* Posts by Adrian Midgley 1

399 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

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NHS outages KO Welsh GP services and Manchester A&E

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What the Press office knows

may be one thing, what they will say another, but the connection of those to current network status - and indeed of the declared status - may well be yet a third thing.

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UK.gov slammed for NHS data-sharing deal with Home Office

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shared for decades

"Lord James O’Shaughnessy, parliamentary under secretary of state for health, denied this, and stressed that this data “has been shared for decades”, with the MoU formalising the process."

If this is true, which I doubt, it has been unacceptable for decades.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: Not Really Open Source Is It?

Dumb......

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Re: Cost is the smaller concern

But the built-in/stuck-on licence was not the one in use for the machines in the bit of NHS I used to be involved with.

Partly because it was Vista for some of the boxes, partly because W7 installs were no use where the org used XP still.

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Re: Cost is the smaller concern

Really? No training in a local gov seems frightfully unlikely.

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Re: Cost is the smaller concern

But may be familiar with Capita...

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Re: Cost is the smaller concern

Really?

And where is that?

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Re: Cost is the smaller concern

I'm puzzled why you assume that support of closed source code should not be done free by volunteers.

Or alternatively that you assume that people willing to pay for work on closed source code would not be similarly willing to pay for work on open source code. Hewlett Packard's experience, relayed by their VP for that, was that most FLOSS is written by people who are paid to at least in part write code, and that HP could make a profit out of maintaining/developing FLOSS. Not everywhere, but where they sold that service.

It is one of those memes that goes around and seems to indicate either thinking failure, or an attempt to mislead.

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Re: Cost is the smaller concern

Your code may be mangled pasta. Not all is.

A strength of FLOSS is that the mess inside cannot be hidden.

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Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts

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Ice floats

Because water expands as it freezes.

Odd, really.

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Think tank: Never mind WannaCry, update NHS IT systems for RoboDoc

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Re: Algorithmic Artificial Intelligence Hyperbolic Baloney

"I thought the NHS was designed to provide health care to those specifically on low incomes, when did that change?"

You thought wrong.

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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Re: Why...

It would be challenged, when there was a match.

Not a failure mode.

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National Audit Office: We'll be in a world of pain with '90s border tech post-Brexit

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EU visa/waiver.

The "visa to a French citizen, German, Polish etc." will be identical I think as they are all EU.

Otherwise there may be difficulty with the EU in relation to entry to their borders.

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Well yes, we could... it is called

"Schengen".

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9 women cannot in one month

make a baby.

"Control" is what is being discussed. It isn't abstract, it involves bricks, people and software.

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Three useless UK.gov 'catapults' put in Last Chance Saloon

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Cui bono?

Who got the money?

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Looking for scrubs? Nah, NHS wants white hats – the infosec techie kind

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And imagine how many pennies would be spent for

Libre Office in its successively current versions...

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Re: What do they need this for?

Closed source and proprietary.

It was never necessary to buy that.

(FLOSS does not guarantee anything I'd updated, it guarantees nobody can prevent you having it updated; interfaced to X etc)

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Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

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Funded by who benefits from regulation!

There are several bad effects of introducing a law saying you may not now do something you could before unless you pay us as much as we spend on allowing you to.

Among them are a temptation to regulate where it might not be needed, and a lack of incentive to operate efficiently.

Who is claimed to benefit? In short, all citizens, residents, visitors.

Who should pay for that benefit?

...all citizens, residents and visitors, through general taxation.

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EU's data protection bods join the party to investigate Uber breach

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Uber provides nothing which could not

be provided otherwise.

Preferably without any proprietary software involved, but that may be another matter.

This particular company seems to have had its corporate culture set, and we would probably be best served by it going away.

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Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

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Levitating frogs requires

a very strong magnet. I infer that would work for humans, and possibly be cheaper than the approach involving the ISS or similar.

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Intended to be

impossible.

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No

Just bad record keeping.

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Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

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Not very surprising ... Now

Track back who caused it please.

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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It isn't automatic...

It is default.

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At 2 per year, what

does "the vast majority" mean please?

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You should now have to demonstrate

that you are suitable to control a vehicle before being allowed to do so.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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To install software on Linux I type

apt install packagename

You may be doing it wrong.

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Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

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You cannot regulate

cats.

And of course they do not have owners, they have staff.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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Re: People are Heavy!

Food, or less than 100 would arrive wherever

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Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

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That company is not in

the open source community I am in.

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Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law

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Tricky to do that without

making telephone companies liable for conversations on the telephone.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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The root of the problem is stupid users...

By and large the smart ones don't react to knowing how to pick a lock or do high-energy chemistry by going on crime sprees.

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Slapping crap bosses just got cheaper: Blighty's Supreme Court nixes tribunal fees

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Re: only if you ignore UNISON

No it doesn't.

It shows that a case requires a plaintiff.

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'SambaCry' malware scum return with a Windows encore

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Re: Enough with the cute names already!

Codenames are well sorted.

CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN or

GOD GAME INDIGO are less good than some, but fun.

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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Normalise.

Statistical technique used by people who don't guess how many Fords, but count them (in a sample, or from registrations of cars etc)

If there are 1000 times as many Fords, divide the crashed Ford's by 1000 to get a crude comparator.

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

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2 week video timer

As I recall. So not more than 2 weeks.

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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There's a fair compromise...

That vendors are required to maintain support for software while an[1] operating instance remains in the world[2] ... OR until they publish the full source code - all needed to compile working instances - under a licence allowing study, support, distribution of altered versions, extension and patching, which in practice is going to be a GPL.

Then if the task is onerous and no profit can be made from it, the company loses nothing by publishing, and ends its responsibility. If it is a business decision, then their ex-customers get to make a business decision as well, and people who like supporting that sort of thing, likewise.

[1] You might put a number higher than 1 on that, or not.

[2] or country, or business, or public service, or government...

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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And what surprises you about people over 50?

That we are still alive?

Or that we had grandfathers?

_Young_ person, you are not yet a Jedi.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Do we need attachments?

And if we need attachments, do we need them present in the email?

PointMail looks a better idea, but if an email has an attachment stripping if at the border and dropping it into two days quarantine, turning it to plain text and generally neutering it and allowing it to be collected later seems better.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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here we go again, back to the 90s

Into every generation one is born who think s this is possible and a good idea.

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Budget cuts bite National Library of Australia's digital archiving ambitions

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I was impressed with that library when I visited

And in a country that size, digitalisation seems important.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Feeding children properly is generally

regarded as a good thing.

It is also an investment in the future many of us share at least a portion of.

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That'll be interesting Ministerially*...

appointing someone not in a Scottish seat to be Minister for Scottish Affairs should play well in the Provinces.

* If the Tories are returned

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And the Falklands War which arose from Tory action

in reducing visible interest in the South Atlantic by removing the patrol ship.

What a coincidence! We cry.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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And the NHS scores

again.

Keep it, it is good.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

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Plugging satellites together

So there are fewer, larger, satellites would appear to be a strategy.

And adding Lego bricks of thruster clusters on each end could maintain function.

We thought we'd build one space station, then Clarke indicated 3 so let's head back toward that.

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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However, their direction has changed...

Hitherto the nice helpful world-wise ones would tell the paranoid foreigner-haters how to behave in the expectation that all the way up to the top of the Administration they would be recognised as correct.

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Time spent on Windows is no more free

than time spent on any other operating system and desktop.

Nor is it, in my personal and business experience, less time on Windows than on Linux.

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

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Re: Based on assumptions...

Not officially the government I think.

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