16 posts • joined Friday 31st October 2008 12:11 GMT
Average spend by Danish councils on cycling initiatives per capita per year over the last 5 years: approx. £40. UK councils? £1.
Especially galling as I live in Edinburgh where our council's vanity project, the Trams, would have bought every single citizen five decent bicycles ...
Re: Here come the haters...
And did you make your fortune in delivering public sector IT on time and on budget. No, I didn't think so.
The reason we care is because it's *our* bloody money. The private sector can pee away as much as it likes for our amusement.
oh come on
Oh, come on, down-voters, Albert Hall's comment made me smile. Lighten up.
"There're no more beds on the wards and this old lady needs to stay in tonight."
"There are some. I one that was free in the mortuary."
if you were NotW
If you were NotW level you'd just exploit a daft weakness in so many brand devices where the default logins are well known but that doesn't apply here.
Personally I'd siddle up to a sys admin or senior dev with some access and get a copy that way. Shouldn't be hard. Unlikely there'd be any record of them making the database dump. Maybe a backup tape "wore out", eh?
The number of complete databases I've had over the years beggars belief. Complete marketing databases for insurance firms; the 60m prescription forms annually in the Scottish NHS; even the 35m of you who've ever booked a holiday cottage in the UK. Even if there is encryption the dev who wrote it knows where the keys are.
it's not a daft question
The ECS has a minimal amount of information in it and it can only be accessed with the patient's consent (unless they are unable to give it, obviously). So where's the fire?
Once your ECS has been accessed it cannot be deleted, only archived, for medico-legal reasons, so you can never go back. If you opted out at the start you would be okay but you wouldn't have that right later on.
If these records leak out, and lets just look at all the data-fails that occur around here, all of your prescriptions are public knowledge. It depends on whether or not The Sun on Sunday rates you as news, of course, maybe it's just your employer who has a quick shufti.
I believe the vast majority of El Reg readers would have been against the last government's ID card proposals. They would have recognised that the cards were not the real problem, it was the database behind it. Here is another database and this time it knows even more than just where you live.
I have a responsibility to keep my family free from this unwarranted intrusion. Am I endangering them by *not* providing an ECS? My wife, who co-signed the opt-out with me, is a GP. Her judgement was the records are not useful anyway.
opt out while you can
"We are very concerned at the lack of evidence of risk management of security issues which may arise as a result of medical records being held electronically."
I've opted out, have you?
I opted out my children, too, and had to do it twice as their ECS (Emergency Care Summary - Scottish NHS) *still* ended up on the spine when the GP practice changed from GPASS to Vision and they forgot to reapply the opt-outs (WTF?!).
Should .gov be allowed to requisition *any* IT systems? Seriously, though.
Rubbish site and getting worse
I wanted to place an ad for a Triumph Daytona 650 last week but they didn't have it in their lists, only the 1000's. I pointed it out to them and guess what the reply was? "Place the ad anyway then phone us and we'll make the correction for you." Straight to ebay, me.
clueless and don't give a monkey's about the customer - we've been asking for something more useful than a CSV of our transactions for years and still customers have to use things like http://edwilde.com/Nationwide2OFX/ which really isn't a good idea!
A right to be unhappy?
So over half of those in the "land of the free" are relatively unhappy? That is, if the cut-off for happy is taken as $75k and over half are nowhere near that. The "pursuit" of happiness clearly isn't much fun.
@KitD Looks a bit similar to ...
The Liquid A1 comes through the letterbox at £356.74, the Nexus One at £362.54 (I took them both through to the checkout on Expansys and Google and converted the $ to £ at today's rates).
I don't think £5.80 is a lot pricier ... still, £360 is a fair whack for a phone, however "super" (and that's the only thing that stopped my itchy finger from clicking "place order" for the N1).
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