* Posts by JohnMurray

559 posts • joined 6 Jul 2011

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UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

JohnMurray

Re: But think of the children!!

Within the NHS, there are differing levels of security on data systems.

All personnel can only log into the system with a valid ID smartcard.

Differing levels of access exist depending upon staff position.

Hospitals cannot access GP data!

GPs' cannot access secondary-care systems!

I have no idea about police access to information, except to note that there are frequent prosecutions of personnel for illegally accessing data.

Both police and NHS systems leave an audit trail, and both are regularly checked.

However: shit ' appens

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

JohnMurray

Re: Why not build a new purpose built Parliament building somewhere in the north Midlands

Noted the garden bridge is toast now....still no news who got the £48 million quid though...

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JohnMurray

Talking about bell-ends...

I note The Daily Bell End (mail) is leading with a "Health and Safety gone mad" headline...

They want to take us back to empire days..deaf at 20 and with tinnitus...

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JohnMurray

Re: It's 2017

The sound level within the bell tower is around 117 DBA....well into the permanent damage to hearing range...also into the "shakes your entire body quite badly" range.

I think the clapper on the bell weighs around 200KG...

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JohnMurray

Re: The Leaning Tower Of Westminster

220mm out of vertical at the top...

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Corporate criminal tax offences likely to further increase HMRC's use of dawn raids, says expert

JohnMurray

Not really.

If they refuse to accept a compromise payment/settlement, then drive away and come back later.

Driving away without paying is only illegal if you do not intend to pay...

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JohnMurray

Re: Time to rein in the use of dawn raids

Tax evasion is a crime.

It is long past time this happened...they have been raiding building sites early in the morning for years now...

With evasion running at between £30 billion - £100 billion plus, it is quite right to treat it as serious crime.

More raids.. Try raiding the sun/mail/telegraph... Please.

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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

JohnMurray

If they don't implement the EU GDPR in some way, then the EU data will not come here!

Trade will cease...

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

JohnMurray

Re: Strong push?

Because it is a small step from your personal vehicle driving itself, to all vehicles being fleet-owned and being called on-demand.

The end of private personal transport, the start of a new public transport system..

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

JohnMurray

Re: Some change was necessary

To be truthful...most employers have no idea what employment laws are, or even care.

Their behaviour towards employees is still based upon slave and master..

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JohnMurray

Doesn't cost that much if you're in a union.

Just the union dues....

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JohnMurray

Re: Some change was necessary

All cases have to go through mediation before they get anywhere near a tribunal...

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

JohnMurray

Re: Jesus, NO!

Superheating then inhaling propylene glycol you mean...

Maybe I can use antifreeze from my car/motorcycle....ethylene glycol?

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

JohnMurray

Clearing the deficit is possible....but not along with tax cuts.

Clearing the debt is also possible, but not while still paying state pension benefit, or while funding a "free at point of treatment" health service.

And in any case, the U.K. has been in debt for a few hundred years, many times by a few hundred percent of GDP. Yet now a debt of 80% (+-) of GDP is a catastrophe?

Clearing the debt/deficit is a useful goal to persuade idiots to have less, pay more and (for all I know) die earlier.

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JohnMurray

It's all a question of how you calculate the standing on the UK globally.

5th richest?

Maybe.

But: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-simon-duffy/welfare-myth-five-the-uk-_b_13296512.html

So, in a real world: 39th.

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JohnMurray

Re: This goes to show one thing

Funnily enough, the CPS is due to report about the last elections alleged fraud...about the start of June. So that's dead in the water now!

And don't those irritating student people (80% in favour of remain) have exams around the first week in June?

Maybe we'll get a government that'll tell the media billionairarses to GTF....

I can dream?

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

JohnMurray

Re: Prior Art - Crash! Bang! Wallop!

While I can see that autonomous vehicles are inevitable, I wonder how they will manage on the public highway. There they will have to cope not only with the "real world" but the "surreal world": people in non-autonomous vehicles!

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UK gov draws driverless car test zone around M40 corridor

JohnMurray

The biggest problem autonomous vehicles will have is non-autonomous vehicles.

No matter how complex the electronics, a person signalling right and turning left, or going straight on, will always mess it up!

Simply: autonomous cars will easily manage if they're on a road with similar vehicles.

Put one car driven by a person in the mix, and anything will happen.

And if every vehicle is driverless, there will be no reason to own a vehicle. Just call one from the idle-auto-car carpark.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

JohnMurray

Re: Colour me surprised

It's Amber Rudd.

Not the brightest spark in the fire.

She probably needed speech tuition to pronounce "encryption"

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

JohnMurray

Re: Education PC seller says Apple is no good in that market

On the other hand, the primary school where my grandchildren go to, has over 100 iPads...

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Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued

JohnMurray

Sounds like the sort of system the DWP will probably install.

Doesn't pay out.

Flags claimants as crooks.

Encourages self-termination.

Good job IDS is no longer torturer-in-chief

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NHS patient letters meant for GPs went undelivered for years

JohnMurray

Access by clinicians and other nhs staff has separate levels of access and is logged and checked. Not so for private service providers, who all have a cavalier attittude to data handling. There have been many detected, and punished (instant dismissal) cases of access to personal data for personal reasons among the very large number of private providers. One person was dismissed for verbally informing a patients friends that she was attending a sexual health clinic (she was a cleaner at the clinic). With such a large amount of staff, problems will always occur. Each person accessing an nhs system has a personal access card.

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Plump Trump dumps TPP trade pump

JohnMurray

Re: HOLY CRAP!

Reduce the size of government further?

Take a look at the "massive rise in government employees under Obama":

http://www.businessinsider.com/government-employment-obama-vs-past-presidents-2014-6?IR=T

Further cuts?

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

JohnMurray

Re: Next Tory Christmas present

Big Shitster.....

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JohnMurray

Re: Smart water meter data as evidence

People always empty both bowel and bladder when they die.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

JohnMurray

Re: This is great news...

My assumption has always been that I (we) need more protection from the UK government than from foreign governments. Especially since the UK government seems to think it has a lot to fear from 60 million people deciding to head to Westminster armed with bad attitudes and bricks. Are there 650 vacant lamp-posts around Westminster?

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Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

JohnMurray

Public sex is not illegal in the UK.

Causing offence by having sex in public CAN be an offence IF observed.

However, observing people naked/engaged in sexual acts, without their knowledge and/or consent is illegal: AND it is a serious sexual offence.

So is the use of cameras to record the scenes.

I think sentencing guidelines still start at 6 months suspended plus mandatory registration on the sex offenders register.

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Brit smart streetlight bods Telensa named 'global market leader'

JohnMurray

Re: No video transmitted

http://www.telensa.com/unb-wireless/

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JohnMurray

Re: speeding fines

As long as they can extract a vehicle index plate number, they'll be happy.

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JohnMurray

Re: @Ledswinger

Light reflected off person in sodum-light-illuminated area; minimal.

Light-reflected-off-person in LED illuminated area = much more.

A personal observation of course...but I have noted that road workers at night are MUCH easier to see in the LED illuminated areas, the Hi-Viz is much more visible. Translate that to kids walking along a road.

The lighting is being adapted in my town (Bedford) as a rapid-rollout..on the same lighting poles as the Sodium lights they are replacing.

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British politicians sign off on surveillance law, now it's over to the Queen

JohnMurray

Re: As Usual - it's unworkable

I think you'll find that benefit disasters apart, various government agencies (GCHQ) are really quite good at handling vast amounts of data...and GCHQ USA (NSA) are better...and neither could really give a shit who is in power..

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JohnMurray

Re: Sense of proportion

Really..the government could not give a shit about terrorists...they have more to fear from losing elections, or the people eventually finding-out that they have been selling them down the road from year one. The scandal of the expensesgate, where people found out that they were paying for floating birdhouses on ponds, lawn drainage installation and flats for mistresses has now faded, and that information is now no longer available. Now it's payback time....peoples memories are short.

Once upon a time we had care.data.....well, we still have it, it's just gone underground for now. And all your identifiable hospital data has already been sold anyway....

This is not about protecting people, keeping your children secure (capita has your childrens data....secure? !!) or protecting you from bombs on the underground....

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JohnMurray

Re: What happens

No early elections

Fixed term parliament act.

5 years.

Unless they wander through repealing it..which could take months and months...

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JohnMurray

Re: So, El-Reg

Now the act has been passed, it can be amended to include banning privacy-enhancing tools at a later date. AND without parliamentary scrutiny.

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Brace yourselves! Blighty is turning to AI for help

JohnMurray

Best idea I've heard from .gov.uk EVER.

ANY intelligence in government is a good idea. Pity about the lack of natural intelligence...still, artificial is better than none..

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

JohnMurray

Good idea.

Three ways:

Lose a vote of no confidence

A two-thirds majority of the entire HoC

Revoke the fixed-term act

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Uber, Lyft drivers shamed for 'racial bias' by uni eggheads

JohnMurray

If it's anything like here, I'll bet drunk female passengers have a queue of drivers.......

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That UK law that'll share Brits' private info among govt departments? Yeah, that'll need oversight

JohnMurray

The "experts" on data security are missing the point....their proposals will hinder the government in its acquisition and use of peoples data...I have seen nothing from government that leads me to believe that they wish to be hindered, or have any control put upon them.

While people seem to believe that care.data is behind them, this would seem to be yet another attempt, by government, to bypass any control upon them.

Please do not forget, before care.data got "shelved", highly personal data from hospitals had already been dispersed to the private sector...

I have seen NO interest from government to have their data acquisition controlled, just attempt after attempt to get law on the books by the back-door..

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Confirmed: UK police forces own IMSI grabbers, but keeping schtum on use

JohnMurray

Try Norfolk. Large areas struggle with 2G! With the amount of Air Force bases in the place, you would expect spoof 4G to be wall-to-wall!

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Scrapped NHS care.data ballsup cost taxpayer almost £8m

JohnMurray

But...But:

"NHS handed over GP data to 150 groups against patients' wishes"

http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/practice-topics/it/nhs-handed-over-gp-data-to-150-groups-against-patients-wishes/20032882.article

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I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

JohnMurray

Re: The Silliest Idea Ever?

With more and more cars connected to the mobile network via GSMA, all they need is the imei of the mobile, and shut the car down..

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JohnMurray

Re: Because Criminals will follow the rules?

Carbs?

Fuel injectors!

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JohnMurray

Re: "they 'merely' want a directed EMP "

Accidentally?

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That Public Health study? No, it didn't say 'don't do chemo'

JohnMurray

There is also the high probability of a media second-agenda behind the "story".

Still, when all chemo is stopped because of the "risk", and cancer deaths go through the roof, the media can then start a "why are thousands more dying from cancer in NHS hospitals" story?

Gotta love the media: Win-win, either way is a winner for them.

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Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash

JohnMurray

Now with a recovered Hanger, paid for by the builder of the new village currently being built around the airfield.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

JohnMurray

Re: downvote here

They downsized social services some years ago.

The police are always moaning that they are now social workers as well as law enforcers.

The discharge provisions are what you should look at: The court cannot discharge the order. It can only be discharged by agreement between the person AND the police,or by the police. Not the court who imposed it, without police consent.

And while he has committed no offence, breach of the order is an offence and carries a custodial sentence.

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Uber and Volvo take on Ford in race to launch self-driving vehicles

JohnMurray

Re: DRL show when a car is running

Most car drivers can't spot a bike with its lights on and the rider in dayglo kit.

Most truck drivers can't spot anything.

All cab drivers are wankers, most have one headlight not working!

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

JohnMurray

Re: Good grief.

"Incidentally, I'm probably hopelessly old-fashioned, but I rather thought that British political discourse was based on reasonable discussion, considered arguments and respect for one's opponent. Not shouting at them like you're in a pub brawl after six pints"

But..but...

We've got bigger bombs than them...

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JohnMurray

Re: Brexit...

A lot of voters have forgotten who the previous conservative leader was.....in a year many will have forgotten what the referendum was about. By the time of the next election, many voters will have a hard time remembering their name...

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JohnMurray

Re: Trade deficits also need to be taken into account

The people who buy/lease BMW and Mercedes cars/vans are not going to be bothered about a minor tariff .... they'll just drop a few percent off the list price and increase the parts price...

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