You can tell a good smoky-drinky by how crap you feel the next day. I had to get through a lot of orange squash, five espressos and half a bottle of Whyte and Mackay to get back to feeling human. Oh, I can still drink like I did when I was twenty. I just take a lot longer to recover from it these days.
There is a tape I must finish for a writing job commissioned but next door have one of their boozeathons in progress, so I won't finish tonight. The terrible thumping of acid house shakes everything. No, it's not the Plastic family, they will have been in bed early so they can go to church tomorrow and pretend to be Christian. Then they'll come home and be gits again.
Anyway, I was interested to note that the AA (that's the automobile association, not the boozer's club) are going to insist that any car they insure has the Big Brother gadget installed. The comments suggest that the AA aren't the first. This has been in use for a few years already.
I can see advantages to this. Aside from the 'you drive like a flat-capped octogenarian so here's some money off your insurance' or tracing your car if it's stolen, it could be set up so that AA members just have to press a panic button when they break down and the Fix Van will be on the way. They know where you are, they've been tracking you.
There are too many disadvantages though. That bunch of hackers called 'Anonymous' have broken in to the CIA website. They'll have no trouble with the AA. So your movements could be tracked by anyone interested. Including burglars, for whom it would be really useful to know not only when you're out, but also when you're on the way home.
Then there is the council and government angle. They say that if the software says you're speeding, you'll get a stern Email. With that level of evidence, here, take this fine and the points are added to your iLicence electronically. Too far? Pfft, it's a mere heartbeat further.You don't need a speed camera watching one bit of road when you have a satellite watching them all.
If there could be a guarantee that this technology will be used only for what it says it's intended for, I'd be all for it.
It won't be.