Why electric scooters? They're rubbish on rough surfaces like, er, UK roads.
Why not invest in cycleways for use by people riding bicycles and electric bicycles?
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See: Brexit campaigning, targetted adverts on Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, Trump, Cummings, Farage, Aaron Banks, Thiel, Mercer, Palantir, Wigmore, 55 Tufton Street.
It's subtle but powerful. Find out lots about people and their lives, then carefully tell them what they individually want to hear, and they'll vote for you. Get into power, and you can do largely what you want.
They're not necessarily targetting individuals, they're targetting the entire population of countries.
This is the biggest problem: the users are expected to reliably and honestly say if they "think" they have COVID-19 symptoms.
Even honest people may have infectious COVID-19 with no symptoms, and symptoms might look like COVID-19 but be something else.
The false positives and false negatives will be significant.
ICE drivers are stuck in the mindset that the car's available energy slowly disappears, needing rapid refilling every now and then. When in fact most EVs will start each day with a "full tank" automatically: no having to stop on car journeys except for very long ones (when you want to stop anyway).
Then we get onto local energy storage using your car, so you can run your house off the remaining energy in the car battery in the evening :)
Major power supply upgrades may not be needed, if local energy storage is available. Like a big bank of batteries that can be gently charged 24/7/365 to provide short sharp bursts of power to charge cars. Helps, in fact, to even out load on the Grid.
Many cars will be charged slowly over night, or slowly while sitting in the company car park during the day. Both helping to reduce peak demand spikes and lifting off-peak load.
The issue involves paying more tax, but the important part for many freelancers is that big companies are now refusing to employ freelance staff at all.
Companies lose the ability to use freelance staff as a flexible workforce, too.
This is definitely a big problem for some people. How many will lose out is not really known, but can be estimated to an order of magnitude. There are no winners.
An Engineer is someone who engineers things.
A Chartered Engineer is someone who engineers things and has also paid a fee to have some letters after their name, perhaps after some form of evaluation of their abilities.
The important word is "Chartered", not "Engineer".
I, for example, went through the IMechE's MPDS training system, and could, if I paid the fee, join them to become a Chartered Mechnical Engineer. I didn't feel the need, and now I'm a Software Engineer anyway. I feel no need to become a Chartered Software Engineer.
Also: politics and ethics.
How many people are we happy to accept being killed each day by autonomous cars?
Given a choice, which type of person would we prefer to kill: those in the autonomous car, or people not in it?
Given the answers to those political decisions, how risk-averse do autonomous cars have to be, and how "timid" will they be in traffic?
[Ignore the political decisions about who is responsible for the software, software updates, etc.]
Cue lots of ex-contractors who are now PAYE being "let go" after they get close to being eligible for longer-term employee protections.
Note to self: must complete move away from banking with Barclays. Business account is already with Starling, which is like a breath of fresh air :)
John Major should not have done that, either, but presumably no-one thought it was a serious enough issue to take him to court over it.
The Good Thing is that from now on Prime Ministers will not be able to shut down parliament to silence debate and scrutiny of the executive.
I am currently both a UK and an EU citizen. My passport reflects this fact.
EU citizenship has various advantages. Freedom of movement within the EU, personal data protection under the GDPR, working hours protection, etc.
In November my EU citizenship will cease. The new passports will reflect this fact, too.
Took our old copper water cylinder to the metal merchant. Price was £3/kg or £3,000/tonne. Cylinder weighed 12kg so valued at £36.
Had to give name, address, photographic ID and utility bill to prove who I was, and payment is only by traceable method (cheque or bank transfer).
Von Der Leyen was selected as EU President of the European Commission by the EU Council (Comprising the heads of state of all EU countries, President of the EU Council and President of the EU Commission).
The EU Parliament (MEPs directly elected by you and me) then have an opportunity to vote against the Commissioners' choice, which we've just had. At any time the EU Parliament can vote to remove the EU President and their Commission.
The EU is nowhere near perfect, and nowhere near corruption-free. But at least get the basics right!
The Withdrawal Agreement is indeed an official Agreement. The clue is in the title.
The Withdrawal Agreement is the result of two years of negotiation between the officially-appointed negotiation teams for UK and EU. It specifies in some detail how the UK will leave the EU in an orderly fashion, with a transition period during which the UK can negotiate new trade deals and international agreements while still keeping EU benefits as things change over. It is published, you can read it.
The Agreement hit the buffers when the UK Parliament refused to ratify it.
The EU won't re-open negotiations because (a) there isn't time before 31 October 2019 and (b) the EU is in the process of electing new leaders.
I suspect they meant "No patient data held by us is being shared with Amazon. Yet".
The information that can be obtained from analysing the person's questions to Alexa, plus everything else Amazon knows, is utterly shared with Amazon.
So we're going to "take back control" of our border in Ireland by deciding not to have any border controls?
Might we decide to "take back control" of our money by deciding to join the Euro?
That's stretching logic a bit too far, I feel...
...but then logic and Brexit have never really got on together.
I used to use CrashPlan, but I won't touch proprietary backup systems ever again.
The replacement I now use is Duplicacy - which allows you to run your own servers, backs up to a wide variety of cloudy services, does cross-machine de-duplication, handles encrypted backups, and is open source. Development supported by donations and paid-for Windows GUI. Web GUI in development.
Indeed, in fact it's exactly that sort of situation that GDPR is supposed to restrict. Personal data should only be used for the purposes it was given, and not shared with marketing/advertising third parties. Otherwise Cambridge Analytica occurs and democracy is broken (among other unpleasant results).
The elephant in the room: motor vehicle danger.
Do we want AVs to be as safe as, say, railways and aeroplanes? In which case they're going to drive very carefully, with plenty of just-in-case braking. That will mean slower car journeys compared to risk-taking human drivers (who do not meet anything like the safety levels of railways or planes).
Or do we want AVs to drive like humans do, and accept that AVs will kill and seriously injure at a similar rate?
Presumably somewhere in between, but that means that both (a) AVs will kill people and (b) AVs will be slower than human drivers.
It's OK, but doesn't say how much each man earns. So we don't know how much of their income each man is paying for his beer. Or how much disposable income each man has.
Taxation should be as much about how much people should be able to afford to pay as how the tax income is distributed amongst the range of different incomes.
"The EU" is a group of member states, joined together by rules that they decide between them for the benefit of them all. The rules are everything.
Yes, the group of EU countries wants to stay a group, because of the many benefits the grouping brings. But that isn't the same as something called "The EU" that merely exists to have power.
Which is why Germany and France have not rushed to help the UK get a good deal at the expense of the EU: those countries think that remaining as EU member states is more important to their economies and citizens than supporting the UK in leaving the group.
I agree, I'm pretty sure that it's far too late to change "our" mind now.
My worst fear is a fudge that means we fake being in the EU for another decade while the nastiness steadily increases until we have a civil war on our hands.
While the logical option is to revoke Article 50 as soon as possible, I fear the only political option left is hard Brexit. Which will be seriously unpleasant. However, looking on the positive side, benefits might be:
(a) the death of the Tory party
(b) a re-working of our whole political system to better suit modern-day communication methods.
(c) the people of this country coming together and helping each other, for basic survival needs.
(d) the country learning that voting is a serious business, and that facts and expert opinion matter so much more than vague promises and obvious lies.
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