* Posts by Matt Ryan

49 posts • joined 11 Dec 2007

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee

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According to the numbers in The Telegraph (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/23/smart-meter-roll-could-cost-households-extra-100-means-homeowners/) the roll out costs £374 per household and provides for savings of £18 per annum.

Or to put it another way, a 20 year ROI assuming that the costs don't escalate and the savings materialise.

Sure, you can add on the impact of fewer unicorns farting CO2 rainbows into the atmosphere but any benefit attributable to this would have been better with a simple carbon tax as proposed by the Stern review.

That however didn't provide enough opportunity for the prodnoses in government to spunk away taxpayers money so wasn't taken up.

UK-EU infosec data sharing may not be KO'd by Brexit, reckons ENISA bod

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Re: 4 letters covers it

As with many things about the EU and Brexit, they need us more than we need them. Largest intelligence gathering network is FVEY. No EU nation is part of that after Brexit so they lose access to what it knows. Hence need to keep Blighty on side...

Nothing 'unites teams' like a good relocation, eh Vodafone?

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Melbourne Street I remember you well. Spent 5 years there almost 20 years ago not long after it was a carpet warehouse.

Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues

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Re: Tax allowance for costs is a grace

This is why the public could do with a better understanding of tax. The allowance you reference isn't for the cost of the goods - it's to cover investment which can be offset over multiple years.

It's also worth noting that corporation tax is incident on the consumer rather than the company. The company already pays significant tax via their employees in the UK.

It'd be much better to simplify the tax rules so that these 'schemes' are pointless.

Ministry of Justice abandons key plank of £280m IT project

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£40M wasted on an identity system. I know, I know, the usual excuse that it also includes a load of replacement hardware for ancient PCs for half the UK civil service. Surely by now we've replaced all the PCs that are out there haven't we so this excuse no longer works...

Despite vows to spend more with smaller firms, UK.gov sure does seem to love legacy lock-in

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Re: SMEs don't have as big ...

Or the non-exec positions an MP will need to supplement the pittance they are paid (obviously excluding all the generous expenses).

Screeech... DRAM! Weak demand hits memory-makers as they slam on CAPEX brakes – analyst

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Perhaps dropping the price might help demand - plenty of fat in 80% margins for that.


Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy

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Re: UK needs the EU

Well, the member states propose their commissioner and it's rubber stamped by the parliament. The commission then proposes another 27 commissioners that are voted for as a single bloc.

Somewhat like what happens with the House of Lords which no one thinks is a good way of populating an upper house.

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Re: UK needs the EU

You can probably thank Thatcher rather than the EU for putting a stop to a lot of the union silliness. Even without the EU, that's not coming back (unless of course Corbyn gets in to perform a transformation from a G7 nation to Venezuela).

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UK needs the EU

No rush of comments to show how much value the EU brings to the UK?

Perhaps you can add one to the effect that the UK would end up with a much worse solution? Not really sure you'll have a compelling argument for that however.

You could argue that civil servants and politicians in both the UK and EU are equally useless at coming up with workable remedies and I'd agree with that. The issue with them being UK based is we at least have the illusion we can do something about it (vote them out) even if we never do anything other than change from a blue coloured tie/dress to a red one.

BT announces Gavin Patterson to become ex-CEO

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Re: Something is wrong.

And despite his ejection from BT, he'll be exactly the right person to lead some other telco into ruin. Of course, he'll probably drain a few 10s millions of pounds from the next one before he is booted again.

Dixons to shutter 92 UK Carphone Warehouse shops after profit warning

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Can't say I'm surprised. Unless the new strategy is to fix the woeful customer service, the only way they are going is down.

Xerox flip-flops on US$6.1 billion Fujifilm flip after investor flap

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If others saw more value in Xerox they could have bought shares and stopped Icahn. They didn't, the market spoke - the value wasn't there, and now he gets to do what he wants.

There will be blood: BT to axe 13,000 employees

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Re: No people skills whatsovever

Knew Gavin when I worked at Telewest - must be the looks that got him to the top of BT 'cos it ain't the brains.

Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Monaco quote

I preferred his "you don't get many of those to the pound" quote at the Monaco GP.

Finland government buys a slice of Nokia

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Is this Nokia Networks or HMD Global?

UK Land Registry opens books on corporate owners

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Re: However ...

A trust if not a trick if it's perfectly legal. The beneficiary of the trust doesn't own the assets (that's the trust) so only benefits from any rents, income etc that the trust pays out.

So for example, the fuss about the Duke of Westminster inheriting £9Bn without any inheritance tax is wrong as he doesn't - it's still owned by the trust.

He might get some money from it on an on-going basis (let's for argument say 5%) but he'll pay tax on that. The trust also has to pay our 6% of its entire asset value every 10 years in lieu of IHT so it doesn't avoid it. In fact 'we' get money earlier as you don't have to wait for him to die.

Not quite how it's made out in the media.

HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business

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Re: Investment?

You jest? https://www.gov.uk/capital-allowances

So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

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Fighting yesterdays battle

As more apps become online/web/cloud or mobile based then Chrome OS (especially with Android App support in a container) starts to become much more of a useful tool.

For some uses now (light, cheap access to the web) it's already the right answer.

King Battistelli's swish penthouse office the Euro Patent Office doesn't want you to see

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Being a technocratic placeman, what makes you think he won't be promoted? Next President of France perhaps?

Startup offers $10,000 to Silicon Valley techies … who will leave Bay Area

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Re: Yes, but...

You're not in the UK then...

Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

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Of course you can - ignore all letters from the TV Licensing people and if (big if) someone from Crapita comes to the door, tell them to sod off.

Cisco's Visual Networking Index: Rather optimistic traffic numbers, aren't they?

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Vendor marketing is bullshit

Really? In other news, the Pope craps in woods and bears are catholic.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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Is it incompetence? I'm a civil servant looking for a nice well paid job in a military contractor. Do I make it hard for them in my current job, or easy so they look favourably at me in future? Need to stop the revolving door between public sector and the private companies to address this problem.

King Battistelli tries again to break Euro Patent Office union

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Re: Hmmm...

Jeremy Corbyn?

Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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Hopeless Ofcom

There is a difference between having the capability to provide a service (but discover on provision that there is no capacity) and not having the capability. In this case, BT can't provide FTTC but took the customers order anyway (presumably to boost sale commission, steal a customer from TalkTalk etc).

BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: End of the TV Licence

It's only 40p/day for you because others are extorted for the licence fee. Would you feel so happy about paying £4/day if only 1 in 10 took out a subscription?

UK PM Theresa May's £2bn in R&D still a drop in the ocean

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Brexit means Hard Brexit as that was the worst case scenario on offer and the majority still voted for it. Some may wish for something less than the UK leaving all EU treaties and institutions but at the end of the day if that's all on offer then that'll be what we get.

Twitterstorm erupts over suspected murder of record-breaking earthworm

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How to euthanise the worm

After reading the story I asked Google. Apparently you freeze them for 48 hours.

Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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'On top of everything else, I'm disturbed by the correlation between those supporting "out" and those that have a habit of ignoring inconvenient science and facts, for example around climate change.'

smacks of the "Clerisy" outlined here http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/22/andrews_three_fabulous_reasons_to_leave/

Is China dumping smartphones on world+dog?

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Ignoring the sensible part...



Accenture still a little peckish as it snaps up digi biz Chaotic Moon

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Re: How does this fit?

The pay peanuts with the promise that maybe you'll end up at the top of the pyramid. Ponzi scheme at best.

Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Because there are a number of people in the NHS benefiting from MS "hospitality" (sic)?

Huawei Ascend P1 Android review

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Actually, the Samsung additions aren't too bad. The email client for example is better than stock. Touchwiz as a launcher is unobtrusive and the internals Touchwiz additions (codecs etc) are also handy.

Top telly tech fails to drive new set sales

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Apple Can Make Crap Sell

Stick and Apple badge on it and a shiney case - that'll sell boat loads of them

Gatwick Airport security swoops on 3-inch rifle

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Thank Labour for the VCRA

This crap prohibits replica firearms which might be a reasonable course of action apart from the fact that the burden of proof is whether a person would be convinced it was real. If some old dear sees your kid with a water pistol and thinks it real then there is trouble. Even better its a strict liability law so you have to prove that your kid had a legitimate right to have it.

Based on this just having it confiscated was better than being charged with illegal possesion of a firearm.

Exciting company seeks Linux engineer

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Taking a Jedi

Jedi Knight ryhmes with?

Dyson Air Multiplier desktop cooler

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Dyson vacuum cleaners

Agree with other about the vacuum cleaners - I bought mine because it was meant to be better suction and not fade with the bag getting clogged. Was a tempremental piece of crap that contantly overheaded despite cleaning/replacing the filters. On advise of tradespeople got a Henry with is *much* better. When the Dyson went to the tip it joined a long queue of others that were there.

Easily spoofed traffic can crash routers, Juniper warns

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Serious bug...

Oh dear, the Juniper fanbois are only slightly less manic than Apple one's - I'm sure an IOS vs JunOS security/stability debate would not get excitable readers posting gumph.

Google contradicts self, confirms own Googlephone

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Droid short for Android?

In which case a 'droid phone is indeed made by HTC...

Muswell Hillbillies force BT to move broadband boxes

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I assume sitting in a nice hole in the ground the electronics would have wellies to keep them dry?

Child exploitation chief to defend net snooping plans

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Spineless ISPs

Most will hand over details if Plod knocks at the door with or without good reason.

Linutop 2

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Fit PC

I was after a small silent PC for the living room - I looked at various and the Fit PC was best for my use.

BBC goes live... over Wi-Fi

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HTC S620

Not supported.

Brit porn filter censors 13 years of net history

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List of banned sites

They don't publish the list as it would just give paedophiles a place to start. Thats also the reason they don't tell you its blocked - you could reference every URL out there and see which ones said they were blocked - then you could build the list yourself (not likely I know unless you work for Google!). As for Demon, it could be that they use the usual method - list of bad URLs gets mapped to IP addresses, these are then routed within the ISP network to the filtering proxy which then blocks access to the actual URL. Demon may have balls this up and just drop all traffic to that particular IP address.

Brit ISPs censor Wikipedia over 'child porn' album cover

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Blame the government as well

The government told the ISPs that they either voluntarily block (using the IWF list) kiddie porn or that legislation would be bought in to force them to. The gutless one's (like VM) went and did it without any thought as to what the long term consequences would be - that's their bad. However the government are the thought controlling muppets that started this.

Debian discord over de-classified developer proposal

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Same old, same old...

Can someone explain how arguments within Debian about the new maintainer process are news?

Virgin Media eases off bandwidth throttling

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Money to invest in the network

That'll be from selling the voice platform to BT then I guess?

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