there being no other rules being broken like blocking the carriageway or yellow lines.
Technically if you can show the DVLA that you have a justifiable reason for requesting an owner search from a reg number you should be able to get it. They may require you to start the County Court proceedings first against 'The owner of XXXX vehicle' but it should be possible.
Would it not just be simpler to add a USB port or adaptor lead that would allow you to write the images onto a hardware encrypted USB stick? Tech that already exists.
Alternatively, if the encryption is actually done by the PCs CPU on the sticks, could a device not be produced that uses a lower power CPU like a Pi with a card reader/USB connector on one end, and a USB slot on the other end to slurp the data from the camera/card, encrypt it, and write it to a USB stick. Considering that these camera users already have access to power it should only need fairly limited battery life built in and be fairly portable. It would also mean that you don't need to replace all your existing cameras with new ones and the device would be able to encrypt any data rather than just pictures.
If you wanted to be even more secure you could have the decryption key stored on a third microSD and send that out via a different source or destroy it. A copy of this key could already be stored back at home so the data is impossible for the camera user to access once you have copied it and destroyed the key. Carry multiple preset key cards for each time you encrypt and the device could be designed to destroy the data on the key card once used once.
It should shut up that damn Katie Hopkins woman for a while, but I doubt they'd try to prosecute here.
Generally though, bloody stupid idea!
Edit : Just looked at the CPS Guidance "Communications which are grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false will usually fall to be considered either under section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988 or under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003." - Doesn't that pretty much describe the whole Brexit Campaign, or anything produced by the Daily Mail.
There is no way this is going to work.
"Skorobogatov says his set up could help Apple and others find hardware security problems and reliability issues, citing his discovery that some NAND chips from broken iPhone 5c main boards had specific blocks that had failed due to excessive rewriting."
What are the chances Apple already knew of this built in in fault and have not fixed it so that the phones have a maximum life span before you need to buy a new one?
Barclays give you a little keypad like a small calc that you can plug your card into.
When you login online you need to enter the last four digits of the card.
Put the card into the keypad, and enter you pin.
That then gives you an eight digit code to type on the webpage.
It does the same whenever you want to add new payments or standing orders etc.
Seems about as secure as you can get it so far.
Or the other problem I saw at a business is that they buggered it up once and now cannot work out what they did wrong.
1. Four figure code 1234.
2. In error somone press random number before typing in code 8, then type 1234.
3. System beeps after the 3 to say error but human continues to finish whole code and presses 4.
4. Human starts to type in code, but system already has the number 4 in its memory, RETURN TO 3.
Stop typing in code after the error beep, then start from scratch.
Or Leave system alone for 10 minutes so that it'll reset to zero and then start again.
"If a patient says that they are have given up hope and are going to hang themselves and the doctor feels it is credible then the police will be informed."
Would they? I'm not sure they have the legal right (or requirement) to interfere unless they feel the patient should be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, and I think you can be suicidal and still technically considered sane.
"Admittedly not sure if they consented could be a grey area, but then again could be open to misinterpreation as he claims."
This may have been a 'grey area' right up until the point he was charged with another offence and this whole case went public. You can pretty much guarantee that if one of the prior 'grey area' partners had came forward to the police with a complaint the police would have tried to add that to the charge sheet too.
The fact that this has had so much publicity in the press etc means that you have to assume that these 'grey areas' are less grey now and were in fact consensual.
I would love AMD to pull a great chip out from somewhere that would really give Intel a run for it's money but they just seem to have given up, at least for games/desktop. This new chip with the multiple cores might make a great server chip or some other job.
Perhaps if game makers actually started using multiple cores for their games then we might have some real competition again, and with chips appearing to be reaching their limits of speed they might start doing it.
Personally I think AMD lost their way when they merged with ATI.
"We estimate that performance boost slots Zen somewhere between Intel's Broadwell and the Skylake microarchitecture in terms of single-threaded IPC."
They are going to bring out a chip that for most desktop users is slightly less good than Intels current offering, just give up now it'll be less painful to watch.
Considering that there appears to be a lot of people who, like me, are still happily running an old i5/i7 (2500/2600 vintage) Intel CPU because they cannot justify buying a new PC for marginal gains of the new Skylake kit, do they really think these people are going to be willing to switch to an AMD system that is 'less good' than the one they cannot be bothered with upgrading to right now?
AMD/ATI, whatever you want to call yourselves, you need to produce something that is actually better than Intel/Nvidia not nearly as good but £50 cheaper, because if that extra £50 means people will stay with good enough kit for longer they will probably just buy th better kit.
Just get a dogtag made up and wear it around your neck, any first responder with very little training will look for that. It will also go to the hospital with you when some idiot decides to remove your helmet.
However from discussions with doctors the blood type check is very quick and besides an emergency they will pump you with universal donor blood so it doesn't matter anyways.
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