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* Posts by Adrian Midgley 1

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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amount area depth extent...

3 are different and one is poorly defined.

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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illegal abroad surely

Isn't the FBI claiming they can do abroad things which would be illegal for thrmvto do in their own country, and which are rather likely to be illegal - criminal - in the country where the server is?

Odd interpretation.

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Open source and the NHS: Two huge disorganised entities without central control

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unmemorable numeric string as foreign key

asked of people and typed in to recall records.

The new NHS Number is a 9 digit string + modulo 11 check digit.

It isn't very useful for quick selection from a list. Feel free to work on that.

Most of my patients can have their record called up with 2 letters of surname and 2 of forename.

The NHS number has some odd rules baked in - gender is locked for instance so have a gender change and your identity fails. Clearly this is a business rule somewhere since the number doesn't encode the gender of indeed anything else - unlike the CHI string.

Neither is even slightly useful for effective pseudonymisation.

But one of the more obvious reasons it lsaks in slowly is that these systems are not mostly new ones.

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NPfIT failed for other reasons mainly

Including being not very good.

This was partly because it was run by managers who had limited understanding of IT and less of the business; and specified by clueless people from clueless firms.

Talking about medical re odd (what is one of those BTW) rather than automation is tending to be an index of being behind; and a major failure mode is seeing computers as devices with which people can be programmed.

GPs inventented this stuff, put it into operation in their Practices, in several cases actually wrote it, and have now lost control of it to the elements above.

I did play golf, once, in 1974 IIRC which by coincidence was about the time The London Hospital implemented a computer system that was useful on the wards. I have a picture somewhere of the 10 MByte hard drive being craned from its lorry into the building.

The example of the bankers may not be entirely good, but consider the idea that if you want to help someone clever, knowledgeable and hard working to do something they are good at a bit better faster or cheaper you should probably be sitting near them watching and listening, and building software in conversations which occasionally include "make this script work fast and reliably"

You'd better also reflect that much of medicine is nonlinear.

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'I think photographers get TOO MUCH copyright for their work'

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No it isn't...

"Copyright is a basic property right."

It isn't basic.

It isn't applied to property here, but to information, which is different.

Copyright is supported and enforced by States for benefits to the commonwealth. Where States get captured by companies the commonwealth gets a disbenefit from their extension of copyright.

This thought is CC attribute, modify, commercial.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Closed source...

Best avoided.

Quite how open source makes support more expensive eludes me.

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Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU

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Plain Text

has something to be said for it.

What actually do PDFs usually have in them that improves on that?

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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criticism of everything except PGP/GPG is it not?

All his criticisms do not seem to me to be of PGP, or the GnuPG implementation of it, they seem to be statements that email clients that incorporate it don't do it very well.

I'm not convinced that having it built into a complex other piece of software is entirely a good thing, but if someone is going to do that then it is them building it in, not PGP itself that is to be judged.

On the command line it is no more or less unfriendly than various other very precise programs, and the files or pasteable text that result are no harder to email than any other text file.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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And for other

purposes.

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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Absence??

In the presence of the directive.

In the face of the directive.

Not in its absence.

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Google: Grab our TOOL if you want your search query quashed

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claiming ID

It would mean a criminal offence had probably been committed though.

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Boffins say hot air makes Antarctica COLDER

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models of the world are made from

the world.

Some of them suggest places to look and things to look for.

Some of those suggest ways to make the model a bit better.

Ever made a model of something?

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Up to 500 GP practices to test plans to share patient data

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Re: Fume cupboard?

If you see it on a screen you have downloaded it to a local machine.

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Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

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Interstellar economics is the core

plot element in one of his rather good novels, actually.

I tend to the Metric fucktonne which is quite a lot.

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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Linux

SMTP Direct

anyone?

Yes, gnupg of course.

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New IPCC report: 8 ways climate change will throw world INTO PERIL

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Factcheck: please name 2 of those scientists and refer to the prediction you claim

"I've seen scientists in those groups you mention claim, not that long ago, that we were entering an ice age."

Go on...

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new insights in measuring temperature?

You'd be the first person to think of that then?

Thermometers got started about the time the Royal Society did, and people have been thinking about them, and about measuring devices in general and about measuring in general ever since then, at least.

Perhaps you should read about it.

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Release of records of rural sites

My impression is that substnatially all this data is available. It isn't easy to use, I suspect becuase it is difficult stuff.

Here is a reference to the CRUTEM4 data with an interface to pick out sites by rural/urban status and geographically display them.

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2014/02/exploring-crutem4-with-google-earth/

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Re: So in wrong...

Your given is false.

Therefore your suggested conclusion is not to be relied upoin.

So leave the goalposts where they are.

(Survival, IIRC, is the current location)

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

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Re: Gross incompetence on many levels

The numbers given above are not "over a third".

The Munich account seems a fairly steady transition.

Vested interest? I don't see it, they are not selling something.

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HP's calculation

seems somewhat fanciful, not least since Munich give other figures.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Re: Worst case for you...

Nice for you. Trouble for some.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

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Re: Hmm

Debian; SuSE.

Still run on the same hardware.

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Government-built malware running out of control, F-Secure claims

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the SF novel of which this is the plot

Or a prodromal element of the plot and piece of worlD-buil ding is Necromancer by William Gibson.

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Pork time! £350m in Health Service mail-etcetera cloud deals up for grabs

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The previous version was better and still runs

I think.

It was built on Exim...

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

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The BBC quote is exactly

correct though..

BBC says more storms reported.

Quote from paper says increase due to better detection.

And?

Now, if you were to comment on Darius Jedburgh's Plutonium device in the edge of darkness, then I'd be more interested.

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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watched for it, got Domino's menu but not

the leaflet.

I'm one of the doctors who thought some aspects of the idea and its implementation were suboptimal.

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

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I'm a GP

I didn't get a leaflet.

I'm opted out.

I'm rather keen on IT in medicine and healthcare.

But not this instance of this class of scheme operated this way.

NHS England is quite ... new.

Similar schemes were pushed in 1990-2002 IIRC and we rejected them.

At that time the idea of effective end to end encryption was resisted - successfully - for reasons unclear to us then.

This is presented as the first effort and only way to achieve various goods.

It is neither.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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Re: How about

No actually. Centralised.

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Gene boffins: Yes, you. Staring at the screen. You're a NEANDERTHAL

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Human

You might want to be more precise in naming there.

Hominid, hominid, home sap etc.

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Munich experience indicates savings and

other benefits.

I'd expect a steady improvement here as well.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Binds society

The BBC is part of what holds society together.

The cheapest way to fund it is through direct taxation.

The disadvantage of that is that it makes politicians intermediaries.

Capita are well-worth losing.

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THOUSANDS of UK.gov Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS

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NHS England incorrect on General Practices as quoted

Some years ago the NHS declined to fund GP IT any more via Practices, but made a set of deals with suppliers on our behalf, and set up area IT teams to supply and maintain hardware and operating systems, etc.

They were really keen to do that and declared it would be better and cheaper.

NHS England is a bit new, and actually doesn't know a lot about how things are running or have run or why or what went wrong last time idea X was tried. In their role that sort of knowledge may seem a handicap, it being far more fun to start as if from scratch.

XP alas. All the Practice's own stuff hangs off a Debian box in a rack, but the NHS stuff is scattered Windroids.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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Colour copies of passports

are illegal, IIRC.

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Boffins agree: YES we have had an atmospheric warming pause

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Stern

had a go at that a while ago.

His conclusion was that not fixing it is more expensive than fixing it and the longer we wait the bigger the difference.

Call it a first approximation.

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major yes volcano no

The latter is already known, and the trope is a denialist sham.

Major is a term of art, I regard the rise in CO2 as a major change, and once you realise it is larger than the change from a major volcanic eruption you should as well.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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Re: @rcorrect cyclists have tgeir own paths/roads

And after they got them nice and smooth last but one century a few people put cars on them and then a lot last century.

Share, carefully.

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NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

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Logical

That is all.

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New Terminator-style 'bots can self-assemble, leap, climb and SWARM

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Re: Not Terminator

Aggressive hegemonising swarm.

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'I don't trust Microsoft' after NSA disclosures says former privacy chief

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but you don't really make tgat point

with your argument.

The point you make is that even when one has the source code (including the source code for the compiler) one cannot absolutely trust the resulting binary.

You argue that therefore one should trust binaries for which source code us concealed. This is not logical.

Better to argue that the concealment of the source code is an easy marker for something to distrust, and if possible eschew, but that even those programs where source is provided are not absolutely to be trusted only because of that.

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'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study

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and no, figures since 1990 don't show

that.

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Outlook.com adds IMAP, OAuth

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Microsoft adopts standard!

Well gosh.

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Apple quietly revives iPhone charging and syncing docks

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Good on Palm

and the device just dropped in. I also miss it, although not with an iPhone now.

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

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Isle of Won't now?

I think we have overflowed Zanzibar now. As noted in the eponymous book.

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Gov IT write-off: Universal Credit system flushes £34m down toilet

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Re: fixed this for: but there is no alternative offer and

it is far from obvious that it would be more sensible to build one bedroom dwellings rather than two even if building them had been permitted since Thatcher.

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Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS

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simpler to move to FLOSS?

Bite the bullet. Escape. Reimplement on Linux.

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Russian spyboss brands Tor a crook's paradise, demands a total ban

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"Good cannot exist without evil"

Bollux. (Philosophically)

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

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nexus 4: working very well

WiFi Bluetooth to Mercedes after the Merc had its service, all fine and stable.

Skype is Microsoft now, nobody should be surprised if other companies' operating systems and applications encounter new faults in successive editions of it.

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

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thuggery isnt it?

We don't like what you do so your property will be broken.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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Re: darn, i missed that one.

Michael Valentine Smith.

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