Re: Could this become the official UK postcode and address database?
It is unsuitable for addresses as it does not work with vertical addresses (such as in a block of flats).
144 posts • joined 17 Jul 2008
I have seen it time and time again, companies changing back and forth between systems over time. If only they maintained the system they had properly, they would not need to keep procuring a new one. Whilst in this case they claim the cost is the reason, I expect the cost is down to all the bodges they have put in place rather than having competent people working on it who understand the data and processes properly. Switching your ERP is a massive undertaking, costly and prone to unforeseen problems. If they actually save any money over the first 10 years I will eat my hat.
I own the device, I should be able to flash my own firmware onto it. At the very least, the manufacturer should be required to provide the signing certificate upon request, but this needs a change in the law. Prohibiting consumers to flash new software encourages planned obsolescence and waste, which is bad for the environment.
To those suggesting using a dns server which blocks domains, this will likely also be subverted in the future as browsers implement DNS-over-HTTPS which bypass your DNS server altogether. Whilst you have control over it today, I would not be suprised if Google forces Chrome to use its own DoH servers in the future.
This is why I am building my home automation so that I am in complete control. At the coal face are simple sensors and relays with arduino and rs485, and I plan to use the open source Mycroft to replace Amazon Echo. I will probably write the software myself or use something existing like home assistant.
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