* Posts by Barry Mahon

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EU U-turns on mobile roaming fees: No 90-day cap after all

Barry Mahon

Why "go up" ? If they have any sense they will market their cheapness and pocket the extra revenue.

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Irish Olympics' officials digital devices seized in Rio

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Re: Irish hospitality: A thousand welcomes (at the same mark-up)

Why anonymous? However, quite correct. Typical behaviour, not just the "elite" dishonesty is par for the course. Hickey is a typical example, I've got the foreman's job, I am untouchable, I'll abuse my position, I'll look after you, 'cos I can and you will be beholden to me.

Well taught, his buddy in the Olympic Council of Ireland, and heir apparent, is the CEO of the Football Assoc of Ireland.

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Breach-tastic Irish civil service payroll system facing audit

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Knowing the sort of people, training and processes involved, the people concerned were unaware of the DPC or the rules.

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Friends with benefits: A taxing problem for Ireland in a post-Brexit world

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Re: Irish citizens have special status??

Reversion may be possible, but, IMO, to avoid issues with the ROi/NI border, some sort of fudge will be created, but in no hurry.

The original free travel concept was the result of a decision in London, before Ireland obtained independence, because issuing passports to all the Irish in the UK at the time was too expensive and open to avoidance.

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E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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Re: Not translaed into English

Sorry to bother you, and prick your balloon, but, officially, English is the language used by other EU member states. While I won't be sorry if UK pick up their ball(s) and leave the pitch on Thursday, the UK does not own the English language.

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France POPs €800k fine on 'illegal taxi service' Uber's windshield

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My question about all shapes and colours of "sharing" is does normal car insurance cover it, my feeling is no. If you are a signed up sharing service driver what or who do you pay? Assuming it is your personal car, do you need to tell your insurer?

My experience, in France and elsewhere, on weekend nights, is that you get ordinary cars stopping to pick you up. Opportunism.

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Ireland's hefty data industry demands equally big industry cop

Barry Mahon

The regulation is more in theory than in practice. That is the way they sell it to the big data clients. In due course, spurred by DRI, a case or cases will arise and then shit will hit fan.

OTOH annother reason they are there is, apparently, the weather..... nice and cool, lower energy costs.

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Ireland handed another $100m by Silicon Valley for startups' handout

Barry Mahon

Any more sour grapes?

I note the piece is unsigned, why?

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Ireland's tax arrangements are as clear as a pint of Guinness

Barry Mahon

Ye see, It helps Ireland have the highest "growth" rate in EU. In fact this is generated by the multinationals, ergo, carry on. In reality as a poster earlier said, the residents don't get any advantage. It is called fiscal competitivity.

BTW, if I was presented with that pint I'd say "put a bit of a head on it" the photographer doesn't drink stout!

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Apple will be grilled by Irish National Planning Board over €850m data centre plan

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Regarding empty industrial estates. Presumably Apple's argument is that they want the centre to be in a place with a "good" environment, cool, damp, etc., diffuses the heat. OTOH there are lots of data centres in Ireland because of its damp, cool, climate.

In Ireland, Apple is god, so, planning will be given.

Recent figures show that, even with the tax fiddles, 80% of corporation tax is contributed by non-national entities.

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Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown

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WTF?

I se the Gregorian calendar has been reintroduced, today is now April 1.

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Irish mum coughs to children's allowance fiddle

Barry Mahon

In an interview for a business mag in March '16 she says she moved her family to Oz......

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Re: Just following corporate policies

Crap, she was surely paid allowances for child care while she was away, if not what sort of sh**s are MS. Anyway, where was the report that her child care was in Ireland, they may have been with family. Chilrens alliowance is a controversial payment, there is no assessment of need, everyone who has kids gets it, regardless of income, and it is non taxable.

Her case is typical of a basic level of dishonesty in Ireland. There is still a culture which treats the government as the enemy, so ripping it off is ok.

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

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Re: False

Thanks, so it would appear you are a paper submitter? The real issue with OA reluctance is a thing called "impact factor" which was originally created as a mathematical calculation based on citations, but is now treated as a publicity element for the "quality" of a journal.

It MIGHT be useful but impact doesn't take into account articles which describe basic technques, for example. These articles are quoted by everybody who uses the same technique, thereby increasing the impact factor. The article may not be about the same subject as the original, only using the same technique.

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Re: False

Thanks Anonymous Coward - just carry on being anonymous. If you really believed that rant why not say who you are??

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Former Intel CEO Andy Grove dies, aged 79

Barry Mahon

In the early days Intel made digital watches. I was part of a company which marketed them. If I recall properly they had an intel processor and add on display from Taiwan.

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So where has the legal 'right' to 10Mbps broadband gone?

Barry Mahon

Re: I have 2Mbit down and about 700K up

Me too, but I actually get >5 most of the time, in a small rural village 60km from Marseille. Whilst it was a joke not so long ago, the policy decisions made about telecoms in france revolutionised it. France Telecom itself, the incumbent, was required to offer access to exchanges and inter-exchange links. It was made to create a sales subsidiary, Orange, to sell their services.

The only downside now is that as prices fall there is consolidation, possibly leading to less competition. OTOH, French legal structures prevent monooly or near monopoly suppliers making agreements to restrict access/services.

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'Contractual barriers' behind geo-blocking could breach EU rules

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Re: I live in France...

VPN??

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Irish shun beer, whiskey in favour of … wine

Barry Mahon

All terribly funny. However, alcohol related violence, illness, anti-social behaviour and the like have been increasing too.

Where is the glamour in getting rat arsed on17 March??

BTW, I am Oirish, not anti alcohol, just not stupid, I hope.

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European Patent Office extends olive branch to furious trade unions

Barry Mahon

Recall that this DG had his term extended in '14. Why?

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Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

Barry Mahon

Long ago I advised organisations who had bought Autonomy but who couldn't make it work. I think HP bought it on the same basis as many of my clients. Problem was that, in believing what they they were told, HP paid way over the odds. HP has absolutely no idea what they buying Autonomy for. Their then CEO thought they should get into the integrated solutions space, but didn't know which one.

As usual, the lawyers will win.

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IRA’s former political wing takes aim at Apple over back tax

Barry Mahon

If you have a look at Joe Fay's previous writings you have to say wtf does he know about SF/Irish politics/Inward investment/Tax competition, etc.

The policy that allows the tax nonsense has been criticised for ever, but it has created a base of small, smart, businesses. That isn't a bad divvie.

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The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

Barry Mahon

Bugger that, I move about quite a lot, but my Netflix is treated as where I pay the fee..... that is just not fair. Haven't tried for a week or so but it was working over VPN last time.

BTW, I am delighted that the Reg has commented on there, their, they're, etc. It irritates the hell out of me, but don't want to be seen as a fussy old bugger. Thanks Reg. However, as someone who lives ina lot of places where English is not the local language, it can be a problem. OTOH they don't teach spelling any more, do they?

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

Barry Mahon

Plenty of possibilities to use satellites to sniff. Probably already done, hence White House suggestion it wasn't H. Everything that everybody says is filtered from their informatin collection methods or is deliberate fudge.

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Got a Nexus? Google has five critical Android security fixes for you

Barry Mahon

Wel bully for you. My Nexus 9 still says the security update is 2015 and the update says it was checked this morning

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Uber fined $150,000 and forced to embarrass itself by French court

Barry Mahon

As I said, earlier, not evident how to deal with it. OTOH it could stop exploitation by capitalist cab owning outfits, but OTOH it effects one man band owners. Obviously, specific insurance cover, to protect other drivers, if for no other reason.

Two possibilities, Uber required to used "semi licensed" drivers, using their own car at certain (busy) times, insured to do so.

Or, specific law allowing ride sharing for example gettting to work, already a widespread.activity, no money transacted, turn and turn about, and banning all other forms?

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Barry Mahon

Can this not be sorted by the insurance? As it stands it seems to be a lawyers wet dream.

Collecting money from a passenger is surely a breach of oneˋs insurance policy, if it specifies you are not authorised to ply for hire?

Equally being signed up with an Uber like service can be a breach?

OK, only effective if an insurance issue arises, but could be at least an off putter?

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

Barry Mahon

Re: James 51

Schrems argued with the Irish DC that he hadn't agreed that Faeces,... could send on his data.The ECJ said ok, maybe, it depends on the smaller print, BUT, the general shopping bag that the EC agreed with the USA has no right to be assumed as the carte blanche, that is the crux. It would not be so bad if we hadn't learned from Snowden and the post 9/11 stuff in the patriot act, etc., what the US could/would do with the data.

I would never agree that the EU/EC has any interest in protecting any of us, they are driven by pols. We on the other hand have an interest, or some do, and Schrems has provided a better mousetrap.

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Duncan Campbell: GCHQ and me and a roomful of Reg readers

Barry Mahon

Good on ye Dunc

After 40+ years the only thing one can say is that he has balls.... and he needs them. I first heard him speak about 30 years ago, and was so impressed I've followed him ever since.

The most upsetting part is that despite his fortitude and the revelations it just gets worse, Snowden reveals just how bad.

There was a young guy in NZ who was on the Echelon thing too, got published finally by a "grey power" outfit after the spooks tried to lock him up.

I suppose the only saving grace is that the ECJ threw out the EU's attempt to make it even worser!!

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

Barry Mahon

Grand, so those who snoop got bitten in the bum. The likely reaction? not much, can you imagine the I told you so.... where do you start the complete rewrite?

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My life under Estonia's digital government

Barry Mahon

Very interesting, shows what a proper policy and safeguards can achieve. I was there on an IT project just a few months after the Russkies left. The Minister of Comms was an older person but his son, a 20something, was already writing the plan that has led to where they are now.

Comments are also good, shows that there can be a proper overall confidence in systems.

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

Barry Mahon

Despite all the crap about self publicist O'Conner, doesn't the whole affair indicate the precarity of modern comms? Looking at the tv footage the "victorian tunnel" where it happened is a shambles of cabling with multiplr fibre trunks mixed up with electric cables of doubtful vintage. The police have prohibited anyone else from going in while they "investigate" Makes one wonder were MIx involved, there is likely to have been defence/security/intelligence traffic passing through.

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EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking

Barry Mahon

Re: Irrelevant and unhelpful?

There is also the rayban case, selling them from Romania. The single market principle has been progressively eroded over the years by the ECJ. Goes well with the Monbiot article in today's Guardian.

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Cheers! .Irish drinks to St Patrick's Day

Barry Mahon

I'm Irish and not proud of our image, even though it may be justified.

However, I was just wondering was there a .oirish domain, for those who can neithr speak nor spell properly?

Happy St. Patricks day.

Barry

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

Barry Mahon

Wrong Universe

I have fallen in to an other Universe, haven't I?

What is UKIP? don't bother to explain.

Why is the reference to a paywalled article, never heard of Open Access??

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

Barry Mahon

EPG is slow to load

.... especially if your trying to get the Cheltenham races in December.... ;)

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

Barry Mahon

FFS, could you not find anything MORE (eye wateringly) expensive and BIG??

I noticed most of the comments are from nerds, what the f do they ever watch? Aren't they too busy adding on new pieces of kit?

Anyway, TVs are past their prime, aren't they?

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

Barry Mahon

Couple or three of things:-

1. Rodez, have a look at the map, yes NE of Toulouse but.... 'near' ??

2. Fixed cameras in France are marked about 200m before by a triangle with an R in it.

3. Speed limit warnings are fitted in French GPS units, about 500m round the location.

Slow down and, better, rostbifs, don't drive in France, vote UKIP.

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How many telecoms firms left in Europe? Another mega-billion deal slated in France

Barry Mahon

Has to happen

Quite, but, the original method of deregulation in France means the basic network of France Telecom was opened to competition, so, rural areas, for example, didn't have the problem of being uninteresting to the big players. The use of 'adsl nude' as a method of making copper wire available to all operators has created a proper environment. Inevitably, the marketplace will reduce, thats the Thatcher legacy. It has happened elsewhere, look at the beer market.

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Breaking records: Google exec in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA

Barry Mahon

Roswell eh?

Now, are we sure of this story? Did he really go up in a balloon or.... did he arrive from space? after all he is announced as a Google Veep....

He's now in site 39 or wherever, with the other aliens, holding a board meeting with other Google veeps.

Next, google extraterr, a method of selling ads to people in outer space, first clients, the ISS, then Voyager.

BTW, my comment posting page says I can stay visible with google ads, so, The Reg is signed up...

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Snowden leaks latest: BT, Vodafone, Verizon jack GCHQ into undersea fiber

Barry Mahon

Presumably BT et al are paid to provide the links, its business. The law that governs them makes it obligatory for them to do what they are told in the name of state security. At the time of the famous Falklands BT, the then monopoly, supplied a complete private exchange service to the military within 72 hours. Nothing has changed.

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Barry Mahon

Yes we did, Duncan Cambell then writing for the Specator, I think, exposed the whole GCHQ/Menwith/satellite scanning, stuff years ago and still does, Google him... it will probably mean you are on a black list somewhere, like our friend the "don't care" poster, you're innocent, aren't you?

Of course Menwith was part of a programme to listen in the the IRA, that was justified, wasn't it? Probably served to catch the Birmingham 4.

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Barry Mahon

Snowden's "company" is the gov., they make up the laws, so they decide what is a crime. The NSA's ass is well covered.

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Snowden journo's partner wins partial injunction on seized data

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Re: Irony strangely uncommented upon

My very first reaction, equally confused at the lack of comment, put it down to the average age of Reg readers?

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Irish watchdog won't probe Apple, Facebook over PRISM... but COULD IT?

Barry Mahon
FAIL

....like politicians in other countries don't??

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Barry Mahon
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Re: not only Apple

Don't disagree with your sentiments, but be aware that Eire is the gaelic version of Ireland, i.e the whole island.

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Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless Plus: Triple-tech connectivity for the home

Barry Mahon

An article in The Oldie recommended it, and an (old) person of my acquaintance bought one for use in his "man shed" in the garden, where (he said) "my Mac won't connect, my pc will". I was asked to rescue him 'cos he was lost!! Pity he didn't have access to your excellent review, he might have realised a) he didn't need all its functionality b) Devolo's documentation is pathetic and c) he could have bought a cheaper and easier piece of Devolo kit.

Slight problem of more money than sense (PC & Mac) and who the hell writes the reviews in The Oldie and assumes tec knowledge.

B

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Brutally efficient galaxy SPITS OUT STARS at 'maximum rate'

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Angel

Re: Time Reference

My brain is too tired to work it out, but I think it is all over, we are seeing it as it was, when?? Its some calculation of the speed of light, with lots of 0s.....isn't it?

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

Barry Mahon

Re: Thank the stars she privatised BT...

Yes, in principle, but in practise? They should have privatised the access services and made the network a common good. That way we wouldn't have BT 'engineers' still doing the servicing on the ground, but a band of competent people providing the best possible access using the best possible technology - universally, as opposed to cherry picking the 'best' areas.

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UK's 'Nobel prize for engineering' given to 'inventors of the interwebs'

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Re: Standing on the shoulders of giants

Don't altogether disagree, there were plenty of networks around. However, the PTTs as they were collectively known, dragged their collecitve feet, and defended, in Europe anyway, their monopolies. They tried to impose the CCITT solution, the infamous X-series of standards and the ISDN concept.

OTOH whom would you suggest as the recipients from the telecommunications professionala??

Not to be too unchivalerous. Berners-Lee fits strangely with Cerf et al, true telecomm people. Of course, he is British, had to be at least one.

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