* Posts by Steve K

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

Steve K

Ironic..

That's ironic as a French Letter was what got him into this mess - allegedly...

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Altice to buy controlling stake in Suddenlink for NINE BEEELION dollars

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Beat me to it!!

Beat me to it!!

Well done Sir/Madam

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Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

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"£25,295" - is that inclusive of the Government grant?

60mpg is not that impressive really - I get around that from my (2005) A4 2.0 TDI, but maybe the Mondeo wins on emissions.

Steve

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MAID to order: Inside Facebook's cold-storage data ziggurats

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Re: A Digital Garbage Dump

Genius!

Have you had that one saved up just for this day?

Steve

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HP lifts lid on Autonomy lawsuit claims, but Lynch cries BOLLOCKS

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Re: The Enron Defence

Me again....

The accountants have that one covered too.

That's why in Consolidated Accounts you will eliminate at a Group level any Inter-company transactions and investments so that only externally-generated items are shown.

Obviously if you fudge this then the external figures will be wrong, but it is something that is looked at closely both in audits, and also in the implementation of Financial Consolidation systems (e.g Oracle HFM).

Intentionally fraudulent misclassification will also be hard to spot here, but short of replaying the whole year, the auditors of such organisation have to design their tests and reliance on Management-instituted controls and systems to reach their opinion.

(I worked on the Mirror Group audit in 1991 as an audit junior - whilst I was as not involved in the messy bits, it was an interesting time...)

Steve

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Re: The Enron Defence

Because an audit is not about detecting fraud....

An audit is about giving a "true and fair view" of the financial statements in question to the company/organisation's (generally external) stakeholders - for example shareholders.

If a fraud is perpetrated by staff and/or company officers, this MAY be detected by the auditors as part of this work, but if the auditors are supplied with false information by relevant staff or company officers then there is not much they can do.

If there is insufficient information then they may well qualify their opinion on the accounts or indeed not sign them off at all.

Negligence is a different matter, but that's why there will be a record kept of how the opinion was reached - particularly on contentious matters - by the Partner signing off the accounts.

(In a former life I was a Chartered Accountant.....)

Steve

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Dissing the Valley and ignoring unicorns: The tech boom Oakland style

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This is like the old (UK) Book Clubs

JustFab's model reminds me of the Book Clubs you used to get in the Sunday supplements here in the UK in the 1980's.

Same idea, except you got books at a discounted price in exchange for your monthly fee - which would be charged unless you opted out. All by post in those days too.

Wait long enough and an idea comes round again....

Steve

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Google looks to scrape away scumware, as only it can

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Java crapware now more easily optional

To be fair to Oracle, Java 8 has a persisting option checkbox regarding Partner product downloads (aka. Crapware). This was a pleasant surprise, since forgetting to uncheck the box in previous versions could be quite easy.

I'll leave the debate on whether or not client-side Java is itself crapware to others....

Steve

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

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Revenue !=Profit...

> But Thornberry said: "We need to look hard at BT’s arguments. Is it necessary for state aid to subsidise BT? After all, Openreach generates £5bn of revenue each year."

I think she is confusing Revenue and Profit here. Whilst I don't doubt that BT Openreach are making a profit on that £5bn of revenue, here statement on its own does not follow.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

Steve K
Coat

I bought a Dyson - wouldn't get another one...

I've got one already.

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Anonymous wifi the latest casualty of Russia net neurosis

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What if you don't have a mobile?

How will this work if you don't have a mobile but do have a laptop or tablet with WiFi only (i.e. No SIM)?

(Possibly unlikely scenario, but if you rely on VOIP or Skype-type services then is feasible)

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Zuckerberg and other directors sued over GIGANTIC PACKAGES

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Re: @Don Jefe

If Monday's closing price was $62.88, and he still holds Facebook shares, then I doubt that he is nursing any losses from the IPO ($38?).....

Steve

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MH370 'pings' dismissed as false positives

Steve K

Re: Surprise!!!

Whoosh.......

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Venus Express to get final acid bath before crashing to surface

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Re: Great terminology!

Or indeed in the comments here:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/12/14/grail_craft_moon_crash/

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Bankrupt Bitcoin bunker blender begins: MtGox admin starts liquefaction

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Re: @psychonaut

Not really - the reference was already made a few days back...

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/04/16/mtgox_requests_liquidation/

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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

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Re: Getting to be a millionaire

I think you can only define yourself as a milllionaire if you have >= £1m of liquid assets.

You can't really count your primary residence or car in that total....

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

Steve K

Re: Makes sense

I think you may have hit a roar nerve there...

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

Steve K

Re: And pray that nobody used a web admin interface

Twat

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Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

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Update

Oracle published OpenSSL Security Bug-Heartbleed (Doc ID 1645479.1) yesterday

Steve

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Backlit dust devil?

I thought it could be a backlit dust devil when looking at the enlargement, but the fact it is not in the other stereo image would seem to rule that out.

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Banks lob sueball at Trustwave, Target over breach

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Re: PCI is a bandaid for the real problem

You mean like the Barclays PINSentry for example?

http://www.barclays.co.uk/Helpsupport/UpgradetoPINsentry/P1242559314766

http://www.barclays.co.uk/BarclaysMobileBanking/MobilePINsentry/P1242616134119

Steve

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Plod foils drone drug drop down under

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Re: The Beano did it years ago.

Really? Even the Bash Street Kids drew the line at drugs...

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Chicago man lobs class-action sueball at MtGox

Steve K

Eh?

How can a US court compel a (now-defunct) Japanese firm to do anything...?

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IPO? Don't know what you're talking about, says Spotify as it seeks IPO report guru

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Not really

Not really. GAAP is about ensuring external stakeholder reporting in a consistent way, and IFRS about doing so internationally.

Internal management accounts can be prepared in any way that the management want to manage the business (although the auditors of a large enough concern may also have a say)

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Microsoft 'cautiously optimistic' about Christmas sales

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Classic Shell

Classic Shell is way cheaper than another copy of Windows 7 and works a treat....

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Bitcoin value breaks $1,000 barrier in FRENZIED HYPEGASM

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Re: For $7.5 million

Only if they have the key for the Bitcoin wallet - otherwise it's just Bits...

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BETHLEHEM-grade SUPERNOVA possible 'within 50 years'

Steve K

Ex-Pope surely?

Didn't Ratzinger un-Pope himself (or was the reference to him writing this when he was

Pope?)

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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Re: a mound of spare parts to use?

I believe that the USD 900m write-off related to the Surface RT rather than the Pro, but you could well be right on the reuse of Surface 1 Pro parts inventory in the Surfave Pro 2.

The price of the Surface 1 Pro has not budged that much since the new one was released, but I imagine that is retailers not wanting to take the hit.

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

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WTF

Isn't a soldier EXACTLY the sort of person to be aware of what a grenade can do, so to pack one in luggage is inexcusable...?

How do you make a mistake and pack a grenade for a flight - I'm pretty sure the US military hand them out to their personnel when they get to the war?

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

Steve K

Re: Isn't this illegal? @ Rob Fisher

"You can't fire someone just because you don't want them to work for you any more, irrespective of the reason."

Actually you can in the UK - if they have worked for you for < 2 years.

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Re: To teleport, in theory..

"then the blood in your legs will be spraying everywhere because your upper body has disappeared"

Probably not, since the pumping mechanism will have disappeared with your upper body....

Still going to be messy though.

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Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

Steve K
Alien

Re: Re. Martian evolution

However, life never having got going due to a harsh environment would also fit the evidence, and explain a lot too....

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Lasers to carry 622 Mbps Earth-Moon link

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It's the Sorting Hat

I thought "Sorting Hat" from Harry Potter.....

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Xobni! heads! to! Yahoo! elephant! graveyard!

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It was a startup in 2006.......

It was a startup in 2006, but it's surely not still one now...?

(Unless start-up = not been bought out yet)

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SUPERSIZE my CLOUD - Microsoft plans $677m data centre embiggening

Steve K
WTF?

29 jobs?

"It is expected to create 29 new jobs"

Only 29 jobs for $20m in tax breaks?

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US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

Steve K

Re: Who mentioned Windows?

No - he is actually the Linux fundamentalist, usr-bin-local...

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Re: Beats vs. BeyerDynamic

Not sure that anyone would master on headphones though.........

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Oracle slaps critical patch on insecure Java

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Boffin

Re: Stop the FUD

..and rather amusingly some of Oracle's own software (in full current support) needs earlier versions of Java to work (Essbase Admin Console - I'm looking at you...)

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MakerBot demos 3D object scanner that fits on your desk

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Re: Quick!

Search for quadcopter and/or LIDAR on YouTube and you'll be amazed at what is being done on this field.

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On International Woman's Day we remember Grace Hopper

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Re: An admirable admiral

The amused observation about the real bug is actually there in the handwritten notes in the article....

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Twitter row goes to court, beak says man must cough £17,500

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Re: Easily confused...

Probably deliberately vague on The Register's part since repeating such information in any detail may itself constitute libel.....

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

Steve K

What about Addins?

How would Office365 work with Addins (e.g. in an Enterprise scenario) if nothing is permanently installed to your PC?

There are many ERP/EPM solutions that integrate Excel/Office with back-end systems (SAP/Oracle/Hyperion etc.) - if your installation is piped out of the cloud (and maintained/patched there), then presumably it won't.

(To be fair, Oracle were pretty slow getting 2010 support out there...)

I imagine this would be resolved by a split implementation of Office 365/2013 if corporates were going to take the bait. Having said that, a lot of corporates (in my experience) who have only just started rolling out Office 2010 anyway..

Steve

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Opportunity celebrates nine years on Mars

Steve K

Re: Cleaning Crew

Not sure if this was meant in jest, but:

* Spirit and Opportunity are on opposite sides of Mars so are thousands of miles apart - you couldn't do both

* Why send a new probe to the same place as an old one to clean it up? That would be a bit redundant surely?

* Even if you did, the odds of landing sufficiently near an existing probe would be fairly low, since they would want to ensure that any new probe did not have a risk of landing on the old one (and breaking both) or damaging it with the rocket blast/debris on landing so would choose an expected landing radius far away anyway

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New slicker Shylock Trojan hooks into Skype

Steve K
Stop

Re: Change the f*cking record @Eadon

I have not pinned my colours to any mast in any posts here.

Where in my post does it imply I am anti-Linux or pro-MS or any other technology?

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Steve K

Re: Change the f*cking record

Because every post you make simply becomes an anti-Microsoft rant - and it is becoming a little tiresome.

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Steve K

Change the f*cking record

Change the f*cking record will you?

Oh wait - I'm a shill.

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Zuck on that! Instagram loses HALF its hipsters in a month

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Stop

Re: all in all just another brick in the wall

As mentioned above, metadata can be stripped easily. How about Steganographic incorporation of metadata- as long as it can survive image decompression or scaling?

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