* Posts by Happy Ranter

33 posts • joined 14 Jun 2010

US Embassy in London files extradition request for ex-Autonomy boss over HPE fraud charges

Happy Ranter
Trollface

Can he claim diplomatic immunity?

Just asking the question.

It seems anyone is the US can so maybe we have a reciprocal agreement?

You're drinking morning coffee in 2019. These eggheads are in 2119 landing drones on their arms like robo-falconers

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FAIL

Have you any idea how much sleep I have lost waiting for this?

>.< that much! The little tiny dot between > and <.

In fact, it's taken me more time to explain how much sleep I have lost than the actual amount of sleep I have lost waiting for someone to invent this

UK political parties fall over themselves to win tech contractor vote by pledging to review IR35

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Re: There are an estimated 4.6 million contractors in the UK.

I knw several contractor who have been advised by their UC that they may be liable for IR35

As for the figures? I wouldn't trust them. everyone knows 120% of government statistics are inaccurate, often by very wide margins, hence the current Conservatives massive majority that was predicted in the last election.

I do know of several contractor who basically said F*** it and took early retirement (myself included). Between IR35, HMRC, VAT changes, Digital reporting etc. it really has got to the stage where I would rather be a part time bus driver.

As for promises to repeal IR35 or even review it? More chance of me believing in the tooth fairy

Helen Fospero makes yet another Brit telly presenter to win IR35 case against taxman

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Re: If only.

It wasn't insolvency litigators,

The guys own accountants told HMRC they had made a mistake.

HMRC made the guy bankrupt to get their pound of flesh. even though it was argued in court that they had made a mistake.

When the dust settled, the guy couldn't find a lawyer, to claim damages back from HMRC.

And for the record. I have been around long enough to have plenty of "stories" without needing to make them up

Happy Ranter

If only.

I know several people where HMRC have ben very aggressive in chasing tax revenue only to have it proved that they had made a mistake.

I know of one case where a builder was made bankrupt for £22k only to later have it proved that HMRC owed him almost £25k. They had no accountability for destroying the guys life because he couldn't find any legal team who would take on HMRC.

As for "However, as contractors, they are not entitled to the same holiday and sick pay benefits."

Surely by that test alone, they do not have the same conditions as salary staff so are not employees

Intel end-of-lifing BIOS and driver downloads for dusty hardware

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Re: Had it with HP

I worked for a very large company that decided to move to HP. The 1st print job on our new HP All-in-one was my resignation letter.

Never will I let that company darken my doorstep again.

Ironically, I think HP make good kit, their customer services and support on the other hand......

Uncle Sam prepping order to extradite ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch from the UK

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So HP are chasing him in UK and US courts?

Doesn't Double Jeopardy apply here?.

I'm not saying that I agree with what he may or may not have done but chasing the same guy in 2 different countries for the same thing smacks of corporate bullying.

If I was the UK judge, I would be asking HP to prove he cost them £5bn, on that test alone, I suspect it would be not guilty.

Londoner accused of accessing National Lottery users' accounts

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Re: WTF..?

Apparently, its a fashion statement, my 18 year old niece has white hair as well but she is not a magistrate

What a boar! Wild pigs snort and snuffle €20k worth of marching powder stashed in Tuscan forest

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Happy

Where does Mike Tyson buy his boar?

Just asking for a friend

20% of UK businesses would rather axe their contractors than deal with IR35 – survey

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not IR35 if they dont get pensions, sick and holiday pay

"have to factor in additional costs of holiday pay, pensions and sick pay."

They can't have it both ways. If we are IR35, we should be entitled to the same conditions as employees, if we don't have those conditions, then we should not be IR35 and taxman should take up the fight with employers, not bully the contractors

I solved this problem, Stopped doing contracting work, closed company and basically gave my clients to another company.

I no longer pay VAT, corporation tax, income tax (cheap lifestyle) or NI.

I know someone else will take on the work I dropped but tax man is not getting another bean from me. Ever.

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?

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Re: Now You've Done It

Haa..

3 Phase here...

btw. My living room has:-

2 table lamp

2 electric recliner chairs

bookcase with internal lights

Wall unit with internal lights

tv

Sat box

2 games unit

Blu ray (I know, don't judge me)

AV amp

small computer running media server

Smart meter head unit

Also fish tank with a full 6 gang lead

Wife complains there is no where to charge her phone.

According to smart meter, typical power draw for the whole house is less than 400w

When this house was built, guidelines were 2 sockets in living room in opposite corners. 2 sockets in Kitchen and one in each bedroom

Microsoft's fix for web graphics going AWOL? Disable your antivirus

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ohh poo, we might have to do some proper web design

So basically, if I get this right....

"Web Designers" are getting their nickers in a twist because the fancy fonts that nobody (except another web designer) can see are any different to the built in fonts don't play nice with IE 11.

Well, that's pissed all over the web designers chips!

Does this mean they will probably have to spend some time on the functionality of the website instead of trying to cram in every trick to clog up the browser that they learned in 3 years of media studies?

Probably not, they will just cry from the tops of the tallest buildings "IE is crap, you should be using Safari/Chrome/Firefox instead" because they let us web designers get away with all the shite we cram in to every web page we touch.

Sorry, just paid a visit to HP's support pages so feeling a bit jaded

Revealed: 779 cases of data misuse across 34 British police forces

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"As for corrective action, the police forces themselves are pretty much obliged to recommend prosecution for mis-use. "Covering it up" would ultimately leave themselves open to a charge of misconduct in a public office, for which a jail term is applicable"

Aww, sweet. I believe in the tooth fairy as well.

I would never suggest that when a plod's ex complains about her ex running checks on the new squeeze that the local nick all close up ranks, start stopping said ex-missus (and her new squeeze) for every minor traffic offence they can think of.

Uneasy rest the buttocks on the iron throne. Profits plunge 14% at Sky UK and Ireland

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FAIL

Customer loyalty/ Yeah Right!

I was a loyal sky customer for years, I had to buy my own sky HD box because they didn't have any stock for existing customer, they were giving them away to new customers.

When they finally decided to connect my HD box, it turned out to be a bug infested turd that crashed at least once a week, couldn't cope with sky's endless "mid-season" breaks and randomly stopped recording half way through a series anyway.

The icing on the cake was when Sky said all new customers would get a free tv the same week they told me that my bill was going up £10 a month and if I wanted the new TV box, make it an extra £40 a month.

my response was 2 words, 7 letters, 2nd word was "off"

Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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"Way to big up your statistical insignificance guys."

Being generous with my rounding up, that's 0.01% of the population. I think their views can safely be ignored.----

especially as I signed it just for the fun factor.

As I understand it, the traces of tallow are used as a lubrication product in the manufacturing process and are not part of the "recipe" for making the notes.

If that is the case, I should carry a warning banner to keep Vegans away from me, a significant part of the process used to make me the shape I am involved bacon, burgers and fish fingers

Ex-soldier slapped with sex offender order after flouting private browsing mode ban

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Stop

Why the need to put a forces angle on this?

Why the need to say he is an ex-TA?

Why not say he is an ex-teenager or ex-student or ex-child?

This has nothing to do with the forces, they didn't make this guy into a sex offender.

it would be more relevant to say "ex-child of really bad parents who couldn't instil any decent moral values into their brat....."

Google drops a zero-day on Microsoft: Web giant goes public with bug exploited by hackers

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Mushroom

people in glass houses....

I love how Google are shit hot at telling the world about other companies flaws and use the same such high standards in keeping their Android app store in order... oh wait

Never mind...

Alleged hacker Lauri Love loses extradition case. Judge: Suicide safeguards in place

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Flame

Deflecting the blame much?

I think what is happening here is some high up bureaucratic slime ball is pissed because a snotty little teenager broke into said slime ball's computer system using exploits that were almost common knowledge.

Now the snotty little (ex)-teenager is looking at 99 years in the slammer because some slacker sys admin couldn't be arsed to spend an hour a month patching his TOP SECRET servers against common exploits.

This is nothing to do with justice, it's just revenge for exposing gross incompetence on a massive scale

Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Re: I'm not sure I understand

I would hope the computer is not dumb enough to get into that situation in the first place.

I would also like to point out that if a human gets into that position, the first reaction is almost always self preservation

Linux-powered botnet lets rip on victims with 180Gbps network floods

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WTF?

What a load of Bull*****

"XOR DDoS is an example of attackers switching focus and building botnets using compromised Linux systems to launch DDoS attacks. This happens much more frequently now than in the past, when Windows machines were the primary targets for DDoS malware"

I still have the log dumps from a DDOS attack against a company I worked for in 2002 and 80% of the machines involved that I could identify were BIG IRON Linux boxes on backbone speed connections.

Apparently American university IT technicians thought they were gods and nobody was going to get past their wide open firewalls and guess the root password was err... password.

Why is there no steaming turd icon?

Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Paris Hilton

the most important question is...

how many hit did the link to "the image" get?

The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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My boss can be a donor

He is full of s**t but I suspect most of it will be useless

Cybercrooks slide fingers into TELLIES+FRIDGES, spam splurge ensues

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Re: PR campaign?

how cynical of you

from their company website

"Founded in 2002 by Eric Hahn, a pioneer in corporate messaging solutions and former CTO of Netscape, Proofpoint has continued to stay ahead of the curve"

it is a tribute their skill in corporate communications that they have stayed ahead of the curve for 12 years and yet, at least 2 of us have never heard of them!

I bet you are the kind of person that wonders why they didn't say anything DURING the events.

I bet you think its so that claims of the internet of thingies going rogue could not be verified by those who are so inept at corporate communication curves that they have become household names?

Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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I had an agency email to see if I was interested in a job like that. They want an IT degree (no idea what that that is) CCNA, MCSE, Checkpoint certified and in depth knowlege of Windows 2000 server for 20k pa depending on experience

I sent them a 2 word reply

the 2nd word was "off"

'Thousands of iPhone, iPad apps' vulnerable to simple redirect joyriders

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Holmes

That is not news

301 response has ALWAYS been vunerable to man in the middle attacks and not just on IOS devices.

This is not news. It's a shallow attempt by a CTO of some security research firm that no-one has ever heard of to get free media coverage by scare mongering a user base that doesn't have the technical knowledge to understand all the big words.

Whats next? Shock! Horror!!

Other people can read your USB stick if you let them borrow it says CTO of USB encryption software company.

oh, hang on, that was last months news

MacBook Airs in Black Screen of DEATH terror: Apple responds

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black screen of death? maybe not

Maybe it was a final act of self-preservation?

Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

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Facepalm

If you read TFA, the problem isn't the COLOUR. It's the use of the word CHAMPAGNE, which in the context of describing a product, has protection under a shitload of international treaties and laws.....

err.. wrong!

they can protect the name when it comes to a sparkling wine based product, however champagne gold has been commonly used as a colour for years Ford, Citroen and GM have all sold cars with colours described as "champagne gold". I'm pretty sure several of the large paint manufacturers have also had "champagne gold" in thier product line

Certain colours are protected because they are defined as a "brand icon" IBM Blue, Cisco are registered pantone colours. Champangne hasn't been defined. "“Champagne doesn’t have one single colour,” Charles Goamaere, CIVC’s legal director told the L’Union l’Ardennais newspaper." it is however generally accepted to be a pale brownish gold colour and saying something is champagne gold colour is not the same as trying to sell fizzy plonk

Personally, I think if CIVC took on someone who can afford the kind of legal costs apple can, they have more chance of nailing fog to a dog turd than winning that fight.

OTH Apple might just say up yours and not sell the phone in Europe

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

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Meh

WHY haven't car makers got it into thier heads that smaller batteries would be perfectly acceptable?

Given that my MPG tanks to low teen when accelerating or going up steep hills, I would be perfectly happy with a 10 mile range on pure electric (great for city or a quick trip to the shops) and a smaller engine that could return decent MPG cruising and gets an extra 20KW boost from the electric when you need the power

Six months under water and iPhone 4 STILL WORKS

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Devil

Awesome reliability

Bulging battery, speakers not working, won't connect to computer

Works just like a new one :-P

BT Infinity customers hit by outages at 'third party peering network'

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FAIL

Its never BTs fault is it?

Bt don't even monitor their own systems, how can you expect then to keep an eye on upstream providors?

More than once I have given BT the IP address of the router thats not playing fair and they still swear blind nothing is wrong, funny how often it fixes itself shortly after the phone call ends

Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Devil

re:The female operatives are expected to fire and actually hit something

I've seen professional soldiers who can't shoot a Browning 9mm because its to big for them,

Pistols are by definition short range weapons and I can personally vouch for that fact that after few thousand rounds on the practice ranges, a head shot at 10m is easy. Your desert eagle .50 might make a serious mess of body armour but it kicks like a mule and realisticly, even with a laser sight, you can't fire faster than 1 round a second accurately. For me, at close range, give me a .22 any day. 2-3 accurate rounds a second into the face will put anyone off wanting to play any more and makes body armour irrelevant.

One thing the article did miss, a lot of special forces are recruited from the Royal Engineers. They are generally bigger and stronger than most infantry guys and already know a lot about explosives.

Spawn of Satan cause I know stuff that will scare you

Symantec sues rivals in backup patents spat

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Devil

Enough Already

I'm all for patenting smart ideas but there is a line between inovation and common sense. Is bloody obvious that if you back something up, you have to put the data somewhere.

If they had found a way to do ultra fast backup using custom code, then fair enough but this is patenting the basic concept of backup, which I am pretty sure smart people in Bletchly were doing in the 1940's by poking hole in cardboard.

I'm going to move to America and patent a device that seperats animals from highways, other animals, ponds, rivers and just about anything else you don't want them to go near. It can also be modied to work on a range of animals including humans,

I shall licence it to the world and make Millions!!!

I shall call it a fence. Mwhhahahahah.

And Btw, I think the only thing sysmantec have a right to patent is their skill at turning simple concepts into mountains of complicated bloatwear.

Legionnaire's Disease linked to driving, screenwash

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FAIL

yeah right

First of all, no "professional" driver would ever use plain water in his washer bottle, its useless at best.

Secondly, tap water in the uk has chorides in it to prevent it from going stagnant. in a closed system like a car screen wash, it would take months for the stuff to evaporate off to a level that would allow bacteria to breed.

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