* Posts by JohnMurray

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

JohnMurray

Re: Tesla semi?

Just get used to being cold...the heater is thirsty on current...

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New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

JohnMurray

Re: About those aircraft

Remind me....hasn't this aircraft cost over $1.4 trillion so far, and has a list of faults/problems that get longer each week?

They cost over £12 billion for two, with another £5 billion for aircraft, and are easily destroyed in a major conflict.

More navy willy-waving.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-military-aircraft-carrier-assets-vulnerable-hms-queen-elizabeth-russia-china-cheap-missile-a7836906.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4702826/UK-s-new-fighter-jets-hit-issues-send-costs-soaring.html

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UK.gov: Use police body cams to grill suspects at scene of crime

JohnMurray

Re: This strikes me as a bad idea in some cases

That depends upon your location.

For instance, if you are arrested at Wellingborough/Rushden, you will go to Kettering.

That is the nearest custody suite.

There are a very large quantity of locations where you will travel/be taken over 20 miles to the nearest place with detention facilities/room for questioning, with recording facilities.

I suspect that a considerable alteration to PACE will be needed, since the current recording media is required to be incapable of later alteration: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/177009/response/460589/attach/12/PACE%20Code%20E.pdf

The current body-worn video/audio recorders do not meet the legal requirements currently in force, and would be inadmissible in court.

In short, this seems deliberate circumvention of the legal requirements needed for suspect questioning.

Doubtless we will see more shrill cries from the Nazi-media, sorry-the sun/mail/telegraph, when cases are thrown out.....

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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

JohnMurray

This is the UK.

It doesn't "do" smart.

Look at the government......

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FYI: iOS apps can turn on your camera any time without warning

JohnMurray

I hope they see something interesting on mine....

Otherwise... #boring

Shit...it's in a wallet!

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NHS: Remember those patient records we didn't deliver? Well, we found another 162,000

JohnMurray

Every day hundreds of thousands of patients records, in paper-form, is transported around the country.

If you see a consultant, your paper records precede you.

Go into hospital?

They're there first!

They're not kept there either, after you get out, or die, they're transported to storage.

Complicating things now is the requirement that the same system has to provide the records to private healthcare companies outside the NHS.

And for those who think we're neck-deep in management, we're not.

Some 4.5% of NHS employees are primarily admin (1.3 million workforce (ish)), compared to a commercial company admin headcount of around 15%.

Lots of those are retiring...and getting new employees up to spec on a system heavily dependent on encyclopaedia sized volumes of paper records is hard work.

There are porters wheeling hundreds of KG of paper records around every hospital...every day....delivering them to wards and clinics. So got lost?

And you're surprised?

Wait 'til they're all digitised...then get lost in their entirety...

#hacking

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Ransomware keeping cops, NHS and local UK gov bods awake at night

JohnMurray

The NHS is a lot of small organisations.

Operating alongside a lot of private providers.

The private providers have new equipment, some of them, some have inherited ex-NHS equipment and staff.

The departments running maintenance and upgrades are under-staffed, under-funded and over-stressed.

That is, if that particular healthcare organisation has any in-house staff. Most are moving to external contracts and tuping their existing staff..those that want to stay that is!

Locally, the hospital is joining in a partnership with another area hospital. None of their IT is compatible. You'd be surprised exactly how much is networked via people talking to each other over landlines!

Then of course there is the ever-thorny problem of external contracts ending, and new ones starting, during which the new contractor fully realises the extent of the problem they're facing........

Oh yes. This is fun. NHS style.

Decades of non-joined-up non-thinking and under-funding....

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

JohnMurray

So: a long line of trucks driving up each others arses with minimal gaps between, with automatons behind the wheel.

So: no change from now!

On another tack, will the automatic driving devices be parked-up dogging the Laybys at night?

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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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