July 4th, 2014
Seven years ago, Stan O’Neal was ousted as chairman of Merrill Lynch. He had forced the bank to become more shark-like in its behaviour, and succeeded – to the extent that it almost collapsed due to sub-prime loans. “Merrill’s mess” ran a BBC online headline after his departure. “Wave after wave of schadenfreude had been crashing” on his head, it said. Not the most elegant metaphor, perhaps, but a relatively mild verdict, given the circumstances. In the past few weeks, however, someone has complained and Google has emailed the BBC to say that the offending story would be removed from its search engines. The great digital redaction has begun. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10944111/Google-has-become-the-victim-of-digital-censors.html
Via the Torygraph news email.
Not a good thing.
June 20th, 2014
18th June 2014 A selection of photographs from the end of the first innings and beginning of the second http://charleswhittonphotography.com/exeter-cricket-westbrick-vs-luckham
Composite image produced in the Gnu Image Manipulating Program (Gimp)
Click image for larger – and larger – image. Ask for a full size one by all means.
June 16th, 2014
Whether the amount of variation of sick leave between Devon and the average in England is statistically significant is doubtful, even if it is then in business or social terms it is of little importance. http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/People-Devon-sick-days-UK-average/story-21242636-detail/story.html?ito=email_newsletter_exeterexpressandecho
What is worth noting is that the advice some employers apparently feel GPs give poorly is of course Occupational Health advice, or Occupational Medicine, and oddly enough this is something that employers should be getting from Occupational Health departments in their businesses or from Occupational Medicine doctors in OH/OM Practices. Not GPs. Now which employers will it be who are complaining that they don’t get the good advice they feel entitled to, free, from doctors who have many other things to do which are either in their specialty, paid for, or both? Perhaps the ones that are too mean to buy Occ. Health services; and who operate the Bradford Score on employees who have odd days off not as a means to pick out who they ought to think about, but as if it were a justification for “disciplinary” action.
That’d be the ones that cause psychological illness in their employees, piss them off and lose effectiveness and willingness, and persuade mildly ill employees to come in and infect their co-workers instead of calling a duvet day.
The Express & Echo is owned by the owners of the Daily Mail, a rag(e) resembling a newspaper in shape, but is in general a local paper and therefore interesting.
June 8th, 2014
“Memory card formatting trick
When a memory card is formatted in the camera, only the file management information is changed. The data itself remains on the card until it is over-written by new data. This is why it is possible to recover ‘lost’ images even after formatting. Whilst it could be a benefit to recover ‘lost’ images, it is something you should be aware of when selling or discarding memory cards or using them in a different camera. To minimise the chance, after formatting the card, take pictures with the camera with the lens cap on, until the memory card is full. This will help to overwrite the pre-existing data.”
If someone tells you that formatting secures your clinical data satisfactorily, they havn’t done their homework, have they.
With big cards, overwriting them with zeros or the traditional DEADBEEF pattern of Hex values in the computer is probably more conveneint once you have that set up.
May 21st, 2014
I present here a petition signed by 1843 people calling upon UK media outlets to eschew time-wasting debates about the science or significance of climate change and instead to make a concerted effort to conduct meaningful discussions about the constructive responses that are at our disposal.
Since this petition was started, there have been a number of other calls to the media, not least from the UK parliament’s science and technology committee, demanding a responsible approach to coverage of climate change. While there are signs that some outlets are responding to this request, there is still much ground to cover.
The upcoming IPCC summary report of Working Group III provides an unparalleled opportunity to open up genuinely informative, cross-disciplinary and ground-breaking debates about the actions at our disposal that can help with both mitigation and adaptation to this plane tary crisis.
It is critically important that people gain a full understanding of all the options and their implications. The media has great power, and great responsibility, and the signatories to this petition call on you to fulfil your duty to inform the public sufficiently, in order that a public mandate can be secured for policies that restore rather than further degrade the viability of the planet’s ecosystems and climate.
The background information to the petition is available at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/to-the-media-please-debate-the-constructive-responses-to-climate-change-not-its-existence.
I look forward to your response.
I signed the petition ‘To the Media: Please Debate the Constructive Responses to Climate Change, Not Its Existence’.
May 11th, 2014
would be a good idea, I think. It went well for Munich.
May 7th, 2014
We took over 1000 pictures of the runners at the Killerton Races Relish Racing organised. Nice day. Images to inspect and buy at http://www.charleswhittonphotography.com/killerton-races