* Posts by Jean Le PHARMACIEN

136 posts • joined 5 Aug 2011

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Melbourne motorway to lose its $1k-per-call emergency phones

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: stay inside your vehicle?

on a quick view and assessment of visibility of all those outside the vehicle on UK motorways - they would still be dead. Standing *next to the vehicle* and not in high vis jacket is no improvement - you are even less protected and more likely to die.

Perhaps we ought to push ' out and upstream of vehicle WITH high vis jackets on EVERYONE'.

(I suggest upstream of vehicle because if your car is hit...bits of it and the colliding vehicle will be heading for you...)

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Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip

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Coat

Re: Andouillette, anyone?

Actually it DOES taste considerably better than it looks but you are right about the resemblance....actually I'm fairly sure it wasn't....no definitely not.

Best advice is to eat AAAAA certified (i.e. best quality) andouillete. Otherwise it smells of bleach..

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good two go

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo magnifico..

+1 for Queen reference...

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

I preferred...

DR GEM 3 Desktop to Windows 1

Just saying

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DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Vive la....

I have the lower spec VTR+ C5 tourer with conventional suspension. Was somewhat disappointed with that, (loved my Xantias) but I have to say Citroen have tuned it to feel almost exactly like the hydropneumatic Xantias. Very good long distance cruiser. Over 4 years and 60K miles been very reliable - nothing dropped off so far. Have had the punctured AC condenser though. Paid very little for it second hand and wouldn't change it for an Audi. Most people on the road seem to take it for an Audi/BMW - worryingly, that could be the way I drive......

Very underrated car. Citroen certainly seem to have improved over the past 10 years

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Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Mini Cooper - er NOT

You beat me to it.

A quite scruffy French Mini at that, (probably from Paris which would explain everything).

Bootnote: just checked department of registration and IT IS PARIS! I claim my free Friday beer for being a saddo (as my son would have it)

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Phone-fondling docs, nurses sling patient info around willy-nilly

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Disciplinary action awaits....

I work in an NHS hospital; on wards with patient contact. I have a smartphone (actually had one since my Nokia 9500 Communicator for same purposes) on which I keep reference materials/clinical guidlines/specialist references. Stuff that means I don't have to run about looking for the nearest terminal that's not broken/partly functional/working but in use to look up the latest info on cotrimoxazole via a CVC.

I have read and taken the NHS courses on data protection - as have all these doctors and nurses - it's part of your required mandatory training. Not following the requirements is a disciplinary offence.

As a result I have never:

1. used SMS/Text for conveying/communicating any patient information [don't get me started on why text is a rubbish protocol for anything important - just let me say IT IS NOT INSTANT MESSAGING and no audit trail]

2 used email for conveying/communicating any patient information [even standard Trust intranet/Exchange is apparently not secure enough]

3 ever used Facetwit or whatever it is, ever, at all

Does this make me :

A. Smug self righteous b*****d

B. Boring so'n'so with no snese of up and coming use of technology

C. so scared of disciplinary process in the NHS and it's 'no blame culture' which is no blame as long as I can stick the blame on someone else (been there and seen that)

D. all of the above

E. I wouldn't like my personal information bandied about insecurely so stick to what's in the NHS regs

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
WTF?

This week on Tomorrow's World

I believe Lewis Page is really James Burke reincarnated after remnant cells from a 1970s Tomorrows World script coalesced and became substance. I salute all that nuclear can do for us!

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MACAQUE ATTACK: Monkey plunders Florida resident's box, gobbles contents

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Love the alliteration....

"Jacques' macaque's attacks lacked malice"

Superb

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Mythtv frontend or Openelec

32 Gb SSD more than large enough. In fact only 5Gb would do for a frontend unless you wanted local storage (which defeats point of Mythtv front/backend split) Openelec would suite - almost entire ssd for your local library and still link to networked resources.

At 125gbp works out cheaper than buying Zotac ionitx boards + case + other bit'n'bobs

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Holmes

From the 1980s electrosmogger himself

I remember Noel from his Radio 1 DJ days.

I can't decide if his intellect/insight has declined since then but I AM sure that today is April 1st and I claim the prize for the spotting the April Fool (and his story)

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Blighty tablet sales plunge 31 per cent in saturated market

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Holmes

Re: Ooooh..

Bought my wife a Nexus 10 nearly 2 years ago. As she's not managed to break/step on it it or 'break' the software - it's still working absolutely fine with no hold ups or shortage of storage. No need to replace = no more sales. As others have said already; that the most likely explanation for plunging sales.

Re Core 2 duo desktops - mine are ye original HPs still doing excellant service as desktops and 'versatile' media boxes - 5 years old at least (and all on Linux if anyone's interested - which I suspect not). No need to replace them until they break irrepairably. H**k, I've even got an HP Pentium 4 dual core doing MythTV server duties without sweating, so that's not being replaced yet.

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Three Estonians jailed for malware spree that infected 4 MILLION computers

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Joke

Phew!

As I scanned this on the homepage I read it as "Three ETOnians"!. Fortunately my shock and fears were allayed when I read this article and found we were dealing with three eastern europeans 'skilled' in IT rather than three from a well known public school skilled in....

Time to go to Spexsavers I think, (or the pub - it is Friday)

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

" funded the damn thing through direct taxation"

Indeed. I have a house in France and portion of the "taxe d’habitation" has a portion marked "la redevance audiovisuelle" (which is a fairly recently devised piece of the tax) which in 2014 was €133. Apparently if you have no device capable of receiving broadcast programmes (which includes Digital TV Recorders and tape TV recorders) you can claim a refund. I did; as I only have a mini-PC into which I drop a mirror image of my home DTR hard drive. It's only been six months and I'm still waiting for the refund.

BTW if I don't watch commercial TV stations; can I claim back the TV advertising portion of every product I buy?

Is that a "No" I hear?

It would seem then, that I am paying for a service I don't use/want. In which case it's a worse tax than VAT. It's such an unfair tax!

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BT's Openreach plots G.fast end-user trials

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Coat

Need to Czech Re: Poles

Grammar checker?

all so = also

witch = which

'they aren't' = who 'they'?

aloud = allowed?

Phone lines attached to mains electric distribution poles is quite common in rural (even not so rural) France but haven't seen it in UK much. Of course, this doesn't mean it does not happen, just do not see it often in semi-rural Cheshire. I seem to remember, (in the mists of time) that Post Office telephones 'rented' poles for telephony so they may have originally been electricity distribution. All the 'poles' round here (edge of south west Manchester) are BT poles for the final 50-100ft to your (usually terraced or semi-det) house.

BTW not sure about fibre to house/premises via a 'pole' point of distribution, (pole presumably being connected to a nearby cabinet). Technically possible? desirable? We don't have any cable network locally for me to fall on experience here.

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Farmer mooved after reunion with two-year fugitive cow

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Go

Re: Classic

No it didn't. It only took heifer the time you think. Now pull the udder one

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Coat

Re: Maybe they need this sort of control:

Good old Douglas Adams, got there long, long ago (not sure if that's also 'far, far away')

Still could be worse, you could have Marvin as your in-car assistant! 'Here I am; brain the size of a planet...' etc etc. He has got form with transport - parking vehicles at the Restaurant At The End Of The Universe.

I'll be very worried when my car starts complaining about a terrible pain in all the diodes down it's left side. Then again, perhaps they've already started

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Holmes

Re: Consequence

Already happened to me but in the 1980s so cannot pin this on anymodern IT foul ups. In short - after me chasing Natwest for step by step detail; some minion in the Natwest branch had transposed two numbers in my Abbey account reference and sent money elsewhere. Apparently they 'hand entrerd/typed' through the standing order payments from accounts! Still took the customer to badger and investigate 'lost' payment though.

What was then, is now, (and probably always will be).

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Post Office launches mobe service for aged greybeards

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Coat

Re: TV remotes won't make calls?

Do you think I could get Charon to help me find said remote in those depths or would he just take the money and leave me stranded?

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: And here we go with anti-cyclist bingo...

"But the greater issue is that it is this fear of cycling that is the greatest impediment to people who want to cycle to actually do it"

Actually, as an ex-cyclist I found that it was the UK weather and lack of facilities at destination, (i.e. shower).

Arriving at destination wet/mud spattered; hot and sweaty is not great when changing into work clothes. A shower [paid for of course - seeing as car drivers pay for parking] would make this a good deal better and encourge me to cycle more.

Re cycling up the inside of trucks etc; I see many d**k cyclists trying to commit suicide. I also see many d**k drivers overtake cyclists close to junctions and cut acrosss them to turn left when waiting all of 15 seconds would be safer. Said d**k drivers do this to other motorists too. I suggest cyclists cycle VERY defensively and perhaps widespread use of car/cycle cams with footage to police can sort/remove the d**k motorists

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: What's missing from the get go.

Following your spec; all existing set-top box solutions including DVRs (service provider types also) fail as entertainment centres.

Looking round at most friends' living rooms; most have a DVD player plus DVR of some sort; a Skybox/Virgin media/BT Vision box connected to the t'internet. I'm not aware that any fulfil your specifications. I may be wrong as I have none of these, (no cable in my area but a BT Vision box is a possibility). Perhaps if they had them play audio output via their hifi/home theatre system we would be getting there, (not many do). Still, at that setup, most are using up to 3 remotes to control their TV/media Box/hifi (I know unify remotes are possible but few go down that road).

Windows Media Centre was never really pushed but if it had been - people may have bought into it and used systems such as the Medion media PC (but better overall spec would probably become available).

The problem with many set-top box solutions is that the media being captured is constantly evolving in terms of mechansim of media delivery (codecs) and distribution (shifting between broadcast/cable/internet delivery. A sing unified solution would be out of date almost as soon as it was out. At least a PC-based system could be capable of of this rather than several set-top boxes. Unless, of course, this freedom is exactly what the providers of entertainment media do not want you to have....

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: Why?

Actually if you go to most ski resorts you don't see locals using 4 x 4s on a daily basis. They simply fit winter tyres (not studded) and seem to manage quite happily to get to the bottom of the slopes [before hopping onto a skidoo...]

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Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: Cactus?

As someone who has owned 3 xantias; a Xsara Picasso; Picasso C4; C5 and C5 X7 - most drven way beyond 150,000miles can I say the ONLY time I have used the RAC/AA/Green Flag was when my camshaft sprocket failed at over 70mph in the offside lane on the M6 [caused by an incompetant fool using the wrong bolt type when the cam belt was replaced]. The Xantia had the grace to give powered steering and braking to reach the hard shoulder easily - due to the hydrpneumatic suspension/braking/PAS.

Citroen have unjustifiably got a bad name in my experience and proved far more reliable and cheaper than a VW Golf I owned.

If you talk to French, they regard Citroen/Peugeot as good reliable cars - unlike Renault. For a country with no national breakdown assistance companies - there are an *awful* lot of Citroen/Peufgeot on the road

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Megaphone

If you need to be seen, sidelights.

Er NO

If you NEED to be seen - headlights. Sidelights are position indicators not 'be seen' indicators. Even in a 30 zone there are too many cars with such feeble sidelights that they are almost invisible on a grey drizzle February 4pm in Manchester. Even worse there are the 'invisible' cars on the M62 motorways driving in the rain on sidelights.

I'll take the comments about badly adjusted headlights/too bright but thats a maintenance issue or the Richard Cranium with illegal HID conversions

Didnt downvote you Lee as I agree with the rest.....

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: Re. bbc + digital = fail

Unfortunately for you, they've left the old Television Centre and moved to the newly 'Digital'ised (is that word permissible?) Broadcasting House...

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Tired of IoT hype? Internet of SLUGS and SPIDERS is the reality

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..slime shows were building nice ...

...can I take that to be

"..slime shows we're building nice...."

Tsk more sloppy grammar. Standards El Reg, standards.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Joke

Re: Too good to last

So you bought an e36 BMW as well?

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Coat

Have none of you....

read 'The Prince' by Nikolai Miachiavelli?

Really? if not, you should. It's all there from 500yrs ago.

Nothing really changes; just the techniques.

It's quite short but you need to read past the 'classical' style of exposition and illustrating your argument.

Oh, and there is a pithy bit about 'what the people want done' in their name to maintain stability/security of the state

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Google casts about for wireless audio

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Joke

Audio Wireless??

Thought we had had audio over wireless since the 1920s? aka "Radio"

[OK OK there was non-speech/music 'wireless before then]

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: Under the banner of digital, the middle class marches on.®

+ 1 for the reference to Wolfie!

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Doesn't stop Scirocco drivers...

driving up my exhaust on the M6 (I'll admit to going near 80mph)

Had a 5yr old Mark 2 Golf once. Was crap; front window [manual] winder mechanism broke on both windows; twice

Clutch failed; twice in 2 years [I've not replaced clutch in any of my 180,000 plus cars]

Steering rack boots needed replacing every year [split]

Auto choke used to flood engine on motorway runs after 30miles and rev engine out of engine bay at startup. VAG dalers failed 6 attempts to fix (and >£700). Strange that my BMW 3.18 with the same base carburettor *with additional feature of fuel cutoff on throttle lift off* worked perfectly.

Sold it fast as possible after 3 years of pain

Anyway back to this paragon of German engineering and reliability. the only real question is does it require a trip to the dealer to change a [non-xenon] headlight bulb?

If yes; it's not fit for road use

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Sunday shutdown...

Not just in Switzerland. In rural France you may find you get a visit from the Gendarmes if you annoy neighbours by cutting grass; using chainsaw on a Sundy afternoon.

And the shops are shut.

- also like Switzerland - dry weekend if you don't remember to stock up on Saturday - many shops in rural areas also closed on a Monday..

Sundays are very quiet - except for the hunters and farmers who seem to be able to fire up; cut; saw muck spread on Sundays. Must have a legal blanket exception.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Blinking **ll!

Will this new test involve enhanced use of that new optional extra not found yet on most cars -especially 'expensive ones'?

I'm thinking of those amber coloured bits on the corners which can light up to tell us others what you going to do as opposed to what you have done?

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

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.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Coat

Re: Stereotypes

Actually Belgian drivers are far far worse

From substantial experience over 20 years driving in France

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Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Happy

Re: Sorry

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 [1987] 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

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Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: Sorry

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

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What should America turn to for web advice? That's right: GOV.UK – says ex-Obama IT guru

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

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"....

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

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

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Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

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...

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

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

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Pharmacist caught spying on friends' med records fined £1,000

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: Need-to-know

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.

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France KICKS UK into THIRD PLACE for public Wi-Fi hotspots

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

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...

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Google pries open YOUR mailbox, invites developer partners

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

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....

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Go

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

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: Twaddle

You mean you've never needed to pay in a shop and the terminal cannot/will not connect??

Seriously?

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....

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

[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

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GP surgeries MUST DO BETTER on data handling, says ICO

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

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

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Jean Le PHARMACIEN

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?

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Nokia waves goodbye to device biz as phone sales continue to spiral

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

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..

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