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Not news: Microsoft still scummy.

April 26, 2018

With a nod to boingboing and this:

I’m in complete agreement with the analysis here, that Microsoft’s actions here are completely in error and they have placed profit before responsibility.

On the other hand, why Eric Lundgren chose not to hand out Ubuntu* install discs does need questioning.

* In the interest of impartiality, there are other pre-built Linux distributions available which are aimed at users not techies.


National Trust … disappointed.

August 6, 2017

While mountain biking today, someone claiming to be a National Trust ranger said we “shouldn’t be here” and “we were doing the sport no favours”. The irony was we were on Black Crag near Skelwith. Looking at my map of the area indicates there are no access rights for any person. The area is open moorland, uncultivated and used for grazing of sheep and cattle.

This isn’t a case of “the cyclist on the footpath”, as there’s no footpath up there. Footpath in the legal sense of the term.

It seems to be that organisations like The National Trust seem to be perpetuating this “image problem” because it serves their own end of encouraging access to their land only for people who support their own views.

The National Trust seems only to notionally tolerate mountain bikers, over the years many of my favourite routes have been changed from challenges to smooth and wide motorways. The NT seems to be ignoring that there are bikers willing to make the extra effort, and achieve the levels of fitness to ride bikes to away from the crowds and bustle, all for enjoying what the British countryside wilderness has to offer.

In my view the NT ranger is doing the NT no favours, going around making unverified and arbitrary statements like that. It only serves to make the NT look poor from my point of view. I would be disappointed and saddened if this was genuinely the view of the NT.

I do not feel it is appropriate for NT rangers to risk disturbing the peace by making comments like that. I fear they are putting themselves at risk, especially with people who tend to be physically fit, and wear body armour. I would be saddened and disappointed if an NT employee got hurt because of this irrational need to confront people.

I’m going to close the “allow comments” because I haven’t the time or energy to de-bunk the usual nonsense claims made of mountain bikers. If the NT wanted to limit and contain trail damage, they would prevent another drop of rain from falling from the sky.

As a sport, mountain biking is here to stay. You can suck it up, or embrace it. The choice is yours.

You sir, are a buffoon.

January 7, 2016

On the grounds you’ll never enforce the legislation you are suggesting, therefore it’s pointless and redundant from inception.

As a road user, on both four wheels, two wheels etc I have always felt that cycle lanes are dangerous because they bring cyclists in to potential confrontations with motorised vehicles. Given the contemporary increase in the interest in cycling there will be greater numbers of cyclists who lack the experience of joining faster-moving traffic.

My solution is so simple it’s hidden in plain sight; remove all cycle lanes so there are no points where cyclists are merging in to motorised traffic.

Therefore car drivers will have to share the roads, as they are obliged to do so. Similarly, cyclists will have to share the road, and because there are more of them now that task will be made easier.

ST Professional Plumbing And Heating responds to security concern with “blah blah”.

February 12, 2015

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Suppose you are concerned about your fancy internet-connected home appliance. You might have seen that film in 1995 called “Hackers”. Therefore, you voice your concerns to the supplier. If your supplier was a professional, the supplier might say that every precaution is taken to reduce and mitigate the risks. The supplier might even say there is a report available from an independent tester which shows the security of the system.

On the other hand, I present the example shown here where the supplier (that’s ST Professional Plumbing And Heating of Flookburgh, Cumbria) say “blah blah” to your concerns. They seem to think that you must ‘take their word for it’ in their arrogance. I wonder if they are suggesting that the average man on Clapham Common is unable to understand and consider the risks.

I will not be employing them, ever. I ask you to consider the nature of the company you are considering employing in the future. It’s not national security at risk. It’s your personal security, and when you are in your own home it is your castle. I believe that when you are in your own home, you need to put the security of your family and yourself first.

As a side-note, I would expect that the people in charge of national security have probably got it sussed by now.

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Cheers Hammond!

January 26, 2015

The BBC’s Top Gear is back for another series, they are spoiling us with 10 episodes.
That’s not (exactly) why I’m here in front of my computer, although Top Gear is certainly entertaining.
What I’m actually here is to express my disappointment over Richard Hammond’s “shouty angry man act”. I ride a bike to work, and I’ve seen some inconsiderate and dangerous driving (from drivers and cyclists alike). Perhaps it’s a symptom of age (although he’s about five years older than I am) but I felt his yelling and cussing did nothing to improve the image of cyclists.
I find that a directed look of calm derision is much more effective at making me feel better, rather than chasing the driver down and tearing a strip off him or her.

I also felt Hammond’s occasional cycling-in-the-door-lane sets a poor example. I’d want to be further away from the door of the parked cars, experience teaches this sort of thing just as well as the UK’s Highway Code.
(Highway Code, rule 67 paragraph 2)

Having the tools is not the same as using them.

January 19, 2015

In a first of its kind case a student accused of attempting to pirate the 3D movie Gravity has been completely cleared by a court in the UK. The presiding judge said there was absolutely “no legal basis” for the case and instructed the jury to find the 28-year-old not guilty.

The muppets at FACT are particularly petulant in their response, because people never take cameras in to the cinema. Nope, never happens, right?
(I’m deliberately mocking how most cinema-goers will take their camera-equipped mobile phone with them, and often use it during the show)

Being more practical about this case, if the student in question had intended to record the film then I understand that the alignment of the two cameras in terms of the precision in convergence would make the enterprise prohibitively difficult.

When I worked in the cinema industry (which seems like a long long time ago) I interrupted a few people with various cameras and mobile phones. Not because of the potential for piracy, but because it was against the admission policy on mobile devices. At the time people were downloading films from the internet, as they do today. Why take the risk and record it yourself? Lunacy.
By the way: Happy new year! I have been in full-time employment since September 2014, so I have less time to write compared to when I was working a part-time job in between leaving the cinema industry and now.