November 10th, 2020


Interesting Links for 10-11-2020

Number 10 Says The UK Will Have Ten Million Doses of Covid-19 Vaccine By The End Of This Year If Pfizer's Trial Is Deemed Safe
(tags:UK pandemic vaccination GoodNews )
Feral wallabies sighted in UK almost 100 times in 10 years
(tags:UK animals Australia )
Japan Trade Deal punches USA-sized hole in privacy
(tags:UK USA Japan privacy dataprotection OhForFucksSake )
Biden adviser says US-UK special relationship is diminishing because of Brexit
(tags:UK Europe usa )
People with different personalities prefer different kinds of books (and some psychologists can't tell the difference between correlation and causation)
(tags:books psychology )
Do not buy Hewlett Packard printers
(tags:printing technology OhForFucksSake )
The Digital Nomads moved to exotic locales to work through the pandemic in style. But now tax trouble, breakups and Covid guilt are setting in.
(tags:technology work pandemic )
Inside Donald Trump's 2020 undoing (interviews with dozens of staff members of the campaigns)
(tags:politics USA viaNWhyte )
Narcissistic People Are More Likely To Take Part In Political Activities
(tags:psychology politics )
UAE decriminalises alcohol and lifts ban on unmarried couples living together (and gets harsher on honour killings)
(tags:middle_east GoodNews )
How Conservative Christians are seeing Trump's loss
(tags:religion Christianity politics USA )
Exploding the myth of transgender transition regret
(tags:LGBT transgender research )
Fatigue syndrome exercise therapy loses Nice recommendation for ME / Chronic fatigue syndrome
(tags:ChronicFatigueSyndrome NHS )
long-acting injectable cabotegravir as PrEP is highly effective in preventing HIV acquisition in women
(tags:hiv GoodNews )

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Unimpressed with technology: smart meter edition

They tried to fit me with a smart meter last December. It didn't commission properly, so I had to do manual readings until about a month ago when they got the electricity working.

Only to discover that the gas meter couldn't communicate with the electricity meter because it uses Bluetooth and my walls are too thick (the electricity meter communicates to the supplier, the gas meter only connects to the electricity meter).

So now they have to fit *another* new gas meter that uses a lower frequency to communicate. See this. And according to the engineer, such miracles do not yet exist, and aren't expected to until January 2021.

I really can't believe that my normal sized house has its gas and electricity meters unusually far apart. Which means the people who designed these systems have done a really substandard job. This, of course, on top of an original smart meter design which couldn't cope with you changing suppliers. I really do despair.
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