103 posts • joined 5 Aug 2011
Good luck if UKIP/Farage succeed
Thanks to an almost universally EU-hating press and UKIP/Farage successes - you may find your stay in Germany somewhat curtailed and/or much more difficult to move into a job there (or anywhere else in Europe).
Psersonally I find our attitude to EU membership akin to the state of Delaware saying to the rest of the US "We're not part of you any more - much more interested in the rest of the world". Geographically and culturally daft.
Actually Belgian drivers are far far worse
From substantial experience over 20 years driving in France
C5 because it's next down the model line from the C6............
Most people are snide about Citroen models because:-
1. They've never been in a modern one (all vintage ones are cool)
2. They've never driven one
3. someone in the dealership at Ford/Vauxhall/BMW/Audi/pub told them they were rubbish
4. They don't drive 500miles on motorway in one trip
Having driven >5 to between 125 - 200k miles each I have tested them. Thoroughly
I moved from BMW as a daily drive as I hated paying >£1600 per annum in insurance for 5yrs+ no claims in an 1800cc petrol with round badge.
I still own a  BMW for sunny summer days. OK it's a poor man's version - 3.18i with M10 engine. Oh and it is that very same fisrt car I bought. Nice
Is this why I have a four-ring badged car attached to my towbar* when driving down the M62**?
Bootnote: I drive a 2009 Citroen C5 - it's quick and absolutely no feedback from the road which is just as well on the M62
* for a [big] trailer - no caravans
** that's going between Warrington and Liverpool where it is possible to do a decent speed unlike the stationary bit over the Pennines
Re: Emulating the UK.
"or teaching kids how to code to insure a larger. ..... cohort of programmers "
Rather than go to Aviva or similar - use a comparison site for insurance.
Think you meant to say "ensure"....
Re: A new El-Reg unit perhaps?
I've had three Xantia TDs - driven to 175K; 198K and 120K. They were the older 'mechanical' hydraulic suspension and had only 3 'problems' -new spheres (v cheap compared to fitting shockers) every 60K. Seized rear height adjuster at 10yrs old in another and my 14 yr old one developed a crack in one hydraulic line under the bonnet. Would buy one again. Caused far less trouble than my BMWs.
Had a C5 mk1 2.0Hdi estate - enormous and very quick once chipped. Loved it. Now onto a 'teutonic' C5 with mechanical suspension (as I baulked at the thought of toys-suspension excepted- in the Exclusive failing). Have to say the steel suspension feels *very* like the hydraulic.
Do a lot of driving in central France (Indre) seems to be the last home of Xantias. Everyone seems to have one. French peeps I've asked, regard Citroens/Pugs as good reliable cars but wouldn't touch Renault
Re: Is Facebook still around?
In my non representative (i.e. non IT pros) Facebook is used by 'hip' over 50s/parents of teenagers. Me , I looked at it when it first started:didn't care what it offered and could see the way it could go: stayed out.
Have not changed my view and more and more people I know are coming round to my opinion.
My wife is on / has an account - all it seems to do is cause her Nexus phone and tablet grind to a halt. Everything to be resolved if I uninstll the app...
What about Nokia 6310?
I had a Nokia 6310 - lovely battery life - days and days and....
Could do web but was an awful experience due to pitiful ota data rate and - better when used as data modem via infra red with my Psion Revo. Now that WAS the beginning of mobile internet!
Still got my 6310 - use when skiing as emergency contact phone (battery life).
Also why no Nokia 9500? That was good phone and PDA
From my knowledge of GP and pharmacy systems there do not seem to be any filters based on where you live . Access filters are based on *which areas of the record* you can look at e.g. in eMIS I could only look at the medication record but not the detailed consultation record. In order to do a medication review, this person would need full access to current and previous medicines prescibed and at least a summary consultation/medical record. It would have been quite possible to request individual records as paper copies but most nursing homes have all their residents registered with a single practice (unless the residents are temporary/rehabilitation/respite care) so the pharmacist was working within the practice premises.
I'm suprised the guy did this - he knew he shouldn't be looking at the records (it's part of university and professional training) and cases of health care workers discovered doing this sort of thing and being sacked are quite prominently publicised to staff by health authorities.
I would think the General Pharmaceutical Council will be very interested in his case - they are notoriously more likely ,(just as when the register was held by the Pharmaceutical Society) to suspend or remove from the register compared to the GMC and nursing bodies. Conviction of a criminal offence is almost certain removal from the register.
Re: But are hotspots indicative of poor 3G?
" then grab a Pay As You Go SIM from a French high street chain"
Good luck on that one! I bought a "Let's Go" data SIM from Orange in France - worked for a week then stopped - after much haggling in the shop that my unlocked vodafone mifi was not the fault [severely testing my spoken French] the assistant went through the same thing with their tech support before I eventually got a replacement SIM - but lost my original free 2Gb data in the process. In addition these are impossible to buy top-up for on-line because the Orange payment system will not accept a UK credit/debit card (or at least Natwest/Nationwide). Thak goodness the Tabacs sell top-ups - even if you have to tell them which one to pick [testing my spoken French yet again]. Apparently this is not an unusual tale (judging from comments on the Orange.fr forums).
But the 3G was!....non-existent in my semi-rural bit of France. EDGE was the best achieved - I was only 3km from a [small] town and pass a telecoms mast on the way there. Plenty of 'free' (if you are an Orange customer) wifi in town [La Chatre] but the login would not accept the Orange Let's Go username/pass even though it is supposed to. Don't get me started on SFR (formerly Vodaphone partner) coverage - the 'reseau' covers 99% of France - yup, you guessed it - that's 99% of population and none in my part of (non mountinous) rural France.
Oh and if there's a thunderstorm in the offing - be prepared for all data services to disappear as every local pulls the plug on their Livebox and even the cellular network disappears - somtimes for days afterwards...
Time to drop Gmail?
I use my Gmail account for Google related stuff only. Looks like it's definitely going to stay that way - really don't find handing the keys (that permissions stuff is far too lax for some 'enterprising' developers...) to my box to other apps that appealing. If Google are going to tweak the Android Gmail app to give access non-gmail accounts - that'll be the nail in coffin of the Android Mail app.
So, K9 mail [or similar] + non-Gmail email accounts in future? Perhaps I'll stick to my Orange email account as they don't spaff its access to all and sundry, Ahhh...er ...wait....
Homebrew..ish HP boxes as servers..
Couple of P4 HP D530 3.0GHz boxes (off eBay for ~£80 ea)
1 x SME server for..er files; email; personal storage 1TB drive (backup to ext drive). Done sterling service for years (with updates/upgrades) and just works. P4 has gigabit ethernet
1 x Mythbuntu box with 3 Hauppauge DVB-T cards 1TB disk; sits in cellar; backup to ext drive by eSATA (only approx 2.5 hrs...) when I feel it needs a recent image. Reason for this later.
Ther servers are 24/7 and they are not particularly low power but they are very quiet boxes; been very reliable and don't run full bore (and very cheap)
TVs are: 4 x mixture of HP D7900 USDT + Zotac mini-ITX (in Akasa crypto cases-small!). These have decent enough video output (DVI) for TVs which are 17in to 23 in monitors (off eBay again). All these have USB Hauppauge remotes and run Mythbuntu (frontends only - boot OS and it will find the server). All these on SSDs so very quick boot (under 15s). Modified LIRC file means the remotes can switch off picture but keep TV running (great in bedroomif Misses want TV/Radio sound but I want darkness for sleep!). Zotacs need active cooling or run too hot so need slightly larger CPU+Case fans with down rated speed.
Only problem with all these is the Hauppauge USB Remotes-work fine with Zotacs but for some reason all HPs (diff boxes/processors) crash X to terminal panic if the rooms gets cold- really irritating in winter when kitchen PC dumps out - easier to reboot. Works fine now it is Summer!!
All these are linked by wired ethernet in the house - gigabit input to switch from Media server and SME box - 100mBit to the rest of the house (18ports used + spare) . I have wireless but only use it for the Mythremote app on my phone to control the mythfrontends or to program recordings whilst watching TV/film/recodings/Videos/music from frontends. DLNA client (Skifta) on phone finds mythbox OK - just a bit skimpy on how it can search (Skifta issue). Streams video to phone/tablet fine (probably because nothing else is on the wireless!).
Reason I backup whole Myth server disc is when I go on holiday; I copy the ext backup disk to a 1TB 2.5in drive and put this in another HP D7900 USDT. Take this plus monitor+wirelessN router/switch+cables in a small laptop/work case on holiday (house in France - no telephone/broadband yet - long story). Just tell the wireless router it's now my 'home router' by address; boot HP and all recording/music/videos now available if we get bored. Use Mythremote on the phone to control this holiday box - couldn't be bothered sorting USB remote - particularly as we do stream more to phone/tablet on holiday from out of sight of the mini-server
You mean you've never needed to pay in a shop and the terminal cannot/will not connect??
Where do you live? We can then all move to this cloud-topia you speak of.
Me, I live in a [relatively prosperous] suburb of Manchester [UK] and this cloud-payment-scan thing fails nearly every week - in a wide range of shops....
[W]Edimax wifi woes with Win7....[nod to Tweety Pie]
Had same problem with Edimax USB Wifi adapter - had to connect a Win7 pre-installed puchased PC to home network and and didn't want to use the wired port in the room because the linux Myth server lives on it normally. Nicked son's USB wifi dongle and Win7 found USB wifi - couldn't identify driver needed - despite wired port plugged in and connected to internet! Tried Troubleshooting wizard; tried looking for Edimax model in Win 7 properties pages and d**icked about in terminal to see if it would tell me model. Eventually gave up and looked at Edimax website - must have been at least a dozen models listed! As I wasn't going to try and install each one in turn - rebooted PC into linux LiveUSB** and found wifi name and manufacturer's USB id codes. Googling identified the model sufficient to download correct driver* from website.
PS - needed wireless as my statutory professional body's Contimual Professional Development page REQUIRES Flash to use and is not completely happy with Flash on Linux
* Actually the wireless configuration/utility GUI crap a la Edimax which then installed the driver. Win 7 stiil requested a reboot to make it work
** May be a reflection of my relative inexperience with Win 7 and use of linux [multiflavoured]/solaris since 1996
Re: How to opt out:
As someone who needs daily access to Summary Care Eecords for new hospital admissions - can I second that you DO NOT opt-out of the Summary Care Record bit - otherwise we may miss you are diabetic/epileptic etc ;not give you something in time and your brain is fried - permanently
Re: Everything you need to know ...
" but I regard the entirety of my medical records, existing and future, as private and personal"
They are NOT private and personal - they contain personal information which is confidential - that is something completely different. Also why is your [private contractor providing services to NHS for your care] any more entitled to hold your private and confidential information than the NHS itself? Whilst I disagree with passing on data 'for profit' ; surely using anonymised data collected for NHS purposes for health planning is pefectly reasonable?
Re: What is wrong with you people.........
Psshaw Big_Ted, For a moment, I almost believed you were being genuine. Shame on me; I must be needing a holiday..
Schadenfreude for Senso?
(if you dont get it- look it up - Microsoft thrown in for good measure)
Re: Not another smart phone?
Re :"It will do for golfing what snowboarding did for skiing," he said.
i.e. thes new ' golfers ' will sit on their backside across the piste/fairway smoking joints; saying 'like' every third word and doing b*gg*r all golfing.
Aaaarrhhh now I feel better. Pre- Val Claret rant over..
Wants: Forward planning using a stored route
I've plumped for the TomTom on Android program (yes - I hate 'App' as well) having previously used Copilot. The 'features' which irk the reviewer eg 'via' malarkey are also a feature of the Android program. I drive to-from south Manchester-Liverpool daily (just love Thelwall Viaduct..) - I know the route very well - been doing it for 17+yrs - and have to say TomTom is far better than the Copilot with respect to
: - alternative routes (Copilot deems the Runcorn bridge as non-existent and I DO NOT want to go to the M60 as a diversion!);
: - traffic delays/incidents - does tell me on MY routes well in advance (market penetration in the NW perhaps)
: - MUCH better at giving a reasonably accurate estimated arrival time and clearing them as they resolve - Copilot quite often wildly out even by my r'n'r reckoning.
What really falls down at TomTom is setting a route as a saved route (for recurring future use) - recalling it and letting it advise you as you start out on the defined route. Seems the reviewer found a similar 'feature' irksome (it's the only reason I keep the Copilot).
I also think that it won't be long before they move out of hardware altogether, although there must be a market for those people who cannot drive/don't want to drive a smartphone - e.g my father-in-law, (actually he can't drive a satnav either but that's another story)
That's faster than our current XP to Win7 upgrade in our office (NHS). One PC every 3 weeks or so (out of 8). Oh and don't pull the 'its the specialised apps' excuse, THOSE are specifically exluded.!!
The original and the best. Put a 'Pro' battery in mine for longer life (the Win CE Pro is not match for the original)
Re: Model M
B**t**d! Sell one to me, I.'ve only got two (in daily use. ) had to rewire cable on one as all tje insulation cracked and fell off. Still the best - just dont drop it on your foot. Mine are 1987 vintage made in Scotland I think from label on th back.
re: probably slightly cancerogenic
I think you will find that is "carcinogenic"....
know know why???
Like the last sentence - just for emphasis or trypo/spelchek ???
Re: Motorcycle Helmets
D¤mn!!! You beat me to it
Re: Dyson have a point.
but then wouldn't the Miele 'Cat'n'Dog' model have an unfair advantage??
Re: end of the working week for the public sector
"after 1pm on Friday which is the end of the working week for the public sector "
Don't know which public sector in the UK you are referring to but MY part ( >27 yrs experience) is busiest after 2pm on Friday and frequently works beyond stated "day" to finish the work
Try not to generalise if basing this on your personal prejudices or "I have a mate in the pub whose wife knows someone in the public sector"
Re: Britain's best chance ..
"What kind of name is "Zuckerberg" anyway? Foreign, no doubt."
It's lunchtime and you now owe me a keyboard sir!!!!!!!!!!
Love the irony (which just HAS to be intentional...) "What kind of name is "Zuckerberg" anyway? Foreign, no doubt."
posted by "Andreas Koch"
Have the Hammer film in my film 'collection' - quality Hammer film-making (they DID make some good ones!) must have good copy as it also still looks good on the TV
Re: Slightly OT
"Dutch have experimented with 'shared' urban road space"
Yes I've been "subjected" to that 'shared space' in Amsterdam and suburbs as a pedestrian. Not recommended - at all. fine for slowing car drivers but I witnessed horrifying intimidation of pedestrians by angrey; yelling; bell/horn ringing cyclists weaving at speed amongst pedestrians. Cyclists seemed to believe all the space was theirs; as cycles are silent, pedestrians would (out of fear) stop dead and turn to check behind before changing direction - which meant of course all sorts cannoned into them.
Before anyone dismisses being hit by a cyclist - I work in the Hosp sector NHS (critical care). had one fit 65yr old man hit by a cyclist from behind whilst walking his dog. Hit face on the ground- > compromised airway+facial fractures leading to ITU admission and nearly 6 months in hospital. being hit by a cyclist is no joke
Re: Almost perfect
I hate to say it - but you are right regarding the OS - no teenage kid/anyone cares. In my view that explains why people keep buying iOS phones (that is MY OPINION).
Phones look nice; spec sounds good etc but for reasons Dave 15 gives - I will not buy a Nokia while Elop is around. In addition the OS puts me off - my dislike of MS goes back to DR-DOS; Stacker; FoxPro, Sendo......
You may say I'm cutting my nose off to spite my face but in my book it's standing by my principles of not supporting such companies, (yes, Sky/Murdoch are in the same boat)
Re: What a surprise! Linux is STILL not ready for the desktop!
I have a [work issued] HP mini 311; it refuses to hibernate properly and will not awake requiring power cycling - every time. It runs WinXP; conclusion : after 30+ years Windows is not ready for the desktop.
(FWIW: SAME machine runing Linux [stock Ubuntu 10.04] hibernates and reawakes perfectly: Conclusion Linux is ready for netbooks?)
I have many other examples with WinXP and wireless cards - and before you say "bad/misconfigured drivers" - that is EXACTLY what you are bleating about
45Mbs down via Infinity2+copper - small terrace in small town...
Always get 45-43Mbs - still arguing with BT that I SHOULD be getting better (apparently from the BT Wholesale tester I only lose ~2MBS from the cabinet to the house - copper get into house via a f****ng pole as well).
1892 Terrace in outskirts of S Manchester. S'pose I can't complain but as it's 45Mbs exchange->cabinet shurely they can do better (i.e. can I have closer to the 'up to 80Mbs' that I pay for)?
BT say as it's [service] within the tolerance for guaranteed minimum service (50Mbs) they won't do anything ("go away and be grateful")...............
Re: Lime Pie, eh?
No - it will be squarely aimed at the 'Limey' market only [if they're not too busy running after iPhones..]
UK look out!
'World's Smallest Mode'
Shurely shome mishtake?? "mode" for "Mobe"...spellcheck strike again..
Re: Yeah, I feel it to bro.
I've not found in my [general computing] background a wired network adapter that does not work with a basic linux install - sort out the rest after intenet is connected.
Persistent internet connection is a feature of Linux heritage of 'being born via/over the internet'. Perhaps you would prefer the scratched multiple install CDs that are the Windows way? Or mid-way through a Windows install that you need an updated dll not on the CD's - Oh yes - need an internet connection to sort that (and good luck find the right one quickly). Face it - almost any modern OS requires internet access to troubleshoot any number of problems - be that access to readable or downloadable resources.
PS - I've done DOS from 3.1-Windows 3.11-Win95 and been in Linux since 1996. I've needed internet access to download the CORRECT PCI network card driver for Windows 3.11 networking to even start linking machines  so don't get me started on this "need internet access to do XXX" - Winows also has previous
Has to be ... Star Wars!
Ahh the memories of wasted hours [1983) in the Bath Student Union bar trying to 'use the force'. Only got to plant the torp a couple of times.
oddly pints of Wadsworth's 4X didn't help Luke in any form in using the force....
Re: UK: Cyclists already pay for the upkeep of roads, as do pedestrians
" its a tax on vehicle emisions". No it isn't. It's a vehicle tax, the current RATE is based upon vehicle emissions (which is a relatively new concept in the history of the tax). Hint: it's called Vehicle Excise Duty and has gone from being a flat rate (for cars) through banding based on engine size then linking the duty to CO2 emissions. It is NOT a tax on emisions as you will find out when Govt finds a new formula for implementing some policy or other.
You ar right in that all tax payers pay for roads some way or other as chunk of council tax (householders) pay some parts; fuel+income tax+other taxes+national insurance get lumped together for Govt to divy out in proportions they see fit..
Re: Still the best
My Model M [ '87 version] is also going strong - in daily use - now on PS2 connector + cable - all the insulation cracked and fell off the original. Couldn't find anyone selling the right cable+connector into keyboard so had to splice/solder into remnants of old cable. Excellent afternoons 'farting about' with a good result at the end.
Re: May I also point out
Clearly you have never worked for the NHS. I'm in clinical (non medic) and this 'budget theft' is the the norm. My home lab is for personal education for when I jump the NHS ship (>26 yrs long enough to be dangerous to your health
Xantia's or XMs were a nightmare."
As a longtime and high mileage Xantia owner (4 to be precise); can I say they proved far more reliable than that paragon of German engineering & reliablity ; the VW Golf. My C5 and X-Picasso are similarly trouble free - I cannot believe that I have been SO lucky
Half of the resale price bit is due to Peugeot/Citroen discounting new prices so much.
Brits also never liked the hydropneumatic suspension (best bit ever and around since late '50s). Odd when it seems good enough for Rolls-Royce (most of which is Citroen parts..)
Re: Crappy Ford drivers take note
or have flashing brake/tail lights when the indicators are used............
VED (UK) is geared to Co2 emission BUT DIESELS ARE TAXED AT A HIGHER RATE than petrol vehicles for their actual CO2 emission - it's called 'Government fiddling the emissions rules'.
People use diesel as the engines use less fuel/mile than similar engine size petrol vehicles (even with the skewed VED/CO2 rate banding - still works out cheaper) ; they are particularly suited to long distances at constant speed; produce good torque for a given engine size and historically are more robust than petrol engines.
I think BMW might take issue with your heavy engine / inferior handling comment (heavier engine due to having higher compression than petrol).
Having driven both petrol vehicles (BMW) and diesel (Citroen) to 200,000 miles several times over, I can tell you which ones coped best (hint: not the German thingy even thought they were nice cars).
Cue 25 posts from people using Win 8 pointing out how touchscreen interface will help HMRC improve productivity over existing stellar performance on XP desktops. Oh, er wait....
Re: Another MythTV user
Old HP D530 slim desktops are OK (eBay £30+ a decent Nvidia card) for MythTV - bit noisy though. Better to buy second hand Zotac ION boards w 1-2GB RAM + Akasa Cryto case - can be done for under £100. Work well as frontends (my server is D530 CMT +3GB RAM + 3 tuners and in the basement...) and can happily cope with three / four frontends round the house. Don't forget - SSDs are your frontend friends
Having a work-issued 11.6in ; I'll second that (from my 10in 2140)
Re: Still using a 701
From the deck of HMS Ramilies; I salute you sir!
I think you mean 'admirable'
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