* Posts by John

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Boffinry bigwig puts another boot into biofuels

John
Coat

Shouldn't farmland be used to grow food instead?

As usual the priorites are wrong. I hate to use common sense, but there seems to be a lack of it these days. HM Govt's own figures project the population to rise to 65 million in the not too distant future. This leaves me wondering if that BF's don't take off (excuse the pun) will we end up eating the stuff? Next time you're in the High Street beware of folk with clipboards asking you to partake in a survey of a new "superfood".

Given that air travel is supposed to be expanding rapidly, if farmland is given over to BF's, where is Terminal 6 going to go? As for buses, trams and trains, if you're outside London, forget it.

Net think tank: Phorm is illegal

John
IT Angle

a bit about monitoring

Even if you don't have a tesco clubcard they can still find out what you bought. I go shopping in Tesco every Thursday around the same time. (So just by going shopping therefore I give data away to the local council/police/tesco themselves who can monitor my trip into the UBD without my permission.) Their automated tills (that run embedded Windows 2000; sometimes perfroming the odd illegal operation) when they decide to work can accurately record what you have bought anyway. It's the same if you go to the corner shop as well. As the old saying goes, there's more than one way of skinning a cat.

Data floats around in various formats and humans are creatures of habit, so it's easy to monitor them and whatever they're doing. That said, I would prefer not be junk mailed, spammed etc etc unless I specifically ask for it; the folks at El Reg have it right by allowing us to opt in. Its good that someone has decided that the delivery boy can't snoop or pass stuff on. He/his masters wouldn't want to open something that could be dangerous.

Jodrell Bank offloaded on eBay

John
Happy

that e-bay result in full

Winning bid: £9,999,999.99. That should sort it out.

see previous comment for the link.

A smiley cos it made me laugh.

John
Go

you can still buy it here! (part 2)

See previous comment for the link. Current bid so far is: £1,000,100.00.

Not long to go now. 13-Mar-08 23:21:46 GMT (1 day 1 hour) :(

John
Go

you can still buy it here!

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=140213485234&Category=211&_trksid=p3907.m29

The last time I looked the current bid was £910,946.00.

It's now in London though. I'm not sure how they got it there, surely someone would've noticed it was missing.

GO because this may have more effect than e-petitions.

UK.gov data review calls for... data

John
Coat

3 blank pages?

The government tells us to recycle. I count three blank pages in the PDF version of the report; this rises to five if you count the pages with a sentence or two on them. Surely its better not to waste paper in the first place, or am I using too much common sense? Surely it should be online negating the need to print it out in the first place.

I didnt read it as I thought data handling/requirements would be governed by common sense; a tailor would need to know your inside leg measurement, the local magistrate does not.

Cambridge computing profs 'desperate' for applicants

John
Coat

@ Matthew Brown

I read (the other week) that there are 150,000 graduates just working in call centres, not doing anything that their degrees qualify them to do. Education, education, education.

Digital Switchover: town to lose BBC 2 tomorrow

John
Stop

Who is gonna fix my old/new TV... not to mention my box?

The guy round the corner used to fix my TV when it broke down. He said digital wasd going to force him out of business (which it did, 3 years ago) and the other repair guy down the road closed too. I hear that there are hardly any repair facilties for the 600 foot plasma screens in this country which probably explains why John Lewis offers such monstrosities for sale along with free 5 year insurance. By the way, I think my non working box is irreparable due to it being obsolete.Cheapo boxes simply don't work.

The phono connectors are analogue on consoles and they will no longer appear on the newer TV's. They're HDMI (picture and sound down one wire) due to Hollywood not liking you copying stuff. Is there a SCART socket on a new super duper telly? No. That's analogue too. That's the whole point - analogue is being switched off and will no longer work. I also read that if you faff about with modulators and other bits & bobs the picture will be so bad it won't be worth the effort. Once your analogue stuff packs up that's it - it's gone forever - See that VHS collection you have spent £x000's on? If you replaced it with DVD's you paid for the same stuff twice... Hollywood would like you to buy it again on Blu-ray. That's entertainment :-(

John
Stop

this is a big no no

I've had experience of all systems that supposedly supply folk with DTV and all the lot have provided me with a blank screen or a severely degraded picture and or sound. As other posters have mentioned all the big stores are still selling analogue tuner based stuff. This will result in huge piles of old videos/TV's/game consoles/DVD players being dumped in car parks. As for recycling facilities, remember the fridge fiasco a couple of years back?

I don't belive for one minute that folk will take their old stuff to Tesco (mine is too far away to lug obsolete stuff there on foot). It goes off here in 2009, but as usual in the people's republic of London it goes off in 2012 just as the Olympics come to us (if they're ready in time!) so this may add to the fun of no picture.

What annoys me is that I have looked after my anologue stuff and it has served me well and is still in good working order. Why should I part with £X,000 to buy new stuff that might not even work??? Get it working first.

Monster.com torpedoes rogue server as malware scam rolls on

John

Snail mail rules OK

I always send my CV by post directly to advertised vacancies in the local press. Some folk put their CV on webspace which I think is just plain stupid, as anyone can see all your personal stuff. I'm still wary of sending my CV by email or via a website (using a perl script) as security cannot be guaranteed.

The difficulty of validating systems and users

John

Dongles?

Surely dongles are a bad idea as your USB ports on your computer would slowly be worn away. If you apply this to a network, say for example the Civil Service (where they already use cards) you're going to end up with a lot of worn out dongles and USB ports. I used to work in a warehouse that repaired broken hardware, and this covered (at the time new fangled) chip and pin readers, which had to be sent back to the manufacturers in Ireland, as there were no facilities to repair them on the mainland. Main cause of breakdown? The chip reading sensor wearing out.

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