* Posts by Richard Wharram

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'International tax' needs reform. Google's chicken bill makes me chuckle – comms guy

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Re: Get rid of corporation tax...

Tremendously poor idea. I can't believe Nigel Lawson talked about doing it.

Would it just be retail sales? In that case manufacturers would pay nothing?

If its all sales between companies then it would put products with a long supply-chain at a tremendous disadvantage and have perverse effects on how things get made.

If the tax could be passed between companies to get round the above then how does it differ from VAT?

Some businesses are high-volume and low-margin. They'd be fucked. How would it differentiate?

There's a reason we tax profit rather than revenue and just because there are some drawbacks to this model doesn't mean we should throw it away in favour of something clearly worse.

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Two-thirds of Android users vulnerable to web history sniff ransomware

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Your Family?

And their daughter?

Are you from Norfolk?

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Hacker crew hits Uyghur, Tibet campaigns: Who is Scarlet Mimic's backer...

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Uyghur?

Sorry. I just kept thinking of this guy:

http://hokuto.wikia.com/wiki/Uighur

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

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Murdoch influence?

Tying up a Sky competitor in legal wrangles?

Shirley Knott?

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Re: Sheffield University: Tough on facts; Tough on the causes of Facts.

Great title. Have a rep :)

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Re: University of Sheffield

Frog and Parrot was it? Used to serve Roger and Out. Strongest beer in the world at the time ('92-ish.)

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University of Sheffield

Unfortunately my old Uni always seems to be behind these temperance campaigns such as this and minimum alcohol pricing.

I am sorry :(

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UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

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Re: Blank media?

Onedrive? Dropbox?

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Blank media?

Does this even apply to anything people still use or is it just tremendous navel-gazing?

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Robots. Machine learnin', 3D-printin' AI robots: They'll take our jobs – Davos

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Re: DAVOS

Me too. Spooky.

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Cops stuff Mumbai thief with 48 bananas

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Ripe or green?

I thought that bananas were only laxative once a good proportion of the starch had ripened to sugar.

Warrants further research in my opinion.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: A force for good – if done right?

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Re: Alternatively...

They did know it was going on (the top few) and expressed concern but were gagged. However they did the decent thing of blocking the Snooper's Charter. That puts them leagues above the Tories and Labour in my eyes.

Pity they elected Tim Farron though. He's a cock :(

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Catalan town hall seriously downsizes monarch

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Re: Inheritance

Two quibbles.

Firstly "should have" not "should of".

Secondly the Spanish Monarchy has a history of being anything but chinless. See Charles I and Habsburg Jaw.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prognathism#Mandibular_prognathism_.28progenism.29

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Did North Korea really just detonate a hydrogen bomb? Probably not

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Re: The UN SC should task China with removing the North Korea's monarchy

China can't just march into NK and take it over. Nobody wants the Chinese and US armies to be sat either side of a land border.

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Fans demand 'Lemmium' periodic table tribute

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Re: Yes, we do know why.,,,

Myth.

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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F35b

I wrote to my MP about the rip-off catapult-fitting cost quote but got fobbed off with a standard non-reply.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

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I can live with most of the changes but...

...the big "Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!" had already spoiled Darth Vader as a character at the end of episode 3. To then cut and paste it into ROTJ as well was pure vandalism.

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

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Re: Who moved my cheese

Well I know that obviously. I thought maybe you meant a specific reference this episode.

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Re: Who moved my cheese

McGann hybrid?

I thought I'd watched it. Did I miss everything?

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Re: Rassilon?

Yep. Admittedly my attention-span is limited these days but I thought Rassilon was long dead.

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Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

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Re: Bring back Clara!

Its fan service. I seem to remember Nyssa's last episode had some too.

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UK cyber-spy law takes Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance – and sets them in stone

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Re: Section 62 b.

I think that bit relates to Facebook, Whatsapp etc as CSP more than ISPs as CSPs.

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Joke

Storage costs

Can't the ISPs just open a OneDrive account for it all?

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Oracle: Fight for the right to be third to Amazon's AWS

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That's not quite how Oracle will gain a foothold

Not by IaaS or even PaaS or nifty DB offerings in the cloud. That's just playing the same game as Amazon and Microsoft. They won't catch up that way.

They will gain traction though with their huge array of applications. They can carry on winning huge RFPs with large enterprises and get them hosted in their cloud. From there, with such a large investment already in Oracle's cloud, putting other stuff alongside it starts to make sense.

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

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Encryption

Encryption might not have made any difference. If they just used SQL to query the data out of the database then it doesn't matter if it was encrypted at rest or if the channels the data travelled over were encrypted.

Allowing SQL injection usually means you developed your website in an old framework that didn't block it by default (like classic ASP or early versions of RoR) or that your devs over-rode the defaults to make their code easier. Also that you didn't run any number of automated pen-test tools against the site. Or that you ignored the results if you did.

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Experts ponder improbable size of Cleopatra's asp

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Re: Slapper?

Pretty / Not Pretty...

Have you seen the Ptolemaic family-tree?

It's a wonder she didn't have 17 fingers and one, gigantic, eye.

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HTC's new One A9 will gulp Android updates days after Nexus mobes

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Call the lawyers!

Bloody hell that looks like an iPhone :)

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Walmart to open-source its cloud-hopping code

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Ah...

So it happened then? :)

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HP creates laptop for SITH LORDS

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Re: If they really want to create an evil laptop

Vista?

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Bezos' BAN-HAMMER batters Chromecast, Apple TV

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Re: Re:

And still I can't find Ulysses 31 anywhere :(

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Twin Peaks too

As above.

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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Re: Pretty sure...

Tron was done on a Foonly was it not?

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Massive global cooling process discovered as Paris climate deal looms

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Re: VOCs

All gloss does that doesn't it? If not, where do I buy such wonder-gloss?

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Hands on with Google's Nexus 5X, 6P Android Marshmallow mobes

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Marshmallow

Is this the long-promised version that lets SD cards act as main-storage for apps so the OS doesn't just fill the device storage and leave the SD card empty?

Obviously that won't make any difference to Nexus devices but its worth asking...

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

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Well, certainly not before meals.

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A conjoiner drive

Obviously.

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German regulator sets VW deadline

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Re: Refund

There's no way drivers would know it didn't meet the pollution specification of the product.

If it is recalled for modification and then doesn't meet the performance / economy specification then I have to re-accept the item. Under the Sale of Goods Act I should reasonably expect my item to meet its specification for 5 or 6 years (don't remember exactly.)

A 1080p telly which became 480p after three years and didn't advertise the fact at point of sale would be a breach of the act :)

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Refund

I got downvoted last time I said it but bring it on. If VW sold me a car that is going to be crippled from the specs I paid for I want my money back.

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Tits and ads: Malware-riddled banners stiff X-rated websites

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People still use IE?

Mind boggled.

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

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Re: Political nukes

And yet China can build Nuclear Power Stations on time and to budget. France is still reaping the rewards of their programme both in terms of cost-effective stable supply and low per-person CO2 emissions.

It wasn't just hard greens who were uncomfortable with nuclear power. Since the fifties there's been a general increase in the population of sciencey-things-are-scary. Noone has had the political will to change that since the 80s.

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Really wish I'd known all this before I got two diesel VAG cars

So my cars are only fuel-efficient and low-CO2 because they spew out asthma. I didn't know this :(

Whilst I disagree with the depiction of CO2 as not being a problem I completely agree that more should have been done on nuclear. Politicians just didn't want to upset those whose opinions were set against it. Greens, Ex-CND, new-agers, natural-born-fretters etc...

Petrol or electric for my next car once I've absorbed the inevitable depreciation of my current ones :/

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Anthropology boffins solve 9,000-year-old headless body cold case

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Re: Impossible

OMG, then I'm a heretic. Burn me!

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Impossible

Decapitations before the universe was created??

Devilry!

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We saw the future: Apart from the bath apps it looks like the past

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Re: I used to love tech...

It's an LED with some glass around it. Why? Why make something modern look like something old that only looked like that due to technical limitations?

Why not take a modern 4K monitor panel and stick it in a ginormous CRT housing and pop a couple of sand-bags in for an authentic feel? Would that also be cool?

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NOxious Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal: Chief falls on sword

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Refund

Where do I apply?

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Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER

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Bank Shareholders

They may not have been wiped out but speaking as an HBOS shareholder they reduced from a 'nice little sum' to 'kids pocket money.'

As was perfectly correct. The bank failed. Shareholders lost money.

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

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Re: Diesel A3

Because of its placement in the engine (underneath? I dunno) they have to take the whole engine out. Its not a serviceable part. Presumably it was thought that it would last the life of the engine. As it was it clogged up at 41,000 miles.

/edit: Also they don't just clean it. They replace it with a modified part.

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Diesel A3

My 2011 1.6 TDI A3 failed due to EGR valve clogging. It seems like (purely from browsing the web, no figures to back this) this is quite common and Audi wanted to charge me over a grand for the privilege (I argued them down.)

After the 'fix' my MPG now seems a lot lower. Common theme?

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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

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Defence of Colin Baker

I really liked where he tried to take the character. Sure he was still quirky (and was made to wear a fucking stupid suit by the Beeb) but he was also a bit ruthless when needed and other-worldly. In some ways the only Dr to try to hark back to Hartnell (vaguely.)

Unfortunately this was, in-the-main, the nadir of the beeb's effort towards Dr Who. There were a few good serials but most were fucking terrible :) Not really Colin's fault though.

Same with Sylvester but personally I wasn't as interested in the new direction of the character. Mostly clowny but with a subtle darkness underneath. Mmm, interesting but subtlety can get missed on a kids show.

Anyway, I voted for Eccleston. Just didn't strike me as Dr Who. Might have voted for Smith but I've slept through so many of his eps I don't really know.

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IoT/BYOD Topic of the Week: Which Channel 5 news minx was HOTTEST?

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Pole?

*chortle*

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