* Posts by DavCrav

1911 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now

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Re: First, identify the constraint

"There is no reason, other than bribes from MS, that the NHS shouldn't do the same, again with the exception of the specialist custom programs for the expensive equipment which should be on its own network anyway."

I was just in an NHS hospital. The standard PC doesn't run XP. It's the non-standard ones linked to MRI machines and other networks that have XP. Anything that wants that MRI image needs to be on the same network, as you aren't easily transmitting 500GB of data a time through an air gap.

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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Re: Slightly complicated...

"Nice try, but he has never been *charged* with anything, did you miss that part? And the girls are not interested in doing so."

Again, again, again, Swedish legal system not the same as UK/US one. The 'charging' part happens right at the end, when you are taken to trial. Jesus Christ people, these facts are not particularly difficult to remember.

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Re: Slightly complicated...

"BUT the charge for which he was on bail has been dropped, so in hindsight there was no reason for him to be on bail in the first place. So is it reasonable, fair and just (as opposed to legal) to continue to pursue him for something he wouldn't have done in the first place if things had moved faster, i.e. the Swedes had decided at the beginning that there didn't seem to be enough evidence?"

Well, of course. Instead of having his day in court he chose to jump bail. And the Swedes, and I think I am going to have to shout at this point, (sorry everybody) DID NOT DROP THE CASE THROUGH LACK OF EVIDENCE. They dropped it because it was clear Assange wasn't leaving the embassy, and since they can't get him, Swedish law says they have to drop it. So he hasn't been vindicated, he's just been enough of a criminal (i.e., a fugitive from the law) that the other side has given up.

UK law doesn't have this requirement, so he's going to be couchsurfing for a while longer if he doesn't want to end up in new digs with the letters 'HMP' at the start.

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"6 months failing to surrender have passed and he cannot be arrested for the offense for which he is bailed as that prosecution is dropped. So they are entitled to resource him at EXACTLY ZERO resource as per current law. The law says he should just walk out of the embassy and the police are not entitled to bother him as the original charge has been dropped. So (un)fortunately (un or without un depends on viewpoint), we can no longer even nail him for jumping bail."

I'm not sure that's true. A warrant has already been served for his arrest under the Bail Act, hence his guarantors losing all their money. There is no statute of limitations for the Bail Act.

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Comey was loathed by the left, reviled by the right – must have been doing something right

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Re: FBI in turmoil -- you know that, I know that--

"The banner headline on the BBC website after the news broke was "Washington in Turmoil" in unusually large typeface. That's the kind of hysterical reportage from a supposedly staid and reliable source which almost makes me understand Trump's antipathy towards the news media. I thought I'd gone to the Daily MIrror by mistake."

Washington is in turmoil though. What do you call the President firing the head of the FBI, who was investigating potential treason by him, allegedly for not investigating the other candidate in the race further, but then later admitting it was because he was investigating the White House? I mean, what has to happen for it to be turmoil in your eyes?

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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"This is the UK. We don't have the construct of first degree murder. I feel it might be quite challenging to prove that $whatever was released specifically to kill, which is what you'd need for a pre-meditated murder conviction (UK's equivalent of first degree) but causing death by being a silly bugger (AKA manslaughter) would be more likely to succeed."

Don't need the whole murder, manslaughter thing. If anyone gets caught for this, it's committing a terrorist act they'll be done for. Attacking national infrastructure tends to get treated in that way.

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"How is some user clicking on an attachment in such an environment an attack?"

Well, it's obviously an attack. Just because the defence wasn't great (assuming that) doesn't mean it isn't an attack.

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Re: Ransomware

"Because in warfare you destroy the opponents assets. You don't lock them up and demand a ransom."

Never heard of privateers, have you?

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FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald

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Re: Comey was caught lying under oath. So Trump fired him. -- opportunely.

"Palpy, in all seriousness, we all know that there's a big fat nothing behind this whole "Russian collusion" farce."

You have to ask yourself why Trump fired the guy investigating him just as a grand jury has been convened and subpoenas are starting to land. Last person to do this: Richard Nixon. Another guy who absolutely did nothing wrong while in office.

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Sorry, Dave, I can't code that: AI's prejudice problem

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Re: Transparency...

"Thanks, but that's not answering my question. I wanted to know "why can't an AI explain how it came to a particular decision?". Not "was that a good or bad decision?"."

The answer is usually 'I was trained on this dataset and the model that fits this best looks like this. So I am using that.'

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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"Every single one of these events happens because the photographer is a dick when approached by a copper. Fuck them. Answer the question, it takes a minute to say you are a professional photographer, here's my card and feel free to look at my photos."

This person wasn't a cop. So, what's your excuse now?

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Re: Again?

"Technically speaking your "plastic plob" was correct. If you were obstructing the highway (which includes access to it) the fact that it was your own access you were obstructing is neither here nor there. There is limited public interest in prosecution but it does happen occasionally."

No, no, no. Access to the highway is important, yes. So if someone is parked on a driveway and you drive behind them, without their permission, and block them in, you have committed a civil offence. (Although in Birmingham when this happened recently, the police didn't want to know.) If the driveway is unoccupied however, no offence has been committed, even if the property owner cannot enter their own driveway.

I got done for this once, and paid the penalty because I was 17 and a dick for parking where I did. But I was technically innocent, and if I'd have known the law then I could have appealed.

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Fake invoice scammers slurp $5bn+ from corp beancounters – FBI

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Re: Yes, it is illegal...

"you just fired off a random invoice to me for something you didn't provide. Let's say I pay it, what was illegal?"

I think you need to look up the definition of the word 'fraud'. Don't know about the US, but in the UK it is definitely illegal. It used to be called 'obtaining money by deception', but now it is rolled into general fraud.

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Fake news is fake news, says Google-backed research

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""technicolour" is wrong?"

As someone else said, Technicolor is a trademark. That's how it is spelled the world over.

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"I hate people in grey world. They pay less for their TV license [sic]. I feel descriminated [sic] against because I live in technicolour [sic] world."

Not in a world that contains a dictionary though, I see.

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Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?

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This is rubbish

"Webb explains that OpenSignal is confident if just 100 app users are gathering data. The firm derives its confidence intervals using CLT (Central Limit Theory) “which argues that the mean of any collection of random variables (subject to minor technical constraints our data can readily be shown to satisfy) will tend toward a Gaussian distribution,” the firm explains. “Further it says that the variance of this mean will equal the variance of the underlying population divided by the sample size. Hence, if the CLT holds, we can derive the variance of our mean from the variance of the underlying data set. It is important then to show that the CLT holds for our data and for the sampling sizes we normally use.”"

You cannot use the Central Limit Theorem if your underlying sample is biased. That's the end of that whole paragraph's chuntering. And it tends towards a normal distribution, not a Gaussian distribution. Muppet.

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Tesla: Revenues up, losses deepen, in start to 'exciting' 2017

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"the company is worried its customers are confusing the new Model 3 and its flagship Model S."

That's why we use names for things, rather than designations.

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Loadsamoney: UK mulls fining Facebook, Twitter, Google for not washing away filth, terror vids

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Re: Illegal where?

"I know what our reaction would be if the Chinese gummint tried to fine fb for showing something that's legal here but not there."

This sort of thing happens all the time. Lots of companies are done for things that are crimes in one country but not in others.

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Gig economy tech giants are 'free riding' on the welfare state, say MPs

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Re: "it is up to government to close the loopholes"

"At last a report which doesn't blame the companies themselves, but places the blame squarely at the foot of the government for not closing the loopholes in the first place."

So if there's a loophole in the murder law that let's me kill you, and I did, that would be the Government's fault as well? It#s the Government's fault for not closing the loopholes and it's these companies' fault for being absolute bastards. It's not a legal requirement for firms to be twats, the whole maximize profit law thing is a lie, as in it doesn't exist.

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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"Back to the story, clearly if it is proven his formula is better and more accurate the state will be open to litigation on previous tickets issued which is probably why they have taken the stance they have."

What? To fine him for talking about maths? I would have thought that was obviously unconstitutional, but what do I know?

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UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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Re: Not to put too fine a point on it...

"Really? We switched to base-60 and I haven't noticed till now?

Our counting system was actually invented by Indians, i.e., in the Commonwealth for all practical purposes... A few centuries before Islam came about, actually. So perfectly consistent with values, way of life, etc."

Not really. Babylonians used base 10, they then grouped the tens into 60s. So some hybrid of the two.

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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"The deception isn't perfect. The voice samples provided sound processed and often the phrasing sounds off."

This is true, but if you go to the demo page from Lyrebird and scroll down, there are a set of clips of Donald Trump 'saying' "I am not a robot, my intonation is always different." Each time the computer makes the clip, it uses a different intonation, some of which sound wrong. Just make it ten times and use the best intonation, if you are trying to fool people.

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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

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"Let me just adjust my tin foil hat.

I'm going to suggest that these leaks are not from the NSA but from Microsoft.

These exploits cover windows up to and including windows 8.1."

As mentioned above, this was created before Windows 10.

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ZX Spectrum reboot project's Great Ormond Street charity cash questions

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"If all 6,500 Vegas remaining from the orignal 10,500 toal were sold direct to the public, the sum due for donation would be £64,350."

That's assuming £9.90 per console. So we are assuming that Amazon don't take a slice of the cash then? If they take 30% say, then we get about £7 instead, which brings us to the same sort of range as the other estimates.

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Back to the Future 2: Gasp! America's trade watchdog discovers the risks of 'free' movies

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"Actually, yes, that one could be infected with malware strictly by downloading a bunch of compressed but otherwise inert data* to be interpreted as sound or pictures is indeed very much news to me. I DON'T mean clicking on the "use our shiny automatic 'downloader' instead!" button roughly four times as large as the actual link, mind you. Nor downloading something called BlockbusterActionMovie.mp4.rar.docx.bat.exe and just double-clicking it blindly as a bat either. Nor browsing a malicious download page with a browser full of holes and enabled scripting. Just the media file itself - how exactly does that "infect" anyone, again...?"

Could be a drive-by download on the website itself? I know, I know, NoScript, AdBlock, etc., but if you are running those you probably know about malware on warez sites. (Does anyone call it warez any more?)

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Spanish cops snatch suspected top spammer as US moves against Kelihos botnet

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Re: Russian propaganda TV channel.....

"Russian propaganda TV channel.....

Yeah and the BBC is a paragon of virtue and unbiased reporting!"

A is bad.

B is bad.

Therefore A and B are equally bad.

You can do better than this.

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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

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Re: Comparing like with like

"I suppose this is why Google is asking for the data and methodology. Google almost certainly has the better statisticians."

Better statisticians just improves your ability to lie with statistics.

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Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

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Re: I fail to understand why ubber* still exist

"it's pronounced ubber, because there's no umlaut on the U"

If it's ueber, it's pronouned something like 'ew-ber'. If it's uber, it's pronounced something like 'oo-ber'.

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We know what you're thinking: Where the hell is all the antimatter?

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Re: The little man who wasn't there

"But of course I'm sure they've thought of that."

Yes, they have. Because they know what they are doing, and have decades of experience with this thing. Some of them will have produced the factoid you are quoting.

"A neutrino, or in this case an antineutrino, has a 50% chance of making it through half a light-year of solid lead."

But there's loads of them.

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

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Re: Lenient

"No part of the payment of any fine levied for an offence of this kind should be accepted until complete restitution is first made to the victim. Because a criminal should never be able to pay a fine with his victim's money, and what is owed for vandalism should be treated exactly like stolen property."

What? In what sense is this lenient? He has to do both. If he goes bankrupt because of it, somebody doesn't get the full due, and you can just decide which one later. But, quite clearly stated in the article, he has to pay compo to the company.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: side on impact

"How can you drive so fast, while turning left at an intersection, that the freaking Volvo you hit rolls over!? Was the woman driving a tank?"

You can be doing zero, if the Volvo hits you at the right speed and angle to career off and hit something else and flip. Since the other person was turning left at an intersection, they won't have been going very fast, let's be honest. And 38 at a blind intersection is insane.

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Re: Why?

"For values of "a while" that equate to "not yet" even after nearly four decades for Billy bookcases, and at least three for Ivar racks."

Billy bookcases might have the same name, but they have changed. Current Billy bookcase shelf supports are not backwards compatible. I found that one out last year.

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LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders

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Re: "some people prefer to think that ignorance is bliss."

"WHAT f*cking attack? You have not been attacked at all, by anyone. [snipped]"

The word 'attack' here is a metaphor. When someone attacks a problem they don't go running towards it with an axe.

Seriously, calm down.

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UK.gov departments accused of blanket approach to IR35

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Re: Stop taking the p***

""It isn't however, an excuse to pay less tax."

Yes it is. They have a higher risk than a permanent employee..."

Go do one. That's the reason to get paid more, not the reason to let old people die on the street. You seem to be mixing up the company and the Government. One of these is the place that pays you, and the other taxes people to provide hospitals, schools, roads, defence, and so on. You being at higher risk of being made redundant does not mean that you shouldn't pay for the school your child goes to, or the care your parents need, or for the roads you drive on.

Contractors making themselves 'tax efficient' might be legal, but austerity is your fault: you and Amazon and Starbucks and every other tax cheat.

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Re: Stop taking the p***

"You kind of contradicted your own argument there. If a contractor gets paid the same as a permie but then has fund his own holiday pay, sick pay and pensions why should he pay the same tax?"

I must have missed the bit where the UK Government pays for people's holiday and sick pay. That's nothing to do with taxes, and is why contractors get paid more. They should still pay the same *rate* of tax as other people, as the precariousness premium should already be on their wage bill, not taken out of the schools budget.

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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Re: the Guardian is polarizing

"Kieren McCarthy opined "Even the polarizing newspaper the Daily Mail"

Only a Corbynist would say the Daily Mail is polarizing. Many of us think the Guardian is polarizing."

Oh behave. The Daily Mail is simultaneously one of the (used to be the, not sure now) most viewed news websites in the world, while at the same time reviled by many millions in the UK. It has ran more sickening stories than any other newspaper in the UK, while at the same time (according to a journalist friend of mine) employing some of the best investigative journalists in the business.

So yes, polarizing.

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Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

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Re: "will be TUPE’d to IBM including... contractors"

""will be TUPE’d to IBM including... contractors"

What? Do they mean their contracts will be novated? TUPE'd sounds bad for IR35!!!"

I don't see that. I mean, if a company gets taken over, they can keep the same window cleaning firm.

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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"You're clearly too drunk to read the article properly: with "moderate" defined as around three pints of beer a day for men, and two glasses of wine for women (as recently as the 1960s, official health advice suggested that a bottle of wine a day was fine)."

Depends on the article. The original BMJ article seems to say it's 3 units per day, approximate 1-1.5 pints.

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

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Re: Power corrupts

"Wherever you work, how many of your fellow employees do you trust not to abuse private information they have access to in the course of their jobs?

If the answer is no more than 98%, that suggests police are no more corrupt than the average."

Garbage. This shows that 2% were misusing and got caught.

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Uber bans 'brilliant jerks', will train staff on Why Diversity Matters

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Re: Too little, too late

"Why do I have the impression that action was only taken now because it starts to affect profits?"

What profits?

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Dr Hannah Fry: We need to be wary of algorithms behind closed doors

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"Finally a Fry that actually knows what they're talking about."

Were you thinking Stephen Fry? Or Elizabeth Fry? Or Fry from Futurama?

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Re: Algorithms that sit behind closed doors

"If I balls this up I can totally fuck up your career.

PS you as the person trying to get the job have no access to the code or the rules that determine weather [sic] you are selected or rejected."

So how do we know you haven't ballsed it up? This sounds like a totally unaccountable, closed-source system that has real-life consequences with no oversight whatsoever. If we don't know your criteria then we cannot be certain you aren't breaking the law with regards discrimination. And you probably are, since you are apparently writing algorithms to decide whether someone is interviewed based on their personal information.

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MI5 man to steer GCHQ as Trump wiretapping saga continues

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"It's rapidly descending to the level of an infant school playground."

Only on the one side. If someone is talking rubbish (which Trump is) then calling it rubbish is not infant school level. It's using language correctly, albeit undiplomatically.

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Lawyer defending arson suspect flees court with pants on fire

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Re: Pommies

"Pomegranate rhymes with immigrant, also, the newly arrived would turn a lovely shade of red in the heat."

Not because the sailors ate pomegranates to ward off scurvy then? Like they are called 'limey' in the US?

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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Re: @ 2nd AC

"There is a very significant difference between evasion/avoidance [sic].

Since using so loosely the terms [sic] you sound like not knowing [sic] the difference."

Actually, you sound like you don't know the difference between tax avoidance and aggressive tax avoidance, which is an offence in the UK, just as evasion is.

Pro tip: when trying to correct someone, make sure you are right.

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Re: @ 2nd AC

"It isn't a rocket science to be a contractor, but requires certain degree of ability to tolerate risk, understanding that there might not be tomorrow, etc."

That's why you get paid more than permanent staff. It doesn't give you an excuse to aggressively avoid/evade tax.

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

""One that has been debunked* many times". *For value debunked, substitute attempts have been made to discredit using circular logic and post hoc/faulty causality. Actual derived data supports the opposite. Facts. They're a thing."

Fine, I'll bite. The 'gender pay gap' (in the UK) is:

1) negative for part-time work;

2) negative for under-30s;

3) positive for over 30s if you look at the so-called undifferentiated wage rate, i.e., not taking into account what the person does, but negligible (around 2-3% IIRC, which is statistically significant, but in light of 2) is likely a legacy issue) when differentiated.

(1) and 2) above were undifferentiated.)

Facts. They're a thing.

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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Re: Ban?

"He has invaded far fewer countries than the previous Republican president."

Fake News! In the first 50 days in office, Trump invaded Yemen. I don't think Bush invaded anyone in the first 50 days in office.

You have to give Trump time, he's only just got his feet under the desk. Then we'll see how many countries he can invade...

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The gospel according to Blockchain, or is it the other way round?

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Re: Can someone explain

Disclaimer: I do represent logic and reasoning. (I'm a mathematician.)

"There are multiple ways to peel an orange as there will be multiple ways of securing data."

Q: Does the person get the e-mail address in plain text?

If so, it cannot be secured. If not, you won't be able to send e-mail to the person.

"we do understand that there is going to be a need for educating the market on its merits."

It's not the merits I have an issue with. It's the possibility of its existence. If you want to secure the data, the person you are securing it from, which appears to be the user in this case, can never get it in unencrypted form.

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