* Posts by ectel

28 posts • joined 11 Jun 2014

Intel's mystery Linux muckabout is a dangerous ploy at a dangerous time

ectel

Re: Footnote

Christmas 2022 i hope!

Boffins find way to use a standard smartphone to find hidden spy cams

ectel

Re: Haven't movie theaters been doing it for years?

Also I was failing to see how IR could determine if the pop-corn was from the concession stand or home.

Maybe it could tell if you were cooking you own popcorn

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

ectel

The thing is, you hear about the factor X fiasco, but did you hear about the Epo usage in Renal Patients?

opt out consent used to collect identifiable data was used to show regional variations in Hb in renal patients. Result: Standardisation and improved outcomes for all renal patients.

All of this done under the requirements of the Act https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/41/section/251

Find all the fascinating (anon) data here.

https://ukkidney.org/sites/renal.org/files/publication/file-attachments/23rd_UKRR_ANNUAL_REPORT.pdf

Interestingly in the first few reports Hospitals where anonymised, but quickly moved away from that so that good practice could be shared.

BOFH: You'll find there's a company asset tag right here, underneath the monstrously heavy arcade machine

ectel

Re: "I'm sure we'll lose the records of it in the fire, though...""

In his book Chickenhawk [0] Bob Mason describes a Huey going down, suddenly all the quartermasters see an opportunity to sort out missing stores by claiming they were on the helicopter.

When they totted up all the stores supposedly on it, it was 5 tones over max weight

"No wonder it went down"

[0] Highly recomneded

Think you can solve the UK's electric vehicle charging point puzzle? The Ordnance Survey wants to hear about it

ectel

My Dad has a plug in Hybrid (smaller battery). 6Kw (max) of solar cells on the roof of the house. Car charges at max of 10 Amps. (takes about 4 hours). Moderately sunny day will give 3Kw = 10a(ish) even on a cloudier day, it will equal out over the course of the day.

OK so its not fully EV, but he only does local mileage most of the time, so (particularly in lockdown) didn't put petrol in the car for about 4 months!

The flip side to this is that he has enough financial capital to a) have a big house with a big south facing roof b) buy the panels a decade ago and got an outrageous feed in tariff c)afford to by a new hybrid rather than wait for 2nd hand ones to become available.

Richer people get to make savings due to their financial position.

The web was done right the first time. An ancient 3D banana shows Microsoft does a lot right, too

ectel

re: Atack vector?

How about a gorilla throwing a banana? (not a 3D one)

https://archive.org/details/GorillasQbasic

On this most auspicious of days, we ask: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?

ectel

Re: Facilities are to blame

We had a phone number that if you got 2 numbers transposed in the area code was for Shrewsbury Prison. We got a lot of calls asking to arrange a visit.

I usually said they would be welcome to come, but would not find there relative here.

God bless this mess: Study says UK's Christian beliefs had 'important' role in Brexit

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Re: Religion in the UK?

I was brought up in a Christian environment, I recognise that had i been brought up in a Islamic faith or a Buddhist one then my religion would probably be different.

Did I chose Christianity from a list of faiths? No. Do I discount other faiths? No.

To me (YourMilageMayVairy) that that I call God is to big for me to ever understand fully, I am not so arrogant to say that I have it all right and people that think differently to me are wrong. I don't think i chose Christianity because it has always been a part of me. I did choose to affirm my faith through baptism an being received into membership (the Methodist version of Confirmation in the Cof E)

ectel

Re: Sad...

Amen!

ectel

Re: Religion in the UK?

I am sorry if your experience of faith has been like that. It is not like that for me. Particulary the do "what Father tells you". Firstly Taize's emphasis is on personal exploration of faith, not do as we say, but an emphasis on sharing in the style of the brothers life (simplicity, silent prayer, community) if only for a week.

Away from Taize, my faith is not about doing what I am told, but sharing in the life (in the person of Jesus) and influences of the what I believe to be God. (other people will put what I ascribe to God as something else(maybe mindfulness or other spiritual type stuff), people of other faiths will describe things through the lens of there own tradition or structure)

I am also sorry if that is your perception of the EU

ectel

Re: Religion in the UK?

Hello

Just to be clear, I am a Christian, my wife is a Priest in the Church of England, My patents are Methodist Ministers (retired).

Just to deal with the "Jedi" thing : Growth numbers is not the same as Stock numbers. That said numbers in all churches are declining in general, numbers in the under 40's are low.

I think my experience of the Brexit and the church leads me to a few observations

1) Some people will divorce their Faith and politics and say that one does not infulance the other (I'm not sure I believe them)

2) I have heard theological arguments for both leave and remain, I personally find the remain ones more persuasive.

3) the church of England is very broad, making any assumptions about it as a group (even that they are all Christians!) is a bit if an ask.

On the day of the vote, I was in Taize with people from across Europe. It was a good place to be to remind you of what europe can be about.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency refuses to pay ransomware crooks over 1.2GB of stolen data

ectel

Another reason they won't pay is, Have you ever tried raising a purchase order in a public sector body?

Has the options paper been developed, with at least 5 options? Has HR been involved in assessing impacts on the workforce? Has anyone worked out what budget code its is going to come from? Has the risks of doing it or not been put on the risk register? Has the options paper been circulated to the right committees? Has it been signed off by the Investment Group (meets bi monthly) Has Trevor seen it? Has the full business case been worked up? Has estates signed off (even though it is nothing to do with them)? Who is Trevor?

And so on ad infinitum

Leaked draft EU law reveals tech giants could face huge 6% turnover fines if they don't play by Europe's rules

ectel

Re: The only good thing

I entirely agree that it is not ideal, however I think it is less easy to get out of, and that is a good thing

Also, yes I can see that it is possible that it could be over zealously applied, however there are checks and balances that i hope would work

Careful now we seem to be agreeing, can't have that on Reg forums!

ectel

Re: The only good thing

How can the EU fine profit? we all know that Facebook Amazon et al are past masters of moving profit away to somewhere else and not showing a profit (or paying taxes on the non existent profit) at all.

With that level of offshoring going after the revenue (gross input to the company, that is possible to prove) is the only way forward

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?

ectel

Re: Failing switches?

Re: 15Amp round pin in stage use - Its to differentiate between a socket that comes from the mains (13A Square) and one that comes from a dimmer. The presence / lack of fuse is co-incidental

So long, Top Gun... AI software waxes US F-16 pilot's tail 5-0 during virtual dogfight drills

ectel

Re: Rockets and Jets!

Yes they have guided missiles, but they have envelopes of engagement. 2 aircraft fighting will go with missiles first, but as they get closer together they will be out side the missiles envelope ( a missile finds to go straight off the plane and there is a trade off between speed and maneuverability the)

So quickly, when the planes are close the missiles don't work, then you are down to guns.

The Phantom went to Vietnam with out a gun, big mistake, every fighter since has had one

50%+ of our office seats are going remote, say majority of surveyed Register readers. Hi security, bye on-prem

ectel

Re: Loss of human contact

I get what you are saying, But... I have worked from home for 10+years, not meeting my team face to face, but now we have twice weekly video team meetings, so suddenly i am in the loop a lot more. Technology has changed working methods have changed, if it is done right it can work, it is (to use a over used phrase) "the new normal"

ectel

The rest of the world has joined me

I work part time. Before lock down I worked 1 day on site, 2 from home. Now I am 3 days from home. I work for a hospital

Now the rest of the team I work in are also working at home we have team meetings on Video that allow me to attend (they happen on my normal off site days)

Working across Hospitals is easier as Video calls stop us having to travel 15 miles between sites. In my team there is no real desire to go back to the office (apart from maybe the air-con in hot weather), The clinical team I support don't want me in the building (at risk patients) again everything now happens my phone,email of video.

Because I have worked from home for 10 years or more, I have on office room, so i can end the day and shut the door.

I think my working from home experience has improved since everyone joined me in it.

Mozilla warns more Firefox website breakage to come because devs just aren't checking for SameSite snafus

ectel

Re: How about...

But most websites don't need this level of functionality. The time and effort involved to update a minor site for a local club or something is not going to happen.

If the functionality is needed then yes some sort of warning, but something that complains about EVERY website that is not up to latest standard (and that is a nebulous thing to describe) is going to get ignored and just annoy the user, so that they won't use the browser that flags it and will go to one that doesn't

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

ectel
Linux

Re: Spelling

Was I the only one that thought "why is offence not taken when scruples is set to read+write+execute for the owner and the group but only write for all users? "

If most people can only write scruples but not read them or execute them no wonder we are in such a state! maybe we need 755 scruples. that way everyone can understand the scruples and act on them.

ectel
Linux

Re: Spelling

Was I the only one that thought "why is offence not taken when scruples is set to read+write+execute for the owner and the group but only write for all users? "

If most people can only write scruples but not read them or execute them no wonder we are in such a state! maybe we need 755 scruples. that way everyone can understand the scruples and act on them.

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

ectel

Re: Third rail

the Magnetic observatory at Heartland in North Devon was sited there specifically as it was as far away from railways as they could find

"The observatory was purpose-built for magnetic work, and continuous operations began in 1957, the International Geophysical Year (IGY). Hartland is the successor to Abinger and Greenwich observatories. The moves from Greenwich to Abinger and then to Hartland were made necessary as electrification of the railways progressed, making accurate geomagnetic measurements impossible in South-East England."

Orford Ness: Military secrets and unique wildlife on the remote Suffolk coast

ectel

Re: V3?

Long range gun , Barrel very long with additional "Booster charges" along it

A concept that next saw light of day with Sadam Husain's Super Gun

ectel

Re: Nobody is quite sure what it was originally built for.

When I went on to the Ness last year there was a NT Guide who was involved in doing research on the activities on the Ness (his job before it closed was firing nuclear weapons casings in to a concrete wall at about 200mph - simulating a drop from low level that hit something sideways)

He said that they had begun to find out some information about the mystery ring, that the ring was footings for a rotating thing (wheels run on the ring) probably some sort of antenna.

Can I recommend this book as a most informative history of the Ness?

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

ectel

Re: Fiat 500

@ Trygve Henriksen

Well if you want to improve on the 2CV then you have to go Dyane, 2 extra HP, More aerodynamic, higher trim levels. (Just don't mention that production started after the 2cv and finished before it)

I have had my Dyane 28 years so far.....

'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

ectel

Sorry Mr. Leggett...

Was that Headingham School?

NHS patient letters meant for GPs went undelivered for years

ectel

"5 years is far longer than is necessary."

No actually. Most hospital records have to be retained for 8 years after the last treatment or the death of the patient. Maternity records have 25 year retention. The reason for retention is a mix of medical need and also in case there is legal action in the future.

Complex patients can have a paper hospital record that is 2' thick.

Full info here. https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/ethics/confidentiality-and-health-records/retention-of-health-records

SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

ectel

Best one I saw...

...was in France on the A7 one summer heading for the Mediterranean. "Slow down, the sea isn't going to evaporate"

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