* Posts by itzman

1829 posts • joined 28 Jun 2011

Campaigners cry foul over NHS Digital plans to grant policy wonks and researchers access to patient-level data



"Using patient information for funding decisions by policymakers is just toxic, and they know that."

So how else are they supposed to make funding decisions?

In response to minority moaning?

Virtue signalling for political motives?

I WANT someone to know that there is for example an excess of deaths from cholera in a given postcode.

It is fairly vital to know that, for example, those of 'certain ethnic backgrounds' are more susceptible to Thalassemia, and others to heart problems.

Blue sky research by private institutions is all very well, but the NHS has to be seen to be spending money rationally on a cost benefit analysed basis.

If it cannot see the results of spending, if it cannot see what money needs to be spent on, how can it do that?

Medical research is plagued by fads conjectures and outright fashion. It needs hard statistical data to prove its case.

Chap joins elite support team, solves what no one else can. Is he invited back? Is he f**k


staggeringly similar story.

did a bit of coding for a client who sold a business app on either Elonex or Apricot PCS. yep DOS days of course.

"Does anyone buy the Apricot" I said'

"Yep its ten times faster"

He proceeded to demonstrate with much whirring of floppy disks.

I was puzzled, Processors and speeds wer identical.. then I had a thought. Sho nuff the elonex had in config.sys :



on the apricot they were much higher.

I edited the file rebooted and said 'now try it'

Nobody likes a smartass do they?

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes


Re: Want to try to reprogram it so it feels and drives like an F1?

If the angle of attack was zero on the runway the aircraft would not be able to take off.


1. Airfoils are capable of generating lift at zero angle of attack.

2. That's what the elevators are for - to push the tail down and the nose up.


Re: To have complex handling is not the same as to have poor dynamics

No, the Camel was barely stable. Today's fighters are unstable.


Re: Seafire conversion of Spitfires in the 1940s

First of all spirfires were always tail heavy and always flew with down trim. In fact being on the edge of pitch stability makes for a very very sensitive set of controls. An advantage in a fighting machine which is why modern typhoons are trimmed that way, and use software to compensate

The addition of more weight to the back simply made matters worse.

Ultimately spin recovery depends on getting the nose DOWN. Opposite rudder may get rid of the turn but unless the aircraft left to itself at almost no airspeed will put its nose down then you will fall off into a spin in the other direction.

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches


Re: Negligent certification

As I understand it, the fundamental change was more fuel efficient engines. However these if placed in the logical place would have scarped along the tarmac.

So they were moved forward and cranked up a bit.

Changing the CG and the on thrust/off thrust trim by such an extent they put some software in to correct for it.

So downtrim when the throttles are opened, giving a massive nose down if the throttles are chopped. Before the trim returns to 'glide'

This was bunged in the anti stall software I think.


Re: "How do you show who put the dodgy line of code in, and when?"

As I understand it, its not a bug, it's the whole way the thing is implemented.

They bodged the engines in at an angle, for ground clearance, and that has ruined the planes inherent stability so they are trying to correct a serious fundamental hardware fault with software.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ support to arrive in Linux 5.1


Re: Kernal change - Who will not notice the difference?

Linux COLONEL, please.

There is no sch thing as a kernal.

Even in Python..

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

Paris Hilton


is of course conformism to the opposite set of standards

The real solution is not to rebel, just to ignore conformism.

As the old adage goes

"An Oxford man walks around as if he owns the place"

"A Cambridge man walks around as if he doesn't give a damn who owns the place".

From hard drive to over-heard drive: Boffins convert spinning rust into eavesdropping mic


I'll file this in the ...

...Interesting, but ultimately useless, use of human endeavour.

Don't these chaps have something better to do with their time?

Prodigy dancer and vocalist Keith Flint found dead aged 49



The mark was so indelible, that I completely missed it.

Never heard of the man, the band or the song.

Vaguely remember 'smack my bitch up'

So close yet so far: Pure fingers manufacturing balls-up for leaving firm $20m wide of its target


In Dickensian times....

'Pure' was the name they gave to dog excrement collected off the streets and used to tan leather.

I am sure that is an irrelevant aside.

BT 'UK's most powerful Wi-Fi'? Why, fie, for shame! – ads watchdog

Paris Hilton

At least we dont have to suffer Adam and wossername..

..er Jane


Artificial Intelligence: You know it isn't real, yeah?


The fundamental problem is that...

...Bias and prejudice are efficient.

See a snake? Kill it or run like heck. Who CARES that 80% of snakes are perfectly safe. Killing a safe one doesn't harm you. Cuddling a rattler does. Regarding all snakes - or indeed mushrooms - as poisonous saves you having to carry around a catalogue of the very few that are not.

Most [issues] are caused by [a few identifiable members of set x] is most easily encapsulated as

All members of [set x ] cause [issues]

What we are seeing in this is the prime example of 'its not fair' versus 'it doesn't work'

E.g. if you want to halt the spread of Islamic fundamentalism and radicalisation, ban the religion, beards. burkahs, niqabs, hajibs , imprison anyone who preaches it and shut down any mosque or website that carries any materials. etc.

Unfair, but effective,..

The human mind seeks to use pattern recognition to arrange the world into 'objects' that have 'generic properties' . So it can apply generically effective general rules without having to examine the particular.

There are those who are stupid enough to feel ashamed of their propensity to do this and project the negative aspects of this onto others.

Don't be one of them.

Wisdom comes from accepting and then making allowances for the fact that we are all prejudiced and biased, and if we were not we would have eaten the poisonous mushroom years ago.

Those who claim it is others who are bigoted, are usually the worst bigots themselves.

One thinks instantly of the jackboot mentality of self styled 'anti-fascist' organisations.

Amazon Prime Air flight crashes in Texas after 6,000ft nosedive


Re: Please

Cabin pressure is 10,000 feeet equivalent,. They were at 6,000, ergo they didnt need and wouldn't have had cabin pressure.

Linux love hits Windows 10 19H1 amid a second round of zombie slaying


Re: Uncomfortable

It would make perfect sense for Microsft to spend the time making an API that would run windows programs on Linux.

Then it could let OS development go to the linux community, who are better at it anyway, and concentrate on flashy guis and marketing bloatware and other excrement, which is its true Forte.,

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

Paris Hilton

Re: Bricks and Mortar

What has happened is that shops that offered no value add over online have closed. Somne still can.

Personal service, touch and feel the goods - these are hard to do online

Western Digital deploys heatsink on remodelled M.2 to tempt gamers

Thumb Up

And always remember to get gold plated oxygen free HDMI leads...

to reduce audio distortion on your digital signals and apply green felt tip pens to your CDS to reduce distortion.

These are available from all good hifi retailers or from my website at only $400 a pair.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers


Re: Many mysteries

Actually we DO consider dogs and wolves to be the same *species*.

But they are many different *breeds*.

Race is a somewhat slippery concept. Somewhat akin to breeds. And anyone who says breeds aren't distinct subsets that share common characteristics is barking mad.



Re: Maybe it was...

It was a Range Rover.

Your thesis is destroyed.

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up


Re: Itchy Chin

Javascript is dense at times, but it does know the difference between strings and integers.

Well no, it doesn't.

Back in the days of XP I was trying to get some javascript working on firefox and IE.

They behaved completely differently.

In the end it turned out that if the numerical stuff was buried in a conditional firefox took it as a number but IE took it as a string.

It took me hours to find a way to get IE to treat it as a number.

I HATE weakly typed or non typed languages almost as much as I hate Pascal.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


Re: Shoot it down?

at 5 meters altitude and 25m range, yes.


Re: Guns vs Drones

If the drone attack had happened in USA everyone at the airport would have been armed to the teeth and they would have been shot down in a couple of minutes.

And how many people 5 miles away would have been collateral damage?


Re: Don't just do something! Stand there!

Or a probe to test security and response by....well your choice really.

Or an excuse to sell you high priced security kit you didn't know you needed?

Or just a spotty teenager and his mates having a laugh.

Until the type of drone is analysed we wont know what sort of person built it.


Indeed. A skilled drone pilot could probably have brought down the rogues more cheaply than an Israeli system costing millions

Drone wars. That's what we want. And film it all for you tube

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


Re: Good article. Assuming TheRegister is clean with our data.

this persistent insistence that _everyone_ who considers public service is a scum is a plague.

No, just everyone who rises, turd-like, to the top.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

Big Brother

And you find this surprising?

In short, American internet providers are determined to give its citizens the worst possible internet for the highest possible price and under industry-friendly chair Pai they are willing to state that publicly – while asking for taxpayers' money to do so.

Isn't that the goal of all commerce, to deliver the cheapest possible product at the highest possible price and get either taxpayer money to do that, or government legislation to mandate its adoption?

That is the EU model in a nutshell.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago


Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?

I *think* the point is that teh Iron 60 , arriving later, would be a marker for an earlier supernova event.

I don't think the iron 60 would be the killer - the earlier radiation would be.

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism


I cant believe that...

someone would use a YAHOO mail account to admin a public domain.

I can't actually believe that anyone who is in the business of IT would ever use a gmail or yahoo account anyway.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire


Re: Photovoltaic?

Combined cycle gas turbines operate at >60% efficiency, so that is lie for a start. No reason they couldn't take their gas input from a separate gas heat exchanger.

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location


Re: Chips are so 20th century

Biometrics are far more easily forged

I am going for a retinal scan in the hope that something has CHANGED.

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul


Re: Personally...

If the EU gives in now, then they might as well call it game over and hand over control of government to the corporates

The Corporates already run the EU. who else is actually interested in DRM and copyright - the pleb on the street?


BT: We're stocking warehouses with kit ahead of Brexit to avoid shortages


Re: Because Brexit

Great narrative.

Total fiction of course. TONS of investment in UK at the moment

Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs


Re: Boring boring boring.

Theresa May is ion a coalition precisely so as to have an excuse to not do all her stuff.


with respect..

WHICH 'lower than vermin' party?

Apart from UKIP I'd say they are all like that.

Amd UKIP would become that pretty soon after having any serious parliamentary influence.

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back


Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

Actually whilst that is true for the general stuff, apple DESKTOPS sell into niche aseas like desktop publishing where the adobe creative suite at a huge amount per desktop or old fashioned Quark express is de rigeur, and into things like video and music editing which again are de rigeur...


Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

"but anything you already bought will probably have to be bought again."

which is of course the point as it was when OSX came out and then when OSX on Intel first came out.

The only up to date code that runs on a power PC Mac these days is Linux...

The Apple way is to ensure you buy and buy again and again.

Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit


Conversation weit the MaYbot AI: or The Truth about Binary Choices

"So Maybot, what are we doing about Brexit"?

"Well we promised we would ;leave Europe, but lots of people want to stay, so we are going to compromise."

"OK...How's that go?..

"We are going to move to Doggerland".

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub


Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

Back in the day UNIX was 16 bit.

WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war


Re: Canaris

Less a double agent than someone trying to do his best for his country, not for the Nazi party.



Did the Germans ever got clued up that their supposedly encrypted message system have been compromised?

Apparently not...

Blueprint of modern construction can be found in a tech cluster... of 19th century England


Re: "it does less better with tension"

I was about to say 'Must try harder' as well

US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted


Re: Bottom hidden by fog

There's a Six Mile Bottom on the A11 I seem to remember.

No longer on the A11 as that has moved a couple of miles north.

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories


Ive always felt that if I was running a conspiracy...

I'd hide it in a bevy of alternative conspiracy theories.

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price


Re: Be careful what you wish for...

I think the answer is to replicate a windoes API under Linux, that frees you from any particular architecture, and allows either an emulation shim to be used or better, rapid recompilation of windows apps for linux.

In the end the difference between emulating x86 all the way to the operating system internals or simply emulating to the point of the OS interface is one of efficiency.

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: The morons "in charge"...

...hark back to the Victorian era and still think that a European Empire such as Napoleon, and Hitler dreamed of can be achieved and is in fact desirable

Meanwhile in the exiting UK in the 21st century, people are looking FORWARD...

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world


Re: This Train Wreck is getting interesting

tariffs are placed on imports.

Only a brainless remoaner would therefore conclude that the cost of exports will rise.

How's that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim


Re: whatismydnsresolver.com

Oh, it sorta worked. Told me google was my DNS provider.

Resolver 1: (AS15169)

Resolver 1's ISP:


However I use two local copies of BIND to resolve internet stuff.

And then as a ternary

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity


Re: It's dead, Jim, but not as we know it

And string theory is just a theory.

Not a process

Saving the internet, fake news warts and all


The internet will force a change in consciousness.

No longer will there be One True Message, controlled by the establishment media.

There are many messages, and for the first time ever, people will have to decide who to believe.

And that includes the writer of this article, who sdeems to already be involved in rejecting that with which he does not agree.

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