* Posts by Velv

2379 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

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Sensible Option

So this *might* be a sensible move by Dell.

We've all heard of the instances of people buying cheap goods because they were listed with a low price. So why not introduce a policy that all goods listed must have an unrealistically high price when first listed, then the price can be set to the normal price once the listings are validated.

Or they could just make sure the details are right first time...

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UK computer dealer Aria PC loses £750k VAT fraud appeal attempt in THAT case

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When does the criminal trial start?

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Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant

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Re: few Chinese workers have volunteered to move to Wisconsin

"So what you're saying is that Foxconn treats it's Chinese workers like slaves, and presumably wants to treat it's new US workers the same way?"

From what I've heard working for most American companies is only one step above slavery. For many, "Benefits" is something employees dream of, not taken for granted as we do in Europe. Paid holidays? Health care? Dental? Pension contributions? etc. There are some companies very good to their employees, however your basic American worker puts in long hours for a very basic reward.

Luck us in Europe have strong policies on workers rights. Oh, wait...

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UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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"We don't have ID cards.

Not everyone has passports or driving licences.

Hence, day-to-day life doesn't require it."

While this may be true today, criminal activity is increasing leading to the need to prove one's identity, and if we don't end up with ID cards we will have de facto ID cards in Passports or Driving licences, with everyone requiring ownership of one or the other just to prove their identity even if they don't drive or go overseas.

Not saying its right, just pointing out the world is changing, and voting is just another aspect that will change, like it or not,

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Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: Bertrand Russell

He’s the only man* to have put a teapot into orbit around the sun, that must deserve recognition.

*several wives have managed to put teapots into inexplicable orbits although few are verifiable, a bit perhaps like Russell’s.

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Tax me if you can: VMware UK tosses shrunken offering to HMRC

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No doubt others who generate more than half a billion in sales locally will find cunning loopholes to (legally) avoid their fair share.

Have you ever heard the phrase “turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, cash is king”. What you turn over means fuck all. You can be turning over £1,000,000,000,001, but if your costs are £1,000,000,000,000 then you made a pound profit, which isn’t going to keep you in food very long (one McDonalds Saver burger for you).

There are some companies exploiting the letter of the law to gain an advantage, and governments need to work to change those laws. But your off the cuff comment on sales shows an ignorance of the subject you are trying to write about.

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Re: taxing

Indeed, legal but not very moral.

The reason we have laws is that different people throughout history have had different views on what is moral. Writing laws gives everyone a hard reference point, and we do update laws as gaps appear and public opinion changes.

If we all agreed on the same moral viewpoint we wouldn’t need the laws. It would be nice if we all played by the spirit of the laws, but ultimately it is the letter of the law that counts.

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US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan

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For all these multinational cross border companies, why not set up one cybercountry where all income is lodged and subsequently taxed at an agreed fair rate.

That tax is then proportionally distributed to all the actual countries in which the multinational operates.

Removes the ability of companies to leverage fancy schemes in a low tax jurisdiction and offers an opportunity for poorer countries to receive their fair share.

We are all citizens of the same cyber space, we should all equally benefit?

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£220k fines for dodgy dialling duo who didn't do due dil on data

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Both businesses can get a 20 per cent reduction if they pay by 28 November.

Or a 100% discount if they go into liquidation.

Apart from jailing the directors, it’s about time we consider a threat against employees. If you are making outbound calls all day and almost every caller tells you to fuck off as they are on the TPS you need to at some point realise that the business is breaking the law and that by not whistleblowing the activity you are furthering the breaking of the law. You are at some point committing personal fraud by perpetuating the marketing calls.

I know this isn’t really a practical rememdy, it is the business owners (and managers) who should be held accountable, but as an upstanding moral citizen, would you continue to work for one of these businesses without calling out the issue?

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Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Re: Dear DHSS

More likely is the Child Support Agency (CSA) chasing the father for child support.

Despite evidence the father doesn’t exist, much less have money to pay said support, the CSA will pick a random amount per week that is due and back date it to the beginning of time.

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Re: Dear God,

As I understand it, it’s a bit like the old TV game “Call My Bluff”

You get to the “gates” of the afterlife and there’s a bunch of deities holding brown cards. You pick your chosen deity and hope they don’t turn it over to find the word “Bluff”

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Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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If this mess is building up in his garden then is there not a case to investigate his general care of the animals? According to the linked article the fouling was in a "terraced house’s yard" - not exactly a roaming estate where the dogs could run free for hours of exercise.

An inspection by the RSPCA might spur a little more care out of him.

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Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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As an existing bail jumper he’s going to be denied any further bail, so he’s going to be held on remand.

And it’s unlikely the CPS will rush to bring the case to court.

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The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Re: I'm quite happy

to call ethernet over coaxial cable "a coax cable" and ethernet over a cable designed for it "an ethernet cable"

Ethernet is a Data Link layer protocol and sits at Layer 2.

Coaxial cable and twisted pair cable are Physical layer transmission mediums and sit at Layer 1.

There is no such thing as “an Ethernet cable”

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Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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On the one hand, this would stop parts – such as the keyboard – from being swapped out for backdoored gear.

Of good grief. Like this is actually a serious threat. If it’s more than 0.1% of keyboards swaps I’d be surprised. The vast majority of repairs are genuine a some numpty has spilled something on the keyboard, or they were crap keyboards in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, hardware has been hacked for nefarious reasons, it’s just not a sufficiently large problem to be a legitimate excuse to prevent repairs.

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Ad blocking. All fun and games – until it gets political: Union websites banned by uBlock Origin

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Who watches The Watchers?

Pretty much sums it up. If all you’re fed is “fake news” how do you determine what is not fake?

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Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court

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Re: valid use

And what if using USB drives are an active and valid part of business operations?

Then there will be clear policies and training in place about what is acceptable and what is not acceptable, and appropriate level of controls.

For example at a site I previously worked at there is a valid business process that requires a weekly transfer of sensitive data.

There is a four eyes policy on the extraction and loading of the data - two people must undertake the task.

The USB ports are software locked - a break glass account is used to complete the task and that account has the role based access to use the USB port. There is an approval process to obtain the break glass credentials and their use is time bound.

The USB stick is encrypted to a high standard,

The USB stick is transported by a third party security provider using tamper evident pouches.

This does not prevent theft of the data, it just makes it extremely difficult without collusion between several people.

Did Morrison’s just let the guy gave access to open USB ports with no auditing of the data, and no policy about removing USB sticks from site? Very possibly, and therefore it did not take reasonable precautions to prevent loss.

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Maybe we should ask Ecuador to build a cathedral inside the embassy. I hear there’s some Russians who like visiting Cathedrals...

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If the current US government want to extradite him, why haven’t they requested extradition from Ecuador? They’ve had extradition treaties since 1839

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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While the employee had legitimate access, were Morrison’s controls on its staff sufficient to make the breach difficult or detectable? Clearly not as ithe breach was only discovered when it was published on Tor. So Morrison’s must bear some liability.

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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consumers probably have "four or five devices" that do WhatsApp already

Well, no, they probably don’t, because WhatsApp unlike many competitor messaging apps restricts itself to phones only, so it doesn’t run as an app on my tablets, PCs, Macs etc. (I don’t count running it in a browser with convoluted access as a sufficient App).

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What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken

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Go Dark

The big guys should make sure all Aussie users are aware of the implications by going dark for a day, or even a few hours.

Post a message that service would be offline if said law is implemented. Australia is small enough that this wouldn't really impact profits but big enough that the governments and peoples of the world would take note.

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Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Facebook @ Work

I wonder if the same issue could potentially have been open on Workplace (Facebook collaboration for companies). How many businesses could have had data stolen that’s not just kitten videos and people’s lunch pictures?

https://www.facebook.com/workplace/case-studies

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'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief

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while arbitrarily detained

There is nothing arbitrary about his detention, he is entirely there through his own choice. Nobody is stopping him walking out of the Embassy whenever he wants.

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Contractors slam UK taxman's 'aggressive' IR35 tax reforms

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Re: Loan Charge?

There is a 2 year period where HMRC can challenge your tax return if it believes there are inaccuracies and go after any money it thinks you owe it.

It is also written in law that HMRC can go back up to 20 years if they believe you have been committing tax evasion, so the legality of a loan you are not expected to pay back is brought into question. And let’s be honest and moral here, any loan you receive that you are never expected to pay back is not really a loan, its a payment.

Or perhaps your out with HMRC is to repay the loan (which I suspect will be a larger sum you don’t have than the tax HMRC expect on it)

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Amid Trump-China tariff tiff, Cisco kit prices to resellers soar up to 25%

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Build what?

Import all the raw materials from China to make the silicon billets?

Import the silicon billets from China but manufacture the silicon wafers?

Import the silicon wafers from China but fab the chips?

Import the chips and assemble the boards?

Import the boards and assemble the products?

It’s tariffs all the way down!!!

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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Bait and Switch

Hmmm, the price goes up after you've signed up to being fucked.

A bit like their Brexit plans then

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HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

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Re: Next:

"Next: HMRC admits to being hoist upon it's own petard."

HMRC will NEVER admit there is anything wrong. To do so would open the doors for anyone previously misclassified to recover back payments.

They will either just go quiet, or more likely declare a new target.

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How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: DevOps?

While it might be the buzzword of the CIO, CTO, et al these days, the concept has been around a long time, long before 1996.

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Guilty: The Romanian ransomware mastermind who infected Trump inauguration CCTV cams

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Re: Prison Time

"I don't think they need encouragement to lock up more people."

Nope, but some of them seem quite focused on locking up just one person

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Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Broken

As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

And let’s be honest, for the vast majority of internet “users” (individuals and companies), nothing is as yet broken. It all still works. Quite reliably in most cases. Until the price of operating in an IPv4 world becomes more expensive than an IPv6 there not much incentive to move (future doom doesn’t normally impact this years bottom line).

#DevilsAdvocate

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Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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There's always going to be a market for Time magazine while we still have dentists waiting rooms

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Automated Weather Source didn't see this cloud coming: Amazon snatches up AWS.com

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Re: Today a domain...

aws.world ?

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US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted

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Re: This raises the question

Lothian Buses in Edinburgh use yourb.us as the link on social media to their Service Status pages.

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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Re: Exchange rate

Frequencies do vary around the world, that’s why most phones are “quad band” or similar and are capable of operating in most countries “roaming”

Given the radio chips are all made by a tiny number of suppliers it’s just as easy to put a world capable radio in than have specific radios for specific markets.

If only there was a standard... you know, something like a Global Standard for Mobile communication... or something issued by the International Telecommunications Union for the Third Or Fourth generations of device

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GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse

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USR

Three laws safe...

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Whisky business: Uni of Edinburgh servers Irn-Scru'd by cyber-attack

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Re: Scottish college?

Reminds me of the trick question in Blackadder IV where Blackadder asks Nurse Mary which of the three great Universities she’d been to, Oxford, Cambridge or Hull?

It’s a trick question, obviously, as there are only two great universities. Oxford is a complete dump.

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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"Excuse me, do you have any Government ID about your person?"

"Yes, I have my Passport and my Drivers License"

I'm sorry, we don't accept either of those, you'll need to get another piece of Government issued ID"

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: that's the point where things start to go downhill.

DrEvil / Henchmen

Oh, wait, that won't work

DrEvil / Henchperson

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Register-Orbi-damned: Netgear account order irks infosec bods

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Hmm, an app to give remote management access to your sensitive network equipment. Not sure registration with the vendor is your biggest security risk there buddy...

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Re: Netgear - Another once great brand gone

No it doesn’t. Arlo works perfectly on my iPad and that famously doesn’t have Flash available.

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So what's Microsoft's counter-AWS cloud strategy? Don't be evil

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Re: Here's an idea...

My current company can't use Cloud for anything for security reasons. Bliss.

Sorry, but that’s a popular misconception controlled by a “policy” perpetuated by people who don’t understand what is available in the “cloud”.

Money talks, policies change. Like it or not cloud is maturing, and there is no industry or data that cannot use external services. I’m not suggesting it’s as simple as just “chucking everything into AWS”. But given recent examples of data breaches, where data is hosted (internally or externally) is less relevant than the correct application of controls around accessing it.

True, owning the data centre adds one layer of access control. But security is about multiple layers, multiple controls, all of which can be provided as part of your external hosting.

I know there will be people who disagree with this. I was one of them until I started doing research. Even governments have cleared the way for even the most sensitive of data to be handled leveraging cloud. They changed the policy.

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Expanding Right To Be Forgotten slippery slope to global censorship, warn free speech fans

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FAIL

ENOUGH

When is sense going to prevail and the law force the removal of the original content, not the search results

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Re: The layers keep piling up

@ecofeco

To be fair, I doubt most people ever had a clue how it works, probably not even the slightest idea

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Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

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Re: Land where?

They’ve already flung a Tesla Rodster at it...

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UK.gov's no-deal plans leave HMRC customs, VAT systems scrambling to keep up

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Lets not forget the shareholders are mostly idiots. That’s why we’re looking down the barrel of this Brexit disaster

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Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins

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“You realize we're sitting on 45,000 pounds of fuel, one nuclear warhead and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder?”

Rockhound, Armageddon (1998)

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Plusnet customers peeped others' deets during system upgrade

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Re: "handful"

Since “unlimited” in telecoms land doesn’t actually mean unlimited, I shudder to think what a handful means.

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Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie

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As for the worst places to go, Panama City ranks 90th i.e. last,

I strongly suspect Panama City is not the worst place to go, it is only the worst place on the list. For example, Dundee is not on the list, is fairly well renowned for its tech, particularly gaming, but I’d rather go to Panama City.

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