* Posts by Mark 65

2605 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

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There's no bad news for me about HGST until the Backblaze figures start changing. At this point they are head and shoulders above.

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I used to have a WD green drive. The 'green' controller part shat itself just after 12 months or so of ownership. When you tried accessing the data it used to spin up, and then down, then up, and then down. Took several days to get data off that hadn't been duplicated - online isn't a backup after all. I have never bought one of their 3.5s ever again. HGST only thanks. Never had a problem with their portable 1TB or 2TB external units on the other hand.

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Cryptography vs. bigotry: The debate Australia needs to have

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Re: What evidence do you have?

Surely nothing "of itself" will stop terror attacks? Kind of a hollow burned out straw-man.

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Yep, you got data retention and site blocking. Neither of which work on my VPN. Stupid people set stupid agendas, nothing changes in politics.

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Simon, debates about crypto can be whatever puppet politicians and ill-informed electorates allow them to be. The genie, however, will not go back into the bottle.

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HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

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Re: How hard can it be?

@d3vy: From memory, depending on how hard you push the boundaries, typical tax yield from contract income (going back a few years) is 15-35% with 35% being damn safe (i.e. you get 1 - tax yield in your pocket). Not 40% by any means. Whether it affects your personal income tax or not is irrelevant as we are comparing the spend of pre-taxation money versus post taxation money i.e. £1 vs down to £(1-0.35). The money you'd have to spend personally (rather than corporately) to get the ticket is money taken out of the company remember, and that gets taken out after personal tax is paid as well as corporation tax.

Still, I consider the perks of pre-tax travel to be minor compared to redundancy, pension provision, holidays etc etc. If permies think contractors have it so damned easy and it's such a life of coke, hookers, and unicorn tears then perhaps they should STFU and try it.

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Re: HMRC = Ignore ethe big guys

I think this bit

Most contractors were likely to be caught by a 'supervision, direction or control' test, according to the feedback.

Catches just about everyone doing anything. I provide direction and supervision of tradies working on my property but I'm pretty sure they're not my employees. Engaged by me for a project, yes, but not employed as such.

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US govt is in, EFF told to take a hike in post-Safe Harbor wrangling over privacy and EULAs

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Hmmm

The imposition of restrictions on the transfer of such data would have potentially considerable adverse effects on EU-US commerce and could affect US companies significantly.

Sorry Judge, that problem is not yours to consider or worry about. Is what they are doing within the law or not, that is and should be your only concern. Another fucking lap-dog.

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If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

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Re: re: Neoc: No, no, nope.

if you're on a 2 week road trip, you won't want to occasionally check with your house and verify everything is good? maybe look at your security cameras, verify the temp/humidity is in range, etc?

Same way I access my computers from outside - VPN back into your own network. It can be done by phone, tablet, or PC. Then you use the App, web page or whatever control mechanism as if you are on your home computer. That particular access problem was solved a long time ago.

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UK 'emergency' bulk data slurp permissible in pursuit of 'serious crime'

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Re: Exactly what defines 'serious crime'?

What defines serious crime you ask? Crime >= dog shit and dodgy parking.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: A legal work around?

Moral: Do your own encryption.

Not in the literal sense hopefully. Use something like gpg but certainly never "your own encryption".

The whole thing is just mouth flapping nonsense from people who have zero understanding of IT.

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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@DAnny 14: +1 for the F18s, the fact they should have been nuclear powered, and fitted with catapults so we didn't need the shithouse version of the F35 if we eventually went that way. One of those carriers full of F18s would be good enough. I'd even go as far as to say we could have bought French carrier fighters or Russian ones but there's no US pork in those deals.

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Re: Female Privilege

I wonder if Hillary got off because Bill splashed out on an expensive lawyer?

I see what you did there. No, not you Bill.

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Re: Wrong type of privilege

I've seen others use the term "Just Us" Department for the DoJ, as in "this rule applies to just us and not you"

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Gigabyte BIOS blight fright: Your megabytes’ rewrite plight in the spotlight

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Re: Lazy or Paid Off

I used to think incompetence now I've started to think "never attribute to incompetence that which can be attributed to a TLA"

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My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN

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Re: Ha ha

"No. Not on the table right now. " TFTFY.

Wait until the Yanks get involved and see where negotiations go, because they will be getting involved like it or not. I doubt there'll be much punishment and more likely an agreement that the UK was always a "special case" as it was never really "in" what with all its concessions, hence no need to disincentivise other countries who have the issue of the common currency to get past and whom are a different kettle of fish entirely. When it comes down to it this will be a tripartite deal between UK, Germany, and the US.

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Re: From the 27

@Potemkine: Let's see how the EU goes long term shall we? Not looking too financially stable at present. Germany bankrolls it. Italy needs to bail out the banks again. All looking shaky now another net contributor disappears.

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Liberal Party of Australia: why are you paying so much for ancient software?

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Re: Outdated?

I can think of one reason - because it'll be a pain in the arse to support. VB6 was always a bit of a c*nt to deploy and I'm pretty sure that nowadays nobody wants to drag their CV that far backwards to take on a support contract unless it is at exorbitant prices. So few people are able to support it (plenty think they can code VB, less know of its myriad of shitty bits) and less would want to go back to doing it. Quite aptly for the Liberals this would then be the 1% of the 1%.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: "A UK citizen is a UK citizen irrespective of how long they've been out of the country. "

Oh how I wish you were right. But Parliament has already made UK citizenship (and hence EU citizenship as well) revocable at the whim of the civil service. Source? I was reading my UK citizenship papers (not quite there yet) a few weeks ago.

That's for someone becoming one. If your family has a long history of being British and you were born in Britain to British parents (non-naturalised) then I think there's fuck all chance of that being revoked. Those laws apply to people that come in, get citizenship, then commit crimes etc. IANAL.

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Re: Anti-democratic?

If leavers are so confident in the result they would jump at a second chance to prove that is still the will of the people.

Nice strawman you have there, be a shame if it were to catch fire.

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Re: Anti-democratic?

@45RPM and any others of the same mindset: If you don't want to change anything because you are not happy with the margin of victory then you will forever be stuck with the status quo. It is a deliberately artificial hurdle to get your own way. What's your threshold? 66%? 75%? What if 65.9% voted to Leave, should they be ignored? It was a clear difference. Ignore the percentages, 1m more people voted to leave than to remain so just get over it. It is done.

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I keep hearing people saying the Remain camp lost or that they are sore losers.

This shows a deep lack of understanding of the impact of the result (assuming parliament acts on it): regardless of how we voted in the referendum we are either *all* losers or we are *all* winners.

Looking at the state of sterling, the FTSE250, the FTSE100, the increased cost of government borrowing due to our credit rating down grades, the sudden realisation that not only were the leave campaign lying about this mythical £350 million/week, but also what they planned to spend it it on, the back pedaling on immigration/free movement, and the fact that the remaining goverment leadership wants us to remain members of the single market with no longer any influence over its rules (what's that I hear you say about regaining sovereignty? Sorry not even that!) (not that actually we'd lost it in the first place, so it's actually very easy to argue that Brexit reduces our sovereignty), it looks increasingly like we *all* lost.

You are looking far too short term my friend. Any decision like this is strictly a long game which is why anyone predicting we would be worse off ad infinitum is full of shit.

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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There's a difference between regular Americans and the ones who get on American TV.

Don't forget the ones you get in politics too. Truly special form of citizen that they are (in most countries) - fuck the country up and generally get paid for life.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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They played the all-things-to-all-men game brilliantly while Remain simply forgot about the EU and concentrated on telling us that Leave were liars and scoundrels.They played the all-things-to-all-men game brilliantly while Remain simply forgot about the EU and concentrated on telling us that Leave were liars and scoundrels.

If the benefits of staying in the EU were so clear and so numerous it may have paid for the Remain camp to tell us what that are rather than adopt the "sky will fall in" tactic. People do not like chicken little campaigning as it smacks of desperation and I believe it's part of the British psyche to rebel against foreign leaders (Obama et al), big business and the 1% telling us we shouldn't do something as if we're naughty children. Treat people like idiots and that's how they'll end up making you look.

I think Remain should have been able to win but that their campaign was full of contempt for the common man and it cost them dearly.

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Re: It was a very, very close decision...

Those that couldn't be bothered were, by implication, OK with the status quo.

Errr, no. Not at all. Those that didn't vote clearly didn't give a shit either way else they would have gotten off of their arses.

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> The Remain portion of the campaign/political class has no mandate

Which, given the fact that it's about 80% of the MPs in Parliament, is unfortunate..

Which goes to show how out of touch they were with the people they represent, which is kind of where all these issues started.

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Israeli researcher fans fears: here's another way to cross the airgap

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As in his previous work, an attacker needs to be able to infect the target to plant the badware that gathers (for example) passwords from the keyboards and put that data into a modulated fan signal.

His definition of crossing the air-gap must differ from mine. If you can infect the target at the level necessary to perform the subsequent leak then I'd argue there isn't really a proper air-gap there. Some fuckwit plugging shit into a machine that can infect it isn't really air-gapped it just doesn't have a network connection and, to my mind, that isn't the same thing.

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

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Re: Murphy's Rule of Personal Data

Once they have your personal information, they will ignore laws and EULAs and exploit it at will.

Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission

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Man dies after UK police Taser shooting

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Re: From The Independent newspaper:

But to answer your post seriously an ambulance crew's first reaction on being called to a man going bezerk with a knife is supposed to be to run away ("stand off") and wait for Police help.

...wherein they are no longer required and the coroner is called.

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Re: TASER < baton

Generally TASER preferred to baton if available due to no long-term injuries.

Death is generally considered long-term

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

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Re: Case sensitive for now

Talk about adding 2 to 2 and getting 5. The lack of [fact checking] around here is getting beyond a bit daft.

Yeah, but look at how many comments it garnered.

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Liberal MPs paid AU$2,500 a YEAR to donor for electoral software licences

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What can it buy?

A mere 0.5 Bronwyn Bishop preferred method of transport journeys

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Some Department of Commerce weather alert systems use Fortran

There aren't that many COBOL and Fortran programmers left, and no one is learning those languages these days

Also worth noting that Fortran tends to be taught as the programming language of choice to physics undergraduates - apparently it's quite popular in that area - it has an international standards body and is targeted at scientists. It is also pretty damn fast (http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sp/2014/870146/abs/) and, to emphasise a point made above, it is used for large numerical calculations (http://www.moreisdifferent.com/2015/07/16/why-physicsts-still-use-fortran/)

In the field of high performance computing (HPC), of which large scale numerical simulation is a subset, there are only two languages in use today — C/C++ and “modern Fortran” (Fortran 90/95/03/08).

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Snowden: NBN leaker raids a 'misuse' of Australian Federal Police

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Re: Snowden isn't an academic by any means.

@ Aodhhan: university education or not, he's a damn site more eloquent, articulate and intelligent than you are. Not everyone wants or needs to piss 10s of thousands of dollars against the wall for a think by numbers university education. If he doesn't have one then he's demonstrated they really aren't all that necessary these days. Some of the World's larger employers are starting to see it that way too.

You might also want to note in your empty headed rant that one of his major points is the shithouse and missing legislation that enables the political classes to shit on anyone at any time in Australia. The gist being that, even if it's meaningless, the US still has controlling legislation versus the Australian free-for-all.

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Re: What Snowden misses

and in true State of Origin competitive fervour NSW don't look like they want to lose out to their northern competitors.

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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Re: Corporate networks decrypt SSL

HTTPS everywhere and SSL observatory, courtesy of EFF. Always be wary of free wifi - I certainly wouldn't use it unless I was using laptop with a Live CD due to the possibility of malware let alone MITM. Plenty are poorly setup, maintained and secured. Think of using it as being like having unprotected nooky. You may get away with it quite a lot, but then again....

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Queen’s Speech: Digital Bill to tackle radicalisation, pirates

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Re: That's just cover

The only thing that changes here is what a Judge can determine at the end of a trial, after the jury has returned a guilty verdict. A Judge is still free to determine what ever sentence he sees fit, but it can't be longer than 10 years.

What twaddle. If the ceiling is raised from 2 to 10 years then Judges are going to use that extra headroom - they certainly aren't going to keep giving out no more than 2 years are they? This law change has bullying and usage creep written into it.

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Re: Still might be a tad excessive

Where do you get the idea that this is about big media. The biggest losses are from small creators. Big media suffer loses but not on the same scale. Small creators are looking to sell stuff to large publishers, large publishers reduce the amount they are willing to pay because of piracy.

Large publishers reduce the amount they are willing to pay because they are greedy bastards and hold all the power in the relationship. Piracy is neither here nor there - you cannot count piracy as lost sales because the vast majority simply are not.

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Re: Still might be a tad excessive

In general I believe that financial crimes should carry a custodial sentence for the more serious ones and financial penalties with asset seizure for the whole spectrum. i.e. you shouldn't be able to commit a £1m fraud and get 6 months and/or £100k fine, it should be £1m forfeiture + £100k fine + custodial as appropriate.

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Re: Rhubarb

Yep. Saw this line

“Nobody’s going to go after a teenager in their bedroom, unless that teenager is operating a serious scale pirate site. Just as with physical goods, nobody goes after the small fry.”

and remembered that what it really means is that if you run a search site that allows people to locate links to content but host no content yourself then you'll get 10 years unless of course your search site is called Google.

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YouTube Red comes to Australia

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Who'd pay $12 per months for that shite?

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Australian Greens don't believe Silicon Valley can save the world

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Here at El Reg we think his remarks about technology are far more dangerous, because as we all know Big Data and the Blockchain will revolutionise everything, more or less instantly, so that the Internet of Soil becomes a reality and deals with that depletion problem.

Everyone knows the soil needs electrolytes, stupid.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

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Sizzles I think you misunderstood me. When I say pre unity I am talking about why use mint vs Ubuntu and the chief reason was installed codecs out of the box - it just worked. Post unity, and without codecs, the chief selling point is just it doesn't have unity. They are undermining their advantages.

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And there was me thinking that, pre unity, the shipping of a distribution complete with working codecs was always one of its main plus points. What is there now but "it doesn't have Unity"? (I'm presuming it will end up with Systemd)

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Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet

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Stamford

He likely left without a degree because he isn't that smart but having a billionaire or powerful daddy gets you into any U.S. university. GW Bush and Yale?

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Re: To be fair...

Perhaps you didn't notice the scuffle in the Balkans? The odd touch of genocide occurring on the EU's doorstep? Strictly speaking not the EU but pretty much Europe. If you're basically stating that the Germans haven't started another war then you've obviously missed the economic and political colonisation that's been going on. They just got a bit smarter over how they ended up ruling Europe - why use tanks when politics and promises will suffice.

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Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

The bit I find amusing about the Remain camp's campaign is when they talk about things being so much worse if we leave. They obviously don't realise that, if their points are true, then we are screwed either way. Do they seriously think that if the UK votes to remain then everything will be as it was before? No, the EU will push even harder on the UK to integrate and it will have little ability to refuse as Dave gained no ground in his negotiations and the populous would have just voted that they prefer being in the EU. There's no way the EU will let the UK piss about on the periphery after this very public event.

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A modest proposal: dump the NBN mess on Telstra

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Re: Speed tiers killed FTTP

Well Mathew only 7% on FTTN are choosing 100Mbps would that be becuase they are unable to receive such a speed.

That's more likely because of:

1. Poor backbone infrastructure struggling to serve the speed

2. Shit links off the rock. If there's poor links to the rest of the world then your speed matters less. I'm starting to struggle to saturate my 30Mbps cable connection, so why try for 100?

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Review legacy code: Waking dragons is risk worth taking, says Trainline ops head

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Another day...

...another DevOps puff piece.

My grandad always used to say that if something needs that much advertising it can't be that good.

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