* Posts by JohnMurray

789 posts • joined 6 Jul 2011


UK launches 'consultation' with EU over exclusion from science programs


Given the medical brain-drain, mainly to other English-speaking countries, from the UK, we may have a lot more to worry about than Horizon!

A neurosurgeon on TV: "Why stay here, in a health service that is fragmenting fast, when I can increase my income by four by going to the USA". Although I think he also said something about his taxes being much higher because of his pension!

Hospitals to use startup's AI tech to predict A&E traffic



In May 2017, The Observer published an investigative article by Carole Cadwalladr which revealed links between Faculty and Cambridge Analytica, notorious for their involvement in the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scanda

UK's largest union to Arm: Freeze job cuts now


On the other hand...

..moving the business to the states would make a lot of sense.

No whining about combining with nvidea there..

UK pins hopes on 'latest technology' to whittle down massive National Health Service waiting lists


Fantasmagorical latest tek-no-logy

Surely another joke?

Most of the tech is years old, running outdated OS.

No matter how good the tech is, no doctors/nurses = no treatment.

No beds = no treatment.

My radiotherapy will be courtesy of the local hospitals nuclear medicine provider, in London (70 miles away). 1 treatment each day, for 30 days. Outpatient.

Local hospital MSK provider is 35 miles away, as is their Cardio-Pulmonary.

Call me radical, but sending patients in pain to a pain-management clinic 40 miles away seems a bit sadistic?

From the quantity of "management consultants" (surely an oxymoron) required, I would guess that £500 million is not serious. That would buy a lot of coffee machines and desks, but few doctors and consultants.

European watchdog: All data collected about users via ad-consent popup system must be deleted


Re: Contextual advertising...

They keep routing personal hygiene products to me.

Is there an olfactory sensor on iMacs?


While we are not in the EU anymore, we still retain the GDPR.

I note that changes to the regulations are planned.

It seems to me that changes to continue to allow the advertising felons to extract UK data, may well fall foul of the various agreements between the UK and the EU following our departure.

Brocade wrongly sacked award-winning salesman who depended on company insurance for cancer treatment


Re: A timely reminder

The governments income depends upon a citizens income.

The NHS funding comes from the people.

The ever-increasing-amount-of-GDP put into the NHS is also an income stream for many people and companies. Unless you give it to foreign companies, where that money stream goes to foreign shareholders.

And that's the "household-budget" economics-theory.

Don't get me onto MMT.

I *strongly* suspect that the main hatred of socialised medicine is that it fails to charge sick people several fortunes and spin that money into politicians pockets/foreign-bank-accounts.

Spending on health, as a % of GDP is slightly over 7%.

While the spending on health has risen in real terms, expressed as a % of GDP it has risen only very slightly, a few tenths of 1%.

UK government told to tighten purse strings or public will have to foot the bill for nuclear decommissioning


We still have two coal-fuelled power stations...generating 670MW at this moment in time.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel green-lights Mike Lynch's extradition to US to face Autonomy fraud charges


Re: A question about her name.

It's pronounced "sh**head"

Hauliers report problems with post-Brexit customs system but HMRC insists it is 'online and working as planned'


Re: Hmm

Which would be against the Good Friday Agreement.

And lead to a whole lot of new pain. Or return us to the old pain which the GFA minimised

UK government has 'no clear plan' for replacing ageing legacy IT estate, MPs report


They have a plan.

They just can't find an IT vendor that will donate a few £illion to Conservative HQ.


Academics horrified that administration of Turing student exchange scheme outsourced to Capita










There are pages more...of C[r]apita failings/disasters/oversights


Re: Stop the hypocrisy

Let's see now....

Crap govt, crap[ita] company.

And you said: "Make it easy: outsource government to Capita"

Maybe ... Crapita has been running the govt since 2010?

UK health secretary confirms end for NHS Digital, architect of the GP data grab debacle



More distraction.

Having one large organisation in charge of digital et-al, will mean it should be no problem selling patient records and covering it up.

Education Software Solutions tells school customers: We are moving to 3-year licensing contracts and so are you



Not bad. For software originally developed by a council, then given away to a local company which later developed into Crapita.

EU Commission may extend antitrust probe into Nvidia's $54bn merger with Arm


No problem, at least within the UK...

...just make a large donation to the CONservative party

Opt-out is the right approach for sharing your medical records with researchers


Looking more-amd-more likely that opting-out may be not possible soon


Stop worrying that crims could break the 'net, say cyber-diplomats – only nations have tried


"Stop worrying that crims could break the 'net, say cyber-diplomats – only nations have tried"

There's a difference?

RAF chief: Our Reaper drones (sorry, SkyGuardians) stand ready to help British councils


Our local council

....uses civil enforcement officers to penalise car drivers stopping for a pee in a layby!

With an armed drone, they can penalise them with the death penalty and save all the court time...

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead


Re: Not Facebook

"I'm sure some criminals and registered sex offenders are on Facebook. But, a lot of the actual CSAM material seems to be on private forums, from what I've seen in the news."

....or on the House of Commons intranet....


Re: What fucking bollocks

"You mean like the proactive policing that replaced foot patrols with thousands of cameras"

Which didn't do much for the crime figures, but dramatically increased the sale of hoodies..

UK promises big data law shake-up... while also keeping the EU happy, of course. What could go wrong?


This all seems...

....a rather long-winded way to give everyones health data away to the USA drug companies.....

I'm not too worried whether the EU likes it or not......the financial services/legal services are going down the pan anyway as everyone goes to various EU countries.....this will just help them on the road...

Not even bothered about the cookies, they get deleted every time I close a window anyway.

Let's face it....nobody with a brain is going to trust the English government with anything anymore...

NHS England's release of 'details' on access to Palantir COVID-19 data store: Good enough? We're in a 'dialogue' says national data watchdog


Government has been so underhand and so elusive, about any and all of its attempts to hand over patient data to practically anyone that asks for it, that the only conclusion is that they can not be trusted AT ALL with ANY control of confidential personal patient data.

No doubt there have been several bungs of cash into various govt ministers bank accounts [offshore]

British teachers' pensions set to be released from Capita's grasp after nearly 30 years


I wonder which American company will get the contract.....

UK's National Data Guardian warned about GP data grab being perceived as going 'under the radar'


.....all that will last as long as it takes to install the Queen of Carnage to head NHS digital....and I still don't believe them anyway...

Starliner takes off ... back to the factory and not space


The Boeing merger with Mcdonnell-Douglas seems to have led to an excess of bean-counters and a lack of engineers. Good job they're not into engineering or anything mechanical

Without a trace: Baroness Dido Harding to step down as chair of NHS Improvement


.....now, if I really wanted to f**k-up the NHS, even better than they are presently doing, I would appoint her head of NHSx.....

Trouts on a plane: Utah drops fish into lakes from aircraft and circa 95% survive


Re: Inaccessible lakes in its mountainous regions

Wildlife Officials Restock Lake By Dropping Thousands Of Fishermen From Plane https://www.theonion.com/wildlife-officials-restock-lake-by-dropping-thousands-o-1847291583

NASA signs $1bn deal with Northrop Grumman to build studio apartment in lunar orbit with room for 3 vehicles



A bit more expensive than London real estate, even for a studio apartment.

Mind...it has parking for 3 vehicles, so better than most London flats (as long as there are no parking meters)

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


"Sweeping changes to the collection of health and social care data, which would allow the Government to commodify all of individuals’ personal medical data, is being proposed by the Health and Social Care Secretary, in a new shake-up of the health service.

The changes are being sold to the public as a new right to “own” your own health data and, in Matt Hancock’s own words, “will deliver better treatment for patients, better health results for people who need care and support, and better decision-making, research”.

Phil Booth, co-ordinator of the health privacy platform medConfidential, said: “The proposal is a complete con. You can’t own your own data. What it does is make it a valuable tradeable commodity that can be sold on to other people and organisations.”

Plus, the Government’s claim that it is providing a new right to patients does not stand up to scrutiny – since anybody can currently request their medical records from their GP with no questions asked"



As I have said before: The opt-out, currently, only affects the extraction of personally-identifiable-information.

The extraction of anonymous information cannot, at the moment, be opted out of.

My GP practice website lists all those that currently have unrestricted access to my medical data with no restrictions in place.

It's too long to put on here........



Re: Is it a real opt-out?

My opt-out is visible on the practice website.

Gov.UK taskforce publishes post-Brexit wish-list: 'TIGRR' pounces on GDPR, metric measures


so we're back to 80 chains to the mile are we....


I'm just assuming that they forgot the reason they kept the GDPR, incorporated into the DPA, was so that information exchange could still take place UK-EU, and back.

Or maybe they're just looking to bork, totally, the financial/insurance system?

Letting IDS have any part, in any-thing, is a recipe for shit-soufflé.

Of all the analytics firms in the world, why is Palantir getting its claws into UK health data?


I would be more wary of allowing USA healthcare providers to get your data.....

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'


Re: The echo chamber at work...

The Adenovirus blood clotting problem was known in 2006.


Obviously, Oxford doesn't read.

Or maybe they do: "The Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is a replication-deficient simian adenovirus vector, containing the full‐length codon‐optimised coding sequence of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein along with a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) leader sequence"

"Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is classified as a serine protease (enzymes that cleave peptide bonds in proteins). It is thus one of the essential components of the dissolution of blood clots. Its primary function includes catalyzing the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin, the primary enzyme involved in dissolving blood clots"

Decide yourselves...


Re: You don't need a vaccine

Ivermectin is only useful if taken while the virus is active.

Once the immune system over-reaction starts, it isn't.

It may have uses as a prophylactic, but mainly I suspect as a useful source of funding for its makers

UK's Labour Party calls for delay to NHS Digital's GP data slurp until patients can be properly informed


Re: They don't make it easy.

Don't be silly....

They use Windows 3.1

BMA and Royal College of GPs refuse to endorse NHS Digital's data grab from surgeries in England


Re: So glad I left NHS Digital

Remembering the shit-storm that hit them over the care-data debacle, I expect the short notice was intentional....


Always remembering that your anonymised data is going to be extracted whatever form you fill-in/send....


Re: Sneaky in the extreme.

Hand any GP forms to the practice manager.....

Apple is happy to diss the desktop – it knows who's got the most to lose


Re: Craig Federighi

Rule of Acquisition 208: Sometimes the only thing more dangerous than a question is an answer

Conflicting messaging overshadows NHS Digital's attempts to inform public about patient data slurp


Actually, your opt-out matters not.

Your data can still be used in research/planning, even if you opt-out, if information that can identify you is "removed".

Your confidential patient information can be used in a small number of situations, such as national statistics.

In an emergency where the safety of others is affected.

The NHS collects confidential patient info from NHS trusts/local authorities/private healthcare providers, providing care to NHS patients. Research bodies can request access to that information.

The only exclusions noted are that marketing and insurance can have no access......but given that an increasing amount of healthcare is via USA companies.....

All that came from the NHS App.....

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now


Re: gp records centrally

Your paper records follow you around.

Every time you go to a hospital, the NHS sends your complete record, paper, along to the hospital!

Eventually, it may be digitised.


Re: Save the NHS!

Actually, most stuff is obtained via the NHSBSA (https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/)

You can look-up the purchase cost of everything on there....including meds (drug tariffs)

Including the price of things like penicillin (£1 for 100) (USA cost $25 each)


Re: Save the NHS!

Good luck Once the data is in the USA, there it will stay. And allowing USA healthcare anywhere near it is a bad move.


Re: Hmm

Change your provider....mine uses the NHS.NET system.....I email my doctor, and my secondary-care provider. And use videoconferencing.

You must be on an island in the Hebrides ?


Re: Hmm

The USA system, which charges you 100 times the cost of meds?

This healthcare system:

"Tens of billions of dollars are estimated to be lost in the United States through healthcare fraud each year. The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association estimated that as much as $300 billion, or 10% of total annual health outlay in the United States, is stolen through fraudulent activity each year, compounding the challenges of high healthcare costs"



Re: Not on your nelly mate

Actually, your doctor will have to OK the upload because he/she/it cannot refuse.

As he/she/it is the data guardian, you would have thought he/she/it can refuse.

NHS App gets go-ahead for vaccine passport use despite protest from privacy groups


Re: It's here now but ...

........but USA Homeland Security may want you to unlock your phone for them....or even UK police !



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