* Posts by WatAWorld

1058 posts • joined 24 Feb 2012

Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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The Americans would never fall for such a lame excuse

The Americans would never fall for such a lame excuse for hiring foreigners. They'd realize the real reason for not hiring locals is salary and overtime -- locals expect both, whereas migrants you can cheat.

"A report in the Irish Times said business lobby groups in Ireland believed thousands of job vacancies could not be filled with Irish graduates “because of their chronic lack of German and other languages”."

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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Re: I have to run Windows 7

So what are you going to trust now?

OS/X? Like Apple never jerked anyone around?

Or Linux, because Linus has such immense respect for computer professionals.

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People will do what they did before

Pay for a new operating system when they buy a new computer.

They'll pay for an MS operating system, a few will pay even more money for an Apple operating system, and an even smaller number will accept Linux, the OS that Torvalds has spent his life trying to give away for free.

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Re: The Last of Us

If you were an ordinary user you wouldn't be saying that.

Regular people are prepared to spend extra money to get Windows, or even more money to get Mac OS, rather than accept the Linux OS for free.

That is how regular people feel about Linux -- so lame they will pay money to avoid it.

They want something that doesn't require skill.

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I can't get my users to update until after the anniversary edition

I can't get my users to update until after the anniversary edition -- the current version simply has a look that is too cheap and plain. It looks too experimental.

It doesn't matter that Windows 10 runs great on my machine with even greater stability than Windows 7, and much greater combination of "security and efficiency" than any earlier Windows version.

MS would be doing itself a favour by extending the deadline to 4 months after the anniversary update comes out.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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Re: Too Many bad Movies

It used to be 8 characters was the limit.

A previous poster suggested words from a greatly reduced dictionary.

I don't recall words being advocated in the IBM and Univac worlds I worked in back then.

Even back in the 1970s a mix of numbers and letters was encouraged. But there was that 8 character limit and the 30 day duration, supposedly based on the duration that would make it too likely someone would be able to brute force the password by typing.

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No words in any language

It is even worse than that. Remember that to modern password cracking software a lengthy word has the complexity of a single character -- entire words are tried the way old cracking software tried characters.

To be effective against modern cracking software, passwords must not contain within them words in any language.

So we should be asking users to remember truly random strings of over 12 characters.

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What, no free GCHQ sponsored password registry?

I'm a bit surprised the GCHQ and NSA haven't gotten together to create a free password registry/manager for people, a la LastPass.

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Some history

Yeah, changing passwords on a monthly basis has not made sense in a long time.

A bit of history. The original premise (as told to me in 1978 or so) was that passwords were 8 characters, true on IBM mainframes of the day. It would take a month to brute force the 8 character password. (Remember, a brute force attack back then meant a lot of manual typing.) So we mandated changing passwords once a month.

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Sysadmins won't like it?

Sysadmins won't like it?

Yeah, sysadmins won't like it because they used to be the only people not forced to change passwords -- they won't like it because everyone will have the same privilege.

Some sysadmins.

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Swedish air controllers debunk cyber attack disruption theory

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What it means is the problem might be bigger than we thought

"down to the effects of a solar flare" -- that doesn't mean we should tolerate a repeat outage. What it means is the problem might be bigger and more complex than we though, since it is of natural origin and not man-made.

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Windows 10 Mobile races to summer with useful facelift

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Re: Yes, we get it. MSFT BAAAD!

I'll do it for him David:

"Say what you like about Microsoft, but it has created a really worthy successor to the Japanese game show Endurance. Microsoft’s perpetual beta test programme “Windows Insider” overnight delivered new code with which to torture the most hardy contestants."

That's the sort of thing I'd expect from a non-technical publication.

If you've chosen the beta stream you have only yourself to blame for what you're going through.

If you find bugs in the production stream, then you have a valid complaint.

And a release is only "stabilized" when support for it ends. That is how it has been in IT for the past 35 years at least. "Stabilized" means abandoned and no longer supported, no further fixes, going all the way back to IBM OS/VS1 days.

Overall, I really enjoy Andrew's articles. And generally I enjoy his humor. It is just occasionally this sort of thing creeps in.

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If you're tired of seeing betas, switch to the stable stream

It "ticks" me off when people voluntarily choose the beta stream and then complain that they get beta versions with bugs.

You cannot complain about bugs in the beta stream -- you can and should document them and report them back to the vendor.

If you're in the beta stream you should be trying to do things that expose bugs.

Bugs in the stable stream, yes those we can complain about.

Complaining about bugs in the beta stream indicates ignorance of how progress is made.

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

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Remember, Linux led the way on giving away an OS for free

If MS could get enough people to switch to Windows 10 it would save MS maintenance costs on Windows 7.

It is about saving money.

Remember, MS is not the only company giving away an OS, Linux does it too and Linux did it first.

Marketshare.com says 99 Windows user for every Linux user. It seems people are more scared of Linus than they are of MS.

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Re: Learning or just trying a different push??

Very nice, but there are 99 Windows customers for every Linux customer.

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Although 97% of desktop computer users prefer non-Apple OSs

Although 97% of desktop computer users prefer non-Apple OSs, and 99% actually shell out mony rather than accept Linux's free product, MS would do well to remember that selling apps is easier when potential customers don't have to worry about security.

Apple and Linux are dismal examples of marketing.

Linux can't even give its product away. Apple sells less than one copy for every 20 copies MS sells.

However, there is little money in trying to beat zero sales.

Set the bar higher.

If you really want to rack up app sales, then deliver a better product. Deliver a product people can trust on the OS people want. Apple and Linux can't. MS can. But to do that MS has to improve security.

Yesterday I deleted 12 apps from my Chrome and Firefox browsers and 6 from my Calibre e-reader because vulnerabilities discovered in Firefox allows apps to take advantage of security accesses granted other apps.

MS needs better security than Mozilla and Google.

To get intelligent people to buy and use apps on computers customers care about (need security on), MS needs to ensure security.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Hardware marketers have only themselves to blame

Hardware marketers (and their marketing and chattering fanboys) have only themselves to blame for slow sales of PC, laptops, and over the next few years, tablets and phones.

What in the world caused you guys to think that a giveaway of an operating system designed for existing computers would boost PC sales? You were always dreaming in technical based on the fabrications of your own imaginations.

It wasn't MS, it was yourselves and your peers in hardware and industry news who deluded you.

A new version of Windows designed to run on existing hardware is no more likely to boost hardware sales than a new version of Linux or OS X.

If you want to boost hardware sales you have to give us new hardware that does stuff old hardware won't.

Virtual reality, now that will likely boost hardware sales.

It is not of Linux and Microsoft to sell hardware. It is your job. Nobody is going to do that for you.

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

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Apple start your xerox machines might have been appropriate

Apple start your xerox machines might have been appropriate.

It has been a long time since Apple lead smart phone technology, except in innovative new case colors.

Sizes? Samsung lead and Apple followed. Except now.

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Feds raid 'extortionist' IT security biz Tiversa, CEO put on leave

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I'm wondering how the FBI made its selection

I'm wondering how the FBI made its selection.

I mean, the IT security industry seems mostly to be extortion. Find one of the inevitable vulnerabilities and extort money from either the vendor or the vendor's clients.

Security vulnerabilities are inevitable in complex software, witness how easy it is to find vulnerabilities to OS X, iOS, Android and Linus.

Security vulnerabilities can no more be totally avoided that someone can create a vandal proof 'main battle tank'.

Vehicles, including main battle tanks, depend on police and guard services to protect them from vandalism.

There is no way to prevent bricks though windows, keyed door, and knives through tires. Useful visual operating systems are simply too complex to be bullet proof.

It is like bank vaults. It is impossible to build a burglar proof bank fault. What insurance companies require is that your vulnerable 18" steel reinforced bank vault be connected to an alarm system that can summon police from a station no more than 15 minutes away. (Thermic lances take 15 minutes to penetrate steel reinforced concrete.)

Security lies in having police forces to interrupt criminals before they can succeed in completing their crimes.

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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Re: Another ...

Yes, and all those gaming industry salespeople trying to pretend that a discussion of the uncontested journalistic misconduct of "complete and total lack of impartiality and lack of full disclosure of conflict of interest" is a discussion of "equal pay for equal work".

Salespeople should refrain from pretending to be journalists.

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Re: @John

"Or the child could get my looks and her brains" after which the whole audience had to laugh it out ;)

That is a rip-off of George Bernard Shaw:

http://shawquotations.blogspot.ca/2015/04/a-child-with-your-brains-and-my-looks.html

"This definition, of course, must have borrowed from the anecdote alluded to in Hesketh Pearson’s Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality (p. 310-311) when “a strange lady giving an address in Zürich wrote him a proposal, thus: “You have the greatest brain in the world, and I have the most beautiful body; so we ought to produce the most perfect child.” Shaw asked: “What if the child inherits my body and your brains?”"

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Only a totalitarian would expect to be pandered too all the time.

"As an ex-pat Brit in Canada, I still find it quite embarrassing"

@skelband, I'm an expat Brit in Canada too. I'm

"also" a libertarian.

Let us face it, different companies try to appeal to different clienteles.

It is the antithesis of libertarianism to assume that all companies are trying to appeal to a single group of consumers.

Large companies have ads and events that appeal to (suck in) one set of consumers, while ignoring another.

Imagine running ad advertisement in Arabic in Israel. Or Muslims in France. You're going to turn off people outside the target demographic.

That is how the real word is. You do one ad to target women consumers. And other ads to target men consumers.

Only a totalitarian would expect to be pandered too all the time.

Yeah, sometimes companies are going to sponsor TV programs and advertising that pander to someone other than the "14 to 23 year-0old female" demographic group. Now you know how it feels to the rest of humanity 95% of the time.

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Re: Not great but ...

Yes "John Bailey". I assume you agree it is a pretty banal observation, since you don't present counter-evidence.

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Re: Sex is a marketing way to sell stuff? What a news!

@"David Webb" who posted:

"@Big John - I was going to try and list all the possible different genders that are available, other than Male/Female. I then checked how many keystrokes on average there is MTBF and yeah, screw it."

As a transphasic 'female of center' masculinist transient asexual species-neutral polyphobe, I resent your attempt to simplify the reality of the meta universes regarding alternate realities of esoteric hypertrophic sexuality.

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Re: Sex is a marketing way to sell stuff? What a news!

Exactly !!! Look at women's clothing and perfume advertising?. Does it not exploit sex?

The issue here is the neo-fascists of the ultra-right wing "third wave feminists" (who are not feminists at all).

These ultra-right wing feminists (and other members of the ultra-right wing "regressive left") are bent upon enforcing their interpretations of what is tolerable and what is acceptable.

And they totally ignore the fact that they're words are "triggering" those of us who've lived through WWII and the Cold War.

They're totally ignoring the fact that -- by their own standards -- they are re-traumatizing those who suffered at the hand of conformist totalitarians, after they were imprisoned in concentration camps in Europe and in Asia.

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Re: "You just didn't like the entertainment"

"On the other hand, the sort of people who view sexual exploitation as "entertainment" tend to be permanently single."

No. They tend to be the wives of sports superstars who've been sued for half their assets by people whose claim to that money is their gender.

Make no mistake, women are not so hugely different from men as you think.

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Re: the usual suspects complain

When I game I often take on female characters, which I have no doubt means your statistics claim I'm female.

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Is The Reg really going to join the ultra-right wing extremists?

Is The Reg really going to join the ultra-right wing extremists of the regressive "left"?

Is The Reg really going to advocate for ignoring what the customer base is?

Is The Reg really going to advocate against companies supporting "campaigns against breast cancer" that ignore all other forms of cancer?

Is The Reg really going to become a fascist newspaper that argues for the totalitarianism of (not feminism) but "third wave feminism".

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European Patent Office extends olive branch to furious trade unions

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Obviously gross mis-management

Obviously gross mismanagement.

Any company that allowed something like this to go on for so long would have faced a series of successful lawsuits followed by a shareholder revolt.

Any democratic institution that allowed something like this to go on for so long would have been voted out of office by citizens.

That is the problem with the EU, it is anti-democratic, it is an oligarchic bureaucratic autocracy.

The UK is but one of many EU countries whose intelligent citizens generally realize that the EU is destroying democracy and must either be vastly restrained or left.

Only those who stand against democracy support a stronger EU.

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US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

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I would be upset that the USA is taking it upon itself to police a UN agency.

But the sad fact is that UN agencies and the UN itself have proven to be utterly and completely unable to police themselves.

It isn't just the WIPO.

To me the most galling are (A) the UN agencies dealing with famines and poverty, whose officials stay in 5 star hotels, and (B) the abuse of the archaic 'old boys network' idea of diplomatic immunity to permit drunk driving and sexual assaults. (A) is more common than (B).

In Europe there seems to be a thirst for increasingly undemocratic bureaucratic imperialism (literally imperialism in its strict sense).

It is great that at least one nation is stepping up to the plate and taking action to reign in the unelected bureaucrats that would destroy our democracies.

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Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators

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Re: Useless

You might not mean it, but the phrasing gives the impression you'll only consider actions that solve all your problems.

Life is not so easy. Removing FlashPlayer doesn't fix java vulnerabilities and vice versa. You didn't need me to tell you that. Often separate problems require separate solutions.

That single solutions don't fix everything doesn't make them useless.

In reply to, "Years ago I thought it might be wise to block IPs in the Tor exit node blacklists. That's useless against all the attacks coming directly from pwned Wordpress sites nowadays, however."

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In Canada on very cold days many of those who work or play outdoors wear ski masks.

I live in Canada and on very cold days many of those who work or play outdoors wear ski masks.

However we have the common sense not to walk into a bank wearing a ski mask.

Of course a person can forget, and that is unfortunate. But Canada is not other countries and mostly you simply take the ski mask off and you can do business.

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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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It seems Linux lacks a feature these so-called power users are finding they need.

""Linux is actively being used by power users who can not or do not want to use Windows because of a lack of features, and now, those (paying) users who used Skype for both Business and Private purposes are dropped by Skype."

It seems Linux lacks a feature these so-called power users are finding they need.

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Ransomware scum infect Tinseltown hospital, demand $3.6m

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Re: Bastards

(Although why critical equipment is accessible from the internet God only knows)

That is a little like saying, "It is the banks fault for being robbed, they have a front door onto main street."

Or perhaps, "It is your own fault your car got keyed, you parked it in a parking lot."

However, yeah, our industry is so morally bankrupt you do have a point. Even personal injury lawyers, the world's second lowest life forms, don't shove innocent victims under buses the way some in our industry do.

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It was a random attack? Random attacks don't ask for $3.6 million ransom.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Re: Sigh.....

Did your mom use Windows 7? How long ago? Do you think she remembers how it works?

That is the thing, Windows 8 and 8.1 were UI mistakes. There was a learning curve.

There is almost no learning curve going from 7 to 10, but that does not help people going from 8 or 8.1 to 10.

I never used either flavour of 8, but people did say 7 was easier to use. If 7 was easier to use, then 10 is easier to use.

But if the problem was that 8 required learning, then someone who has only ever used 8 have a learning curve to adapt to Windows 7 or 10.

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Re: Is the End Nigh?

Now that is a really good question.

I think there is a good chance they'll extend the 1 year free upgrade. Already Windows 10 is on 1/3 as many computers as Windows 7. It dwarfs Windows 8 use. And it has passed Windows 8.1 use.

If MS thinks that extending the free upgrade will reduce its maintenance expenses, I think they'll extend it.

I think at least they're likely to extend it for Windows 8 and 8.1 where there is a good chance of reducing the user base to less than 1% of internet connected computers.

But that is just my speculation.

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Re: Breaches No. 1 rule of upgrading.

Rule One was never upgrade an existing OS.

Rule Two was to turn off your antivirus when installing any new software, especially a video driver.

Rule Three was to re-boot your computer every day whether you had installed anything or not.

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Friends of Windows 10 upgraded so we don't get the upgrade notices.

Frankly, Apple and Linux are far more sleezy than MS in the way they treat staff and customers. Someone at MS does 1/10 of the sleeziness and it is front page news, where Linux gets divided support and Apple gets a by.

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I will tell you why MS is pushing so hard for Windows 10.

I will tell you why MS is pushing so hard for Windows 10, since apparently it is not obvious.

Windows 7 is insecure, as is all complex software, and the insecurities are too widely known.

Removing the known insecurities from Windows 7 was difficult and expensive, and what was created in doing so was Windows 10.

Maintaining 4 OSs, adapting them to new hardware, fixing the inevitable vulnerabilities as they are discovered, and so on is much more effort than maintaining one OS.

The big complaint with Windows 8 and to an extent 8.1 was simply that the UI was different from Windows 7. That complaint has been fully addressed, so that customers can switch over and so that MS can save money by not having so many OSes to maintain.

It is true that by giving us a free operating system that is so much more efficient and multi-threading than Windows 7 it will decrease hardware sales -- hardware people shouldn't be happy -- but money saved on hardware is money available for spending on software. Part of the money I saved by not needing to buy a new computer I used to upgrade from Office 2010 to Office 365.

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Re: Time to disable Windows update on my parent's PCs

Why not just update it? There is almost nothing for your parents to learn that is new. All the old stuff is still there, except Windows Media Player. That's replaced.

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Re: Sigh - Not again

I've got a 6 year-old computer, core i7 960, SSD, nVidia card.

It upgraded flawlessly and easily to Windows 10.

And there is essentially zero learning curve going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on the same desktop.

The UI is the same.

On desktops, Metro is hidden away and I'd need to dig in the settings before I'd know it even existed.

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I upgraded back in November, and Windows 10 is working great.

I upgraded back in November, and Windows 10 is working great. UI is almost exactly the same as Windows 10.

Biggest change is speed, it make much better use of multi-core CPUs.

Second biggest change is even fewer system problems.

Those who don't want to upgrade because it is Microsoft doing this instead of Apple, maybe switch to Apple or Linux.

You can't control Microsoft -- but you can control yourself !!! If you think Apple or Linux is better, switch.

Yeah, exactly, more adopt Windows than leave it.

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Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

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Privacy versus Anonymity

Internet anonymity is almost akin to wearing a burka or a ski mask.

Privacy does not require anonymity. Privacy the public not knowing. Anonymity is nobody knowing.

Privacy is something people historically have had going back centuries. Anonymity that few people used to have until most of the population moved to large cities. Even then we lived in communities where everyone knew us. Only transients had anonymity.

Replacing anonymity with privacy would mean less desire to monitor us because there would be less criminal activity on the internet.

Replacing anonymity with privacy would mean less cyber crime because cyber criminals could be more easily tracked and arrested by police.

It is the blanket monitoring of everyone by the NSA, GCHQ, etc. that I most hate.

I think I would give up my internet anonymity in exchange for privacy of a sort where a judicial order would be required to lift my internet aliases to reveal my legal name.

Just think fewer DDoS attacks, fewer viruses, fewer trojans, and less phishing emails -- not zero DDoS attacks, viruses, trojans and phishing emails, fewer. And improved odds of the culprits being found and prosecuted.

That is my current thinking. But again, the sort of privacy where a judicial order would be required to breach my anonymity. Anything easier just leaves us all open to Doxing and dirty tricks by bureaucrats.

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How El Reg predicted Google's sweetheart tax deal ... in 2013

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It definitely is a sweet heart deal

Google definitely has a sweet heart deal. It has gotten off dirt cheap and I expect the only strong clause in the agreement is the clause preventing any future government going back to collect the correct amount of tax.

If companies deserve to pay as little tax as Google, then reduce the tax rate for all companies.

Why should individuals and other companies be paying taxes to support the technology, legal system, science, and education that Google takes huge advantage of.

It is like the UK's unique tax exemptions for your "non-doms". No sensible country provides government services for next to nothing, and the only senseless country that does is the UK.

Taxation needs to be fair or people and companies will start evading taxes. We'll become like Greece.

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Corporate tax is paid for by overpaid employees and shareholders, only overpaid employees.

Corporate tax is paid for by overpaid employees (CEOs, VPs, marketing types) and shareholders.

The Proof:

Imagine Google was taxed fairly.

Whose income would go down?

Workers paid fair-market wages? No, because they'd leave and find other jobs.

Workers paid excessive wages? Yes, if they leave they'll be paid less, so they are willing to stay on at lower wages until their wages reach fair-market levels.

Shareholders? Shareholders are stuck with the balance, what cannot be recovered by reducing wages that exceed fair-market levels comes from shareholders.

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Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court

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leads me to believe the story has greater errors and omissions than just the date.

@Cynic, from what I read here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_record#United_Kingdom

what you suggest is how it currently is -- except on enhanced disclosures.

a) Unless the position you are applying for requires an enhanced disclosure your conviction is not disclosed once it is spent.

b) Allegations and not guilty verdicts aren't disclosed either.

"Enhanced disclosures are typically used to screen applicants for positions such as police officer, social worker, teacher which involve contact with vulnerable groups and children."

Which leads me to believe the story has greater errors and omissions than just the messed-up dates.

Possibly she was applying for jobs like police officer, social worker, or teacher. But then I'd expect that the managers for such jobs, and their HR department managers, would have the experience on their own to ignore irrelevant old stuff.

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Re: It's a start

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_record#United_Kingdom

"These [ACPO criminal records] records are not publicly accessible and cannot be viewed without the subject's consent, although in some cases an employer might make such consent a condition of employment, especially if the employee is to work with children or other vulnerable people.

The child sex offenders disclosure scheme allows parents and guardians to ask the police if someone with access to a child has a record for child sexual offences.[94]

Information supplied depends on the level of disclosure required. Low-level disclosures only reveal unspent convictions (convictions which have not yet been expunged under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974), while enhanced disclosures normally include all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.

An enhanced criminal record certificate may contain relevant information that need not relate solely to criminal matters.[95]

Arrests that do not lead to an official finding of guilt, i.e. a conviction or the acceptance of a caution, are not considered part of a person's criminal record and are not typically disclosed as part of the process.

However, an enhanced disclosure may include such additional information, which is supplied at the Chief Police Officer's discretion.

Enhanced disclosures are typically used to screen applicants for positions such as police officer, social worker, teacher which involve contact with vulnerable groups and children."

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@Cynic,

From Wikipedia:

"Under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, the Act as it applies in England and Wales was updated to provide new rehabilitation periods – with most convictions becoming spent in a shorter amount of time.[3] For adults, the rehabilitation period is one year for community orders, two years for custodial sentences of six months or less, four years for custodial sentences of over six months and up to and including 30 months, and seven years for custodial sentences of over 30 months and up to and including 48 months. Custodial sentences of over four years will never become spent and must continue to be disclosed when necessary. The rehabilitation period starts after the offender has completed his/her sentence, this includes time on license. "

That makes so much sense !

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