Friday, 17 November 2017

Will you make sure there's enough for everyone this Christmas?


Children across South Sudan and Burkina Faso won't have enough to eat this Christmas. But you can make sure there's enough for everyone - and every pound you give will be doubled by the UK Government. 
  
At Christmas, a time of plenty, we come together with family and friends to celebrate, relax and often overindulge. So it feels particularly unjust that so many families will go without food, security and hope.


Most UK small businesses in the dark over GDPR


There is still much work to be done before UK SMEs are fully prepared for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

With the GDPR compliance deadline just over six months away, the UK’s small business community remains unsure about a number of related issues.

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are struggling to come to grips with what “personal data” really means, their customers’ new and extended rights, and whether the permissions they currently have to contact customers will meet the requirements of GDPR.


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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Kawasaki Z900RS - Official Studio Video



The much rumoured and eagerly anticipated 2018 model year machine christened the Z900RS is an up-to-date modern classic blessed with a multitude of references to the Z1, the machine that not only acted as a crucial stepping stone for Kawasaki as a brand but also changed the face of performance motorcycling forever.

Tagged a “Retro Sport” thanks to its RS moniker, the new Z900RS has been painstakingly created by Kawasaki’s styling department and factory engineers as an all-new machine.

There’s no place for fake in the lifestyle you choose. Kawasaki alone has the heritage to deliver yesterday’s values to today’s riders in a truly authentic Modern Classic bike. The visceral spirit of a 1970s legend – Kawasaki’s original king of cool Z1 – finds expression in the Z900RS, to satisfy the very essence of the rider you are now.

www.kawasaki.co.uk

Bought anything from Jewson recently? Hack exposes details of almost 1,700 customers


Builders merchant Jewson has confirmed in writing to customers that their personal data could have been exposed in a cyber break-in that occurred late this summer.

In a letter sent to customers – seen by The Register - Jewson stated: "As a Jewson Direct customers, we regrettably are writing to inform you that our website (www.jewsondirect.co.uk) has suffered a security breach and, as a result, your personal data including your credit/ debit card details may have been compromised."

The digital burglary is "likely" to have taken place on 23 August but was only discovered on 3 November. The website was temporarily shuttered on learning of the breach and remains closed. The ICO was then informed of the hack on 10 November. The hackers were seemingly left undetected for weeks, plenty of scope to do all sorts of mischief.

“We are commissioning a detailed and thorough forensic investigation into the breach. The investigations of the breach are ongoing,” the missive added.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Psalm 40 - let the Lord lift you up!


I waited patiently for the Lord;
 He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in Him.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Oregon's Exploding Whale! Well worth a watch!


The term exploding whale primarily refers to an event at Florence, Oregon in November 1970, when a dead sperm whale (reported to be a gray whale) was blown up by the Oregon Highway Division in an attempt to dispose of its rotting carcass. 

The engineer in charge of the operation told an interviewer that he wasn't sure how much dynamite would be needed, explaining that he was chosen to remove the whale because his supervisor had gone hunting. A charge of half a ton of dynamite was selected. A military veteran with explosives training who happened to be in the area warned that the planned twenty cases of dynamite was far too much – 20 sticks would have sufficed – but his advice went unheeded. The explosion threw whale flesh over 800 feet (240 m) away. 


Why Honda ditched the forks: 2018 Honda Gold Wing technology


Honda has revealed its new Gold Wing; shaving 42kg off the previous model, but now making 125bhp, it’s lighter, more powerful, has a seven-speed DCT (dual clutch transmission) gearbox - with reverse - and a unique suspension setup. 

Bennetts spoke exclusively to Yutaka Nakanishi, Large Project Leader of the 2018 GL1800…


Monday, 13 November 2017

New MOT reminder service launches in beta - GOV.UK


A test version of a new government service has launched to remind drivers by text message and email when their MOT is due.

The GOV.UK service, developed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), makes it easy to get a reminder every year when your vehicle’s MOT is due.

When you sign up, you’ll get a reminder:
4 weeks before your MOT is due
2 weeks before your MOT is due, if you still haven’t had it tested
You’ll also get alerts that your vehicle no longer has an MOT.

You just need the vehicle’s number plate (registration number) and a mobile phone number or email address. You’ll get a reminder every year until you unsubscribe.


Remembrance Sunday in Denmead


This year for the first time, we at All Saints Church, joined with the Parish Council, Scouts, Guides and other local organisations for a joint Act of Remembrance in the village. 

This began at 10.30am with a procession through Denmead from the Memorial Hall to the Village Green.  

At 10.55 we gathered at the Village Green for a Christian Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths. 

It was a lovely morning, a moving act of remembrance, & very well attended.



Saturday, 11 November 2017

An advent calendar with a difference - by Virgin Wines!


Christmas is too short for boring wine! Your calendar includes equal numbers of world-class Reds and Whites, a Rosé or two, Prosecco, even a festive Champagne treat…all from our highly coveted range.

Now in stock! Demand is currently very high, get in now to secure yours. Delivery is free and will take place within 48 hours of your order. Cheers!

Taste your way to Christmas with 24 individual, generously sized single serve bottles hidden behind 24 wine windows! Only £79.99 with free delivery.

Contact Andy Saunders at Virgin Wines, & tell him that Don sent you!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Facebook: "How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?"


Facebook’s founders knowingly created the site to exploit a “vulnerability in human psychology”, the social network’s founding president Sean Parker has admitted.

In a candid onslaught against the company that made him a billionaire, Parker talked about the understanding Facebook’s creators had about how the site manipulated its users:

"The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them [...] was all about: 'How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?'

The inventor of the Facebook Like: "There's always going to be unintended consequences"
"The inventors, creators – it's me, it's Mark [Zuckerberg], it's Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it's all of these people - understood this consciously. And we did it anyway."


Broadband and landline users to get automatic compensation


Householders who receive poor service from their telecoms provider are to get automatic compensation, the regulator Ofcom has announced.

From 2019 they will get £8 a day if a fault is not fixed, paid as a refund through their bill.

This is less than the £10 that was proposed when Ofcom began its consultation earlier this year.

Providers will also have to pay £5 a day if their broadband or landline is not working on the day it was promised.

If an engineer misses an appointment, they will have to give £25 in compensation.
Ofcom has estimated as many as 2.6 million people could benefit from the new rules.


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Deal of the day: LG 43" Full HD LED TV - £317.98



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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX - putting the "sport" back in sport tourer!


Leave everything you thought you knew about Sports Touring behind with the Supercharged Ninja H2 SX and Ninja H2 SX SE.

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Take 5 - to stop fraud


Many people may already know the dos and don’ts of financial fraud - that no-one should ever ask them for their PIN or full password, or ever make them feel pressured into moving money to a "safe account". The trouble is, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget this.

1) Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full banking password
2) Don’t assume an email, text or phone call is authentic
3) Don’t be rushed – a genuine organisation won’t mind waiting
4) Listen to your instincts – you know if something doesn’t feel right
5) Stay in control – don’t panic and make a decision you’ll regret


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Get Microsoft Office 365 for Education - for free!


It's not a trial! 
Students and teachers are eligible for Office 365 for Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools.

Students and teachers, get your free version of Office now
All you need to get started is to enter a valid academic email address here.


The Royal British Legion - Rethink Remembrance


The Royal British Legion have installed lines of the renowned poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ in iconic locations across the UK to launch the 2017 Poppy Appeal.

By re-creating John McCrae’s, the Legion aims to bring ‘In Flanders Fields’ into modern-day consciousness, encouraging the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present.


What is "The Cloud"?


From online storage, backup, applicationsArtificial Intelligence to distributed system, The Cloud is more than someone else's computer: it's the future!


Monday, 6 November 2017

Motorcycle Live - just two weeks to go!


All the new bikes! Motorcycle Live, the UK's biggest bike show, roars into action right on your doorstep in just under two weeks' time. There will be more than 40 manufacturers showcasing their brand-new machinery at The NEC, Birmingham, fresh off the back of this week's 2018 model launches. Book your tickets now to be one of the first in the UK to see them in the metal! 

Non-stop entertainment! The 17 FREE live features and events at Motorcycle Live include TEN opportunities to ride a bike. There will also be non-stop interactive entertainment, celebrity appearances, classic, custom and special manufacturer displays and the awesome FMX Live presented by Arenacross.  

Meet your heroes! The racing stars and motorcycling celebrities will be out in force at Motorcycle Live, with special guest appearances each and every day on the Black Horse Stage in the Eurosport Entertainment Zone. To view the full list, which is updated as new names are added, click here. 

Book now to save! Advance tickets are priced at just £19.50 per adult, £12 for Seniors, £1 for 11-16 year olds* and FREE for children aged ten and under (under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult). There is also a £25 advance ticket, which includes entry to the show and a Spada Gonzo bag worth £29.99**, plus you could win one of hundreds of prizes in the show's Golden Ticket promotion. 


Downloaded WhatsApp from Google Play recently? Better read this!


Users have spotted an extremely convincing spoofed copy of the popular WhatsApp messenger on Google PlayThe fake was downloaded by more than 1 million users, who instead of a messaging tool wound up with a bundle of ads.

According to Hacker News, the fake WhatsApp was nearly indistinguishable from the real thing thanks to an invisible space placed at the end of the developer’s name.

One of the security hounds discussing the case on Reddit pointed out that this was not an isolated incident, even for WhatsApp. A search for “WhatsApp” on Google Play currently shows no fewer than seven spoof apps using slight variations on the developer name “WhatsApp Inc.”, including versions with extra spaces, asterisks, or commas. All of them have four-star review averages, presumably thanks to industrial-scale subversion of Play’s review system.

Use this link to download the actual app.

Lenovo buys controlling stake in Fujitsu PC unit


Lenovo Group has agreed to buy a majority stake in Fujitsu Ltd’s personal computer unit for up to $269 million, in a bid to corner a larger share of a market that is battling weak sales as more people switch to mobile devices.

Having lost the world’s largest PC maker crown to HP Inc this year, Lenovo has been looking for ways strengthen its core business. 

“PC is still core of Lenovo. It is still a very decent market ... commercial customers will still use PC,” Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing said.


Street Pastors training day, and how to lead...


Kim, I, and over 200 fellow Street Pastors attended a day of  refresher training on Saturday 4th November at Kings Community Church Centre, Upper Northam Rd, Hedge End.

It was a great day & we covered various topics including: Prayer, spotting human trafficking and human slavery, the Biblical basis for Street Pastors, and team leader training.

While the whole day was very useful, I would particularly like to mention the excellent team leadership training - which was carried out by Simon Hester. This training referred to The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual, and cited Rick Rescorla - as a pattern of how to lead. There are three key words to sum up this invaluable training: Be, Know, Do.
1) Be of strong ethical and moral character (loyalty, integrity, discipline).
2) Know valuable skills and knowledge (technical and personal).
3) Do utilize the leadership skills to make a difference.

Apart from being a decorated war hero, Rick Rescorla was responsible for saving well over 2000 people on 11th September 2001. Watch These videos to find out more about Rick & what made him such a great great man and motivational leader.

Truly humbling and inspirational!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Like a delicious Higgidy pie? I know I do ;0)


I have just won another compo! The lovely people at Higgidy sent me an email stating: "We're pleased to let you know that you've won a case of pies in our monthly prize draw - hooray!"

Would you like to have a delicious lunch on Higgidy?

Every month they are giving away a case of pies (in the form of vouchers) to one hundred lucky winners!

To enter this month’s prize draw, simply sign up to their newsletter and keep an eye on your inbox. If you’re one of our lucky winners, they'll be in touch via email at the end of the month.

And to be in with a chance of winning the following month, just look out for the link at the bottom of their newsletter. Good luck!


Microsoft Future Decoded 2017 - ExCeL Centre, London


Microsoft Future Decoded offers an inspired vision of the digital business of tomorrow, with the tangible advice you need to drive your business forward today . Join the brightest decision makers, developers and IT pros to learn how digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud for good and digital skills can pave the way for business success. See what you can achieve at Microsoft Future Decoded.

Another ExCeL-ent (!) Future Decoded event. This is the third year that I have attended, and the first that I have been able to attend both days.

Some of my notes:

"The future of technology":
Stick em together, what have you got: this?

Business culture is key to digital transformation.
Business culture eats strategy for breakfast!
Change your culture & the rest can follow.
Don't adapt your business culture: prepare to fail!

Haiyan Zhang - Innovation Director @ Microsoft Research, Cambridge.
Emma can write again thanks to a prototype watch, raising hope for Parkinson’s .
Watch this video & keep a box of tissues handy!
A wonderful use of technology.

It's not a trial! Students and teachers are eligible for Office 365 for Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools.

Risual Corporate videos: 1, 2, 3. Enjoy!

Lets learn from Kodak.
1996 = 5th biggest company in the world.
2012 = Kodak filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection.
What went wrong? Digital Photography!
Innovate: or go with the dinosaurs...

Develop the digital skills you need to take one step forwards – whether in your career, your business or everyday life. With the Microsoft UK Digital Skills Programme there's a course for you whatever your level. From 7 to 70, digital novice or digital professional, we have the resources to help you grow your digital knowledge.


Monday, 30 October 2017

Fancy a real treat for halloween? Ghostwatch!


It was billed as a spoof, but many of Ghostwatch's 11 million viewers were taken in by the BBC's fake investigation, which in one tragic case led to a teenager taking his own life. On its 25th anniversary, his parents and the creator of the show talk about its impact.

It's Halloween night in 1992, and families across the UK are excitedly huddled around the television. Saturday night TV is at its peak - Gladiators has just premiered on ITV, Casualty is enjoying its seventh series and Noel's House Party is pulling in 15 million viewers a week.

But tonight's big draw is the BBC's heavily-promoted Ghostwatch, a supposedly "live" investigation into paranormal activity being recorded at a family home in Northolt, north-west London.

The programme was the brainchild of horror writer Stephen Volk, who had originally conceived it as a spooky six-part drama, but who was instead asked by producer Ruth Baumgarten to create a 90-minute ghost story for the broadcaster's Screen One series.

I watched this "live" on the night, and although there were some bits that weren't quite right (& therefore smelled a bit of a rat), the show was brilliant & very scary! Since then I have rewatched the show many times & still love it. Highly recommended!

Read more here: www.bbc.co.uk
Read even more here: www.wikipedia.org
Then buy your own copy: www.amazon.co.uk

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Thousands driving without crucial diesel filters


Thousands of motorists are breaking the law by driving diesel cars without pollution filters, experts have told BBC 5 live Investigates.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency says 1,800 cars have been caught since 2014.
But experts say they believe the number is much higher, claiming the current MOT test, which requires only a visual inspection, is not fit for purpose.

The DVSA says it plans to introduce changes to improve the test next year.

All new diesel cars produced after 2009 have diesel particulate filters designed to reduce pollution levels, but they can sometimes get clogged up and break down, costing thousands of pounds to replace.

Because of the cost involved, some motorists are opting instead to have them removed.
It is illegal for drivers to use a car with the DPF removed, but it is not illegal for garages to take them out.

Irresponsible & shabby behaviour! Over the years I have driven diesels. I've had failures of one EGR valve (replaced) & one DPF (cleaned/repaired). Alternatively, save a few bucks & contribute to environmental pollution & serious ill health


Friday, 27 October 2017

Donline very happy to again support the Denmead Beer Festival :0)


Saturday 28th Oct
1900 - 2330

Tickets £9 includes souvenir glass tankard & complimentary drink
With over 20 real ales, plus a selection of wines, cider and soft drinks

Live music from "Checkers"

Raffle and BBQ

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM:
DENMEAD COMMUNITY CENTRE 02392 256132
DISCOVER WINE 02392 255037
FLEURTATIONS 02392 255344
FOREST OF BERE 02392 263145
SIR LOIN OF BEEF, SOUTHSEA 02392 820115

TICKETS SPONSORED BY SIR LOIN OF BEEF

There will be four levels of sponsorship this year:

Platinum sponsorship: The Denmead Community Association are pleased the announce that this year's Platinum Sponsor of the 19th Denmead Beer Festival will be "Charles Church South Coast" .

Silver sponsorship: Those who sponsor a barrel at a cost of between £40 and £60, depending on the beer, will receive two complimentary tickets to the Beer Festival.

Already pledged:
Aubrey Madgwick Groundworks
Barrells Funeral Directors
Charles Church South Coast
Corals Bookmakers
Denmead Garage Services
Denmead Tyre Services
Discover Wine
Downland Veterinary Group
Fairways Electrical Services Ltd
Gas-Fix
Harvest Home
Jeffries Estate Agents
Jewson Ltd
Peter Pearcey
Salnos Hairdressing Supplies
South Downs Financial Planning
South Downs Funeral Services
Sir Loin of Beef
Speedymech Garage Services
Waterlooville Vets4Pets




A new type of neural network has cracked CAPTCHAs


It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an artificial intelligence has finally cracked a widely used tool that was literally made to differentiate humans from robots: the CAPTCHA.

CAPTCHAs are the annoying puzzles that might ask you to rewrite a piece of distorted text or click on all the automobiles in a photograph to log on to sites like PayPal. According to research published today in Science, a new type of AI was able to solve certain types of CAPTCHA with up to 66.6 percent accuracy. 

To put this in perspective, humans can solve the same type of CAPTCHA with about 87 percent accuracy due to multiple interpretations of some examples and a CAPTCHA is considered broken if a bot can pass it 1 percent of the time.

Erm... Yesterday I posted this
Today we have a neural network with an accuracy of 66.6%.
Oh dear...  



Thursday, 26 October 2017

Elon Musk is worried about people who talk of “AI gods”


The Tesla founder tweeted his alarm in response to a VentureBeat article about the possibility of an AI “god” emerging by 2042, reports CNBC. One of the people featured in the article was Anthony Levandowski, Google’s self-driving car engineer who has established a nonprofit religious organization called Way of the Future. Way of the Future’s mission statement is “to develop and promote the realization of a godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the godhead contribute to the betterment of society.”

And Elon Musk was having none of that. He tweeted a link to the article with the words: “On the list of people who should absolutely *not* be allowed to develop digital superintelligence . . . ” 

So watch out Levandowski, when it comes to the world of AI, it looks like you’ve just made a very influential and outspoken enemy.

Anthony Levandowski is clearly a dangerous looney!
Invent your own computer god & start worshiping it.