* Posts by Dante Alighieri

159 posts • joined 20 May 2010


FTC carpet bombs industry with letters warning that fake reviews will be punished

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FTC Bias?

Seems odd they mention good reviews but not negative - lives and businesses have been ruined by malicious reviews.

Fatal Attraction: Lovely collection, really, but it does not belong anywhere near magnetic storage media

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found stuff


gives an idea,

Scissors from nurses pockets.

Oxygen cylinders

Wheelchairs - the videos are out there

BOFH: You. Wouldn't. Put. A. Test. Machine. Into. Production. Without. Telling. Us.

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requirements not met

or my recent try - new password not acceptable to system.

Only no hint of what the new requirements are in the password change dialogue.

Nor on the intranet

Nor a help ticket to Helldesk (including suggesting putting the info into the reject prompt) x2

Another shiny day in the NHS...

Intel offers Loihi 2 to boffins: A 7nm chip with more than 1m programmable neurons

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From the tag line I thought an actual animal comparison was going to be givn. Fortunately Wikipaedia (yuk) has a list... List of animals by neurons

I was surprised what is on it with only 10s of thousands of neurons.

Royal Navy will be getting autonomous machines – for donkey work humans can't be bothered with

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Solved this problem.

Robot bystanders!

Solves the problem of collateral damage perfectly?!!

you might need to go back 30 years to find it.... (shit I'm old!)

So I’ve scripted a life-saving routine. Pah. What really matters is the icon I give it

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Re: Address oddities

Technically you can post to me anywhere in the UK with

House Name

Village Name

as both are unique. Post code is *less* specific

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explain please...

back together again??

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(in)famous village with many number 1's

I live in a village that featured in the 50's/60's on the BBC of having more than 8 number ones on (apparently) the same street.

I pass them daily.

Each row of new buildings numbered 1-(whatever)

There are many No. 2's as well for the puerile of mind ;))

Oh, and I am >1/2 mile from postcode "centre" which lead to a lot of Amazon delivery problems. Several neighbourhood signs later most of us get most of our stuff.

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unlike my ringing the local delivery service* about the note through my door about not being in.

Quel probleme? I wasn't in at 13:30.

So hell desk asks : and??

So I politely point out it is still only 13:25....

I couldn't even reach the door in time to catch them having seen them enter the road. Not like they had no intention to deliver....

*Royal Fail (again)

The magic TUPE roundabout: Council, Wipro, Northgate all deny employing Unix admins in outsourcing muddle

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redundancy at minimum or minimum redundancy

unfortunately, I suspect, minimum redundancy and a long argument over when that applied which will probably be argued to be at the point of transfer/TUPE despite no notification.

It's then no win - huge risk/cost to contest nowadays.

You walk in with a plan. You leave with GPS-tracking Nordic hiking poles. The same old story, eh?

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Black Bottle

two versions though - there's the (to my mind) better international version or the UK variant.

Fortunately you can get the former at the source. What is served on the island is anyone's guess.

I've spent a lot of time on Islay and will be back soon. Fond memories of previous Lochside Inn owners, an evening of whisky chat and persuading him to open the Quentin Crisp bottle that he had aquired with a simple "so what does it taste like?". We found out. It hasn't been touched since.

What's not to like? Decent birding and fabulous uisgea!

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Crypto-coin startup said its bot could generate huge profits from your Bitcoin. It was a scam, says SEC

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Purchase enquiry

I would like to purchase the NFT of your above post.

If you could confirm your bank details with a £100 transfer, I will immediately return the funds 1000 fold as this will cover the bank admin fees to release the £100,000 to you.

You will be contacted shortly by our Nigerian head office to discuss further opportunities.

Activist raided by police after downloading London property firm's 'confidential' meeting minutes from Google Search

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so one board member resigned in 2018 and was appointed in 2019 - fixing the website seems to have scrambled causality

Scientists reckon eliminating COVID-19 will be easier than polio, harder than smallpox – just buckle in for a wait

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Re: Trichloroethylene increases risk of Parkinson's five fold

ask for a DAT scan (PET alternatives are available but rarely)

it's a pre-synaptic dopamine radiotracer

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...at home

Not on O2

Not on CPAP

Not on ITU

Not pushing up daisies

Transmissibility (probably) and bad outcomes are reduced.

Flushing roulette: Southern Water installing digital sewer monitors to prevent blockages

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also the use of prescription and non-prescription drug use via metabolites

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns

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Black Helicopters

Real cameras

How long before iTunes starts scanning your whole hard disc / LAN for other infringing content

no more baby pics on sheepskin rugs

we all know how accurate the "AI" nipple detector is on faecesbook

Ch-ch-ch-Chia! HDD sales soar to record levels as latest crypto craze sweeps Europe

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Flash / SD / USB storage

Can I reformat/reprogramme the device to report a Billion Exabytes and win...

It's not like the actual storage size and the size declared to the OS has ever been faked.

International Space Station actually spun one-and-a-half times by errant Russian module's thrusters

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You missed a tagline there

I immediately thought of Dead or Alive's classic, baby

YouTube of Spinning Right Round

'Prophetic' Steve Jobs autograph telling kid to 'go change the world!' among Apple memorabilia at auction

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but x 2/1 is technically a fraction too...

England's controversial extraction of personal medical histories from GP systems is delayed for a second time

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for varying definitions of confidential

There are other duties that in some circumstances require disclosure [threats to life etc.]

And it is a loooong time since Doctors ran anything in the NHS

Anonymisation on a population level is impossible. I *can* find you

JFS&G : GMC pays for private healthcare for it's employees.

And we haven't been a profession for a looooooooong time - we don't manage ourselves - GMC is a QUANGO and it is about time the UK gov was honest enough to recognise this and pay from direct taxation. </rant>

had a couple....

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MBBS +ve

You are correct - a *very* small number of UK institutions do use a version of the Hippocratic oath - but most don't. I never did. And I've trained in several.

You might want to read it.

Primum non nocere : first do no harm

much of the the rest is about providing your teacher with a pension!

and not criticising colleagues

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clinical use != research use

live shared data is available to us in England from multiple systems for real time clinical care.

This is something entirely different - I don't trust it one iota as a "senior healthcare professional"

And I have a personal test - if I won't have it done to me or my family, I won't do it to yours. And I use sharp objects on the UK public.

Devilish plans for your next app update ensure they never happen – unless you start praying

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Laundry Files

You'll be signing the Official Secrets Act section 3 in blood very shortly.

If Robert "Bob" Oscar Francis Howard knocks on your door with a double lens camera...

DoI currently binging on Charles Stross's above mentioned series

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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School days

From the title I was expecting a mathematical conundrum from a text based adventure game from the early '80s

I still remember "L" fondly. And can still use a quick square root

Android devs prepare to hand over app-signing keys to Google from August

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Bilbo Baggins

...and in the Darkness bind them

Apple warns kit may interfere with implanted medical devices at close proximity

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Magnets to program/disable

You are absolutely correct - magnets allow the devices to be programmed or disabled - used to allow some radiology examinations that would not be otherwise possible.

Turning off your pacemaker/IED inadvertently is usually a Bad Plan(tm)

Backbench Tory campaigner promises judicial review of data grab of English GP patients unless UK government changes tack

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Cross match

is available in minutes - in some instances quicker than trying to look up - and regardless of blood type - you are getting cross matched blood, done today.

And yes I know our local major haemorrhage policy

the use of O neg is mostly fantasy

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I call BS

there is already automated point of care access to such records to support acute medical events - it's comparing apples with screwdrivers.

I know, I use it!

UK's Vodafone network runs trials on standalone 5G in London, Manchester and Cardiff

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Schubert Dip

I Believe you will face the Stigma of that for life

icon - They're Here -->

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That pre-supposes there is any mobile connectivity at all at someone's house.

There are still plenty of 3g not-spots and with 5g having even less range/coverage having 5gSA solves little in these circumstances.

Thanks goodness for wet string and tin cans, cheers BT!

UK cuts ribbon on OpenRAN security and resiliency testing hubs to make sure kit works with 5G infrastructure

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IHE Dicom Connectathon

Open interconnectivity works and revolutionised the radiology and healthcare environment.

Title points to it all...

Who would cross the Bridge of Death? Answer me these questions three! Oh and you'll need two-factor authentication

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Ouch! When the IT equipment is sound, but the setup is hole-y inappropriate

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Re: "tales about all manner of things being inserted into all manner of orifices"

Elderly gent with a dribble.

Mung bean controls but eventually one gets "lost"

Dark nitrogen rich environment...

Interesting cystoscope views!

Bug at payments processor WorldPay swipes £2k+ per ride ticket from Brighton Pier revellers

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Compensation and Credit Scores

Unfortunately, the consequences of having an unauthorised overdraft extend to more than refunding the missing money and paying the bank fees.

Failed mortgage and bill payments may incur significant costs and fees, and a huge hit to credit ratings.

Are these to be compensated and corrected?

What about the lost 0% on a credit card for a late / missed payment.

And up to 56 days to get the bill depending on the billing cycle for credit cards so might explain why this is just showing up.

What job title would YOU want carved on your gravestone? 'Beloved father, Slayer of Dragons, Register of Domains'

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What is the correct term for some one who registers many domains?

Registrar has too tight a meaning.

Register is a singular action or a document.

Registerer is NaW (not a word)

So unless Mr Dabbs has all his domains tattooed on him, forming a living register of his registrations I am lost.

Register of Domains does not quite parse for me.

Open standard but not open access: Schematron author complains about ISO paywall

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Paris Hilton

Negotiable Virtue

I like your ISO 9002 and wish to partake.

Which establishment should I approach. Purely for research processes.


Whatever you've been doing during lockdown, you better stop it right now

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consonant substitution

Having followed the gateau(x) link read the boiler plate and mentally substituted the l with an n

...he actually enjoys commuting, as he prefers walking to taking public transport....


Ransomware-skewered meat producer JBS confesses to paying $11m for its freedom

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wrong order.

Punitive fines should be several orders of magnitude larger

minimum of 1, prefer 3!

That uneconomic and fixes Danegeld

No change control? Without suitable planning, a change can be as good as an arrest

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Not just IT

I work in a service industry with some highly technical kit and procedures.

At present we allow anyone to change the "recipe" of how we do common things or leave the technical staff to guess which recipe to use.

Really helpful article for me. I've been considering how we do change management and this has given me some ideas.

I will propose a change board which should lock out the randomness and at least give us a fighting chance of making and reverting change in multiple areas.

Should reduce the human death rate. (not a joke)

Proof-of-space cryptocurrency Chia triggers HDD sales boom in Europe

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Winter or Spring

Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance

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Re: Laptop + Monitor = two computers?

Work policy - you are allowed ONE computer and if you need to work in more than 1 location your desktop will be removed and a laptop supplied and a docking station.

Thanks NHS

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Having x-rayed them, a slit with a hacksaw 6mm deep on any edge will do - easier than a hole punch.

Just below the mag strip on almost all my cards.

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Re: Some people!

My last car (exmilitary) came with a manual on how to disable it.

From the radio kit (transmit v receive) then the transmission susceptibility v engine and what to use for each. Series III airpirtable

BOFH: I'm so pleased to be on the call, Boss. No, of course this isn't a recording

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I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that

Big Tech bankrolling AI ethics research and events seems very familiar. Ah, yes, Big Tobacco all over again

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Brit MPs and campaigners come together to oppose COVID status certificates as 'divisive and discriminatory'

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Re: Not "divisive and discriminatory", but essential

Excellent point.

But off topic.

Internal UK - no place

External international travel - system required, AGREED

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the evidence for cycle helmets is clear

increased risk behaviour for those wearing them.

And they only protect 1 of many potential injuries

reduced cycle use where n=mandated with negative health outcomes

If yo really want to protect your head on a push/pedal bike - wear a motorcycle helmet - and please tell me when you saw this.

DoI: motorcyclist. bear headed pushbike rider - it reminds me of my vulnerability and the crapness of "cycle helmets"

An appropriate parallel is horse riding hats/headgear/helmets - which you should read up before you click down

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Hep B Vaccine - more than surgeons

It is all registered doctors in the UK, not just surgeons for hep B.

And I believe it may be beyond this for some other healthcare workers with potential blood bourne procedures - like taking blood!.

DoI : I have a GMC number (leaking details again - but not an NHS one like below...)

And I recently have a [non-digital] Yellow Fever record ;)



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