* Posts by Richard Jones 1

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Software that predicts whether crims will break the law again is no better than you or me

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Expert Systems

The original benefits of so called expert systems was that it was claimed they could take a series of relatively simple questions and lead through a decision tree without getting side tracked or missing out important branching conditions. The tree was loaded with verified stop <> go branch choices with each the result of exhaustive study, rather than the wet finger loved by some 'experts'.

The article does make this locked, sealed box sound more like a GiGo box, (garbage in garbage out). I did a study back in the late 1960s, this conclusively showed that factors then considered too difficult to quantify and thus termed constants, were (a) variable and (b) had far greater effects on the results than items that were studied and researched at great expense, 'the dependant variables'.

Humans do come with some preprogramming to carry out the sort of social studies of other humans done by this magic trick box, so I am not surprised they scored pretty much as well. I think this one might need a trip back to the study room and I am surprised the call has not come sooner.

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Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

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Re: Seems like they deserved each other...

Go on, your enjoying the read like everyone else.

Its sort of voyeurism by proxy.

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EU court to rule whether Facebook should seek and destroy hate speech

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The Reason For Limiting Words

There are a number of ways in that hate should be allowed to be expressed, I do not feel that hate itself is an unreasonable emotion in all circumstances. To take a moderately neutral example, there are some foods I personally hate, fish of all types, the smell can make me wretch and there is a small risk of allergy to some. I really dislike and will not eat some highly flavoured dishes, perhaps I even hate them too, so far so reasonable. However, I stop short of attacking anyone and it is this assault risk that does need to be controlled. Nothing I have said should raise a rabble to go off and do harm to anyone yet I have written the word hate.

Surely the risks of hate speech only build when it somehow ties to suggesting or proposing action against some group?

"I hate five legged rocks that can run faster than I can they should be smashed into road metal".

I suggest is a theoretical example of hate speech the seeks to stir up action against an identifiable - (though clearly non existent group). So in practice I believe the 'straw figment' is safe from legal assault and can serve to demonstrate one way that the limit on 'hate' should drawn

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If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

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Re: Fascinating

Sadly there is a tendency for those not used to a place or situation to reject the words of those who claim to have seen things while living in the area. Having lived in many places I am familiar with that risk. The stories you are told just feel too far fetched. Yet when you see them played out you face the same scepticism from others you originally felt when you heard it the first time. So perhaps he was simply recognising the innate xenophobia of all people. For most people it does not exist unless they see it for themselves.

For the record, I can well believe that birds will learn and pass on knowledge to others in their group. The birds probably do not want an all out fire, the threat of smoke is probably enough to harry prey. If carrying a few smouldering twigs earns you a meal discount who would not do so? Is it so very different to those probably non aboriginal people gifting their soul, or their very being to a trader and getting a discount tag on their mobile device? I had a discounted meal on the basis of someone else's tag on Saturday, (I had declined to sign up to the place as I wanted my data to remain at least passably mine..

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Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll

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Huge Baby Huge

The update is one mighty package it is slowly ticking by one percent at a time.

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Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters

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Re: Still no laughing matter

To call the claim vetting process AI is pure bunkum. It is more akin to basic intelligence methods from about the 19th (if not before), century. The claim processing will check for repeated information in multiple claims for multiple locations, e.g. same bank details, telephone number, same or very similar details in claim letters,etc. and pass them for the wetware to examine with more care.

That sounds like what I used to call basic pattern recognition though often done by human means when tracking down other sorts of crimes.

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Re: July and August must Go!

A/C You beat me to it, my typing is slow and crap after an eye operation yesterday.

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The M Month Between April and June Must go

That M word at least suggests sexual ambivalence and a possible route to another case.

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EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July

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Wet String Strikes again

Is it the wet string effect? Please see an earlier news story.

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SEC sends ICO for restaurant app Munchee back to the kitchen

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Duck Test?

Yes all very fine, but could this dive into the financial waters? I guess the answer was it tried even though it was a doubtful swimmer. The duck test worked quite well after all.

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FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation

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Did the Fraud Committers Committee (FCC) find that the IP addresses all track back to a certain Ajit Pai's or facilities linked to him.

The Fraud Committers Committee (FCC) are certainly working hard to protect the guilty in their false statements .

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Creepy Cayla doll violates liberté publique, screams French data protection agency

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Re: Echo

You might have several points there. Unless you are disabled, when such things might have value, what really useful thing would they add to life?

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Re: Why though?

Agreed, many kids preferred the boxes to the contents last time I looked. Though noisy paper and other unsuitable items, think choking hazards, sharp wires, etc. usually appeal more than creepy dumb dolls.

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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What About It Moto?

My Moto G4 Play was supposed to get out of 6 a while back, I'm still waiting. This might be partially down to my current carrier EE. The phone is not network locked and was previously updated while on Tesco PAYG mobile, but since connecting onto my EE account, nothing, including poor EE service at home...

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Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

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Re: Presumably, Jake ...

Yes they nearly do, since the nominal holders of many 'self defence' weapons end up being killed by their own weapons I guess the guns must fire themselves. The other theory is that you have to be brainless to think a gun makes you safer and not a target, so the gun must have all the brain and thus be capable of self firing.

The US habit of downgrading mental health services and then allowing any choice of mentally unstable condition to have access to guns is another issue altogether.

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Linus Torvalds on security: 'Do no harm, don't break users'

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@ Symon

You mean you have to crack nuts to get at the kernel?

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MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers

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Re: More Info Please Or What's it Really All About

@AC, does it benefit all workers? Those with highly changeable private demands, students, pin money workers, etc. have been cited as needing and welcoming very flexible arrangements. If this draft idea turns out to be draft and not daft as is the case with so many bills, it could be welcomed. The heavy emphasis on tax payments (and NI?) suggests a different agenda. With the tax threshold rising, many part time workers normally remain below the tax thresholds and maybe the NI ones as well anyway. Otherwise it could turn into a loss of worker's favoured flexibility plus a demand for taxes, which might well show the law of unintended(?) consequences is alive and still flourishing to the unexpected detriment of those it allegedly sought to serve.

On the other hand those casual workers moonlighting from other 'real economy jobs' might be the real target of this fishing trip, in which case perhaps they should be brought within the tax net.

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Now Oracle stiffs its own sales reps to pocket their overtime, allegedly

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Joke

Did Larry Need a New Yatch?

Headline said all.

Or was it a joke at all?

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Google aims disrupto-tronic ray at intercoms. Yes, intercoms

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Re: How quaint

DECT well at least my DECT setup will also do an all stations broadcast and alert all attended phones to a call from a known number.

Functions used for years are so old hat these days, they need something new and shiny to make them feel loved. - - - or do they?

I do not need to re-buy functions I already have so why bother?

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Ride-share upstart 'Fasten' revealed as Hive of insecurity

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Re: TAXI !!!!

No, more like taxidermist and your stuffed!

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The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

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There Might Be An Upside

This just could be an upside to this, it is possibly the one time that false positives were in everyone's favour.

If it killed off a few hundred, thousand, million (delete to taste) stupid pouting faces along with some jackass nude images all could be well with the world.

I cannot help but think that the more restricted the image coverage, the less likely it is to get a good recognition match, so it could be a useless effort.

If anything the name of the owner would be more relevant as a search term, as in 'here's a picture of vbhgfbut's bits' but that might cramp Zuckbook's monetising efforts.

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Chrome update kills unwanted ad redir... WIN A FREE iPad!!

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Re: What is this? 1997?

The wonderful thing is that every year is like 1997s ground-hog day as another bunch of 'gifted and talented kids' learn how to want lovely shiny stuff. Who can blame them, they see it all around them, even more of it than in the real 1997, so when it is offered as only a key press away, why not?

Sadly while old crap may be old and crap tall oo often it still just works and with minimum effort by the crap slinger.

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Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

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Re: "What Amazon has done is utterly brilliant and has transformed the way we do things," he said.

While I have had an Amazon Prime sub for a while and in a burst of excitement bought a Firestick for one of the TVs that did not have easy access, I have yet to watch anything. I have simply not been able to find anything that appealed to me. There must be a trick to making their hard to access listings easier to understand.

I rarely if ever use iplayer as I either PVR anything I can watch in real time or simply don't bother at all. Entering long arcane codes to get iPlayer would be an effort not worth making.

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Splitting off Google Shopping wouldn't fix the pay-to-play problem

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Re: Not really

If I am looking for something I really make that really do not want an endless list of comparison sites listing nothing I want. I try to use thought process based filter to cut out lists of lists pushers. When tired a mistaken click can send me through the wardrobe into their never-find-anything-hell. I tried to look at Foundem, remind me what was the point of it? I found it the was like the illegitimate one night stand lovechild between useless and hopeless.

If I want a price comparison site I would try asking for a list of them, but probably not in this lifetime. Just try using one to find an energy supplier...

In any case, most times there is more to life than a dumb price comparison list where prices omit the needed features like, being what you actually need, availability, suitability and so on.

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More expensive, takes longer than usual, not particularly brilliant. Yes, it's your robot surgeon

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Times Not Aligining

There was a difference in the time lines. Outcomes and cost were for 2003~2015, yet research focus has sharply increased in the last five years. So any gain from the research on robots should be expected to appear from about now going forward. Also as others have said, focusing on just two types of procedures may limit data volumes but could hide other issues affecting other types of procedure, good and bad. I am being lead to believe that many eye operations, especially cataract are bing robot assisted if not actually robot led with rapid throughput. If the robots are crap why use them for such surgery?

Footnote I have an upcoming possible interest in this one.

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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No batteries

At least neither cash nor plastic need a charged battery - with cash also not needing a working network to accept the transaction, a problem in some areas. So some people feel happier having more options available. Dealing with trivial payments via some form of month end account can be a real pain for many. I understand that for others it may just as well be an asset to have an electronic record. Some of us remember the days when just one card type might be accepted - never the one you had at the time and painful memories can linger on.

I have no down on anyone using their method of choice, I embrace empowered choice. Compulsion is different thing and that is the one I hate, almost as much as my wife hates 'SMART phones'. I have one it is smart enough to know I want to do something and frequently clever enough to stop me achieving the option in a timely manner. For me plastic and cash are rather easier and provide me with comfort.

Cashback was always said to provide comfort to the retailers who offered the function as it moved physical cash, which needed manual handling into an electronic form simplifying their book keeping.

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Take off, ya hosers! Silicon Valley court says Google can safely ignore Canadian search ban

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Re: Hmmm...

Please add Trump to the wish list of sole purveyors of 'information' along with those other purveyors of (iron) fairy stories.

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Disney-branded internet filter had Mickey Mouse security

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Testing Is Too Expensive @AC

I was (probably) reliably informed yesterday that such things as research, i.e reading a suitable book on the subject and the likes of testing are 'rather too expensive'. The widespread view is that is better to get the device built and out there. Then let someone else do the research and testing then tell you what you should do to correct the weak device you produced. After that you can then correct the errors you made, but only if you feel like being so 'kind'.

At least in this case the maker/sponsor did most of the right thing.

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Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

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Re: Looking like mixed tech isn't an option ...

Lane change warningis a real pain when roads are poorly maintained and the system picks up on every thing it sees and thinks it sees a lane change. Its constant squawking will earn it a cut buzzer one day.

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NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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Re: Wait a minute

Yes some people are not the brightest sparklers in the firework box. I well remember the case of a employee of the month(?) who became an ex-employee when found to be running phone frauds and illicit activities within 6 weeks of being employed on 'security and anti terrorism' in an 'overseas location'. Whoever organised his recruitment and vetting copped a fizzer for that embarrassing fiasco. Happily no major harm was caused in that case.

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Viasat: We're going to sue Ofcom over EU-wide airline Wi-Fi network

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Re: Ofcom

@Mage Agreed, The bit that makes me ponder was this quote 'Ofcom quietly tweaked Inmarsat's licence to authorise EAN work, building on previous legally binding EU Council decrees which left the British regulator with no real choice in the matter.'

Surely if anyone has a desire for a punch up it should be with the EU since their judicial power forced the hand of regulators across Europe and Ofcom had no option. So is the threatened sueball really about Ofcom being prepared to correctly follow European law rather than do a quick duck and dive round the law and mess the whole thing up? No names no pack drill but perhaps due diligence could have been more 'diligent'?

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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

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Re: Hmmmm

I do use Defender and tried to find it using all the link advice I could trace, but could not find the feature. If it should be there I want to have access and be able to exploit or reject any features as I desire without an automatic "it is [whoever] do not bother" response.

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The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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@ tiggity Re Bats

I live about 400 yards from a canal and river, for the first time in 25 years we have bat roost on a wall of the house. Every morning there was so much bat poo I thought that it must have been a plague of rats, then I found a dead bat close by and investigation suggested that for some reason they had roosted with us just for a week or so. Did they kill off a plague of insects and then die off themselves? Somehow I doubt there is any easy theory, though good, i.e. expensive, no axe grinding study might give an answer. Its the same with insects, alien species are a known story whether it is alien earthworms or harlequin bugs they affect local species.

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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Re: generations

I do have a subscription capability, though I have yet to watch anything via its 'services'. I thought that the 'entertainment' was the hunt for something to watch. After about 20 minutes or what feels like a lifetime I give up.

I get regular e-mails inviting me to see the latest totally non interesting offerings so really what is the point? I simply PVR anything of possible future interest and watch whatever I can find to pass the time, when I need a time filler. This has the huge advantage of allowing all the adverts for total crap to be bypassed. As for subscribing to another advert channel with periodic inserts of non advertisements - that is for birdbrains.

I am told that there is also something called radio or wireless, (cable co clowns please note), no 'k' but it often has programmes

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Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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Re: Sadly, a decision which needs more clarity

In a work situation and on the other side of the pond the civil service had this one fairly buttoned down in the pre-computer age. A 'senior person' could under certain defined circumstances authorise another employee to act for them in various defined ways. They were after all also covered by a range of laws in addition to the internal rules of the organisation. So accessing a direct line superior's files in the course of preparing work for them was covered, taking the odd photographic copy for study 'at home', sharing with a friend, passing to anyone outside of the direct functional need was not. You would need to be pretty witless not to see that accessing information directly pursuant to the work was covered. However, accessing material with specific additional access restrictions would not be covered under such circumstanced. For a long time similar rules applied in 'normal' businesses, I have been out of direct contacts for some while now, but doubt that much has changed in that regard.

I suspect that the key specific is whether authorisation along with any required access code(s) was provided. In more modern times access codes can granted to, e.g. PAs with specific personal restrictions, if needed, by the rules of the organisation. Pass the password is never a good game, though I have seen it played in some otherwise very formal hierarchical organisations where the most dangerous levels of password access were granted to the most senior 'name'. Since the 'name' had no knowledge of the system, junior staff used their name/password almost daily as part of the unwritten culture of the business.

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Cortana, please finish my sentences in Skype texts for me

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Re: 'Redmond's not-at-all creepy service'

"a sneaking suspicion that this is a handy way to collect AI training data is surely not mere conspiracy theory?"

You can see it that way, another way is to find out the sort of user who collects 'friends' but cannot be bothered to interact with them human to human.

As such it is an ideal way to train a system intended to man help-desks to provide responses to those poor saps who want someone to talk to when their 'Super Whizzo' has failed for the umptenth time.

Try not to forget that it is an opt in system, also has anyone opted into Cortana in their normal life anyway?

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Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

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Re: Sorry @Tweetiepooh

Thank you, @Alister, when I tried that the first time it did not work.

Clearly, I need mouse driving lessons!

Still it worked when I tried a second time after your prompt, thank you.

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Sorry @Tweetiepooh

I am truly sorry, I clicked the wrong box. I thought that your post was balanced in a way that some others are not, My click went in the wrong place. I can blame some nerve damage but clearly need to improve my mouse control, which is not normally this bad - others might not agree but all discussion should be honest and where possible balanced.

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

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Re: "cannot stop in time if they see a person on the tracks"

Many drivers suffering a 'one under' incident spend a long time off work afterwards and some never do come back as complete. You would not save the Darwin project item with headphones, but at least you might save the driver's trauma.

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Microsoft may have its groove back but it's binned 'Groove'

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Re: Great!

Agreed, I looked at 'Groove' for the first time today, I still cannot see its point, everyone I know who wants some form of music device has one and it is not this 'thing'. So after stifling a few yawns I wondered (and not for the first time) how the %^&*() to recovers its wasted disk space.

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Docs ran a simulation of what would happen if really nasty malware hit a city's hospitals. RIP :(

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Re: Take results with a pinch of salt

Do nothing 'cause it is hard, is not an option.

I suggest that the first steps are that either (a) facility by facility review is needed to decide what needs to be internet or even intranet connected or (b) some overall relevant guide line is needed to define the achievable objective across a wider, e.g multi facility area, examples. insurance company/ health standards body, OEMs, etc or several working in concert. This process must be health system and political influence independent.

By the way, 'nice to have connections' need not apply!

Authorisation processes need some critical examination to find out whether it really does need years of expensive prevarication to secure life saving/threatening equipment.

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Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

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Re: How on earth ....

I understand that the checks are increasingly automated. Data on money flows is compared, the ins and the outs and if there is something out of kilter the name gets into the hat. If you make an allowed claim, e.g. personal allowance, perhaps tax free ISA income or as a business you claim legally allowed business expenses you will look OK. However, make some unallowable claim or do something that just does not stack up and you will be in trouble. I know a few who have been caught out over their business accounts not being right. So at the very least get a good accountant to control your excesses if you lack the skills to DIY correctly, that goes for private as well as business accounts.

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Now EE's challenging UK regulator's mobile spectrum proposals

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Re: Bald men fighting over a comb

I live about 25 miles from the centre of London and half a mile from a motorway running straight into London. The only sheep are those bused in to mow a water meadow at the correct time of the year.

Pretty Please EE can I have some in house service like I used to have in the days of One-2-One?

Voice and data would be nice. Since the stupid medical lot insist on calling the mobile and not the land line they were told to use, (as EE service here is crap), I guess I need some mobile service.

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VMworld schwag heist CCTV didn't work and casino wouldn't share it

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Did They Also Ban Private Videoing?

No doubt that the 'phacts' are all too convenient for the hotel's goons. I guess that will also ban the use of private video equipment they cannot abuse, control or disable at will.

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Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach

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How Will Contact Be made?

I have had to change all of my email addresses since early this year as the original service provider gave up. In the event that my details were on the Faultyfax database how would anyone contact me? At least I should not get too many scam emails, but I quite like the idea of knocking ICO's door with a complaint. Sometimes the weight of numbers can upset their apple cart by making the stats look bad.

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Portland posts full report on Uber's dirty dealings with Greyball

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Never Used Them

Mainly because I never use a taxi, private hire car or whatever of any form. However, the well of personal distrust grows ever deeper at every twist and turn and UBER are far ahead of the pack in this regard.

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

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Re: For Firefox Users...

Would that be 'said web site@? Or rather should it be 'sad web site'?

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Re: ****ing BBC are the worst ....

No, No, No unless you are paying this 71 a compliment as being young.

I want to read the news, not have it blare out from some tiny speaker on a mobile or flash across a screen silently on the PC because the speakers are turned off. It would be nice to have the choice of not listening to random voice of the population stuff., but getting the substance of an event.

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EU's tech giant tax plan moves forward

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@ J. Smith

In the unlikely event that you have paid employment do you claim personal allowance when considering your tax bill? Do you claim child allowances? Do you have an ISA or similar tax free savings vehicles? I trust not, since those are all tax loopholes that exercise those practising numpty-nomics

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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

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Re: Cough

@AA

Let's not forget that terrorists do use surveillance data too. FTFY.

They call it intelligence gathering as they walk or drive the area looking for and often photographing weak points, perhaps pretending to be tourists.

Tracking them and tracing them is where the security can and does sometimes fail, (perhaps too often?).

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