* Posts by TonyJ

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DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

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Re: IoT?

"...Really? I've never come across a (supplied) router yet that doesn't allow me to modify the DNS settings..."

BT Business Hub 3 never used to let you. PoS device all round.

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Re: @Martin Summers

"...most foreign truckers coming to this country have extra large tanks already to avoid having to re-fuel here and any excess can often be bought from returning truckers..."

Yup. Time we made them pay a toll on entry as soon as they disembark from the ferry.

Also make it per person - speaking with a friends' dad who owned a transport company, he was saying one of the reasons he decided to sell up and get out of that business was because of the number of Eastern European companies who could pay such ridiculously low salaries, that they would have three drivers in a cab. One driving, one sleeping and one in the passenger seat. Once the driver had done his hours, swap the discs and drivers over and carry on.

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"...Abolish road tax and put it on fuel instead. It's done elsewhere so why not here. You pay more or less according to your road usage. Simple, fair and no way of avoiding it..."

I've said that many times.

Hell, even add a couple more pence per litre of fuel and use it for third-party insurance. That way no one can ever drive uninsured or untaxed.

And on the plus side, you could potentially close a large portion of the DVLA and reap those cost benefits.

As others have said the current system is far from ideal.

I bought a new vehicle and had to have it replaced due to unreliability (in the few months I owned it, it was in my possession less than 25% of that time and the rest back at the dealer, so I ultimately said replace or refund).

As a 40th birthday present my wife had bought me a cherished plate a few years prior to this.

Quite some time after replacement I got a tax refund. Thought nothing of it, as they'd taxed the replacement.

Not much longer after I was pulled over by the police. I was untaxed and the vehicle was showing as being in "dealer stock".

The dealer was adamant I must've done this...no mention of the fact they most likely did it by using my cherished registration rather than the original one (despite my having put the original plates back on!).

Thankfully the police officer was incredibly pleasant and understanding but it's not an experience I'd want to repeat.

And...what is with this rip off concept that if I sell my vehicle today, I lost the rest of the months' tax but I can only tax a replacement from the start of the month, so effectively I pay twice. No excuse for that now it's all done automatically.

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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Re: Why...

That was my first thought too.

But then I suppose you get into the issue of what is to stop someone hashing photographs of other people? Or of legitimate adult performers, or even non-humans?

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Re: SOP for Logitech, I am afraid

"..Same here, mine are on their last legs and whilst I like them, I will see what else is about..."

I have some you can buy in super condition - two Squeezebox Boom's, a SB3 and a very old (only any good for wired connections) SB1 wtih SB2 display. ;-p

They're slowly being retired now.

All joking aside, at the time there was nothing to touch them.

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SOP for Logitech, I am afraid

After they bought Slim Devices and made a hash of the direction of the Squeeze Players they closed that down too.

Wouldn't touch Logitech for this very reason - it wouldn't be so bad if they even retired a product line, then after some years decided to retire it but they just drop the axe.

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Apple hauls in $52.6bn in Q4, iPhone, iPad and Mac sales all up

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Re: Not for much longer

"...I wish my disasters netted me $28 billion dollars. It doesn't really matter how much of that haul is accounted for 8, 7, 6 or SE models..."

Indeed...or led to a quarter of a trillion dollars in the bank.

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HPE HQ to leave Palo Alto birthplace as it 'consolidates' offices

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Well yeah...they would be smaller...they've been taking the axe to their workforce for the last 5+ years!

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Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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"...Don't you mean Fore Sail as in Jib?..."

I wish I did...and that I was being that clever. Alas, it was fat fingers on a mobile keyboard.

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Giving stuff away

Not sure if this is just regurgitating an urban myth but one of my neighbours swears if they leave something outside they want to get rid of with a "fore sale, ask inside" sign, it'll be stolen within a few hours. Put a "free to take" sign and it sits there forever.

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

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Not sure how this compares to a Fire TV but on mine I have NetFlix as well as the usual suspects of BBC iPlayer etc.

I did even pop a version of Kodi on it at one point.

It does voice search.

It can handle pretty much any Android app (there is a great little app for Android phones called Apps2Fire that basically copies any app from my S7 onto the Fire).

It's quick and intuitive and way before Sky got in on the act with their so-called fluid viewing, you could stop watching on the box downstairs, fire up the app on the Smart TV upstairs and pick up where you left off.

Also right now in the UK the new generation version that supports 4K is less than £70.

So I'd be hard pressed to accept the Roku box is "the best" although of course, your own personal tastes may vary and other boxes are available :)

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BT agrees to cream off less profit from landline-only customers

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Re: I ditched BT for Vodafone

"...Yeah that's a pretty good deal. What are they like to work with? I use them for my personal mobile service and despise their customer support team with a passion...."

So far they've been great - UK based call centre and they know their stuff when I've had to call which to be fair hasn't been often.

The first time was to query the welcome letter that they sent that had the wrong costs on (and a little font at the bottom saying that it didn't include any discounts you may have received - they explained that and agreed it's a crap letter), the second was request the IP address and login details to use my own router setup and the final was a billing query as it wasn't clear it was the first 6 weeks rather than 4.

In every case I got straight through, spoke to someone helpful who knew what they were talking about and came away pleased.

The service itself - it is not noticeable different from BT's to be fair.

I think, in all honesty, you tend to get better service with a business account. It's not always the cheapest by a long stretch. When I swapped mobile providers three years ago, I wanted away from O2 as they'd gone from good to bad to absolutely terrible. Three were awful to deal with but generally gave decent deals and good performance and Vodafone were hideously expensive.

EE got really bad reviews for anything consumer but hidden away were reports of them winning award after award for businesses. Best thing I did - fast, loads of shared data and the usual unlimited minutes yada yada but again - UK call centre staffed with people who know what they're doing and do it well.

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Re: I ditched BT for Vodafone

"...however you're still paying for it ..."

Possibly true but here's the figures for comparison:

BT Business Infinrity with 5 Static IP's (4 x usable): £56pm due to rise again shortly after I left them to as I recall £60-61pm

Line rental £18.99pm

So the monthly bill to BT was £75pm

Vodafone Business Fibre + 9 Static IP's (8 usable so a doubling) £32.50pm (£25 + 7.50 for the IP's)

You may be right that they're bundling it in but not showing it but at that kind of saving, I don't care much :)

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I ditched BT for Vodafone

Moved to Vodafone Business Fibre.

They charge no line rental.

Between the actual cost savings compared to BT Infinity Business Fibre and losing BT's line rental I have more than halved what I was paying for a slightly better service (greater number of static IPs, for example).

And I liked their pragmatic approach - when I told the sales guy I don't even have a phone plugged in, and it's used purely to service the broadband, he got it right away and didn't try to upsell anything.

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UK's NHS to pilot 'Airbnb'-style care service in homeowners' spare rooms

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I can see a lot that could go wrong with this but playing devil's advocate for a second there's a few things that spring to mind that could also be positives such as patients actually having company for a while. Hospitals these days are pushed to breaking point and health care staff struggle to find that kind of time more often than not (and that's no slur on them - they do a fantastic job for the most part).

Also going with it is an almost one-to-one monitoring (though again, flip side of that coin is a lack of help if something were to go wrong with the patients' health).

Not sure it's a good idea at all but something that is possibly worth considering for some of the lighter cases, perhaps?

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Countdown starts for new Xen hypervisor release

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Re: I've rarely used Xen

Snapshots at a hypervisor level have never been a backup mechanism.

Now snapshot-aware backups are of course useful, but that's not the same thing.

Must admit I have only used Xen in it's Citrix form here and there but it always felt a bit clunky by comparison to the others out there. Mind you, that could also be down to the very fact I encountered it only rarely.

Gotta ask though...hypervisors for cars??? Why? (That is a genuine question)

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Big Blue's former CIO tried to join AWS, ends up at energy company

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Of course...

...there's nothing to stop him having "off the record" chats with Amazon, either. I mean, he's not employed by them (although I suspect he signed some form of NDA's for IBM but proving he was the source would be difficult).

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Re: TonyJ

"...Possibly something around the accused-now-cleared seeking compensation?..."

Doubt it - nothing commented was outside of what you could read on any other newspaper site.

Hey ho. I don't want El Reg getting into any hotwater. It was idle curiosity.

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Re: I know it's a hobby

"I know it's a hobby..."

Here's a thing. He wasn't posing with firearms he was posing with what is effectively a toy. For his hobby.

There are pictures of my in diving or climbing gear I've posed for.

One of my friends races cars for a hobby...guess what...?

Context is key.

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Re: TonyJ

Diodesign..surely it "was" a sensitive case? He was cleared.I could understand if it were an ongoing case.

Sad state when the veracity and capability of our police forces can't be questioned after even a judge has made comments about things like the handling of evidence.

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Hmm..seems to have been some very heavy handed moderation going on here.

Why, Reg?

Some of the comments I recall (including my own) were not even vaguely inflammatory...just questioning motives.

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You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

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Re: Not knowing how to look can make it hard to find

"...In my experience that's often not the case, at least in the regions we work in. Our interviews are very real-world, and of course still many people don't make the grade..."

This isn't always fair.

I have 20 years of experience across various roles. Asking me to recall things ad-hoc that may be obscure or esoteric proves memory not experience.

Mind you then there's the interviews where the person interviewing you has a networking background (I don't) then wants to drill down into network architecture.

And says stupid things like "well wouldn't you use BitLocker as a start to securing your Office 365 implementations...?"

And we're not talking the application suite here.

Testing memory ain't the same as testing knowledge and is why so many "professional" certifications aren't worth the paper they're printed on.

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Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

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"...raping the rainforests to send out their brochures?..."

Learning Tree International, anyone?

Jesus they sent some trash out in the 90's

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Three words: Synthetic gene circuit. Self-assembling bacteria build pressure sensor

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"..Humanity has an uncanny knack of inventing cool things, and letting it run away from itself because it can't control it..."

Good point. We should stop.

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"...The phrase "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should" is obviously lost on these scientists..."

Why?

I mean, why shouldn't they?

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HPE server firmware update permanently bricks network adapters

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"...Once again El Reg likes to post incomplete information.

For all you people people blaming lack of testing, the combination that bricks the NIC is when you use a brand new driver with firmware that is like 2+ years old.

If you follow the DOCUMENTED Recipe for Drivers and Firmware, you'd be fine.

Image and SPP was pulled to prevent customers who don't RTDM from hurting themselves.."

It doesn't matter. This should NOT be possible.

If that particular combination is known to cause a problem then why doesn't the update stop and warn you before quitting?

The simple fact that it's a know, documented, issue just shows sloppy programming.

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

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"...Wait, does this mean Apple responded to a Reg request for comment? That is bigger news than these flaws. :)..."

Nah just someone new to Apple who hasn't read the "do not correspond with" list. :)

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Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

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Re: From the looks of it, cogs were falling off all over the place

"...Generalization, not good.

If you back Azure, your opinion does not count...."

You clearly don't get irony.

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

"No you don't..."

Oh really?

"A TV Licence is a legal permission to install or use television receiving equipment to watch or record television programmes as they are being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, and to download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. This could be on any device, including TVs, desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, games consoles, digital boxes, DVD, Blu-ray and VHS recorders. This applies regardless of which television channels a person receives or how those channels are received. The licence fee is not a payment for BBC services (or any other television service), although licence fee revenue is used to fund the BBC."

Taken from: https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/about/foi-legal-framework-AB16

It then continues:

"It is an offence to watch or record television programmes as they are being shown on any channel and on any broadcast platform (terrestrial, satellite, cable and the internet) or download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer without a valid TV Licence."

I am pretty sure they updated this to catch people in your exact case.

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

"I find it bizarre that people are willing to pay Sky a minimum of £25 a month (and still have to watch adverts) yet complain about paying the BBC less than half that. I also have a hard job of believing that across the TV channels, iplayer, the website and radio there isn't some content to suit absolutely everyone.

It wouldn't just be a case of scrapping the license fee, allowing advertising and everything else continuing as now. There's only so much adversiting money to go round and the BBC would be likely to hoover up most of it. ITV and C4's revenues would plummet with a corresponding drop in quality of programming. Several of the smaller channels would likely disappear altogether.

Those campaigning to scrap the license fee should be careful what they wish for. Whilst the BBC is far from perfect the entire entertainment landscape of this country would be worse off without it."

Here's the thing though - with something like Sky you can record future episodes and watch them, at your leisure, skipping the adverts.

I can series link so they all download in future.

I can watch almost all of their offerings on a number of device types - not just for a few days or weeks after they broadcast and once I've recorded something to my box, I can actually (should I so desire) keep it ad infinitum.

Now perhaps I am being unfair to the iPlayer and it can do all of that but I rarely use it.

I love the comedy half hour on R4 between 6:30 and 7:00pm - not everything (some of it is utter shite, to be honest, but most of it is worthy of a chuckle) but you try and find something over about 30 days old on average. Nope. Not usually happening.

You're paying Sky or Virgin (or if you prefer a LOT less to Amazon or Netflix) for a much wider choice of channels than you get from the BBC, even taking radio into account. And some of the quality on them is truly outstanding (Halt and Catch Fire, on Amazon or Rick and Morty on NetFlix anyone? Just two outstanding examples)

And let's not forget that, like all of the other channels, the BBC do have some utter race-to-the-bottom crap on there as well.

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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Yeah can't say I am a fan of most modern keyboards either. Picked myself up a nice mechanical one off the interwebs. Feels much nicer to use and is a LOT more satisfying if you're having a typed out rant-o-gram :)

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Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

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Re: And everything will ether have a GUI update or functions removed.

"..I'd like an intelligent signature function, ie if the email is being sent internally then I'd put my phone number and link to the SharePoint "mysite", external then I'd put my LinkedIn profile link instead..."

Pretty sure you can (or could, at least) use transport rules to achieve this. Not graceful, but do-able.

Now...give me a version of Skype for Business where I can add multiple accounts / logins please, such as I can with frigging Outlook.

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

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Re: Zen

See now I had the exact opposite with Zen.

I moved my ADSL as it was then from O2 business to Zen business.

It went from my already poor 4.5Mbits to c56kbps and was truly dreadful.

After a week of being onto them with them basically repeatedly telling me it was fine despite screenshots showing the problems I ended up having to cancel and moved to BeThere who were another superb ISP.

Interestingly they never provided fibre or any kind and when I called for my MAK they offered me two years free...that was literally about three weeks before they announced the Sky buy so I guess that was why.

Still remember how chilled the guy on the call was about my leaving. Having explained that I was getting fibre and they simply didn't do it or have any plans to he took a big deep breath and said "you'd be crazy to accept this man but if you want we will give you two free years...but go get your fibre" :)

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Re: I had BT Business Fibre...

"...Plus, Vodamoan insist on you using their absolutely crap router .."

http://www.vodafone.co.uk/cs/groups/public/documents/assets/bus-broadband-alt-router-guide.pdf

And in my case they emailed me a few days before with all the static IP and user information including, if ncessary, the VLAN ID to be able to use my own equipment - I didn't even need to ask!

Like most they ISP's if you have a problem they insist you plug their modem in prior to calling for support which is fair enough.

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I had BT Business Fibre...

...for close to 5 years and it was superb to be honest. I went with them because as the first fibre customer on the estate when it was made available, they were the only ones supplying it.

I always got close to the speeds they'd initially said I would and with very few problems.

When I did have to call them it was to a UK based team that were helpful, knew their stuff and did a good job.

But then a couple of months ago a colleague mentioned Vodafone business fibre and their offer of no line rental so after a few enquiries both online and on the phone I made the switch.

It was painless to switch - didn't even require a MAK code - and all went smoothly. Yet again, the few times I've called them it's been UK based and they've been both knowledgeable and helpful.

The main reason I made the switch was price - the broadband alone was almost half that of BT and then throw in the no line rental charged it was too good to turn away.

Still not a cheap option and that's part of the issue here I feel. When you're rushing to be the cheapest provider of anything, something has to give somewhere and the likes of Talk Talk cut so many corners I am surprised anyone would ever use them.

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HPE sharpening the axe for 5,000 heads – report

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Circling that drain.

That woman won't be happy until she's finished off what was once a stunning company.

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Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

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Re: Well the Outlook app is a decent enough sticking plaster

"...* Which apparently forces me to use the Samsung email client, on the corporate phone..."

To he honest I much prefer the Samsung email client over that god awful third party abomination of Outlook that MS apparently bought in.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: BREAK

"...Strictly speaking, BBC Master machines also had a SHIFT+BREAK combination that performed a hard reset. A tap of the BREAK key on its own was essentially a soft reset that still kept data in memory..."

Actually I seem to recall that SHIFT+BREAK would try to load from disc if one was present and bootable.

CTRL+BREAK was the hard reset.

Same on all BBC's.

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Black screen of death after Win10 update? Microsoft blames HP

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Re: HP maybe the source, but Microsoft is still to blame

"...The outsourced kind who work in 'low cost' environments..."

Oh you mean the ones that HP were busy "best shoring" too a few years ago.

I shit you not, that's the phrase they were using. Without a trace of irony or humour.

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Re: God, Windows is such a mess, and then Microsoft let HP's finest loose on it...

Gah. Foot meet mouth

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Re: Results speak for themselves.

"...I believe that is being slightly unfair on Microsoft..."

Some very good points made - Ferrari in 2016 were paid around 3x that of Renault, including an additional $70m that no other team got due to being the "long standing team".

The graphic is here: http://damcdn.autosport.com/editorial/0c8e80ce668b13dee752e8fc724f51c9.jpg

With the full story behind it here: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/123649/formula-1-team-payments-for-2016-revealed

Also I believe there were actually power plant changes this season as well as the cars being bigger and faster - that is a lot for some teams to pay for and play catch up on and as you say it tends to lag a year anyway.

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Sexploitation gang thrown in clink for 171 years after 'hunting' kids online and luring them in front of webcams

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Re: The fiends

"...Windows 10 users too, no doubt..."

Not everything should be turned into a frigging war on OS choice dumbass.

How about some empathy for the victims? Or a bit of praise for once for how law enforcement handled it? Nah..f*ck that, lets flame the OS.

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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"..We have a website, it was designed and specified by an internal tech team. It is updated by the internal tech team and it draws in over 90% of our business (many millions per year). Even the 10% that it doesn't draw in is mainly displacement (and no sold by a 'sales person')

In fact I can think of loads of companies that don't requires sales people (at least no tin the traditional sense) to sell their products. This isn't even including the NGOs, schools, charities, and plenty of others that are a company without a product or service as such to sell..."

Name them. If you were so sure of yourself why hide behind anonymous commenting? Nope...thought not.

Even the public sector have sales.

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"...On the other hand, who can't get behind bad things happening to salesmen :).."

WTF are you smoking?

1 - Show me a company, any company, that doesn't rely on sales people to bring in revenue and keep you in a job.

2 - Having done only pre-sales, let me tell you that the 80's car salesmen days are for the huge majority, long gone.

3 - You show a complete and utter lack of understanding that sometimes, often in fact, these high earners in sales are on a pittance of a wage and may have worked for months or even years before they get a "big win"

4 - On what planet can it be right and proper to do this kind of practice? Would you like it? Nope...thought not

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Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic

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Re: Double vacuum

Oxygen toxicity is all down to the ppo2 - partial pressure of oxygen.

It's important to understand this if you do technical diving as you tend to accelerate decompression with ever higher percentages of oxygen, up to 100%.

We generally accept that a ppo2 of 1.6 whilst stationary on decompression is safe.

At 1bar, ppo2 is .21 so you can use a bit of maths to calculate you cannot use 100% O2 safely below 6m.

Pure O2 of course is explosive in any manner of interesting ways, such as if it comes into contact with silicon hence the need for "O2 clean" diving kit.

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UK.gov cloud fave Amazon comes under fire for tax bill

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Re: We apparently went from two A4 binders of tax law in 1997 to seventeen by 2005

Same as they introduced IR35 and taxes on dividends and, and, and...

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"And I'm guessing you get to define 'fairer'?"

Why?

Where did I suggest that?

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<sigh> Depressing reading.

You can't tax fairly as it'll put companies out of business plus who gets to determine fair yada yada.

It isn't fair that corporations avoid paying taxes.

I like the fact so many of you chose to ignore the fact I admitted up front I couldn't recall at which point in the cycle the taxes should be taken but hey ho, let's not let facts get in the way of a bit of Friday flaming, eh?

Did I, at any point, suggest I'd be the arbiter of what is or is not fair? Slunts.

Cake. Eat. Can't.

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"...Then you would be very hungry as retailers like Walmart make about 3-5% profit..."

False logic.

1 - what a USA retailer has to do with UK tax law...? And yes, I know they are the parent company of Asda, but still.

2 - Let's just take food since you brought it up. In the race to bottom, we've seen the introduction of some of the least healthy foodstuffs I can remember in my lifetime. You can have cheap, convenient or healthy but not all three and rarely any combination of two where one is healthy.

3 - Staying with food, we're terribly, terribly wasteful - see here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/10/uk-throwing-away-13bn-of-food-each-year-latest-figures-show

13bn of food thrown away whilst we have families who work needing to attend food banks.

4 - At what point does enough become too much? How can it be right that some of these large companies would prefer to put employees on zero-hours contracts to maximise profits? Profits that are then offset against loopholes to minimise taxes that directly impacts everyone?

So tell me again how you can equate fairer tax to going hungry...

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