Re: "I have a lot of physical books.... there's only a few I actually go back and read again"
Government is doing their best to close public libraries down in many towns by removing funding from the councils that run them.
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Why bother with all that?
The old towns gas was 40-50% hydrogen with 30% ish methane. The pipes carried it OK. The problems came when they put dry natural gas through the system and all the tarred wet joints dried out. That led to the gas leaks / explosions following the great natural gas conversion programme.
Before Natural gas we used to heat our homes with towns gas from the gas works.
I wish people would understand that this was between 40-50% hydrogen with methane and a little carbon monoxide.
So why all the fear sbout going back to a similar composition? The nimby's and government departments who have closed down evaluations have done the country an inustice.
What could possibly go wrong?
All that that data about patients together with "the number of beds in a hospital, the size of waiting lists for elective care services, or the availability of medical supplies" being stored by a US company, with track record in supporting spying activity, and data being available to Big American Pharma.
"We see that the NHS is running low on stores of drug1234 - so they will be buying some soon - tell marketing to raise the price 20%"
"We see that the NHS waiting list for cataract operations is lengthening get our private hospitals in the Uk to start a marketing campaign for private cataract operations"
" "Facial recognition has nothing to do with the government intruding on people's personal privacy. It has to do with validating that the person presenting themselves to travel is indeed who they claim to be.""
The old you have "nothing to hide so you have nothing to fear" argument of government employed experts when the government want to do something questionable.
Photo validation can be completed locally by comparison of a live image with the Passport image at the machine - so what is the justification to send the images off to servers for storage? Simple data and biometrics collection on a grand scale.
The first thing Ofcom should insist on on is transparency - for the user - on what the Network Providers are doing - especially on what traffic is blocked/restricted/ports mucked around with etc.
I'd like to think the same should apply to the mobile networks - but maybe these are exempt from Net Neutrality?
"Commonly referred to as “town gas” or “illuminating gas,” it was a mixture of hydrogen, carbon monoxide and methane, with small amounts of carbon dioxide and nitrogen. Depending on the gasification process, hydrogen concentrations ranged from 10 per cent to 50 per cent."
When the distribution network was converted to Natural gas there were many leaks - because the dry Natural gas dried out the 'wet' joints. So it is quite possible to distribute Hydrogen, CO and methane.
I'm no petrochemist but my limited understanding is that the refining of oil will still have to continue even if we don't use the petrol and diesel fractions.
We still need the other fractions for jet fuel, lubrication products, pharmaceutical products and a whole range of other chemicals so I don't get the "Stop Oil" or "EVs will save refining of oil" arguments.
Where are all the chemists when you need them?
".....charging your EV from a 13A socket will be no more legal than running a road vehicle on Red diesel."
How will they know? Teams of CAPITA men walking the streets at night sniffing out cables 13 amp plugs and TVs tuned to BBC?
The electrons in the battery cannot be stained with an ID dye.
The story is not that clear.
When you buy liquid fuel you are paying the government 53 pence for each litre in addition to the oil cartels and garage operators.
When you charge your EV what you pay goes to the charge point operator and the electrical distribution and supply cartel.
Why can a garage operate a building, storage and all the other stuff they do for the profit from fuel sales but EV charger operators are charging like wounded bulls?
Soon the government will want it's revenue stream back from the EV chargers as well - that's only fair.
I can see the Lord Mayor of London rubbing his hands with glee.
"I'll put a new charge out there - the NAVZ charge - Not Autonomous Vehicle Zone - anyone in a vehicle will be charged £12.50 a day if they don't have fully autonomous driving controls fitted" "It's to save the children from being hit by these terrible manual drivers."
"You do know that useage of Google Analytics is illegal under GDPR?"
From a UK perspective the ICO infers it's all OK so long as you get permission - The usual ICO fob off "Get the client to tick a box about cookies and all will be OK"
The ICO is, IMHO, another Quango, not fit for service, who spends more time allowing industry to do suspect tings than outright protecting it's paymasters (the UK Taxpayers) by banning all tracking.
The ICO apparently have teeth lets see them digging them into some flesh then.;
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
The ICO has specific responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 2018, the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.
Since 25 May 2018, the ICO has the power to impose a civil monetary penalty (CMP) on a data controller of up to £17million (20m Euro) or 4% of global turnover.
The DPA2018 and UK GDPR gave the ICO new strengthened powers.
"The reason they are choosing low Earth orbit is for ping time which is mainly a concern of gamers."
I think ping time is mainly the concern of the financial institutions and their search for the 'instant' transaction.
They built a microwave system across from the UK to Europe and around the financial cities because it was faster than satellite/cable/fibre optic.
Financial institutions will be more than happy to pay well over the odds, and certainly more than gamers, for shortest ping - particularly from Europe to the USA and Asian markets.
NSA will also have a copy of most things GCHQ have just in case UK Courts tell GCHQ to delete some illegally gathered data - and vice versa.
Then of course ASIO down under has a back up copy of the lot hidden in the depths of Pine Gap.
They are all at it and they all give the finger to any oversight should a Court dare to intervene.
Use of Muzak is not a new concept.
British Rail used to play "Uplifting" marching music, Sousa type, at Waterloo Station in the morning rush hour, the objective to make passengers walk briskly along to minimise congestion,
In the evening peak they played soothing music so that commuters were calmed on their way home and would , hopefully, not vent their daily troubles on BR.
By all accounts it worked!
I once 'informally advised' another Department Head that one of our Area Engineers was proposing to carry out an activity that was at best financially dubious and at worst illegal. The guy intervened and stopped the action - even sent me a 'thanks' email..
Unfortunately the person I 'dobbed in' was mates with my Chief Engineer who apparently ranted and raved when given the 'half story' by his mate.
Fortunately I was on leave at the time. When I returned from leave my boss advised me to keep a low profile. After some weeks I got a call to go visit the Deputy Chief Engineer, standing in his office the conversation went like this;
"You know why you are here?
"Well you upset XXXXXX (The Chief Engineer) over that issue about questionable financial matters."
" But ............."
"Don't say anything! just consider yourself reprimanded and we will let it rest there"
"OK - you can go............by the way it had the right outcome - but I did not say that"
Same here. Had a list of 20 odd candidates for 2 jobs. Boss selected four to interview all highly qualified - I selected three who seemed, from their CV, to have practical experience and a broad knowledge base but no relevant degree qualifications.
We interviewed all seven for the two jobs - the Boss agreed, after the first three of his selection, that they were hopeless! Two candidates from my list got the jobs.
Apple could make the next iPhone wireless charging only and supply a shiny new charger pad with each phone.
The charge pad can have a fixed wire to the power pack and outside world and the EU Law would be met. Of course the charge pad would need a bespoke handshake protocol before the phone could be charged maintaining the walled garden and protecting accessory revenue.
They could then fit any connector they like on the phone for data connectivity - just so long as it is not for charging.