* Posts by Lost all faith...

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London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

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So..

...the London Emission Zone IS to do with raising revenue rather than giving a fuck about air quality after all.

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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Re: Oracle tipped off the world ...

you don't need to have it rooted to know that.

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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So long as the following criteria are met.

1. It's not raining.

2. Roadworks no longer exist

3. SatNavs are able to tell the difference between a paved road and unpaved road

4. They are able to navigate single track roads when a vehicle is coming the other way

5. It can tell the difference between a plastic bag and a real obstacle...

....and on and on.

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Cars don't have Unions getting in the way.

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Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

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I was surprised how long it took for that to appear.

We're losing our touch folks!

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Re: This is why sensible people choose Windows...

Six downvotes?

The Yanks really don't get sarcasm.

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MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers

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Re: re Charities

"How are these people employed? It sounds is if they're regular employees."

We used to employ several people on zero hours. It was their choice.

They wanted to pick and choose their hours, one due to childcare, one was a student, so sometimes didn't want to work for a week or two if they had a big assignment on, or just wanted a few days off, one was semi-retired and theother just wanted the flexibilty.

We actually stopped it, not because it was "evil" but it actually caused us far more problems staffing wise. People get themselves that "all zero hours must be banned" mentality, but for some, it is what they want.

The problems arise when it is the ONLY option, not a chosen option.

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Re: re Charities

"Most charities are, in effect, businesses. They employ professional fundraisers, own shops, etc."

Working (actually volunteering) in the charity sector I can say that that is complete and utter bullshit.

Let me update it for you.

""A few large charities are, in effect, businesses. They employ professional fundraisers, own shops, etc.".

We run a "shop" (actually a cafe) and every single penny goes into running the cafe, employing a whole two people and a dedicated youth worker for all the other work. The other 30 odd people don't get paid a penny.

Are we distorting the market? Well until we existed, there was not another single cafe in the area, let alone youth facilities. Now there are three cafes, the other two run for profit.

Still if you prefer you money to go to Starbucks, feel free, we won't stop you.

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" no-one can ever specify what the 'valid reasons' ever are. Just like whenever the 'people who appreciate the flexibility of zero-hours contracts' are mentioned, "

"McDonald’s is offering UK staff on zero-hours contracts the option of moving to fixed hours in a major development in the debate about employee rights."......"About 80% of workers in the trial elected to stay on zero hours; of those who took up the fixed-hours option, three of five went for the maximum of 30 hours."

I'd say from that many people are happy with zero hours (students are often quoted as prime examples). However as shown here, it should be the ONLY option.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/15/mcdonalds-offer-staff-the-chance-to-get-off-zero-hours-contracts

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Uber slapped with $9m fine for letting dodgy drivers pick up punters

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"major moving violations "

You failed secure the piano whist moving, resulting in in falling down the stairs trapping the hapless butler underneath; whilst at the same time a man with a large plank of wood kept banging people on the head whilst looking around to see who was calling him.

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Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

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Meh...

..so they get access to the phone and then what?

Gun laws will remain the same,

Many, many, many more mass shootings will occur.

Nothing changes, they can fix it, but they are to corrupt / spineless / moronic.

Move along folks, nothing to see here, other than more erosion of liberty, due to ironically, those that claim they are protecting it.

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Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

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Re: No...

"Car Tax isn't a tax on the roads - nor does it pay for them any more than any other tax"

Can you legally drive a car on a private road without "Car Tax".

Yes

Can you legally drive a car on a public road without one "Car Tax"

No

Can you own a car for use off road without declaring you will never use it on a public road.

No.

Of course the DVLA never refer to it as car tax...no siree

https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax

"Tax your vehicle"

"DVLA vehicle tax service"

"Check if a vehicle is taxed"

"Go to a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax."

"the payment for your vehicle tax"

"Register that your vehicle is off the road, for example you’re keeping it in a garage. You don’t need to tax your vehicle."

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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"No one pays Road Tax, it's call VED"

Maybe you should tell the DVLA then?

https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax

"Tax your vehicle

Tax your car, motorcycle or other vehicle using a reference number from:"

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"Or put their number plate in the front window obscured by wipers"

Yes seeing more and more of this at least 2 a day.

Simple answer.

Any car with number plate in windscreen = Car crushed.

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"Abolish road tax and put it on fuel instead. "

And electric cars?

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"no more disks in windscreens! ANPR can look it up automatically, no need to go back to last century tech!"

Is this on the same site that is sick of governments spying on everyone? Yes, yes it is.

You're suggesting what realistically, 10,000 to a 100,000 cameras?

You do know those that are deliberately avoiding them, will just dodge down a different road to avoid any fixed ones.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Interesting

"Who needs drivers for these things? Sounds like they'll be limited to plugging and unplugging at charging stations."

They also open doors, side curtains, then shunt the stuff around on pallet trunks to make it easier get to, rebalance the load, move the lorry so the fork lift driver can get to the other side where needed, shut doors, side curtains.

Not exactly hard work, but nothing that automation can currently do.

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Re: Interesting

"Finally proper aerodynamics on a truck though. Applause. It is about time someone built something that does not look like (and has the air resistance) of a brick privy."

Unfortunately this is a side effect of a well intentioned, badly thought out EU law.

EU trunks have a maximum TOTAL length of vehicle, so Cab+ Trailer. The idea is that you would get stupid long trucks suitable for some countries, but useless in others. The knock on effect of course, was small, flat cabs, and long trailers.

There is work going on this to change it to maximum trailer length, to allow longer, more aero-dynamic cabs, within reason.

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UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max

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Quick....

..were haemorrhaging customers, get rid of more front line staff!

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Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Re: Early symptom of the demise of $BIGCO?

at the same time, the "idiot" user would ask you how to do something "simple" they do every single day (for example for a receptionist put the phone into night mode) and you to would look like a complete idiot.

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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Re: While were at it....

A cat caused £300 worth of damage to my car, crack in bumper, cheaper to replace than repair...and this is a fairly cheap car.

Image cyclist hitting back of car (it happened to me years ago).

Say a cracked rear bumper, dent in boot. You could easily looking at £1000 worth of damage.

Like I said not a dig, but ALL road usage laws need to looked at, updated where needed AND enforced.

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While were at it....

..all cyclists over 18 to be insured.

At the moment if a cyclist hits your car, you have the choice:

1. Sue them

2. Claim on you own insurance.

And update the laws for cycling.

It's not a dig a cyclists, but a common sense approach.

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How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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Can we just get...

...Putin and Trump together, in a locked room and...well that's it. Just leave it at that

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Intel-Micron scrap the summer diet, enlarge 3D XPoint mem DIMM fab

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I like the browning lettuce and poor burger to bun ratio best

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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WTF?

Re: fast forward.

"About the only one left now is Cuba. With no personal incentive to advance there is little advancement."

So the nation with well educated children and a good health care system show no advancement?

I think you are confusing base benefits with crippling economic sanctions.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: Everything's gone. Everything.

"uBlock Origin has been compatible "

Yup found it, just needed to re-add it.

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Re: The Quantum of Firefox

"THUNDERBIRD!"

Thunderball, Shurley?

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Re: 30 per cent faster

"but have found that ALL my PCs have been upgraded without my agreement."

For some so called technical users, the option of "auto-update" seems to be lost.

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Re: Everything's gone. Everything.

Mine upgraded fine, lost uBlock (expected) but Fireshot works fine. I don't use millions of plugins, but all is good.

Much faster.

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DXC Tech asks staff to profile their skills

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I've been "head hunted" by IBM and Rolls Royce, because I was a listed director. Just because it was a Social Enterprise Company with a staff of 10 (8 were volunteers) didn't seem to matter.

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Just do....

..a load of bullshit "soft skills" course (the ones that say you completed the course while the video plays in the backgrounds) and you'll be fine.

Effective Time Management

People Centric Solutions

How to maximise your potential

Advanced Ass kissing

Blue Sky Thinking - A executive guide to holistic and organic growth in data-centric, agile cloud, dev-op, AI environment.

It's the same crap that senior management pay £1000 a day for. You know, where you sit in a Holiday Inn conference room, while a bloke who also sells timeshares, fires out a million buzzwords that tick all the boxes while actually saying nothing.

Forget the real work skills, they are no longer required.

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Ahem....

Lets see.

Religion that celebrates a baby born to an unmarried mother who got impregnated by a one night stand, a bloke she'd never met before, whilst making some other bloke bring up this absent fathers child. They then receive high value hand outs from strangers, that you never hear of again. The same religion that denounces aforementioned behaviour and condemns anyone else doing this to an afterlife of eternal damnation.

Or someone selling sausage rolls, similar to yule logs.

I think I know which one has more morals.

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How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

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Re: Here's a thought

"preferably train"

Those computer controlled ones with the easy to access signalling boxes deciding if you are going to slam into an oncoming train or not?

Off you go.

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How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico

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Hey USA

get rid of your shipping taxes to your own regions. It makes you look nothing more than greedy money grabbing corrupt bastards.

Read up on the Jones Act and how fucks over these people.

Scumbags.

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US Homeland Security says hardly any Kaspersky software left on federal networks

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Re: MS' Windows 10 conduited baked-in 'slurped' malware uploads work in exactly the same way.

Try FF Quantum, you may be pleasantly surprised on the speed front.

Now default browser.

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Google aims disrupto-tronic ray at intercoms. Yes, intercoms

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Re: OK Google

Ask Google, they probably can work it out from your browsing history.

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Re: How quaint

@Voland.

Or just use a baby monitor for a fraction of the cost and hassle.

And we wonder why people think IT people are nerds.

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I thought Slurp was MS, according to the same lame, tired old insults.

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It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

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Re: WTF?

bob, the meds must be working, THE use of POINTLESS upperCASE letters is so minimal I could ALMOST read it first _TIME_. Keep up the good "WORK"

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Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

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Option 3. Long battery life running thinks at an OK speed.

Not everyone wants fastest.

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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

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This may be malicious....

..so they are checking the backgrounds of all disgruntled ex-employees. The checks are expected to complete by 2097.

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Three things I've learned that have stood me well over the years.

1. Aim to hit the gap, not miss the object (this applies to stationary and moving objects). You will naturally gravitate to what you are looking at.

2. Accept at some point, you will get cut up. With this in mind, road rage dramatically reduces.

3. Treat as everyone on the road, including yourself, as an idiot. When your proven right, at least you are ready to take as much action to avoid the situation as possible.

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Sort of agree.

Maybe if it was shown that "auto-pilot" AKA "sell a feature it isn't then blame the meat sack when it doesn't do as labelled" was engaged and it ploughed into the cyclist, then feel free to report.

It may equally be, cyclist on wrong side of road rides straight into path of oncoming car (seen it enough near misses to know this is a real possibility).

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EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

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Re: Just give Facebook the Finger

"Note to Farcebork, I've never had an account on your site. Any account purporting to be me is a fake so deal with it."

It doesn't matter, I'm sure plenty of others are posting stuff about you on your behalf...like it or not.

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Your next laptop will feature 'CMF' technology

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I have a butt ugly laptop

It weighs a ton, has good battery life, bloody good specs, masses of ports, load of features.

So why isn't it the best seller?

Because it costs a fortunes, weighs a ton and is butt ugly.

No everyone is a techie male.

If you don't want a pink one with a fluffy cover, don't fucking buy it. Just don't think you are the experts, you are not.

I've built my own car in the past, the only compromise was my budget. However I don't patronise others that decide they would actually like a roof, windscreen, windows, carpets, heaters, doors, fuel economy, ground clearance, stereo, storage and all the other pretty things that ruin a cars performance and add needless cost.

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May seem stupid..

...buy my daughter wants a Blue or Purple, HP stream.

No matter how much of me telling her she'd be better of with a boring black one, it isn't going to matter.

Warning: Sweeping generalisations ahead.

Think cars.

Most men want BHP (which they will never use), cornering abilty (which they will never get even close to using), a million gadgets (which will ultimatley mean listening to Radio 2 / 4 or listening to MP3's on phone).

Women want pretty and <insert colour>. Which they will like every day.

Think House

Women want to know how the green cushions will match the curtains, which in turn will match the walls. Where the pictures will go, how it will look once the feature wall is painted purple.

Men: Yes it has four wall, no damp and plenty of pug sockets in the right place.

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: When will they learn (@ AC)

"You’d have to steal a phone and get a 3D mask of the owner. Hard to do without kidnapping which means serious jail time."

Go back, read article.

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Re: When will they learn (@ AC)

" like a $100,000 Range Rover for instance"

Sorry you don't need much skill to steal one of those.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/12172649/Thieves-target-high-value-Range-Rovers-with-keyless-entry-systems.html

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You, Google. Get in here and explain all this personal data slurping – Missouri AG subpoena

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Re: About time google got their act together and...

See how much money Google spends on lobbying, come back, update your statement.

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WikiLeaks drama alert: CIA forged digital certs imitating Kaspersky Lab

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Re: Who do you trust?

Trust No One

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