* Posts by Mike Pellatt

298 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

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NHS: Remember those patient records we didn't deliver? Well, we found another 162,000

Mike Pellatt

Yep, it's definitely Still Broken.

Moved from North-West Kent to East Devon at beginning of July. Registered with local GP within a couple of weeks.

Old GP practice sent records off pretty much straight away.

New practice still to receive them. They're stuck with the 3rd party who does the transfer, apparently.

's alright though, since for my father in his nursing home (who has the same problem, compounded by his practice in SouthWest London closing at the same time he moved) I was able to correct them on the errors/missing info in his care plan.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Support your NHS

The latter stuff is where the NHS falls down massively, mainly as those skills and people are not 'clinical' so are paid like a typist.

So, so, so very true. But try paying people who aren't "actually delivering patient care" a decent wage, or see the spend on that going up, and watch the howls of complaint from certain newspapers and every politician bar none about "wasted money on NHS bureaucracy"

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Calm down, Elon. Deep learning won't make AI generally intelligent

Mike Pellatt

Re: @AC - The problem all too often is the MSM

Based on when and where you were arrested ? That's scary to me!

It's exactly how it works at the moment. See "Ferguson".

So what's so bad about automating it ?

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

Mike Pellatt

Re: Ummm, Tim 99...

Used under very close supervision, though. Here's an original training video. Complete with Ford Transit being driven like a shot from The Sweeney :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BMop6GA2iI

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

Mike Pellatt

Re: Sweet Spot

a bit of public speaking training should be in every professional or degree course

Isn't it ? if not then the world is going backwards. Because it sure was in my elec eng degree in '73-'76. Along with "associated studies" in a mostly-vain attempt to make engineers "well-rounded"

Then again, I suppose Imperial's always been ahead of the curve. I see the Pimlico Project is still going after over 40 years. Sinclair Goodlad led the way.

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Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: THOUSANDS of other orgs did it too

Mike Pellatt

I've looked after a (very) small engineering firm whose (sole) CNC machine tool is controlled by a Windows 95 PC. No way would that ever go near the internet. Sourced bits for all of it to have some hardware spares, except the multi-port serial card, the sight of which took me back to SCO Unix and green screen days :-)

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Google to kill Symantec certs in Chrome 66, due in early 2018

Mike Pellatt

Indeed - it is exactly their job to do this.

And it's not the first time. In fact, Firefox acted much faster than Google over the StartCom/WoSign shenanigans, but Google have done the same with them.

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Facepalm

Re: Norton / Symantec is not slow

I think it was Norton who welcomed the advent of the dual-core processor.

Because, they said, now one core could be dedicated to running antivirus without slowing down the "real" work being done on the other core.

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UK.gov unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

Mike Pellatt

Re: Scrap HS2

And spend twice as much, with 10x the disruption, upgrading the existing infrastructure to fail to meet the increasing demand for rail travel. Great idea.

HS2 has been totally mis-sold. It's absolutely necessary, but not for the reasons generally articulated.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: London not on the list

3rd rail involves substations and track paralleling huts at frequent intervals, so the supply infrastructure for 600V DC is much, much more expensive than overhead 25KV AC (40 times as much current for the same power transfer). And H&S, at least until the current round of DafT madness, has banned new 3rd rail installations - at least those with exposed top conductors.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

Mike Pellatt
Mushroom

Re: This is the reality of life

If it took < 8 minutes for an unprotected system to be whacked on the Internet 10 years ago...

It took <8 seconds on unpatched Windows 2000.

You had to have an offline copy of the SP and install it first, otherwise you were SOL.

I sooooo remember that :-)

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Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

Mike Pellatt

Re: Lies, damned lies and ...

Unless you can stop governments coming up with ideas and trying to do (or un-do) things, no, it won't shrink.

Along with that, you need to stop the populace demanding that "they" (i.e. Government) fix "it" (whatver the "it" may be that in reality Government can, at best, fiddle at the edges with - lack of housing, too many jobs, too few jobs, too many immigrants, too few immigrants, the weather, the trains (they sure broke them..), road congestion, etc., etc.)

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Brexit

I have an Indefinite B1/B2 US Visa in one of my passports.

Try getting into the USA on that now.

"Permanency" on a travel document can e revoked by the issuing authority at any time.

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Major shareholder: BT CEO Gavin Patterson should step down

Mike Pellatt

In a "Well, they would say that, wouldn't they ?" moment, shareholder in monopoly supplier calls for chief exec who can tell regulator where to go, sorry, whose major strength is in negotiating with its regulator.

Meanwhile, The Rest Of The World finds that Ofcom caves in to easily in the face of BT.

And, as ever, don't get me started on the taxpayer ripoff that is BDUK Phase 1.

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FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

Mike Pellatt

Re: An admirable effort.

Certificate expiry every 90 days is exactly the right thing to do to reduce the consequences of key & cert theft/leakage, given the mess that is Certificate Revocation.

It's absolutely not a PITA, especially as the renewal is easily automated.

And as for IIS, it's not rocket science to use DNS verification via an existing Linux client, convert the key & certs to the IIS format and install them, all automatically. You could even do it all under Windows using cygwin.

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

Mike Pellatt

Re: POSIX

FWIW, Poettering doesn't count lack of POSIX compliance as of any consequence.

See: Cockwomble

https://lwn.net/Articles/430598/

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Mike Pellatt

Re: "Brattitude"

Cockwomble is definitely a moniker made for Poettering

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At the feet of the Great Monad, or, How the functional programming craze plays out

Mike Pellatt

I remember the particle physicist (it might even have been Jim Virdee in his PhD student days) running an overnight job on our DecSystem10 that produced a whole box of line printer paper for its output.

He looked at the first page, realised it had all gone wrong, and scrapped the output.

Still, it helped the Christmas Party fund along niceley.

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

Mike Pellatt

Re: Private Eye always has

Your "Private Eye ad nauseam" is my "Private Eye told the world all about <x>, repeatedly, years before anyone else woke up to it"

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

Mike Pellatt

Re: Split brain

That tallies nicely with "people getting random destinations on scanning boarding cards" mentioned earlier

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Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints

Mike Pellatt

Re: Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

And taking an open source project and "repurposing" it for internal use, without any external redistribution taking place, is against the letter (and spirit) of precisely which open-source licenses ??

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Don't believe the hype: UK's £455m Government Digital Service lacks a clear role – fresh audit

Mike Pellatt

The seventies and eighties called. Reads just like the history of the CCTA (Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency) all over again. Plus ca change.

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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

Mike Pellatt

Re: Robots

The problem is indeed with specification

Isn't that what agile/DevOps is really all about ?? No-one knows what the inputs are, let alone what they want the outputs to be. But if we can hack what happens in between quickly, we'll iterate to something vaguely workable far quicker than going all "formal" ??

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Let's go ARM wrestling with an SEO link spammer

Mike Pellatt

Re: An even better one....

Oi !!! I was going to link to the estimable Mr. White's hilarious conversations with the usually-deaf.

But I hadn't seen that one. Hilarious. And he managed to avoid any mention of ponies until his second email.

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Splunk: Why we dumped Perforce for Atlassian's Bitbucket of Gits

Mike Pellatt

Oh, what a surprise.

A proprietary software vendor trots out the hoary old line that F/OSS is, per se, costlier in TCO terms.

Not if the vendor decides to walk away from the product, or goes bankrupt, it isn't. Risk analysis & management and all that.

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Government calls for ideas on how to splash £400m on fibre

Mike Pellatt

BDUK - cheap capital for BT

When the BDUK scheme turned out to be funding no-one but BT, I said then that all it was doing was subsidising BT's infrastructure investment that they should have been carrying out anyway to maximise shareholder returns.

The fact that 25% of our money that was given to them is now being returned because, errr, take-up was grater than BT "estimated" just goes to prove this. It really has been a shocking waste of our money.

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Capita is STILL the BIGGEST tech services supplier to UK.gov

Mike Pellatt

Although a recent report by Barnet council into its controversial £322m 10-year outsourcing deal with Capita found the service was plagued by "performance issues" particularly within IT, it found the deal yielded "significant savings".

Don't spend enough on delivering a service and you get a crap service. Who'd have thought it.

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Elon Musk wants to launch 4,000 satellites and smother globe with net connectivity

Mike Pellatt

Re: Shipping

Indeed. Immarsat are the big boys.

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Red Hat eye from the Ubuntu guy: Fedora – how you doin'?

Mike Pellatt

Re: Why oh why would you use Ubuntu

In the days of CentOS 5 and 6, wot he was referring to, it WAS independent. It's only this year (definitely post-Centos 7) that Embrace has happened. I'm waiting and watching to see how/if the next 2 steps will work out :-)

And, IIRC (I've pretty much moved off CentOS for mostly the reasons he enumerated) the only changes, back then, were rebranding, apart from very esoteric bits, binary compatibility being pretty much the only goal of CenOS. CentOSplus gave you extra goodies, though.

Oh, I now see someone else just said that. As you were.

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DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

Mike Pellatt

Re: Pet feeder

My lab is looking very content at the moment.

The cat's throwing up everywhere.

The goldfish doesn't fit in the bowl any more.

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Conviction by computer: Ministry of Justice wants defendants to plead guilty online

Mike Pellatt

Re: Yet another go at improving the efficency of the court system through IT

Hint. It's not the IT, it's the processes you need to get better first, and that means getting people involved who actually use them

But you've missed the gov.uk mantra that you use IT to drive organisational change, because, well, people. And a new name for e-gov, innit.

Another mantra that flies in the face of all the evidence and research.

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

Mike Pellatt

Re: I've forgotten...

Thus you hear stories of init scripts that reverse the order of network adapters

That got fixed nearly a decade ago. Though some recent Bright Ideas seem to be trying to un-fix it.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

Mike Pellatt

Re: I don't care what he's been accused of

When we lost the right to silence with the password law that should have been a red flag to everyone

It was to everyone who understood, or thought about, it.

But we're going down the same path again.

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London's 'automatic' Tube trains suffered 750 computer failures last year

Mike Pellatt

Re: So what's the message here, then ??

If NR think they can get 24 tph (trains per hour) in each direction in the peaks through the Thameslink core then can I have some of what they are smoking please?

And even more, temporarily, when "recovering from perturbation".

Which is why I descibed it as "really brave". Yes, mad might be a better description. Especially given how many separate routes need to be merged together coming into the core (and even more now they're proposing to add in Rainham via Dartford, because Windmill Bridge can't handle the traffic...)

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Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO

Mike Pellatt

Don't stop, Peter

Peter's been campaigning for this for decades.

If his ideas had been listened to, rather than a plethora of masts disfiguring the urban and suburban landscape, we'd have picocells integrated with everyone's CPE. And truly superfast broadband too.

But, The Market, innit.

I'm also pleased to see him pointing out the bleeding obvious that asymmetric FTTP/H is a crap idea, too. Spoiling the ship for a ha'porth of tar. But, Protecting Leased Line Revenue, innit.

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OpenSSH has user enumeration bug

Mike Pellatt
Facepalm

Errrrrr.

Run a net-facing ssh server with (only) password authentication ?? Wow, just wow.

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Gravitational waves: A new type of astronomy

Mike Pellatt

Michelson-Morely reborn

I find it wonderful that an experiment we reproduced at school - the Michelson-Morley - that disproved the theory of the stationary aether, is reborn with today's technology, and validates general relativity.

IFLS, as they say :-)

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No 10's online EU vote signup crash 'inevitable' – GDS overseer

Mike Pellatt

Re: Unsung triumph?? Yeah, right.

Because if they went through that service assessment...... they might not crash when there's a peak in activity.

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Mike Pellatt

Unsung triumph?? Yeah, right.

PM David Cameron.. says: “I believe the creation of the Government Digital Service is one of the great unsung triumphs of the last Parliament."

Because you'd want to sing about the great triumph of the payments system for the Dartford Crossing being in alpha state over a year and a half since it went live, wouldn't you ??

Every time the latest GDS farce happens, I go off and look. Still alpha ?? Check.

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

Mike Pellatt
FAIL

Re: Oh dear God.

Verify. Don't get me fucking started on that.

Turned out I needed to sign up to it to submit details of changes in personal circumstances for an adjustment to my tax code via gov.uk or whatever bullshit name the Web 2.x types have dreamt up this week.

Why they can't passport across my Government Gateway ID that I've been using for well over a decade for Tax, VAT, blood doning and God alone knows what else and thus should be more than good enough to verify my identity I can't fathom. Other than sheer incompetence and lack of understanding. Oh yes, see "Web 2.x types".

Anyways, go through all the rigmarole, 30 minutes later get verify from the Post Office because I distrust them slightly less than the other providers on offer. Of course, they've ambled off to the credit reference agencies for info to ask questions that might confirm I'm who I say I am. Go back to the gov.uk site, sign in, submit the changes. Sorry, for some reason I totally forget now the changes I want to make can't be submitted here. Please call us or write.

So I go back to the old HMRC site with my GG ID. Happily submit the changes via that route which is mercifully still working, new tax code issued within 2 weeks, no painful phone call or expensive letter required.

Someone please put the almost-entirely-still-Beta-flagged gov.uk and the crowd who work on it at the Cabinet Office out of our misery ASAP and tell HMRC there's (comparatively) little wrong with what they're doing at the moment and rip-and-replace is NOT required after all.

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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

Mike Pellatt

Re: Further testing required

The classes which have breaks longer than an hour apart tend to leave people with terrible recall of anything passed the 60 minute mark.

No shit, Sherlock. There's research going back decades, if not centuries, that shows this.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

Mike Pellatt

Re: Seriously!

It's fair to say that after years of trying, we're finally realising that a single on-disc filesystem that's optimised for all use cases is probably not achievable. So I don't see your objection as (necessarily) an issue.

As long as it's not forced on everyone....

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

Mike Pellatt

Re: What kind of moronic thinking is that?

Ambulance driver missed signs of sepsis

You are Jeremy Hunt and I Claim My Five Pounds.

For your information, the people you are presumably referring to there, who are qualified to make certain diagnoses and carry out certain treatments, are professionals whose job title is Paramedic. They are not Ambulance Drivers, despite the Health Secretary's recent repeated attempts to down-classify them every time he mentions them in a speech. He's yet to change his language.

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

Mike Pellatt

Re: 'Ow Yorkshire?

Certainly did at that campsite in the Dales in the late 60's whose facilities consisted of an earth closet.

Proper camping, that was.

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

Mike Pellatt

"Not operated in the UK for years"

I have here a job ad that I saved away from them, in London, for a Linux Engineer, dated Sep 2014. Not that long ago, except in "Internet Years, pah"

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Cutting edge security: Expensive kit won't save you

Mike Pellatt

Re: So who pays for this in the outsourced world?

Absolutely. Especially when it comes to properly managing "need-to-know" access granularity. It seems to me that it's impossible for this not to be a highly labour-intensive activity.

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GDS has no real strategy for £450m budget pot, internal plan reveals

Mike Pellatt

Jim Hacker's Department of Administrative Affairs is alive and well, its 21st Century incarnation being GDS.

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

Mike Pellatt

Re: "We are putting a lot of trust in the developer”

Much like the response when world+dog with any security knowledge told them ActiveX would be a disaster for security. "But it's what our users want" said MS.

That ended well, didn't it ?

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Microsoft account-hijacking hole closed 48 hours after bug report

Mike Pellatt

"Despite CSRF bugs not having the same credibility as other bugs....."

Really ???

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