* Posts by ancient-strider

6 posts • joined 15 May 2017

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee


Savings? Where?

I am saving a grand 6 pence a day! Since we had the smarty installed we now turn the computer screen off when no one is sitting at it. We can tell when the heat pump is heating the domestic hot water, but we were using the controls to turn that off when not needed anyway. So we remain at 6 pence per day.

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)


Re: if the kid would have even been allowed to enter into the license agreement

Of course the photographer has the rights to the photo. Getting a particular shot for your own use can be expensive. We would be very upset to see any of our photos, in effect, stolen.

My wife and I are world travellers. We take thousands of photos. We give travel talks. We only use our own photos. Our last trip to Japan cost £15000 -( we did upgrade for a 12 hour flight. )

Out of all our photos we selected 150 for the talk. Do the math. Each photo used cost us £100.

We also do a lot of charity photography and always say we will not claim copyright for any photo we have taken for them.

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian



That's it! Mum's advice since I was a youngster out on my bike.

A driver can't avoid a black figure on a black night in a black place.

Another US government committee takes aim at Kaspersky Lab


throw out the best, why don't you

Is anyone on the House of Representatives committee the least bit savvy on IT? These investigations that drag on for months. Have they not heard from the internet watchers about increased traffic at critical times? Isn't Kaspersky Labs one of the best at picking up dodgy code?

I used Kaspersky for years because it was, and probably still is, the best

The American government appears to be paranoid about anything Russian. An offer to give the code is not accepted but USA sticks to its rhetoric.

Perhaps the government knows how leaky their machines are and need to pass the blame.

Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace


Google might get very confused

What will G make of someone who buys incontinence pads, then nappies, then a dress, then a suit?

How do they figure who had the phone at those times?

Can they tell who is using the 'family' phone, any one of three people, or the family card.

They can have my email - the one I give but never access.

Again it's one out of several.

Unless I am an incontinent cross dresser with a fetish for nappies {: - [

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT



NHS data losses can be expected. They are not willing to pay a decent rate for a decent Tech-team.

The skilled guys are tech consultants but not for the NHS. And how do two guys keep up with a whole hospital's needs with computing, electronic records, bar-code-only to locate patients hard copy records on miles of shelves....... etc.

As an ex-admin in the NHS, my wife has first hand experience of the constant fails and crashes, and panics if an operation was about to be cancelled because notes could not be located.

This crisis is nothing new - just different!

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