La Liga’s Clever But Illegal Method Of Checking People Pay For Football Matches

Isn’t this a clever – if illegal – use of the new technology over in Spain by La Liga? The problem to be solved being, well, there’s mass pirating of the football TV shows. This of course means less money for the players. So, how to use modern technology to find out whether people are watching an illegal pirate of the live match, or something that has been paid for? Bug their mobile phones, obviously:

Spain’s football league, La Liga, has been hit with a €250,000 (£222,000) fine for using fans’ mobile phones as spying tools to crack down on bars screening matches with pirated television signals.

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McDonald’s Unsurprising App Problem – Hackers Can Use It To Buy Free To Them Food

It is indeed true that stealing large numbers of McDonald’s hamburgers is unlikely to make you rich. They’re not exactly a viable currency and despite those stories over the years they tend not to keep well – not a good store of value therefore. But if something can be stolen a useful guide to human beings is that it will be stolen. So it should be entirely unsurprising that a McDonald’s app has been hacked and used to steal food.…

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If Matt Hancock Misdiagnoses The Problem Then He’ll Not Fix The NHS Will He?

Matt Hancock, the health minister does rather like his apps, and this one’s a beauty

A new NHS waiting times app will soon see patients choose where they seek urgent treatment. Under the new rules, patients will be able to view live accident and emergency times via a phone app called WaitLess and choose which hospital to travel to. It is hoped that the new feature, which also allows patients to view the time it would take to arrive at their chosen hospital, will help over-strained A&E departments tackling the growing problem of treatment waiting times.

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A Bangladeshi Parking App Might Not Look Like Much

So, we’ve a little smartphone app that allows you to find a parking space in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Or, to rent out your parking space to someone in Dhaka, Bangladesh. True, the value of parking spaces in Dhaka is not high. They’re in short supply and difficult to find but we’re in a poor country so we’re not talking about vast gobbets of value being added to the global economy.

And yet there is a significant issue here.…

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Grandma Knew – Catholic Rhythm Method As Good Contraception As The Pill

Contrary to current folk belief the idea of having sex for fun rather than just the propagation of children is not a new idea. Our forbears did know about this. And they had a good method of contraception too, being able to count. This ability leading to the rhythm method, something around and about as good as the pill in preventing conception. In fact, it’s rather better than some barrier methods – the condom would appear to have a higher failure rate in fact.…

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How Does This Work? Indonesian Ride Hailing Scam Discovered

Four men have been arrested for a ride hailing scam in Indonesia. The difficulty is in working out how the scam worked. For they were drivers for the app, they were booking fake rides. OK, that’s fine, we can see that this means they were listed as making more rides.

But how did they make money out of this? The app itself isn’t going to pay out commission when it hasn’t received funds itself. Or at least, no one sane would design an app to do so.…

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To Pinpoint Why The NHS Doesn’t Work

An illustrative little story to make a rather larger point:

Matt Hancock will call on doctors and nurses to “throw away their pagers” and replace them with smartphone apps as the new Health Secretary sets out his vision for the NHS.

Mr Hancock, who gained a reputation for promoting new technology as Culture Secretary and was the first MP to launch his own app, will focus on “tech transformation” in the health service.

The National Health Service is an organisation of some 1.3…

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