* Posts by dieseltaylor

25 posts • joined 24 Sep 2014

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...


Re: Echo chamber aside

The coroner said it, the family repeated it, and the hospital says it never gave Covid as the cause. More news to follow ...... But it looks a little dubious. Coroner's office response still awaited.

Decent, legal, honest and searchable: C'mon, Ofcom. Let us check up on the ad-slingers ourselves


And the surveys

An excellent idea to commence the throttling of lies. I have always thought that surveys should be publicly available - that is the questions etc and full results - to see dishonest or seriously flawed design.

For decades I answered Which? surveys and the poor design was concerning. For instance the reliability of machines used in gardens .(or Hoover's) never asked frequency of use or size of task.

I have little faith in any survey now realising that unless you can see how it was constructed it may well be simply media filler fodder.

One of Blighty's most-loved charities hands £46m to one of Blighty's least-loved outsourcers


Re: Charities, transparency, and the disinterested.

Wrong. I was aware of the ease of putting forward motions etc and that they did a live broadcast as this was included in the election and AGM details

The costs of this was the interesting part and were quite minimal. I passed ThIs information on to the Trustees of Which/consumers association and also mailed most of the dwindling number of actual members 9k as opposed to 500k who subscribe.

The concept of charity staff capturing a charity is not unknown in the charity world.


Re: Charities, transparency, and the disinterested.

Wrong. I was aware of the ease of putting forward motions etc and that they did a live broadcast as this was included in the election and AGM details

The costs and logistics of this was the interesting part and were quite minimal. I passed ThIs information on to the Trustees of Which/consumers association and also mailed most of the dwindling number of actual members 9k as opposed to 500k who subscribe.

The concept of charity staff capturing a charity is not unknown in the charity world.


Charities, transparency, and the disinterested.

BTW I dislike Crapita intensely and I dislike out-sourcing BUT ...

The National Trust [E&W] is actually one of the most "open" charities in the UK. The 5m plus Members can meaningfully put forward motions and have them voted on at the AGM. The AGM is actually broadcast live and open to viewers to send in questions live. Or it was when I was asking their advice on these matters three years ago as I campaigned aginst Which? [the Consumers Association] which was and is still the complete opposite in transparency.

THE consumer charity run by business people that managed to miss the housing/leasehold scandal for a decade, lost around £40m over 9 years with two failed commercial businesses, and paid big bonuses [ £2.24m to four execs in one scheme].* In comparison both National Trusts are beacons of rectitude. However most people are happy to whinge and few do anything about it or even pay attention to Annual reports and then what is really going on.

* Which? is slightly improved now.

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media


Given my critical and reasoned posts on the US actions in Iraq over the past decades I doubt very much that I would be allowed in.

Seems so so wrong that it claims to be the bastion of democracy. Fortunately I have no desire to travel there.

Jeff Bezos finally gets .Amazon after DNS overlord ICANN runs out of excuses to delay decision any further


cultural imperialism?

The concept of businesses appropriating famous words is in itself problematic. This is particularly so if it involves geographical places which have a specific use. And of course this is the thin end of a wedge as there will be a freefor all now on names that will be designed to obscure and confuse the public. It should have been a UN body to make decisions on cyberland grabs.

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman


Hit on the head

Seems funny that downing a helicopter is discussed but the debris from a disabled drone be it from contact or wash, is assumed to vapourise before landing somewhere.

Possibly a person, possibly a vehicle where the driver is distracted enough to cause a serious accident.

A friend neighbours drone crashed into my friends roof killing tiles.

Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?


Readers reviews Which? has killed them all

Employing outside labs they have no expertise. subscribers provided the long-term in use drawbacks which often would be very helpful.

As of last week they were allwiped

Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!



ICO fines company; company files for insolvency. Perhaps all these sorts of articles should include amounts actually paid rather then eye-catching headline figures.

Cambridge Analytica's ex-CEO decides not to front UK Parliamentary Committee again


Add a photo now


However perhaps more practical we just use wrong names as Spartacus could be weeded out quickly.

Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley


Because of crap management thats' why.

Unfortunately corporate capture is not restricted to the US and a few years ago what is ostensibly a consumers charity designed to educate and inform and lobby for consumers was being run apparently by its subsidiary commercial off-spring Which? Ltd and its businessmen who apart from originating some very expensive expansion ideas of a commercial nature decided that four of the top executives should share in an LTIP which eventualy paid out an additional £2.24m to them.

The chairman of Which? ltd at the time was multi-millionaire Mike Clasper of P&G, BAA, HMRC, and now Coats. You may wonder who co-opted him, and the two folk from HMRC, the two from Unilever, the Barclays banker, etc. I have always worried that business folk may not view a consumer fronting charity in the same way as most folk.

The expansions - a consumer organ in India - shutdown after losing nearly £13m , a mortgage service which after seven years is meant to be reaching profitability but has required £22.5m of support and this despite having taken over £10m income from mortgage providers and referral fees. The refurishment of the HQ in central London with the addition odf another storey and a roof garden has also not gone down well with the few members who are aware of it - but then at only £16m it is a snip.

The new Council of the Consumers' Association have been handed a problem but they have been in place a couuple of years so they have handled it very badly. Apparently one subscriber at least is severely handicapped and has been using his Which address for two decades sorting out helpers and all manner of things and has written very angrily as for him it takes great effort to use the computer.

Council's problem may be the entrenched senior management I think who certainly should have flagged this up for immediate preparatory action if GDPR was a future problem 20 months ago.

'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service


So Tesco can give a months more notice than the consumer's champion. (Self-styled)

Nice reversal of roles.

Shocking: Former Amazon analyst fed frat brother insider info


Amazon presumably are not to be fined for having insecure control of market-busting quarterly reports. Well that is OK then because then there may be dozens of more successful insider traders - perhaps higher up the chain?!

Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed


oh! Oh! Canada

[ the national antherm of Canada to be re-named]

Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup


I agree that ICANN are rubbish but the actual decision in respect of Amazon I applaud.

Cultural imperialism - the grabbbing of a defined area of the world - should be resisted at all costs. Famous cultural names which may be geographic or historic should not become corporate playthings.

The use of categories such as . bank as outlined above or a direct equivalent has the bonus of being very monitorable. I am sure with some more thought I could make cogent cases for the proposition.!

UK council fined £150k for publishing traveller family's personal data


The size of the fine is interesting as it is more than pharmacy2u got fined for deliberately selling lists of clients names and diseases and addresses. A very specific list was sold to an Australian "lottery" company.

ICO fined them £130,000 which actually means £117,000. They have not been struck off the NHS recommended list and it has badly upset the pharmicistb and doctors bodies. Curiously they hold the belief that this information is private and pharmacies should know that.

I think the Basildon fine is in the right ball-park but agree that the fine should not be for rate-payers and also those in charge of the sytems /training etc need publicity etc. The fine by ICO for pharmacy2U was totally inadequate, as is the NHS response [zero].

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding


His CEO experiences is from a minor airline so accept that fact. His previous experience reads well but then every exec I know of makes sure it does. : )

Should he jump? Probably not but some people somewhere must be guilty of hiding, or not implementing, necessary IT improvements.

30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'




and the Accounts are overdue according to Companies House bu then it is being wound-up.!

Private Limited Company by guarantee without share capital, use of 'Limited' exemption

16 Aug 2016 Resolutions

Special resolution to wind up on 2016-08-02

Autonomy's ex-chief beancounter tries to kill HP investor settlement


Does seem that the burying of evidence is the aim here. Shareholders are being shafted.

Anyone using M-DISC to archive snaps?


M-disk marriage

II have been using them for over a year and have an external drive so I can lend it around to others who want to archive their data.

A couple of weddings have seen the couples get an m-disc of all the pictures I took -plus some video and music. I reckon that it makes more sense than any other method.

I also have an interest in ships and took many thousand shots last year. They may be of interest to enthusiasts in a hundred years so they will be going on m-disks.

Personally I think a physical disk has got a lot to be said for it in terms of durability. A fuure with EMP warfare may well sort out a lot of systems based on magnetic data storage. Not to mention accidental or natural EMP events.

Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays


Lets be honest 9.7" e-readers do exist but are not reported

I have had a Sony , a Kono, and the Onyx Boox - early veresion. Which I sat on so I now have another 9.7" e-reader the Pocket Book 912

Does all the formats, plays music, in theory can browse the web and the battery lasts for months.

For someone like me downloading pdf's, books from Gutenberg [3000+ of the 33000 available in English] it is a godsend with a screen real-estate 3 times the size of the bog standard readers. That means accounts, articles in two columns, and maps are hugely more easily read.

A complaint I will make is the huge number of reviews in the UK media and not one mentions the 9.7" readers which in my view offer the best read. I read very ery fast if it is a novel and small screens just do not have enough text so plus all the other benefits make it ideal. Not everyone will agree but lets not suppress the existence of the big screen readers.

This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS


For those who think long term

I really don't understand the short-termism evident here. I can back-up my entire music collection onto a 50GB disk and then forget about worrying about dead drives for the next 30 years.

I took 25,000 photos last year so that also would seem suitable for some permanent storage so I can be worry free. I have copied my daughters photos from 2005 when she was touring in South America onto an Mdisc and feel happy she will be able to look at them in 50 years time when she is in her dotage.

And I think there could be a business case for storing them in a vault with my will : ) in case the house burns down.

I already have an external M-writer so I can use it with any of my machines

FLASH better than DISK for archiving, say academics. Are they stark, raving mad?


In the terms of what they were measuring there may be a case. However I am concerned that the headline term of flash versus disk may beseen by the more general public as an endoresement of the technologies for , if you like, home archiving.

I am talking about the weddings photos, the holiday phot0s, the research data, lovey emails that we may wish to keep. I have looked at the Gold DVD's but have place my trust in the M-disk as gold being perpetually expensive may become more uneconic whereas M-disk if mass adopted will become cheaper. It also claim 1000 years as opposed to 100 years. If we accept both cannot know for sure and sya they are both 80 wrong I am still better off with Mdisk.

Incidentally I was cruising with a rather brilliant software professor [with a patent to his name] who had 73 DVD's relating to his research work around the world. The pain of keeping them renewed was not insignifiicant.

Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway


M-disk user

I have just given copies of my sons wedding photos on an M-disk to my son. To my daughter the wedding and her 2002 holiday travelling around South America. I think everyone who cares about important information should be putting it on the most robust media - not forgetting that the media should be in a format that is widely readable.

Given the writers are quite cheap it seems daft not to use an archive quality disk for important data.


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