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Comment No Wifi signal (Score 1) 99

1 I am in UK. I was 'offered' ( take it or we may disconnect you!) smart meter connection. I investigated how smart meter woul call home by landline or Wifi phone signal. It turns out the mobile phone company being used by utility does not provide a signal in my area and meter does not retune to another phone company who have a very poor but available signal in the area.
2. Final solution copy letter to my member of parliament, copy to utility supplier. No smartphone to be installed , old fashioned one left. hand read by man during 3 monthly visit.
3. Second problem, UK Government wants you to be able to change utility suppliers, smart meter can only work with one supplier as it is tied to their ISP, so to change utility supplier means old hand reading and a change of meter! Real mess up.No one phone company covers more than 80% of availlable households/companies by mobile phone signal. 90 % odd by different mobile phone companies which is why I use two phones to get cover at work and at home.Only the land line due to universal provision in law (like post office mail deliveries) can go to each 'registered dwelling'. This does not cover all 'business premises' who can only get landline by business agreement.

Comment Not coder but!.. Time. (Score 1) 100

1 I am not a coder or programmer or computer logic problem solver but I recognize the problem immediately.
2 I write 'words' for a living. These define consequences of compliance with {get paid!] or non compliance with [get lawsuit!] providing a 'machine to do a job'.
3 I work in two ways, as Case A) a 'per diem fee on site' OR at same rates hours offsite where I and only I say how many hours apply. Thus offsite work often thinking time 48 hours and 30 minutes writing a single paragraph gets billed as 48.5 hours devide by 7.5 hrs/day multiplied by per diem fee; and Case B) a fixed fee for job.My guess if this will pay or not estimated at estimated hours by a per diem of 180% of billed normal per diem (attendance) fee (allows for the unknowns that come up). If fixed fee not suitable to client I refuse job.
4 All professional jobs have as before described , thinking times, research time, learning time, solution development in the mind and then 'tool handling time' (the writing in my case). Folk get what they pay for. I get more work than I can handle so I guess my reputation for job and fees is OK. (A point I can never prove!)

Comment Re:Overlooking the true cost of computer hardware. (Score 1) 508

This is a big point. Running cost of an ISP or internet connection may be at expense of two or more day's meals! Also are you sure the students CAN receive an internet connection at home? Some areas are not served by ISPs because of credit risk or in some areas there is no connection. (Many Areas of UK have no internet connection faster that old slow baud rates of 1990s due to very long distance copper wires. Where i gre wup it was achoice of starve for two weeks to get a peid or old second hand shoes! Suggest you get all student to use a LIVE LINUX you supply, that evens the field of software and you have control of OS.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 246

QUOTEThey're more likely to be tied to Windows by tax software and the like.UNQUOTE
In UK, HMRC (Her Britannic Majesty's Revenue and Customs = Tax man) issues tax returns and Small Business tax return FREEWARE stuff in both Linux , Windows and Mac system formats. Free software for personal tax returns browser based and OS independent. Commecilal firms the limit for free HMRC software is number of employees at 10 persons (enough for about 30% of all UK firms). Commercial accountants can work in any OS as major UK bookkeeping software (basis of company accounts and thus transfer to tax returns) is available in Linux and other OS forms.


As I do banking and credit payments (letter of credit) between countries, a long time ago the banking indiustry standarised on CAPITALS to avoid problems, and enable secure teletext tranactions. These same conventions apply today. Without a caps lock, I could be unproductive for long periods and I would not estimate the finacial problems for my customers or their suppliers or payroll payments of a mistype.

Comment phone cost USD $3 per month. (Score 1) 129

1. I remain on old fashioned phones with only talk and SMS on a PAYG (Pay As You Go) scheme. 2. I use computer based data only via WiFi or Ethernet work, home or Public Wifi. My costs are about GBP £2 per month (say USD3 per month) fro phones (two of them on separate networks so roaming and dead spots are minimiseed) 3. I see no reason for a data phone or visual 'apps' outside my base (home,work or pub) 4. Maybe because I am a canny Scot I do not like transfering my cash to others. 5 Organise your life to suit your cash available.

Comment Re:Dear Microsoft. (Score 1) 133

Also make free update for Vista. Otherwise many seniors on old Vista machines (who would not or could not afford a new computer) are locked eventially in unsafe systems. While I can change a few to Linux most want their known old programs to work. I think Microsoft lost the ball in getting all on updated safe system with this omission.

Comment Perhaps to ? They will not depart to 5-eyes (Score 1) 105

1 I assume they will not go to USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada; or Germany (who while not the sixth eye are very close to it; and have or other internatioal major countries.
2. Perhaps to ? Let's have your guesses as they need to sell to paying customers

Comment Re:Yes, I'd be afraid of Amazon (Score 1) 110

I use local shops now (in a small village of about 8 to 10 thousand folk) to keep small businesses (and big UK) who are UK tax paying businesses in being. I now buy signifficantly less from Amazon (zero so far this tear of 2015). The are killing local businesses and avoiding paying their fare share of local taxes. Their mama management /remward is not so good, but 'just legal' to avoid prosecution. Also I do not have delivery slot problems, where I or wife had to wait in to receive parcel. (A major point!)

Comment Re:Not sure about that (Score 1) 274

The lady, the woman, The female , the wife, the wifman, "the queen" "the quine", all mean a female person but carry much detail depending on how used or translated as does the common English use of a definite "the" and indefinite "a" article in English which sometimes cannot be translated. For example the phrase "I would buy from that man" has at least two completely different meanings depending on empasis and pauses in speak; so a translater may not translate but replace with the meaning intended in the words of the language into which it is being translated.
"I; [pause!] would buy from THAT man!" (very negative, exclamation of rejection of the very idea )
"I would buy from that man" (positive)

The program isn't debugged until the last user is dead.