Digital ID is embarrassingly easy ...
... it's crowbarring all that 1984 goodness into it that's the problem.
2997 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
And without exception it's "smart" speed recognition system manages to see the "5mph" signs that are in the roadworks lane next to the 30mph stretch I am driving.
Which pretty much does it for anything "artificial" about trying to imitate (not simulate) intelligence.
"Is a wookie a bear ?" should be the acid test for anything purporting to be self aware.
As far as English law is concerned, I don't think anyone has ever actually sued on the basis they have quantifiable loss anyway.
Certainly in every story about peoples data being lost, I have never read of anyone being able to claim damages.
Maybe I don't read the right sort of newspapers ?
About 18 months ago, I was suggesting that autonomous cars would herald the end of private car ownership as a complex mix of factors started to align.
The immediate rebuttal from most was how much they needed to drive to get to the office and that it was impossible for them to avoid that.
Then 2020 happened and proved (what I knew all along) that office working is mainly by convention, not necessity.
The current shit state of electric cars could be fixed at a stroke if they were able to slope off autonomously at night to recharge somewhere sensible, and be back by dawn.
The trick to pork barrel contracts is to bid low, get the gig, and then when you've completely queered the pitch for anyone else suddenly double, treble, quadruple your fee.
So, if you want to make (say) £10 billion from a contract, you bid £3 billion. Get the gig (and politicians will love you as you allow them to appear as if they are saving taxpayers money). Run it for a couple of years and then turn around and go "oh dear, unless you pay us another £7billion, this project will fail".
Rinse and repeat.
I invite commentards to reply with UK government contracts in this vein, starting with Universal Credit.
Was (because I haven't tried since) how once summoned, the Google assistant needed a fucking keypress to go away again.
No big deal unless you are using your phone as a sat nav, someone says "OK google" and you lose your screen until an illegal keypress.
With LinkedIn and Indeed being so easy to use directly by HR depts, there's almost no need for agencies nowadays.
Just finishing my first month having been contacted via my CV on LinkedIn directly. Registered with a shed load of agencies who managed between them the square root of fuck all. Turns out the CEO of my new gig doesn't trust them either. They have become yet another example of a layer that wants to extract wealth without adding value (see also: mobile phone resellers).
I lost count of the number of "project manager" jobs - certainly on LinkedIn - that were simply sucker bait for MLM type nonsense/
"Earn up to £100,000 from home as a project manager" being an example.
I actually posted about it on Linked in. Ironically.
VAT is paid from the end consumer, not the company.
So any refund should go to the poor saps who had no choice when BT(or GPO) charged them VAT ?????
I never saw a penny of that VAT HMRC was made to "give back" on Jaffa cakes either.
Hope it doesn't torpedo BTs case, but they really need to learn about "unjust enrichment" .....
While the UK, once actual Brexit happens, won't be covered by the rules it is unlikely that most large manufacturers will want to make separate UK-only Farrage-phones or tablets.
So the UK will have to just accept something made to rules that once it could help draft, but now can't ?
Remind me how "taking back control" works ?
Bearing in mind some Apollo engineers said they were astounded by the air intake alone for Concorde.
And it flew regularly with civilian passengers unlike the rather showy one-shot Apollo with it's highly trained crew.
Although I'd be happy if we all put our handbags down and celebrated great engineering of the 20th century, whilst simultaneously weeping for the lack of development since then.
These all round ->
Actually they're not. Thales (the French company that won the gig) took the decision to further outsource it to Poland, as it's not something they regard as a big deal.
The Daily Mail did briefly try and run an outraged story about poor working conditions in Poland, before it dawned on them what they were really saying. Normal service has been resumed.
The problem is more it's aggregation and integration. Which leads to an interesting - and very valid - legal question about whether anything intrinsically illegal has gone on ? And if so, at what stage ? The actual gathering (of public data ?). The aggregation ? The integration ? Or the scale ?
The prosecution (on behalf of the scammed) are obliged to say this. After all if they trumpeted to all and sundry how easy it was, the court case becomes an advert, not a deterrent.
It's the same with people growing the odd cannabis plant. All of a sudden a timer a pump and a carbon filter becomes a "highly sophisticated setup". Simple cross-breeding becomes "genetic engineering" and paying your electricity bill becomes a move "designed to evade detection".
It would be ... interesting if Apple were able to provide the ability to decrypt the phones contents, only for the FBI to discover that the deceased perp rather unsportingly went a step further and made sure that whatever he was storing on the phone was already encrypted with something like proper 4096-bit RSA/AES clout.
How ? In the name of all that's holy, how ?
English law is designed to keep poor people out of the courts as plaintiffs. So how has this character managed to drag one of the worlds biggest companies into court 10 times without having to put up some sort of bond ?
If you or I tried to sue Google, the very very very first thing that would happen is their brief would simply file a motion asking that the court obtain assurances that we could pay Googles costs if we lost.
So WTF is going on here ?
Er, didn't I state it would start in the cities ?
I also predicted:
However, you're probably best keeping this knowledge to yourselves. Any discussion in the wider world will run into the "it's all about me brigade" as people use their individual circumstances as a reason that progress will simply stop where it is.
So progress has to stop because you don't live in a city ?
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