* Posts by hoola

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MEPs in 'urgent' call for new laws on artificial intelligence and robotics

hoola

Robotics

There are huge implications here that have to be addressed, not least are the social and moral issues. Robotics and automation are fine to some extent but what is going to happen here is that it being used as a tool to increase profits for the few. Look at who are pushing it, tech companies that already do everything possible to avoid paying taxes. The impact on the general population is going to be decreased employment, increased poverty. The real whammy then is that the very companies that are pushing it will not be paying their share of the tax to support the welfare state and we end up with current 1st world countries turning into 3rd (or should that be 4th) world countries.

Whatever the motives behind this being dressed up as safety,. convenience etc, huge swathes of the population are going to end up with no meaningful employment, the welfare state grows and becomes unaffordable and society collapses. All too often science or technological development take a course tends up being destructive, or benefits a tiny elite minority at the expense of the majority.

Make no mistake, about it, the current push for AI, driverless vehicles is all about the few making money.

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Co-op Bank up for sale while customers still feel effects of its creaking IT

hoola

Re: New Online Co-Op

I have experienced exactly the same thing. You have 100% certainty on the credentials and it claims one part is incorrect. Then it locks you out so you have to fart phoning and using the card reader to reset it all. What is even more stupid is that the same said IGEL reader could have been used for Two-Factor authentication. But wait, that would have required intelligence on the part of the designers. The new website is clearly a piece of generic crap put together by someone who only uses a mobile phone.

The writing has always been on the wall as soon as the Hedge fund parasites got their hooks in. As with all these types of outfit, they are always looking for a quick profit and a way out, often before they have even bought in. You can have total confidence that the fund managers involved have nice fat bonuses and have ensured large amounts of assets have been removed already.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

hoola

Any other country???

Presumably then if the ban had been on any other, predominantly white, non-Muslim country it would have been fine. All the focus appears to be the fact that these are Muslim countries.

Bunch of total hypocrites!

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

hoola

Re: Welcome to the UK

And not forgetting trains & BREL, the designers who came up with the APT (Advanced Passenger Train) that was decades ahead of its time. Sure, it has some issues like any new technology but the thing that killed it? Reporters did not like it tilting on the curves. Whether it was the gas turbine powered unit or the electric it was at the cutting edge. The IP was sold to Fiat for bugger all and then reappeared as the Pendelino. Just because it had Virgin on the side it is suddenly cool and acceptable, it is still the same train. My uncle was at Doncaster when they scrapped the electric APTs and they were literally smashed up with hammers and a JCB. The High Speed Train or InterCity 125 was another, still highly successful design. No other diesel train is as quiet. The modern Voyager/Meridian things are basically a cheap carriage with a bus engine bolted underneath buzzing away furiously, vibrating your teeth out.

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UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

hoola

Root of the problem

What this does is highlight the root cause of the problem:

That is that there is simply NO WAY WHAT SO EVER of reliable verify age or consent to use access/use a service/website on the Internet.

Parents make the problem far worse by allowing kids to have Facebook Instagram or other account in blatant breach of the age restrictions. What is truly bonkers is that this has been going on for years and no one has yet found a fool proof way to manage it. In a shop, if you go in and try to buy cigarettes, alcohol etc and are clearly under age, you can be refused unless you provide appropriate ID. It works because that ID has a photograph on it. Online, it simply is a non started. There is simply no way of verifying age, identity or consent reliably.

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

hoola

Flexible Approach

It all depends on where you come from......

Highly skilled doctors, engineers etc. that we do not have enough of and in the latter case are incapable of developing due to the long-standing mantra that skill magically appear and are not worth developing because it costs money (= less short term profit for bosses) are not the crux of the problem.

Low skilled workers that come in, push wages down and then make not particularly attractive jobs even less attractive whilst boosting short term profit for bosses is exactly where the problem lies. The numbers alone in the millions are why we are where we are. It is no just the UK, Holland now has similar concerns where Eastern Europeans will quite happily work for less than the Dutch. And why is this, because the immigrants overheads are minimal. They take advantage of exploitative landlords that put 5 in a room because the squalor is accepted. The prize of course is that although the wages are very low they are a fortune compared to where they have come from. The money builds up, is sent back home and so the merry-go-round continues.

Ultimately this is all about bosses making even more money.

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Europe to launch legal action against countries over diesel emissions cheating

hoola

Catalysts

And the catalysts were pushed very heavily by Mercedes and BMW because they worked well on the large engines in most of their cars. This then screwed over the lean burn technology that was being developed successfully in the UK as the EU decreed that all petrol cars had to have a cat. Spot any possible connection or lobbying there?

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hoola

Re: Why can't the EU...

In some ways you are correct however with very few exceptions people would have bought (leased) the cars regardless of what comes out of the exhaust pipe. And, therein lies the heart of the problem, the whole CO2, fuel consumption thing is a total farce anyway. Has anyone ever got remotely close to the specified fuel consumption? No, and because you never get close to it the CO2 figure is wrong and so are the VED costs. It is all total bollocks. The only time people worry about CO2 is when it is a company car and it affects there tax liability.

This of course also ignores the fact that diesels get progressively dirtier with age yet somehow still pass MOT emissions test. Looking at the muck that is often spewed out of the back of a 5 year old car, van or whatever, I just do not understand how they pass the MOT.

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

hoola

You never know........

There is always the possibility that Trump will can this scheme. He clearly does not give a toss who he offends and that is one of the attributes that will make the next 4 years so interesting. He has no vested interests from the defence gravy train. If Trump does halt this then at least we will have spent a bit on some useless aircraft but still have the money to buy some real ones. It surely cannot delay the 2 carriers that much anyway. And just think of the cost saving, oops, I forgot, I am sure that the MoD is equally capable of pouring tax-payers money down one drain whilst watching shite come up from another.

They could always use them as mobile football pitches, or maybe lease them to Bernie and stage a Grand Prix on them. Of course without the ski jump some of the fun is also missing.

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Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

hoola

Kwality.....

MS are getting progressively more useless as this update business. Massive 3 GB downloads that re-install the OS in the background and bork it. Issues like this and then bundling all updates into a single package so that you cannot even decline the one with the issue.

And we are supposed to trust them. Unfortunately all the crys of just use Linux xxxxx are irrelevant, for a techie it is doable but Linux is starting to show just as many security issues with even greater difficulty in patching for the non-techie. For small businesses there simply is no choice but to use Windows due to all the integrations and software that is needed.

The only thing that may wake Microsoft up that they have crap quality is if the screw over every Windows PC on the planet. The trouble is that for years faults in software have been accepted as the suppliers simply do not care or use it as a way to enforce upgrades. If cars or washing machines operated on the lines there would be major companies out of business and court actions all over the place. Software, you have a right to use it, you never own it and there is no guarantee that it does what it says it can.......

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Apple again late to another market others pioneered. Or is it?

hoola

Regulation

What is more of an issue is the content of the letter around legislation. They want the same legislation for new entrants as established manufactures. Established manufactures appear to be far more cautions with new technology, primarily because they are not tech companies. The industry has a pretty well defined safety first viewpoint and when there are problems, they are mostly recalled in reasonable time. The technology industry on the other hand has an appalling record of supplying equipment and software that does not work or breaks at unexpected times. Given the controversy around Tesla essentially beta testing software in the field, one can only surmise that Apple wants the same lax regulation. There has to be a reappraisal of the regulation as the technology is being pushed too quickly and we are now in the situation where lives are at risk. If a vehicle with some sort of autonomous control goes wrong and kills a load of innocent people, exactly who is to blame? If the software has crashed, then is it the manufacturer? Should the "driver" have been aware that the software has crashed and been able to take back control? There is simply insufficient information around this but the implications are huge. A software license generally allows you to use something but is full of so many disclaimers, there is no comeback if does not do what it is supposed to or crashes due to a bug and loses data.

One only has to look at the likes of Uber and AirBnB where they are doing everything possible to avoid regulation because they believe they are a technology company, not a Taxi firm or Accommodation Agency. This is precisely why regulation is needed, and needed sooner rather than later.

Personally, if someone wants a self driving car, then just order a taxi.

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Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town

hoola

Universal Service

Anything with a Universal Service Obligation (Royal Mail being the other big one) is totally at the mercy of the government and private enterprise. The point of USO is so that hard to reach (expensive) locations get that service. The problem with Royal Mail is that they have the USO to everywhere in the country at a fixed price. The private postal & parcel services cream off all the profitable bits making delivering the USO even more difficult. The private companies either refuse to deliver anywhere not on the mainland or within a few miles of a motorway of make a huge surcharge. Then these is all the letter post that the private companies collect and shuffle into large areas and then dump on Royal Mail to deliver, at below cost.

Any company taking on a USO should be seeking guarantees from the Government so that they don't end up being shat upon a few years after investing large amounts.

Can you seriously see anyone other than BT having the capability or capacity to do this. The likes of Virgin barely go beyond the end of a street, let alone to a single connection in the middle of bugger all?

Yes, they might if they received a huge wad of cash to do so, and a guarantee that there would not be future meddling.

BT, like Royal Mail appear to be shafted what ever they do. Just look at what the Virgin Media, My Hermes, Yodel and other private only enterprises do. It is not impressive.

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

hoola

Re: What a clusterfrack

Just shows the power of the woolly suit/PowerPoint/Posh dinners. The entire thing was clearly a total disaster to everyone except the top brass. It would have been far cheaper and probably for more useful to have done the full capability upgrade for the Harrier. At least the thing actually flew, and more to the point proved itself in the very theatre for which the F35 heap of scrap is supposed to work in.

Yet it may be old but the Harrier was a seriously capable aircraft that an upgrade could easily have brought into the 21st century.

Oh sorry, I missed something, no American involvement, no billions of dollars or pounds going to foreign companies......

WTF.

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Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake

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Fake, Wrong or Misleading

I am not sure where Zuck gets is information from but any site that permits anyone to post unverified (and often unverifiable) information that is classed as "News" can have not way or stating "1% of news if fake".

Given that amount of cr@p that is out there, I would assume that closer to 1% is accurate.

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Six weeks after first ever profit warning Capita does what Capita does

hoola

Managment

And those at the top who are leaving, pushed or whatever will all be going with a tidy lump from the profit, 90% or of which has come from the UK Tax Payer.

The trouble with all the outsourcing & cloudy stuff is that the very same management consultants that say it is all cool, go in at the top level of an organisation with some funky Powerpoint slides and smart talk that everyone believes. The next thing is it is all signed and sealed and before the disaster strikes, those in senior management have gone and joined some other Public Sector outfit. And so the wheel goes round and round.

Those in Finance and IT then and up have too look after the resulting pile of poo that has been left.

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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

hoola

Re: Not likely

Mondelez ARE the parent company of Cadburys, offloaded by Kraft or maybe this is just another financial instrument used but Kraft.. Just like Nestle, have a look at the back label of well known brands and be surprised. The bulk of the food industry appears to be back to 3 or 4 mega-corporations.

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

hoola

Re: "I can now appreciate how Hitler and Mussolini were able to win power,"

And that is the crux of this, at the time they were perceived to be leaders for change. It is only later that things got out of hand. The plus is that unless there is huge constitutional change, it is only for 4 years. We may get another 4 if the popularist vote is maintained and the Democrats put up another useless candidate.

Reading many of his lower level statements and the views of the potential VP, what is even more scary is the way religion is being rolled into the top of politics. Pence is born-again Christian, often these are the worst for extreme views. Both are Pro-Life and Trump is clearly going to take a very large hammer to the abortion issue. The view expressed the a woman's role is in the home is also archaic, although if he does what he says and improves the support for maternity leave and payments, at least that is positive.

Both Blair and Cameron thought that religion played a part in the governance and ultimately it is religion and those fundamentalist views that use religion as an excuse for extremism resulting in conflict, Muslim, Christian or otherwise, that are going to cause a major catastrophe.

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Apple urges court to hurry up with hearing Galway data centre objection

hoola

Threats.....

Typical big business, "if you don't give us what we want NOW then you risk not getting anything". I really hope that the courts tell Apple to take a hike and go through due process. This is just like those monster speculative developments for "warehousing and distribution". It will create 10000 jobs blah, blah. No fricking way is a giant shed going to employ more than a few dozen people. A huge datacentre is the same. Big splurge as it is built and then bugger all.

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KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

hoola

Re: On the bright side...

Whilst HP feature here, this could be substituted by any other major vendor. HE in particular suffers from moronic tendering processes, unreasonable requirements for the tender and then the equally unreasonable actual requirements.

One of the huge problems in these types of institutions what an earlier post states, the IT Techies have evolved into the business as Postgraduates. Yes, they may be very clever and can make the tech do all sorts of funky stuff but often that is way off-piste when it comes to reality. The theory may be good but then it is taken to the limit for some very sound theoretical reason but is totally rubbish when a problem strikes and everything comes home to roost.

Management will be following the current trend of "if you are a manager you can mange anything" and have limited understanding and no control of the high-tech bull that is being fed to them.

The KCL outage is extreme but similar things will have happened in these types of places all over the UK and be buried deep in recycling.

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MPs want Blighty to enforce domestic roaming to fix 'not spots'

hoola

Re: That's rather unfair

This of course presupposes that the is a signal from any of the networks. More often than not they all claim to have coverage particularly data, but it is GPRS is you are lucky and the bandwidth is non-existent. The only way this will be resolved is to put a Universal Service mandate in place that forces networks to provide the coverage the same as is currently in place with Royal Mail. This will never happen for the same reasons that profit chasing private companies are trying to take all Royal Mail's profitable business, and then either do not deliver or expect RM to carry the can.

In a remote area it is surely not beyond the whit of man (or the technology) to have a single tower that is open to all networks.

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Samsung's free-falling financial flameout

hoola

Why the huge fall in share price

What is really stupid here is that a single product is having such a huge impact. Samsung manufacture across a wide range of industries, mobile phones is just a small part of that. Even if the shares are just the subsidiary, Samsung Electronics, it is moronic. More than likely that parasitic bunch of w*****s, Elliott have a deep hand in the share price.

So many problems in tech appear to end up at the door of Elliott it is simply unreal. And, remember that both they and their clients will be strenuously avoiding pay tax as well.

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

hoola

Gambling

Why al the down votes, this is not a Brexit issue? Clearly the majority of Reg commenters are pro EU but you can be absolutely assured there would have been variations in the event of an in vote.

All the financial markets are just s giant betting shop with the added benefit that those taking part cannot lose (maybe a bit of bonus here and there). Put pressure on a currency and the chances are that central banks will push money into the system to support it. Trader take that and make even more money, basically stealing from the tax payer. The micro-second trading is equally bad cause, particularly as it is all automated and, as we have seen recently appears to have no absolute cut off.

What is equally not helping is all the people that are totally unprepared to accept the referendum result and get on and make the best of it. Instead you have the CBI, half the MPs and other institutions and plenty of individuals still bellyaching about how bad it will be. If they put half as much effort into making things better instead of selfishly navel-gazing and trying to make the point by driving the country into the ground the situation would not be as bad. Constantly bad mouthing anyone who voted for Brexit is basic primary school playground behaviour. It is not going to change anything, and is symptomatic of a generation that only thinks of Me, Myself and I!

There is no justifiable reason for the pound to fall the way it is other than a method for these institutions to make money. The real problem we have is that the financial sector is so big and essentially out of control that no single government is prepared to take them on.

The one comment that Trump made that uncharacteristically made sense was when he said that the world is now controlled be a large corporations and bank.

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Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

hoola

Re: Ignore the externalities, as usual

And almost all the problems at Sellafield are down to those decisions in the past that resulted in waste being dumped in tanks and left for too long. THORP should have been a world class reprocessing facility but the Greens, NMIMBYs, incompetent (and short sighted) politicians and management hamstrung by changing ideology have left it wanting.

Plutonium and the highly toxic waste associated with its production is a result of the need (political) to develop nuclear bombs.

Add to that the rush to decommission Magnox before any realistic replacement was commissioned and it is not difficult to see why the situation is as it is. Despite increased efficiencies, demand for power just keeps rising and renewables simply cannot provide what is needed with a population density the UK has.

Importing gas derived from Fracking in the US is just insane. Huge areas in the US are suffering as a result of Fracking and other hydro-based extraction technologies that are just being buried because it is in poor areas.

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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

hoola

Running a Windows Server?

As ever the usual comments prove that there are many techno-geeks that has no idea of reality in the enterprise. Just tell me how the hell I am supposed to run any of the following on anything other than Windows:

Active Directory

Exchange

Default database SQL2014 supporting all core business applications

Fileshare that actually supports SMB2/3 properly and performs, not a piece of shite storage that only does CIFS and falls over if more that 10 people open a file at the same time.

All the small but business critical applications that are only developed on Windows

Then the desktop, 95% Windows 7 with a handful of Apple and other odds and ends that are a pain in the arse to manage and costing as much as the other 95% and still won't do it properly.

The reality is that in the real world Microsoft is king. What is running on all the Linux VMs in the cloud?

The pressure will be there to move stuff into Azure but it will be running Windows.

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Autonomous vehicles inquiry set up in the UK

hoola

Middle Aged Drivers

Clearly you are one of the many out there that have total belief in their perfect driving skills. Yes there are plenty of bad drivers who are middle aged but equally there is an even greater number of younger drivers who are appalling. What is not in question is that with reduced policing on the road far to many people ignore pelican crossing, zebra crossings, level crossings, speed limits, red lights and there own responsibility of insurance and a maintained car. Where I live we have a 30mph limit where speed checks have shown an average of 47mph. We have one of the most dangerous level crossings on the rail network that is regularly bent because some tw@t has run the red light. A zebra crossing where at school time the lollipop person risks getting mown down daily.

You only have to see drive through an average speed controlled section to see the impact it has. ON the M1 for a long time there was a 50mph average speed section from 16 to 19. At 19 it then when to nothing more than a 50mph sign, what happens 90% of drivers belt of at 80 again.

Prepare for the down votes but this is the reality.

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BT needs to ditch its legacy to be competitive, says chief architect

hoola

Re: Fibre to the premises not copper?

Correct on the changes of the jets in the appliances but there is one monumental difference, the gas went down the same pipes. You may have needed to tweak the end point but that is very simply job compared to having to install new fibres.

The move from copper to fibre is a fundamental technology change and is very different. Okay, so after the conversion there were problems with leaks because the new gas did something to joints or was at a different pressure, I cannot remember what. What does stick in my mind was the engineers going down the road drilling a small hole every few yards and then putting a gas detector over it.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

hoola

Re: It's a bloody single function legacy adapter.

If anyone other than Apple did this it would be slated everywhere. But here, just like the super slim iBooks that cannot connect to anything, people just but adapters. It looks cool but from a usability is a serious pain. Why the hell would you accept going back to the dark ages with a back of connectors just to have a cool pieces of overpriced iTat?

An that is then mentality of people who buy Apple, form is of greater importance than function. Just imaging trying to put those earbuds in on a train/tube/plane and dropping one. Oh dear, now you are stuffed..........

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Sysadmins: Poor capacity planning is not our fault

hoola

Visibility and Accountability

There are several issues here. The first is that within IT at the technical level we all want the best, regardless of budget. I never see any cost benefit done after the implementation to see that the project delivered what it said it would. Usually the projected cost savings never appear because they were total spin to begin with. Then there are the issues where a techies pet project gets pushed as the solution to all problems, again with no realistic chance of it actually delivering. IT managers should not have to understand every technical nuance but equally the techies have to be realistic and honest with what they are trying to do.

Developers also have unrealistic expectations with huge requirements for infrastructures that have multiple copies of different systems. A development cycle clearly needs a platform where it can be built and tested but as each new methodology comes along, so do the overheads. At a SysAdmin level these are just expected to be absorbed into the general running of the IT systems with little thought for capacity or the cost to the business. The development methodology may save money at one level but cost more elsewhere.

Again these all cost significant amounts of money.

IT only ever asks for money, it never creates any and as a result is a cost to the business, directly hitting the bottom line. Sure, IT is an enabler for the business but all too often that is completely overlooked, even at IT director level.

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Childcare app bods wipe users' data – then discover backups had been borked for a year

hoola

But it was in "the cloud"

Unfortunately there is a mentality that "the cloud" is the answer to everything and magic just happens to keep your data safe. The people the do not understand the difference between availability and backup is staggering. Couple that with the Apple connection (yes I know the only made it available) but it on the App Store so it must be good and "just work".

The company behind this that were stupid enough to wipe without testing deserve to go out of business. I would actually go as far as preventing them from putting anything back into the App Store (or Google Play).

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

hoola

What about red lights, give ways and speed restrictions?

If permitted I can foresee the following, particularly in urban areas:

Autonomous vehicles rammed from behind at traffic lights because they actually stopped at the amber light. Yes, in the UK, the amber light does mean stop, as does a red light. The current practice is to ignore amber and accelerate like made to get through, even if it has gone red 5 seconds previously,

Give ways for all the same reasons as above.

Speed limits, again, if you drive at 30 in a 30 limit there will be a huge queue of pillocks who all believe that they know best and 40-50 is actually completely safe. The Autonomous car will pootle along at 30 with these same idiots overtaking and being even more dangerous than the actually are.

In the UK at least it is just going to be total carnage. Unfortunately there are a high proportion of drivers who all think they are better than they are. The sad fact is that due to cuts in policing the risks of getting caught and subsequent pathetic penalties if you do are no deterrent. There are very few genuine accidents, most crashes are caused by the human error.

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Ankers away! USB-C cables recalled over freakin' fried phone fears

hoola

Bonkers!

Anyone who thinks that USB-C is a good idea simply does not get the plot. It has always been a recipe for disaster when the specification was first announced, If these were not tech thingys but in the electronics or power industry they would never have been certified as safe. The current ratings alone on the connectors are simply outrageous given the pitiful contact size. The more that is out there the greater the risk and it is only a matter of time before we start seeing fires and all sorts as the connectors start to wear.

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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

hoola

What is behind this?

What is missed here is that the entire scheme is a result of industry lobbying of various government departments the greens and OFGEN. The touted benefits in terms of a reduction in energy use and easier meter reading and mere footnotes.

That is the most important thing?

Free money by effectively taxing the poor consumer so that the likes of Crapita and the energy companies can make more profit. Anyone who really cares will already have a clamp smart usage thing on electricity and to be honest, most probably don't care about gas. It is rarely the killer bill.

This should be canned before any further money is wasted but that is simply never going to happen. Even if it did you can bet that there will be plenty of clauses that mean everyone gets paid anyway.

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Colour us shocked: ISPs not that keen to sign up for Universal Service Obligation

hoola

Universal Service

Simple, just force everyone to provide the service using their own infrastructure. At that point all the whingers like Virgin will suddenly discover how much it actually costs to provide a service where there isn't a connection every 20 feet. This obsession that BT/Open Reach are the root cause of all problems is unfair. They have invested heavily within the regulatory constraints that bind them. Do you see BT burying fibre 6" underground along the pavement? No because it is too vulnerable. If you live in the middle of bugger all they will provide a phone, there maybe some extra costs but they will do it.

This is the same as the mobile operators and coverage. We need working 4G before ruching to provide 5G in London.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

hoola
WTF?

3D...

This is yet another solution looking for a problem. So to use it I need a special headset. I also need to have two eyes that work properly probably without glasses. There are many people out there with single vision for whom this obsession with 3D is discriminatory.

At the end of the day I just want the computer to work in the first place and not need yet more wires, battery powered tat and gadgets to looks at a web page, or write a letter.

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Microsoft: Why we had to tie Azure Stack to boxen we picked for you

hoola

Defined Hardware Vendor

Maybe I have missed something here, but if you are wanting to run Azure Stack in your datacentre, then I would assume that it is already enterprise level. If this is the case the likelihood is that you will already by using servers from HP Dell or possibly Lenovo.

Why would I be fussed about it not running on a generic pile of components cobbles together?

Though to quote John Geek "let me edit this article a bit for you, its really too wordy.

"Microsoft can’t guarantee Azure will work properly."" is much better......

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OMG: HPE gobbles SGI for HPC. WTF?

hoola

Why is it so bad?

HP simply outclass everyone in the midrange HPC field. Much if this is down to the blade systems and more recently the Apollo kit. If HP is so bad at HPC, why do people keep buying it? It is not necessarily price because competitors can be cheaper but the solutions and support mediocre. This purchase actually makes a lot of sense as it enables them to push the low volume very high performance solutions that SGI do but failed to make any money on. It is no longer possible to be a high-end niche vendor as the development costs outweigh the revenue. If much of this ends up in The Machine then things could get even more interesting.

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Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

hoola

MONEEEEYYYYYYYYYY

A bunch of unaccountable desk wallahs who are paid quite a lot of money suddenly find they have lots more money and don't know what to do with it. What could possibly go wrong.

They must all be search the web for yachts and villas and tax havens to dispose of their pay rises.

Arrange these words into a common phrase

Trough In Snout The

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

hoola
WTF?

Beta

Just how have they managed to get a car on the road running beta software that is directly related the safety of the occupants and more importantly others. This is either some very good lobbying or simply the regulations have not caught out. The other possibility is that because it is electric and seen as "IT" and techie, like everything else, current regulations do not apply.

Can you really see Ford, Honda, Toyota, VW etc doing this?

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5G: Mother of all pipes, or actually useful?

hoola

5G......

How about doing something useful like providing 3G and getting rid or the not spots before flooding London with this. But that of course is never going to happen because there is no money to be made out of rural areas. Although there are plenty or areas that have equally crap service that are not rural or remote, although maybe a lawn is classed as rural now.

This is the reverse of Royal Mail that are obligated to deliver post at the same price as part of the universal service. No private company is interested in delivering to remote areas and simply either say they cannot do it, charge a fortune or dump it with Royal Mail to take the hit whilst pocketing the profit.

We are reaching the point where mobile coverage and data is in the same category but because of an inept regulator and petty bickering that will never happen. At least BT/Open Reach will provide a phone line even if it is at a cost. Virgin are not interested unless there is a critical volume of homes to connect AND it is close to an existing backhaul location. Virgin have been wreaking pavements for months round SW Leicester burying fibres 6" underground and generally making a huge mess. The first bit of utility work that needs doing is going to have to go through this mess as it zig-zags over everyone else's infrastructure. What could possible go wrong! They even cut the phone line to the local post office who could then not operate for 2 weeks whilst it was fixed.

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Theft of twenty-somethings' IDs surges

hoola

Totally Unaware

This whole issue goes to the root of what the millennial generation do. There is no concept of security, privacy or think before you do something. It does not appear to matter what the schools teach and what parent's advise, the always on, post every little detail way of life just continues. This group have no wish to understand that what they are doing is stupid and potentially life-changing. It is more important to keep posting drivel on Facebook, SnapChat WhatsUp and so on, 24/7 and then moan that there ID has been compromised than understand basic security. Add to that the applications that have location enabled and shared then it is a total recipe for disaster. Whilst on the train a few days ago, 3 girls probably aged 18 to 20 where busy on-line on their phones. A friend was on holiday somewhere and they where able to see exactly where in Ibiza, as location was enables. This was seen as cool, and two of the three then promptly enabled the function. The third already had it.

I simply do not know what you do about it, the term "common sense" just does not apply and those that try to explain that what they are doing is inadvisable are dismissed as old farts.

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

hoola

Re: Bollocks

And that is the true crux of the problem, some shady consortium hiding behind a (foreign) law firm believe that they can overrule democracy because the do not like the outcome. If this gets anywhere near a judge, God help us. Ultimately, if this goes anywhere we may as well just do away with the entire UK parliament and let a group of unelected, very rich self-serving elite (CBI?) run the Country as an unaccountable dictatorship.

We would back in the Victorian age within months, either that or civil war.

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

hoola

Re: So any company that trades with an EU country has to open their borders to EU inhabitants?

So a handful of large companies are threatening to leave the UK. Does this mean that the are proposing to do no business in the UK what so ever? Some of those are the very companies that nearly bankrupted us anyway with their insane working practices, something that is clear they are still doing is you look at the way the "Markets" have been behaving. Make no bones about this, all the movement in the markets will be for the benefit of the organisations. Forcing currencies down is now a game so that the BoE or ECB pump money into the system that disappears straight into the coffers of the very organisations that caused the problem.

Life may be more difficult but what is simply not possible is for the UK to be the destination of every economic migrant in the EU. One only has to look at places like Wisbech, Boston, and Peterborough, they are essentially enclaves for Eastern Europeans, all using they system for what they can get. That is not their fault, the system is simply broken in the UK and the rest of the EU does not give toss because it does not affect them.

The UK is the principal destination because of the English language and the benefits system. The joke is that the density of the migrants is so high that they no longer need to speak English!

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Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP

hoola

Re: Our damn sight better democracy

Your are correct on one point, the European Parliament is elected however therein lies so much of what is wrong. The EU is essentially run by an unelected council that makes all the decisions. The eMPs are just lobby fodder, voting on fairly insignificant bits of legislation. All the real stuff happens behind closed doors and is essentially what Germany and at them moment, to a lesser degree France want. The next layer in priority is the lobbying of all the corporations so that they get what they want. TiPP is just the beginning and the big loses will be countries like the UK that sell everything to their city chums. The US simply cannot lose once TiPP is enacted. That is not to say that whatever feeble government is in power does not do the same and sell us to the US in the event of a No vote.

I many ways the lack of accountability and transparency in the running of the EU makes the US Political system look perfect.

Whatever the outcome, the EU is ultimately going to become a dictatorship, albeit by committee, as it is simply too large and diverse to survive any other way. All empires eventually implode and this will be no different. Even if the UK votes to remain the seeds for collapse will start to germinate. The entry of various eastern non-European countries such as Turkey, Ukraine and so on will change the EU beyond all recognition. The ultimate conclusion, despite the arguments that the EU has resulted in peace will be civil unrest and potentially a catastrophic conflict. The real killer (literally) here is that the conflict will quickly grow sucking in all the problems of the Middle East and areas such as Afghanistan, Russia. Whether China can stay out will be difficult, they have so much invested here that they will ultimately get involved to protect their interests. At that point it will be a US/China willy waving contest with Europe as a smoking hole in the ground.

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Graphene solar panels harvest energy from rain

hoola

Difficult to produce

I would bet a large doughnut on the fact that from an energy perspective it will never be viable. For something like this to actually have an impact there has to be the possibility that you get more energy out than went into making the thing in the first place. This is where so much of the PV solar industry falls down. The embedded CO2 in the panels is horrendous and you really have to question if we would be better off just burning the coal, oil, gas or whatever to make more electricity or petrol in the first place.

It does however give the greens a warm fuzzy feeling and the PVs bandits a license to print money, ripping bill payers off in the process. But his is a Government scheme so it must be okay.

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UK competition watchdog gripes to Brussels about Three-O2 merger

hoola

Sky, Virgin

And just how can it be a good idea to let Sky in particular and Virgin have even more bandwidth?

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Three to chop off £3bn of its network in bid to woo EU over O2 merger

hoola

Sky & Virgin

I would be far more concerned with the sub-plot here. Letting Sky in particular get the filthy hands on yet more areas of the communications infrastructure can only be bad. Virgin and Sky will not be doing this as benign bystanders. This will give they huge stakes in the infrastructure. This deal should be under the same if not more scrutiny.

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Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month

hoola

Coverage

What would be even more interesting is a geographical map of where the data was being used and the number of connections. This is going to be concentrated in all the usual city centre, southern areas that actually have a usable 4G service.

The lunacy is that the regulator permits claims of 97% or 98% coverage just because there is a microscopic signal that almost works on voice and GPRS that falls over just negotiating the connection.

We now have the rush to roll out 5G, in all the places where there is currently acceptable 4G.

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

hoola

Re: The Terrible...

I don't know the answer but I assume you have total confidence that Apple is not collecting similar data from their operating systems. I would be very surprised if any of the 3 key operating systems were not doing it. With Microsoft it is something that has been introduced with Windows 10 and everyone is having a paddy about it.

As soon as you sign in on your Android or Apple device you are permitting the sharing form the OS or applications.

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Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told

hoola

Re: The BBC...

Ahh, Pingu they don't come better than that. Nothing like comes out now.

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Health Secretary promises NHS £4.2bn to go 'digital'

hoola

Re: I look forward to -

There must have been some serious lobbying going on from Craptia, Accenture or whoever is on the case. The out-source crowd must be wetting themselves with excitement and anticipation at the ££££

It will all go wrong, they can then bale out after a year or so and blame the Government. Then they will still get most of the money. Hunt (and probably Ozzi and Comedian will be long gone) then they can take the blame.

It all looks perfect to me.

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