* Posts by Andy Davies

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

Andy Davies

Re: This is the kind of nonsense comment that show HMRC has work to do

Also, if the buyer is in the EU (determined by the IP address of the browser) but the billing address is outside the EU then VAT is to be charged at the rate prevailing in the country of the IP address. This prevents someone declaring they live outside the EU to avoid VAT but then download their digital goody within the EU.

and what about people outside the EU who find download of digital content is blocked to their local IP addr? It's pretty trivial to 'use an IP addr in a different geographical location' but this now means paying VAT for something to be used outside of the EU!

Anyone know the VAT rate in the USA/ Jersey/ IoM/ Andorra/ ...?

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Andy Davies

Re: Sounds to me....

CCTA ... created PRINCE and ITIL, amongst other things...

'nuff said - probably said repeatedly and at great length, to the detriment of actually doing stuff. With the new team churning out endless manuals it looks like same old same old.

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Andy Davies

The Digital by Default Service Standard is a set of criteria for digital teams building government services to meet.

The Digital by Default Service Standard is a set of criteria to be met by digital teams building government services

fixed that for you!

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

Andy Davies

Re: Does anyone actually use IPv6

I for one would be very cautious about allowing IPv6 traffic to pass through a corporate router to/from the outside world.

... or a home router come to that!

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

Andy Davies

Re: Stick with the dancing job!

"Software code doesn't deteriorate with age."

.. and I'm fairly sure that S390 could be run either natively or with an emulator in VM's

- several in parallel with robust fail-over if wanted.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

Andy Davies

What goes around comes around...

My first ever phone was a nokia - http://www.shinyshiny.tv/nokia%20brick.jpg

it is still in my car as my emergency phone

it contains my first ever sim - from BT

which became O2

which became EE

which became - BT

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

Andy Davies

Re: The price makes me wince a little

Yes, I thought it looked quite interesting until I got to the bit about it costing five week's income for a single state pensioner!

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

Andy Davies

Re: It's all too complicated

Bluetooth Audio streamer - 'comes with 3.5 to phono adapter'.

why not cut out the middle man and save £90 - £150?

Just buy the 3.5 to phono adapter; plug it into a spare phone at one end and Hi-Fi at the other - 32 Gb on tap (I use an old Nokia that cost as much as a useable small car back then).

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

Andy Davies

Re: Engineers in Parliament

"...GCSE maths actually now includes a section on making and testing hypotheses which, however limited, is progress."

It may be progress, but it isn't maths!

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

Andy Davies

no HDMI output ...that’s not so much a big a deal

yes it is

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

Andy Davies

bounced and re-landed

Great effort, but I was a little surprised that it re-landed - I would have thought that 1m/s would be above escape velocity (the first bounce speed according to TV reports). No maths, just my wag.

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

Andy Davies

Nice! now how about us wrinklies?

If there are any ms lurkers out there - the source code for Visual Foxpro would make lots of happy programmers feel really old!

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

Andy Davies

Curious name

Dutch MEP Sophie In’t Veld - 'in the field'.

Seems I'm not the only one who thinks so - from WikiP:

A Washington judge ruled in 2009 that the United States government does not need to explain to Dutch MEP Sophie in 't Veld why she must undergo additional security checks each time she visits the US

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

Andy Davies

"To be good at Computer Science you need Maths and Physics,"

Maybe, but CS is only loosely related to coding - as a couple of generations of CS graduates found out when they got their first jobs.

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

Andy Davies

'an analysis of 705 million lines of code as used by 1,316 enterprise applications carried out by software analysis and measurement firm CAST'

they analysed 705 million lines of code?

no, they didn't.

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

Andy Davies

The US and EU could and should have used the same tactic - after all buyer pressure is part of the free market!

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ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

Andy Davies

Re: We could be in a simulation

A simulation of what?

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Nokia, new CEO Rajeev Suri, and BEELLIONS of euros burning a hole in the bank

Andy Davies

"Nokia...is still viewed as a safe bet by a lot of European pension funds."

Which may go some way to explain why pension funds are no longer viewed as a safe bet by a lot of Europeans!

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Scandal-hit Co-op Bank's CIO hits eject button after one year

Andy Davies

CV to die for!

Coleman became CIO in April 2013, having served briefly as CIO for specialist businesses in the Co-operative Group. Before that, Coleman led IT development at the Nationwide Building Society for nearly three years, and was HBOS's head of IT for eight years

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

Andy Davies

y -

The old 12-sided thruppeny bit broke the centuries old practice of having a coherent set of currency - well three sets if you count gold: copper (bronze), silver (cupronickel) ... and gold.

Coins increased in size related to value and were exactly proportional in weight. Banks supplied bags and 'copper' and 'silver' could all be weighed together. With the new coin they had to introduce a 3d bag. Last time I checked there were bags for copper, 20p, 50p amd £1s.

If the mint want to show off let them introduce a complete coherent range of coinage. There could be a good argument for dropping 1p and 2p altogether?

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

Andy Davies

Re: Suck it, Apple.

yes but!

is it only me that's confused by this 'standard'?

between phones, various sized laptops, cameras and mp3 players I've got at least half a dozen different incompatible micro-USB leads.

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

Andy Davies

Re: It's time for the next step in computer security

Interestingly, Google is dropping support for XMPP on April 1st.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

Andy Davies

What is the Internet of Things, really?

ipv6

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

Andy Davies

Sherlock

Somebody at Boeing been watching a re-run?

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Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

Andy Davies

I'd probably have believed it, if it wasn't Gartner saying it!

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

Andy Davies

Re: Many dimensions

I think that what you are trying to say is: what goes around comes around?

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ICO to focus only on 'serious, repeat' data-protection offenders

Andy Davies

Them as can do IT

Them as can't teach IT

Them as can't teach migrate to semi-IT quangos like the ICO

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How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

Andy Davies

Re: @VernonDozier: What the hell am I reading?

iirc Messrs. Rivest, Shamir & Adelman discovered an encryption method based on the fact that with known methods it takes an infeasible amount of computation to factorise the product of two large primes.

RSA Inc. may have had encryption patents but they weren't on the basic method - even in the USA you can't patent mathematics.

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Andy Davies

Re: unlike in the UK....

... correction: Russia and America saved the world (i.e Europe) some 70 years ago.

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When the lights went out: My 'leccy-induced, bog floor crawling HORROR

Andy Davies

Re: Stars in my Pocket

I've still got the ones I bought from el Reg - only the blue ones ever worked well but they're still going

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Codd almighty! How IBM cracked System R

Andy Davies

You had to be there..

..when you'd learnt to program with flat files and moved on to hierarchical the mental contortions needed to think in relational terms were horrendous. Relational was just not a programmers' way of thinking.

The conversion was worth the effort but I suspect that the success of relational databases wasn't just down to SQL - "Locking and concurrency issues were tackled, too.... the hard problems were: recovery, transaction commit, concurrency control... " it was also the fact these issues had been handled for you, having tried to write recovery logic for a double-chained IBM database system at the beginning of the 70's I have a vague idea just how hard those problems were.

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Three Men in a Tardis

Andy Davies

Is it really 25 years since I sat in the office reading .exe?

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Andy Davies

Re: I would complain if you didn't start at zeroth.

most people think they did.

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Every man, woman and child in the UK paid HP £21 last year

Andy Davies

GPO

So HMG now pay more to BT, which they used to own, than they got when they sold It.

Nice!

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The Schmidt hits the Man: NSA spying on Google servers? 'OUTRAGEOUS!'

Andy Davies
Big Brother

Curiously my emailled link to this article was redirected to a Cisco 'Dangerous Page' warning.

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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

Andy Davies

Time travel

"Time travel the easy way. (We lied, there is no easy way)" - of course there is, I do it all the time: steadily forward at 1 year pa.

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Microsoft covers Brit who penetrated Windows 8.1 with GOLD

Andy Davies

50 posts and no-one admits to not knowing what 'mitigation bypass' means - on a quick check Google doesn't know either!

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

Andy Davies

We never had these problems with EBCDIC - although variable length coding of characters goes back at least as far as Morse code.

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Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

Andy Davies

" basic facts had been left out of the infrastructure, such as the scheduled change to minimum wage"

items like the level of minimum wage aren't part of the infrastructure of an IT system - they're parameters!

AndyD

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Don't get 2e2'd: How to survive when your IT supplier goes titsup

Andy Davies

Re: It can be the simple things ...

then there was a certain Metropolitan Authority that moved its data centre out to cheaper premises in the inner suburbs. No problem, ultra high speed networking from more than one supplier with separately routed triple redundant cabling. Then there was a fire in a super secret WW 2 tunnel under the city. ALL comms cabling was routed through it. Put it down to bad luck - no-one knew, no-one was allowed to know. Mind you I never got a sensible answer from Networks as to why PC's in the new centre couldn't access servers - in the new centre (seems all routings were via the Town Hall).

Same people had earlier installed massive UPS backup, a few years later someone decided to test it - Failure (turns out the batteries were knackered - batteries are consumables not capital items, but these babies would have used up several years total budget). Never mind they said the genny can be started manually, only it couldn't - its battery was knackered and anyway there was no diesel - Health and Safety wouldn't let it be stored on the roof.

Just simple things...

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Huddled immigrant masses face 'British values' quiz

Andy Davies

head honcho at the Migrants' Rights Network, described it as ... "more like an entry examination for an elite public school".

Well he would say that wouldn't he - said Mandy

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Google Doodle honors British bone-finder Mary Leakey

Andy Davies

Leakey sought a divorce from his then-pregnant wife to marry Mary

and from our advanced socio-economic perspective that was obviously OK?

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India's tough hacker crackdown: IT security leaflets with every device

Andy Davies

India

you have all missed the point - this is India: the point of regulations (and there are millions) is so that underpaid jobsworths can go round and confiscate what they fancy and/or get a bung because it's in breach of some rule - last week they were confiscating phones here because they didn't have a best before date.

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€1.5bn swiped from EU cards: Fraud mainly takes place in the US

Andy Davies

I felt sure it would be in the article but it wasn't so:

when all's done we have got

chip & pin

and they have not

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Microsoft snaps up Slingbox mastermind's home control biz for Xbox

Andy Davies

Re: Is it just me...?

Computer control of home appliances has been possible since the IBM PC and earlier. Remote access has been possible since the internet. Cellphone to PC via the internet is fairly trivial, as is cellphone to a tablet equipped with a SIM.

The problem with home automation is and always has been the analogue gear which is disproportionately expensive.

AndyD 8-)#

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World's oldest digital computer successfully reboots

Andy Davies

dekatron

I thought the description of the dekatron sounded familiar - they were used in Coulter Counters (e.g. for counting red blood cells) and were in use certainly in the late 60's

AndyD

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Nationwide to perform IT equivalent of 'replacing jet engine mid-flight'

Andy Davies

realtime

"Mainframes have been processing transactions "realtime" for decades" - yes, I was writing realtime* mainframe stuff in 1966. The problem was never the mainframe it was senior management/beancounters who wouldn't believe a) that a realtime system could provide an 'audit trail' or b) that an audit trail was pretty pointless (which do you believe if there's a discrepancy?).

Transition from mainframes can be done gradually and safely by parallel running e.g. with a dual purpose front end until everyone is convinced the results match.

And SAP may be taking them off mainframe hardware but the whole of SAP is a mainframe design and mindset!

AndyD

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Larry 'Shared databases are crap' Ellison reveals shared Oracle database

Andy Davies

"We own it. We manage it. We upgrade it. You only pay for what you use,"

Who pays the electricity bill?

You can buy perfectly respectable ex-corporate HP and Dell servers on eBay for £20-30 and I used to run a couple for fun (including an Oracle database) but the fun had to stop when I got the electricity bill:it was costing me £30 a month to run £40's worth of server - which is the first nearly convincing argument I've heard for trusting corporate data to the Cloud!

AndyD 8-)#

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Osborne names UK cities to land £100m broadband bonanza

Andy Davies

@Goldmember

Until quite recently the only people who actually lived in the City of Manchester were office caretakers.

Same goes for other big cities.

AndyD 8-)#

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Former Yahoo! Hadoop honcho uncloaks from stealth

Andy Davies

REAL time

Real-time used to mean 'fast enough to affect the process creating the input'. For the process of sifting through our e-dustbins looking for Tesco bills I would think a couple of days is 'real' enough.

AndyD 8-)#

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