* Posts by Adrian Midgley 1

423 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

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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.

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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.

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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"

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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.

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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.

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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 ?

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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.

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

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Re: Mars soil is very dry?

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/MRO/news/mro-20081028.html

IANAG but that talks about a hydrated mineral.

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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?

Optimist.

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

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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...

Balls

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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.

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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?

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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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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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Until they realised they could

use an old plug and put both cables into one.

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We 'could' send troubled Watchkeeper drones to war, insists UK minister

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Re: So...

I have.

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They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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Who changed adapted to adopted in your

text?

A hidden MS apologist?

"We adopted this and look how it went wrong".

Maybe they did the Intended change.

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NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

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Re: contrails / chemtrails @FlamingDeath

No, they have not.

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Re: contrails / chemtrails @FlamingDeath

No, there was not definite thinking.

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Re: contrails / chemtrails

And not very accurately.

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Google asked to take down 2.4 MEEELLION URLs under EU law

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Regular changes of name or

mom de Net might become a thing.

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Australia joins the 'decrypt it or we'll legislate' club

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If one knows where the circuit is switched to ...

and that there is no tap on it.

So no.

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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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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

Adrian Midgley 1

To install software on Linux I type

apt install packagename

You may be doing it wrong.

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