Free information and advertising should not walk hand in hand. The answer is simple, Google has to abort advertisements (and advertisers, for they are not sentient beings)
54 posts • joined 16 Oct 2017
My supposedly updated GPS in my car will, on a specific route, try and persuade me to leave the main road and follow a route that the main road replaced some 30 years ago. This can add half an hour to the journey. It also has a penchant for several overgrown farm tracks that might once just have been roads in the days of horse and cart. I refuse to be enslaved by an inefficient bit of software. I still use a printed map.
UK government responds to post-Brexit concerns and of course it's all the fault of those pesky EU negotiators
Wifinity hands customers bills for Wi-Fi services they didn't want but used by accident after software 'glitch' let 'fixed term' subs continue
MPs charged with analysing Online Safety Bill say end-to-end encryption should be called out as 'specific risk factor'
I presume that government ministers will not use their scrambled telephones. GCHQ can lay off half its staff because there will be no cipher traffic to monitor and let's re-establish Civil Censorship of the mails in case anyone has the temerity to send a coded letter.
(With memories of my late mother who worked for part of the war excruciatingly censoring the Irish mail)
Assange extradition case goes to UK Home Secretary as High Court rules he can be sent to US for trial
Thought NHS Digital's wind-down meant it would stop writing cheques? Silly you. It's gone on an IT buying spree
Sovereignty? We've heard of it. UK government gives contract to store MI5, MI6 and GCHQ's data to AWS
Sharing medical records with researchers: Assumed consent works in theory – just not yet in practice
Take no notice of patient opt-out
Years ago I opted out of having my medical records shared beyond the local surgery. Recently I find that the hospital, the duty doctor that 111 put me in touch with, all have access to my medical records, they can read my prescriptions, tell me the results of blood tests, etc. So much NHS regard for patient opt-out.
I was wrong to have opted out, for the local sharing of information is very much to my advantage. However, this shows how poor and meaningless privacy is to the NHS and our choice matters not a fig to them.
Bristol's bus stops can run Chrome and Internet Explorer, but no, Windows and public transport do not mix well
Family wrongly accused of uploading pedo material to Facebook – after US-EU date confusion in IP address log
It's official – Google AI gives you cancer ...diagnosis in real time: Neural net can spot breast, prostate tumors
Wondering why 'Devin Nunes herp-face' was trending online? Here's the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him
Re: "out of security concerns"
"What makes me laugh is how many Americans refer back to the evil actions of the British Empire without admitting they have taken over the reins and extended them."
I've never actually forgiven them for kicking out my royalist ancestors from Boston when they were just a bunch of terrorists seeking to overthrow their lawful government.
Re: paper records
Yes. As I sat in front of the consultant last week as he gazed at the screen in front of him and then thumbed through a three inch fat file to see when I had last been operated on for cancer in another hospital in another city, I was glad that he had 25 year old records he could read.
Re: Judicial precedent for refusing to continue ...
I don't think that Her Majesty would take kindly to being included in the executive. "Pardon" can be the royal prerogative of mercy, or by Order in Council on the advice of the Privy Council, or it can be exercised by Act of Parliament (the legislative).
Think of us old farts with dementia who can't even remember their own phone numbers. What's wrong with using my name backwards, at least I can remember that. Password managers need passwords to start and then they disappear when most needed and when the browser and password manager both offer different passwords for a site I despair. Commercial sites that demand weird passwords should remember that I am the customer and if I choose 123 as my password, then the customer is always right.
Guilty until proved innocent
This is just an example of how much the police attitudes have changed over the years. They now employ a machine, which is programmed to assume that all people are guilty until found to be innocent, (or not found at all). I await with anticipation the first libel action against AI
After the war Japan used to make cheap tin-plate toys which fell to pieces within a week or so. As a result I regarded anything Japanese as total rubbish until I started doing business with the country. I had to rapidly change my prejudices; I'm not going to make the same mistake about Chinese technology.
In the part of Scotland where I spend some time there is no DAB signal, nor a terrestrial TV signal for that matter and the mobile phone signal disappears more often than not. And no, there is no public phone box since BT took it away because no-one used it - because BT never emptied it so you couldn't get any more money into it.