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AUTO-Routes December 22, 2004

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Just read this disturbing piece of text about a forecast for 2050 when cars will drive themselves along motorways until the desired exit is reached. Meanwhile the so-called ‘driver’ can sleep or do whatever as the car speeds along paying tolls, etc as required. Worrying to say the least. Sometimes I just don’t think that I’m cut out for a career in technology; sometimes I think the world is just loosing too much grip on the simple things that make life worthwhile. “There’s a storm coming”, time to make a Stand. source: Irish Times

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Farnsworth: “Good news everybody” December 21, 2004

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Great news from the ESRI (for once). It looks as though the current growth in jobs is set to increase into 2005. Opportunity presents! source: Irish Times

In other news the ombudsman is at loggerheads against the government with respect to the health service and old people not receiving the free care they are entitled to. source: Irish Times Has hell frozen over or is the media just being positive because it’s Christmas?

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Software Patents – Something Fishy? December 20, 2004

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Hmm, software patents; the debate has been going on for some time now. As somebody involved in IT you’d hope that a learned opinion and decision making process would be employed to make a judgement on such things. That’s exactly why I am delighted to say that the Eu’s final decision on this matter will be “rubber stamped” at the meeting of Agricultural and Fisheries Commission tomorrow??? source: The Register

Downloads Never Pay? December 17, 2004

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Those in the music industry who campaigned against downloadable music and the horrible plague that it supposedly set upon artists (cough record producers cough) probably never expected that when the show went legit that Apple alone would have sold over 200 million songs since they put their iTunes service live (working out at about 4.7 million songs per week). The fate of MP3 has been sealed but not in the way that many in the music industry wanted. Now where’s a good place to get me an iPod? source: The Register

Live Longer – Have a Polymeal! December 17, 2004

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Briefly heard about this on the radio on the way to work this morning. It seems as though the secret to a longer life has been found in a simple 3 course meal. Ah yes, the ingredients and the menu have been provided for you to extend your life by ~5 years. Happy Christmas and enjoy your garlic icecream! 🙂 source: Irish Times

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Fly By Wire-less December 16, 2004

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The FCC in the US have voted in favour of providing wireless hi-speed network access to passengers on flights. Now people will be able to surf the web and check e-mail while they fly between destinations. Makes sense really but would make you wonder about why they still tell you not to use mobile phones on planes. Thanks to John H for the link. source: ABC News

Leeching the State December 15, 2004

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Bertie has said that the potential fiasco surrounding Minister Cullen and Monica Leech will have options looked at. Well, I know I’ll sleep sounder now knowing that options are being looked at rather than investigations taking place. I think the whole thing is very simple to assess and I sure wish I was getting Eur 1200/800+VAT per day for my work but then again there are just a few things that I wouldn’t do for my country… source: Irish Times

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GMC December 8, 2004

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No not the car company but rather GM Cocaine as in genetically modified cocaine. Yes the cocaine producers of this world need to increase their harvests and produce steady crops. This latest development has resulted in coca plants that are supposedly twice the normal size. I’m sure somebody will be happy… source: The Register

IFRSA Report on Overcharging December 8, 2004

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The IFSRA report on overcharging in AIB was released yesterday and I’m sure was welcomed by the public. It provided no let-off for AIB in any way and totally placed all blame upon the group for not acting before it did. The report details that many senior management personnel knew about the overcharging for years but neglected to do anything about it. Doesn’t sound like a bank that cares about its customers. Many other people will testify anecdotal evidence of other flaws but it’s only when these things go public that people really hear about them. The Chief Executive (Michael Buckley) was on the Last Word (Today FM) last evening doing an interview with Matt Cooper. He denied all knowledge, guaranteed that nothing like this would ever happen again and vowed to put the unclaimed money from overcharging towards a “public interest” to be decided. I sincerely hope that this public interest has nothing to do with some monument or sign that gives the bank a place in history as a contributor to society, that just wouldn’t be an accurate reflection on the case at hand. In my opinion the unclaimed monies should be offset against bank charges for AIB customers for the next 12 months. Not much benefit to each customer in general but it’s the point that customers should be the one’s who benefit when they were the one’s who suffered. Not every foreign exchange customer is an AIB account holder but it’s a start towards reconciling this situation. I await the next news of mysterious goings on… More details in the Irish Times

IBM PC Sold December 8, 2004

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Update on a previous posting about IBM’s sale of their PC unit. It has just been announced that a deal has been signed with a Chinese company (Lenovo) for $1.25 bn. source: The Irish Times

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