* Posts by dak

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UK MPs to off-payroll workers: Delay IR35 reforms until 2023? You wish

dak

It's usually not our choice to use a Ltd Co. I no longer know of any recruiters who will deal with sole traders, as HMRC have been pressuring them for many years to only deal with companies.

So HMRC are the architects of the very problem they are now complaining about.

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

dak

Re: Yeah...

Why are you still with that accountant? Our current one is about to have a rude reminder of just who the customer is on our relationship...

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

dak

Re: Mice

I know someone who took four battery-powered soft toys back to the shop because they wouldn't sing their song past the first line before noticing the little pull tab.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

dak

Re: And yet...

Just checked - £350 on eBay - I did get a good deal, didn't I?

But cartridges are less than I thought - £10.50 for high-capacity blank.

Oh, and Brother's Linux drivers are very good.

dak

Re: Printing Cartel in action

It's only a cartel if there is more than one company involved.

Applying a restriction after sale is (right-pond) a "post-contractual obligation", which is illegal.

dak

Re: And yet...

The Brother 8690LCDW sitting next to me is a 4-colour laser with a scanner and ADF (and fax, but well...).

Bought last year for £104 after cashback, and 3rd-party laser cartridges are £15/pop.

Lords: New IR35 off-payroll tax rules 'riddled with problems, unfairnesses, unintended consequences'

dak
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Re: unintended consequences

No, the lead was swung so it could be flung ahead of the vessel to get an idea of the depth of water they were sailing into.

You're getting confused with the log used to gauge speed (see "knots").

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

dak

Haggis and pizza have always been there - I was in my early twenties before I ever saw a "real" pizza, but deep fried Mars Bars are a reaction an English comedian's joke.

Want to own a bit of Concorde? Got £750k burning a hole in your pocket? We have just the thing

dak

We have one of those in the office

It's complete with its yellow trolley and sits next to the Concorde café.

Guess what's hanging from the roof in the Lightning café...

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago

dak

Re: Cockroach syndrome

Without wishing to blow my own trumpet (Ta-Raaa!!) in about 1983 I wrote a complete small business bookkeeping system in MBasic that ran for 11 years with one alteration in about year 7 to alter a hard-coded VAT rate.

Same computer, same printer, same software. Almost the same VAT rate.

Fire Brigades Union warns of wonky IT causing dangerous delays in 999 control rooms

dak

Re: Maybe the FBU shouldn't have sabotaged FiReControl then

Faxes are in no way legally defensible and are more fragile than emails.

I think you confused fax and telex (which is still legally defensible).

And they said IoT was trash: Sheffield 'smart' bins to start screaming when they haven't been emptied for a fortnight

dak

Wrong gas, Shirley?

What has carbon dioxide have to do with air quality?

Don't you mean carbon monoxide?

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey

dak

Re: More than half of the contractors and consultants

Well, I'm definitely walking.

It's a Bing thing: Microsoft drops plans to shove unloved search engine down throats of unsuspecting enterprises

dak

Anyone willing to bet...

...that the plan for "unmanaged devices" isn't to provide them with default management by automatically (and silently) enrolling them in a global MSFT managed AD domain with a future patch?

Microsoft ups the ante with fix-fixing patch that leaves some Windows Server 2008 machines unable to boot

dak

Re: MS wants us to move on...

"allows to disable telemetry ALMOST completely using GPO" - and there's the problem, right there.

Contractors welcome Lords inquiry into IR35 before tax reforms hit private sector but fear it's 'too little, too late'

dak

With Typical Reg Thoroughness...

They seem to have omitted the link to the consultation, which is here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/economic-affairs-finance-bill-sub-committee/news-parliament-2019/call-for-evidence2019/

I'll be submitting my own views and I encourage you to do the same.

It's interesting to note that their online submission page isn't working - I wonder why not?

dak

Re: Indeed...

Absolutely my own experience as well.

Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it

dak

Sure it's just Bing?

I saw something very similar on my work laptop this afternoon at about 14:00 when Outlook decided to have a lie down.

Ah, night shift in the 1970s. Ciggies, hipflasks, ADVENT... and fault-prone disk drives the size of washing machines

dak

Re: DEC field service engineers

Back in about 1992 I used Kermit to drag engineering data from a PDP11 in a factory we were closing in Maidenhead and bring it up to Kilmarnock over 28.8K dial-up.

I can still remember how amazed my DP manager was that such a thing was even possible.

Help! I'm trapped on Schrodinger's runaway train! Or am I..?

dak

Re: Charity and Anarchy

You buy your horse's carrots in Waitrose!!!

I can't afford them for my own scran.

We won't CU later: New Ofcom broadband proposals mull killing off old copper network

dak

Re: Spare a copper?

Ah, OK I didn't realise that. Cheapskates!

dak

Re: Spare a copper?

I've been thinking about the mechanics of switching from copper to fibre.

Myself, I'd lay in a temporary fibre loop from the exchange to the cabinet, remove the copper, blow the permanent fibre into the now-empty duct then remove the temporary link.

Or radio or microwave for the temporary link?

I don't know, I'm a manufacturing engineer and know little about telecoms - does anyone else have an idea how they'll do it?

dak

Spare a copper?

I seem to remember that at one time BT's market value was less than the melt-down value of its copper network.

If they do pull the cables out of the ground they'll need to be careful how they release the metal on to the market so as to keep the price stable.

An incidental benefit will be that the fibres will take up much less space than the equivalent copper cables so duct capacity will be increased at no cost at all.

We live so fast I can't even finish this sent...

dak

Re: Kitega CC

Thanks, I'll let them know.

dak

Re: On a related topic

Yep, mine too. I didn't realise I had done it until after the edit time expired.

But it just shows the pervasive nature of American "English", where it is possible to verb every noun.

dak

On a related topic

On a trip to Kitega earlier this year (kitegacc.org, mentioned above) we were given a boat tour from Jinja on Lake Victoria. On this tour we visited a fishing village where the local catch seemed to be millions of tiny white fish, with the previous night's catch all laid out on the ground to dry before processing. The village and the villagers were extremely poor and the people lived in very primitive conditions, with little likelihood of indoor sanitation in their huts.

At the centre of the village was an open area, where stood their two major buildings. One one side was a quite splendid mosque, gifted by the Sultanate of Oman: on the other a sturdy toilet block, gifted by the fishermen of Iceland.

dak

Re: Twinning toilets

There are indeed lots of high-profile aid organisms [sic] but they tend to come with CEOs with high-profile pay packets so I steer away from them and work directly with local people where I can, avoiding any expensive overheads.

I'm sure the toilet-twinning bunch are good folk but if you are still basking in the post-Christmas glow of goodwill and generosity, could I point you towards here - http://kitegacc.org/. I am personally connected with this fine organisation and can vouch for their work.

Oh, and they build toilets, too.

It's always DNS, especially when you're on holiday with nothing but a phone on GPRS

dak

Re: No Service

I'm regularly at my in-laws' house in Isle of Whithorn in deep SW Scotland, happily untroubled by communications from Three.

Y2K? It was all just a big bun-fight, according to one Reg reader

dak
Headmaster

Re: £30,000 per hour!!

That's actually DD-MMM-YYYY

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Re: Y2KY Jelly

That's OK, I can afford it - £30,000/hour, me.

dak
Joke

Y2KY Jelly

Following my post above, I should take this opportunity to mention that one of our ops took great pleasure in offering to supply Y2KY Jelly to the devs, intended to allow four digits in where only two fitted before.

Ey-up John, how's things?

dak
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£30,000 per hour!!

In 1999 I was a prod support Solaris admin for a Very Large Bank in a Very Small Country. I was on-call on 1/1/00 (1/1/2000 if you prefer) and scheduled to go in to the office for a few hours early in the morning.

I took a phone call at about 02:00 that said things were running very slowly and not to go in at the scheduled time as my bit was going to be late. When I did arrive I found that the pace had picked up and someone else had performed my single task. Everything completed correctly and the world's banking system remained safe.

My (entirely idle) shift was at triple time, which was nice, but the fact that the enhanced call-out fee for spending a few seconds on the phone equated to £30,000/hour is what I usually tell people about that day.

Remembering Y2K call-outs and the joy of the hourly contractor rate

dak
Happy

£30,000 per hour!! (Again)

(This a re-post from another of the Y2K articles, but it is more apposite here. It is worth hunting out the other posting for the attached Y2KY story.)

In 1999 I was a prod support Solaris admin for a Very Large Bank in a Very Small Country. I was on-call on 1/1/00 (1/1/2000 if you prefer) and scheduled to go in to the office for a few hours early in the morning.

I took a phone call at about 02:00 that said things were running very slowly and not to go in at the scheduled time as my bit was going to be late. When I did arrive I found that the pace had picked up and someone else had performed my single task. Everything completed correctly and the world's banking system remained safe.

My (entirely idle) shift was at triple time, which was nice, but the fact that the enhanced call-out fee for spending a few seconds on the phone equated to £30,000/hour is what I usually tell people about that day.

Cheque out my mad metal frisbee skillz... oops. Lights out!

dak

Re: Being honest always pays

"a small MSP" - Nicola Sturgeon?

Bloodhound rocket car target of 550mph put on ice after engine overheat

dak

Naw they didnae.

We're almost into the third decade of the 21st century and we're still grading security bugs out of 10 like kids. Why?

dak

FMEA, anyone?

Blood, snot and fear: Why the travelling lone tech reporter should always knock twice

dak

Re: Interesting problem

Probably for the same reason that saw me on a plane with a boarding pass for an occupied seat. Only time I have ever been escorted off an aircraft.

That was BA, a long time ago.

Are you as handy with privacy certs as you are with a screwdriver? Ikea has the perfect vacancy

dak

Re: I work there...

I recently spent 14 months working for them in Helsingborg and loved every minute. The biggest problem with them at the moment is that they have too much money so their project control is very slack.

I'm hoping to be working for them again, probably after April 2020 when HMRC crushes contracting in the UK. It'll probably be in Malmo, an even easier commute than Helsingborg.

We're free in 3... 2... 1! Amazon unhooks its last Oracle database, nothing breaks and life goes on

dak

Re: old-guard commercial-grade databases

I started out on Pr1me Information (a PICK implementation) which we migrated to UniVerse (UniData's current sibling) on SunOS by exporting and importing. It worked instantly without any changes at all.

Bloody brilliant database and much easier to use than Oracle/SQL Server/DB2.

Behold the perils of trying to turn the family and friends support line into a sideline

dak

Re: Right cable, wrong hole.

I got a support call from FiL just three days ago that turned out to be EXACTLY that problem.

Couldn't really blame him because it turned out the printer didn't even HAVE a USB port!

Justice served: There is no escape from the long server log of the law

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Upvote for the DNA reference.

Can you download it to me – in an envelope with a stamp?

dak

Re: Deliberately obnoxious

And some folk just make dix of themselves.

I just love your accent – please, have a new password

dak
Joke

Re: Blossom Dearie

She was lucky when she called she didn't get a brrr, brrr, brrr, brrr busy line.

(If puzzled, YouTube.)

dak

Anything that doesn't reflect light is invisible - I don't think that was what was meant.

dak

If what I think is being alluded to in the OP is what is actually being alluded to in the OP, then emissivity would probably be a better measure than reflectivity, although I do understand that it may not be easily understood by a helldesk operator.

dak

Re: heavy

I can assure you that no-one has ever taken me for an English person. Irish, perhaps, and occasionally Australian, but never English.

dak
Headmaster

Scottish accents are not "heavy" - they're just not the same as yours.

In Scotland only the beer is heavy.

And the rain.

dak

"a non-reflective disposition" ??

dak

Re: A small MSP?

I reckoned Nicola Sturgeon - she's tiny!

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

dak

Re: Eh?

I never understood that name - it's generally too cold here to sweat.

Unless, of course, you mean that constant perspiration is the result of our relentless work ethic...

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