* Posts by Chris G

3323 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Baud rate

@ Fozzy. Depends on your string material and how tight it is. What's to stop a third actor tying on to the string at any point between cups?

Also I suspect the same laser technology used to evesdrop via window glass could work with the vibrations in the string, best thing is don't talk to or communicate with anyone.

Is the Oz government intent on making all Aussies into criminals? The laws there seem to be getting tougher and tougher

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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: I wonder why it always comes down to money?

Perhaps that's the answer for all elections, put all candidates in an arena with a bayonet each, by default last man standing is the new official. Isn't that how politics started anyway?

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: How High?

In Canada and Siberia, bears and moose are known to get drunk on berries, not sure if they eat them fermented or they ferment inside the animal.

I think I would prefer to deal with a couple or few p8ssed wasps than a bear or a moose.

Many decades back some mates and I stuffed the blackpowder from several penny bangers into a cardboard tube, inserted it into a wasp nest, lit the blue touch paper and retired, not far enough though. The wasps were quite annoyed at what we did to their nest, I was one of the fastesy runners and had half a dozen stings, a couple of the other lads had more. After that we were a little more responsible in our selection of demolition targets.

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Now boffins are teaching AI to dial up chemo doses for brain cancer

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So, Mr Ferret, or may I call you Fursty?

To which complex subject are you referring? Oncology with regard to brain tumours or ML/AI?

Both are assuredly complex but I doubt these researchers were fully trained in both.

My feeling is that many researchers are looking for high profile or attention grabbing subjectet to apply their ML projects to rather than simply trying to make these systems work.

Why not teach a system to diagnose faults in sewing machines and teach them to fault find all of the problems that can occur in sewing machines both industrial and domestic, it's a massive market with millions of machines worldwide, also unlikely to result in a horrible death for someone.

Of course sewing machines are not quite the headline grabber as brain tumours. Maybe you don't appreciate the complex job of being able to write about a broad range of isuues in an engaging way that also questions a subject as much as reporting on it.

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Re: I am wary of this development

I assume your downvotes came from pimply faced interns, reinforcement learning is great for dogs, monkies and rats but it falls short as a training method for something that impacts someone's continued existence.

When the learning experience of an AI equals that of a consultant oncologist it will be useful on real patients, until then, this kind of thing is useful research and not a tool to rely on.

On the other hand, it must be good it's AI!

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: It's Devon, they probably think spell check is the work of the devil.

When oi lived in Norf Deb'n in the late '70s we 'ad the largest number of witches covens in Britain. You tek the piss outta Devon, oi'll get Granny Greep ter turn you inta a turnip.

Oi blames the spellin' on Taunton natrul droi!

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Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers

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Here I am, brain the size of a planet, my caudate nuclei are over stimulated, there's a dead rat in my ankle and I'm assigned the job of mucking out monkies........ and they've got curry on the menu for tonight.

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More human

In the interests of accurate research, psychiatrists should experiment on other psychiatrists as they are much closer to real humans than macaque monkies are.

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Re: Surely there's a better venue for the next conference?

North Korea seems to have a positive attitude towards hacking, perhaps some arrangements could be made for next year.

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Need a facial recognition auto-doxxx tool? Social Mapper has you covered

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Re. NSA employees

What do they put in their Linked in profile?

' I develop and expedite projects and technologies for spying on my fellow Americans'?

Profile pic from Spy vs spy.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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AI in spaaaace

What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Inner Space?

In answer to your question; inner space is a large pocket of mostly vacuum, the tiny amount of material to be found is tissue based, these pockets are frequently bounded by cranial bone most often belonging to members of the upper reaches of politics.

N.B. One of the largest know pockets of inner space has the phenomenon of floating within a har like orange coloured outer layer.

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Off down the Amazon: DCMS confirms UK national tech advisor Maxwell has resigned

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Re: Regulations?

Hmm! Regulations, regulations?

Ohh it's a sort of a list thingy that tells other people what to do isn't it?

I would never do anything untoward of course.

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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

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Re: UK's 11 main political parties

There is also talk of Bliarites in the Labour party splitting off to form a left leaning centrist party if they can't get rid of Corbyn. Labour splitting would pretty much remove them as contenders at the next election I think.

Pity there are no other real alternatives to vote for. The right is crap, the left is crap and the centre is full of ' Don't Kows' .

What the UK needs is a charismatic character who could drain the swamp and make Britain great again.........no...wait !

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Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

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Psion

I preferred my Psion 5, the pen thing with palms and handsprings just drive me nuts, something important to o do and the damn pen has disappeared, similar problem with phones too, I have large hands and feet thick fingers, that's why a lot of my posts have weird spelling sometimes.

I found the Psion keyboard just about useable.

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Blockchain Rolodex

I'm in!

Will it be Gestetner compatible? I often need to print off addresses.

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Just Wondering

As slight aside; how long it will be before the cops want access to your vehicle's data logs when they stop you so that they can go phishing. Of course they will try to find reasons to keep everything indefinitely, along with you biometrics, fingerprints, toenail clippings and anything else they may be able to use to stitch you up at a later date.

Expect at some point in the future to be required by law to provide access to cops, insurance companies, uncle Tom Cobley and all.

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Profit-strapped Symantec pulls employee share scheme

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Re: About those beancounters

Milton, what your comment lacked in brevity is more than made up for by accuracy, I find it incredible that so many businesses are run by corner/cost cutting beancounters whose appraoch to maximising profit is not sell more of a constantly improving product but simply spend less and less with the income you have got.

In my experience with an Enterprise Partnership backed by the UK gov in the 80s, bank managers fit in the same category, after three meetings I pulled myself and my paltry money out of it.

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Re: I think I'll..

Re: Prog

I was worried for a minute there, a few years ago I heard kids at one of the clubs talking about prog and it was some kind of electro house. Prog to me has always been quintessential '70s music.

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Re: @1 hr A Non e-mouse

I saw Judas Priest several times in London in the late '60s and early '70s, blowed if I can remember where though.

Currently I play their music through an augmented Denon system, it's quieter than my previous system by a couple of hundred watts, max's out at about 500. I know a lot of old rockers in their late '60s and early '70s we all still like a bop on the odd occasion when there's someone worth listening to.

I would still like to know how come the fuzz dragged them out.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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Force the program to close

For programs that are reluctant to close; Snap-on tools make a handy 5lb dead blow sledge hammer, at this weight it's not too unwieldy and will close any program short of those enclosed in mil spec hardened casings. These hammers produce a very satisfying dull thud with virtually no rebound so transmitting maximum kinetic energy into shock.

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Re: It's pretty obvious, isn't it?

One of the closest things I know of that equates to a 'go away for an hour' button is an upgraded cattle prod. Such a thing may well produce good results on an overly chatty bot.

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Motivational Speakers

Within companies most are like the General Manglerer at the company I have just retired from; for the ladt few years he had been telling people there's an economic crisis and there are a thousand people wanting to do your job.

Mostly he has motivated people who can do their jobs to make way for others who can't.

I think a lot of motivational speakers are MBAs who can't get a job.

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Re: Need an IT equivalent of mechanical sympathy....

How about mechempathy and mecopathy?

I can recognise mechempathy intellectually but excel at disruptive mecopathy (with the correct choice of impact delivery aid).

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Re: Sometimes violence is the only answer

Never underestimate the power of CHRIS especially if he owns an impressive selection of hammers.

Give me a big enough hammer and I shall break the world.

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Probe Brit police phone-peeking plans, privacy peeps plead

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Re: Damp cloth

No idea, I have never had my phone siezed by the fuzz.

Some of the apos available though can be booby trapped so that they are triggered by multiple access attempts or when a particular file/app is accessed, you can also control what it wipes, though in that case you have to be sure what and where things are stored, e.g. google assistant appears to continue recording anything you do with the internet even when it is disabled, on some phones at least.

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Damp cloth

For anyone concerned a out bad actors accessing their phone, there are quite a lot of not bad phone wiping apps. Some can be used remotely and can be configured to save some items a d remove others. One I have seen will wipe a phone with one tap....'oops sorry ocifer I don't know what I pressed but it's gone all funny'.

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First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

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Re: It's obvious..

Oooh! Your glossy tentacular sleekness makes our ectodermic protrusions quiver in anticipation.

It's Friday again, we shall ingest saccaromycially modified liquids while exchanging fluids.

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Blast from the past: Boffins find the fastest exploding non-supernova star

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Re: Astronomical Events in UK

During the recent lunar eclipse the sky here in Valencia was perfectly clear, my wife called me from Ibiza to go and look at it.

The whole thing took place in clear skies like the celestial clockwork it is, right behind the mountains to the East of me.

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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Boo

The phone I am using right now has a 5200 mAh battery, I can't help but think a bigger battery would make a huge difference.

For armament a fully automatic bb gun might suit the size and weight, if a reasonable solar panel is included, then one of the electric bb guns would work.

This rover would suit my land and would definitely discourage the feral cats and with armament would be handy if I could find a way to discriminate against rats.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Re: Grammar Nazi?

No, " Ve haff vays of making you talk, correctly!"

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Re: It will be the end of puns as we know them

There are not now, and never will be, any AIs that could embed as many concepts into a single sentence as AMFM does.

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UK.gov ploughs cash into creaky police technology

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Single hub

I share the feelings above regarding a single hub for reporting low level incidents.

The analogue equivalent would be running a tap into a sink with no plug in it.

Also as already mentioned the amount is piffling at best, considering all that they wish to achieve, a quick look at other UK gov' unifying IT efforts will tell you the end result will be an order of magnitude greater.

And it still won't work!

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Irish Supremes make shock decision to hear Facebook's appeal in Schrems II

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Come to the Emerald Isle

Enjoy our beautiful lush country side and misty mountains, sample our wonderful Guiness, listen to our traditional music and enjoy our very open and approachable legal system (Terms and conditions apply, in a brown envelope)

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This is your four-minute warning: Boffins train ImageNet-based AI classifier in just 240s

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Progress

So these guys have managed to train it to be 'not very good' in less than 40% of the time that a previous attempt took?

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: I have no idea if it works, because I've got a beard

A lot of people were messing around with pyramids and alter ati e belief stuff in the late '60s early '70s, I'm fairly sure there was a test of pyramid powerdone in New Scientist at the time. I was given a birthday card with a cut out pyramid kit in it so I tried it. I can honestly say that I was amazed the razor blades I left in it for a fortnight were blunter than when I put them in.

If you like gullible people there is a youtube channel called Zeg something or other, there is a dickhead on that who get twats to pay for his trips to Egypt and Peru, then he lies to them about how this stuff is built and they all nod and tell themselves how clever he is as the alternative is admitting he suckered them.

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Re: It was aliens wot did it

Duh! Everybody nowadays knows it was Nephilim wot built the pyramids, they had super powers because they were half angel and they were giants so moving all that rock would have been easy for them.

Of course the truth about Nephilim has been covered up by the Vatican and the Illuminati!

I sharpened a pencil under a pyramid once, it went blunt when I drew with it though.

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

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@Kev99

You missed out Spain under Franco. Post office workers and priests were expected to pass on information about any nonconformist behaviour and the secret police were busy too.

Franco and the church held Spain more or less in stasis during his reign, one of my Spanish mates formed his own rock/pop band in the '60s and on more than one occasion received 'official guidance' on the public's musical needs.

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IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits

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Re: Don't worry IBM!

@ ledswinger Aside from agreeing with your post, I think you have discovered the true origin of the word Posh. It's not as usually posited, ' Port out, Starboard home', it's a modified acronym POSh. All the time we have been thinking posh things are better it is the other way round so posh people are less well regarded and possibly more accurately described.

" Look at those posh twats in that expensive cabin." Etc

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Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Retired

The Yorkshire Dales are beautiful all year round and slightly better than working in London, more good pubs than you can shake a stick at and nice people. I used to visit relly's in Ripon quite often, a pity they have e passed away. I'm near Valencia, equally as nice but a tad too hot this year.

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Retired

I retired at the end of May, in April with not much time left, the HR twonk came to ask me to train my successor and I said no.

Be said 'You have to' so I explained that I came to the company with my knowledge and that they paid me to use it, if I had to pass in on to anyone else it was my IP so they would have to pay for it and pay me a different rate for training.

The twonk asked how much and I replied with a large number so he walked away muttering.

If they get stuck they can ask me back at a consultant rate.

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Tech Shutdown Blows: IT chaos cost Brit bank TSB almost £200m

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The TSB stopped being any good when it stopped being a Trustee savings bank, when it merged with Lloyds in the '90s it neither of them any favours in terms of customer service. Since then of course, improvement has been foreign to them.

A side note Sabadell is the most expensive bank in Spain in terms of current account charges. No matter how much cash you have in there for them to use, they always find something to charge you for.

Personally, I favour cash and gold hidden in the bottom of an old filing cabinet......

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: A bit late

@Alistair

I don't really remember a lot of logo fashion from the '70s but I suppose that is because the '70s is kind of blurry in general. I had a lot of fun back then for most of the decade.

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Re: clothes that bear the retailer's logo on the outside

Or an indication of the contents.

A couple of years back a client asked me to drop them off at the gay beach near Las Salinas in Ibiza, while parked in the car park chatting before he went off with his mate for a swim, I was unaware that I was staring at a large lady in a shocking pink tee shirt bearing the legend 'fat' on the front and 'dyke' on the back. She grinned at me and said ' What! You gonna call me a liar?'

That would happen only in Ibiza.

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A bit late

Dabbsy, this party must be in its fourth decade by now, I first started noticing designer names plastered on clothing after all the RELAX sweatshirts knocking around in the '80s.

I have nevver been much of a fashion watcher so I could easily be wrong.

It's amazing that subsequent generations still buy into this crap, goes to show how shallow we are.

A dozen Virtual Pints for the Blockheads vid though, Ian Dury was a London humoured poet/philosopher/ rock'n'roller of the highest calibre.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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The secret policeman's camera

Without a doubt preventing the everyday use use of FR tech is in the interests of a free society but history shows that if a thing is possible, then someone will be doing it.

I can't imagine that having the kit already that the fuzz will throw it out if it is outlawed in any way, they will just use it for anything they can shout 'national security' for and use it in secret.

That would probably mean limitations in it's use as evidence in a court of law but they would still have a lot of data anyway and that will still impinge on basic freedom.

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Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

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Re: That conclusion seems a bit fast to me

Elon had better make sure he takes a shovel in 2025 when SpaceX is supposed to be going to Mars.

In the article I had to read 'decreases the melting point, a couple of times as I am more used to seeing ' pressure lowers the freezing point of water' , seemed a weird way of phrasing that.

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You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark

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Re: Don't understand what all the fuss is about

Where in my comment did I use the word hate?

As for progress, there is no reason why progress could not be incorporated into any of the OSs MS have produced over the last decades if they had planned to do it that way.

However, their business model until W10 has been the system of selling a 'Totally new improved' OS every few years because it is a standard marketing method. With ten they realised 'as a service' would have the potential of producing updates more frequently which they will be able to charge for.

Whether any of this is progress depends on the offers and what the users actually want. For now 7 is adequate for me so anything that 10 has to offer is irrelevant, when support ceases for seven, ten will become relevant and I will progress to ten.

A great many new offers from sellers are not necessarily progress just different.

There is a good chance that come 2020 I will migrate to linux and MS can fuck off with its growing telemetry.

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Don't understand what all the fuss is about

MS is continuously fixing stuff that isn't broken and offering stuff that hasn't been asked for.

I'm still holding off moving to W10, it offers nothing I need and 7 works perfectly well.

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Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'

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I fully understand how budgets work, my point is that these morons put their comfort first in a health service that is always complaining it needs more money to treat patients well. I have seen piles of wheelchairs and other stuff that they say they can't afford to have repaired because that is outsourced and too expensive.

Few NHS managers can manage.

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