* Posts by JohnMurray

608 posts • joined 6 Jul 2011

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

JohnMurray

My Grandchildren (12/9/8yrs) know how to use the schools computers/ipads better than the teachers....this is not going to end well

(sexually-frustrated adults being shown the way to access porn by their kids)

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JohnMurray

Re: "So sex is almost three times more popular than good food, apparently."

Because good food costs....and we're British

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Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot

JohnMurray

My iphone 4S is still working......so that's 4 years now.....a bit slow to load twatter...but that's ok..

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JohnMurray

Re: "a 10% rise in food prices due to the weather"

I have to buy more food, not because I'm more hungry, but because the sizes of the foodstuffs keep decreasing...while the packing stays the same...except milk...

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Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

JohnMurray

Re: When Booking-Travel now the first thing I usually do is:

#Fake_News

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Database ballsup: NHS under pressure over fresh patient record error

JohnMurray

Re: may not have been invited to ... child immunisation, bowel cancer screening

Who knows?

The bowel cancer screening results *letter* tells you you probably don't have it. Also that just because the results did not detect any, it doesn't mean you have none....

As for child immunisation...parents opting for the "fuck-off I don't want my child immunised" option are increasing every time a newspaper prints a "immunisation leads to autism" story...

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

JohnMurray

Re: @AC ... eh?

Because we have a reduced refinery capacity now....we import over 10 million tonnes of oil products into the UK each year, and it's increasing.

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JohnMurray

Re: eh?

Has anyone though of how the trucks stacked waiting are going to be fed/fuelled/ and how the drivers hygiene needs are going to be met?

It's going to be one smelly motorway, quite soon...

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Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

JohnMurray

The SIMS software was what started Capita, as SIMS systems....years ago...you'd have thought they would have got it right by now...

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

JohnMurray

Re: Fgs

Pretty sure that if the "red button" is pressed, without approval of the yanks, a little sign will pop-up: "please speak nicely to POTUS"

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I see a satellite of a man ... Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, that's now 4 sats fit to go

JohnMurray

Re: Oh, The Magic of Clockwork Theory Strikes Again

It's about red buses with imaginary gifts to the NHS on the side?

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JohnMurray

Not aircraftless...got two now...they flew over a week ago...

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Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

JohnMurray

Re: Proof

Plenty of proof mate...just look at parliament...loads of artificial intelligences there

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JohnMurray

Re: Machines instead of GPs

Speaking personally....from the GP consultation of lower abdominal pain, to the blood test of raised PSA, then MRI and onto biopsy, took 3 weeks. MRI performed at 1830z on a Saturday evening (the MRI suite is run 24/7)...pre-op assessment at 1745z, Friday. Biopsy a week later. It would have been a few days faster, but I dithered a bit over having biopsy probes inserted into me via the area between my legs. The other route is through the wall of the rectum...

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JohnMurray

Re: It's just a BS "reason" to allow patient data to be sold off

Then use MRI for the scans...

Current detection for prostate cancer starts with basic (PSA/DRE) then onto an MRI scan lower abdomen/pelvis...if anything suspicious is detected then a prostate biopsy is arranged using the MRI scan overlaid with an ultrasound image to sample the area of interest.. Quite frankly, modern xray machines use much lower doses...and even CT scanners use less now, than xray machines did 20 years ago.

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It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer

JohnMurray

There aren't any nice people there....unless you back it up with cash...then they're all nice.

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Zombie Cambridge Analytica told 'death' can't save it from the law

JohnMurray

And the ICO would also like the CA servers passwords...which they have been refused...

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Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down

JohnMurray

I was with SKY, then they upped the subscription to £30/month, for 3.5Mbps.

So went to NOWTV (SKY!) for £20/month and 37Mbps...using the same copper line....hmmmm

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

JohnMurray

Re: EU friends apparantly

24, plus extras. But we will have to purchase licences for core technology as well..if they will allow their use. Maybe better to just give-up on the idea of everyone not-driving autonomous vehicles..

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An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

JohnMurray

Re: And that's exactly why...

Not so much Facebook, but everything...cleaner-apps...navigation-apps...find-the-wifi-apps...every single app for every single thing contains a long list of permissions attached...

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

JohnMurray

Re: From the department of bleeding obvious

Sure...just so you know, we will be reliant upon the "public" facing GPS, which can be switched-off as the controllers want, or made inaccurate as they want.

Also, Galileo is better (theoretically) than either the USA/Russian?Chinese systems...

Presumably, SSTL will be departing for EU pastures new soon then...

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F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m

JohnMurray

Re: and Pigs might fly a.k.a F-35

Russia has plenty of low frequency radar...so the stealth aircraft will also stick out like a sore thumb...

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JohnMurray

Re: It's not RAF nor UK It's Nato ...

Not so... Massive re-arming, design and planing have been performed on Ru forces since 2008... http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/05/03/assessing-russia-s-reorganized-and-rearmed-military-pub-69853

Plenty of sources quoted..

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JohnMurray

Except their "stealth" capability doesn't work if a low-frequency radar is in use....

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NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

JohnMurray

And if it disappears, I've saved it!! (no confidence in any govt documents getting frequent hits staying available for long!)

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JohnMurray

funny.

The NHS data, even the highly personal data, has been available to the DWP for years, and is shared with various departments of local councils.

That's without the Digital economy Act...which authorised data sharing between all govt departments.

Here is the NHS confidentiality policy...

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/confidentiality-policy-v3-1.pdf#page=4&zoom=auto,-70,707

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Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

JohnMurray

Re: I wonder....

If you're a VAT registered company, you claim it back...

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UK peers: Is this what you call governance of facial recog tech? A 'few scattered papers'!

JohnMurray

It's cold = wear a face mask

It's summer = wear a face mask to filter the traffic pollution

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Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

JohnMurray

All very interesting.

Now, about the road outside.

Terraced houses, with around 1.5 cars per house. No off-road parking. I'm sure the picture is familiar.

Try charging your car with a footpath in-between the house and car. Try charging it from the on-road charger, which won't get installed anytime soon, because the local substation cannot handle the extra load. Never mind balancing the load...

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4G found on Moon

JohnMurray

Re: And if there are any problems just call our hotline

Virgin media have customer services?

I suppose that's called progress....when does it start?

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Oh dear, Capita: MPs put future UK.gov outsourcing in the spotlight

JohnMurray

I just wonder when/if Crapita goes-down, what happens to all this sensitive data they have been amassing?

https://www.capita-one.co.uk/resources

http://www.capita.com/health

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Apple agrees to pay £136m in back idiot taxes to UK taxman

JohnMurray

VAT and payroll taxes are paid by consumers and employees.......

But good idea...we'll set VAT on apple products at 100%....

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JohnMurray

Re: "...the company has agreed..."

But...HMRC is run by the BIG 4 accountancy companies!!

http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2013/04/26/hmrc-and-the-big-4-the-bigger-the-gap-between-them-the-better/

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

JohnMurray

Re: Brave New World

Vat is chargeable on the fuel price PLUS the fuel tax....

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Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi

JohnMurray

Re: The 2 heads of Worzel ..Slurping WiFI/Daily location data to enforce the BBC Licence Fee?

Dunno about that.

They send a letter to my flat every three months threatening me with court if I don't buy a TV licence.

Addressed to the guy who used to live there a few years ago, until he died.

I even told them he was no longer living.

They then asked me if I had his new address.

They still send threats to my address...

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JohnMurray

Re: Crapita public wifi ????

Crapita won't actually do it, they'll outsource the contract to others...we all know that.

Probably Russia!

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UK.gov's plans for data processing framework create new risks, says watchdog

JohnMurray

Really?

Data fetishists?

So..the new bill gives the govt extremely wide "rights" to allow third parties, outside govt, to process data collected by govt (depts) for whatever reason they want...including collected health data, down to individual level, and you're moaning about "data fetishists"?

Remind me again about the massive amount of personal hospital health data released to organisations, unanonymised?

X1000+

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

JohnMurray

http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/drones/a24467/drone-plane-collision/

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JohnMurray

Re: How is this different than birdstrike?

https://vimeo.com/144401420

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

JohnMurray

Re: Telly Tax or Adverts

They pay others.

Star Trek Discovery is quite good...

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Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

JohnMurray

Re: Somehow

I think they know that!

I think they don't care, they want all devices easily decryptable...

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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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