Meddling Prince Charles Embarrassment

Meddling Prince Charles Embarrassment to Royal Family

Meddling Prince CharlesFuture King Declares his Poltical Views

The last time that a British monarch set foot in the house of commons, his head was chopped off. The result of which lead to the formation of the Republic of England. England did not return to a monarchy for the better part of a decade, perhaps it is now time to return to those days.

Republic of Great Britain

Should it ever be declared that the United Kingdom should be converted into a republic, it seems by necessity that the title of United Kingdom should dissolve. A Kingdom by definition requires a monarch and by replacing the Monarch of Britain with a republic, this would be lost.

Changes to the way our political system works would have to be made; the House of Lords being more directly associated to the reigning monarch would need to be changed (really it does need to be changed already), to an democratically elected body.

Service to the people by the elected bodies of both houses of parliament would surely lead to more engagement by the people with their political figures. The people would start to regain the trust of the parliament, and the realization of the weakness of the use of a Monarch would become stronger by every day. The democratic republic of Great Britain would be formed.

Until that glorious day (which shall be a national holiday I am certain), we must put up with politicians being interfered with by many factors.

Prince Charles of Wales: The Meddling Prince.

Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the throne of Britain has been in the press for meddling in the affairs of others more than once. Lately his appearance has came in the form of meddling in the internal affairs of Parliament itself. Such actions should not be acceptable of a Prince of Great Britain, less so the future King.

Prince Charles has been accused by a spokesman for former Prime Minister Tony Blair as having been guilty of attempting to inter fear with the government’s strategies on a number of issues. These cover such wide scope as the British dealings with the Peoples Republic of China  to less urgent matters as genetically modified crops.  I am certain that the Prince has no qualifications that would make his unique insight into either of these matters relevant to the deliberations of the government.

Furthermore, in less than 10 months, he has been accused of meeting with no less than 9 ministers from the coalition government. This is a worrying number of secret meetings to have with political figures.

Secret Hand Written Letters.

The Prince of Wales is well known and has a reputation of having writing letters to anyone he feels needs to get a scolding off. A panel has been set up to consider the future role of the Monarch in Britain, and it has suggested that the Prince needs to be open and transparent about his interfering in public affairs. Although I must admit, his interfering should really not be tolerated and should publicly apologize for his actions.

Future of Britain not a Monarchy

There are many people out there that will view this latest outburst by the Prince as a time to move away from a monarchy once and for all. It is a time to build a strong future for Britain, the first step is definitely becoming more democratic. Get rid of the house of lords as a nominated for life entity and get rid of the Monarchy. When we start electing everyone that represents us we have a chance to influence our own political future.

References
Financial Times

Can a universe be stored within a universe?

Can a universe be stored within that universe?

Universe MapCommon logic might suggest it is impossible to store the entire universe within the universe. Lets for now ignore the logistics of how one could actually move the whole universe to somewhere within that universe surely it would be a circular logic.

The origin of this thought pattern appart from perhaps my general madness, comes from an article which I read at work the other day there. It was talking about the Digital Universe. That being the collective storage of all electronic information globally.

Expansion of the Universe

What we shall do in this line of thought is neutralize the assumption that the universe is growing and infinte. My reasons for this decision is because the physical universe is expanding, and the digital universe is also expanding. In fact, the article in question expects that this year, we will generate 1.8 ZettaBytes of additional data. A quantity so huge that we would need enough iPads to build the great wall of china, but at twice the height of the normal Great Wall of China.

To Scale Modeling

Alright, so we have at least enough storage to store the great wall of china physically to scale. How far can we take it, within that storage facility lets place 3d modeled graphics of everything to scale of 1:1. That is, if you build a box, 1 meter wide, by 1 meter high in your 3-d graphics world, if you were ot output it on a 3-d printer, you would end up with a 1 meter wide, 1 meter high box.

Now, taking the storage capacity of the world, against a 1:1 model of an object, we should be able to establish what the ratio of the digital universe to the physical universe is.

Sentient Life

Fundamentally, all life comes down to motion of electrical signals and reactions from those signals. Now, as a programmer I know that we could emulate this process, so if we were to integrate the raw physics of the universe to our 3d-model of the universe, we would great what would appear to be a working model of the entire universe to the point that life within it surely must achive sentient status.

So we can create an entire duplicate of our universe, fully working in digital form. In theory at least, the logic involved in making this work would cost a fortune and I can imagine we may encounter many ethical questions about doing it in the first place. Would it be ethical to create sentient life which we can destroy entire civilizations with just by hitting the power button?

British Medical Association on Quality Premiums

British Medial Association does not trust Quality Premiums.

British Medical AssociationBritish medial association and the NHS Reforms.

The British medial association (BMA) has openly criticized the quality premiums section of the NHS reforms. They fear that the changes proposed by the unthinking government could be seen as paying doctors to not treat patients. The British Medical Association has had the response of “we’ll review it” by the Department of Health. The department of health has stated that they will reward commissioning bodies for improving health care. That could not be a more vague term of course.

They have instead stated that great care will be required. I am not entirely confident in the Department of Health’s ability to run a massive operation with ‘great care’.

Damaging to Trust

The British Medical Association has stated that if the reforms are to go ahead without a serious consideration of the opinion of the public, it will damage relationships. Patients may find themselves in the belief that doctors are fobbing them off instead of referring them for the medical treatment they badly desire in order to make a quick buck. It is much like the NHS Direct telephone support, consumer confidence in that is not too great I know from my family’s experiences of it.

This comes during a time when confidence in the conservative party’s leadership is low. The British Medical Association has already placed a vote of no confidence in the Health Secretary earlier this year. They can only hope that the government strategy to involve many players in the deciding of what bodies are suitable for the quality premium: overseers, patients and doctors and presumably the British Medical Association will play a part in that too. They say that no health care system can provide what everyone wants, cant it really? Surely everyone wants a clean hospital, clean doctor and to have access to the treatment for the problem they have? Is that really so unattainable? If so we seriously need to reconsider the strategy of the NHS in a cross party basis.

References
Financial Times | GPonline

Social Media Report Background Checks in USA

Social Media Background Check for Employers

Background Check FingerprintIn the United States, a company setup ran by Max Drucker has been given the authority to use social media as a legitimate background check for employers. This poses a few problems for the general public and leaves the United States employment service open to a huge number of risks.

How it works.

The social media background report would need to look up your details and make a best guess about that person. Lets take the company ceo as an example.

Max Drucker quotes:

“move ti reno if your trying to…”

bertos, gym, work, sleep

So what can we tell from this? Well clearly Social Intelligence CEO Max Drucker has very poor english skills. Lets put that into his record. His photo is of a group, we’ll have to assume that he was at a drug induced frat party. Now lets give him an employability score. Well, unfortunately we do not wish to have drunk drugies working for us, we can no longer consider his application. Now we must send a rejection letter.

Privacy?

What, you think that it breacheas privacy? I completely agree. I would also encourage that Facebook work with the people to block out their service to prevent any missrepresentations of an individual to employers. The decision to use this kind of service as an employer should not be undertaken lightly. Deny the wrong person a job they were suitible for and you may find yourself at the wrong end of a class action lawsuit for misstreatment of the individuals privacy.

The United States seriously needs to think about what kind of a country they really want to be. This kind of company starts moving them deeper into commuism and they are already far from being a great honourable country.

References
Consumerist | SIC

Senior Aid to David Cameron meets Grim Reaper.

Grim Reaper Strikes Glastonbury – Political Aid to The Prime Minister Killed

Death has arrivedSuspicions are likely to be high amongst those that have found out. Death at Glastonbury but it is no ordinary citizen, the deceased was a freind of David Cameron and chairman of the west Oxfordshire conservative association: Christopher Shale.  He has been described as a close political ally of the Prime minister and today David Cameron has made a statement which expresses that closeness. Describing him as ‘a big rock in his life that has been rolled away‘.

Suicide or Sinister?

The police have restricted access to the toilet area where the body was found.The have not yet indicated that it has been treated as supicious. They have suggested that this may have been a suicide. Was it really however, a senior political ally of the prime minister of Great Britain and father goes to a music festival to kill himself?

Perhaps something else is going on that is not quite being expressed to the world. The likelyhood of someone doing that does not seem high in my opinion.

Critism of Conservative Party

The discovery of his death suspiciously comes just hours after a leaked document indicated that Mr Shale had been highly critical of the conservative party in recent times. Stating openly that the party needed to radically change. Perhaps this opened up for some retaliation back against the man who wanted to change the party for the better? A more modern, liberal and accepting of change conservative party surely would make him quite a few enemies within the party itsself.

Time will tell…

The police are actively investigating the death and over time it is certain they will build up a true picture of what happened. Ultimately the truth always will come out.

References
Independant | Gaurdian | Gaurdian (2)

Facebook and how you can use it to make money

How to use Facebook to Make Money

Facebook PictureFacebook is big, Facebook is popular and Facebook is something you should be thinking about if you want to generate money.

They say that finding new customers is hard, and I can sympathies with that feeling. However in the case of social networking, facebook appears to be doing very well for itsself. Considering that they have managed to build a commercial success around what is essentially a brain dump onto a website is very impressive.

As a company however, why should you want to ignore Facebook? Would you ignore Google in your marketing strategy? I didn’t think so.

Statistics speak for them self, around 250 million people are logged into Facebook in any given day. With around 500million users considered to be active. As a business you want to make use of this huge amount of users. But you dont know how to go about it do you?

Facebook Pages

Lets get started by setting up a Facebook page. You need to set up one if you have not already. This is certainly the first place to start your Facebook marketing strategy from.  This is the starting point, you should be actively marketing it – have staff posting on it, link from your existing website to it. “like” it and share it.

Generating Likes

The key to developing a commercial strategy on Facebook is to have fans that like your products. Putting your products onto Facebook is important and there are a number of strategies that can be done to make this happen. E-Commerce developers can develop your website so that products are integrated to Facebook. You could even have your own full shop in place.  Integrating a shop into Facebook allows you to start accepting Facebook Credits as a payment method.

Custom Landing Page

Why not consider setting up a custom landing page? Redbull and Coca Cola have done it and done it rather well. Your custom page would make you stand out from that of your competitors.

Special Offers

Promote on Facebook only special discounts Dominos are very good at doing this giving special offers which are larger than through other channels.

What you can get out of it is that with an average user having 100 friends, if they comment on your special offer, or share it, and we assume that you have generated 100 fans of your page, then that a huge 10000 people are going to see your product or service. How much would it cost you to send a mail shot to 10,000 people daily? I’d wager it’ll cost more than spending a good few hours setting up a good Facebook campaign.

Employing this strategy will see a growth in your business, an inactive Facebook account has reportedly generated some of the big firms 60K site visits a month. Becoming active they could easily see that figure double.

Whats aspergers syndrome got to do with it?

Why does the media concentrate on mental illness in computer crime stories?

Scales of JusticeThe BBC has posted an article relating to Lulzsec. The article is titled ‘”Hacking suspect Ryan Cleary ‘has Asperger’s syndrome’“. The question is, what does Aspergers Syndrome have to do with it? They seem to put an overly large emphasis on the fact he has it almost like it is a discrimination against people with Aspergers Syndrome. The man is accused of commiting an attack upon the police servers. He may or may not have done it. The commenting on the fact he has a mental health condition is really irrelevent. Moreover it could perhaps be an invasion of his privacy.

This is not the first time that cases involving computerized crime have been reported by the BBC and others in a way that they highlight the mental health of the accused. The media should seriously reflect upon what it is writing as it may not be long before a law firm decides to bring the case to the attention of the courts and take legal action against them for so publicly observing the health conditions of people. It seems a double standard that screaming “Retard smashes window” would be considered in appropriate yet shouting “Ryan Cleary has Aspergers Syndrome” is completely fine.

Discrimination against Aspergers by the Media

Aspergers syndrome is a form of autism, which is characterized as being a condition which effects people’s ability to interact with others in a normal way. It is strange then that media seems to focus so heavily on it when computer crime cases come up.
The gaurdian also highlight the condition.

Extradition

It is even possible that he may be extradited to the United States much like the case of Garry McKinnon who hacked the pentagon and nasa’s computers for evidence of extra terestrial life. He equally had a similar condition reported. Both men could use medical treatment as a defense but this is a matter for the courts, his lawyer may even want to argue a defense on the basis of evidence. The type of attack used is typically used by “zombie” computers – machines infected with a virus to be used to attack a target without the knowlege of the user of the computer.

References
BBC News | Telegraph

British energy strategy: Go Wind, Water and Nuclear

British Energy Strategy is set for new Nuclear Power

EnergyOver at the department of energy and climate change, the government boys must be buzzing with shocking excitement. The new National Energy Policies have been laid down in front of parliament. The strategies which are looking to come into play seem to be quite promising for the UKs future energy supply. But not everyone is content with the proposals.

Gas and Oil Power

With green peace refusing to accept clean energy as a viable alternative to gas and oil, they will be pleased to hear that gas and oil power stations will be subjected to a carbon tax. This combined with plans to introduce carbon reclamation capabilities into these types of power stations to recycle and reduce emissions. The strategy sets out that the goal is a reduction in emmisions from the power industry in the region of about 36 % by 2020.

Green peace criticized this strategy and are proposing that we cover most of England with a humongous solar panel. Showing that Green peace really do not have an understanding how modern politics works nor how the energy requirements of a country need to be sustained in order for that country to operate an effective economy.

Nuclear Strategy

Recognizing that gas, oil and coal are finite resources, the government has looked to provide an energy policy which will see modern Britain with the energy to cope with a rising demand for energy. The plans are that the tax payer will not be funding the new nuclear reactors, and EDF Energy is seeking to construct five of them throughout the UK. The policy matches David Cameron’s statement that the existing policy is obsolete being written 30 years ago when the UK production of energy was excessive. It is a stark difference from countries like Germany, where they have opted to go nuclear free entirely producing energy from coal , oil and gas with a hint of sunshine.

Greenpeace have argued we have not learned our mistakes from Japan. With the Tsunami and earth quake strikes we get so frequently every…. actually come to think of it, have we ever been hit by a Tsunami in the UK? I guess the threat of a double natural disaster hitting our nuclear plans are rather low after all?

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy has made it into the policy as well, taxation of energy production will not apply to the renewable energy. However others are criticising the plan saying that the amount that would be generated by the strategy will fall far short of raising sufficient capital to replace our carbon emissions power systems with vast resources of renewable energy generation systems.

Not far enough for the consumer.

The proposals perhaps could have went further. In Sweden the energy policy has been proposed that at the consumer level, meters can be interpreted hourly. This allows for consumers to work out when to use high drain appliances more effectively ie during low cost periods of the day so they can reduce the amount they pay instead of getting hit by a huge bill because the appliance was running during a high spike price time. They propose making it easier to generate one’s own electricity and selling that back to the national energy grid. There are a number of companies out there which are doing this in the UK.

References:
Financial Times | The Times | DN |

Democracy failing? Support for governments weakens

Is democracy failing? Democratic support for the government weakens

graph negativeDemocracy in the Democratic World

Is democracy failing or is it merely a calm before a raging uprising of a highly proactive generation of liberal democrats? In the UK there has been a generation of pro labour and pro conservatives. The last general elections saw an incredible level of young people turning up to vote and what a shambles that was. It quite possibly put a great many off voting at the referendum.

Opinions on the democratic government.

Having a look further afield, it seems that in Sweden, the Swedes may be having doubts about their own government’s capabilities and losing faith in the leadership. Their mistrust and faith of the government and its departments however is generally much higher than that of the UK. However according to a study done by the Swedish State Treasurer, faith in the government over the last ten years has been eroded.

Improvement of democracy.

Sweden is attempting to address these remarks, in a public consultation they seek to find out what the public opinion on how various different agencies are doing their job. This kind of information should be interesting to review and may be useful to be conducted in the United Kingdom. The results of which should be used to improve customer services of the government.

You might be thinking shouldn’t they be doing this already, and well , yes understanding the people you represent in parliament surely must be a critical importance to being a political figure. But alas, they do not do it that way here in the UK.

References
DN

 

Global strategic war declared on governments against Internet Liberty

Dilbert Data SecurityRecently I wrote about the UK Government’s refusal to upgrade the ancient obsolete browser known as Internet Explorer 6 and how they were citing Security reasons for remaining on the ancient browser. With the British government yielding the current Internet Villian of the Year, then they must be confident in their security.

Lulzsec and Anonymous however may be about to put that security confidence to the test, the two hacking groups have joined forces in a joint operation that they are referring to as Operation Anti-Security. They have openly declared war against organizations, with a particular emphasis on Government and Banks (although I am not sure why they want to focus on banks) which are known to have dubious reputations in the internet liberties front.

Taking into account the governments highly controversial digital piracy laws which would see users and companies struck from the Internet for downloading unauthorized files I expect Lulzsec’s glare may shift towards the insecurity of the British Government. Who knows, perhaps they may in co-ordinating strategic attacks against the government awaken a sleeping generation of non voters prompting them to stand up and be counted at the next general election.

Suggestions that it may be a plot to give governments an excuse to take more control of the internet seem to be unfounded. The two groups have been increasingly becoming more high profile with recent attacks. The two groups if they play wisely, should stay away from attacking banks, despite the world distrust of the banking sector, people are still financially motivated. Removing access to financial information by striking down banks will lead to the general public siding with the banks and government instead. Keep it strategic and go after governments and a good population will not be unsympathetic to the cause.

References:
The Inquirer |  PCMag | iGyaan