* Posts by Juillen 1

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Open access journals are vanishing from the web, Internet Archive stands ready to fill in the gaps

Juillen 1

Re: Should be: "Junk journals disappearing"

For some reason, I enjoy reading research papers.. And yes, there's an inordinate amount of junk out there.. Usually in the lower impact sites, but not always..

When a layman (well, slightly above layman, but still not a practitioner in the field) can read a paper, spot the logical fallacies and outright incorrect data, you know there's something wrong.

Peer review isn't always a panacea, even in quality journals; it depends on the quality of reviewers, and that definitely is a variable. Especially in the grievance studies areas.

It's nice to see this being studied though. As a first foray, it does what science is supposed to do, and says "Look, something's going on". I hope they get funding to follow up on it to start to determine why journals fail, and how to stop that. Much as though Junk Science papers exist, it's going to be of historical interest in a few decades to look back on it, and point to just how irritatingly stupid "Published scientific papers" could be. There's a lot of work being done in general to improve quality in core STEM subjects, so it'd be a useful thing to be able to pull out papers and show "This is how NOT to do it" and explain why some of the processes are necessary.

IBM ordered to pay £22k to whistleblower and told by judges: Teach your managers what discrimination means

Juillen 1

Re: You want Equality? You get Equality.

Because one group chooses to do something. Well, nice. What you're saying is that the _choice_ of one group (and it is a choice, as evidenced by the many high powered women who sacrifice family time for the high powered roles, and the many who step back because they choose family life over work life, which is also a perfectly fine thing to do) to engage in a particular activity in a particular way should mean that rules that apply to another should not apply to them. Even if the second group also made a choice to engage in that same activity in the same way, they would be denied that flexibility, simply by nature of not belonging to that first group.

If you don't see the direct discrimination in that, then I really don't think you've considered it carefully.

It also seems you think indirect discrimination of one group is more important that direct discrimination of another.

Juillen 1

Re: You want Equality? You get Equality.

Quite a lot of men do more than 50% of the child care, especially in cases where the woman is the breadwinner (my brother is in exactly that situation, as was my godmother's family, and quite a few other I know).

What you're essentially saying is that because a majority of men don't do this, then nobody should judge things on a case by case basis, which is complete bollocks.

The most common distribution of families is to have a primary breadwinner, and now it's pretty much necessary to have a second income due to housing costs (which only rose because people started having second incomes to afford the nice houses, so the market rapidly adapted).

Your statement says that there should be no nuance. If the woman is a breadwinner, and has a partner who is the second income, she should still have all the benefits of being that second income (i.e. at whim access to family and the ability to not meet the standard to which an arbitrary neutral person would be held to). If the breadwinner is a man, then they do not get recourse to this.

It really is that simple. Men, by and large, sacrifice family time to work and provide. The really successful women I know also follow that model; they've sacrificed quite a bit of family time in order to hold down the top jobs (which they can do marvellously).

Some have chosen to step back from the high powered roles in order to have the family time they desire, even if they've been a primary breadwinner. They just get by on lesser pay and a lower rated job, where the hours and calls fit what life flexibililty they way.

Saying "Group B is more affected than Group A, because group B chooses to do something a particular way" is discriminatory in itself.

Splunk sales ace wins sex discrimination case after new boss handed her key accounts to blokes deemed 'flight risks'

Juillen 1

Re: Sex discrimination or just bad management?

Hard evidence is what's required. I.e evidence that points specifically to this being the only possible cause, and not explained by either innocuous and legal means, or other (illegal) means with which there is direct evidence.

The evidence shows cronyism and corruption (hiring of chums from outside, pretty much immediately marking them as 'flight risk', so giving them a good retention bonus to their pay, and giving them all the nice accounts to make them look good).

As the top salesperson in question had curated and presumably developed the top accounts, those were the juicy ones that were wanted to be given to the chums. Easy target as she wasn't around to fight the cases.

All of that is proof of cronyism and corruption, cut and dried.

Now, on top of this, there is the claim "this would only happen because said person is a woman", which is the key for this being sexual discrimination. There is no evidence of this, merely subjective opinion.

And where on earth did this appeal to emotion/red herring come from? It's absolutely irrelevant and makes you look like a turnip.

Juillen 1

Re: Sex discrimination or just bad management?

You think. That is not evidence, nor admissible in a court of law.

1: New manager appears

2: New manager brings in old colleagues from elsewhere

3: New manager labels old chums 'flight risk' to get them a nice "friends and family" pay deal.

4: New manager breaks deals and gives chums the nice accounts to make them look good.

There is no logical causative factor to say that the fact this top seller was a woman was in any way causative. If a woman had come in and done this with female sellers, it would probably have been either ignored (lack of causative evidence), or heralded as a great step forward in equality (for those who wanted to shout about it).

So, constructive dismissal. Definitely. Incedibly bad management, definitely. Cronyism and corruption. Assuredly. These are things that should have that new manager out of the door post haste, and with a bad mark on his record that would make anyone think 50 times about hiring him before finally signing up someone else.

Nothing in there is evidence of sexual discrimination. The fact the salaries were higher happens frequently when you mark people as "flight risk" and have them on retention bonuses.

Well, what are we waiting for? Three weeks later, Windows Embedded Standard 7 still didn't have the answer

Juillen 1

Modem? We implement RFC 2549 over here.

When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

Juillen 1

Re: Oxymoron alert

Hard not to come across as arrogant when most of the people you talk to don't realise how absolutely wrong they are. :)

University ordered to stop running women-only job ads

Juillen 1

Interest and choice.

The thing with all these quotas is that they completely miss interest and choice as part of the equation.

Women historically (and even in current times) have as a statistical cohort shown a preference for jobs that give flexibility to work/life balance.

This does not mean every woman chooses that flexibility (as female doctors, physicists, mathematicians, engineers and so on demonstrate), but a lot do.

They often choose careers that give them that flexibility. My other half, for example, did her degree in engineering, aced it with a First, then chose a career in Finance, because it required what she is great at (diligence, accuracy, planning and calculations), paid better and was more flexible.

The ratio of female Engineers that follow that path through a career is small, compared to the male presence. That's not because it's a "Boys club", it's because interest goes elsewhere. Which is fine.

It does rankle when these quotas are set up saying "There must be (x)% female representation". Quite possibly in some fields, there aren't actually enough women who _chose_ that path as a career to fill those posts globally, irrespective of whether they're even good or not, so if one place meets a quota, they're guaranteeing that other places will have few, or no women (thus perpetuating a myth that women are excluded).

It's also fallacious to claim that "if you are in a minority, you're automatically weak and in need of protection by numbers"; I work in a predominantly female environment (and the women who are in the senior, and often the more junior roles are fiercely competent).

What I find is that when I go out and talk sense to people, they talk sense back to me. We reach agreements on basis of evidence.

Our work needs are met, and we're all expected to do our jobs. I'm ok with "being in a minority". I honestly don't care what colour of skin (and there are all colours in the environment, again, all fiercely competent), sex or anything someone is. As long as they're good at what they do, and they mesh to make the combined group better than the sum of the individuals, we crack on with it and make the world a better place where we can.

Juillen 1

Because..

You've not met a burden of proof. You've asserted objectively that something's a fact, with no supporting evidence, and then whined about why objectively nobody is proving you wrong.

The downvotes are because you're a muppet that doesn't actually understand what debate is. The extra downvotes were because you whined when people got irritated with you.

When you actually add factual information that's required some thought, insight, contemplation and consideration into the conversation, you may find that the appraisal changes.

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

Juillen 1

Re: Don't need to SJW for me

No, many people suggesting being nice are actually branded right wing hate mongers, or not anti-racist or anti-sexist enough.

Being pro-Social Justice is the default position for nearly everybody. Being a "Social Justice Warrior" is pretty much being intolerant, divisive, looking for trouble where it doesn't exist and engaging in bigotry and zealotry that would make the Crusaders of old proud.

Juillen 1

Re: Don't need to SJW for me

There is no problem with Social Justice. That is, after all, pretty much the default position for nearly everyone.

There exists a subset of people who call themselves "Social Justice Warriors" who are anything but. They have only a highly dogmatic, very narrow and highly biased set of values that they push for very vocally. In a very large set of cases, what they're actually fighting for is social injustice and intolerance towards any view but their own, and conflating edge cases with statistical body, and projecting their own bigoted ideas onto people who aren't actually thinking/acting in the way the SJW states they are.

So, please don't conflate Social Justice with Social Justice Warrior; the two are entirely separate issues.

Juillen 1

Re: these terms are "divisive and humiliating,"

Yes, it's physical abuse that's the problem there.

There are harassment laws on the books that cover when things 'go too far' or get problematic, but they don't grant political power, which is what people trying to ban words are after.

If something meets the bar for bullying/harassment, then sure, go after someone. But if it doesn't, then for god's sake, stop getting out a microscope to examine every aspect and dedicating your life to spotting things that may, on a Wednesday, with the wind blowing a particular direction and if someone has odd socks on, be interpreted as being potentially offensive to someone who wasn't present at the time the word was spoken, and thus go for overwhelming sanctions, including sacking/pillorying and jailing the speaker.

Flak overflow: Barrage of criticism prompts very public Stack Overflow apology

Juillen 1

Re: he, she, it, apes and monkeys

The best description I've heard of it is that you're perfectly allowed to think of yourself as whatever you wish, and refer to yourself however you choose. Forcing other people to use that same identifier is infringing on their freedom to speak in the manner that they choose. If you consider it rude, you're perfectly at liberty to ignore the person who doesn't say what you wish, but you are not at liberty to criminalise it, as that is tyranny.

Juillen 1

Re: What type of interactions are the mods having on SE????

I suspect they still have that inner self satisfied belief that they're absolutely right and virtuous. They just have the extra power of trying to erode that in everyone else (by claiming offence). In effect, you're trying to make someone else's self worth adhere to what you say (not necessarily what you actually think or feel, just what you project externally).

Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid rape remarks outcry

Juillen 1

Bear in mind..

That this is the USA definition, which also includes 16 and 17 year olds as "Children", where just about everywhere else in the world, at 16, you're age of consent and just about the most pent up age bracket.

Having friends of all ages, I'm hearing that 13 and 14 are now pretty much standard ages for things starting to get pretty physical in Europe (not sure about the States, I don't know as many people there).

What Stalman's quotes didn't cover was the specification of where he didn't see a problem.

If he was saying "I don't see a problem with a 50 year old bedding a 10 year old", I'd be having VERY strong words.

If he was saying he didn't see a problem with a 20 something and a 17 year old, hey, bit of a gap, but I don't see the problem, as long as it's consensual. 17 is plenty old enough to know what the world is about. I didn't have many illusions at 17, and things have only progressed to remove even more illusions from the current teens.

In fact, I'm thinking this is classic about what's actually wrong with the modern approach. There's absolutely no attempt to work out a frame of reference, and work out what someone was attempting to convey. Instead, it's a race to find the extreme outliers that can be cherry picked out of context and used as a central argument to crucify someone. It doesn't matter what they really said, what was intended, or motivation, what matters is what you can project onto what they said, and how you can manipulate that to fit your own agenda. The more sensational, the better, as sensation sells.

In my younger days, I used to hold dinner parties, where we'd discuss all kinds of topics, in depth, and appreciative of nuance; great debates were had, and they were extremely interesting times; I learned a lot from them.

These days, come even anywhere near a nuanced issue, and all you tend to hear is "You can't say that", or an immediate projection of completely the wrong end of the stick and someone railing against it.

Basically, it's just a mass weaponisation of logical fallacies, and is completely covered in the tactics of manipulation and disinformation ("Bad News" covers that very effectively in their gamified study, details at https://www.aboutbadnews.com/ ).

And yes, I've had to talk to some very vulnerable people in my time. I treat that as one issue, and Stalman's quotes in another. I'm certain of the context of a vulnerable person, and what's led up to it. I treat that appropriately for what it is. I'm unsure of the framing of Stalman's quotes, so I'd ask more to establish what frame we were dealing with.

The concept of whether a willing 16 or 17 year old should be sexually active (which in the US qualifies as child) is something completely different. When dealing with that issue, I frame it correctly in the appropriate context and then go from there.

What I don't do is say "There are vulnerable people who've been abused by people in power, therefore all consensual sexual relationships of 16 and 17 years olds are bad".

You are hugely correct though in that academic is only part of the picture. It's a useful guide. But as the quote goes, "The difference between theory and practice is that in theory, there isn't one, but in practice, there is."

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street

Juillen 1

Re: Banning Cyclists

Given that the roads around me are all 20 limits, and I'm constantly being overtaken by cyclists (especially on downward hills), then sure. 25mph isn't out of the ordinary.

Female-free speaker list causes PHP show to collapse when diversity-oriented devs jump ship

Juillen 1

I get pretty much the same from the crowds I hang round with.

I've largely given up on the West as coming out with the next great stuff, given how so many have stopped trying to figure out the big stuff, and started making the pettiest of things into the biggest issues (small groups still think it's kinda cool that we're working out how the universe works, and take our hats off to the minds that can figure that stuff out whatever gender, race, creed or colour but the majority are far more concerned with whether you've got a vagina or not, what the genetic coding is for a skin pigmentation what what you think you are in your own head, and that difference is far more important than anything else could ever be). However, there's always Asia to the rescue (and Asia has been one of the major players in the world for a long, long time).

Juillen 1

Re: To increase diversity...

I would not be a GP for that kinda money. Not a snowflake's chance in hell. Burnout and suicide rate amongst them is quite scary.

Working in healthcare, I've been in the position many a time to know the real scales of where specialties go in terms of remuneration, and what it takes to get there. Also, what they're exposed to on the way.

Knowing what I know of the jobs that all the medics actually do (especially in the NHS, as you're quoting pounds), I don't begrudge them what they earn.

Now I've been in server rooms keeping things running with companies on the edge of losing hundreds of thousands an hour, I've kept things balanced on knife edges of shutting down clinical departments (some of which have been life critical systems).

At no point have I been in an operating theatre where something's gone wrong, and had to jam my hand into someone's open chest and try to keep massaging their heart to keep things going while the rest of the team try and pull the patient back from the brink (yes, had one of the docs I dated say that about one of her evenings where she was quite hyped when she came home).

The reason most other professions don't pay as much is quite simply because they don't carry the same consequences. And they're not as stressful.

For a GP, probably 70-80% of your patients are fine, but my god, the ones that aren't.. Think about being locked in an internet forum for 30% of your day, with people with no professional training telling you that you don't know what you're doing and that everything you know is wrong, and you still have to get them to follow the course that'll actually fix their problem. Knowing that there's probably a very small fraction of a percentage that may actually have it right, and if you miss that one (which statistically will come across your desk at some point), and you'll end up in the national media.

Yeah, not for me. Running my own show, I made more than doctors do, for a lot less hassle. However, when it came to having one of my family members in intensive care on life support, it kinda made me realise how little that counted for.

Juillen 1

Re: WTF???

Previously, it tended to be mathematicians who got to code. Large scale, coding really kicked off in the 70s and 80s; before then it was largely academic. The principles go a lot further back in history.

Juillen 1

Re: To increase diversity...

STEM has over-representation by women in certain fields (Biology for example).

It has nada to do with complexity, rigour or toughness. Women simply seem to be more interested in some avenues of science than men (if you're ever asserting that being a doctor is easier than being a computer tech, I'll openly laugh; I've worked with many docs in healthcare over the years, and they do as many on call hours as I do, with just as crappy anti-social working hours and with far more immediate stresses; women are very over-represented in the med field these days).

It all comes down to personal choice (and the factors leading to this are extremely complex). Every study so far that's been done on "it must be this" by the politically partisan groups have been shown to be incorrect.

Basically, if you want more women in computing, tell them they're not allowed to be doctors or biologists; that tends to be where the more technically minded women find their interests fulfilled.

Juillen 1

Re: This needs to stop

Prior to the 70s, yes, there was discrimination, and largely a lack of extensive education in fields that led to some roles.

With the social changes accelerating in the 80s and beyond, this attitude has changed. These days, anyone can apply for anything, and that's entirely as it should be in my books.

What you'll find though is that women are over-represented in the biological sciences, which are just as technical (and often more so) than computing. And they do extremely well there, along with having it as a preferred path.

Where the paradox comes in is that people are perfectly happy with over-representations of women in other fields, yet still believe that there should be 50% in a cherry picked field available after a large cohort of women have chosen to engage with a different technical field.

It's like saying you have 100 men, and 100 women. 70 women have chosen to go into biological sciences, 20 into physics, chemistry and maths, and 10 into computing.

Then the men have gone 60 into computing 30 into physics, chemistry and maths, and 20 in biological sciences.

And at that point you have a group that says "We're glad that 70 women are in biological sciences. But there should be 60 women in computing now, as there are 100 men, and 100 women, so there should be demographically equal representation. You're all so sexist!".

It gets very tiring explaining that there aren't, at this point, and extra 50 women to go into computing because they following other (often just as technical) roles.

To top it off, the people yelling about how sexist people are because there aren't those 50 extra women are now saying that there's a problem, and women should be pushed into that field earlier, even if they're not interested in it.

If you want to do a job, just get out there and do it. That's how the Western World is operating these days. It irritates me no end that people with little to no experience in the availability of resource are yelling the most about how wrong it is, and they do that with "maybe this", "perhaps that", which are completely debunked assertions at scale (there are always outliers, which are always the ones trundled out to try and prove the rule).

Your own anecdotes about women being in all those services are evidence that women who choose to be in those services and roles, and can pass the necessary requirements, can follow them.

Juillen 1

Re: This needs to stop

Ok, point out the standards (i.e. coding practices, technical architecture) that are provably sexist (not just 'I feel that..'). The most likely probability is that the standards do not reflect anything sexist.

By your logic, the standards could also cause the detonation of the earth by some mechanism. Nobody can see it, nobody has any idea how it could happen, but "could well" be there.

Companies set up departments to be profitable. Not to pander to any odd preconception you may have as to making it just for men (that'd be an expense to engineer that, and if it could be cut and improve productivity, you can bet that corporations would be all over it).

These fears may more likely not have come from attending other gigs that were similarly purely technically oriented. Again, evidence please, otherwise you're just using the "ad hoc fallacy", otherwise called the "making shit up fallacy".

Yes, two of my nieces went through Biology (one now with a PhD). Great how it's a highly technical subject with a large overrepresentation of women. I have a solution for you. How about you tell some of those women that they won't get jobs in Biology as they have to make space for men, who will from this point on be given priority in the field as women are over-represented? And that those women who don't get the jobs can easily retrain into something like computer programming, where it's deemed they're needed.

I've been attending conferences for the last 30 odd years, and yes, they've changed. Certainly more fluffy and "user friendly" all round. That's not an effect of having more women, that's a change in the corporate branding and communication skills required.

Would these female coders in your family also be quite "strongly female orientated" in their agendas when dealing with the guys in coding?

Given that I've got contacts in Uni departments all over, including the careers advice groups, and also lots of contact with up and coming coders, I find your quote that male comp sci students still have trouble with the idea that women can code is completely disingenuous and made up on the whole. For a start, displaying that attitude these days rapidly leads to bullying claims, and disciplinary action. Which isn't seen. Also, someone has trouble with someone else scoring more than them? That's pervasive across any particular scale (including homogenous).

The largest quote I've had from women who've decided not to follow coding is that they simply find other things more interesting, or satisfying (which again is one of the reason you see an over-representation in Biology, which completely breaks all your other arguments completely).

So, after delivering a whole slew of "It might", "it may", "I think", "There's no real evidence but everyone knows", you say that a draconian effort to dissuade people away from what interests them has to start early so they fit in with what you think fits in with your world view? How tyrannical can you be?

Juillen 1

I've read quite a lot of papers on that, and found serious flaws in a huge portion of them. Mostly they're from the pure psychology area (which is non-deterministic, and is fairly well known for making some hard claims from weak evidence).

I've (on balance) found the science that's found innate differences to be far more rigorously followed. They tent to bridge neurology, clinical psychology, biology and a host of other disciplines, coupled with mathematical rigour.

Juillen 1

Re: This needs to stop

1) Women don't get paid less. In fact, women in their 20s earn more than men, and this is where the younger coders will be coming from. Any gap is in career average (because significantly more women than men take career breaks). So, you've started by telling a lie. Well done.

2) It's easier for men? When there is active discrimination to get women into the field? What makes it easier for men? That's the second fallacy, and in one paragraph. Doing nicely.

3) You mean the extensive privilege of being actively given beneficial treatment (women)?

4) Affirmative action has been used historically to engineer particular environments to meet quotas. It was interesting when it started up, but these days is being overused for social engineering, and overly distorting the environment. The "there aren't enough (x) in (y)" assumes that there is an endless supply of (x), and that balance will be achieved at a demographic balance. This has been proved fallacious so many times it's not funny. What we're seeing is that there are very very few unemployed (x) looking for roles, as they're sought after to check boxes in cherry picked values of (y), often when there are significant amounts of employment in the group (not x). This shows a large amount of discrimination. And reverse discrimination does not exist. It's a 'feel good' academic way of saying "our bigotry is nice".

Affirmative Action is useful in limited circumstances where there's evidence of denial of groups into areas. It's not useful when it's used as a political hammer.

4) The field of coding has only been around for about 40 years or so. In that generation, and the one before, education has been a level playing field. That's what lets people get into coding. Certainly from the 90s (which is a whole generation now), there's been active discrimination used to get minorities into the field. Now, there are huge amounts of Asian and Indian representatives in tech fields (practically dominating it), but the goal posts move again to say there must be active discrimination because one particular demographic is underrepresented. That's the "cherry picking" fallacy.

5) Ahh.. And then you show your bigotry. After excessive use of the "alleged certainty" fallacy, you introduce a racist, sexist solution to oppress a demographic that you believe "have it coming to them". That speaks volumes of a lack of ethics.

Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep

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It'll stop..

When the title is "Woman does (x) which is part of a process that's been going on for years".

The group in question did a remarkable thing, and the lady that led them seems to be a spectacular mind. Hurrah all round.

They're scientists. The bit that matters is between their ears, not their legs.

Making it "a woman does this", "a woman does that" is starting to irk. If you listed all the things that men did and put "a man did this" for all the nice stuff, implying that women are excluded, you'd be accused of sexism.

Making "a scientist did this" with a pic of the woman that led it all, looking dead happy, would be great. I'm suspecting it's the level of not-so-subtle misandry that's going around these days is just irritating people to such a degree that they're railing against publications like this.

Personally, I wish the misandrists and the reactive crowd would both go away. Neither side is actually fixing anything, and they're both part of a problem that wouldn't be there if both sides packed up and vanished.

Juillen 1

What planet?

Incorrect. It's only recently been the population expansion of that segment that has produced the statistically necessary saturation in the UK/US to gain commensurate representation. Or are you assuming that there were no universities in Middle East, India, Africa etc. that did science until very recently? Hell, a few hundred years ago, you had to be in the middle east to do real science (until they got a wing of political nutjobs that forced a theocracy and denounced science as being heretical unless it agreed with their ideology). Until a few generations ago, you had to be very rich to do science and academia; most people had a struggle just staying alive.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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I used to be sysadmin for a pretty big ad agency at that point.

During the normal day, there were so many requests about mapping drives and the like, it wasn't funny. Then came Doom.

I set up a server, inside its own NT domain, and gave people accounts on it on request. Doom was on a share that came up when office hours ended, and closed at 6am. That's all the info I ever disclosed on that machine to people. No help mapping drive, or swapping domains.

You'd be amazed at how quickly people learn to map drives when their fun is at stake! :) Never heard a peep about mapping drives after that.

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

Juillen 1

Joy!

I've so missed BOfH! Good to see it back, and with a scorcher no less!

Health secretary Matt Hancock assembles brains trust: OK, guys. Let's cure NHS IT

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Bits where it matters.

Having worked in the NHS IT arena, and specifically with data, this 'lighter touch' is a good move, as long as it progresses properly.

From what I'm seeing, it's more that there will be enforced open standards of interoperability (so results from one system will be guaranteed acceptable to the inputs of another, with the guaranteed existence of mandatory fields).

This, if mandated, will really help avoid lock in to proprietary systems (especially suites of systems, where you buy one, then have to stay with the vendor for the rest, and have no idea how to get data out of it apart from a clunky web interface with no simple export).

All for leaving local IT to do what the local Trust needs, but setting some standards in stone across all Trusts for data exchange sets the groundwork for joining things up properly, while allowing each place the flexibility to optimise for local conditions.

Wouldn't say I'm sold on it all, but it's an interesting development, and far from the "Bang the head repeatedly on the desk because of sanity overflow due to listening to the sheer stupidity being spouted" condition that was prevalent when the NPfIT of old was proposed (with its timescales).

Intel hits target: 27% of staffers are female? Apparently that's 'full representation'

Juillen 1

Re: Complaining About Cause Instead of Effect

Plenty of girls take up PhDs. Though they're very rarely in Computing Tech (which is what this is all about). They tend to dominate in the biological sciences, and avoid engineering.

As long as there is encouragement in whatever field people want to enter, all's good. And also as long as people aren't forced into areas that aren't their strength or preference to fill a quota all's good.

In pure choice societies (Sweden, for example), women tend to prefer the more traditional roles, as do men. This goes dead against what the Social Science theories that have gained traction said would happen.

I'd say I'd be quite happy if people ensured that there was no restriction from entry to a field; that's what getting the best people for the job allows. Forcing people into roles "because numbers" is bad. And discriminating against a huge sector of the population "Because there are already lots of them at a place" is also bad.

It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

Juillen 1

Kinda like sending your car back to the manufacturers saying it was faulty because someone broke the back window and nicked all your stuff from it and spread manure on every surface.

Juillen 1

Re: Envy of the world...

Rest of the world's hospitals got hit by this too.

Juillen 1

Re: Correct me if I'm wrong ...

Some places "outsourced" by spinning off their IT departments as independent organisations "affiliated" with the NHS, and with their original Trust being initially their sole client. It apparently made a saving on the books (though tanked morale, productivity and incentive to stay doing the job).

Lots of places dug the heels in and are refusing to do it.

Microsoft hopes it has a sequel better than Godfather Part II: SQL Server 2019 previewed

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Re: It somehow reminds me of the dusk of the minicomputer age

MS-SQL is still a big hitter. MySQL lacks a lot of features you want in Enterprise; PostgreSQL fills that gap a lot better.

Generally for commercial work, SQL Server or Oracle are the big go-to engines for relational still (with Oracle taking a bit of a hit).

PostgreSQL has a fair appearance in the Healthcare sector, but not usually for primary clinical systems (most of those still go with MS).

Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course

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Re: Feel free to be patronised

Where did you get the info "Women can enter the healthcare sector at any level, from care assistant to surgeon. Men seem to only be allowed to enter at doctor or above."?

I know quite a few male nurses; they took up the field because it interested them, and they either didn't have the grades for Doctor, or just weren't interested in it over Nursing.

They're pretty happy in the jobs.

However, most of the male population simply aren't interested in Nursing and the duties it entails. So there aren't many male Nurses.

Everyone screams patch ASAP – but it takes most organizations a month to update their networks

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Re: It depends

You don't work in the mainstream Sysadmin role do you?

I work in the medical sector, and we have to have service packs validated by the vendors of medical systems (Linacs, CT scanners etc.), and in some cases even individual updates. If you don't have that, you're running a medical device without its CE mark.

If you do that, you're liable for any damage or death (yes, that's what happens when medical devices fritz sometimes) caused. Oh, and kiss goodbye to ever working anywhere again in the IT field. And maybe even get jail time for it (I've seen inquiries into medical tech where things have gone wrong, and jail time is a very, very real possibility).

May seem very easy to you that "something breaks, so you fix it". What happens when the break corrupts databases and takes down other (you thought) unrelated systems (oh, to have a nice clean delineation of systems!). It's an absolute nightmare.

That's why you test what you can actually apply first. This can take a couple of days; in the meantime, you're basically doing a risk assessment that says "The chances of us being hacked are lower than the chances of killing people/taking the company down for an undue length of time due to untested behaviour".

And that's the nature of a risk assessment; occasionally the risk materialises.

If you think things are a binary "easy" evaluation, you're absolutely wrong. Especially when there are limited resources/budgets to invest in systems to keep the infrastructure ticking along properly. Even with huge budgets, there's still an element of gamble.

Whichever way you go, you stand a chance of being damned, but by taking the test->apply cycle, there's a better chance of still having a job and a career at the end of it.

Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: as if we were the only country on earth with such a problem

Heard of the term "Red Fascist"? When an organisation uses Fascistic tactics in the name of their cause, then they fit the bill.

Antifa are generally seen as being the modern equivalent of the Brown Shirts, so pretty nasty.

I could create a death squad and call it the "Pink Fluffy Unicorn Love Team", and it wouldn't alter what they actually do.

Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'

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Re: Hmmm...

Ahh, but you assume all hospitals are spherical and exist in a vacuum. Makes perfect sense from then on. :)

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That would be the insane way that Hospitals are forced to work.

Each year, you get an allocated budget. In most years, you'll really need more than your budget, so you scrimp and save all year to try and make sure you can cover emergencies.

Come the end of the year, if you have money left in your budget, you don't get a hearty round of applause for being efficient. The accountants turn round and say you didn't need as much money as you claimed, so they cut that money from next year's budget (plus, they _also_ remove the 3% per year 'efficiency savings' that every department needs to make).

If you don't spend the money, it can cripple you the next year (on capital spend). Unlike businesses, there is no concept of saving money in the bank to build up a war chest that'll let you get the really natty things you'd really like in the long run; you simply make a capital bid in the year to see if someone will fund you that year.

It's a bit better with Foundation Trusts, but not much.

CEO of struggling storage biz Tintri quits

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Very sad.

They had nice pieces of kit. Used a few in my time, and thoroughly liked them. Reliable and nippy.

Imagine you're having a CT scan and malware alters the radiation levels – it's doable

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What about the Linacs?

There's been a lot of talk there about CT/MRI, but the big problems would occur with the Linear Accelerators used in cancer treatment. If you manage to target those, you could do some serious damage.

Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

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Re: "Never give a Nazi a break." - this all depends"

Lovely post hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy (Nazism was defeated because the Allied Forces WW2, therefore the Allied forces fought the war to defeat Nazism). This is incorrect. WW2 was fought because German and its allies were invading countries. The Allied Forces fought back against this.

The fact Nazism as a major political power was defeated was a huge bonus.

I suspect that like Flat Earthers and Anti-Vaxxers, they'll never entirely go away, but as long as they're confined to fringes, monitored to keep people safe, and treated humanely (giving them a chance to humanise the mainstream, and realise of their own accord that they're dead wrong in this ideal), then they'll be kept from doing harm, and numbers kept as low as possible.

London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

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Absolutely.. And nobody would bat an eyelid. There again, I suspect there aren't many people banned from The Proms.

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – a true monster in the making

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Re: 7/10 at best.

Rather than Skyrim, try Kingdoms of Amalur..

Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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"*No doubt formed of all-white or majority-white team headed by a white boss reporting to white superiors".

You do realise that's incredibly racist, right? If you turned it around and put "black" in there, you'd be hauled in front of a court for speaking that in public.

Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Re: Its not suprising..

Just a few things, Chekri:

"employees will manage just fine when they aren't coddled and will take no more than thirty minutes to work it out"

No, most of them won't. They have jobs to do, and they're already harried and hassled as it it (and quite a few of them still don't get Windows 7 fully, and ask all kinds of strange questions, because knowing the oddities of Windows isn't their real job). Some will take weeks to get it. And in the meantime, having to think about it slows their real job, which means the company takes a huge productivity hit. Would you be happy knowing in an overstretched healthcare environment, the medical staff were at 50% because they were trying to work out what the hell the tiles were doing, and why screens kept flicking up and vanishing?

"these are the same people who somehow managed to work a smart phone, drive a manual vehicle and do their tax return without your finger up their backside"

Most over in the UK have tax done by PAYE scheme. No need to do your own tax return and waste all that time when it can be rolled into a generic process. Driving a manual car takes months to learn to drive (and sometimes years to do so safely). Change the side the steering wheel's on, and put an auto shift into the bargain, and make them drive on the other side of the road, no training, and a LOT will not be safe, or happy, or effective.

Many smartphone users are using them just for the phone. Maybe a shopping list or two, but not a lot more. Even that took them quite a while.. And all that time was their own time, and their mistakes had no major consequence (again, I mention clinicians, life critical roles etc.).. You're comparing apples and oranges.

What you're advocating will work in a small group of people (though the rebellion may still occur), but when you're trying to make it fly in a company of thousands of users, the overwhelming majority of who don't want it, find it interferes with their work pattern, find NO ADVANTAGE in it (the real showstopper; how do you justify the advantage to them, apart from "newer, shinier, and Microsoft want us to go that way"?) and leaves them in a far more anxious state, it really is a no-no in the majority of uses. For tablets and kiosks, sure.. Great interface for that.. But as a desktop metaphor?? Nooooooooo..

Boycott Firefox, gay devs urge as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Hmm.. Wonder if they use JavaScript at all? If they do, then they're the biggest damn hypocrites in existence.

Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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Re: Confirms my view about Microsoft as a cult

It'll take a _long_ time for the corporates to abandon their established working install base of servers/databases/web/authentication/bespoke applications that rely on running on Windows. A LONG time.

Still, it happened with UNIX, and Novell, so the future is always an interesting place, but the big incumbent (UNIX as an app server) took a LONG time to be replaced by Windows in the volumes it has.

The writing is generally on the wall for most large companies.. They're like historical empires, and those have the habit of gaining ascendancy for a while, then lapsing into small states or vanishing entirely.

No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: ..a multimillionaire already ..... can afford to walk away

Not a word.. It's a phrase.. "Not an idiot".

Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

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Re: Anonymised data - why the problem

Except aggregate data isn't susceptible to inference attacks. Only the per-patient data, which isn't included in that dataset.

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