* Posts by Guus Leeuw

269 posts • joined 27 Mar 2008

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UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all

Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

maintaining the autonomy of the EU and its citizens would mean that European Citizens can drive their cars and lorries on the right, even the correct, side of the road.

Could that be worked into one of the non-proposals that are so widely and wildly documented in the latest white paper?

Best regards,

Guus

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Fitness app Polar even better at revealing secrets than Strava

Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

I understand that technology moves on, however for those of us who are stuck in the past, could you please explain how one would remote an application from ones mobile phone?

Best regards,

Guus

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Cyber boffins drill into World Cup cyber honeypot used to cyber lure Israeli soldiers

Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

At the same, in other news: those Israeli soldiers attack and try to relocate Palestinian citizens, because Israel wants to build houses on Palestine grounds for Israelis.

The deal from 1947 or thereabouts is still a mess. If Israel was that important to the US, they should have given, say, Texas or Nevada to the Israelis and should have said: "We welcome you here"...

One cannot enforce a correction of history onto other people. Ever! The US should really learn that, and stop forgetting where the people that inhabit the US these days actually came from.

Regards,

Guus

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Registry to ban Cyrillic .eu addresses even if you've paid for them

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Re: A typically political decision...

Dear Sir,

"I live in Holland..." that, according to this Twentenaar, is the problem!

Best regards,

Guus

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The suits helped biz PC makers feed their kids in bumper Q2

Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

were those people that made up the end-of-quarter report equipped with a Crystal Ball? By my reckoning, it is around the 26th of June, far off from the 30th of June, which is supposedly the end of the quarter...

Also, in reply to some GDPR comments, GDPR indicates that companies should endeavour to make sure that there IT is "safe" and as per "best practise"... Having old PCs running God-knows-what-OS is not the best practise... My missus came home the other day with a laptop from work... Some Toshiba thing. It is thicker than my Alienware 17... :D

Best regards,

Guus

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Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites

Guus Leeuw

Re: Dangerous?

Can't resist... Sorry!

At least the nose hair was gone, albeit only from the right nostril

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'Incomprehensible failure' – Canada's $1bn Phoenix payroll IT fiasco torched by auditors

Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

this has gone on for ages and ages. And it will continue for ages and ages...

The problem is two-fold:

1) Management is paid (as already indicated) partially by bonuses upon delivery of something. That leads to rushed schedules. Always has and always will.

2) Even when the project is intended to be agile, there's always somebody fixing the budget. That leads to delayed functionality.

I always ask my clients: Is this an agile project? If they say yes, I present them with a never-ending, all-encompassing contract where they pay me $y a month, and I promise to deliver x hours worth of work doing whatever it is they tell me to do. They always come back with: "But we only have $ amount"... To which I always reply: "So the project is not agile, then, is it?"

If the clients indicate that it is a waterfall project, I immediately pull out a Business Analyst and let that person have a go at finding all the requirements. Then I add a System Architect / Data Architect to translate those requirements in costable work-units. Then I add a Finance Guru / Sales specialist to come up with a cost for the *agreed* scope. When everything is signed, I add a dogmatic scope-and-finance driven project manager to control the client, whilst I let developers get on with the job at hand.

If the client wants to restrict time, or start early, we can always talk about versions of the software-to-be-built. The balance the *client* has to find is: what functionality is needed for the first version. A very difficult balance to strike.

Ultimately, even in properly scoped, documented, managed projects, there will inevitably be delays. What most projects and project managers forget is that you *need* a communications matrix that tells you who your friendly counterpart is to help you solve which type of problem (money, schedule, scope). For *massive* replacement projects, you need to take all the end-users from day one on a journey that tells them about the new system, shows them how it works, and gives key-users the ability to interact with the new system while it is being build... *Never* *ever* develop something in a closed-door environment to reveal it on D-Day to the hordes of end-users... They will inevitably not like what they see, because it is "different"...

There you have it... More than $0.02 worth, but you're very welcome!

Regards,

Guus

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

There's a typo around "date of the hardware"... probably wanted to type data there instead of date...

"... the server doesn't even record the IP it's sent from ... ": How do you *know*? Somebody said so? Or did you actually see what the server is doing? If the server is at all logging access requests, they are very likely also logging the Client IP address. The log entry will have some form of timestamp as well. Do they know when your data record was stored in the DB? If so, GDPR applies, because well all of a sudden they can link the DB record to your IP address, and IP addresses are PII...

Best regards,

Guus

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

Guus Leeuw

Re: Hero ? @Khaptain

Dear Sir,

since it is all relative, would you mind defining your view of what "well paid" means, exactly?

Also, as many already pointed out, this situation is untrainable, really. However I do grant that you said "these kinds of situations". Please, and again since it is all relative, what do you mean with "kinds of situations"? Did you mean the generic "emergencies", which includes a lot of turbulence, potential loss of hydraulic systems, or maybe multiple engine failures (all the stuff / emergencies that pilots do get trained for)?

Lastly, and to put you mildly in your place, a hero is a "person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievement, or noble qualities". ( I do not know exactly what noble qualities are, but then again, I'm not in the business of feeding you the thesaurus - you can look that up yourself, I am sure. ) Why would you not call this particular pilot, or the whole crew for that matter, heros? Without knowing all the details of the incident, the feeling that these people managed to pull off an "outstanding achievement" makes the use of the word "hero" quite adequate.

I thought, as a Khaptain, you'd understand, really!

Best regards,

Guus

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if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders

Guus Leeuw

Re: Try it and see

Wouldn't that result in a "duplicate" strike down for the second "similar" post?

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US spanks EU businesses in race to detect p0wned servers

Guus Leeuw

Seriously...

Dear Sir,

"Organisations in EMEA are taking almost six months (175 days) to detect an intruder in their networks, which is rather more than the 102 days that the firm found when asking the same questions last year. In contrast, the median dwell time in the Americas has improved from at 76 days in 2017, compared with 99 in 2016. Globally it stands at 101 days."

Stone-editor... Again!

Regards,

Guus

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US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

Guus Leeuw

As the case is here in the Republic of Ireland, it is very much different... Back in the day, police people got recruited because of their physical appearance... You'd have to be 6 ft something, strong, and large... A Jack Reacher kinda guy...

Nowadays, they hire Tom Cruise type people for the police force, even as beat cops. I'm all for equal rights and all that stuff, but a hammer is just not a good tool to cut a piece into two pieces...

That difference in appearance is already putting a target on their back. Also it makes for those people not wanting to go out on the beat, because, well, they are attackable, I would assume. Would you put yourself in a dangerous position? Neither would a cop. ;-) But "dangerous" is relative.

It's not an easy situation to sort out / deal with, for sure, and the sword cuts both ways, I would still argue, though, that visible presence is everything...

1997/1998, Santa Barbara CA: A cop in a cruiser along turnpikes and highways... not everywhere, but often enough you saw one sitting at the curb monitoring traffic... Also, in Goleta, you wouldn't have to wait for campus cops to come to a phoned-in publicly drunk situation... the cops would arrive faster than you walk to the end of the block... That alone will keep a lot of folks in check...

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Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

this is a difficult one on the face of it.

However I would wholeheartedly argue that the police should do more in the public eye. An investigation using electronic data to find people provides for a situation where the police is not visibly on the street trying to find witnesses. That in itself cannot be good. Feeling protected and secure can only be achieved when those who are supposed to provide that protection and securety are visible and are around.

The village constable, in my day, knew what you were doing day in day out, because he walked the streets, and he talked to the people that he met. Poeple knew him, and he was approachable. Stuff got sorted out that way.

Nowadays, I don't see police other than when they use their siren to jump a traffic queue at a busy crossing so that they can get to the chipper before you.

Best regards,

Guus

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Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

the problem is, in fact, not so much with the police finding out your whereabouts at the time indicated in the warrant. The problem is, I would suppose, much more with the police having a lot of data that they have no obligation to delete after the criminal case was finished. So they hold this data forever. Which, in itself, is not a problem. However, as happens so often, since they are holding that data (albeit for a very singular purpose), somebody else (even within the police) might use that data for a whole different case / cause, and thereby simply misusing the data, the warrant and the system.

CCTV to keep us secure, fair enough, catch the thief. But do not use that footage to go after people that don't pick up dog poo.

As with any data, the access rights should be farily tightly controlled, however that is still a non-consideration for most people in the enforcing and judging branches of government.

Regards,

Guus

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Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

How do you, uhm, recruit people whose job title will be "accident enhancement manager" and whose job will be to randomly run into the road at night wearing dark cloths?

Seriously: Who defines what comprehensive means for a test center like that?

Regards,

Guus

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FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!

Guus Leeuw

Re: "Thanks for that excellent example of 'False dichotomy'."

Dear Sir,

The problem in not so much that there is such a device. The problem is that the police has access to it.

Now, I agree, that they need to be able to do their job, but even with the limited information they have today, they fail to do most of their job. Increasing the amount of information isn't going to make that better.

Also, if the police really thinks that this person is the perpertrator, it is indeed quite handy for them to be able to plant evidence on a device once they have unlocked it.

I do not know what the best solution for society is, however I do feel that unfeathered access to people's belongings is not something that the police or indeed the government should have.

Best regards,

Guus

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Blackout at Samsung NAND factory destroys chunk of global supply

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The maths don't add up...

Dear Sir,

could you kindly get in touch with Samsung and ask them how it is possible that a 30 minute outage caused 11% of their monthly output in ruins?

11% of a month (in time) is roughly 3.3481 days, which is roughly 4821.30 minutes... Since it's a plant, I am assuming 24x7 operations...

Maybe they operate 8 hours a (a third - still leaves 1607.10 minutes in 11%) and only during the week (so operating on 5/7 - still leaves 1147.9286 minutes).

Even with 8-hour week-day-only shifts, 30 minutes is only 2.6134% of the 11% that Samsung claim is now in ruin. What is Samsung doing with its NAND Flash plant?

Reasoning it the other way around:

11% of production in ruins whilst off-line for 30 minutes means that 100% of production can be created in roughly 270 minutes (9 x 11 = 100; 9 x 30 = 270). 270 minutes is slightly more than half a day (8 hour working day). There's, on average, still more than 29 days left in the month after that half a day has been taken away from an average month 30.odd days...

It does not make any sense whatsoever...

Regards,

Guus

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Super Cali neutral traffic bill makes web throttling bogus

Guus Leeuw

Re: Doubling down?

Dear Sir,

doubling down (in blackjack) is doubling the bet in exchange for 1 additional card. So it is similar to upping the ante...

Doubling down in political context normally means that a policitian keeps on telling lies even when faced with hard facts that tell the truth / reality.

Doubling down, therefore, has nothing to do with either what the Senator is doing, nor with halving any effort.

Does language not mean anything anymore these days? Can I just use random words that I like the sounds of in order to look more hip? What if I called you a cat, but really you're a dog? Is that OK? Or calling satellites "artifical" in the context of a story about the Keppler Satellite, as if there were naturally occurring man-made f*ing satellites...

Best regards,

Guus

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Bad blood: Theranos CEO charged with massive fraud

Guus Leeuw

Re: Buh-bye

Dear Sir,

do you really wonder?

Can I just say that I read 3 articles on ElReg this morning, and I've had my share of bad English for the day... Outfits like ElReg simply regurgitate news (whether that news was already regurgitated or not) for us to swallow. I mean, why in the world would one use the word "artificial" as an adjective to the word "satellite"? Is it to indicate that there are also naturally occuring satellites? In a story about the Keppler Satellite??

It's clear that random people ran write for these media outfits. Nobody needs journalism training anymore... Any twat can write whatever he/she wants and publish it as well (I mean, look at me)... No need for making sure that, at least, the language is sound, never mind the actual contents of the publication.

So old-school journalism *still* is vital to the world, and I for one am happy to see it!

Regards,

Guus

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Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

Guus Leeuw

Re: Tabs v spaces

Dear Sir,

languages that need whitespace to decide the structure of a program should be similarly taken around the back of the shed.

Regards,

Guus

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IBM opens emergency escape hatch to TSS volunteers

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Facebook Messenger ... for who now? Zuck points his digital crack at ever younger kids

Guus Leeuw

Re: As a childless curmudgeon.

Dear sir,

Quote:

Having children is biology, it's not a right, or a privilege

More and more that biology is helped along by medicine (rightly or wrongly). So privilege sounds more correct than pure biology.

Best regards,

Guus

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WordPress 4.9: This one's for you, developers!

Guus Leeuw

Bad bad bad

Dear sir,

The English in the article is appalling.

Is it that you guys just write things and hit the publish button?

I thought so.

Regards,

Guus

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White House plan to nuke social security numbers is backed by Equifax's ex-top boss

Guus Leeuw

Re: Obscure number

Dear Sir,

luckily Brits now think with their brain, rather than their naughty bits. It also seems that Brits have grown out of a juvenile state of mind.

From the Dutch Overlord,

Guus

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Not another Linux desktop! Robots cross the Uncanny Valley

Guus Leeuw

Re: Been there, done that

Dear Sir,

the picked-up lastname of "Coward" is about right... ;)

Regards,

Guus

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

Guus Leeuw

Re: 150/night?

"I think this guy put too much faith in things being sorted out for him when he should have been nagging everyone in the chain to ensure stuff was happening as and when it should have."

Ah, but he's German (presumably) and therefore the rest of the Europeans should be voluntarily doing what needs to be done for Herr Obersturmtruppenfuerhermueller.

:-D

Regards,

Guus

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Guus Leeuw

Re: If he had been in the UK

Even though the guy was in Holland, Noord-Holland to be precise, Holland (as the combo-province of Noord- and Zuid-Holland is known, which is not even a legal entity in the Netherlands) in and of itself does not exist, other than it being a geographical area.

Just wanted to make sure you know about the local geography...

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Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

On top of that, and assuming Bernd Obermueller is actually German / Austrian / Swiss, he would have done his own heritage proud, if he could have been bothered to check and make sure...

What is the saying again? Gründlichkeit ist eine Deutsche Tugend? Not for Bernd... Serves him right!

Gimme some thumbs-down ;-)

Regards,

Guus

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Guus Leeuw

Hey Rich,

"Which whisky bottle did you empty last night?"

The full one ;-)

Regards,

Guus

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

Guus Leeuw

@d3vy

Dear Sir,

you are not legally obliged to proof any of these things unless you have at least 5 employees in total (including you, if you're on the payroll).

I'm surprised your client wasn't aware of the size of your organisation and that therefore such questions, really, aren't relevant.

Regards,

Guus

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

Guus Leeuw

Re: @Rocket Rabbit ... With maths and syntax like that

Dear Mr Sitkowski,

As a trained-software-developer-turned-project-manager, I can say that you are quite wrong.

You see, before something is a project that is being executed, there's a bit that is called "sales". Very often there are market pressure that sales people have to adhere to, and that means that often enough that a service is sold for less than what is effectively necessary to come in on budget. This is called "discounts". You then see that the end result of the discounting process is the project budget. This is incorrect accounting, however the project manager is then ultimately responsible for cost overruns, even though it was the business who decided to give the customer a large discount.

There's also unrealistic expectations set by clients, whereby clients cause project starts to be delayed (due to contract negotiation or holidays), but the same clients forget that that automagically means that the end date is shifting as well. Such clients are then normally very adamant that the end date stays the same, even though we're now 3 or 4 months delayed from a project start point of view only of themselves.

Only then are we starting to get into the game where a project manager can really influence the course of action.

And even if a project manager understands the technology (because he is / was a software developer), I've seen some very very bad examples, and I'll give you two:

1) Shit is hitting the fan, project manager states: I knew this was going to happen; yet "this" failed to registered on any risk log and was never mentioned to senior / programme management - so there never was adequate risk management. But clearly "I knew this was going to happen" means that the project manager understood very well what problems could arise

2) Multiple 3rd parties involved where the customer is not efficiently participating in multi-vendor management. This may mean that delays by one of the 3rd parties causes budget overruns for another 3rd party, as the customer still wants to stick to the project schedule. This might come to play when you *think* the other 3rd party is going to respond within 3 business days, you confirm this with the client, and the other 3rd party turns around and says that their contract stipulates 2 business weeks... Lots of delays, nothing to do with understanding technology...

So your statement is a bit sporty, and not always correct.

Best regards,

Guus

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UK.gov leaves data dashboard users' details on publicly accessible site

Guus Leeuw

Computer Misuse Act, anybody?

Dear Sir,

is the perpetrator known? Can that person be prosecuted, please?

Or is this ordeal going into the great Nirvana? And will it be forgotten about?

Regards,

Guus

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

Guus Leeuw

Increased Security Protocols

Dear Mr Kelly,

can we please have increased security protocols on the internet as well, please?

Thank you so much!

Best regards,

Guus

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Guus Leeuw

Re: Last I read...

@ Voland's right hand

Dear Sir,

if the container is airtight, any there-in contained needs no suppression system. The lack of oxygen will eventually remove the fire...

Regards,

Guus

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123-reg resolves secure database access snafu

Guus Leeuw

Said memo reached TheRegister as well!

Dear Sir,

with great pleasure I see that theregister.co.uk defaults to HTTPS as well nowadays!

Best regards,

Guus

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In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

Guus Leeuw

Re: Well they already cut themselves off from a big portion of the "market"

Dear Mr Berger,

DRM, by definition, protects copyrighted works (amongst others) using a large quantity of different methods.

Your insistence that Netflix does away with its version of DRM basically implies that Netflix could remove the paywall they have in place. I understand that you want to view Netflix movies in your player-of-choice. However, Mr Berger, ultimately we (is it 8 billion these days?) only need 1 person to pay Netflix, upload everything to putlocker.is or piratebay.cr, and all the others (8 billion - 1) can now freely watch Netflix' stuff.

Even Netflix-produced material needs to be paid. Kevin Spacy (President Underwood) isn't going to survive without Netflix paying him. Orange won't happen (which is *massively* upsetting since I'm Dutch).

An alternative would be to levy Netflix membership payments onto everybody's individual internet connection subscription. Where I currently pay Netflix once, I will end up paying them twice albeit possibly at a lower rate. If you never watch Netflix you still have to pay. That's the same scheme as a tax, so would be rather disturbing...

Would you work full-time without pay? Forever? Then why should others?

Regards,

Guus

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

Guus Leeuw

Optional religious wars were ended?

Dear Sir,

can you please provide a citation as to when religious were ended?

Isn't this "terror because Islam/Muslim" a religious war? How about the ban on flying to the US from anywhere in the Middle East? Can Indonesians fly to the US? Why?

It is all and always religious wars... They started 2017 years ago by (according to gospel / rumors) Herod the Great. Reason? Personal benefit: Herod did not want to lose his seat as Roman-appointed King of the Jews.

The theme really hasn't changed in those 2017 intervening years. Whether people wore red-crosses-on-white-garments, chased and killed all cathars, broke free of the roman catholic church into protestant churches, started the church of England... It's all the same stupid thing.

Removing religion isn't going to help - I have come to believe, because there will always be people who will find the next best to improve their own personal situation over that of others. So removing one case of "my-dick-is-bigger-than-yours" isn't really going to help society at large.

Regards,

Guus

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The nuclear launch button won't be pressed by a finger but by a bot

Guus Leeuw

Re 2nick3

Dear sir,

Can i assume that you have not read The Dark Tower?

Regards,

Guus

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EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

Guus Leeuw

Optional news item in the Republic of Ireland

Dear Sir,

of course this is picked up as newsworthy in the Republic or Ireland: the only, say, Amazon Video stream that is somewhat available in the Republic is amazon.co.uk. Titles that I bought when I lived in the UK, say "Only Fools and Horses", are not available in the Republic. Even side-stepping .co.uk and going to .de doesn't help, as Amazon Prime doesn't recognize that I have titles that might be displayable through the German servers, since I'm in Ireland. Amazon's explanation is that royalties would have had to be paid in Ireland for me to allow me to see what I bought in the UK.

Only resolution: Proxy

Hopefully this legislation will make it better, not in the case of amazon.co.uk or UK-origin contents, but surely in other things.

Unless Command in Chief May does a hard U-turn and a soft-bailout.

Regards,

Guus

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IBM to UK staff: Get ready for another game of musical chairs

Guus Leeuw

Re: Poor IBM

Dear sir,

Well called.

Shame that senor management does not want it to be that easy though. They rather get rid of their diamond and replace it with something that will never work in the same way (the cloud).

I've said it before: IBM had computing down to a T in the 60s; the rest of the industry is still trying to do what the mainframe did effortlessly half a century ago.

Shame really.

Regards,

Guus

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

Guus Leeuw

Vacancy at El Reg: Optional stone editor

Dear Sir,

Why is anybody awarding Liverpool with something for 2008 this year?

Regards,

Guus

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Trump lieutenants 'use private email' for govt work... but who'd make a big deal out of that?

Guus Leeuw

Why editors allow this through?

Because there are no editors at the register... many years of evidence to back that claim up....

Guus

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Google's Grumpy code makes Python Go

Guus Leeuw
Trollface

Only fools and horses

Delboy at work at google these days?

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Fallout from Euro Patent Office meltdown reaches Dutch parliament

Guus Leeuw

Re: Locksmith

Dear Sir,

Firing Batelli will not help at all, I'm afraid.

Best regards,

Guus (Dutchy) Leeuw

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Dyn Dyn Dyn – we have a buyer: Oracle gobbles Internet of Things DDoS victim

Guus Leeuw

With Oracle?

Dear Sir,

I have been trying to get away from Sunacle for a good few years now, but it's not been easy... MariaDB finally is mainstream for a lot of distros, so I thought I was finally getting out...

Now this. While I don't mind Larry, I certainly do not want to put money into his sailing expeditions.

I'll be starting to offer small-fee DNS services myself over the next couple of months.

Regards,

Guus

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British politicians sign off on surveillance law, now it's over to the Queen

Guus Leeuw

Re: Ascent

Dear Sir,

also, the Sovereign could pull a Belgian move:

1) Abstain from signing the law by resigning from Queen-ship and move to the East End

2) let the prime minister take over for a day

2a) Sign anything into law to the Sovereign disagrees with

3) The day after all the signing is finished, the Sovereign says: "Actually, now that I lived for a day amongst the likes of Del Trotter, I'd like to still be Queen, please"

4) Everybody cheers, the Commons got what they wanted, the Sovereign is back, nobody is any the wiser, accept the British are now hampered by surveillance against the UN human rights...

Police state calling itself a Sovereign Democracy... What a bleedin' scam...

Regards,

Guus

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Guus Leeuw

Re: VPN

Dear Sir,

So, uhm, how exactly is CitizenVPN.com not headquartered in the EU / UK / US?

Sorry for asking!

Regards,

Guus

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

Guus Leeuw

Re: If Only Google Could Get A Handle On Their Own Security Problems

Dear Sir,

this is what a company gets when having a senior security engineer what appears to need to hold his crotch in public, for reasons of comfort or security...

Or am I being too sarcastic now?

Regards,

Guus

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Trumped? Nope. Ireland to retain corporate tax advantage over the US

Guus Leeuw

Re: From across the pond

Dear Brandon,

Yes you can do that (for corporation tax purposes, and as you pointed out, move here to Ireland).

*However*: In Ireland, if you want to draw money out of the company, you must either be able to declare it as an expense (non-taxable) or as a salary / wage / income. That in itself attracts various different tax burdens, depending on full yearly income.

Depending on your situation, you pay a base rate of income tax of 20% on upto €42,800 annual income. Anything above that (or whatever the base amount is, depending on your situation), you will pay 40% tax.

In my situation, that means I pay 52% income tax, and 12.5% corporation tax on any profits I make.

What you can do, though, is route most of your invoices through Ireland, and have your US parent company suck in the money to the extend of your personal salary / wages. Pay that out, and then you have the best of both worlds: corporation tax low low in Ireland, and income tax low low in the US.

Hope this helps,

Regards,

Guus

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'We already do that, we’re just OG* enough to not call it DevOps'

Guus Leeuw

Re: Oh gee

Dear Sir,

"gee" in colloquial language, here in the Republic of Ireland, means vagina.

So "Oh gee" definitely has a link to the Republic or Ireland...

Regards,

Guus

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