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Only the conservatives could wrap a price rise, as a price freeze. 

Thought you were promised a price freeze on your rail fares ?? Think again !! 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nw8vb
The Conservatives have pledged to "freeze" rail fares if elected.
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I don't think knowing the choice of parties we have in this country, that it will EVER happen ! .. That's why I gave up and bought a 1ltr engine car, if I have to pay through the tooth for fuel, I may as well get the most I can from it.
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Preti Patel's car crash interview on today's Radio 4 PM show.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02p57v5

What is happening to the world, we have a Labour party bending over backwards to promise us they won't spend any money, and a Conservative party telling us they will spend anything to get voted in, and you can trust them because things will be better under them.

And we wonder why people are turning away from the main two parties.
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I'll have to listen to him more as I enjoyed listening to that interview...
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My Stream is getting stuck on the same posts all the time, have to Mute them to force it on.
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Ah.
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Chromebook update

Well, it's been a good few days since I purchased my first #Chromebook, and I have to say, I'm absolutely loving the experience so far.

The first issue I came across was the battery, the initial charge up from the box took a rather quick 30 minutes, it gave me 50% of the suggested 9 hours uptime and then dropped from 50% battery to 0 % .. Got me a bit worried, so the next charge, I ignored the green light, and left it continue for much longer. 

This seemed to do the trick, I am quite literally getting a good 9 hours out of it !!! Superb 

A lot of the applications are not native to the OS, but run inside of Chrome (Web apps), and while this takes a little getting use to, it's not an issue, because it runs chrome so much better than even my I7 8Gb SSD charged home PC. So application wise, I've hardly seen any slowness at all.

Boot up times can be as fast as a few seconds, sometimes 5 or 6 .. but that is quite something to behold.

I've had a good few updates already from Google, and while I didn't find any difference, it's good to see a regular patch service going on.

The keyboard on this #Toshiba 13" is brilliant too, feels very natural and doesn't suffer like some keyboards on smaller notebooks do.

I recommend you get familiar with the keyboard shortcuts, but they seem fairly intuitive, I do like the cut/paste shortcut key that lets you grab the screen by providing you with cross hairs naturally as part of the OS, and generates PNG files from it.

There seems to be a huge amount of applications out there, and no doubt this is going to continue.

As of yet, I've not found any serious limitation apart from what is the obvious one, being the need for a network connection, but as I have a mobile phone that allows tethering, even that's not an issue for me.

I am super impressed with this laptop, so much so, when my mobo on my PC decided to red light and refuse to turn on, I still haven't bothered to re-connect it some days later, although I have fixed it.

You want a laptop for on the go, you're happy with your net connection options, really, it's a total no brainer !! Go Chromebook.

I'll end with this, as an IT professional with well over 15 years experience, company's really want to be looking at this for their IT provision, it will simplify your IT services no end having not to worry about people downloading stuff you don't want, limited exposure to virus's and malware (not that it will last forever of course). 

So if you are sitting there thinking .. I'm not so sure about this Chromebook stuff, then take the plunge, I suspect you'll not look back.
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+Dante J I know a new chromebook isnt that expensive. But I would like it if they offer a 50 to 100 dollar update charge or something
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Not so impressed with united customer service at Norfolk airport Virginia. The check in agent was rude and rolled his eyes when asking simple questions. The gates were a complete mess with our gate showing a totally different flight and yet a 3rd flight actually being there, with my flight at another gate, that said Chicago.

Thankfully I got to the destination in 1 piece, but we'll have to see about the bags... Lol

Won't fly them again if I can help it.
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Freedom. The fatuous jingle of our civilization. But only those deprived of it have the barest inkling of what it really is.
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Well thought words!
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The expert delusion

Experts are interesting people, having dedicated a large proportion of their life to understanding a particular topic, they often provide us with a depth of perspective we couldn't see without the benefit of their study. 

In our daily lives, experts are critical to the modern world, be that business, finance, technical areas, health even religious and philosophical matters, we love to read or quote our experts, to help direct our choices.

Experts however should always come with a health warning of their own. In some disciplines this is very obvious, such as economics, where no 2 experts would ever seem to agree, but the truth is, all experts are not perfect, they all have perspectives brought about by their own life story unique to them, and any decision is best brought about by listening to a number of experts and using your own capability to decide what is true and what isn't.

Two situations recently happening to me come to mind, one blind faith in a group of Scientists and the other in famous historic Islamic scholars.

What shocked people in both these situations was my lack of reverence towards so-called experts (because I questioned their conclusions), but what shocked me was the easy that they gave away their right to reason but more important, their right to question !

I've no doubt that the Scholar or the Scientist in question knows more about their area of study than me, but what I do doubt is that they are any less fallible than I am, any more capable of seeing a larger picture, any more endowed with common sense.

The more you learn, the more you put yourself up as an expert, the more you earn the right to be questioned, not to be believed without it.

So if your scientific view rests upon the shoulders of some great names that you simply couldn't question, then you disrespect those great names, if your religious view depends upon the life spend studying by some scholar hundreds of years ago and the very thought of questioning it seems wrong, then you are wrong ! They were human beings, no smarter or capable than most around today .. We can read their thoughts, enjoy their questions, but to really take it to the next level, question everything you were told ! Then you give dignity to that persons life by standing on the shoulders of greats and adding to it !
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Dangerous indeed, but it amazes me how easy it is for often well educated people give up their freedom of thought.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-31712045

UK Elections, what the last constituency polls say may happen next. Some very interesting results, particularly in the West Midlands.
Explore a map of constituency polling in the run-up to the 2015 general election.
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My new toy, Toshiba Chromebook 13" .. Oh lovely
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IT'S FINALLY OVER

The love affair with Samsung Galaxy S range for me has been a story of declining confidence and finally it's ditched for a Nexus 5.

If there are any #Samsung  people out there actually interested in why their once proud fans are moving away from their products, they can read on.

There was a time when Galaxy S range meant you were buying into the latest tech, best of Android and it really was a device to make your poor iPhone mates feel green for half the price, and while I'd still take Samsung over Apple, the yawning gap lately has started to reduce. 

For me the rot started with Galaxy S3 but really came in with S4. Samsung seemed to suddenly think people were buying their phones for all the vapour ware they supply with it. 

Didn't anybody tell them they were using Android, only the OS with the most number of downloadable tat and good apps on earth, why did they think we'd all think "yes, lets rush out and spend £400 on a bunch of health applications I can download for free and much better anyway!". 

Samsung, we don't want your tat, we want a blooming good phone which is the best of breed for a great price !! Simple.

Then there was the general poor way in which the phones were set up. I can't speak for the S4, but as a S3 owner I have had no end of problems with jerky music play when the screen blanks. The cause is poorly adjusted default governors that make the processor drop frequency to the lowest setting when in that state, causing almost all music players to struggle with getting the CPU they need to process something as simple as music playing or radio.

Imagine that, a phone that cannot smoothly play music ... #FAIL  

However, the problem has now got MUCH worse with the latest update to Jelly bean 4.3. Yes, that version of the OS that's been out for over a year, but Samsung still hasn't really worked out how to deploy it to a handset they created 2 years plus ago.

That leads me onto yet another problem. The speed at which Samsung respond to software upgrades. 

Returning back to my earlier comment, we buy Samsung because we want the latest and the greatest. Maybe along the way some marketing whiz thought "Lets only release the latest version on our new handset, forcing everybody to upgrade if they want it, or wait a year if they don't!" .. I'm not sure how that plan is working out for you, but that tells me every single handset I buy will wait a lot longer than most others to get it's upgrades. 

Then finally there is good old fashioned economics. The cost of a Google Nexus is a good £200 less than a Samsung GS4 sim free deal.

Samsung need to ask some serious questions about where they are heading with their phones .. while they are much more diverse than Nokia was and I wouldn't ever suggest they would go in that direction, in the phone market they may find events over take them as Nokia did. 

#Nexus  here I come .. 
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The irony of it now and is that Samsung admitted that S4 sales were lower than expected (given the huge success of S3) so I really thought they'd go all out for the S5. Was disappointed. But they will sell bucket loads every year due to sheer marketing power alone. 
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G+ question

I notice sometimes I get "Previously Read" notification at the bottom of the notification alarm. Sometimes it doesn't appear at all.

I know I can still click on ALL notifications, but that refreshes my entire screen. Why does the "Previously Read" tab disappear sometimes ? Any ideas ?
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Thanks +Sho Nique, was having problems again with this yesterday. Very frustrating
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Google plus is my only social media platform, I don't do facebook or twitter.

I love to get to know new people, so everybody is invited to add me, follow my posts, comment and say Hello from time to time. If you post interesting stuff or don't have dodgy photos I'll almost certainly add you back.

I'm an IT and Science geek, so I will write quite a lot about it, if your into the same, your ideas and thoughts are always welcome, if not, you can troll a little for fun ;) I won't mind :D

Most of all, enjoy life and have fun. 
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I've never been a great fan of fish, mostly because as a lazy westerner, I tend to find dealing with the bones quite an issue. However, I really enjoyed my visit here. First off you go and pick your fish, the fish is all freshly caught, and is coming in while you are picking. Then once selected, you can move across to the counter where you can pick how you would like your fish to be prepared. Finally the fish is delivered, and is so well cooked the meat just falls off the bones :) Making it MUCH easier to eat, particularly nice with large Roti or rice. Very much worth going to experience.
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