* Posts by jonnyu1

10 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Jan 2017

Facebook and Apple are toying with us, and it's scarcely believable


Not only business - government too

A good article - I recognise it all - but it's not just business, it's government and government agencies too.

Loyal customer as cash cow owned by the corporation is a well known proposition.

My limited experience with Apple kit matches - BT (or GPO Telephones - I am that old) or it's offshoot, 'Openreach' is still doing the same thing...

CIPFA - the UK Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting - mandates the gathering of information from local authorities, packages it, and sells it back - often in a form which is not helpful, and it's impossible to request change

The Ordnance Survey is not dissimilar with public data.

Open has it's problems (forking and incompatibility being but one), but in principle it's better. Natural or artificial monopolies are bad.

I cannae do it, captain, I'm giving it all she's got, but she just cannae take another dose of bullsh!t


Ah yes - a patent Bullsh1t Detector! Always been *very* high on my wishlist. Then tie that to an electroshock device to provide Aversion Therapy to those uttering the nonsense... Mind you, if the perpetrator was deluded and actually *believed* what they were saying, would the device activate, or would it have to be tied to a set of absolute values and truths (if such things exist)? And if we got more truth, could we stand it and what would be the consequences? I think of all the bloody wars created by the Babelfish in THHGTTG. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuumnjJWFO4. Oh well...

UK libraries dumped 11% of computers since 2010-11... everybody has one anyway, right?


The reality?

As someone who managed public IT in a UK public library service until I retired (early) a couple of years ago, IMO the realities are very complex...

First question - what is your personal expectation of a public 'library,? What is that expectation of every central and local government body and agency to provide free support services fro them for which they pay nothing outside general taxation? Do these expectations match? 30+ years ago, the former editor of the Guardian, wrote an article quoting a Director of Social Services stating that a certain library was his biggest day care centre. Currently libraries are being touted as social centres to replace the disappearing pubs. All things to all people?

Since the mass introduction of Lottery funded public library IT around the Millennium, there has seldom been funding for regular refresh - it certainly doesn't keep up with market development.

If you close libraries, you generally lose the public IT within it - unless that is relocated, and that may not then be in a convenient place for users.

You will probably have queuing in peak times and lots of spare capacity at quiet times - if you only have one library open on a Sunday in an urban area, it will be saturated with demand for IT.

If you reduce library hours, you reduce access to the IT, unless you keep the libraries open (questionable term) in Self-Service libraries when the libraries are unstaffed, paid or volunteer.

How IT Savvy do you expect staff to be - with the hardware, software, online applications and services, whatever - alongside their other varied duties? Books (remember them?) management, user management, children's activities, etc.etc. Possibly loan tools and lawnmowers in future. How much do you pay them (if anything). How well do you train them? How well do you regard them?

The greater profusion of personal devices - even for those on low incomes - changed the demand on the service. Public WiFi - inside and outside the libraries changed the balance, and changed the game. Can you print from your personal device in your library?. Are library management looking at the metrics (if they have any) and pro-actively adjusting the services?

I could go on...

You get what you pay for, and as they say with politics, you get the leaders you deserve.

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?


And courtesy/consideration?

Superb! You have just stated most things I wanted to say about how people use thieir phones but never dared to... The only addition I would add is a desire to shove it up their derriere if they shout loudly into it and have the speaker audible with total disregard to all around them .

Mind you, it can be a useful way to get all their bank details...

A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options


So these will replace older A380's? So does Airbus buy the old ones back? If so, will they be scrapped?

or parked in a US desert boneyard? or converted into freighters like many old airliners (but it's not good for that? - https://www.flexport.com/blog/airbus-a380-no-cargo-equivalent/ ). Just what is the deal on this?

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy


Were they only supposed to blow the bl**dy seal off?

Here's how the missile-free Royal Navy can sink enemy ships after 2018


ROFL! :-)

FM now stands for 'fleeting mortality' in Norway


Agreed - the beauty of radio is simplicity and ubiquity.


Re: solar powered FM radio

Or a Baygen wind-up radio!

LED lamps are reducing consumption for lighting, along with lithium batteries (OK - they can explode...) they can go Solar, but digital devices gobble up energy.

Even with lithium batteries in a Smartphone, I'm now carrying a powerbank (i.e. another lithium battery) to rechaege it within a day, when my dumb phone lasts a week...


Don't forget the content in the discussion about the technology

DAB (etc) - as Bruce Springsteen sang about digital television:

57 channels - and nothing on.

Radio has been described as the 'Theatre of the Mind', unencumbered with the overhead of visual imagery.

Personally, I'd like access to intelligent speech (not 'talk' or wall-to wall music - I recognise others may want those) from local to international from a simple (and cheap, low power consumption) device from which it is easy to quickly select a channel, wherever I am - in the house, car, city, country, up a mountain, down a tunnel (I'll pass on underwater - others may differ)

Digital radio (different technologies in different places) has promised this - far more possible channels than FM, but has, IMO, failed to deliver. We have AM/FM/LW/SW/Digital radio/Digital TV radio/Internet Radio/Satellite radio/Podcasts (other?), so no simple answer.

Why is this so hard?