Remember, on the Internet no on can tell you're a dog.
30 posts • joined 19 Jun 2013
Right to repair? - I'd establish a duty for devices to be easily repairable. For example, replacing the battery in my mobile phone should require no tools (other than an "ordinary" screwdriver perhaps). No need for prising, heating to melt glue or "proprietary" restrictions, e.g. trademarked connectors.
Interesting. I am told that more accidents are caused by pilots than by equipment failure. Could Chesley Sullenberger have been replaced by AI? If you are the sort of person who believes that a vehicle could safely navigate on our roads without a driver, then I guess that you would say Yes, the Hudson River is an easy choice. Another viewpoint is that the airliner of the future will have a pilot and a dog in the cockpit. The pilot to make a couple of announcements to the self-loading cargo and the dog to bite the pilot if they touch any of the controls.
There are plenty of aircraft ejection systems where the seat is intended to break the canopy and some where it is the fall-back option if canopy ejection or canopy fragmentation (by small explosive charges in those wavy lines you see) fail. For a blurry bureaucratic report see https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP75B00285R000400170001-9.pdf. Or the Martin-Baker website.
Recently using a self-serve till in Sainsburys and about a dozen items in - blue screen - Options to reboot in safe mode and, since I had no keyboard to fiddle with, a reboot in normal mode. Windows 7 EPOS splash screen displayed. Cashier said that it would take seven minutes to reboot so use another till!
"International custom is for the manufacturer to analyse these boxes;" I don't think so. The analysis is by international agreement the responsibility of the aviation investigation authorities in the country of the incident (different rules if outside a country - https://www.emsa.europa.eu/retro/Docs/marine_casualties/annex_13.pdf. (Ignore the marine in the link, it is aviation)). Black box analysis, particularly in technically difficult cases, is most highly developed in a few countries and those countries are often invited to assist the responsible state. The assistance of manufacturers (or anybody else) may be sought but that is at the discretion of the responsible country.
I'm sure I recall many years ago a court decision that an "automatically added "signature" did not have the effect of a signature" but if the originator typed their name as a signature with or without any automatic addition, then that was binding.
Has that changed or was it from a court which did not generate a binding precedent in this case?
Interesting. My ISP has just recently stopped selling new connections using Vodafone supplied links and is in the process of migrating existing service users (like me) to another provider. I don't expect much improvement since the copper to my house is too long but good to see Uno taking action.
I had a job in the NHS as Interim Governance Manager. I was surprised at the ubiquitous fax machines. I then became aware of the number of serious data breaches which they were implicated in.
Send full details of child injuries following abuse? OK course, I will fax them now to the flower shop round the corner. No wait, I will send them to the solicitors for the other party.
Yes as a GP surgery I'm happy for dozens of sheets of health information to be spewed out over the floor overnight for the local cleaning firm to tidy up before surgery staff arrive.
And those flimsy sheets coming out of the fax by the window - well we recovered most of them from the car park.
I'm not saying that autocomplete does not cause issues with email but the ability to install controls is so much better with email.
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