* Posts by JohnMurray

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Want your kids to learn coding? Train the darn teachers first

JohnMurray

Re: Our local schools...

That would be because of the need for good attendance figures....to the extent that they would prefer a child to attend school to register, even if that child then has to go/be-sent home again immediately.

They are not averse to the "fine" for non-attendance-due-to-term-time-holiday though, at £100 quid-a-kid.

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Boffins build magnetic field cloak 'wormhole', could help MRI scanners

JohnMurray

Oh good. So the next time I'm being MRI scanned I can not be in the middle of a narrow, and extremely noisy, tunnel. Just prone on a table remote from the field generator with only the "antennas" of the RF source nearby.

Good. Even with ear-plugs it is not pleasant!!

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Legal eagles accuse Labour of data law breach over party purge

JohnMurray

I did that with the police once.

Their response was many sheets of A4 heavily covered with massive blocks of black.

My name was at the top, and readable, nothing else was.

Ditto with ATOS, who at least photocopied the redacted sheets....

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JohnMurray

Re: “is not funny or clever for people from other parties to try to cheat their way into our system”

Let's be fair here.

Under any of the four they are unelectable.

Labour do not kiss the right arses.

An almost total capture of the "free" press and hence control of publicity means the con party has it made.

Short of Cameroon being revealed, somehow, as being a life-long practising paedophile, the conservatives cannot lose an election. And even if he is.......

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The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

JohnMurray

What's new.

All women have to do to click is walk into a bar wearing very little.

Why waste time enlisting onto a website when you can get what you want elsewhere....

Most sex-sites are of a similar ratio....except that sometimes it is not evident from a quick glance that many of the women are just men dressed-to-impress.

Many of the women are, apparently, asking for "donations" to pay for the travel costs........

Whatever....................

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BT commences trials of copper-to-the-home G.fast broadband tech

JohnMurray

It took BT 6 months to spot the corroded screw connection on the copper-up-a-pole outside my house, which had reduced the 4.5Mb/s to 56Kb/s......coming soon to a 300Mb/sec fibre-to-corroded-screw near you...

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

JohnMurray

Re: You're missing the point, Tim

We are not emerging from it...we're bumping along at the bottom of the trench. Many of the failings that led to the collapse are still there, and still failing.

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JohnMurray

Re: Corbyn is barking, but ...

That would be the senior civils I take it?

The run-of-the-mill civils pay into their pension, it is contributory. Unlike the MPs', who drain everything into their pockets...and get away with rampant fraud, and then "retire" with a stack of dosh and into a nice little earner courtesy of their "contacts" (when discussing Africa, the same thing is called "corruption")

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JohnMurray

Re: Expats should pay tax

Unless they kept residency in the UK when they where living abroad, they will not get any NHS when they come back......

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JohnMurray

"The slight problem with that approach is that anyone with any basic knowledge of economics knows that this "anti-austerity at all costs" approach is economic suicide"

But so is "austerity at all costs"

Since "the great and good" of both economics and politics have led us into an "anti-austerity" economic wilderness, closely being followed by an "austerity wilderness", I am inclined to think that the inhabitants of both economic and politic worlds are nowhere near as good as they think themselves to be. To be more precise, they are both more inclined to feather their nests by removing feathers from other nests, than they are to be either moral, or honest. And being lectured by a politician on living within our means and running our household budget in the black, when his family are serial tax avoiders and millionaires...............................................and he has never lived within his means, just others....

Anyway...who gives a shit. No political party, or politician is trustworthy. The phrase "nest of crooks" springs to mind.

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EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

JohnMurray

Re: Good idea but...

Then the EU will say "NON": and the French will ignore them and reply: "je m’en fou"

I suppose it is asking too much for "les rosbifs" to say "fuck off and mind you own ass" to "La EU"?

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

JohnMurray

Re: Good medical practice

"My local practice mailed out forms allowing you to opt out of everything"

As far as you know. Your data is still extracted though. And your opt-out only lasts as long as "they" allow it to.

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JohnMurray

Re: Change in the law

It does however override the data protection act with respect to patient data and NHEngland..

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JohnMurray

It does not say whose, or which, health and care it will benefit.

Or in which way. It may well benefit my health and care if local councils had full access to my health information. Or capita....which already has anyway..

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

JohnMurray

Nipped over to SILSO web page for a look...noted Dr L Svalgard (Mr Stamp-on-anything-to-suggest-sun-may-be-anything-to-do-with-warming) in the list of data-alterers....dumped the site and will wait for some real science to come along for an objective report. I may be waiting for a long time for real science to do Real Science though.

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

JohnMurray

That would be the state pension. Two shillings a week for the over-75s'

It was never meant for the low paid, only the middle classes.

The average life expectancy [of the labourer] in the early 20th century was 46 years.

What we need now is a return to those days, when England had an empire. The navy was manned by forced conscription, there was no health care for the poor and jobs were allocated on basis of a penny a day and free tea, if you bent over and thought of England.

Oh wait....that is what Timmy is in favour of.......now, if employers were decent, moral people who lived by the law of the land voluntarily...

But we all know they are a load of scrimping, whining, tax-evading immoral bags of solid excrement..

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JohnMurray

Re: @The tick

Of course, employers would never, ever, break any laws. Such as collecting and disseminating information (mostly inaccurate ) about their employees/ex-employees, and then using it to prevent them obtaining employment.

Nah...never 'appen mate.

Oh wait....

And the unions are doing an excellent job protecting their members....by legal action against those companies, mostly ones big enough to have known better.

HMRC current means of defining self employment would seem to mean that genuine taxi drivers are, while many private hire drivers are not.

Pf course, with no paye the gov would be squillions down in income....but we're going down that route anyway, since many employers regard part timers as disposable...

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

JohnMurray

Re: I wish politicians would learn...

Since most of them went to educational establishments that were single-sex, and not the female sex, and their idea of a fun evening was either trashing restaurants or burning twenty-pound notes in front of the peasants, you quickly realise that most of them qualify for state mental health services.

And let's face it, there are so many perverts in parliament not interested in tits that the pr0n filters mainly apply to them anyway, AND they are so thick they would answer YES to the question "are you under 18", just to see if it was a gateway to kiddie pr0n.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

JohnMurray

I like the irony on the installation page:

"Your pc will restart several times. Sit back and relax"

Obviously written by somebody with no experience of a windows upgrade.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

JohnMurray

Actually, Elon is betting other peoples farms on electric travel, not his.

Dunno about the brain part either, although he is smart enough to use other brains to do the hard part!

He kinda reminds me about another well-known public money leech...Branson.

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

JohnMurray

Re: Good news for Polar Bears

Anthropogenic irony impairment?

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Sod the law! We'll crack on with our metadata witchhunts, growl cops

JohnMurray

Or indeed whether they should, or will, obey laws anyway....after all, all that happens with many is when caught, they get to take retirement on health grounds.

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

JohnMurray

Re: The Truth of the Matter is this...

The problem with the state pension is that it was never intended that everyone receive it, only the middle classes.

When it was started it paid two bob a week at age 75+.

The life expectancy of the lower classes was 46 years at that time.

THAT is the source of the state-pension problem, it pays-out to the lower classes now.

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JohnMurray

Re: The point where I concluded this guys an idiot.

Fuel used to propel a boat on inland waterways is taxed at the full rate, and liable to vat.

Fuel used to HEAT the boat is rebated. In fact the tax is applied based on a formula that allocates a percentage of fuel purchased to propulsion and heating.

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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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