Re: In fairness...
top handle there, PG!
53 posts • joined 25 May 2010
top handle there, PG!
And done it in style. Big shark, big jump.
This is going to make Zune look like investment of the century.
Trebles all round.
IAAD and this is a real problem. In the ED we quite often want to take pictures of wounds, particularly if there is bone sticking out, as we don't want to keep unwrapping them to let people have a look as it makes infection more likely.
The NHS rules are very clear that taking pictures yourself would be a major offence .
The other way to do this is to use the patient's own phone to take the picture, and very few patients don't have a phone with a camera these days.
There is a wider problem with consumer technology being touted as a medical device e.g. heart sensors etc without going through proper (ISO 13485) accreditation. This means that Billy No Mates can create an app for health use with no quality control in either software or hardware engineering. This is why Apple has just shut down a lot of its health programmes - the risk of harm (= swingeing lawsuits) is not worth it.
The NHS needs to get its act together and regulate on this or face a lot of pain when these apps are shown to be as effective as the Bomb Detectors the UK sold to Iraq. Reminds me of a quote from that great philosopher Benny Hill - 'just because no one complains, it doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect;,
The overall look and feel and sentiment is good.
is a nice idea, but we didn't get any contracts out of two cycles so have not been a direct player for the current one, and we are exactly the SME it was set up to attract.
NHS procurement is ridiculously complex and there is an opportunity for G Cloud to be a threshold test, and if you meet that and there is a specced contract that is all you need.
Your columns are excellent and are pitched just right for an audience that is interested in this and has a bit of experience.
Also appreciated by my daughter who is doing economics A level and applying to university to do economics.
My guess is that the push is to be more IT focussed rather than expand the magazine aspects of the weekend topics.
This is a mistake as the Register was building a powerful brand 'more than just IT' and as we know from Top Gear, this sort of branding that reaches across many demographics is very valuable, very difficult to build and very easy to destroy.
While I would like to believe this is a straightforward 'plucky brits give johnny foreigner a bloody nose' story, I wonder if there is something more.
It looks like a great phone and well put together at a knockout price, that manages to undercut some big boys.
It is running cyanogen.
Now let me think, who owns a chunk of cyanogen, has failed completely at mobile, has lots of money, and wants to piss through Google's letterbox?
Would be interesting to look through WileyFox's accounts and see just how much they are being subisidised.
I never buy Belkin products because they did something relatively benign (router inserted ads over your html pages) a long time ago.
It is the Pinto Memo problem.
It is not just that someone has done something bad to their customers, but they have calculated the risk of being found out / it going wrong and they have still done it !
Commercial suicide in the internet age
the turd that won't flush.
I work in informatics and do a lot of work in/around the NHS and they spend so much time gold plating the most minor stuff and then mess up all the really big things.
Information Governance is not handled too badly at a local level but that is irrelevant if at a central level the captain has broken the team's bats.
The people in HSCIC at a junior and mid level are decent people trying to do a good job, but higher up there are a lot of people who are promoted way above their knowledge or competence.
I think there is a generation of us who have learned the hard way and who now always double check.
The biggest danger I find is colleagues who will forward stuff that is obviously confidential to the least suitable person
I would like a non-forwardable self-destructing email and although it would be possible to screenshot, most people are not capable of doing this.
Agree - nice MT reference
It is so hard to get a leadership mentor these days, but with virtual leadership coaches like David Brent and Malcolm Tucker, the NHS is safe in my hands.
my personal favourite - Malcolm doing some career counselling. ( NSFW, but this was a broadcast BBC show!)
No one seems to have mentioned Special Fried Rice.
My top 3
Lamb rogan josh with a naan bread
Kebab made from lumps of identifiable meat rather than elephant leg
You can get pretty much all the media content you will want on a 3TB hdd which costs £75
If they stamp on downloads I would be able to mail order a pre-loaded hdd +media server from china for £100.
At the moment home media server set up is a bit geeky.
They might find it rapidly goes mainstream if they do this.
he has got his hands dirty in policy and understood the importance of good information.
he has the testicular fortitude not to be bowed by the big corporations and a politicians' common sense when he sees a care.data turkey.
imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and other governments e.g. Australia have copied Maude's work through the Cabinet Office, so I suspect he has done a pretty good job.
Schoolboy error here I'm afraid
fry the pancetta,onion chilli and spices first.
Then tip in one's precooked garbanzos and some fresh tomato.
The big data loss, when it happens will be incompetence not malice, and sloppy processes in the NHS are likely to be at fault
i don't understand why all NHS organisations aren't ISO 27001 compliant as at least someone would have documented processes.
It would be the minimum standard in any high grade commercial sensitive data.
I have to use outlook because the nhs arXXholes make it difficult to use anything else.
drives me nuts. I hate it with a passion I normally reserve for NHS software.
you would trust NHS IT people more if they hadn't got a reputation as a bunch of cowboys who got bent over a barrel by the big consulting groups, software, hardware and service suppliers.
There's a reason they have that reputation.
apology is all well and good but I have been sick with worry as my friends thought I had spent money on a U2 album.
I am setting up a class action to address the reputational damage caused to many people like myself who have been harmed by this thoughtless and unnecessary self-indulgent noise pollution.
the true convergence is probably 3 years off but as Mac has been 64 bit for 5 years and iOS for 1 year you can see how a common code base would be a good thing.
Cleverly, they made the big jump OS upgrade (Mavericks) free and pretty bug-free to take people with them.
MS tried to do it with win8, but instead of showing their supporters the love, they couldn't help themselves and just rogered them senseless with big fees and a non-intuitive UI. Meanwhile android and chrome are cannibalising their core market.
All good fun
If it isn't someone else's fault, then it must be incompetence at HP.
So sue everyone else and cross your fingers.
Agree. It should come with Childline on speed dial.
Just tether off your phone.
Saves a whole load of grief.
whenever anyone uses the term whither about a product / company / service, I know it is withering.
yes he is verbose, but at least there is the nub of a sensible strategy: stick to the knitting.
This is fine for my mum who wants to do email and watch cat videos, and do a bit of light word processing.
In short it is something quick and easy to use for those people who have bought an ipad or iphone and is a chance to bring them into the OSX fold.
There are a lot of these people and they have the disposable income so if it comes in at a halfway reasonable price and it plays nicely with ipad/ iphone - they're in.
Never forget that that HSCIC is just CfH rebranded, but full of pretty much the same bunch of cock-up magnets as before.
The same bunch of 'have a go heroes' that pissed £ 20bn of our money by being willingly bum-raped by every IT consultancy and major IT supplier that ever drew breath.
Yes they have sacked the most incompetent, and there are now a some people around who know what they are doing, and the lower rungs have always been decent people but the case for dropping a nuclear device on Leeds is still overwhelming.
COI : I deal with CfH and now HSCIC on a regular basis.
I think that is right. I was an avid microsoft user then.
I used to set aside a day a year to clean all the cruft out of my MS box.
back then apple was flaky, linux desktop was only for the dedicated, and tablets and phones were dumb bricks.
Microsoft execs seem to exist in a parallel universe where they think the world owes them a living.
They are destroying their business by reaming all their commercial customers who will jump to OS/ cloud asap and their Office business by being late to the cloud and then overcharging.
They don't seem to get it that google doc and dropbox have changed the game
DH did studies to look at the effect on Emergency Department attendance as a result of putting in NHS Direct.
It doesn't prevent people coming at all and if anything NHSD just trained patients to come straight to the hospitals because that is where the doctors are - they don't get dicked around on a phone for 2 hours and then told to come to hospital anyway.
When people are ill, they want someone else to take responsibility for managing their condition - they don't really want advice, and if they did then they have wikipedia. But most of the time people just think "I don't get a website to manage my plumbing, I get a plumber - someone who actually knows what they are talking about" why would your illness be any different?
So I am afraid you wasted 6 years of your life. sorry. that is why they shut it - it is expensive and it doesn't work. Now we have 111 which is cheaper and guess what? it doesn't work either.
The IT angle on this story for some reason eluded me.
always a bit dodgy making diagnoses over the internet, but it looks like he has got Graves disease - thyrotoxicosis, whch can send people a bit mad.
I paid similar money
£325 for a crucial m 500 1TB SSD
£13 for a nice innateck USB3 enclosure
I have then distressed the enclosure so no one would bother nicking it
I have got the money ready but until I can get a non reflective screen, am sticking with my 2010 15" MBP with a 512 SSD.
C'mon apple, some of earn our living with this kit. We aren't all sitting round in shoreditch being Nathan Barley.
I spy with my little eye, something beginning with shill....
or have I just been trolled?
red swingline stapler for TPS reports
Big post-it notes
One of the sponsors of the car was a well known motor testing ground.
The car was completed at the beginning of summer with the aim of putting > 2000k of testing, so you can't say they didn't think of this.
This is a very sad end to an inspiring skunkworks project, but let's hope it rides again
I remember something about belkin trying something similar - I think it was that their router would insert adverts into webpages.
the interesting thing is that I don't remember the exact detail, only that i have never bought a belkin product since.
This is sort of thing only too predictable from BT, which is why I am no longer with them, but there are plenty of sheep who will tolerate this sort of treatment.
I think the BOFH would be equipped with a Stillson wrench.
ultrabooks before their time - I used to have 2 x 7200 porteges - one linux, one W2000 and they were stable and pretty bomb-proof with magnesium frames.
you could pick them up ex-business when the execs had moved onto their next shiiny for 1/4 of their new value and barely used other than for watching cat videos and playing minesweeper.
ah those were the days....
wouldn't google be cheaper -would be interested in a direct independent comparison.
but not as cheap as libre office + dropbox.
They need more funding otherwise what will happen to all the self facilitating media nodes?
I know that the glossy screen can make cheap displays look good but for that kind of money I would expect a no cost matt option.
I am still using an apple big matt screen (not imac) from >5 years ago and will not upgrade until there is a matt option. Gloss is fine for watching funny cat videos but if you depend on your computer for making your living, you want something that does not reflect the entire world around you.
or HP65 as the first programmable, went on apollo etc
the toshiba portege owned this sector many moons ago.
good quality, very robust for their size and weight. Before the advent of VMs I used to cart two of them around to develop on, one linux, one windoze, ah the good old days.
it is easy to plug in and works.
If you can get a £10 box of bits and sell it for £150, welcome to capitalism.
A lot of cheap laptops have crap sound out, and this will fix it, but for £150 extra you could get a laptop with decent sound out. I think the M-Audio products are very good
A lot of second hand DACs available very cheaply though.
I bought an old meridian DAC second hand off the bay which I feed from my MBP's optical out, and an adaptor and the whole thing cost me £100, including a tinfoil hat.
I have got the previous gen one of these - you can pick them up on ebay for about £100 and apart from a few megapixals difference there is not much loss. Just check the seals.
the super macro is very good with built in LED light.
I bought one because it looked wife-proof, and so it has proved. It is also child proof which means that you can give it to a six year old to go and make videos of her rabbit/ the dog and know that the camera will survive.
good for taking underwater in the swimming pool or on holiday - can do snorkelling or shallow dives quite happily.
GPS would be nice but do they hoover up a lot of battery?
there is no reason to go higher resolution than the IP3's, so it means that it is reasonably safe to develop for that.
The odds are that all the MacBookPro and Air screens will use the same (+/- widescreen) resolution, which will settle things down again, as this will become the main standard in the same way that 1024x768 has been for about 15 years.
The Morcombe Bay implementation - the first full Lorenzo - has not gone live and from the testing phases the problems have been deep, most likely as a result of not having clinicians spec them properly.
This is not going to end happily.
This turkey isn't going to fly.
I have been involved in testing one of the modules. Absolutely hopeless. Took >8 hours and still could not process the patient, crashed multiple times.
I would be very interested to see how this was spec'd because it doesn't bear any relationship to clinical practice.
They had an opportunity to kill this overblown vanity project and blew it.
They should be looking at what NZ have done - specify how stuff talks to each other and let the market sort it out.
utter utter mess.
what sets a really good website apart from the hoi-polloi
I don't want to get epistological on your asses, but trying to disprove something is the basis of Popperian science. If I cannot disprove something, then it is probably true. So we spend quite a lot of time trying to prove a negative.