CCTV

Decided to add some decent CCTV to the front area of the house covering the doors and the car. Just can’t be sure that whoever stole the keys won’t come back and try to see if they work. Saving to a DVR and wifi streaming to an iDevice is good.

And I await the owner of Bosworth Homecare to call me and demand I remove the last post. That’s when I find out just how well my webhost protects my ability to complain and should they fall short I’ll move that post to WordPress.com where it will live forever……

Bosworth Homecare

It has been an eventful week that if I had not already been scheduled to be away from work would have meant that I would have had to take time off anyway.

 

Details don’t need to be gone into for personal reasons but there is some information I do need/want to write about.

My wife has/had 2 carers 4 times a day for personal care for over a year now – multiple sclerosis is a nasty thing. The company providing the carers is based in Leicestershire and is called Bosworth Homecare. This is important.
Several months ago I bought a set of measuring spoons from Amazon – a hoop on which you have 1/4, 1/2, teaspoon etc. And some months ago they completely disappeared from the house. Do you have a place in your house where you put change? I did, and I was sure on a couple of occasions  that when I went to grab a couple of coins to buy milk that there were a few coins less. I put both of these down to me being forgetful. And then I did one particular online shop.
In that shop I bought 2 large bars of popping candy chocolate. 2 were delivered – I recall that because as I took them out of the shopping crate they were both broken. I put them in a kitchen cupboard. A couple of hours later my daughter goes to get some chocolate – they were bought for her – and there was one bar there. Not two. One had gone.
This was reported to Bosworth Homecare.

So there is no confusion, this is Bosworth Homecare, Leics.

Nothing happened but the carers were told that we knew something had  gone missing. I told Bosworth Homecare about the previous incidents.

Let me ask you a question – where are your car keys? If you are at home I bet you know where you left them. If not the exact place then you know the room, yes? Important things are keys and we all have habits. Last Monday my daughter went to get her car keys from the kitchen – and they had gone. This wasn’t just one key – it was a full set of car keys, several keyrings (including some with great personal value)  and a full set of house keys. Not a small bunch and hard to miss on a kitchen counter.
They had gone.
I don’t mean misplaced, dropped down the side of a chair, behind the toaster. I mean completely and totally not in the house. My daughter and I searched everywhere. We looked inside mugs, inside cereal packets, the fridge, the freezer, the bin, cupboards. No keys.
I rang Bosworth Homecare and they said to report it to the police. (And the policeman that visited laughed when I told him that saying “Well as there is no proof their staff did it they would”). So it has been reported and will be pursued.
One of the carers – and it’s one of 2 – we have the attendance sheet – took the keys. Why? Maybe because we had reported them for not ringing in/out of the call as they are required to do. Maybe because they were reported for not wearing aprons as they are required to do. Maybe because they were providing intimate care and then preparing food without changing gloves. Who knows… but regardless those keys were stolen from this house by employees of Bosworth Homecare, Leicester.
It cost over £200 for 2 new sets of keys. (Can you afford that if you employ Bosworth Homecare?)

Bosworth Homecare then stopped all care without notice. Nice eh?

This is where if you are after a care provider that you go back to the CQC website, find someone else and insist on them. You don’t need the people you invite into your house to steal from you.

I have slept with

Germany’s justice ministry has drawn up a change in the law which would require mothers in certain paternity cases to reveal who they had slept with.

The precise wording of the new paragraph states that the mother would be obliged to provide information to the man on “who has lain with her during the conception period”. BBC

Why can’t they be more explicit?

I have slept with women with whom I have not had sex.
I have had sex with women where I have not fallen asleep. (honest!)

Surely the law should – without the assistance of lawyers – be as explicit and precise as possible?

(and how the hell is the man going to know when the conception period is?)

Knocking the dust off

Couple of plugin and widget changes, installed Jetpack and connected twitter/facebook, made sure I’m still on the latest WP nightly updates and I’m writing this from the WordPress desktop app (of course). I still like this theme though (which must be a record)(though I just noticed that the theme is displaying my name as post author despite me being the only user that can post. Pet hate of mine is that… when when when will theme creators make that an option or code it properly??)(if I can’t find what file to edit then this theme will be junked). (See, back and ranting already…)

Found it – if you use Penscratch and you too don’t like your name being shown because hey it’s just you posting you need to edit the file wp-content/themes/penscratch-wpcom/inc/template-tags.php
On line 92, at the end remove %2$s
That leaves a hanging ~ but that’s tolerable.

Aaaaanyway…..

guestblock.png

While you are here, go drop a guestblock :) The code for this is now on Github and I have some plans to improve what is there.

Next up is finding how to 301 this site to a new url. Never done that before but it seems the right thing to do this time.

Google has my fingerprint

Indiegala.com uses the new reCAPTCHA from Google.
If I login there using Safari (for the first time on that site) I get the ‘Click to show you are not a robot” and when I do I get logged in straight away.
If I login using Chromium when I tick the box I get shown an image matching task as I posted about here.
If I login using Firefox I don’t even get the chance to click anything and I am shown a very distorted couple of words and everything I enter is always wrong. So then I get shown some code to copy as I posted about here.
I clear cookies and all saved data in each browser when it closes so this behaviour by Google has to come down to 2 options as I see it.

  1. Google are using some sort of super cookie / evercookie.
  2. Google have fingerprinted my browser.

According to Panopticlick

Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 5,186,229 tested so far.

Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys at least 22.31 bits of identifying information

Looks like disabling javascript could be the way to go – hello NoScript.
Will also try blocking Google fonts/ajax.
And this is on top of uBlock, Privacy Badger and Ghostery.

Google are part of the problem. They are not part of any solution.

Relevant for all forums

The Virtues of Moderation

This Article provides a novel taxonomy of moderation in online communities. It breaks down the basic verbs of moderation—exclusion, pricing, organizing, and norm-setting—and shows how they help communities walk the tightrope between the chaos of too much freedom and the sterility of too much control. Scholars studying the commons can learn from moderation, and so can policy-makers debating the regulation of online communities.

http://yjolt.org/sites/default/files/Grimmelmann_The-Virtues-of-Moderation.pdf