'Paperless' has always been plain silly. Use IT wisely, but in the chaos of wards and GPs, some things WILL be written on scraps of paper, napkins, chart traces. And everyone (er?) can 'write', whereas not everyone can type, or find the things they want to say on kludgy drop-down menus and disease codes. Ask people how they work, and then decide how to handle reality. Else it's a forever cycle of 'won't happen'.
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Re: Not your enemy
Not since we insisted on destroying their population with opium imports, and attacked their culture with missionaries. Long memories.
Re: The reckoning will come ..
10 years after retirement and never having been on it, I still get (triple) 'invitations' from youngsters who I know wouldn't want to embarrass themselves. Seems it just raids their address book. Treat as malware, I tell them.
When Aer Lingus got their first one delivered, they flew it up and down O'Connell Street on St Patrick's Day, several times. I was there and this is not a tall story. What, no Guinness icon?
Re: 'Fess up everybody
The ultimate crime in any business is 'getting caught'. So why employ people who once got caught?
Re: Some people....
Fun joke, but arrogance? Maybe the boss was told there was a 'helpline' for the 'new payments system'? Maybe he rang it to find out how to make a payment without a computer. A German will do nothing unless properly trained, and evidently they'd let him down.
Hotdeskers I saw abroad would bag the best seats by windows (or have friends do it) really early, then not sit there as they had more interesting things to do (never-ending 'meetings' in a cosy 'pod'). Some seats were so popular with senior people that nobody else would ever dare to sit there, even when 'owners' were away. Not saying monitoring would help, but notice the use-case. My raincoat's on THAT chair, so leave it alone.
Lots of cameras round here. Small amount of crime, but if it happens - Plod has more than mugshots to help. 'Nothing the hide, nothing to fear'. Just wait 'til the outlaws nick your stuff, and see whose side you're on.
Whaddya bet that the Standard will include 'Rights Management'. Just post an image, and we can cope. In fact, (paid-for) SharpEye will turn it into polyphonic ringtones pronto.
In the Darwinian contest of societies, maybe PRC has 'got' something, after the experience of far more bloody centuries than we have had. Baseline orthodoxy is, perhaps, an asset to efficiency. What's the other way? - Mesopotamian Babylon? (for millennia of strife still unending)?
While I was reading all this on 8.1, 'GWX Control Panel's background monitor again warned me that my settings had changed to download upgrades. Disabled of course if I now reboot, but how often is this going to happen?
Downvotes? he's got a point. I put an SSD in an inadequate HP netbook with a 'starter-something' Windows, and it now works acceptably on Win10, with Classic Shell of course. Even runs the challenging security for the full-install OED (principal use-case for that one). Obviously 'GWX Control Panel' protects all the other machines around here.
True to Type
The elephant in the room, or indeed absent from it, is that most patients, doctors, carers and nurses can't type and prefer not to type.
NZ should choose a flag that'e easier to sew than the present one.
When I was at school in the '60s, an 'Old Boy' who'd made it big in the FO came to lecture us on Britain's strategy. He said we wouldn't need a big-ship Navy in fifty years, just fast boats to police the Mediterranean and Channel against mass population movements. Do you think they listened to their own advice? The US, on the other hand, has the Pacific.
Re: Click-Bait much?
Click bait didn't work for me - screen said 'you need to turn on Java'. Bye bye!
Re: And Russia's response...
And here's hoping Mr Putin will give us an example of how exactly to deal with ECHR rulings which are manifestly contrary to public interest.
Re: Film makers?
Weren't Mystery (mastery, = professional) Plays done on a cart with a proscenium on one side? £D with no goggles required!
Re: Crap Idea
So don't go there? Maintain momentum and use a robot instead.
...and Outlook 2003 seems fine (on some definition of 'fine')
I was looking at a Russian publication (for a picture of wreckage) and almost fell for this one. Killed it instantly, but Malwarebytes was still able to find the residue.
Just helped 3 people register for SA electronically. Needs 2 letters by post to your home, or 3 if you don't have a UTR, so takes weeks (albeit probably justified by security, not complaining!). We didn't 'shun' any newer system, we just didn't see it. Should I update them? How?
5 laptops etc in my garage with XP, and sometimes we turn them on. 3 in the house ditto - they won't go away, and can only upgrade to Linux (which houseguests won't use). Win10 is OK, but just looks too different for anyone to bother.
Think Fortran, assembly language programming is boring and useless? Tell that to the NASA Voyager team
Re: Where do I sign?
Yes, we had a real woman on our COBOL team. And all the (rather lovely) younger women who punched our 80-column program cards if our fingers were exhausted. The '60s were better than anyone can possibly imagine.
Re: Where do I sign?
Why did I ever leave Fortran, Algol, (and Assembly) for COBOL? AhHa, for the money - I remember now.
Blue chip franchise?
In the very earliest days, the 'Royal Mail' franchised stage coaches, and paddle steamers, to provide a reliable SLA or else. When I was young, 'Royal Mail' got printed on the side of airliners who could be trusted (remember when?). What's this 'Post Office'? Time to rethink the whole thing in terms of modern technology and (of course) the imperatives of 'universal service'.
Re: MBA "Qualification"
MBAs merely think they can rule the company without effort. It is PPEs who just know they can rule the universe simply by using their trusted contacts.
Business School case studies examine disasters (we had Singer Sewing Machines - it was that long ago). Now... your name is Baroness Dido - what do you DO? Hindsight is forbidden in your answer, also no paying McKinsey, or doubling salaries for IT grunts. No, very seriously, if YOU want to be a Boss, and even if you didn't bother to clock a PPE between youthful rides, what do you do NOW?
Interesting perception that the 'Goldilocks Zone' is in (observed) time as well as everything else. Now, is that an anthropocentric 'here is where we are' claim, or do we have an objectively special seating plan precisely between the Restauants at the Beginning, and at the End, of the universe? Or is it simply what you must see when you 'are'.
So a client who has entered a 'prepack Administration' specifically to avoid paying outstanding debts has the right to insist we go back to work there?
Re: T'was ever thus
The man who used to run 'a major central bank' printworks explained to me, when I was young, how he would quietly make an economy by printing smaller banknotes. And so he did, though he'd never have predicted the disproportionate fall in value since then.
I wrote 'Canary Yellow' (below), while s/he was writing this excellent script. Just to endorse it wholeheartedly. For our next trick, what maxims should we advise to hapless 'government', to make any future difference at all, after so many generations of well-meaning, disappointingly unprofitable, impossibly committee-bound initiatives. But don't forget, the Utopian health systems of these islands still attract inward delegations of appreciative top-level foreigners from all over. British muddle (eventually) Rules OK.
Anyone here been exposed to NHS projects at high level? There are huge conflicts of vested interests, intersecting competing political ideas, and a spaghetti of wobbly-working and previously half-implemented systems. Plus, varying inconsistent theories of what 'Standards' and (gulp) 'data protection' should apply. The poor folk who actually have to specify and (perish the thought) implement are just 'the canary in the coalmine'
Re: Dear Coders - Rules You Learned in Kindergarten
In 1975 I was,er, past 30. Years before, I had mailordered my first transistor, to add to my crystal set. Ex-Army valves were cheap, but no good on batteries. Analogue computing was easiest to implement, just graduate the pots with a Rapidograph.
Re: Dear Coders - Rules You Learned in Kindergarten
In 1975 I was past 30. Years before, I had mailordered my first transistor, to add to my crystal set. Ex-Army valves were cheap, but no good on batteries. Analogue computing was easiest to implement.
I had two ferrite cores, properly wound, in clear epoxy. Trimmed down, they made nice cufflinks. They were stolen in Amsterdam, and history does not relate why I had taken them off at the time.
We were hit big time by 'EDS' (as was). But in fairness I think they really tried. The recurrent problem is that the client says 'we don't know what we need, just do it' and the outsource contract says 'here's what we do, just sign'. As a 'systems analyst' from the 1960's, I do think there's routinely a bit missing here.
Provided he can find enough people to pay for them voluntarily, or can extract enough tax funds from government to subsidise them in the public interest. But NOT financed by a regressive poll-tax with 'criminal' sanctions.
Re: It's a Classic!
'Torn'? That's cheating! (but not as bad as staples glue or tape).
Re: I can believe it
I did 'Dateline' in the late '60s. Probably on punched cards. Got 5 names, contacted 3 in London. Lovely girls each (where are you now?) and cost me 3 dinners plus petrol for my Bentley. Central misunderstanding was that my encoded 'love of music' (hearing Bach, playing ocarina) did not match with their similarly-coded 'love' of Jazz. Nothing went further, the 60's were more decent than you've heard. Men have standards too.
Wrong end of the age scale, but I often find solutions to things that Googled chat threads on the internet haven't solved. Then they say 'sign up to comment' - no way, on a zillion sites running scripts. Solution needed.
Didn't HP buy EDS? (no comment on that logic, or price). Did that ever seem rational? Does the split effectively reverse that? Might it seem natural? I'm too out of touch in retirement to know. 'Esc' because it might be a Great Escape.
We got our fathers to smoke cigars so that we could have the hinged cedar boxes to host a battery, key, and light, plus a morse buzzer if you were rich. When 'transistors' came along we stuck one of those in our Crystal Set and grew up.
This seems to be the same sort of thing, but may be too complicated for the target age group. PS - did you know that an e-bayed cigar box makes a nice traditional home for a Raspberry Pi?
Re: The Impact On The Public Was Terrible
Her Captain knew very well her vulnerabiliy to plunging shells, which is why he was trying to close the range. To be hit in a turn was plain unlucky, but... 'good shot' to the other side. So it's a War Grave? Leave sleeping bells lie.
So I downloaded latest, and 'upgraded' a pathetic HP netbook running 'Win7 Starter' as an experiment, Four+ hours later, I had a working Win10 system. To my disappointment (as a Microsoft hater) it 'just worked', and 'windows.old' (20gb) was still there if I wanted to revert. Worse, once I'd undone via 'custom' (in too-small print) all the snooping, with a local account, it respected all my preexisting XP-lookalike settings and desktop and even seems to have preserved Classic Shell. 'Full OED' permissions did prompt an auto-download and CD-resetting. Is it remotely possible that Microsoft might be getting the majority of things right now, if one actually knows how to be cautious?
When I was hiring (somewhere else) I always made my very best offer for anyone I really wanted. No dice? Sorry, it was already 'best' (I had a budget). When my father was hiring (distant days) it was the prestige of his company that sold, whatever the starting money, and 'partnership' beckoned too. Nor any messing with relocation preference across oceans: company loyalty trumped schools, houses, spouses (and 'company men' got total security, to match). Different again - anyone remember the 'Cable and Wireless' estates for uprooted families across the Empire? Times change.
Downloading now, but my Build upgrades have very often failed n-1 times. The reassuring feature has been that the previous version always reliably comes back, even if it takes all night with no apparent HDD activity to happen. Let's see if this one can also be tweaked to replicate Win7 appearance, to unlink 'Bing', and to work without a 'Microsoft Account'.
Re: Back to the future
And the other bit could revert to 'EDS'. Great idea that was, eh?
Re: Windows 10 fbl_impressive Professional 10158
me too. Upgrade took all night before freezing at 82% (fortunately the moon was full, so the screen glow did not disturb). Better still, the last version was then perfectly restored after re-boot. Now trying again, and a few unattended hours in already. Am I really supposed to recommend this to my XP/7 cousins?