* Posts by David Harris

6 posts • joined 20 Feb 2008

Next-gen iPhone to gain FM transmitter tech

David Harris

FM radio

How quaint. An FM radio. They should put a DAB in.

Stob latest: It was a cunning trick, says Open University

David Harris

I was waiting to see...

... who would be the first to spot that.

Isn't that the line Captain Mainwaring in "Dad's Army" always used when he was caught out making a mistake?


Google smears Chrome on 'sacred' home page

David Harris


And the connection with autism is....?

No snapping: Photographers get collars felt

David Harris

Just to make it clear...

... if you follow the link to the second story, the member of the public complained, the matter was looked into and PC made to apologise. So perhaps not quite as bad as you might assume. On the other hand in the first one the police were unrepentant.

It is unacceptable for people to be harassed like this, the best safeguard is probably to know your rights and stand up for them... on the other hand with so many police heavily armed and able, one suspects, to get away with pretty much anything, up to and including killing people - that takes a bit of courage.

"To no man will we sell, to man deny, justice"


IBM hopes to patent 'dealing with chaos'

David Harris


I thought patents were supposed to be non obvious? This just looks like a description of a common sense approach to dealing with any unexpected problem.


Points mean passports: Citizenship Smith unveils 'like us' plan

David Harris


Yuk. I mean all this sorty-of-voluntary-but-not really, hearty, loyalty-pledging, values-stating stuff. We don't do things that way, or we never used to. It Is Orwellian - but not in the constant surveillance sense, it reminds me more of Winston S's neighbour, the fat, sweaty one who was always running youth groups and hikes and ended up turned in by his children.

See also the supposed Bill of Rights AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

Freedom is the freedom to be irresponsible and lazy - as well as the freedom to participate.

More pragmatically, the value of "voluntary" activities will be eroded if people are strongarmed into them just to tick boxes. School Governor is a demanding post (I have been one - I don't want it done by people just earn their citizenship points. Better to pay professionals if you really can't get real volunteers.



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