Deontology and why might software need it.

With the ‘real soon now’ promise of the driverless car, one has to wonder about the whole ethics of the programming the cars. Much has been said about the ability of these cars to avoid an accident, and whilst the ultimate goal when every vehicle on the road system will have communication between them and

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Britain’s voting system, not fit for purpose?

Back in the last century, during the emergence of the Liberal Democrats – many of the key players in the party and their supporters were saying that Britain should adopt the Proportional Representation system similar to that in most other European countries and move away from First Past The Post.  The then two leading parties

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When your ISP is leaving you in the cold….

So, with the availability of higher speed internet connections now in my village, I’ve been forced to concede that parts of my network are too old.  My faithful ASA firewall is now the bottleneck into the house.  According to the CISCO documentation it can cope with IPS rules with the additional module AIP SSC-5 up

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reCAPTCHA – making the internet un-usable since 2000

So, what is it all about – CAPTCHA (an acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”) – they say “CAPTCHAs play an important role in keeping the internet spam-free and making everyone’s experience a little bit better.” Which is of course complete bullshit. Let’s face it, how many times

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There’s 88,000 more reasons we just don’t like M.P.s

Following the previous M.P.’s expenses scandals, reports of another round of “don’t they do well for themselves” is showing with payouts to M.P.s for just not being re-elected.  Now they say “we’re entitled to one month of salary for every year we’ve served, up to a maximum of six years or £33,000″.  Surely this yet another case

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Pending legislation against the lower paid in London

For over twenty-five years I’ve worked in IT.  I’ve physically worked in the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Israel, Hong Kong to name just some, and remotely in many more countries.  Over the years one common factor in IT is the amount of work done out of normal hours.  After all, with IT systems

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Lies, Damn lies and Statistics

They say it’s all about the speed, when it comes to your internet connection, but your speed is of course only the potential speed you might get if you’re lucky get. In my previous post about finally getting vDSL connection I posted a couple of figures I got in the first few days of my

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Fibre or FTTC reaches New Ash Green

So, according to the BT Openreach team (yes it took two of them), I managed to be the first to get Fibre To The Cabinet Broadband connection connected up to our cabinet yesterday. So, having started with PSTN dial-up, then ISDN, then ADSL and ADSL2+ I’ve reached new heights of speed both up and down

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