* Posts by JohnMurray

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Universal Credit white elephant needs 'urgent breakthrough' says MP

JohnMurray

You couldn´t spend £16 billion and get nothing.

Someone has to have done something with some of it.

Quite possibly about £1 billion has gone on hardware, maybe another billion on software, leaving £14 billion transferred to the British Virgin Isles: somewhere.

A quick shuffle and a few million gets shifted into ConCentre as a ¨donation¨

Or is that too simple?

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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

JohnMurray

Not new to Crapita. After all, the company does not allow part-time employees to park in the company carpark. Howls of rage when the local council made the roads outside no parking.

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JohnMurray

http://www.capita-one.co.uk/

Just when you thought things could get no worse!

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JohnMurray

Re: And the problem is?

Crapita IS run by miserly cretins.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

JohnMurray

Re: What austerity?

Yep.

So what to cut..

They could cut the benefits paid to those working (£30 billion/yr+)

They could cut the amount paid to pensioners £75 billion/yr (plus assorted other benefits such as pension credit/housing benefit/council tax benefit)

Cut health spending? £103 billion

We could always cut the money to the unemployed...although JSA is only about £3 billion directly..

We could cut the £20/30/40 billion in corporate welfare spending....and we could cut the amount of money redirected by tax avoidance/evasion.

Tough decisions.

Piss-off the people (some)

Or piss-off your donors and supporters....

Although we should also look at the chancellor...who is not an economist (of any sort) but is intensely political....is doubtless planning for life after Call-Me-Dave has gone/been made gone...

But wait...

NHS is ringfenced

Pensioners are ringfenced.

Education is fenced...whether ring or barbed wire I do not know...

That puts Call-Me-Dave in direct opposition to Call-Me-What-You-Like-Gideon.

Things could get interesting soon....

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

JohnMurray

Re: On a side note

"Do they really think people are that thick? "

Yes.

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JohnMurray

Re: Superb timing

We are still a signatory to the EHRC, even if, (after the gov dump the law) as individuals, we are no longer allowed the same rights as the other signatories.

The Human Rights Act is not really a human rights act, since there is nothing at all to stop any government just dumping it. Now, if it was entrenched into law, and couldn't be dumped by any government without a referendum (preferably one needing a more-than-40% turnout.......

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JohnMurray

Re: Time to leave

Really?

About anything interesting?

The turkeys just voted for Christmas, and you think they care enough to demonstrate?

The Conservatives have total control [almost] of the press via their owners (TRTGAS) (Too Rich To Give A Shit), control of the few who insist on contrary points of view will come via "extremist views".

The labour party is about to be de-funded, opposing views from charitable and social organisations has been neutered by the "gagging" law...union strikes are about to be ended by insisting on an over-40% vote (although we have a gov elected by either 24% or 34%, deciding on your viewpoint)

An interesting 5 years is coming....although whether we have any future elections is another debating point!

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GDS to handle Govt payments? What could possibly go wrong?

JohnMurray

Just let crapita do it.

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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

JohnMurray

That would be robbing anon to pay Stewart?

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

JohnMurray

Re: Good

No offense is committed in the leaving of urine on a floor.

An offense may be committed in the act of urination if the genitals are willingly exposed to other persons, in which case the offence of "exposure" (sexual offences act 2003 section 66) is committed (he also means she).

Having sex with a person who is drunk may well be considered, by a court, to be rape if the person involved is incapable of consenting to sex.

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Crap employers banned from enforcing backdoor crim records checks

JohnMurray

I wonder why DBS Scotland does a roaring business with English companies?

Especially as disclosures via DBS Scotland are supposed to be proportional to country: IE, if the person is resident in England the disclosure is supposed to be under DBS Eng rules. But large s/mart chains get total disclosure from DBS Scot for even trolley stacking jobs.

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Ex-cops dumped on never-hire blacklist for data misdeeds

JohnMurray

Caught selling/giving info to their mates, now ex-police and enlisted into "private" law enforcement?

Or, the usual; caught getting addresses of women and turning-up outside their house to "make sure they're ok"

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

JohnMurray

Re: Lock Apple and MS in a room......

Updating windows.

Do not turn your computer off

Configuring windows updates

Update failed reverting changes

Do not turn your computer off

Shutting down computer

Restart:

Updating windows.

Do not turn your computer off

Configuring windows updates

Update failed reverting changes

Do not turn your computer off

Shutting down computer

An hour later...

Updating windows.

Do not turn your computer off

Oh fuck off...CLICK...remind me..again..why I bought W7...ahhh...the printer driver kept going awol on Linux....

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Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

JohnMurray

Re: And they wonder where the money goes?

All the changes have been for the benefit of the service, just not the HEALTH service. The admin services have been greatly duplicated, sometimes the duplication has led to there being so much paperwork that the patient has become irrelevant.

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JohnMurray

Re: I forget

I was there......

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JohnMurray

Re: I forget

They originally started biz as Sim systems, a company started by Bedford council to design bespoke software. The council were persuaded it was a non-starter and sold it to its managers....the rest is history...

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Snapchat jihadist-fearing peers return with LAST GASP Snoopers' Charter demand

JohnMurray

Lord King:

The British people are at a higher risk, long-term risk, from the British government, than from terrorists.

Particularly as the British government seems to go out of its way to enrage and empower said terrorists.

However, it seems to me that many people are under the impression that ignorance is prompting this freedom/data grab: Wrong. If this fails to go through ¨they¨ will attempt to railroad it via a legislative back-door (tacking it onto a bill to regulate the colour of public toilet seats, for instance)

This is just another power grab. You go-on considering them to be sad old duffers; I´ll continue to consider them a bunch of power-mad lying, thieving, tossers.

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

JohnMurray

Re: "Anyone care to define the word "direct" in this context?

Bowel cancer screening is done by non-NHS organisations.

Most NHS pathology is now done by private contractors.

Neither can receive confidential information about you if you opted out of the care-data scheme....but they can at the moment receive it from your doctors surgery.....

As for private physio...I think you will find that you can self-refer to the local hospital physio dept, the surgery sends you for private physio because they receive a referral fee from the private physio.

I got the ¨free NHS healthcheck¨ letter from my GP this morning...so I phoned to see why..

I asked them if the practice got paid for the healthcheck, or whether it was part of the service. they said: ¨it is an extra, paid by NHS England to each practice, and it is one of our best earners¨

Signed-up for that then,,,,

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US looks at plan to hand over world's DNS – and screams blue murder

JohnMurray

What makes you think that a robust, infallible and tamper-proof system is what the PTB want?

I can see the benefits of a global internet that is fully compliant with political and security needs: Can't you?

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

JohnMurray

The only terrorist attack they are worried about, is one on them.

The rest of us are just cannon-fodder waiting for the next arms-trade profit enhancer.

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JohnMurray

Re: People just aren't angry enough

The back roads are also being filled now.

Beware the "village average speed cameras", being fitted everywhere to protect the residents [from themselves, since it is usually the residents who speed].

Just try to get into Northants without being noted...

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Should spectrum hog TV give up its seat for broadband? You tell us – EU

JohnMurray

Re: The point about Broadcast TV

My freesat receiver cost 19 quid. My dish cost nowt; sky dishes are littering the country.

Funnily enough, I rarely watch broadcast TV. I prefer watching stuff on catch-up or netflix etc.

I'm even considering getting rid of freesat and the TV licence (radical....I'll have the crapita goonsquad on my back!)

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

JohnMurray

That depends how much government cash enables the ¨doing something¨.

In the case of the tesla, that is a lot!

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European data law: UK.gov TRASHES 'unambiguous consent' plans

JohnMurray

Then you should bother to read the fine print, and the implied conditions!

Note that your lack of knowledge means that other parties have access to your banking details, such as the DWP via their contract with experian.....

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JohnMurray

Re: Saving taxpayers money

And then there was/is TiSA; making TTIP look tame...

https://wikileaks.org/tisa-financial/#article_x11

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

JohnMurray

Re: It's Plain to See

"We must do all we can to help the security agencies bring to justice all the criminals, terrorists and paedophiles, then we can live in a safe protected society"

What are we going to do with all the bankers and politicians locked up?

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JohnMurray

I somehow think that drones equipped with hellfire missiles would be ineffective in the backstreets of Manchester, and consider that using them to take-out drug dealers in the City of London would meet with less meaningful collateral damage; damage that anyone cared about that is. While they're at the hellfire-and-drone, have a stab at Westminster as well. Absolutely no average Joe would give a monkeys at that.

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JohnMurray

Re: Suggestion for law enforcement

Maybe real crims are not what they are looking for?

Maybe, just maybe, real crime is not the agenda?

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FURY erupts on streets of Brussels over greedy USA's data-slurping appetite

JohnMurray

Re: Leave the EU?

Probably you are not aware of UK/USA data sharing that exists now.

All home office data is shared with the US...

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/agreement-between-the-uk-and-usa-for-the-sharing-of-visa-immigration-and-nationality-information--2

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JohnMurray

Re: @The Axe: The point?

In the UK traffic wardens have attached cameras, and some police.

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JohnMurray

Re: This could be scuppered

Qualified Majority Voting.

"Today, only the most sensitive issues such as taxation, social security, foreign policy and defence still require unanimity"

Trade deals don't qualify for unanimous voting.

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Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

JohnMurray

Obviously an error there, let me correct it:

"Hackney Homes and the Council takes [the unintended release of your] data very seriously. while this data is routinely passed around council departments, many of who have no genuine reason for needing it, we find it disturbing that people now know that we are a useless pack of data-mining wasters who really do not give a shit about privacy, except our own of course"

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JohnMurray

It's probably gained by cross-referencing from other sources. Councils are recipients of large amounts of such information from, for one instance, education sources Any service from a social service department will also have information from your medical records, relevant to that care service.

The list of "healthcare professionals" with [possible] access to your health records is long, and varied:

Doctor

Community Nurse

Registered Nurse

Dietician

Dentist

Pharmacist

Chiropodist

Clinical Psychologist

Psychiatrist

Psychotherapist

Physiotherapist

Occupational Therapist

Art Therapist

Drama Therapist

Music Therapist

Health Visitor

Aromatherapist

Optician

Osteopath

Chiropractor

Speech & Language Therapist

Loads of room for mission creep there, although it should be noted that only those involved in your DIRECT care should be able to legally access your records, many administrative staff will also see the information while en-route. In local councils, local taxation officials will have access to your health records.

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What future is there for UK's Care.data info sharing scheme?

JohnMurray

Your problem is that your data IS going to be extracted (eventually), even if you opted-out, because that is what the system is intended for. Your opt-out just (theoretically) defines the end users of the data; some get it, others do not.

In the case of your summary care records, you have no say at all. They are only for use by "healthcare professionals" (mission-creep rules apply). http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/scr

Your care.data records are the ones being discussed. http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/records/healthrecords/Pages/care-data.aspx

As always, what you start with is not what you end with. I would be extremely surprised if system resilience had not included considerable user resistance in the design phases, and then designed out the resistance. Care.Data will roll-out, eventually, with end dissemination decided by the design team and not by the data subject. Or maybe you thunk that the DPA exemption for HSCIC was for another reason?

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JohnMurray

Re: The stupid thing was

They're just sulking, while thinking of a way to get it all up-and-running without anyone knowing.

Bureaucrats are never defeated, they'll just think of another acronym and lie.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

JohnMurray

Re: More here...

Can we change "gravy train" to "pork barrel" please?

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JohnMurray

With all this free money floating about, I expect a certain Mr Branson to start Virgin Electric soon!

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JohnMurray

Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

Qualified Majority Vote.

No veto.

And the EU received it from some UN fly-by-night organisation!

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

JohnMurray

Re: reducing energy consumption

¨The replacement levels for the poor are not the same as for the rich¨

Quite right. If the rich want to have their incontinence pads changing they use other peoples´ children.

The poor just smell and stay wet.

The point being missed in pushing for a zero-rate level of population increase is that at some point over-population will change, quite rapidly, to under-population, and then to extinction.

When the ¨age demographic¨ changes dramatically, coupled to other consequences of first world society (such as having children later in life) you come to a point where the population has aged to a point where increase just becomes a word with no action. You then import population increase.

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

JohnMurray

Re: Name me one English summer

http://bravenewclimate.com/2014/08/22/catch-22-of-energy-storage/

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

JohnMurray

get_iplayer --get http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04nv6kr/doctor-who-series-8-11-dark-water

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

JohnMurray

Re: MPs: Lying, thieving, corrupt gits who think the rest of us are stupid

Not really.

Try:

¨MPs´: Lying, thieving, corrupt gits who couldn´t give a toss about us¨ (except at election time, and not for long afterwards)

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Virgin's SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave Desert during test flight

JohnMurray

One dead, the other seriously injured.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/oct/31/spaceshiptwo-richard-branson-virgin-crash-mojave

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

JohnMurray

Re: a study from Canadian health researchers

Given that the largest risk factor for prostate cancer is age, and high testosterone levels increase that risk.

But since sex with another person, and masturbation (wanking for those illiterates reading (sic)), do not seem to affect hormone levels much, maybe they should go back to the drawing board?

At least there has been no attempt to link prostate cancer to climate change in the research: Yet.

But the ¨having loads of sex with a member/s of the opposite sex¨ thing seems to indictate a long-term grant application....

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Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

JohnMurray

Who really cares?

I have no intention, as yet, to use pay-by-bonk, in any of its forms.

If they make it mandatory, in preference to the standard card-and-pin, then I can just pay cash (or not use the service)

I should give a rats backside.

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

JohnMurray

Re: Public confidence?

Time off from GCHQ to troll El-Reg ?

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JohnMurray

Re: Here's an idea...

Or just roll-out more anpr units......there seems to be one in every village around here, and Northants is surrounded by an anpr ¨ring of steel¨

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JohnMurray

Re: There's a germ of a good idea here...

The bigger problem; is that none of the anti-terror-anti-paedo laws were ever introduced to deter, or catch terrorists or paedophiles. They were just the excuse. Mission creep does not exist when the mission was always to snoop on people, in case they decide to wander into parliament and seriously club 650 heads to pulp.

As said, the real terrorists exist in parliament and law-enfarcement (sic)

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