10-01 Contents: Y2K+10, Hospital Data Protection, SoftTest events, ICS membership, XLTest upgrade
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Irish Hospital Data Protection problems
SoftTest Ireland events February 16-18
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XLTest enhanced with VBA export to folders for Diff
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Given this week's terrible news of the earthquake in Haiti, start with:
Cisco, Symantec, Apache and others have to tackle Y2K10 Glitches.
Risks Digest and others are reporting more New Decade bugs.
Y2K+10 problem 1. German contactless bank cards (report by Dr.
Debora Weber-Wulff, HTW Berlin)
reports online that people who were using newer cash machine cards that
had new-fangled golden chips in them were told at the machine that
their cards had an error because of a "software error". Not only ATM
machines were affected, supermarkets and such that check cards online
refused to accept the cards.
The culprit has been named: The company that produces the cards, Gemalto. Seems that the software thinks that it is the year 2016 and not 2010, so all of the cards are no longer valid. The problem is a program stored on the chip. The banks don't want to have to exchange all of the cards (a really expensive solution), so they are looking for a workaround.
30 million cards are affected, and changing them would entail the owners all having to learn a new code for their cards.
But it turns out, if the chip is
found to be malfunctioning or not there, the card readers resort to
the magnetic stripe. Spiegel and others report that all it takes is a
little Scotch tape over the contacts of the card, and the readers will
switch to fail-safe mode. Retailers now dispense tape at the cash
a side note, customers of smartphones using Windows Mobile operating
system have been noticing that incoming SMS messages also have the date
Version 8.1 Release 00 TLE Version 3.2 Rel: 01 Starting from
year all our outbound transactions (Version 4010) have
been sent with an incorrect date in the GS segment, the date is 19100104.
The hospital that kept over a million blood samples without the parents' consent has also suffered a theft of servers in 2007.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article6982446.ece
Mark Tighe reports: "A Dublin hospital has built a database containing the DNA of almost every person born in the country since 1984 without their knowledge in an apparent breach of data protection laws."
That implies a computer database - in fact it is only a collection of samples, the DNA information was not extracted AFAIK.
hospital in Temple Street is under investigation by the DPC
The Sunday Times discovered that unknown to the DPC, the hospital has
amassed 1,548,300 blood samples from “heel prick tests” on newborns
which are sent to it for screening. The majority of hospitals act on
implied or verbal consent and do not inform parents what happens to
their child’s sample.
UK: Records stolen from hospital that held secret DNA database January 11, 2010 7:05 am
Mark Tighe reports: "Two computer servers containing the records of almost 1m patients were stolen from the Children’s University hospital in Temple Street in 2007 and have never been recovered. The data were far more than that lost on stolen bank laptops in recent years. The theft was investigated by the data protection commissioner (DPC) and the gardai after being reported by the Dublin hospital in February 2007. The organisations had decided that there was no need to inform the public, believing there was little chance of the thief being able to access the data. Patients’ details, including names, date of birth and reason for admission are thought to have been included."
The issue is also discussed on boards.ie with one post describing the story as "Stupid sensationalist media". However, legal eagles disagree:
T.J. McIntyre,Lecturer in the School of Law, University College Dublin, comments on the story on his blog on IT Law in Ireland: "…. In light of these controversies elsewhere, the lack of informed consent and the fact that there is no legal basis for the heel prick tests (a point confirmed in North Western Health Board v. HW and CW) it’s hard to see how Temple Street could have believed that it was entitled to hold onto these samples indefinitely – and it is remarkable that this point appears to have been missed by the ethics committee on four separate occasions."
One of the simplest questions that's hard to answer - because it is a tedious task - is "What changed between these two versions of a spreadsheet?"
XLTest can be used to compare the structures of two spreadsheets or all the sheets in two workbooks. I have now added a facility in 1.10 to export all the code to folders and send them to a diff utility - I recommend WinMerge - for ease of comparison and merging the versions.
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Thank you! Patrick O'Beirne, Editor
What do we call the decade after the noughties? The Tens / Tennies / Tenners ?
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