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15 posts • joined 20 Jul 2011

Why America is no longer slurping electricity from Russian nuke warheads

Sam Haine

Re: Plutonium?

"The thinking goes that although plutonium is extremely potent in a weapon, the difficulties and expense in handling, storing and utilizing it make it highly unlikely that anyone who doesn't already have some would be able to build a functional plutonium weapon. Everything about plutonium weapons is several orders of magnitude more expensive and complex than a uranium device."

What about someone who's willing to die for his religion exploding a plutonium-dirty car bomb in the Green Zone in Iraq?

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GOV.UK swells organ donor signups by 10,000 a month

Sam Haine

Re: trust me, I'm a healthcare professional

"Then the powers that be changed the rules so if I signed up, my next of kin had no authority to stop doctors choosing to do whatever they wanted."

That's never been true.

"Currently NHS says "healthcare professionals will discuss the matter sensitively with them. They will be encouraged to accept the dead person's wishes and it will be made clear that they do not have the legal right to veto or overrule those wishes".

I'd trust my wife or son to make the decision in difficult circumstances over an NHS professional, however highly paid. This surrendering rights to the state seems all wrong so no organ donation offer from me until my wishes are respected."

That's the point of the card: it's so your previously-expressed wishes come first, ahead of any 'NHS professional'. There's no 'surrendering rights to the state'.

Just out of interest, what sort of 'healthcare professional' are you?

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Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

Sam Haine

Re: I've got one in brand new condition

Me too, I bought it for peanuts on eBay out of curiousity. I can see why it failed; it was defeated by the faster, more reliable and more versatile technology of pen and paper.

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Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

Sam Haine
FAIL

"ABI Research provided no details on the content and construction of their benchmarks"

Whatever happened to the 'death of the Reg' icon with the tombstone?

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The Clinical Informatics Officer

Sam Haine

Well, the hospital chose an orthopaedic surgeon who doesn't know how to select a printer to print to. No word on how many of the required qualifications he has...

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I'm pleased to see I'm not the only one who thought those requirements look a litte daunting. I'm going to watch with interest who my hospital actually ends up employing...

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Sam Haine

Or nurse or Allied Health Professional (medical physicist, radiographer, pharmacist etc).

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Sam Haine

The Clinical Informatics Officer

I'm a doctor. My hospital recently advertised for a 'Clinical Informatics Officer' whose role is described thus:

"The overall purpose of Informatics and the Clinical Informatics Officer supported by the Chief Clinical Informatics officer has been defined as to: Enable promote and support the effective use of data, information, knowledge and technology to support and improve health and health-care delivery. The role of Informatics, therefore, is to ensure an organisation has the required cost-effective systems, information and technology services to provide excellent clinical care to its patients, in conjunction with its stakeholders throughout the wider health community."

The job is half a day a week and intended for an otherwise full-time doctor/nurse/allied health professional.

I played around with computers a little in school but I haven't looked 'under the hood' since my Acorn RiscPC expired in 1997. Currently I intereract with computers almost entirely as a user, setting up my parents' Windows 8 box recently notwithstanding.

I very much want to improve IT in my hospital and I think I have pretty clear ideas about where the problems are for end users.

However, I know very little about some of the qualifications asked for in the person specification and how useful they would be in real life:

"Masters level degree in either informatics, business analysis or process reengineering, or equivalent (or relevant experience)

Management and/or leadership qualification at QCF level 5 or equivalent (or relevant experience)

BCS Chartered IT Professional (or equivalent)

PRINCE2 Practitioner (or equivalent project management methodology)

Master's degree in risk, governance and patient safety (or equivalent)

Fellow of BCS"

I'm willing to study something that will be useful but I already have more letters after my name than in it so I'm not keen to do more exams just for the heck if it. Are any of the above qualifications actually useful for an informatics officer?

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Spanish firemen grapple naked stairs sex Brit

Sam Haine
FAIL

News: nothing happened today

This sort of thing is great for a bit of pre-pub reading on a Friday afternoon, but isn't there anything more newsworthy on a Monday? What's going on with that Russian Mars probe?

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The new touchy-feely Doctor Who trend: Worrying

Sam Haine
FAIL

The ship has crashed. The crew are dead. A title is required.

I thought El Reg only used to run stuff like this on Fridays?

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Mozilla forces Firefox 7 on memory diet

Sam Haine
Stop

It's not a bug, it's a feature!

Firefox hasn't had a memory model that makes best use of memory by using as much as is available - it's just had a problem with memory leaks, among other things. That's only 'adaptable' in the sense that it will eventually waste all your memory, no matter how much you have.

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Zombie mobile Linuxes mate

Sam Haine
Joke

Sometimes less is more... unless it's already zero

All they need to do now is merge with the Access Linux Platform and then they'll be ready to take on WebOS!

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Post-Jobs run on overpriced Apple shares fails to occur

Sam Haine
Joke

"overpriced vendor's shares"

I see what you did there.

It's a truism that the tech industry is littered with companies that made a great product or products but then lost their way. Palm, Nokia, RIM and Acorn all spring to mind and there are many, many more. One common feature is that there was a usually a long delay between the company losing its mojo and this being reflected in the company's financials.

Apple has a lot of momentum.

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LulzSec says it will partner with media on Murdoch emails

Sam Haine
FAIL

Publish and be prosecuted

Media organisations use information obtained illegally all the time - one example is payments to police officers for leads - but publishing information obviously obtained illegally without a public interest defence is asking to be prosecuted. Since LulzSec ( = CluLesz) have publically announced that they've obtained the information illegally, very few media organisations will want to publish that information and so declare themselves accomplices to a crime.

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LulzSec hacker Sabu: Murdoch emails 'sometime soon'

Sam Haine
FAIL

Trial by media in the court of public opinion is exactly what Murdoch wants

Jason Bloomberg - "In the 'court of public opinion' it works the other way round; people will believe what they read if predisposed to believing it leaving Murdoch & Co forced to prove it's not true or admit it is - with silence being taken as evidence of guilt. Poetic justice perhaps; live by the sword, die by the sword."

scarshapedstar - "Jury, schmury - if there's anyone on earth who deserves a trial by media, it's Rupert Murdoch. The more incriminating emails reach public eyes, the more they have to claim that it's all one big hacker prank - which is a hard sell with David Hoare mould'ring in the grave, bribed cops resigning en masse, Brooks behind bars, and the better part of a billion dollars paid over the years to settle disputes related to NI hacking jobs."

And the resultant publicity will make it very easy for News International's lawyers to argue that any chance of a fair trial by jury has been prejudiced, allowing Murdoch, Brooks, Coulson et al to get off scot free.

LulzSec = CluLesz

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