* Posts by Franco

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BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

Franco

I've had that too, other contractors have said to me I pay too much for my accountant or that their's offers 95% take home. Funnily enough most end up asking who my accountant is after a while...

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Re: Hypothetical?

Whilst the wording of the contract is considered, actual working practices take precedence over it. E.g. if your contract contains a substitution clause that's considered one of the key factors to pass the CEST tool, but if the engager would block any and all substitutes without reasonable grounds (E.g. qualifications, experience, security clearance) then you would be deemed inside IR35.

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

Franco

"Dear Emma, you seem to have completely missed the point. The problem is not what the US has done (past tense) but what the US will do (future tense)."

What may or not happen is not within the remit of the court at this point. A specific request for extradition would be assessed on it's merits (as has happened with Lauri Love), this hearing is to assess whether or not charges should be dropped for an offense that Assange is blatantly guilty of.

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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

Franco

Oh brilliant, just as the world decides rather than let women wear some more dignified outfits whilst advertising tat at sporting events they'll just ban them out right and replace them with kids, ignoring the fact that this is the ONE job in the world where women are guaranteed to be paid more than men.

Not liking having sticky hands after eating crisps is not a gender specific quality, nor is the amount of noise the food makes. EVERYONE is self-conscious if they are the only person in the room eating something noisy.

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

Franco

For Lester...

Purely in the interests of science, I would go out drinking on a Friday night and consume one of these when I got home.

Then on the Saturday, again in the interests of science, make a pizza covered in roast beef, roast potatoes and (as described by Richard Sharpe to a French officer in one of the books in Bernard Cornwell's series) "a gravy thick enough to choke a rat" for post-pub consumption that night.

The Sunday is likely to include some up close research in to the plumbing facilities.

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STOP! It's dangerous to upgrade to VMware 6.5 alone. Read this

Franco

Re: Upgrading from 5.5

Hyper-V has come on leaps and bounds, but is still let down by Management. Even now, you can't do every single thing in SCVMM, there's still the occasional need to dip in to the Hyper-V or Failover Cluster Manager tools. Don't agree with the comment about Hyper-V clusters being unattainable though, I've built clusters for sites ranging from 8 VMs running on entry level HP LeftHand SANs right up to massive clusters running on Dell Compellents and 10Gig Cisco Nexus switches.

I can't comment on this personally, but I have heard from guys I know who work with VMware more than Hyper-V that the support levels are not where they were pre-Dell either.

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

Franco

I found a static protection bag in a drawer last week containing a PCI 1G Ethernet card, a PCI 56K Modem, a PCMCIA 10/100 Ethernet card and a PCMCIA 802.11b WiFi card, with floppies containing the drivers for each.

I've been given an Echo Dot (still have it, but it's turned off unless I need the timer or want to listen to music in the kitchen) and a faux Roomba (sp?) that my Mum took back from me when she found out I wasn't using it. Comments from her along the lines of me being an ungrateful so-and-so were met with what did you expect when you bought me a novelty vaccuum cleaner?

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It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means

Franco

Re: Having read the article

That takes me back to my University days, someone queried why a course in "Computer Science" was teaching "Software Engineering" (I am well aware of the vagueness of those terms in the real world, hence the inverted commas). We were told that we could be taught engineering principles in the software course, but we would be classified as scientists at the degree level because of professional bodies such as the IEEE being very protective of the term engineer.

Microsoft hit the same thing with the original MCSE certification hence why it's now Solutions Expert rather than Systems Engineer.

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Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

Franco

Re: Nokia 925 is still my favourite phone

Funnily enough I've been thinking about the 7, as I mentioned above, to replace my 925 which is starting to show it's age.

Had a 950 which I won from Windows Central but sold it as it was a bit too big for me. The 925 is getting a bit stroppy and looks pretty bad around the edges which are scratch magnets no matter how careful you are. Mine is also running W10M rather than 8 and I've modded it to put the wireless charging coil inside as the charge cover broke and I wasn't buying another. Still a great phone, even after 4.5 years, but the battery is getting worse and I'm running in to more and more websites that won't play nicely with Edge.

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Franco

Quite like the look of these, I'm hoping the 7 will come to the UK before too long (China only at present) seeing as it's in the midrange but still has USB type-c, virtually stock Android and one of them new fangled 3.5mm jacks.

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Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie

Franco

Re: great

When you refer to Tarantino that way all I can hear in my head is a Klingon being told to quit his jibber jabber.

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I'm now thinking Deep Space 9 would have been a much better show if Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer tried to hold up Quark's a few times.

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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

Franco

Excel does have a lot of uses, but at the same time it really gets on my nerves. Not so much the program, as the idiots who use it for everything.

Some genius where I work decided shared calendars (despite having Exchange and SharePoint) are a bad thing and banned them, so departments use Excel for this and for timesheets and holiday planning and about a million other things that there are simpler and better ways to do.

Lost count of the number of "our database isn't working" calls I've had, all of which are in fact corrupt Excel spreadsheets being misused. I'm sure Excel isn't the only spreadsheet app misused in this way though.

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

Franco

Never mind any of that Dabbsy, the real question is do you want any toast?

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

Franco

Re: Wait a mo

I can hear the late great Bill Hicks on this one.

Angry mob: Hey buddy, we're Christians and we don't like what you said

Bill: Then forgive me

Bill: Later, when I was hanging from the tree.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-btK9wllOvI

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The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

Franco

Facebook are trying to put out the fire with gasoline.

I'll get my coat....

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Marissa! Mayer! pulled! out! of! retirement! to! explain! Yahoo! hack! to! Senators!

Franco

Given that this is a woman who wouldn't PIN protect her phone, it's safe to say her attitude towards security is pretty lax

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

Franco

This may be apocryphal, but I was told a story by a brand ambassador for one of the Islay distilleries when I was last over there that she had seen (on more than one occasion) service refused in Scandinavian whisky bars if anyone asked for anything other than water or ice. I think it was somewhere in Stockholm she told me about, and the customer demanded to see the manager who backed the barman and told the customer if he was trying to buy expensive malts and mix them he was doing it purely to show off.

Adding ice to a single malt can be a contentious enough subject, adding a mixer would have the purists up in arms. If that's how you like it then fine, but it's pretty pointless buying an expensive whisky then.

https://www.thegentlemansjournal.com/article/ever-put-ice-single-malt-scotch/

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Franco

Re: Give Credit where its due

To be honest it's a very sensible move by the hotel, as they will no doubt have a very large clientele of whisky connoisseurs willing to pay high prices for their rare whiskies.

BTW and I know I'm being pedantic but the spelling of whisky is important. Scotch is ALWAYS whisky and never whiskey which is used for spirits distilled in Ireland and the United States.

http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/jhb/whisky/swa/chap1.html

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Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

Franco

I get mocked for that frequently, I've got a little wallet for USB sticks that should carry 6 but as they are mostly the thin key shaped ones there's about 15 in there. Most came free from Microsoft or Symantec or some other such company.

At 2 extremes, I have a very old 64mb Dell USB stick that is (physically) huge and has a Windows 98 boot disk on it. Occasionally useful for BIOS/firmware flashes. At the other, a couple of 64gb which aren't actually that useful as for some reason HP kit doesn't like installing Windows from anything larger than an 8gb stick.

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Phone crypto shut FBI out of 7,000 devices, complains chief g-man

Franco

I'll give Wray credit for not doing the usual and demanding backdoors to everything and accepting that there are legitimate uses for encryption.

Won't stop Amber Fudd though, she's hunting wabbits and won't shut up until she gets her way or (hopefully) loses her job.

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Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

Franco

Sorry for the work force but they have long been overpriced and under-delivered on service. Account manager takes ages to respond to any contact, or goes on holiday without an out-of-office, and when you could finally get an order placed it never arrived when it was supposed to.

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The age of six-monthly Windows Server updates starts … now!

Franco

No issue with it for me as long as they keep the long-term support on specific builds as they have with client versions of Windows. Not sure of the point of it personally, given that most companies will want their business running on long-term support.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

Franco

I liked Windows Mobile myself, but to qualify that every device I had was HTC and their UI overlays (Sliding Panels on non-touch devices, TouchFlo 3D on touch devices) hid most of the horrors of the OS from the users. The HTC Touch Pro and then the HD Mini after that were still probably the best smartphones I've had.

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Re: They should have focused on the enterprise market

I've always though that was the problem, they tried to make WP7 consumer.

Around the time it came out BlackBerry were the Enterprise kings in the UK, at least IME, but they had a major outage that lasted several days and cost them pretty much every customer I had that used them. If Microsoft had focused on providing the same sort of MDM capabilities as BlackBerry they'd have scooped up a huge amount of those customers that jumped ship. Instead a lot went to iPhones (which had to be fudged with IMAP support to integrate with Exchange in those days) and then eventually they licensed ActiveSync to Apple and Android.

Even now though you need a third-party tool for decent MDM with Exchange, when it should have been integrated from the start.

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How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it's called the USA Liberty Act

Franco

Re: Meanwhile in a crack den beneath NSA headquarters...

Santa's OK, he's white. He just is white, according to Megyn Kelly anyway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNKRfY6CtMI

No doubt our lot will be carefully looking at this for the next RIPA turd-polishing session.

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Limp Weiner to get 21 months in the hole

Franco

Re: Full of it?

Reminds of Brass Eye, which was created with pretty much the sole purpose of satirising media outrage, and created a huge amount of it particularly about the special episode in 2001 about paedophilia. The Daily Star roundly condemned the episode, with the adjacent article being about how Charlotte Church looked at then age 15 and the Mail's response was on the same page as pictures of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie who were 13 and 11 at the time

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass_Eye#.22Paedogeddon.21.22_special_.282001.29

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

Franco

Re: Good to see Origin mentioned...

The only small complaint I have about Origin, is that they didn't supply my login details in advance of my go live date. I assume they would have come with the router had I ordered one, but seeing as I'd already splashed out on a Draytek router to replace the old bean tins and string that BT had given me, I never received anything in the post so had to phone customer support before ever having been online to get the VDSL credentials.

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Franco

I left BT for Origin some time ago and am very happy with them.

The only thing worse than BT's customer service is their hardware, the routers I had were utterly unfit for purpose

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

Franco

Re: Had this from the IT tech side before

It's fine on the Hyper-V hosts, but this guy was using the same license on VMs and standalone servers when enough licenses had only been bought for the hosts.

It's 2012 R2 licenses so still 1 license per 2 CPUS in this case, 2016 has changed to per core licensing I belive.

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Re: Had this from the IT tech side before

IME IT staff are pretty lax at it as well, I'm currently spending my days rebuilding servers as a previous member of staff used Datacenter Edition on everything no matter what. There was an unholy glint in the eye of the Microsoft Partner who carried out the audit when he found that....

I do get the similar half accusing, half polite "Who the fuck are you?" attitude when I go to sites. Last time though, it was for an interview, where of course the Recruitment Consultant had doctored the job description so I had no clue exactly what the job was and the guy interviewing me had forgotten to tell reception I was coming. Both things my fault of course.

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

Franco

Can't speak specifically about devs, cos I'm not one, but I do have a degree in CompSci and work in infrastructure. The costs are likely to be even higher than just the degree, as most places (IME/YMMV) will also require professional certifications such as an MCSA/E, CCNA or VCP, none of which are particularly cheap to a student or recent graduate.

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

Franco

Re: Playing with fire, Dabbsy?

I've heard quite a few bleating on this week about how great wireless charging is. Fairly took the wind out of their sales when I pointed out I have a Lumia 925 from 2013 which supports this, although to be fair I think most of the shock was that there are phone manufacturers other than Apple.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

Franco

Re: Groups and Rooms

Clearly they don't. I have a Lumia 950 (won it, didn't buy it) which I am going to sell, so have switched back to my old Lumia 925. Lo and behold, I now have again:-

Flip to Silence

Proper Agenda View in Calendar (as opposed to every day saying "No Events")

Runtastic works as the GPS bug isn't present in this version of the OS

Cortana works in my car again so I have SMS reader and turn-by-turn navigation

and the only thing I have lost is Continuum, which I hardly use anyway.

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Franco

Because God used DOS 6.3?

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

Franco

I can definitely see the market for this, I spend much more time emailing from my smartphone than I ever do on the phone and loved the convenience of HTC devices like the S730 or Touch Pro.

Plus geeks love a gadget. ;-)

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TalkTalk plans to bail on mobile in major shake-up for beleaguered biz

Franco

Re: Worst Coverage?

Very similar for me too, I live near Glasgow and work on the other side of Glasgow at the moment but also with a fair bit of travelling. I get pretty good coverage almost everywhere with 3. Previously I had a business phone from O2 and the coverage was not as good, nor was the customer service. As much as comparing customer service from mobile providers is like comparing having rabies to botulism, 3 are about the best IME (Been with Vodafone and Orange around the time it became EE before moving to 3).

Never dealt with TalkTalk for anything other than business broadband and their service is, in a word, shite. Everytime I called them it was either my fault for not using their router, or Openreach's fault.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

Franco

Re: Smart meters and electricity storage

"Some people haven't thought this 'smart' malarky though very well."

That's pretty much the definition of smart to me. Smart is the generic buzzword applied to things to make them sound more interesting than they are, such as referring to corporate networks as "server estates" or "private clouds"

There's a sign on the office noticeboard here that says "Just because you can do something with technology doesn't mean you should". There are millions of old utility meters across the country getting replaced for no reason other than someone thought it might be a good idea.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

Franco

I saw an advert on the TV for the smart doorbell the other day and though what kind of idiot thinks that's a good idea? It's not like the woman walking down the street wasn't surrounded by noise that would make it obvious she wasn't at home.

My utilities provider is also utterly determined that I must have a smart meter, and think it's very odd that I have concerns about devices being externally accessible from my house. They keep sending me emails with pictures of 80s telephones telling me that I don't use one of them anymore so why would I use anything else from then.

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Tech soap-opera latest: Alexa marries Cortana, will share custody of customers

Franco

Fine until Alexa asks Cortana to ID the theme music from Terminator 2 and accidentally creates Skynet, only human extinction will come from us all jumping off cliffs or in front of cars because every electronic device on the planet says "I'm sorry, I didn't catch that" over and over again.

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Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune'

Franco

Re: Wow - that's fast!

Nothing wrong with the units, although there technically should be a suffix to tell you what is being measured as the decibel scale can be applied to many things.

Essentially what it is saying is we need a big-ass antenna to detect this very weak signal though.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decibel

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Drive-thru drive-by at McDs after ice cream no-show, say cops

Franco

They have watched the news, the trouble is they then denounce it as "fake"

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

Franco

Re: Surface Dial...

According to MS the Dial works with the Surface Book and Pro 4 as well as the Studio, so should work with this.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/surface/accessories/surface-dial

Not defending the prices, but I had a Pro V1, now have a Book and use a Pro V3 at work.They are very nice devices to use IME.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

Franco

Never been much a of a fan of the bridie, always preferred a good Scotch Pie myself. Youngs the baker in Hamilton sell the best I know of, they don't have to be held upside down for a minute before eating to let the grease drip out and the meat is well spiced unlike the bland dross sold by Bell's in the supermarkets.

I don't know if this is purely a Scottish thing but if we are honouring the traditions of the football season then it should be washed down with Bovril. McDiarmid Park in Perth (home of St Johnstone) was the first ground in Scotland I ever saw selling tea or coffee, prior to that and pre-Taylor Report you could get four things. Pies, bovril, kwenchy kups and mars bars.

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Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

Franco

"Yes, I still write in that direction. I am hoped to it finding fascinate."

I misread that as feeling fascination, and now have an annoyingly catch song by The Human League stuck in my head.

Any reference to the genius of Douglas Adams is always welcome as well. I have rarely in my life laughed as hard as I did the first time I read the argument about man disproving God because of the babelfish, and shortly afterwards proving that black is white before being killed on the next zebra crossing.

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

Franco

Re: Breakfasts around the nation

There is also a Full Irish and the Ulster Fry

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full_breakfast#England

I don't think it's something you can definiteively categorise though, we've already seen from the other comments that there are huge local variations across England. Given that it's often post-alcohol breakfast for so many people, what goes in will be determined by what's in the house.

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Franco

Man v Food has a lot to answer for!

mate of mine lives in Bristol though, so I'm sure he'll have sample that one in Portishead.

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Franco

Tattie Scone is another essential ingredient north of the border, and most of us up here will also prefer square sausage. It's pronounced "squerr", it's never called Lorne and it almost certainly isn't actually square, but such are the ways of things.

As an aside, seeing as hipsters are the cause of this article, a story from the 80s.

The Glasgow Herald (as was, now just The Herald) used to run a column called Tom Shield's Diaries for it's more irreverant stories. Concerned about the gentrification of Glasgow in the yuppie era, they ran a comparison of the working man's breakfast in the 70s vs the 80s.

Then:-

Bacon, sausage, black pudding, fried egg, tattie scone, all wrapped in a city bakeries roll

Now:-

Bacon, sausage, black pudding, fried egg, tattie scone, all wrapped in a city bakeries croissant.

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

Franco

I was given an Echo for Christmas. It's in the kitchen and only really used as a timer, cos it's fuck all use for anything else.

Audio quality is rotten unless you have external speakers, and it has trouble realising that you own the song that you ask it to play. Oh, and despite what it says you can't connect bluetooth devices without the app.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

Franco

Re: No contest

Go to purple alert!

Are you sure Sir? It does mean changing the lightbulb.

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