* Posts by JimmyPage

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GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

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Missing the point

It has nothing to do with minimum wage, and everything to do with the relationship between Uber and it's drivers.

If an Uber driver can also work for Lyft, et al then great. The driver really is self-employed.

However, I suspect that somehow Uber will prevent Uber drivers from doing this - making the driver an employee and therefore protected (for now) by employment legislation.

Calling employees "self-employed" is a well-known (especially to HMRC) trick to allow companies to shirk their responsibilities. It's also defrauding the revenue .....

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Governments Googling Google about you more than ever says Google

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Of course what is a "criminal"

except what a government says it is.

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Come on El Reg !

Meaningless figures, unless presented per capita :

Nation per 100,000 population

UK 10.2027338350

USA 7.5666886751

Australia 9.6913142322

India 0.4915938691

Canada 0.2793490238

I suggest a very good way to try to curb the UKs slurpophilia, is to change the headline:

UK MOST RISKY COUNTRY IN WORLD NEW STATISTICS SHOW.

Alternatively, I would suggest that volume of slurping has nothing to do with security and law and order. The US figures seem bear me out.

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ASUS first Asian PC maker to warn of price hikes... in 2.5 months

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The Brexiteers were

morons.

Fixed that for you.

I imagine no one is going to read this, what with the news of the rest of Europe (forget the rest of the world for now) all fighting with each other to offer us deals.

What's that you say ? They're not ? How odd, Nige and Boris assured us they would.

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Security gurus get behind wheel of driverless car debate

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Given the Nice tragedy ...

I hope security of autonomous vehicles is paramount.

They stopped that by killing the driver. How would you stop a hacked truck.

RIP to all - but it's never too soon.

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One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC

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Once again. We have passed peak PC.

Am I alone in despairing at these "recovery is around the corner" type studies ?

The PC as a piece of hardware in peoples homes is - for the large part - obsolete and irrelevant. People can get what they need from a combination of (smart)phone, tablet, (smart)TV and connected devices (e.g PS4). That's it.

They don't want to code. Run servers. Run specialist apps (music making, phot and film making).

Granny finally decides it's time to see what the Facebook Fuss is about ? There's a Kindle Fire.

I really hope nobody is paying for these studies. They may want a refund.

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Re: Not sure

Reminds me of the scene from Veep where the hapless President arranges a public "diversity debate" and the 5 attendees are all white middle aged men ....

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Microsoft wins landmark Irish data slurp warrant case against the US

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Probably not fashionable

but well done MS - even if it was only to preserve your bottom line

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: VPNs

and are trivial to create a criminal offence for using an "unregistered" one.

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

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Re: Let's have a look at how he's qualified

No, let's not. I don't know enough swear words.

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Boo fucking hoo

So Britain makes itself even *more* of an international laughing stock by whinging that British scientists are being treated differently to EU scientists ?

Is that the gist of this ?

But if only someone, somewhere had warned of the consequences of leaving the EU.

What's that ? They did ?

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

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Oh FFS !

Currently I work for a company that handles 10 million + accounts without incident. Previously I worked for a company that handled 5 million accounts - again without incident.

No one gave us £50 million.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Precoolers

are these similar to what Concorde needed to slow the incoming air down (and explains the unique shape of the intake) ?

Something NASA admitted put the Apollo program into the shade ....

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The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

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Language ...

My first thought was T-SQL ...

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Next month's Firefox 48 is looking Rusty – and that's a very good thing

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So, Rust is now "a thing"

I noticed a job spec last week which called for RUST skills (in the UK).

Now I know ....

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Trial to store benefits claimants' personal data on blockchain slammed

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Re: Why would the DWP need to use a blockchain?

you know what I said about not everyone getting it ?

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Re: Why would the DWP need to use a blockchain?

If you need to ask that question you don't understand blockchain.

(Don't worry, few do).

blockchain is not just distributed database. Well, it can be, but even emerging platforms such as Ethereum aren['t.

Blockchain is a state machine, capable of processing transactions - data *and* instructions autonomously.

When you realise that, you realise why the lawyers and governments are sniffing around. A properly created blockchain SmartContract is effectively a program which can transfer, unlock and lock "money".

In the example in the article, you could send a claimant their benefits as a SmartContract which can *only* be honoured by a certain retailer, in exchange for certain goods.

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Misdirection

Any competently instantiated blockchain should be cryptographically secure. Personal details on the blockchain wouldn't worry me.

Far more sinister is the emergence of a parallel currency - BenefitCoin - and an infrastructure like blockchain which enforces Smart Contracts.

Could this be the final destination for Project Tory. A real two-tier society ?

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Windows Phone users beg Pokémon Go creators for attention

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As an advert for *not* buying a Windows Phone

this story really can't be beaten.

I gave up with Windows Phone (still the best mobile OS I have used :( ) last year after being fed up of not being able to get the apps which nowadays are part of engaging with the modern world.

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Drowning Dalek commands Siri in voice-rec hack attack

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Hang on a second

Not doubting the article, but it has just triggered a vague memory of some sort of scare ?? marketing ploy ?? to do with kids toys.

1980s ???

Wasn't there a kids toy robot thingy which "reacted" to audio codes in the (cunningly linked) TV cartoon ?

Or have I just given some startup an idea ?

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Ahhh. Well my phone does not have "Automatic Woyce Weckognition".

Welease Woderick

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Worried the beeps might give it away ..

There are so many apps which insist on beeping, buzzing and generally shouting HERE I AM that if you had your sound on, you'd never spot the signal.

Once again, signal-to-noise ratio, guys.

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FBI arrests satellite engineer on charges of espionage

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All of a sudden ...

"The Americans" doesn't seem fiction anymore ....

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Is it worth it ?

Surely labour costs are close to negligible when it comes to marine freight ?

The propose M6 driverless lorry trial makes far more economic sense.

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Teen faces trial for telling suicidal boyfriend to kill himself via text

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Fire in a crowded theater ?

Only read the first page, but I thought the US courts had long delineated the 1st amendment as not being a license to shout "FIRE !!!" in a crowded theater - the point being that the ensuing - possibly fatal - stampede was a foreseeable result, and the responsibility of the shouter. Free speech or not.

In other words, nothing to see. Move on. There shouldn't be any new law here.

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Ad agency swipes 'unnamed bloggers' for calling out its cynically fake 'save a refugee' app

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A new "thing" ? Or was it always thus ?

Maybe I'm getting [too] old, but it seems to me the current hipster response when called out on your POC product/app is to whinge that people aren't seeing "the bigger picture" and to imply (or sometimes explicitly state) that it's all other peoples fault for "not getting it".

Then again, I have vague memories that he kaftan-joss-stick scamsters in the 60s would blame the market failure of their schemes on "bread heads, man". So maybe it's nothing new ?

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Sysadmins: Use these scripts to fully check out of your conference calls

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Only 40 years late ...

The greatly missed Dr. Christopher Evans mentioned a conference host chat app in the 70s that would carry on when people left, and which did a pretty good job of seeming intelligent ....

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If we're looking at so-true-it-hurts clips ..

Check out this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKorP55Aqvg

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Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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He denied it was a pipebomb in his car,

but merely a "tube filled with cotton and bullets."

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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OOI how does steganography fit into RIPA

is it possible plod could take any large file found and demand the "hidden data" they KNOW is inside it ? Even if there isn't ?

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Lauri Love at risk of suicide if extradited to US, Brit court hears

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Re:US won't allow US citizens to be extradited

Is that law, a policy, or prejudice ?

I am pretty sure US citizens *have* been extradited when the correct procedures were followed and evidence was presented.

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Home Office ignores plight of BA techies as job offshoring looms

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Re:nobody wept for the country when Blair

No. They marched in their millions in London.

And *then* were ignored.

It's either heads on spikes, or weeping in the corner.

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Re:second referendum

Really ?

I think, if nothing else, the brief fad for referenda we have enjoyed is well and truly dead.

We won't see another one for at least 60 years. When all the people who can remember this one are dead.

Of all the referenda we could have had, this is probably the most ill conceived, debated and executed as you could get. Certainly the most divisive. We need a "I weep for my country" icon.

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I'm afraid, as predicted

There will be so much post-Brexit shit to deal with, this is probably not even bottom of the list of lists of things that need to be done.

Generally the UK government seems to struggle doing it's day job. Gawd knows how it's going to cope unpicking the tangle of UK-EU connections.

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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dubbed URL but pronounced Earl

well, it would be, wouldn't it.

Yee haw.

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Microsoft hops onboard bonk-to-pay bandwagon

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Like fitting wheels to a tomato

time-consuming and totally pointless

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Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey

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re: What is the air-line ?

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/emirates-air-line/

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On 21 June 1791 ...the first map was produced 10 years later.

Maybe we should have a seance and get them to manage HS2 ?

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Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank

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Re: isn't there an old joke ...

"What do you call a gorilla with a banana in each ear ?"

"Anything you like, he can't hear you."

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: utter bigotry

except I did it while named ...

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Curious timing ...

Just long enough since 1973 for everyone to recall the 50s and 60s with rose-tinted glasses. As survivors generally do.

The general thrust to the Brexiters seems to be that you'll also be able to leave your front door unlocked, bread will be delivered by boys on (Boris) bikes, and the postman will wear a peaked cap and whistle a jaunty tune as he delivers your dole cheque. Basically, a past which never existed.

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Police ICT Company head: Eat your cloud, cops, it's good for you

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Back in the 60s ..

all big companies that ran "data centers" flogged time on their systems to smaller companies who couldn't afford a whole [IBM] computer.

What's that thing just about to hit the back of your head ? Oh yes. It's a full circle turning.

Of course all the skills and expertise that developed in those crazy days (not just technical, but administrative and contractual) has disappeared. Either carried off by death, or kicked out the door as redundant.

Anyone who wants to study that era may find they have a jump on the next breed of sharks selling snake oil.

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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Lindt ..

Their Dark Chocolate with Salted Caramel is *divine* -------------------->

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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

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How about just making it illegal to sell a ticket for more than face value?

Free market, perhaps ?

A lot depends on how you view a ticket. If it's property, then letting the state dictate what you may or may not buy or sell, and what you buy/sell it for is a really bad idea. Price controls generally are a magnet for even more crookery.

If it's not property, but a unique placeholder for an event, then maybe the ticket industry could take a break from counting their profits, and devise a system the end punter can have faith in.

In fact, anyone who has been to a Robert Plant show will know they have. Never seen a tout at a Percy gig because his management link the ticket to the card that bought it. No card. No ticket. Simples. Hardly a new idea either - it was trialled in 2007 when "Led Zeppelin" played the 02

Given that, one has to wonder why it's not in more general use. Clearly the ticket agencies aren't in a rush to help.

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A month to save digital currency Ethereum?

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however:blockchain != "currency"

(FSVO "currency")

Having been tasked by my employer to deep dive blockchain in general, it seems most people - *especially* "experts" have been a little bit starstruck by BitCoin, and can't separate the concept of virtual currency from blockchain. As even the tone of this article demonstrates.

Like it or not, there is a slow development of blockchain for all sorts of uses. Just one example is a distributed ledger for the provenance of gemstones - an attempt to address blood diamonds.

Blockchain is like paper - yes, you can print banknotes on it. However you can also do a lot more with it (including burning it :) )

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Lester Haines: RIP

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What can I say. RIP

One of the Regs stars.

---------------------> have one in heaven for me :(

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GitHub presses big red password reset button after third-party breach

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I don't have a phone

Not being funny, but what are you doing The Register ?

Are you *ever* going to get a phone ?

I can understand Joe Public holding out from having a (I presume you mean) smartphone.

But a nominal techie ? Surely you should be - to a certain degree - leading your customers. Not following them.

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Microsoft planning blockchain-as-a-service for Azure apps

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In which case ..

It's not true block chain ... The key word being "distributed". Also you can create a chain which requires a depth of blocks before confirming transactions to prevent deck stacking ....

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Cork data centre will offer super-speedy US to Europe data times

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But *why* 320 km from a nuclear installation ?

I would have thought Apple execs - whatever their characters - were not in the same league of morons as my in-laws.

Clearly wrong.

If anyone owns any Apple stock, they may wish to diversify, if this is the level of intelligence at the top.

They may as well have suggested it'll be little-people-powered ....

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

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Re: Hmm

IIRC NT DOS has quite a rich set of features that can be used in BAT files. Certainly it's possible to work a directory tree of files generated by DIR, and have some pretty nifty IF/THEN paths through a script.

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