* Posts by John 110

268 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009

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USBee stings air-gapped PCs: Wirelessly leak secrets with a file write

John 110

Re: Not a bee

Oh I think it is, what kind of IT expert are you...

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Flame

Re: Am I wrong in thinking that if ..

Yeah but the fact that I plane _might_ survive a drone strike doesn't mean that it's not incredibly stupid to precipitate one...

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NHS slaps private firm Health IQ for moving Brits' data offshore

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@Tubz

"or some big wig politician on the board of directors ???"

ALL the big-wig politicians have heavy investments in private healthcare, that's why they want to shaft the NHS

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Angler hooks German's todger at nudist lake

John 110
IT Angle

Just in case anyone needs to know...

The preferred removal method is to snip off the barb (from the hook, missus!) and push the thing back through (still the hook)

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

John 110

Re: When life imitates art...

Well, our network people are absolutely brilliant! (are you listening, Denise)

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John 110

@jeffrey

I see you got a downvote for no apparent reason - unless it was your best friend who didn't need to be reminded that his youth is now far behind him...

Anyway, have a balancing upvote

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Vivaldi's tweaky grinders fire out another release: Add themes, security

John 110

Re: Poor Opera 12

Try Pale Moon, it's forked from Firefox, leaving out the dubious decisions Mozilla have made of late. With a little effort, it can give you a close-to-Opera 12 experience in a modern browser.

http://www.palemoon.org/

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Microbes that laugh at antibiotics: UK sinks £4.5m into China-Brit kill team

John 110

Re: "Antibiotics are no longer routinely given ..."

We have GPs based in the rougher areas who prescribes antibiotics for colds rather than try to tell some ned (that's not listening anyway) that it's not going to do any good.

As an aside, colds can leave you susceptible to secondary infections and, depending on your physical condition, antibiotics can be useful for preventing complications.

The whole area is a bit of a delicate balance and our Medics spend a lot of time giving antibiotic advice on the phone.

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John 110

Re: "Antibiotics are no longer routinely given ..."

<Microbiologist hat>

Currently in our Lab, we use traditional culture/sensitivities methods to check urines. A negative result will be available in 24hrs. A positive result is trickier. Depending on how hard the organism is to identify and the sensitivity pattern, it can take 36 to 48hrs to give you a result.

What a clinician does with that result is variable as well. A lot depends on how ill/frail the patient is (or how young) and whether they're immunosuppressed. The bottom (front-bottom in this case) line is that most simple UTIs clear up themselves if you drink plenty of water and the urine doesn't look like pus to start with. Persistent and chronic UTIs in the very young, the very old and the debilitated sometimes need more work/antibiotics.

note 1: A&E will only use a dipstick and check for protein in the urine - that's not what I would call a result. That can only come from taking a sample and sending it to the lab.

note 2: "something as basic as a urine test" (snort)

see http://labtestsonline.org.uk/understanding/analytes/urine-culture/tab/faq/ if you can be bothered

</Microbiologist hat>

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

John 110

Re: Even in 2016

I want to upvote you for the "twats on motorbikes" but downvote you for the "too lazy to walk to the bus stop". Now I'm confused.

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She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

John 110
FAIL

Re: Reading this leaves me with one simple question...

@ShelLuser

"Looks to me as if she knew exactly what files she needed"

Do you work in IT? They NEVER know what files they need. But they DO know that the ones you painstakingly retrieved for them are the wrong ones...

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

John 110

Purple Hair?

I take it you were too young to notice the curvy ladies in full-body string vests then? (or hunky gents, if that's what floats...wait it was a submarine, wasn't it!)

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Joke

Re: Well...

"control over the banks..."

I recognize the individual words, but the actual sentence makes no sense to me...

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

John 110

Frozen north

The clearly expressed democratic will of MY people is clearly different to that of yours...

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DARPA demands brand-new command … IN SPAAACE!

John 110
Joke

Wait

Hasn't Hallmark already been used as a name! I'm gonna have to be extra careful not to send granny a satellite instead of a card on Granny's Day...

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

John 110

Re: Adventurous

I don't think it was "his" referendum per se.

And according to the Fount of all Internet Knowledge (begins with a W), the turnout of 84.6% was the highest recorded for an election or referendum in the United Kingdom since the introduction of universal suffrage.

44.7% of those (1.6 million people) voted "Yes".

Just sayin'

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John 110

Re: Does the Unicorn ...

Ooo, that might have been a mythtake...

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John 110

Re: our national animal, the unicorn

Dangerous bastards, unicorns

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Do you have a 'co-working mindset' and 'ephemerally involve others' in work?

John 110

Re: Hmmm

That's not ephemeral though... (unless he didn't kick...wait I have to think about this)

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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

John 110

"...how many politicians and civil servants who had dealings with NHS procument now work for these a$$holes ripping off the taxpayer !"

Lots

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

John 110
Unhappy

"The yellow face, it burns us, precious!"

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If you know what's good for you, your health data belongs in the cloud

John 110

Re: Pillock

@vinceh

Sorry for the rant (I had a colleague who was diabetic and a diabetic grandson)

@Bill B

That's what I meant to say...

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John 110

Pillock

"could have notified the son directly, rather than going through to his dad."

Have you ever dealt with someone having a hypo? At best they need talked through the procedure to fix it (go get some sugar or drink some lucozade), at worst they need third party intervention. It's not clear from the article whether the message to dad was first or second line response (you know, inform the diabetic, if nothing changes, then inform somebody else)

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The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

John 110
Angel

And...

...Lazarus did rise from the ashes...

http://www.lazarus-ide.org/

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

John 110

Re: What about the Time Flies by... by Half Man, Half Biscuit?

What a disappointment - I thought a carog was some sort of archaic measure like a fother (40 bushels, if you want to know)

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

John 110

Re: Yay

Should that be "using a phone" ?

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

John 110

Re: UI changes

"If I install a user desktop, after install, all my hardware had better work"

I know I talked about grannies up there a bit, but I have to leap to Linux's defence here. When I installed Mint on a new PC a couple of years ago _all_ my hardware worked out of the box except an ancient samsung scanner/printer, which worked after I installed the correct driver from the Samsung website. Oh and the new install didn't spend all day rebooting itself and downloading updates (all the updates were downloaded in one go and didn't require a reboot.)

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John 110

Re: Er... NO!!!!

I don't think we actually mean the GUI when the phrase "more like Windows" is bandied about. I think we mean something that your granny can use without having to phone you every two minutes.

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ICO fines NHS trust £185K for publicly airing personnel files

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Re: Im sorry

Because when you fire somebody, you get a new somebody who'll just go and make the same stupid mistake again. The real answer is to remove a non-typing finger (you know the one!!) and turn the debacle into a learning opportunity.

That's the NHS way!

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Thunderbird is GO: Mozilla prepares to jettison mail client

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Re: Thunderbird needed resources better spent on Firefox,

The Pale Moon team also do Fossamail forked from Thunderbird with the same philosophy as it's web browser big brother.

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

John 110

Re: Odd moral dilemma he created for himself

I imagine that Flash is/was fresh in the job. I remember that when I was new, I was eager to please while at the same time heady with the responsibility. And aware of how difficult it is to get a decision out of management.

Rather than ask what to do with misaddressed email and still be waiting for a decision when I retired, as an eager to help people young IT professional, I might have done what Flash did.

Of course, when the inevitable saucy email arrived, I would turn it all off again and let it bounce and pretend I hadn't done nothin...

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

John 110
Windows

Re: Hunger determination

@Efros

Translation note:

To transition this to East Coastish

1) replace all instances of "Ah" with "Eh"

2) replace all instances of "pie" with "peh"

3) replace "deep fried pizza" with "Farfir Bridie"

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Monster crowdfunding total raised for Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+

John 110

I hope you can...

...poke in the atic-atac infinite life poke, the only thing that made it possible to finish as far as my kids were concerned. Ah, we had many happy family hours mapping that spooky old house...

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Toaster cooks network and burns 'expert' user's credibility to a crisp

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It's a well known fact...

It's a well known fact that the last thing an IT person touched is responsible for all the ills that visit an office for the next fortnight.

"You put toner in that printer and now my phone's not working"

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

John 110

We went paperless....

......for three weeks because our printer (which is supposed to phone home for toner) forgot to restock itself. When the toner cartridge arrived and I fitted it, I was deluged by all the jobs sent but waiting for toner...

In hindsight, I should have reset the print queue...

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In this Facebook and Google-owned world, it's time to rethink privacy

John 110

Re: The sad thing is that no startup / corp has stepped up and seen a wonderful opportunity here…

vivaldi.net?

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

John 110

Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

@ Esme "Most recently a couple in their 60' s who installed Linux Mint without assistance"

Here, I'm in my 60's and I've got LXLE on my hacked Acer chromebook (scariest bit was stuffing tinfoil into a tiny socket on the mainboard so I could reflash the BIOS)!! That's just ageist, that is!!! Young people today...(wanders off muttering.....)

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

John 110

Re: @JDX - Does it still hate the user?

"has the UI improved over the last few years" is only a perfectly nice question if the reader agrees that it needs improved (I do for GIMP by the way)

Obviously some people feel strongly that it doesn't need improved...

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Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

John 110

Have a look

http://www.amigaforever.com/games/

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

John 110
Joke

Re: Gun nut

Betamag? That's a bit old-school seeing as how VHS won that war!!

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Hackers add exploit kit to article asking 'Is cyber crime out of control?'

John 110

Hmmm

Think I'll just pop over and have a look.....bugger!!

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SpaceX starts nine-day countdown to first flight of the new Falcon

John 110
Terminator

Wait.....what?

"machine-to-machine communications network"

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Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act

John 110

Re: No problem for a long time to come

I think there's a big shiny power source already up there....

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John 110

Re: As a microbiologist and SF fan...

@destroy "Cross-contamination would seriously rock. I don't think it is really possible. It's more likely that a human gets tobacco virus."

So we're not going to wipe out all the BEMs with measles or the common cold then? We're doomed, doomed!!!

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John 110

As a microbiologist and SF fan...

"Similarly, if we started contaminating celestial bodies with microbes from Earth, it could ruin our chances of ever finding alien life there."

Similarly, if we started contaminating Earth with microbes from celestial bodies, it could ruin our chances of ever surviving the alien life there.

There fixed that for you...

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Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

John 110

Re: Remind me why anybody should listen to this guy?

You don't have to listen to him if you don't want to.

His opinion is just as relevant as yours, except he's less likely to call you a pampered prick (even though it's perhaps a more apt description of you than him)

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

John 110

Phone support...

"I've pressed the button on the screen but the PC still isn't on"

"See the big silver DELL...."

"I've pressed that, nuthin happened"

"...there's a wee black button below that..."

"wait till I get my specs"

"...press that"

"Oh, that worked....what's the password?..."

"for f......."

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John 110

Worst "gift" eva...

After spending 2 days disinfecting a PC that had every malware in existence (and the only copies of the guys baby pictures (his babies, not someone else's) so just blowing away and reinstalling was not an option), the next week he presented me with the PC back, along with a new cargo of parasites...

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Shadow state? Scotland's IT independence creeps forth

John 110

Re: Todays message is brought to you by the letters W, T & F.

See "Thanks for prompting me to find out more" above...

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NHS IT must spend a fortune to save a fortune, says McKinsey

John 110

Re: own the software

You have to remember that specialised medical equipment (especially those with robust technologies; autoclaves for instance) fall into the same category as fixed industrial plant: they're made to last by companies that disappear once they've been sold to everyone that wants one, they are integrated into the fabric and require demolition work to get out, and - most importantly - they still work! Unfortunately that usually means that controlling software HAS to be what the manufacturer supplied and has to run on the manufacturers choice of platform and will never be updated.

Oh, and it's easy to keep up to date when you have billions, it's the little bit of a couple of hundred (or less) software that's hard to get funding for.

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