* Posts by Hamish McNish

5 posts • joined 5 Apr 2019

When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences

Hamish McNish
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Re: Beautiful

The most sensible comment so far.

2001 fiction set to be science fact? NASA boffin mulls artificial intelligence to watch over the lunar Gateway

Hamish McNish

Re: Workaround

A standard bit of kit, described by Niven & Pournelle, on the Russian space station blown to bits by elephantine aliens in “Footfall”?

Ecclesiastes 1:9

Defense against the Darknet, or how to accessorize to defeat video surveillance

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Fiction becomes fact...

William Gibson’s “Zero History” features this technology in the denouement...

Hamish McNish

Fiction over fact

William Gibson’s “Zero History” features just this technology in the denouement

Hello, tech support? Yes, I've run out of desk... Yes, DESK... space

Hamish McNish

Re: Set up Guide?

Hmm. A health care analogy worth sharing is point of care testing - eg blood gas machines. The medic goes straight up to the device, uses it, often with a shared pin code, and then breaks it. The clinical scientist RTFMs first and doesn’t break it. Example of the thought process of the former. “I have some blood in a plastic syringe. It takes more than a few minutes to clot. I don’t need a sample with an anti-coagulant added, The machine will analyse it before it clots”. Then the blood hits wet.warm glass inside the instrument. And the young medic gets a lesson on the effects of disseminated intravascular coagulation... (The clinical scientist has to fix the instrument).

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