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Care.data is a complete omnishambles, says study into hated scheme

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Re: Assumptions

Whether the data will be OFFICIALLY released to the marketeers remains to be seen.

I'm sure it will end up released soon if it hasn't already been

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Assumptions

It is only a shambles if you make the unwarranted assumption that the purpose of the scheme was to improve things for patients.

If you were to dispassionately analyse the scheme you would determine that the purpose was to collect patient data for immediate advertising and for eventual privatization, enrich consultants, and reward minister and civil servants with future directorships. And that it performed admirably.

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Apple splashes dough to keep Big Cheese safe

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Re: I was Monty's double.

Anybody that looks like an Apple exec has already been sued for patent infringement

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McAffee

Used to pay a similar amount for security to keep the world safe from its CEO

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B is for Brussels: Google's corporate rejig WON'T insulate firm against antitrust probes

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Re: Odd. Too few shards.

>any fine would have to be based on the EU turnover only

No it wouldn't, the Eu can levy any fine it wants based on anything it wants - of course collecting it is a different matter.

Making each leaking oil tanker a wholly owned subsidiary whose only asset was the leaking tanker didn't protect oil companies in the 70s.

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Texas senator Ted Cruz serves up sizzling 'machine gun bacon'

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Re: Jesus

>can you imagine either of those two being in charge of a country.

The more worrying part is that both of them are just the distraction for Bush junior - the "serious" candidate

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Re: He's Canadian. Born in Calgary

The meaning of "natural born" has never been determined by the supreme court because they have never needed to - and it doesn't look like the question is going to come up any time soon

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Re: IMHO, shrewd

So Jade Helm is a commie Canadian plot to take our bacon ?

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Re: Just what America needs to calm things down in the Middle East

And this is the guy who would be negotiating the war between Israel and Iran

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HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

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Re: I wonder how many people will be bitten by these biometric shenanigans

And they know which bank you use because it's in your browser history - along with all the other sites you have an account on.

And they have your live email feed so they can do a "forgot your passes" request on all of them and harvest them from your phone.

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Yahoo! parties! like! it's! 1999! with! retro! billboard! revival!

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Re: A billboard....????

This is a story on a website about a billboard advertising a website that does advertising

That is so meta - it's almost not fscking stupid

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Germany formally drops ‘treason’ case against Netzpolitik journos

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And cue ...

The downfall parody of the Merkel explaining to the prosecutor exactly how stupid this makes her complaints about the NSA look

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Re: That old chestnut

>Carly Fiorina says Apple and Google should just hand user information over to government investigators.

And to the European government investigators, and to the Chinese, and to the Russians, and to every other country they want to do business in ?

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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Re: Works 4 me

Biggest terrorist attack in the middle east was against Britain and perpetrated by .... go on, guess the religion.

Hint they also don't eat pork and have a very unpleasant time as baby boys.

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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

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Whereas slumped on your couch in your underwear holding a WII controller - you look like a veritable athletic god?

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Re: Whilst I do not disagree with the criticisms of the privacy issues regarding Win 10............

The difference is that I use Google/facebook/twitter/Android for fun - at home.

I use Windows at work in the defense/healthcare/government/police/banking/legal industries.

Industries where I go to prison if it turns out that the data I control has gone to some foreign company/government because of an operating system I installed.

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FBI may pillory Hillary with email spillery grillery

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Re: My boss would never allow it

Because the official email is subject to FOI requests - like many employees in highly regulated industries you never say anything in an email that you don't want to read out in court

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Re: Only to be expected

She should have used an official archived email sever like the previous lot - then illegally deleted all of them like the previous lot

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MoD splashes £1.5bn on 10-year IT deal to 'keep pace with threats'

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Re: Spending

"...shifting users to the cloud...".

The RAF are obviously jealous of the Royal Navy getting aircraft carriers (albeit without any aircraft)

So they are building that floating airfield from Captain Scarlet - "in the clouds"

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'White hats don't want to work for us' moans understaffed FBI

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Re: Don't they just-

And then reject them if they have a tattoo, facial hair outside acceptable guidelines or any previous police investigations against them.

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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Re: An employer of mine did an experiment, in a slow period

So you are lending the government money at 0% in the hope that they don't cancel the scheme before your turn?

Why not live on 80% of salary, save 20%, invest it at an average 8% return and take a year off on the more than 100% you then have?

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From the surplus value generated by your increased productivity over an Afgahn goatherd - as a result of the centuries of science, industrialisation, education, infrastructure, legal framework that you have benefited from

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Re: One thing does

Good job that the working time directive doesn't apply to junior doctors then.

I would hate the person trying to remember if he is injecting NaCl or KCl to have been prevented from working 168 hour shifts by some meddling bureaucrat.

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Re: Contractors/Contractees have already chosen

So every labourer on a building site being classified as an independent contractor isn't so the builder can save on NI - it's so that they have flexible negotiating rights in a globally dynamic marketplace?

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Re: Great idea!

Because the claim that the giant global companies are all secretly controlled by Arabs ?

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Re: hmmmm

They are removed here - there is a special exemption for high tech companies (those where 50% of employees use a computer). No statutory holidays, no bank holidays, no overtime, no limit on working hours. The result is that salaries are half as much as in that bastion of pinko commie liberalism the USA.

There are also a rapidly reducing number of jobs since all the good people are in Silicon Valley and the companies are moving there to find the people.

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Re: Another advantage of being a contractor

A lot of that is because a generation ago the only contractors were lawyers/accountants/etc and they got to make the rules. When every receptionist or sandwich shop worker is an indpendant contractor expect the tax loopholes to get tightened as quickly as they were when every programmer decided that they were now contractors paying themselves dividends.

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

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Re: Not really SysAdmin but....

>"I'll have to get a man in".

Have we wandered into the script of a porn movie?

Now sysadmin porn - THAT is an overlooked market.

"I'm here to install your new SAN"

"ooh what a big SSD that is"

... black Linux conference t-shirt falls to the floor revealing the 6pack of the typical sysadmin.....

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Worked in a building that was a copy of one in the US - except they left out the AC because you don't need that in England.

Of course the windows didn't open - because you have AC. And the machine room is in the middle of the building with no ventilation - because you have AC.

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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

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The shopping centers here provide electric car charging, so do all the cool trendy companies.

The big limit is that nobody is allowed to sell electricity - except the monopoly power company - so you can only charge for parking. I worked out if I parked at the supermarket every day, bought an item to get my free 2hour parking I would drive for free.

But a lot of electric cars are going to be Car2Go type schemes and 2nd cars, or apartment owners who commute locally. In US cities that is a lot of people.

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Re: Get this man a job in Congress!

Except by the Indians - China has lots of Uranium and now owns big bits of Africa.

ps. Thorium reactors are no cleaner/safer/better than Uranium. Their only advantages are if you want to make it a lot harder for yourself to make bombs or - like India - you don't have any Uranium.

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Re: @Derpity Still a bit confused

Really? No cambelt, no engine wear, no oil, brakes almost unused.

If you keep swapping the (recyclable) battery pack I can't see why they wouldn't run for a very long time.

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Will the PC glory days ever return, WD asks as its finances slip

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Spinning rust has precisely one advantage over SSD - it's cheaper.

They are betting the company on being able to continue making mechanical parts smaller and cheaper each year faster than semiconductors can make parts smaller and cheaper each year.

Goodbye WD

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Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

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Re: What are you all worried about?

"the facial recognition software does not take or store anyone's photograph"

That in a way is even worse.

You can never fly again because the computer says your face matches a terrorist.

Unlikely since I am a 70 year old women with blue hair - can I see the photo?

No there is no photo - but the 32bit hash of your face data matches one of the other 4Bn hashes in our database so you are a terrorist.

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Exploding 'laptop batt' IN SPAAACE! Speeding lithium spaffed by nova

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Re: So....

Nope the explosion creates Lithium - so unless you have more battery after it explodes than before .....

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Re: Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

Ironically here in Canada we get all the old UK stuff on Netflix, the other half is addicted to Midsommer/Rosemary&Thyme,Ms Marple,Agatha Christie - none of which show up on UK netflix.

... more worryingly she might be planning on murdering me and is researching the best way to fool detectives

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: PILOT ERROR

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Re: Disturbing

There have also been a number of accidents when thrust reversers or slats deployed during flight on commercial airliners - either because of faults or pilot error.

Adding interlocks so thrust reversers only work when there is weight on the wheels seemed like a sensible precaution - however well airline pilots were trained not to put the engines in reverse while flying.

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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

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Re: Again?

Like Kayak, expedia, flightbookers, etc did to travel agents.

If only the travel agents had donated $50k to the mayor's election fund these services would be illegal.

In fact given the airline's clout with the government i'm surprised that they aren't

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Re: Same there

And the person with a $1M is an idiot. $1M and the return is $40,000/year. ie 4% return on capital.

This is a billionaire that needs to read some business books.

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Re: Actually works

"would that mean I need a taxi license for that city?"

Yes but more importantly you would need a license from the BCS, and be a member, and pay annual dues to be allowed to write a computer program.

We can't have just anyone writing programs - don't you care about hackers etc?

If only the BCS had the same lobbying cash as the lawyers, accountants, opticians etc

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Hacked US Census Bureau staff to take anti-phishing classes

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Re: training and support portal? REALLY!?

And there will be organisations that tell their users "don't click on suspicous attachments" and then email important pay/pensions forms as word doc named PDQQ-6756-BHG.docx

If you let infected files/links into your system and rely on regular users to spot them and not click - it isn't the users' fault. It's like telling them that some of their computers might have faulty PSUs with dangerous voltages on the keyboard and that they should "be careful".

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Email apparently from Home Office warns of emails apparently from Home Office

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emails they deem suspicious

Well if I thought they really came from the home office then I would be cautious - but as long as they are only hackers.

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Boffins' audacious plan to blow up aircraft foiled by bomb-proof bag

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>a jumbo jet towing a WWII style glider behind it

Cue Ryanair's next announcement, "caravan class"

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Re: And braces

Airplanes do not carry tanks of oxygen - that would be dangerous.

They have canisters containing a mixture of chemical explosives which generate oxygen, along with a lot of heat, when you trigger them.

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Re: Not mentioned in the article...

Number of US planes blown up by bombs in last 20years?

Number of US airports which still don't have weather or windshear radar

Number of staff cut by the reduction of ATC to a few major centers leaving most of the US with no coverage.

Number of column inches generated by each threat ....

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

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Re: Its because the US is broke...

Nasa is safe because it has sites in every senators home.

Remember space is a tiny part of what Nasa does - most of it is subsidising a bunch of aerospace companies

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

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Re: The New Deal

>but Chancellor Merkel is not going to bankrupt her nation by pouring multiple billions into South-Eastern Europe.

She isn't, she is pouring billions of euros into German merchant banks that made expensive loans to SE europe.

>It would not be so tough if these nations got to keep their favourite coin

But then they wouldn't have been able to borrow to buy German cars and Germany wouldn't have been able to afford to sell them with expensive DMs.

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Re: Too many secrets to know what will do what.

The "Canadian economy" is the housing market in Vancouver and Toronto and the banks that support it.

The rate cut will drive up prices and cut mortgage payments - people will feel richer and vote the correct way in October. After that who cares?

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Re: Rescue the banks or the bankers

A real profit or a "we bought Northern Rock for £1, wrote off a £Bn of bad debt and sold it to that Branson chap for £1m" sort of profit?

And did we (or the Americans) cure the moral hazard of allowing retail banks to play speculation in the knowledge that they will be bailed out if they screw up?

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