* Posts by grizzly

11 posts • joined 17 Oct 2016

We're all doooooomed: Gloomy Brit workforce really isn't coping well with impending Brexit


Re: Not coping well with Brexit

"Best deal would be to stay in the Single Market and Customs Union." The best deal yes, but what exactly would be the point? It's non-voting Remain. Remain minus.

The only perceivable benefit is: "it will make some ignorant people happy". Is that the level of desperation we've reached? Really?

Best outcome is a second ref. Three years have passed. Unlike 1975, 2016 was won marginally and was unfair. The Leave side broke electoral and data protection law, and told proven misinformation throughout the campaign. It's entirely legitimate to have another.

UK's ICO slaps £120k fines on Arron Banks' insurance biz and Leave.EU campaign


I think you'll find, the way things are going, the only way this leaflet was "misleading and biased" is in how it toned-down the consequences of Brexit.

The remain campaign have not been convicted of breaking the law. Not for breaking electoral law, nor for breaking direct market rules. Anyone can dispute this by contacting the Electoral Commission and the ICO. Nobody has because the remain camp weren't devoid of ethics and veracity during the referendum campaign.

Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate


Re: The BBC used to be more independent.

I've no objection to a national broadcaster, but it should be funded progressively from general taxation, not a separate regressive fixed-price tax (licence fee).

If you don't have a TV, a radio or a computer, you still benefit from having a society that is informed, entertained and educated.

I agree the beeb tends to be biased in favour of whoever is in govt, eg when half the Tory party lied that leaving EU would give £350m to the NHS, it should have been couched exactly as that: a lie. Not "Remain supporters dispute the claim..." But it is the responsibility of the regulator Ofcom, to ensure balance. Scrapping the national broadcaster is not the solution.

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails


Re: Gun, meet foot.

"It allows me to run a GUI that's hosted on one machine, and displayed on a different one" - can still do that in ubuntu 17.10, but only because it falls back to X11 for remote sessions. Either they need to fix remote sessions via Wayland, or otherwise keep X11 (dual gnome-shells) in 18.04.

Is it possible to control Amazon Alexa, Google Now using inaudible commands? Absolutely


Devices need to roll out tech like Alexa's Wake Word Verification: https://goo.gl/UmWPbb

Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump


This is all a massive distraction.

Steve Bannon has it right. In rich world elections, talk of economic inequality will beat talk of race. The more people focus on gender\race\sexuality instead of what really matters: addressing the real problems of globalisation and technological-advance, the more they play into the hands of snake-oil pedlars like Trump.

Versus the $32 trillion secretly hoarded offshore, the left going on about cultural appropriation by white TV chefs selling Indian sauce, or campaigning for transexual toilets is so pathetic it's almost despicable.

UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps


Re: Another report by ignorant people.

"They also ignore measures such as bandwidth per person."

Not to mention upload speed.

Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans


Same, same, but same. Still report to BT, still have investment decisions finalised by BT. Meanwhile our FTTP coverage is woeful. OFCOM isn't a regulator, its a lobbyist for BT.

Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog


"fell short of the high standards we set for ourselves"

Hardly high though are they Mr Bartholomew? Take upload speeds, Virgin's package that is priced the same as the cheapest Ultrafast Fibre (BT OpenReach's top fibre) package is 7 (seven), that's SEVEN times slower. I know because, as a long-time Virgin customer whose contract was ending, I shopped around recently before realising quite how uncompetitive Virgin are on speed (where it matters) and dumping them. To get the same upload speed (up to 20mb), you must get Virgin's 200 or 300mb packages that are vastly more expensive. Virgin are still pretending we're in a pre-cloud world where people don't upload most of their data. 100 or 300Mbps isn't a hill of beans to most people, 3mb to 20mb upload speed however is a transformative experience.

London cops strap on new body cams


Re: Optional activation = propaganda

Sure there can be room for discretion. But it's pointless if the cop is allowed the excuse: "I woz too busy\fraught to switch the cam on m'lud".

Record everything for the past 10 minutes, then choose whether to retain. Sensitive things like the widow being informed of husband's death, etc don't need to be kept, but the bent copper loses the excuse if he fails to record something the IPCC would have been interested to see.


Re: Optional activation = propaganda

"will be turned on at the officers' discretion"

Why bother then? They'll just plead: "I didn't have time to switch my camera on before I shot the deceased 42 times in self-defence your honour". Should automatically record everything at least for the past x number of days - data storage is cheaper than ever.

Or if that would upset the Police Federation too much, as a compromise could only retain say the last 10 minutes, then cops can choose whether to retain the past 10 mins's footage. Won't have the excuse of "was an emergency and didn't have time guv". As it stands, it's a tool that will cause, not prevent police injustice. Will push the weight of evidence away from the IPC and public, and towards the police.


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