* Posts by JohnMurray

771 posts • joined 6 Jul 2011


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 !

Terror of the adtech industry iOS 14.5 has landed, and Siri can answer your calls ... though she/he can't hang up


Answer only works if using airpods.....

China has a satellite with an arm – and America worries it could be used to snatch other spacecraft


I am getting the feeling someone in the pentagon has been watching Space Force on Netflix, and thinking.......................

Bank of England ponders minting 'Britcoin' to sit alongside the Pound


......using countries as tax havens to avoid taxes is so pre-21st.....

UK digital secretary Oliver Dowden starts national security probe into proposed Arm-Nvidia merger


Looks to me as if the UK digital secretary should be offered a seat on the Nvidia board......quietly.....

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard


The movement it will detect last thing at night, is my hand moving to the "off" switch.

Under threat of judicial review, UK.gov agrees to consultation before extending Palantir's NHS role beyond pandemic


Re: "Three such juries of 18 people, including service users and patients"

Given palantirs relationship with the intelligence "community" in the USA maybe it should be asked whether they should be allowed access to any UK information at all...

UK prime minister Boris Johnson reluctant to reveal his involvement in the OneWeb deal


Re: Be kind to Boris

...much more productive as well....whatever comes out of the sitting compares well to the cabinet..

MPs slam UK's £22bn Test and Trace programme for failing to provide evidence that it slows COVID pandemic


Quite right.

For £22 billion we could have constructed 3 aircraft carriers and bought about 100 F35s' ... and probably sent a rover to Mars with the change.


That would be not possible. There is no list of who got the money. Just like the garden bridge fiasco. Just like the Irish bridge/tunnel fiasco [will be]


Re: Online test registration

"So much incompetence, so little time..."

So Much Money...

UK minister tries to intervene after Government Digital Service migration mangles Ministry of Justice webpages


If you can't change the law, you hide it.

Don't confuse what you consider incompetence, with genuine government malice.

NASA sends nuclear tank 293 million miles to Mars, misses landing spot by just five metres. Now watch its video


They're not going to be happy-Martians if we keep dumping used spacecraft on them...

UK Supreme Court declares Uber drivers are workers, not self-employed: Ride biz's legal battle ends in a crash


Re: Well....

Uber would not have been paying employers NI contribution. 13.8% of employees wage. And the VAT problem that has now risen will take more time...


Re: Well....


A record!


Re: Well....

Yes....but since uber was, according to the ruling, an employer at that time, then they should have been paying VAT on the whole fare not just the 20% fee they extracted from the drivers. So they now have to pay the revenue the VAT they didn't pay, and the income tax...and national insurance contributions.....and they cannot end uber-then to become uber-now, because they will still be liable for the VAT...

UK.gov awards seats on £2bn 'digital outcomes' framework to suppliers – one of which doesn't even have a website


Re: So..

..................with no bananas..............

UK Test and Trace chief Dido Harding tries to convince MPs that £14m for canned mobile app was money well spent


Re: Catch 22

Or the letter asking you, as a person who is CEV, to enlist in the testing.....then rejects you because you are on anticoagulants....so the finger-prick may lead you to bleed-out. Even though they all have blood tests regularly anyway...hmmm...


Re: Dido Demolished

Never mind those that figured early that turning the contact-tracing app ON, was a bad idea unless you liked sitting alone for 10 days..



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