* Posts by Adrian Midgley 1

457 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009


Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Sky Marshal...

Was the rank Robert Heinlein invented for someone who had both commanded a capital (space)ship and an army Division, and would direct combined operations.

Starship Troopers.

So, imaginary in that variety.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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The core is not the whole apple

If a core has to have all the parts of a CPU, then the word is redundant.

Core means the central essential parts.

NHS England digital boss in hot water over 'puff piece' written about her future employer

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That is


Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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as much significance as the first.

What's 23 times the size of Earth, uncomfortably warm – and has astroboffins excited?

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Re: "too hot for life at 150°C" ?

Chemical stuff tends to double with each 10 degree (C or K as you like) increase, so 150 is quite a bit more than 122, but indeed perhaps not impossible.

Google to add extra Gmail security … by building a walled garden

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Point mail.

Is what I called a prototype I made last century, aimed at not emailing file attachments, and counting how many times they had been downloaded.

The people who emailed Word files didn't want to know.

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media

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Dark {side||Ages}

The darkness alluded to is in our minds.

As with the Dark Ages. The sun rose, but the records fell apart, and we can't see what happened.

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Re: Spot the 'deliberate' mistake in the video

Was this the Chang'e 3 simulation?

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour

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Re: As time goes on the space program gets more amazing to me @jake


Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

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Re: Trial version of Windows

Since Q-DOS?

Another Hancock-up? UK health secretary appears in piece about controversial GP app

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Re: My local GP

Really your gp?

Or someone with your details signing his name?

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Groceries less of a problem....

1. Not many people up there.

2. Dragon, even if not crewed Crew Dragon, is capable at deliveries. As is the Nipponese craft, and a succession of ESA ones.

3. Progress!

4. A good Soyuz test would be groceries.

Crew, well, yes.

Where's my money?! UK Info Commish squeezes data controllers while brandishing £4,350 fine

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Payable by anyone working for themselves

with benefit to everyone.

A classic case for central funding from general taxation.

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Re: Galileo blocking BeiDou

It might require two ships bieng in those vicinities which otehrwise would not, but it probably wouldn't.

Database ballsup: NHS under pressure over fresh patient record error

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Re: Between my wife and myself

There's a hospital database, and a national one, or two, and each department keeps a list of addresses and uses that, except when individuals within it keep tehir own list.

You'd think they don't trust the central ones.

And yes, you should be asked each time, and ideally should answer truthfully.

Things that make you go hmmm: Do crypto key servers violate GDPR?

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I think you are only the controller

if you have control.

There's an NHS IT case of that - centralised and incompletely responsive services where GPs are accused of being the data controllers. They don't, they are not.

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An email address is not unique to a person.

It may at a particular time only be used by one person, or one rôle, but there is nothing about it which ties it ever to just one person, of forever to the same.

Not is anyone limited to one email address, now, then, or anytime.

Odd contention.

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Construing public

as anything but public seems difficult to me.

IANAL, of course.

I assume somewhere in Whitehall there will be an effort to construe secret as "known to the government" though.

ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream

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Re: This could be a hit in the NHS ...

Assuming there is support.

How much of one year's Californian energy use would wipe out the drought?

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It is never going to rain enough

Relax on that.

(And generally we have too much, or too little water; food etc. Too much is better)

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Re: Small issue of infrastructure

Usually yes, when engineers get involved.

I think transmission lines are for power, and go with power used, not power generated.

Diffuse power production reduces the flows through transmission lines, compared to central generation.

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Re: Small issue of infrastructure

Solar power fits quite nicely with air-conditioning though.

And combining solar power generation with desalination seems a nice fit, even if you don't want to do solar distillation.

Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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Those words may not mean what you think...

and probably are not an accurate paraphrase.

As written, you say that if Ms Clinton used a server, the dept had to approve it.

I think you are trying to say there was a prohibition on operating, of using an operating, server before approval.

And I'm not sure that would be true either - all candidates will have email systems.

European Parliament balks at copyright law reform vote

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I'm human

emailed against art 13 and am a content creator and receive a payment twice a year for copyrights I hold.

'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

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Re: Second hand software........

An odd rumour.

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Nurse ...

1) get it yourself, on your account, I'm nursing;

2) I'll just ask Whitehall for the record.

Notes about patients are mostly used where they are made.

(And we don't go on the entry in the notes on which side we are operating on)

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To be fair, it doesn't need to leave the Practice

or hospital.

A federated model of providing answers when asked questions offers good function and better security.

And fails more gracefully.

I wrote one of these, and used others..

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You notice the NHS England/NHS IT model of opting out is not the usual one of

"If we don't have permission we won't acquire and hold the data"

it is the model of

"If you've requested we not have your permission, we'll acquire the data, and add a note that we are not allowed to use it".

Then they failed to add the note, and used it.

It is systemic. Or systmic, perhaps.

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Copied from Flickr, I assumed...

Or Grindr

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The rule I proposed

Years ago, that each access to your healthcare record must produce a line in a report to you which is given to you by default would have fixed this.

Who looked, at what, why did the say they did, what is the right they assert to do so.

And optopts were not requests!

They were orders.

JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

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Re: Citation needed

Encryption to specific recipients and groups, and serving files off one's own machine are perhaps going to get more interesting.

National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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There is a corollary to an ID card

Which is that it should be illegal to demand of seek any other evidence of identity, residence etc if the ID card is presented.

There is a desirable design feature as well, the questions the card should answer should only be those necessary:-

Is this card held by its owner?

Is the owner over 18?

Is the owner licenced to operate a car?

The rest should not be disclosed, or demanded.

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To run the services

build the houses and contribute to the infrastructure.

Scrapping Brit cap on nurses, doctors means more room for IT folk

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We have several

"The UK has its own bilateral trade relations with the US. It also works through the European Union (EU). In 2007, the EU and US set up the TransAtlantic Economic Council (TEC), with forums for business, consumers and legislators to promote open trade."

You might be thinking of an FTA or a single market or a customs union perhaps?

20-30 agreements the minute...

Balls, alas.

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Re: Errr

Your argument about tax is bizarre but suggests your win condition is that someone else loses, possibly all of us.

Your idea about the next generation is plain wrong.

AI is cool and all – but doctors and patients don't really need it

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Re: Responsibility

More complex than that with registered medical professionals.

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Slides went out a little while ago

The UK uses liquid-based cytology.

I'm unsure of the rest of Europe.

Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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That class of error seems

are current/persistent pattern with MS.

Where is the other error which causes the MS product not to be affected?

I recall Front Page setting left margins slightly negative - off the screen - while unaccountably IE didn't accept negative numbers for left margin, and interpreted them as zero.

"Mono, the fault must be in your browser"

Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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Because you are not a member of your constituency party

Hold your nose, and join.

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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FLOSS had a moral purpose in 1984 and begore

And that purpose has not changed.

Open Source Security hit with bill for defamation claim

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Re: re: the rights to redistribute them are lacking

One of the features of FLOSS.

It seems unlikely they want to be a FLOSS company, did they write all their code themselves ?

NHS England fingered over failure to forward patient correspondence

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Re: @ adam payne

No it isn't.

General Practices have always had the destination of the notes concealed - patient leaves and registers elsewhere, the notes are called for by the health authority (by whatever name it is known that week).

Our HA used to run the courier service, collect them, sort them, send them out again, of forward to the other HA if the patient had moved a long way.

Since then assorted lashups have come in, but it still isn't the receptionists faults.

DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Re: Mars soil is very dry?


IANAG but that talks about a hydrated mineral.

Stop slurping NHS data to enforce immigration laws? Not on your nellie, huffs UK Home Office

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Re: Bigots

You are quite confident of not suffering from someone else's untreated disease?


Your attitude to people is another matter on which I'll not discourse.

Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die

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Re: The more I listen to the EU...

You miss the point.

The EU have observed our standards being adopted elsewhere, not demanded it, in the same way California's standards have been adopted across the USA in many things. The standards are good, and compliance with them pragnatically ensures compliance with others, thus avoiding doing the work twice.

If the EU allowed the UK as a third country to interfere with the EU standard then other their countries would expect similar opportunities.

There is nothing in it for the EU in subordinating any element of its standards to outsiders, so they won't.

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Re: The more I listen to the EU...


Lessons learned from Microsoft's ghosts of antitrust past: Step up, Facebook

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You suggest Microsoft is not the Microsoft of

20 years ago.

That remains to be shown, still, I think.

A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash

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Re: Can I Just Point Out ...

There should be two values though.

Too much exposure produces an alert;

But too little exposure, suggesting not much work going on, is also notable, no?

Businesses brace themselves for a kicking as GDPR blows in

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Re: Apropos of GDPR...

What rate did you get when it was overutilised at lunchtime?


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