* Posts by Adrian Midgley 1

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Google reveals bug Microsoft says is mere gnat

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Organising the world's information

seems a clear mission statement.

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Isn't that already standard?

better MS fix it, or if it is really of no consequence stop complaining it isn't secret.

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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Ships. They don't have thermometers, do they

not on the engine cooling water intakes, and not dipped into buckets from the time of the Royal Society founding onward (one of the early exercises of the R. Soc was to make thermometers, and one of the early uses was to put them on HM ships, and write the readings in the logs which sit in the Admiralty.

ZThomm, were you drunk when you wrote that, or what?

If drunk, then tomorrow you may be sober and enlightened or appalled, if not drunk then is it money, or sheer appalling stupidity?

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"No thermometers at both Poles."

Really? There's a ring of flags at the South Pole, and the thermometers are outside them, is that what you mean?

That the base at (where at means within actual walking distance of) the South Pole, where people stay in large numbers all summer, and small numebrs all winter doesn't have a thermometer - everyone agreed perhaps to stick a hand outside and say "we scientists don't nbeed a thermometer to tell us that is COLD, and we don't care how cold it is"?

They are actually on the Internet these days.

www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/support/southp.jsp

I'm amazed you can type.

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Why do you pick 20? Although

it has, actually.

Still - facts - science- if you want to believe something else you will.

Just remember that Gandalf and the headmaster are actually us, nowadays.

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Privacy alert: Outlook for iOS does security STUPIDLY, says dev

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Surprise

For certain very small values of surprise.

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MI5 boss: We NEED to break securo-tech, get 'assistance' from data-slurp firms

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It was glaring

So not the only one.

W

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NHS refused to pull 'unfit for purpose' Care.data leaflet

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the minutes have been refused

to a FOI Act request on the grounds they are due for publication

Overdue I think.

The najor failing was the appearance of dishonesty and not listening to people who Di have a clue and/or entirely legitimate views.

The business of sending things - usually a bit late - for mandatory or statutory checking for publucation and at the same time publishing them is pretty standard. I suspect it correlates with a criminal mind, even if the mind involved has not actually committed any overt detectable crimes.

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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Water pistols...

Very very small drops of water, projected against the junk.

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Probably because

you use MS Word etc and keep a horde of unconnected documents.

Building an information system or knowledge system would have been a good first step.

But MS looked to people buying things as thoguh they understood it, and Word docs look to the administrata as though they are useful pictures of documents...

The coffee machine cleaning probably isn't management information, and won't be collected never mind collating. Cleaning costs for the canteen, possibly, cleaning costs overall certainly, in whatever degree of detail the management of the hospital and their outsourced cleaner management company find useful in setting and paying bills, certainly is, and it seems likely it would be better managed if this is information kept in an organised form and thus trivially available.

Is it more or less than other hospitals? Is the result cleaner or dirtier? THat sounds like interesting tuff to know.

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Open Source's 2014: MS 'cancer' embrace, NASDAQ listings and a quiet dog

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You want part of it refactored in a language you know and approve of ...

you refactor it.

Nobody can stop you from doing that.

Now try that with closed soruce.

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Care.data's a good thing? Tell us WHY, thunders watchdog

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Given no permission

is what he means.

So if they (or even we) share some of it, we must do so under some power, or for obvious benefit to him (as doctors have from time to time done in the last few millenia) and cannot say "you have allowed us to do whatever we like" in response to a question.

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Presumably Mr mcbride has previously

run a company doing useful things for a profit?

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Flying...

So the ISS is flying?

The essence of flying is that it uses aerodynamic forces to control direction.

Hence the altitude at which spaceflight (as NASA seem to call it) supplants atmospheric flight (at that altitude the speed required to fly on aerodynamic lift exceeds the orbital speed).

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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is any use of this legal, by anyone

on anyone, anywhere?

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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depends

on nucleic acids, for instance.

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big....

as you say.

Really big.

So unlikely things are likely to happen.

Positing instead that something impossible happened is not, Watson, an improvement.

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we know it has happened

at least once.

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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

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from the article ...

this is the observed data, presented...

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NHS slow to react as Windows XP support nears the end

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Open Source in the NHS 2001

We were working on it then, but the Blair Microsoft Project intervened. Now NPfIT has mutated to CfH and ruthlessly faded out in standard fashion the work is picking up again.

And as noted, FLODS replacements for proprietary systems are happening.

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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yes damage

Yes crime I think in UK.

IANAL

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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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