Would your computer become senile with natural aging?
I know our current systems wear out eventually, but how would you know, if you were using a DNA machine? Weren't there a couple of sci-fi films exploring this concept? (Dark Star comes to mind)
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All very well replacing faulty heart valves etc., but with Alzheimer and other brain diseases, people get old anyway. Still, there is always the hope that quantum machines will be able to replace brains. Gotta go. My robot butler has just asked me what the meaning of life is.
I have a unique mail account for dealing with Facebook. So far there have been no attempts at scams or anything through that address.
Telephone number? I refused to give it.
Birthday? I lied (I must be their oldest member).
Shoe size? Coco the Clown
Where do I live? I choose the places with the silliest names across the world, and move between them from time to time - current location Tittybong (Australia), but I'm hoping to move to Dildo, Canada, soon.
Yes, they can find out general information from my group memberships and website details, but as I'm an author of satire, that's free publicity isn't it?
There are more than enough cars around already. Any reduction in numbers of those planet killing electric monstrosities has to be good.
Breathe deeply, my friends, because tomorrow we choke.
...is that Telegram is a messaging app that prevents all the agencies from spying on the conversations, and therefore can't be controlled. In this world where free speech and 'correctness' are in direct conflict, it is refreshing to be able to say things to friends and colleagues, and retract them if required without ending up in court or worse.
Harvesting data from schoolkids who are most likely to be using it to do their schoolwork can't be a matter of national security. All that will be received is a jumble of banality about who is going out with who, and the current trends in angst.
Sounds like it's simply insufficient testing and care on behalf of the distributors. Well done the schools for actually picking this up before giving out the items.
People must be aware that everything they post potentially becomes public domain, therefore they must intend that anything they post be shared with the wider world (facial recognition or other data harvesting). Totally free advertising for the 'victim', if truth be told. Thank you, Social Media, from us struggling artists.
Have we time-slipped back to the Seventies?
I did dedicate my latest satire to "2020, the year that Time went forwards and backwards simultaneously," I suppose.
Volunteers with 5 years experience will probably be those who can be quickly reemployed elsewhere, and will jump at the chance. Those who remain will likely be rookies or dead wood. Nice idea, but in practice it will come back to bite them. Surely a better way would to be to look at performance details and ask those who are in the lower quartile to take the bribe?
It is only worth that much if you are going to spend it. What are the DoJ going to buy with it? Arms, drugs, new desks? Or should they flog it off cheap and take the bottom out of the market? Otherwise it's just load of big numbers that cost nothing to make (if you already had the hardware).
must be that Highways England have no sense of humour.
And yet they can allow big signs advertising, for example, Joe Scumbag's Holistic Facemask Emporium, because Joe has bunged them a couple of quid.
Perhaps they should better spend their time on keeping the traffic moving and repairing our pothole-scarred road surfaces?
So the authorities can spy on us and control every movement? So that cities can be automated and therefore a perfect target for terrorism disruption? So that our kids can spend more time with their faces attached to their screens. So we can be under even more restrictions than posed by Coronaphobia?
I say scrap the whole thing and spend the savings on something useful, like child protection, the hospitals, saving the environment (and a hit squad for anyone leaving litter behind).
Like you have to build bypasses, (and the rail link to Birmingham, just when people are shunning public transport big time.)
Who is going to benefit from the rollout? The spy culture, that's who, keeping track of everyone and everything.
5G going to cost billions? Scrap the idea and spend the money on the NHS and better broadband links instead.
Good riddance to those distributors who source their wares from sweatshops. We already have too many clothes, and the fashion culture is mostly hype. Who can afford, or would want to be seen in, some of the stuff they strut about to?
On the normal scale, if you've seen the pollution out east caused by our greed for cheap clothing, including the complete destruction of the Aral Sea, you might think that it's time to return to growing our own materials, weaving and dying locally, and returning to the art of seamstress (or seamster I guess). Clothes will cost more, of course, but we won't be buying so many, and we will be self-sufficient.
But what about the poor folks out of a job, I hear you cry? Could they return to farming, and growing their own food instead, and perhaps collect some of the rubbish they chucked into the sea, to slowly let this poor planet of ours recover for future generations?
Try and buy anything electronic, and if you check the company name, it might look friendly, like Zoeview, but the address will be something like shenzhen
guangdong in China. Amazon don't seem to be regulating any of this. At least the groceries business will be local, unless you order live bats.
The Black Death pneumonic plague was transmitted through droplet infection (in one provincial case, via damp linen). Is anyone going to fess up and tell us that the virus only has a short (or indefinite) lifespan? The Black Death killed 1/3 of the population of Europe, and how many more where records were not so extensive?
We are right to be cautious.
If someone buys up a .uk already in existence as a .co.uk (.com or .eu) with a registered company, Nominet transfer ownership to that company at no charge - after all, its already been paid for. This would stop the squatting, and also show that Nominet is not in it just to milk the punters (unless they are, in which case, shame on them, and let's lobby the next government to being them down.)
...but I've always had excellent service from them. If they try to hike the price, get on to the UK call centre, and get them to look out a better deal. Usually, they have an offering as good (or better than) what you are losing, as long as you sign up for another year or two - at a fixed price. If not, then's the time to look around.
BTW, this applies to a lot of your suppliers - insurance being the biggest annoyance. Always get on to them and challenge them to find you a better deal (no, you don't need a robot rodent with a foreign accent).
I dropped them when they went to TalkTalk, and moved to another supplier, but have kept that Tiscali address since. They recently changed the mail system, and I lost reliable mail for several weeks. Their customer service was abominable, and these factors have added together to ensure I never ever deal with them again. I put a redirect on my mail when I got it back and have been advising those I want to know, and am ignoring the spammers.
A sci-fi satire where a parking junta has taken over the entire world - a quick quote from where the parking executives are discussing how to get more cash in. Some people are refusing to pay...
“Everyone else is paying their parking charges without complaint.”
“Of course they would.” Poordraw rubbed his hands together. “Nobody ever questions parking charges, well, nobody of any consequence, that is.” He looked sideways at his co-director. “An excellent idea of yours, Pietro, identifying everyone over a certain income level, and giving free parking to those people. That way, folks with the money to challenge us will never complain, and they don’t care what happens to the commoners in any case.”
“I take all the credit for that,” said Fairway. “I bought these ‘reality’ glasses from Dearheat Enterprises. They have filters which blank out anyone below a certain income level. I believe they were developed for visitors to the theatres in the Arty District to help them ignore beggars, but they work adequately when worn by our car-park attendants.
Won't it be great not to have to wait and watch your system reboot virtually every time you log in? If there are any holes left in W7 after that, at least they will be shared so we can be aware of them, but seriously, what can possibly be left after the gazillion updates MS have issued. If things get too bad,Linux awaits.
If only these 'victims' would install checks and training, as well as controlling the validation of funds transfer, the scammers would be rendered ineffective.
While there are gullible people in positions of authority, there will always be scams: "Remember, Terry, you only get out of life what you put in, plus a bit extra if you can find a few mugs." Arthur Daley, in 'Minder', as played by the late, great George Cole.
With all the clever youngsters coming through the ranks,how on earth did the uni leave the doors open? Didn't the sys admins take a course in cyber security? Wait, what's this? https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-courses/cyber-security-msc/
Time for the Chancellor to resign from 'Egg-on-Face' University perhaps?
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