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Killed Someone Because Of Your ‘Mobile’?

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, England, European Union, Mobile Phone, News, Police, Teens, Traffic with tags , , , , on 01/01/2017 by floroy1942
Texting While Driving - Sheer Madness!

Texting While Driving – Sheer Madness!

These days people are addicted to their mobile phones. How often do you get someone who bumps into you in a shopping centre or on the street because their whole attention is on texting on their mobile? I see it almost daily, and the majority are young people. Drivers in town or on the motorway can often be seen on their mobile while driving, and it causes many accidents and deaths because their whole attention is not on the road.

In Britain alone more than 17,000 people were taken to court last year for using their mobile while driving, and that is only a fraction of those that do it. The number of accidents, and deaths on the roads has skyrocketed since the introduction of mobile phones. So what do we do about it?

I’m of the firm opinion that legislation should be introduced that prevents the use of mobiles while driving. There have been various attempts by governments to limit this situation, notably in California USA with fines, but are they enough? The British Department for Transport is pushing for all mobiles to be blocked when a vehicles engine is switched on. I think this is a good idea which could well save many lives.

I am sure that if someone needs to make a call they should pull over and turn off the engine so the phone will work again. Once the call has been made they can continue.

There is however one problem that must be overcome, and that is the use of navigation systems that are on many mobiles. I am sure however that this problem could be solved. The most important thing is to prevent incoming calls and using the phone to make a call.

It would not be difficult with today’s technology to have a small item installed in the car that will prevent incoming and outgoing calls, text messages and data. I believe the sooner these methods are installed the better it will be for road safety. It must be law that your car or truck have one of these items installed, with very severe penalties for those who do not.

The introduction of such a device on new cars would be no problem, but those already on the road must have it installed within a certain time limit. Those who do not abide by this rule must either receive a heavy fine or have their car taken away from them.

Road deaths have increased tremendously since the introduction of the mobile phone and it is easy to say that such measures are somewhat authoritarian, but just imagine how many lives would be saved. I am sure those people who have lost family members due to such an incident would agree.

When you drive it is essential to have your full attention on the road ahead of you.

The Pokomon Frenzy

Posted in America, Britain, England, European Union, Insanity, Mobile Phone, Modern World, News, Police, Teens with tags , , , , on 09/10/2016 by floroy1942
Playing While Driving - You could Kill Someone

Playing While Driving – You Could Kill Someone

I couldn’t believe what I read the other day about a Pokomon player waltzing into a stranger’s house. When questioned by the Police he said he was playing Pokomon and searching for monsters. This is not an isolated case for it has happened before.

There have been nineteen such incidents in Norfolk England alone in the past few weeks. The Police have registered assaults, driving offences, noise nuisance and thefts in July and August alone.

What is it with these fanatics who think they can do as they please just because they are playing a game on their mobile? Have our youth lost all sense of reason over a stupid game?

The Police have arrested people driving erratically while playing the game and it makes me wonder how long it will be before someone gets killed.

Roy.

Walmart Revisited

Posted in America, Britain, British Humour, Canada, England, European Union, Mobile Phone, News, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 19/04/2016 by floroy1942

For some reason Walmart seems to attract the strangest of people. Here is another look at their customers.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this. ‘Til next time!

Roy.

Apple Fleecing Their Customers?

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Mobile Phone, Modern World, News, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 10/03/2014 by floroy1942

I have always known that Apple products are ridiculously expensive, but an article I read today really brings home how much profit the company is making on its goods.

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S

The example given was for the Apple iPhone 5S 16G model which gives Apple a staggering 41.4% profit on each item sold. The production cost of this phone, which is sold in the UK for £549, is a mere £129. This includes the research and development costs, marketing and distribution, and VAT.

IPhone costProduction of the other models with greater memory capacity like the 32G and 64G versions give the company even more profit. The 32G model sells for £629, an increase of £80 for the extra memory, but the production costs are only £6 more than the 16G model. The 64G phone costs consumers an extra £160, at £709 with only a difference of £12 in production costs over the 16G model.

It used to be argued that Apple products were more stable and reliable than other manufacturers, but is that still true today? For many, to go that extra mile and buy an Apple product was worth it because they were superior to other models on the market, but those days are now long gone. With stiff competition coming from companies like Samsung, it is now more a question of getting value and reliability for your hard-earned cash.  In the past this has always been a good reason to buy from Apple.

I must admit that both my wife and I have iPhones, but there is now a big question mark over whether we will buy another one. My phone has been exchanged for a new one three times because of problems, and my wife has had hers changed twice. So to be honest, reliability is not a very good reason to continue.

There is little doubt that you cannot fault Apple on their product guarantee service, for there is no haggling or being brushed off with excuses, the item is exchanged for a new one on the spot. For this I applaud the company, for there are few with such a good reputation in this area. It can be argued however, that with such a huge profit margin they can afford to do this.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

In my view, since the demise of Steve Jobs the company has gone downhill in many ways, the most important being reliability. Apple is trying to pack too much technology into their phones. These days they can do just about everything except fry an egg.

It is a fact of life that the more technical things become, the more things can go wrong. I believe manufacturers should remain aware of this. But you see, it is the march of progress, and each company must come up with new gadgets to beat the competition. When I had my 3S phone I kept it for four years without a single problem, but ever since I upgraded I get problems, hence having it changed three times under the guarantee.

Too Much Technology Can Lead To Crash And Burn!

Too Much Technology Can Lead To Crash And Burn!

There can be little doubt that feeding the gadget hungry young people of today will continue with companies like Apple, and eventually we may well be able to fry an egg with the phone, but it will all come crashing down when people realise that reliability is also important.

Roy.

Website Causes Another Tragic Teen Death

Posted in America, Britain, Child Discipline, Children, England, Mobile Phone, Parenting, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 06/08/2013 by floroy1942
Bullied To Death At 14

Bullied To Death At 14

I was appalled today to read of yet another teenager who committed suicide because of abusive messages received over a teen chat website. What is it about today’s teenagers that makes them send cruel, heartless hate messages to others over the internet? It seems that bullying has reached new depths of depravity and hate that it is now driving young people to such depths of despair that it forces them to  take their own lives.

I refer to the case of 14 year-old Hannah Smith who was hounded to death through the website Ask.fm until in sheer desperation she hung herself in her parents home. According to reports, she was hounded for weeks prior to her death with messages urging her to kill herself. As you would expect, all the messages were anonymous and consisted of things like:  “u ugly **** go die evry1 wuld (sic) be happy.” –  “do us all a favour n kill ur self”. – “drink bleach” – “go get cancer” and “go die”.

Bullied To Death

Bullied To Death

There is no doubt that the internet can be a minefield for young children and teenagers who have not been properly schooled in  its use, and that goes for mobile phones too. Hannah is not the only one to have taken such drastic action to escape the anonymous hate of others on this particular website. A year ago  Irish teenagers Ciara Pugsley, 15, from Leitrim and Erin Gallagher, 13, from Donegal both took their own lives after being subjected to on-line bullying, and in April this year 15-year-old Josh Unsworth from Lancashire was found hanged in his parents’ garden. He had endured months of cyber-bullying on the website.

The website carrying these messages, Ask.fm which is Latvian-based, said in their Press release, “We are committed to ensuring that Ask.fm remains a safe, fun environment, and we have policies in place that empower our users to protect themselves and to invite our intervention when required. For example, all users can switch off anonymous questions in their privacy settings; and if they do receive a question that they don’t like or find offensive, they can block the user and decide to report the incident. All reports are read by our team of moderators to ensure that genuine concerns are heard and acted upon immediately. Ask.fm is fully compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.” I must admit that if I were running the company, I would make it impossible to send anonymous messages.

Cyber-Bullying Statistics

Cyber-Bullying Statistics

It does seem that the website has the standard safeguards in place but it is clearly not enough, for the question remains, why didn’t Hannah turn off anonymous comments or block offensive users? I guess it could  be morbid curiosity as to what the writer would say next, but it is more likely to be that teenagers today are just not mentally equipped to handle situations like this. In this I feel that parents bear a lot of responsibility for not preparing their child on how to handle such things. Mind you, to be fair, in many cases the children do not tell their parents of such things. I must say though, that if my two children were teens today I would warn them of such things before they even started with the internet.

A Typical Example OF Cyber-Bullying

A Typical Example OF Cyber-Bullying

It is estimated that more than 50% of children today are subjected to bullying of one form or another, and with the proliferation of teen chat websites like Ask.fm there is much more opportunity to those who feel the need the bully others.

Experts say that parents should look for certain signs in their children’s behaviour like suddenly becoming withdrawn, not wanting to go to school, or when a child or teenager who normally gets good grades in exams suddenly starts failing them. Even simple things like a lack of appetite or having trouble sleeping can be warning signs for parents that their child is having mental problems. The thing to do then is sit them down and talk about it. Sometimes it is necessary to press them a little to get the answers you want, for it is natural for many teens not to want to talk about such things as bullying, be it at school or via the computer or phone.

In this short film it is amazing how many people move away because they do not want to be involved. A terrible symptom of our modern society.

Physical Bullying In School

Physical Bullying In School

With the number of suicides constantly on the rise, I feel that it is time for legislative action by governments who must pass laws applicable to all social internet sites that make the ability to send anonymous messages against the law, and that every message is traceable back to its source. But it does not end there, for parents must also carry their share of the load by properly supervising a child’s internet usage and ensure they know what the password is so they can check intermittently what is being passed back and forth. By doing so they may discover early enough if their child is being bullied, or in fact if the child is him/herself a bully.

To be bullied, either at school or over the internet can be a traumatic experience for those in our society who are least equipped to deal with it, and that is why parents should remain aware at all times.

Roy.

The Internet Speed Farce

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Insanity, Mobile Phone, Modern World, Spain, UK with tags , , , , on 29/06/2013 by floroy1942

How fast is your internet? It came as no surprise to me that the speeds claimed by the internet companies bear no relation whatsoever to the actual. People like Vodafone, BT and all the others like to give us a rosy picture as to what speeds we can get, but thankfully, a European Commission has finally investigated these claims and are now telling us the truth: i.e. it’s a rip-off!

An Unmitigated Disaster

An Unmitigated Disaster

Here on the Costa in Spain my wife and I were assured by Vodafone that even though they advertise 30mb, where we live we would get at least 8mb with our ADSL broadband connection. So naturally you think, well, we can live we that and we signed up. More fool us! We have consistently got no more than 0.3 to 0.4mb! We have constantly complained about it but we might as well be talking to a brick wall for all the help we get. Here is a sample of recent speed test results:

TEST_DATE TIME_ZONE DOWNLOAD Mb UPLOAD Mb LATENCY MS
6/22/2013 1:11 PM GMT 0.38 0.07 39
6/22/2013 1:12 PM GMT 0.38 0.07 38
6/27/2013 7:03 PM GMT 0.26 0.07 49
6/27/2013 7:13 PM GMT 0.26 0.06 66

One of their ‘technician’s’, and I use the term loosely, told us the reason was that “our phone lines were dirty”! Those were his exact words believe it or not!

Vodafone Router - Rubbish!

Vodafone Router – Rubbish!

With the router supplied by Vodafone we are also supposed to get WiFi for the rest of the house, but do we? Do we hell! My wife sets her MacBook Air within two metres of the router and can’t get a darned signal! We complain, and once again the technician makes a house call but tells us there is nothing he can do and we need to buy a booster. So in effect we need yet another piece of equipment just to get a WiFi signal to travel six feet!

My wife found a write-up from Vodafone saying that they advertised 30mb because anyone living within 600 metres of the base station will get 30mb. Maybe, but anything over 600 metres and the speed drops like a stone.

Yes Dear, I know The Feeling!

Yes Dear, I know The Feeling!

This is just an indication of how modern companies are ducking the advertising regulations about truth in advertising. In a clothes shop, if one single item is sold with a discount of 50% they can legally put up large signs saying they give 50% discount.

The internet companies, as with all others, are also clever by using the ‘up to’ phrase that catches many people out. ‘Up to’ can mean anything from 1 byte per second ‘up to’ the figure they claim, and no-one will do anything to stop the lies.

The Commission found that across Europe, broadband speeds are on average 25% lower than those claimed by the Internet companies. That is a huge disparity in anyone’s language.

Broadband Speed Comparison

Broadband Speed Comparison

Those of us who are still relying on copper communication cables are fairing the worst, with just 63.3% of households getting anywhere near the advertised speed, and then probably only when you live across the street from the base station. Unfortunately, here on the Costa they have never heard of fibre optic cables and are still living in the stone age when it comes to modern technology. Most of the phone lines are owned by Telefonica who have a virtual monopoly in Spain, and to date they feel absolutely no compunction to update the systems. Hell’s bells, they have faster internet speeds in places like Ecuador, Bolivia  and Puerto Rico than they do here in Spain and that is mostly Telefonica there also.

It is interesting to note that the EU wants to get all households on speeds of at least 30Mbps by the end of 2013 and half on 100Mbps by 2020. Well all I can say is, so far as Spain is concerned – Good Luck with that! Dominic Baliszewski, from website broadbandchoices is quoted as saying, “Fast broadband is no longer a luxury and is now just as essential as a reliable electricity supply….”. I wish he would tell that to the internet companies, and in particular Vodafone Spain.

Francisco Román Riechmann, President of Vodafone Spain - Git yer finger out matey!

Francisco Román Riechmann, President of Vodafone Spain – Git yer finger out matey!

I am well aware that in the north of Europe, Vodafone is a valued company that provides a reasonable service to all its customers, but the hierarchy really need to get a grip of the useless, incompetent, and lazy individuals who work for their Spanish company, for they are an unmitigated disaster in every sense of the word.

They Can't Even Maintain 3G or WiFi For The Damned Phone

They Can’t Even Maintain 3G or WiFi For The Damned Phone

They cannot even maintain a reasonable phone WiFi service, including 3G, which goes off at the drop of a hat. We regularly have no signal for the mobile phone when we are out which can cause extreme aggravation and stress. Yesterday my wife was at the post office in Marbella to pick up some money and had stored the necessary number, required to pick up the money, on her phone. There we stood at the counter with the form filled in and guess what? No WiFi or 3G signal on the bloody phone. We were forced to leave the post office and go across the road to a cafe and use their WiFi to get a signal – in the middle of Marbella! Then we could go back in and join the queue again! The sheer incompetence of Vodafone Spain just cannot be adequately described.

Idyllic Really, Well It Would Be If They Provided Reasonable Internet Speeds!

Idyllic Really, Well It Would Be If They Provided Reasonable Internet Speeds!

Unfortunately for us here on the Costa, where we are there is no alternative company because they are the only one that serves our area, with the exception of the many WiFi companies that abound here for the holiday makers and who’s speeds are even worse. I guess we must hope that somehow the European Commission can find a way to shake the cobwebs out of this country and get it moving forward into  modern times. Mind you, I’m not holding my breath!

Roy.

Come Back Steve Jobs – Apple Needs You!

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Mobile Phone, Modern World, Spain, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 21/05/2013 by floroy1942
RIP Steve

RIP Steve

I don’t know about you, but I think Apple has gone downhill like an uncontrollable landslide since Steve Jobs passed away. When he was alive, you knew instinctively you could trust their products as being extremely reliable, even if they were very expensive, but you got what you paid for. Nowadays, I’m afraid the Apple image has slipped drastically in my estimation, for they are not at all reliable these days.

iPhone

As an example, I had an iPhone 3S for a very long time and never had a problem with it, but ever since I replaced it with the 4S I have had nothing but trouble, and exactly the same goes for my wife who replaced her old phone with the iPhone 5. My 4S phone has been replaced free of charge a total of 3 times due to problems with it, and my wife’s 5 model has been replaced twice, also because of problems. A further example is that my wife has had to take her recently bought MacBook Air back to the shop three times so far to have faulty components replaced.

Despite all that hassle, we bought an Apple Airport Extreme a couple of days ago for her laptop to boost the almost non-existent Vodafone Wi-Fi signal we pay a fortune for, another bone of contention. Just two metres from the Vodafone box and she cannot get a reliable Wi-Fi signal.

The Airport box was described by the salesman in the Marbella outlet as very simple to install. So far so good! We spent three hours yesterday trying to get our two computers and my wife’s laptop connected, all to no avail. Today we tried again for a further three and a half hours, again without any progress.

Bloody Automated Answering Machine!

Bloody Automated Answering Machine!

In sheer desperation, my wife tried to phone the shop and spent the usual five minutes talking to an automated reply system (don’t you just hate those damned things), and when she finally got to speak to a human she was told she should press 2 and not 3. The woman on the other end could not redirect our call so she had to redial. Again with the bloody machine for five minutes before getting through, and shortly after she did, the phone went dead! Try again! It took another two tries before she eventually got through and was helped. After about fifteen minutes on the phone trying various things, she was told that the box may be faulty and we should change it at the store. ERRGGGH! I don’t know if all Apple stores are the same, but at this one we had to make an appointment just to change the darned apparatus, so I am waiting to see what happens this evening.

All Those Little Electrons and Things.....??

All Those Little Electrons and Things…..??

By this time our blood was boiling, and I realized we should both have stayed in bed for the day, if only for the sake of our blood pressure. Neither my wife nor I are computer illiterate, for we both know our way around in computer systems, even if we are not technically savvy enough to know what actually goes on inside, you know, all those little diodes and other things. We are both capable of changing boards and such when required.

When it comes to modern electronic gadgets of all types, I find that systems are becoming much too complicated for the average customer to handle. Even adding what should be a simple device is becoming more and more difficult. Whatever happened to ‘Plug and Play’? Even phones today are so complicated you need a Degree in Electronics just to operate all the functions.

Nice Helpful People In The Apple Store Marbella.

Nice Helpful People In The Apple Store Marbella.

We have been in the Apple store in Marbella many times, and I must say the staff are, on the whole, extremely polite and efficient which does them credit, but the ever increasing number of faulty products must be costing Apple a lot of money. I must also compliment Apple on their exchange programme, for they are quick to recommend replacement of the product under the guarantee without any hassle.

I have no idea if the current poor reliability is because they are all assembled in China, or just poor design. All I do know, is that we will be thinking twice before buying another Apple product, and if many people go through our experiences I can see Apple’s share of the market falling rapidly.

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