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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

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Re: What leaflet?

@Anon5000 - I doubt you're reading that correctly.

For a start, it's wholly illegal under the DPA and also under EU law.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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How to teach maths

Honestly?

The way to teach Maths is not to teach maths. I can honestly say I never learned any maths at all in school until we got to sines, cosines, tangents and quadratic equations. I was in the classes but I learned absolutely nothing.

I'd already learned it working for my father; a farmer. How many cattle do we have? How much cake does one spring heifer require per day over the winter as a grass supplement? Assume the weather doesn't break until April - how much have we got and how much do we buy in?

Mrs Gregory wants 10lb of potatoes today but we generally sell them by the half-hundredweight bag, ie, 56lb. That was a fiver so how much for the 10lb she wants? Also, weigh that out when your scales take 56, 28, 14 and 7lb weights.

Algebra is the substitution of "x" for "potato" or "hay bale". Arithmetic is the process of not starving your animals and not short-changing your customers or yourself.

Geometry was interesting though :)

Seriously, cookery works the same way and that's fashionable these days. Bring out the HomeEc teachers.

And I don't know whether it's relevant or not but everyone I know who grew up with Imperial weights is way better at arithmetic than those who had easy-mode metric.

But yeah. Don't teach maths until you get to non-physical concepts. Until then, teach life, which is maths.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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wat

> Microsoft sold a duff product and we should not pay for failure.

13 years is a duff product? Since when? Is OSX from 13 years ago supported? (Was it even OSX 13 years ago? I honestly can't remember but I know damn well the answer is "no").

What about the open source side of the fence - is RHEL from 2001 supported now? No, and it hasn't been for at least six years.

If supporting an OS for 13 years is a failure to you, then MS are your only choice because everyone else has way, way shorter product lifespans.

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Re: Balmer for the win!

What features? Exactly what features?

Itemized list, or one might be justified in assuming that all your obections are similarly yanked out of your arse.

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¡Viva la Revolution! Geeksphone's new mobe to go on sale this month

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"Revolución", shirley?

Typo?

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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Re: I hate set-top boxes

@Richard81 - that's fine, I already have one of those.

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Re: I hate set-top boxes

I'd rather like to get YouView on my XBox. I don't see why it's not possible - it's not like there aren't cheap USB TV tuners around. The iPlayer et al apps already exist, even for the XBone (which, incidentally, should be even better able to cope with a USB tuner because it has a "full" Win8 install as well as the gameOS and is essentially a PC under the fluff).

Okay, I haven't got an XBone yet and won't until the price drops and the game selection improves but seriously, why not?

If Satya Nadella is reading this (i expect he likes a good laugh at ignorant commentards as much as anyone else) sort it out, would you?

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Oh Toxteth, you were just Kibozing for Nigel then. Admit it.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Re: Idiocracy

@ " 's water music" - nice one, loses something in the forum display, btw.

I don't think it's misogyny apart from the deliberate crudity of the phrasing. Somehow, this politics graduate has taken her worthless degree and got several highly paid and extremely visible jobs out of it without producing anything at all in under four years. Most people with a similarly useless degree would be asking whether you want fries with that.

It's either nepotism or she's fucking somebody. Or a cynical attempt to get publicity in the Daily Telegraph when it's not publishing pictures of all the fit girls who got their A level results but none of the fat ones.

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Re: Idiocracy

> - the only jobs it'll create are for a few of 'call me' Dave's latest cronies.

And madam here only finished a Politics degree three and a half years ago, and her CV shows some propaganda for Irritable Duncan Syndrome and some different propaganda for another bigwig. Oh, and expensive hair and makeup.

Accurate job title? Grandee cock-holster.

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Petition - Tim Cook's picture

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Petition - Tim Cook's picture

Dear El Reg Eds and Subs,

Whenever you feel the need to post a picture of Tim Cook, please post a picture of a Paul O'Grady instead.

Then we check to see how many people notice.

Example - http://cheezburger.com/6699719936

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RISE of the MACHINES and Bitcoin: Bill Gates' Reddit tech predictions

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Re: Why?

I don't buy that for a moment. You'd just use a different and non-traceable currency if you were buying hot-button items like those.

Unless you were planning a single world currency but that would also require a single world bank and a single base taxation system.

None of those are actually terrible ideas, unless you let Americans near them.

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Hackwatch

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Hackwatch

Nope, not here. I mean around the web and especially the newspapers.

A thread for the staggering technical illiteracy of the non-tech press to be highlighted.

Charles Arthur thinks you can make money forking Android.

I love this one.

Charles Arthur is Grauniad's technology editor. Apparently this means he gets the first iPad every year but very little else.

Charles thinks Satya Nadella should dump WP and "just fork Android" because "it's open source" and "loads of stuff works on it". However..

I don't think Charles knows that AOSP is buggy and largely superseded. I don't think he knows that it's the only open source bit. I don't think he's imagined for a second that Google move more functionality and more APIs into Google Play with every release and that Google Play is not even the shoddy attempt at "open source" that AOSP is.

He thinks you can just drop equivalent services in. And you could. But it would, at this stage, be more work than just coding them for WP8.x. Amazon do it, after all, but they only replace a minor subset.

But apps! Charles wails.

But most games won't work without the Play APIs. Which are closed source. Which feed all data to Google. And which are an all-or-nothing proposition - you can't say "yeah, we'll take maps but not GMail". You also can't make any non-Play phones in your factory if you make Play phones.

And Play's not even free, Charles. You dickwad. It costs less than a dollar per "certification", true but add up the (frankly lunatic and utterly unfeasible) claims of how many Android handsets are activated every second and that's big, big money. Although I admit that if those were true we'd all be knee deep in Android phones by now anyway.

Go back to your iPhone, Charles. And shut up.

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Mozilla takes a page from Google with sync-friendly Firefox Accounts

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Re: Not sure I trust Mozilla

Hmm. Do I trust a not-for-profit organization with my data more than a rapacious monopolist who makes a living mining my data?

Tough decision...

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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Re: "The old trick of yelling...."

It's a few months old. In Twitter terms, only dead people remember it.

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The old trick of yelling "OK Glass, SafeSearch off, Horse Porn" could prove invaluable for getaway drivers.

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Inside Microsoft's Autopilot: Nadella's secret cloud weapon

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Re: LOL???

You might have "seen" but you haven't actually done it, have you? In most cases, a recompile suffices.

Also, most people don't delete an older framework when a newer one comes along. To do so would be break all the rules of APIs.

You're not telling us that you do that, are you?

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ITT -

people who either

a) know nothing about massive infrastructure management

b) are genuinely stupid

c) have been to the pub

d) any combination of a), b) and/or c).

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

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Re: For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

> no space for two computers here, really.

I don't believe you.

http://globalscaletechnologies.com/p-57-smileplug.aspx

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MEP: Google's SECRET deal will cause crisis of trust for Europe

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Meanwhile, 3 months in the future

Google appoints Joachin Almunia as a non executive director on a salary of $[obscene] for two days per month.

It's the EU way.

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Facebook-for-suits biz LinkedIn shares drop on weakened 2014 outlook

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Re: Nothing unexpected

> Now this is nothing but another recruitment site

It's a shitty recruitment site, too. jobserve.com does it way, way better.

And they send several orders of magnitude less spam. Seriously, does anyone not block linkedin emails?

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

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Re: Javascript is the VB6 of the 2010's

It's better than VB6. I mean, you can actually do inheritance and even polymorphism in it if you know how prototype works. It's ugly but you can.

The lack of type-safety is what really annoys me. I keep meaning to learn TypeScript (which is a superset of JS which compiles to plain JS) as a means of overcoming this horrible flaw but... never do find the time.

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'I plead guilty to DDoS conspiracy and these GCHQ b*stards were doing the SAME thing?'

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Kempin

Obviously, a sales manager from Germany who quit Microsoft 12 years ago knows everything about everyone.

Or the barrel-scraping for somebody to badmouth Nadella is getting pretty desperate.

Next week on the Reg - "SHOCKER - Reg commentard Bob Vistakin says Nadella is crap, quotes discredited article about Bing toolbar plus his own extensive experience of MS Project".

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Google v Intellectual Ventures patent spat jury: Soz judge, we're stumped on this

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Re: Intellectual Ventures

They were employed by MS and Intel but they were employed as lawyers.

Lawyers is lawyers is lawyers. Anyone prepared to bet real money that no patent troll firm has been started anywhere by any lawyer previously employed by Google?

Me neither.

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Android console on the way? Amazon slurps gamehaus Double Helix

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Re: Up against it

> Actually for that £200 you could get a Wiii-U

That'd certainly be a talking point since nobody but you would have any idea what it was.

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Geek's geek Guthrie heads up Microsoft's mega-billions enterprise software biz

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Silverlight?

Oh Gavin. Seriously?

All the stuff Scott Guthrie's created and all the initiatives he's led - such as completely open-sourcing ASP.NET, just to name one example - and you pick Silverlight to make him look bad.

Is this editorial policy or are you just being a massive dick?

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

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Re: George Zimmerman

I think he shoots 'em.

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Google will dodge EU MONSTER FINES by 'promoting' rival search services

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Re: Why?

> Monopoly: Google are not a monopoly. They are very popular - the most popular by far, but they are not a monopoly.

94%.

Google have 94% of the online search market. What are your criteria for a monopoly if 94% does not cover it?

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London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

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@ Paul Hovnanian

I agree that's a workable solution but it's not really my field. I do mobile ANPR fitted to squad cars so the light you have is all you have.

To the person who states that banks of operators typing in number plates are part of the ANPR system - don't be ridiculous. The "A" stands for "automated".

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Re: Scary Stuff

No. IR is directed whereas ambient light is all over the bloody place.

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@Neil McAliece

Probably not - the issue is not the clarity of the frames usually; more often it's the OCR being unable to cope with the angles involved.

This changes under IR because the letters/digits on EU numbers are not in fact reflective but the rest of the plate is.

It's an offence under UK law to make the letters on your number plates reflective by any means, but actually rather simple to do and (for obvious reasons) hard to enforce.

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Re: Scary Stuff

I currently work on ANPR and your figures are roughly correct, in daylight. Remarkably, we get closer to 90% accuracy at night using infra-red cams.

(Aside - we find errors are actually more often a factor of OCR than ANPR as such. We get a clearer image to read at night using IR).

The thing that got me about it was that most of this functionality is going to require a PNC check and each and every PNC check you perform will cost you money. It costs individual police forces, it would cost individuals a lot more, plus a full security screening and logging of all usage.

On the whole, I find the notion of ANPR in a box unlikely. Not least because our mobile units are currently equipped with four daylight cams and one IR cam and getting something that can handle and decode five simultaneous streams for under a grand seems a bit like... well, bullshit, frankly.

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

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Re: Bad Servers

a. Netware was shit.

b. If you're pushed into using something that's bad, make a business case for using something that isn't bad. Unless you can't because the thing that's actually bad is you.

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Re: Not Elop then.

It pretty much takes an Eadon (or Bob "let's tell lies about toolbars" Vistakin) to argue that MS produce bad servers and bad tools.

Since that was his baby, let's hope the quality starts coming through in the rest of the business.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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My new hobby - buying a £10 PAYG phone and sending 1000 texts to random numbers all containing the single message - "we are go, bomb the Pentagon".

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I'm in: Peter 'Dragons' Den' Jones launches bid to buy out Expansys

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Re: Wow

I've been mentally referring to them as Expensys for about 3 years now.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: Back in the real world

Chromebooks? Seriously?

The only technology in the last five years to be substantially less picked-up than Windows 8 and even running below Windows Phone in terms of popularity? Chromebooks are your great hope?

You shouldn't have posted AC. Then you could use the "joke" icon.

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PGP wiz Phil Zimmermann and pals tout anti-snoop mobe – the Blackphone

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Re: Just desserts, an unnecessary evil or great force for good?

I understood that.

Are you ill?

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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I'm just shocked that an anti-terrorist law was actually used against an actual terrorist.

That must be a first.

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Re: It's not the size that matters

Both appear to be rising in.market share. So....

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It's weird how Chromebooks getting a sub 10% market share means Windows is dead but WP8 getting a 10% market share means WP is doomed.

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Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

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> If the LAPD were equipped with these mean machines, then OJ Simpson would have got away.

Well, that would have been a huge net saving in court costs and mind-numbing TV.

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Windows Phone app developers: These games are made for you

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Re: Of course you're not seeing Windows Phones...

Nobody needs to buy a PC to run Windows. Only the OS which will run happily on your linux box or your Mac if you so choose.

iOS is as if Samsung had released SDKs that only worked on Samsung hardware.

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Re: Of course you're not seeing Windows Phones...

IDEs are also free and there isn't the added "you now need to buy a Mac" charge.

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Re: Wont be found here...

Nah, Bob works for Google's PR agency.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: memories

We eventually got a colour telly in 1983 - my dad's farm worker's salary of £13 per week not really stretching to such things. I remember walking up the fields to a neighbour's house - over a mile away - to watch the Royal Wedding in colour. My mum insisted.

I had a version of the Casio calculator; bought it myself in '85. It had most of the function keys on a membrane keyboard in the wallet/cover/thingy. Can anyone remember what model number that was?

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Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

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Re: Former prez George W Bush took the time to pose for a shot with U2 frontman Bono

I'm not certain which of them is more embarrassing...

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Malware+pr0n surge follows police op to kill illicit streaming sites

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Re: City of London Police

> CoLP are mostly concerned with financial crime.

Not financial crime that affects actual people though. Only the stuff that might hurt big business a little tiny bit.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Lawyers paradox

The maxim "everyone on the internet is wrong" is not too far out.

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It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

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Re: how about ...

If something that was open source sat on as many desktops as Windows and dealt with as many bank details and credit card numbers, "virus resistant" would be a fool's dream.

Oh, hi AC.

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