56 posts • joined 13 Jul 2016
Windows 11 in detail: Incremental upgrade spoilt by onerous system requirements and usability mis-steps
UK data regulator fines American Express up to 0.021p per email after opted-out folk spammed 4.1 million times
Home office setup with built-in boiling water tap for tea and coffee without getting up is a monument to deskcess
Capita inks deal with NHS to 'bring back staff': Workers get an hour of training to recruit and vet retired doctors, nurses
Re: Just use pay roll records from a year ago ...
We totally don't want doctors from 5+ years ago to do anything clinical without an extended induction. They could help by turning patients which is a team effort, arranging blood tests, or taking rubbish bins out though.
"Payroll" do not run clinical services.
This is also a system for GPs, right? UK doctors seek clarity over Health dept's £40m single sign-on funding
Think your smartwatch is good for warning of a heart attack? Turns out it's surprisingly easy to fool its AI
In this case, is there any point? I can confidently, instantly, and correctly identify the examples given from across the room. The ECG is a millivolt signal which in the real world always has some perturbations - we are used to this. This particular example is a disastrous performance for the AI.
Vendor-bender LibreOffice kicks out 6.4: Community project feel, though now with added auto-█████ tool
"The Liberation Serif font, which is the default, does not look good on screen, in Windows at least. The kerning is not quite right, which affects readability."
It's not just Liberation Serif ... LibreOffice cannot kern ANY font correctly: Arial, Times New Roman, etc etc.
I dearly wish they would fix this instead of playing about with things like auto-redaction. And yes, I know we have to forgive LO all its rough edges because it's an open source project, but do none of the code contributors care about the poor typeface rendering?
Can Writer handle typefaces yet?
Ach, I'm always tempted to have a go. But LibreOffice Writer is still unable to render and kern fonts to anywhere near the quality of MS Word and I hate having my eyes jarred by every document I load or create. So I uninstall yet again and wait for the next version. Anybody know if font rendering and kerning has been fixed in v 6.4?
In ECGs in women, overall: the heart rate is faster, left axis deviation is twice as common, ST and T-wave abnormalities are almost twice as common, LBBB (left bundle branch block) is slightly more common, etc etc etc for all other ECG parameters.
So I could probably give you a decent guess, from a standard 12-lead ECG, whether it was male or female. I doubt the AI is doing anything more.
But there is a more reliable and faster way to determine whether someone is biologically male or female.
ps the title is slightly misleading, it's not from your "heartbeat" but from a 12-lead ECG (which is a complex surface electrical representation of your "heartbeat").
Brexit? HP Inc laughs in the face of Brexit! Hard or soft, PC maker claims it's 'no significant risk'
Re: Impact will vary
You state "The brexitters assure us that 'no deal' and WTO rules will be absolutely fine." ... well, no Brexiter I have listened to (the pub doesn't count) has said this - although that bald statement is probably truer than the "utter disaster" ones if you really insist on polarising things.
Brexiters state that a friendly, mutually beneficial deal would be better for both the UK and the EU than WTO. The EU looks like it may deny us this. However, UK under WTO will be a constantly improving scenarion depending on the scale and nature of the preparations made in the run-up. That is now key. WTO trading will be a bit scrappy for a while, but the UK is not a trivial player in world trade terms and will do at least OK, and I like to thing probably rather well in the longer term.
GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms
Re: If this was five years ago...
"... GPS pointing in entirely the wrong [random] direction, ..."
fyi, GPS is non-directional, it is purely a position system. For direction you need magnetometers, but more and more phones are coming without these. In which case your software needs to use a moving GPS location to generate direction.
Re: There's always an excuse to increase prices, but...
"Pretty conclusive"? I see lots of "pending", and "awaiting application" countries. However I see the mighty Greenland is fully on board with a "trade agreement", and you can tell how important that is... I mean just look at the SIZE of that red splotch!
Re: There's always an excuse to increase prices, but...
Exactly. It is against EU law for us, even at this stage in the Brexit process, to even start to broker free-trade agreements with other countries. Yet our Remainer friends persist with their patronising, "remind me, exactly how many free-trade agreements does the UK have outside the EU" etc etc. Sigh.
Re: Business Opportunity!!
Basically, the cheapest contract for each service would immediately get 100% of the customers. Then to stop themselves going to the wall all other companies would have to undercut because if they offered the same price, then absolutely no reason to change.
A perfect free market! Would end up with the first company offering just-keep-afloat pricing surviving, and all the others would go bust. Then might as well nationalise it and run it entirely at cost.
Fax or Whatsapp?
Fax or Whatsapp ... which is best for sending a copy of an ECG when a copy is requested as part of an urgent referral to specialists at another NHS hospital? Hard copy by drone? Scanned photo as email attachment? Before you brag about "axing the fax" define the alternatives and tell us all why a fax is any worse / less secure / less reliable.
"Meaning that 13% of patients with the disease are not detected. That's not great, and I'm surprised they are proposing to remove the doctors entirely. Could it be that the doctors are even worse?"
The reason we know there is a false-negative and false-positive rate is that the diagnostic criteria have been defined by doctors and the false-negatives and positives are then identified by professionals. Qualified medical consultants remain the gold standard and will be so for a very long time.
What is presented here, is an AI-based pattern-recognition screening system that may improve the pickup rate of, or perhaps be used to help initial training of non-medical "graders".
I miss NHS fax machines
As a trainee doctor, ward fax machines were perfect "push notifications". During a busy day we sent off blood tests, arranged investigations. While working on a busy ward it was brilliant that as soon as a result was available or a test reported, the fax machine buzzed. At next opportunity we would check the result, initial it, and stick it in the notes.
The current expensive network systems are miles away from providing the speed and convenience of this setup. We have no push system, and are reduced to repeatedly logging in and going through interface-hell to see if an important result is available yet.
Providing timely clinical information to busy medical staff in the NHS has without a doubt gone a long long way backwards since the 1990s :(
The only way to have a fully aware and instantly reactive driver is to have them actually perform the task of "driving".
When you're driving you have a constant state of heightened awareness of what is going on around you, and what might happen at any time. As a passenger in a self-driving car you simply don't, and self-driving tech can never change basic human psychology. And, yes, I know we have our weak points too but road accident rates continue to fall.
I am now convinced it's not going to happen until we have 100% autonomous vehicles that can cope with all conditions and eventualities. And that is a very very long way off. Driving as we know it is here to stay.
"Um, "as a developer", you do know you can customise the toolbars such that the reload button can be next to the navigation buttons?"
Just tried it again. You can drag/drop all the other buttons but not the reload button.
Which then begs the question... why not include the reload button in the toolbar customisation?
Anyway, it was just 1 of many small things. Maybe I've just become too familiar with Chrome.
Hard to change over once you have used Chrome. Firefox can't properly import your Chrome bookmarks (it puts them all in a single folder). Then, as a developer, the reload button is an annoying distance away from the navigation buttons causing instant and constant extra mousing around. My chosen theme has yet again become "not-compatible" after an auto-update. My eye is constantly distracted by the curvy tabs and the odd-sized and very dated-looking round buttons - though maybe in time I would get used to them.
Give your users a clunky experience and they will pick an alternative. I've nothing against Firefox and I keep it there for testing but I'm afraid basic usability trumps memory-efficiency on a high-end computer.
Do hate the data-slurping though. Is there any way to configure Firefox to look and work like Chrome? :)
Re: Easy juice? Sounds good to me.
Ok, I'll bite. Exactly which "valuable nutrients" in veg makes them healthy? Guess what. Despite vast sums spent on research, you can ask any dietitian, nutritionist, professor of nutrition science, etc etc and they simply don't know. They can't even hazard a reasonable guess as a starting point for further research. Is chlorophyll some sort of mysterious unrecognised wonder-food? Is it the water in them? Maybe the cellulose? We know for sure (the science has been done) it is not eating an excess of vitamins.
So your "energy levels" are higher after drinking "green juice"? Ah the power of the human mind. What pharmaco-physiological effects do you think might be boosting your "energy levels" beyond, say, some carbohydrates (in which case try some of your favourite sugar-filled fizzy drink instead).
And the evidence behind the "3-a-day", or "8-a-day", or "5-a-day" fad? Wow, if you want to see some flaky science full of vague assumptions look at where these figures come from.
Basically, food is a zillion-dollar industry so any "science" behind it is systematically distorted and hyped until it is simply no longer recognisable as science. What was Phelp's diet again that produced one of the greatest ever Olympians? (http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/what-olympic-athletes-eat-and-drink-every-day-will-shock-you).
Me? I love food. I enjoy a decent mixed diet including fruit and veg (because I like them not because of any defined health benefit). I am vaguely aware of my calorie intake and am not obese.
Strong non-backdoored encryption is vital – but the Feds should totally be able to crack it, say House committees
Yes, I wondered about this type of encryption. Where every key used to decrypt produces a perfectly plausible decryption text, however just 1 of these keys produces the actual decrypted text. How would they find it hidden in a vast and almost infinite sea of plausible alternatives.
Too simple so I must be missing something.