* Posts by Arctic fox

2729 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009

Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

Arctic fox
Windows

"The company, something of a lawsuit magnet because of its deep pockets,...."

Hmm.. I think that one could equally well argue that people know that Apple can well afford the best legal help going? Something which would discourage both potential litigants and the possibility of hiring "no win no fee" lawyers (who would by definition be uninterested in a frivolous case* they would be unlikely to win?). After all unless you are very well heeled yourself going up against an example of "BigCorp" with pockets as deep as Cupertino's would likely be a very painful financial experience if you do not have a very good case. If we look at, for example, the activities of patent trolls we see that they rely on their targets folding rather than going all the way to a full court hearing. In general terms I cannot see Cupertino folding unless they have very good non-financial reasons for doing so. The best hope the litigants have here is that Apple will decide that the potential reputational damage outweighs their desire to tell hoi polloi to fuck off.

*I am of course not suggesting that their case is frivolous. I am speaking in general terms.

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Flame

@Dan 55 Re:"But the question is, should Amazon do all it can to avoid paying taxes....."

Indeed, a very good question. I have to admit that when I contemplate the attitudes of the super-rich and the behaviour of BigCorp (pretty much all of them) when it comes to having in general any sense of obligation to the society they make their eye-watering sums of money in and their attitude towards paying a fair wack in tax in particular is concerned I begin to develop an odd affection for piano wire and lamposts. See icon.

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Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!

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@rg287 Re: "Basic common decency, sadly not so common these days."

I remember dear Dad saying to me many, many years ago "son, there is a big difference between the exercise of liberty and taking liberties". Revenge porn is clearly taking liberties which IMO cannot and should be defended. "Basic common decency" (as you point out) is the matter in a nutshell. See icon.

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Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite

Arctic fox
Headmaster

Re: "you chose to enter against German........"

I suggest that you take look at the history of WWII in Europe because you are clearly very ignorant of the course of events that led to Britain and France declaring war on Germany at the beginning of September 1939. The word "chose" had very little to do with the reality that both my country and France found themselves in when Hitler invaded Poland on the first of that month. Your jingoistic attitudes with regard to US interests and the hell with everybody else do you no credit whatsoever.

Oh and no, I am not one of those who have downvoted you - quite frankly I could not be bothered.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Windows

@Simon Harris Re: "With Windows updates...."

If there were any chance that updating my SP3 would shoot me into space I would not be nervous, I'd be terrified! :)

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Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets

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Headmaster

@Ledswinger Re: "That pair of crooks Brown & Blair....."

Whilst I had absolutely no time for Blair & Brown's shenanigans with PFI (being a rather traditional old style centre-left Labour chap myself) I pose a little question with regard to political history. Who was it and which party was it that introduced that goldbricking scheme PFI? Clue, it was not either of the aforementioned nor was it the Labour party ("Nu" or otherwise). If you need further guidance I will simply say that the shysters concerned are the current governing party of the U.K. I repeat, that I hold no brief whatsoever for Blair and Brown's use of that piece of hows-your-father but let us not pretend that they were the only guilty ones here.

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Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it

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Childcatcher

Is that you on the bog in that picture Dabbsie?

If so, which poor benighted bastard was obliged to take it? Talk about a shit job.

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Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

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Headmaster

As far as Uber's pretence that they are not running a taxi service is concerned.......

..........it looks as if the European Court's ruling can be summed up as "if it's got feathers and it waddles and it quacks it's a duck". Common sense ruling in my opinion.

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Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP*

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Childcatcher

@ Christian Berger RE: "Since most IT-departments are horribly bad at what they are doing"

You post that here at El-Reg? You enjoy getting hosed with downvotes? Your masochistic inclinations should be a private issue. See icon. :P

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Let's go to Mars, dude: Euro space parachute passes maiden test

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Terminator

Re: "Copyright be damned. Does it even apply in space?"

In space, no one can hear you sue.

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Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

Arctic fox
Headmaster

Re: Engineers...? A very good point.

The term "engineer" in this particular technical context (if not being abused by their PR dept.) would imply that the people concerned were qualified at degree level in electronic engineering or allied trades. I doubt very much that they intend to employ that many people with those kinds of CVs. After all they do not want to have to pay any more than they can possibly get away with.

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After repeated warnings Facebook bans Britain First for 'inciting hatred'

Arctic fox
Headmaster

Re "moderate Christian conservative"

That description is the very defintion of an oxymoron.

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London Mayor calls for social networks and sharing economy to stop harming society

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Headmaster

Re "Err, what? Does not compute!"

That would be because Mr Bombastic misspelled the name of the TV station concerned. The correct spelling is of course "Fake News". :)

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Scientists change their minds, think water may be all over the Moon

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Headmaster

Re: "The results point towards OH and H2O......."

Hmm... What form of "OH" are we talking about here? In ionic form with a negative charge? Or are we talking about OH as a functional group on a molecule as in, for example, alcohols?* The idea that our dear moon may be as soaked in booze (thanks to solar radiation) as the average Christmas pudding is very appealing. :)

*Yes, I am a chemist. It's not my fault, all I wanted was a nice easy indoor job with no heavy lifting (thank you Sir Terry) and this is what I ended up doing.

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Guess who else Spectre is haunting? Yes, it's AMD. Four class-action CPU flaw lawsuits filed

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@Maelstorm RE:"Now lets get technical."

Thank you very much old chap. This is definitely not my field and your admirably lucid explanation was most gratefully received by this member of our little congregation here at El Reg. See icon.

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

Arctic fox
Headmaster

Re: "No, altruism is the greatest human survival instinct"

I agree, humanity would never have survived swinging down from the trees to walk upright if cooperation were not a very important contribution to our socio/evoulutionary biology. The idea that all that is needed for evolutionary success is a bit of "red in tooth and claw", ie greed/devil take the hindmost, is asinine.

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RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

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Re: "The Earthsea Trilogy..was a constant companion to me throughout my teenage years."

In my case it was my twenties. Fantastic lady and an amazing writer of profound ability. She will be missed.

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Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

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Re "A stable genius."

As in the fact that El Orange produces a lot of horse-shit?

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Russia claims it repelled home-grown drone swarm in Syria

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Happy

RE: "the missile to fly upside down it would immediately crash"

Yes h4rm0ny. I had in fact forgotten about that trick some of the RAF pilots used. I seem to remember that it involved flying just under the V1 so that the fighter's wing was just under that of the drone and tipping/flipping the V1 over onto its back. Those brillcream boys were crazy/very brave - luckily for us!

Edit: Sorry, I read your post too quickly and failed to see that you had already mentioned this.

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Arctic fox
Headmaster

RE: "The thousands of German V1 attacks on southern England"

In fact a number of the aircraft stationed at British airbases in S.E. England at the time of the V1 offensive could successfully intercept the V1. The Spitfire XIV, the Mustang III, the Tempest V and the Mosquito could all do this. The biggest challenge to interception was in fact the time window between detection and the V1 being over a densely populated area when shooting it down would probably have caused it to explode when hitting the ground thus negating the point of the interception.

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

Arctic fox
Headmaster

Whose customers are being punished?

The really stupid thing about this is that a very large number of Amazon's customers are, independently of their customer relationship to Amazon, also customers of Google in the direct sense. I.e. Mountain View is punishing their own customer base in order to give Amazon the middle finger. Don't you just love the antics of the Big Boys - they do not care who they piss on when they are making their displeasure felt. There seems to be very little today that hinders the big corporations when it comes to behaving like arseholes whenever they feel like it.

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Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

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Happy

Re: Tom Baker will always be the Doctor

I am afraid that I am of an age that the doctor is always William Hartnell in my (childhood) eyes.

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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

Arctic fox
Headmaster

"One OS to rule them all"

"The presence of a compositor and libraries that are backward-compatible with Android indicate Fuchsia is being lined up as a drop-in replacement – and maybe the one OS to rule them. Again, judge for yourself."

Google is already getting an increasing amount of flak from the regulators in Europe and potentially in the US as well. If they ended up with the kind of control of the market that Redmond arrived at during the middle nineties they would find themselves as target number 1 above all others on the competition authorities' hit list. They might then have good cause to remember St Therea's words, "There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers".

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Uber loses appeal against UK employment rights for workers

Arctic fox

Re: Not over yet

That does not surprise me because this ruling essentially cuts the legs off of Uber's serfdom business model.

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

Arctic fox
Headmaster

This kind of idiocy is not confined to matters IT

I was supervising a laboratory course in general chemistry at the uni where we live in the back end of arctic nowhwere. The experiment concerned required the students to start by heating up some water to boiling point. I turned round to see that one of these geniuses had gotten hold of a polystyrene bowl, filled it with water, put it on the hotplate in his extraction dood and switched the plate on! I got to it just in time to stop it from melting and sticking to the plate.

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'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

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WTF?

I just need to ask.

Speaking as one who was born and grew up in London, which London in which alternate universe are they talking about?

"In London, people wait for the bus patiently and they wait for the others to get off the bus before they get up."

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Manafort, Stone, Trump, Papadopoulos, Kushner, Mueller, Russia: All the tech angles in one place

Arctic fox
Headmaster

@Re: Um, pardon? ".........will be Presidential pardons all 'round, if needed."

That is likely the explanation for why the charges that Mueller has brought so far are under New York state law and not Federal law. I.e. So far El Orange is not in a position to deploy his main get out of jail free card.

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

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Re: Clanger holes And there I was about to ask if...........

............they had detected the soup dragon.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Facepalm

Re: How is it different

The difference is that geese are not sentient and that drone pilot was - errr, actually considering what that irresponsible plank did his sentience is in fact in question.

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Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package

Arctic fox
Headmaster

Re: Intel YouTubed an unboxing video,

Probably.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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Headmaster

For me the moment of Roger Batty's death is extraordinary and deeply moving.

""I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.""

Rutger Hauer's delivery of that monologue was absolutely amazing.

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

Arctic fox
Headmaster

@Loyal Commenter "It is bad for everyone else..........."

Not surprising given that Uber is an example of predatory bandit capitalism at its very worst. They are no example of freedom, they do not enter a market to disrupt it, they enter it to destroy it and impose their own interests on the remains.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Headmaster

@James 51 Re"....he won't be able to change......."

No he won't. Mendacious is his middle name. He has a very clear pathology when it comes to his distant relationship to the truth much exhibited in his smug selfsatisfaction when he believes that he has gotten away with it regardles of what the rest of us think.

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Sure, HoloLens is cute, but Ford was making VR work before it was cool

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A fascinating article.

I knew that Ford had been using this approach, I just did not realise the sheer scale of it nor was I aware of Baron's great contribution. Thank you, see icon.

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Headmaster

@Ledswinger "Its an excellent idea......"

Agreed. It is in my opinion the only one that stands a chance of ensuring that these companies pay tax properly. Taxation based on the profits is simply a huge invite to creative accounting and all sorts of (barely) legal shenanigans. A famous example from the film world is of course the original Alien movie. In common with the then current practice Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, et al had signed for a percentage of the net. When 20th Century Fox's accountants had finished with the books, lo and behold, the movie had made a loss! Since that debacle actors have insisted on a percentage of the gross. That is exactly what the EU has to do here. I agree that it will present technical challenges but they will have to be met as the current situation is intolerable. The attitude of these companies that only little people like us pay tax is frankly stomach turning.

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

Arctic fox

"I loved his Mote novels."

Me too. His cooperation with Larry Niven produced some of the finest science fiction writing of their generation.

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

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Re: i hope the moons are dougal and zebedee

Well done Harry. I am of an age where the Magic Roundabout was part of my childhood. I laughed like a drain when I read your post. See icon

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Hey, cloud big three! AI-wielding Huawei says it's coming for you

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Happy

".....rotating CEO........."

There has to be a joke in there somewhere, I just can't get to it.

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Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

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Trollface

Re: "We could threaten to send Boris..."

Indeed. He is after all a ponce* we Brits would happily send them at no charge.

Our compadres from the eastern side of the pond may have problems with that example of British English. :)

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Biz sends apps to public cloud, waves 'bye to on-premises server folk. NO! WAIT!

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@K Re".NET developer, must have 10 years experience!".."

A true classic. The fact that the advert came out only one year after MS released .NET Framework in 2002 ought to have been a bit of clue! However, as you pointed out such managers are essentially clueless. LOL

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GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

Arctic fox
Headmaster

RE "Trump supporting commentards are weirdly quiet this......"

If you take a look at most of the downvote pattern on this thread I think that we can conclude that they are indeed here, just hiding in the underbrush.

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Don't mind if I do, says Nokia, taking a €1.7bn chomp out of Apple

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Headmaster

Re: "Nokia doesn't make anything anymore !!!"

Sorry old but that simply is not true. Nokia got out of the mobile phone business but is still heavily involved in other areas. Nokia has in fact one of the largest wholly geuine patent portfolios on plantet earth amongst which they have a shit load of solid engineering/IT/communications patents which are largely the result of them spending huge amounts of money over many years on research in house. They are about as far as you get from being a "non-producing entity". The fact that Apple gave in so comprehensively with a settlement mandating a payment of $1.7bn up front plus royalties ongoing makes it pretty bloody obvious that Apple knew that Nokia had them cold and had to come in with their hands up.

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Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

Arctic fox
Windows

Re: "But don't you have to pay another £70 to do so?"

The current situation is that the conversion to Win 10 Pro will remain free until Dec 31, 2017. Thereafter it will cost $49. (At current rate of exchange plus VAT my guesstimate is that the price in the UK will likely be about £50*)

* Which is chicken feed compared with what this device costs in the first place. Anyone who has got the spons for this lappie is not going to give shit about en extra 50 notes or so representing as it does about 2% of the price of the 500 Gb version.

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Arctic fox
Windows

Apparently the conversion to Win 10 Pro takes about two minutes.

Which is precisely what I would do straight out of the box if I were thinking of buying one.

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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Thumb Up

I think it should be said:

Thank you Gavin for a most informative, interesting and well written article. See icon.

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Smoking hot Galaxy S8 and storage sales fire Samsung to flaming brilliant quarter

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Happy

About the only fire-based pun you didn't throw in there Reg........

...........was a reference Samsung's burning ambitions.

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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

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Re: Dave Clark and four passengers

Thanks Paul and Tom that was extremely funny. Glad to see (from the upvotes) that there are at least some members of our little congregation here at El Reg who are as old as I am!

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What can you do with adult VR, some bronze gears and a robotic thumb? On a Friday?

Arctic fox
Joke

Oh the hell with it - I'll post it and hope that Vulture Central does not send a hit squad.

There was a young man called McLean

Who invented a f**king machine.

Concave or convex,

It would fit either sex,

And was perfectly simple to clean.

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

Arctic fox
Windows

@Dave 126 Re"...but I suspect most of us here are the type to wait a few months......"

Indeed. I in fact waited until just before the launch of the SP4 before I bought myself and La Señora a pair of SP3s! Have not regretted the purchase for a moment. We have (thankfully) been spared the battery/sleep issues and both devices have done sterling service for almost 2 years now and suit our user case admirably. You are of course correct with regard to your point about the effect on the lazy greedy barstewards OEMs given several of the devices now being emitted by HP, Dell and Lenovo (for example) showing more imagination and quality than we have ever before seen from that bunch. The improvement in what is available for Linux aficionados is also, of course, to be welcomed - variety and genuine innovation is after all what serves the consumer best.

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Robots will enable a sustainable grey economy

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@Dave 126 Re: "I was referring to a mature tech........."

I agree in fact with much of what you say. However, in this particular context, given that governments very rarely relax laws and are far more inclined to tighten them up, it is likely to be a very long time indeed before you or I will be allowed to use an autonomous vehicle whilst plastered.

:)

AF.

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