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Ollie Cornes
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Kindly join this app and help prevent littering.
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Awesome, great work +Simon Meacham and everyone else!
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Warrior is a truly incredible film. Nick Nolte is phenomenal. I think it's probably the best film I've seen this year.

The trailer makes it look like a film about to guys fighting, but there's so much more to it than that.

Warrior - Official Trailer [HD]
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I wouldn't usually bother with this kinda film (judging from the trailer) but it was actually surprisingly good!
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This certainly looks to me like a sign Google+ is gaining traction outside the world of tech-heads
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oops. So sorry mate. It was hard to see your point there (pun intended)
I'm just so sick on this name thing, it burns me. I really should let it go though...
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DOCTORS COMPLIANCE RATES FOR HAND WASHING IN AMERICAN HOSPITALS ARE ONLY 40 % , HIGHEST COMPLIANCE ARE FOUND IN SOME DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ! As the number one defense against healthcare-acquired conditions – it is estimated that hand washing alone could prevent 20,000 patient deaths per year in USA – proper hand hygiene is one of the cornerstones in preventing the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).Studies have shown, however, that despite being a proven effective practice, hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers is poor, with the World Health Organization reporting an average compliance rate of 40 percent in USA, the compliance is better in some developing countries ( Philippines 65% ).
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Nearly a million people in the UK using Google+ already. That's about 1.5% of the population in less than a month
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That last post relates to (and references) this piece I wrote for the British Medical Journal in June, describing my experience with ME/CFS.
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I notice White has a declaration at the bottom "Competing interests: PDW has done consultancy work for the Departments of Health and Work and Pensions and a re-insurance company." He has an enormous conflict of interest. He can't possibly be looking out for patients when he's working for an insurance company whose primary goal is to avoid liability for disease.
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Some thoughts on the tado ( thermostat (I got bored waiting for Nest to launch theirs).

My aims with the product were to:
1. A system that came on and off automatically (when asleep, out of the house, on holiday, etc). British Gas Hive and others just provide app remote control, I wanted automation, beyond manual remote control.
2. A system I can actually operate, unlike the impenetrable UI on my boiler (my boiler has a "party mode", I mean seriously, wtf, who designs this shit?)
3. Remote monitoring, e.g. making sure the heating is off while on holiday (or on if very cold at home) and seeing what temperature the house is.

The pros....
- It does all the above. I have set the sleep temperature, the day-time temperature for when people are at home, and sleep/wake times. Last night we jumped on the train to come home, by the time we got home the house was warming up nicely, having switched off automatically when we went out. Magic.
- Their staff are keen to help

The cons
- The service and software are certainly beta 
- Installation is painful. Let their UK contractor do it, or if you plan to do it yourself you'll probably need half a day, to be comfortable delving into a boiler with a screwdriver, and to call tado engineers to get advice (which they're happy to provide)
- The iOS and Android apps are ok, but not great. e.g. the Android app is a bit sluggish, it doesn't confirm to Android app design guidelines, and I find the UI pretty confusing at times, e.g. yesterday an icon of a pedestrian appeared and everything went green - to me it's not obvious that this means "you're out, the heating is now off". The app doesn't clearly show a binary status for the heating, you have to dig into the charts, that seems a shame. The iPhone app seems less successful at sending locations than Android.
- Similarly the web app is ok, but could be improved a lot. e.g. if you get the temp sensor hot at any point (e.g. put it near a heater by mistake) the scales on the heating charts will be permanently screwed by your erroneous max temp.
- The system is COMPLETELY reliant on the phones' ability to reliably send distance-from-home data to tado. All it takes is for one person to appear to be at home when they're not and your heating will be on all day when the house is empty. Background app function, GPS/wifi access, phone battery life, and mobile coverage are all important factors.
- I remain concerned about any company having access to my location. I don't know if the tado apps calculate the distance from home and send that to their servers, or my specific location.

For anyone interested in the installation process.... tado comprises three boxes which comes all pre-paired to each other:
1. The temperature sensor. Battery operated, chargeable via USB, stick it on the wall anywhere you like. Easy. Mine had some problems communicating initially but I suspect that's because the battery was flat when it was delivered, it's fine since being charged.
2. The tado network/bridge box. Plugs into the router ethernet port. It needs USB power, I'm using a router USB socket. Again, very easy.
3. The tado box. This beast is conceptually much like a switch that connects two points inside the boiler - when they are joined the boiler is on, when not it's off. It also needs power. Installing this is the challenge.

That tado box can be connected in two ways:
1. One (surface) cable goes from the tado box into the boiler guts, connecting to where a thermostat would normally be wired (this was pretty easy in my boiler, just wire into the connection block using the manual instructions). The tado box then gets power over USB. Sadly with this method the original thermostat ends up being blanked off as it's not being used (you could put the temp sensor on the front of the blanking plate if you wanted, it's designed for that). You also end up with the tado box with a wire going into the boiler, and one going to USB power, if your boiler is on a wall and visible this doesn't look great. If your boiler is in a cupboard, it's probably fine. You need a power socket near the boiler.
2. The "premium" installation is to replace the original wired wall thermostat with the tado box, in such a way there are no visible wires. The result will be much neater, if your thermostat is in a sensible place. This approach relies on the existing wiring in the wall from the boiler to the thermostat. That wiring is used to feed the two switching connections in the tado box (to turn the boiler on and off) and power in the form of 230V neutral. If the existing cable is three core (earth + 2) you'll likely have to use earth to feed neutral power, and the other two for the switching circuit. If it's four core (earth +3 ) cable it's better as earth can remain earth. Either way, the boiler end of the neutral power line needs to be connected to neutral mains inside the boiler, how easy or possible that is depends on your boiler. I've not found the connection yet so my tado box is hanging from a cable under the boiler.

Tado suggested to me their installers will only do the basic install, so if you want the wires hidden away like the second method you'll likely need to do it yourself or pay a professional.

As a home-owner I hated the installation, but so far having got past that it works pretty well though it's early days.

As a landlord, would I install this in rented properties? I suspect not as the install will be difficult, and I think it's too bleeding edge, but in the long-term, who knows - it does have the potential to make life easier and save money on bills.
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Galaxy Nexus & ICS

Things I like:
Bright, crisp, sharp screen - especially text & watching HD video
A pleasant shape to hold
More intuitive UI
Ability to set the phone up to force StrictMode & visually display results
Plug it into my PC, and I can see the device filesystem
Integrated tips & explanations
The welcome email with links to help videos
The speedy Gallery (Nexus One gallery was painfully slow)
Fast camera
Market is very usable & slick, and apps install very fast
The much improved widgets & shortcuts interface
The kerning on the wifi/network icons top-right
The soothing colour scheme
The static set of four launcher icons
The permanent search box, with voice
The slimmed down and rotating Back/Home/Running icons

Things I don't like:
Getting Google Apps & Device Policy working was a PITA, took half an hour of tinkering to get my work emails on the device
When it asked me to provide my name as the phone's owner, it put the keyboard in numeric mode (!)
Scrolling still not as smooth as iOS devices
Camera picture quality doesn't seem to be much better than the Nexus One
The price
The pathetic excuse for a "launch". Lots of time on the phone to actually find one to buy.
Battery life looks poor. I managed to use 15% of the battery in one hour
The weird fuzzyness on flat areas of screen colour - I assume pentile artefacts
The fact that a lot of buttons now are just text in a subtle outline. Sometimes it's hard to tell what is a title (not tappable) and what's a button. I should perhaps reserve judgement here, but it does seem odd to lose that "touch here, I'm a button!" cue.
No quad-core CPU, SD card

Overall my impression after the first few hours is very positive. It's a joy to have all this gorgeous glossy screen real estate to use especially when it's so responsive.
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I am still waiting for release in the US patiently. I got the Motorola Razr for my wife which is amazing, fast very thin (though wide) but the screen is crappy pentile though very bright etc. and of course it doesn't have ICS.. yet. I am thinking the nexus will be just too big for me and if it doesnt have a car dock at launch then that will be an automatic lose for me.
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This looks promising
Joseph Smarr originally shared:
Really impressed and excited by BankSimple's UI demo--I sure hope I can use it soon! :) Congrats to Alex Payne and crew!

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Some of the prices are about the same, but calling a UK mobile from Skype is twice the price than calling it from Google
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I'm really pleased to see this has been published. Doctors and researchers from around the globe who have experience with ME/CFS have come together to create a full set of criteria to define & diagnose M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) as distinct from generalised fatigue. Anyone with M.E. knows that it is to "fatigue" what emphysema is to coughing and this document provides a guide for doctors faced with the challenge of differentiating. It should also help with research as it much more clearly defines the condition. These new international consensus criteria are an update to (and replace) the Canadian consensus criteria (that I wrote about in the BMJ). If you know anyone with M.E. they might find it useful to show this document to their doctor.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for publishing this, Ollie! I wasn't aware of this material. I have been more or less housebound with extremely debilitating ME for 32 years. To call it CFS has always been really tough, as it doesn't even begin to describe the illness we live with. I am so happy to hear that ME has now been defined so clearly. Will make it easier for us. This definitely is a document I can give to my doctor. By the way, I have finally discovered what ME actually stands for: Mount Everest!:-) Keep climbing...
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Wow, a lot of people REALLY don't like their lawyers.

Unsurprisingly the site is being sued for defamation by fifteen law firms
Have you been let down by your Solicitor or Barrister? NAME and SHAME Those shady Solicitors. No need to register or even leave your name.
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I think I saw somewhere that the owner is a graphic designer. Not a very good one!
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Android Software Developer, Landlord & Dog Person with M.E. - Learning Hungarian (slowly!)
I love to travel (when health allows), watch films, and go to gigs or the theatre. I am gay. I love dogs - I last had a three-legged weimaraner called Buddy, and soon hope to get a Hungarian Vizsla. 

I'm a British entrepreneur, with experience in two sectors - primarily technology, but also property (real estate). 

I was diagnosed with ME/CFS in 2001, and it limits my activities, so rather than race around like a crazy thing running businesses and doing property deals, I work from home building Android mobile apps, which I really enjoy.

ollieandroid, juicyproperty, ollie72
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I co-wrote four software books - on Microsoft ASP.NET, VB.NET and C#. I had an article published in the British Medical Journal. I can juggle fire clubs. I'm an exam-certified and licensed property manager & experienced landlord.
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