* Posts by JohnMurray

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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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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

JohnMurray

http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/practice-topics/it/caredata-will-allow-police-access-to-patient-records-without-informing-gps/20005800.article#.VDKIK6E_6D4

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

JohnMurray

Re: I concur

But the 14-day rule only applies if the application is made before the previous tax expires.

Note also that the vehicle tax expires automatically on the sale of the vehicle now, a refund of unused tax will be sent to the seller and the buyer will have to re-tax it!

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

JohnMurray

You pay 600 quid for a phone, and use it as a cushion?

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

JohnMurray

Re: MORE regulation might help the situation

Bearing in mind that the bank didn't lend you any money. The balance they created in your account didn't exist until created. So you're paying interest on nothing!

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/18/truth-money-iou-bank-of-england-austerity

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

JohnMurray

Re: Inefficiency

We COULD have a command economy.

The problem being; we could not have freedom at the same time.

And it would not be an efficient economy, central control is inherently regressive and slow to implement change.

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

JohnMurray

Everyone legally in this country has a unique identifier: a national insurance number.

Your NI number will identify you to any gov (local or national) IT system. If you have a passport or photo drivers licence it will photo-ID you.

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JohnMurray

Re: Green vote

They're not against nuclear power, just people.

A world with less people is a greener world, a world with no people is the greenest world. I have yet to decide whether they're dedicated, or dumb.

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JohnMurray

Re: Very little choice left....

Problem solved re children and vulnerable/old adults and those chronically sick.

Information sharing via HSCIC.

You didn't think customs and revenue joined for efficiency did you?

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

JohnMurray

Re: As to the person who started it in 2010.

All of the high echelons of politics are the same. Highly educated in a very narrow field. Thick as bricks outside that field.

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JohnMurray

Re: We don't need no new meters

But then the meter-makers-installers would be minus several billions. Better they have the money rather than us. Like the man said: Follow The Money. Whenever a gov decides we need to spend tens of billions, to no reasonable gain, check the companies directors/owners against who's-who. Then look around for a hedge fund.

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JohnMurray

Re: Perfectly logical

And the companies can have MP's on the board, if not owning them!

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JohnMurray

Re: EVERYTHING translates back to monetary value.

How's the temp trending over a century and a half?

It's risen by nearly 0.9 degrees centigrade.

If you graph it in whole degrees rather than the more impressive 1/10, it produces a nice flat line. As if mercury thermos' are that accurate anyway.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

JohnMurray

Re: Anti-Angels?

Superposition: If we do not look at them they will then exist in all possible states at the same time.

That ought to confuse the hell out of the bastards..

Alternatively, we could do a Schrodinger on the Houses of parliament, cyanide and all.

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Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

JohnMurray

It will be us that pays, not the gov. Since our "lords and masters" (or toads and arseholes) have LONG ago been captured by Big-Biz, and well rewarded for so being, it will be a case of using lawsuits to increase profits and not because any great harm is being done.

I guess the 0.1% don't quite have enough of the 99.9%'s money yet.

Or maybe they just want cheap arse lickers?

Anyway, what's on the box tonight.....

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

JohnMurray

Does it really make a lot of difference?

After all, the organisations allowed to access your communication data (as in the who to/from rather than what) is long, and includes just about any organisation in the country (apart from my local primary school board of governors).

Labour built the wall in AD2000, the present mob are just sliding another brick into it.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

JohnMurray

Re: Can someone explain ...

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Section 18

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JohnMurray

You would be surprised at how much access local authorities have to your personal information.

DVLA records.

Some health records.

Financial information.

Criminal records.

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JohnMurray

Re: No problem for me then !

"I suppose that that definition will exclude most of the cabinet then"

And the shadow cabinet.

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Broadband bumpkin BONANZA: 8 altnets shortlisted for £10m UK.gov subsidy

JohnMurray

One can but hope that my ¨hard to reach¨ village will be reached by over-600Kb/sec internet soon. After all, it´s only been three years since they planted fibre right through the place.....still only got copper though..

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

JohnMurray

Short answer: No

If you have not gone to Oxbridge, or joined the Eton duvet-sharing elite, you have more chance of shagging the Queen than becoming a front-bench polo.

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ARG! A GHOST SHIP! Pirates sunk by UK cops return from watery grave

JohnMurray

Re: Due process

Not really, The first-run-up was done years ago. They´re on home ground now.

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JohnMurray

Re: "Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit"

It comes before ¨crime¨....anything to do with crime is ok.

These are the people shortly to have access to your medical data, with no court order.

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Netflix FREEZES prices for existing UK users to stop them quitting vid-streaming service

JohnMurray

Re: lack of content

I'm on netflix until tmrw.

Largely because since I started using it my ISP has managed to deliver a download rate of 600kb/sec.

Buffer..Buffer..goodbye.

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

JohnMurray

Re: Energy Policy

Of course we have an energy plan.

It depends upon which part of the elect-oral cycle we are in.

At the moment we are in the ¨12 months to go, start slagging the energy producers¨ part of the cycle.

Shortly we shall be in the ¨five years to go, start planning to cut washing machines off when things get sticky¨ part of the cycle.

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JohnMurray

Re: What a surprise: "Economic Affairs Committee" prefers...

Factor-in the environment all you want. The FACT remains that, as in Germany, electricity will be generrated no matter what. You can either factor-in the environmental problems of giant wind turbines everywhere, generating power when it is not needed, and immobile when the power is needed, or factor-in the problems of larger amounts of coal being used. No electricity equals no heating. Expensive electricity equals no heating and raises the costs of industry.

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JohnMurray

The British Geological Survey estimates Bowland shale resources to be about 1,300 trillion Cu/ft. let me see here..a house of commons report (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmenergy/795/79506.htm#a5) gives 20 trillion Cu/ft as good for about 5 years current consumption..Hmm.

Anyway:

http://www.nohotair.co.uk/images/stories/Reports/downloads/uk%20shale%20gas_where%20are%20we%20now.pdf

http://www.nohotair.co.uk/index.php/library

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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

JohnMurray

Yawn:

¨Will anything be left at my GP?

Free text notes -- conditions are all coded and it's these codes that are extracted -- and "sensitive data", which includes details of infertility and assisted conception, sexually transmitted infections, abortions, gender identity matters and abuse. However, this list ** "might be reconsidered" ** at a later date¨

¨Who can access the data?

Information from your Care.data record will be made available to organisations within the NHS (such as commissioning bodies) but also outside of the NHS, potentially (subject to approval) to pharmaceutical companies, health charities, universities, hospital trusts, think-tanks and other private companies¨

I could go on, and on, and on..just from that website...

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JohnMurray

Re: Opt outs are ready!

You really think ¨they¨ will pay any attention to opt-outs?

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JohnMurray

Re: Please share my medical details, far and wide.

You didn´t need to sign-up for it.

Everyone is automatically signed-up for it.

This fuss is about nobody bothering to consider telling the common (non-private patients) people about it, and consequently selling pseudo (non) anonymised information to their friendly back-pocket-filling insurance company friends.

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JohnMurray

Re: Talking to Patients

Your data, when harvested, will be available to medical professionals (which is a wide-ranging term) (and local taxation authorities) irrespective of your opt-out (if any).

Given that my dentists tooth cleaner is a registered medical pro, that gives me loads of confidence.

And even when they have accurate info about medication in hospitals, they still regularly dose patients with the wrong drug, or the wrong dose of the right drug.

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Up to 500 GP practices to test plans to share patient data

JohnMurray

They are nothing to do with the surgeries. The data is going to be extracted anyway, the opt-out only affects what happens to it at HSCIC. You hope.

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JohnMurray

Re: Sweepstakes time

Nahhh...there will be the tick-box where you have to affirm you have the right to access the information. everyone knows that individuals and companies are honest....

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