8 posts • joined 26 Sep 2007
Opt out / more evil
You can apparently disable this - or "opt out of this social experiment". According to
"To opt out, visit http://www.google.com/experimental and click the Leave button for the experiment." Although it doesn't explain exactly what opting out means - will you still show up in other people's social searches?
Rather more spookily, the page also says "If someone you don't know shows up in your social search results, it's likely that they're connected to someone you do know." So not only are they looking up your friends, they're linking you to your friends' friends, or your acquaintances' boss/parents/ex.
Stop the real rip-offs
They should focus on some of RyanAir's more serious ways of ripping off consumers. Like charging £5 per person per flight for debit/credit card payments, when typical card processing fees are 2% (£1 on a £50 ticket). Plus the 50p levy imposed so that the company fulfils its legal duty to provide a service to the disabled - one charity reckoned 1p would be closer to the actual costs incurred. And the compulsory £5 fee for online check-in (or you can pay £40 per person per flight for check-in at the airport).
It's all a scam (and probably against EU rules) so they can claim to offer cheap flights but then add £25 tax and airport fees, £5 surcharge to insure the airline against terrorist attacks, £5 for checking in, £5 for paying for your ticket, £8 for luggage, £10 for getting to stupidly faraway airport, etc.
Far from not speaking, Tinkerbell in the book is noted for her rudeness and foul language. Her first words are "You silly ass" and she doesn't get any politer. I salute any company bringing sweary fairies to the nation's telephones.
Paris, obviously, because she is the Tinkerbell of today!
Human Rights Act
Sadly the HRA and European Convention on Human Rights are not a great deal of use. Article 10 (about freedom of expression) allows the government to limit freedom of expression in order to protect "morals" which is a fairly meaningless phrase with wide application; as long as some people believe BDSM is morally wrong the Government has the right to legislate. Article 8, about privacy, has a similar restriction on your freedom.
Advance over current Virgin On Demand?
The old Virgin catchup TV service is limited and badly-implemented. It often cuts off the first few seconds of programs, and offers less choice than the iPlayer. If the new system works properly it'll be a major improvement. If it works the same as Virgin's current offering, not so good.