Re: Now That We Know About It
Surely it’s time to start unplugging the lan cable from anything that is critical. If it’s good enough for Battlestar Galactica, it’s good enough for me!
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OneDrive doesn't work even when it's working. When it can replicate a windows directory character for character exactly just like DropBox can, then I'll say otherwise. As it stands now there are too many windows file-system compliant characters in file names that OneDrive can't accept, and simply refuses to back up. Come on MS, it's an MS product, at least make it character compliant with your other MS products.
“The could have rolled out 5 saturn 5 rockets, and used those to launch the entire thing....”
Better still they could just roll out 5 of the Saturn 5s, send them up, dock them altogether and make a huge giant Skylab!
*for you young ones, the Saturn 5 was so powerful it was able to reach orbit without needing fully fuelling. So they converted part of the rocket unused fuel tank into a space station, that effectively launched itself into orbit becoming Skylab. Suggest you google the videos of it. It was so big they could fly around the inside with jet packs!
"No need for an OS rant - this could be web-based"
It already is web based, you log in online and fill in 7 boxes. This is no longer good enough for HMRC, who want per-transaction-line auditing available through the API. I.e. you say you made £20,000 of sales, HMRC want the ability to scan all the transactions to verify you actually did make £20,000 of sales. Hold on a minute, your stock purchases don't tally up with your sales for the last 6 months, and the amount of income you are making doesn't match your personal tax returns, something must be fishy here, inspection time!.
All we need is everyone from European countries here to report MS to their equivalent of the UK's ICO over this, then sit back and watch as 28 simultaneous charges of breaching the GDPR occur at once. It would be most excellent if each country could fine MS 4% of annual turnover in turn.
Then follow it up with Apple and Google.
Yes, with VAT carousel, it could be either one 2 companies who bought and sold the goods onwards before you who committed the fraud, or one of the 2 companies who bought and sold the goods on after you sold them that could have committed the fraud.
Analogy, I could sell a crow bar today to a wholesaler, who a week later sells it to a building firm, who a week later gives it to one of their employees who uses it to break into a house. By HMRCs reasoning I didn't perform due-diligence that the end user wasn't going to be a criminal, and as proof they point to the use of the crow bar by a criminal ergo due-diligence couldn't have been performed. HMRC tend to use the same carousel reasoning when they decide who is guilty of carousel fraud.
All is not lost. The purpose of the tax tribunal is to always find in favour of HMRC so no real shock there. Real court however, where this will now appeal to, has a much higher bar when it comes to the burden of proof of intent. It's real court where the majority of carousel fraud cases fall down simply because the prosecution have rarely been able to prove that you can know what is going to happen to goods, once they are out of your possession, two or more transactions down the line, and sometimes the criminals just need a third party to buy and sell the goods on legitimately to complete the loop.
Sage 200 was worse. It's dialogues produced a beep using the PC speaker. The only problem was that for the duration of the beep, there was no computer activity possible including keyboard buffering. We used to have touch typists that would be screwed up by the beep. If the beep didn't occur, they could enter an order without looking at the screen, they had all the sequences and key presses memorised, but at each beep they had to look at the screen to see how far through they had got, and how far back they had to rewind to carry on. The answer to the dialogue was always the same. We solved the problem by replacing it with Navision.
You’re all missing the point.
Remeber the Atos disability assessments were intended not to ensure that those with genuine disability retained obtained the correct benefits, but rather to remove as many people as possible, for as long as possible from any payments to relieve the public purse.
In the same way this system is working as intended by those at the top. 7000 annual salaries coming out of the coffers instead of 100000 salaries is the desired result. A one off payment to Capita of £50m for a job well done in saving £1.7bn is to be commended. Public servants the lot of them.
I’m thinking maybe they should just pay someone anonymous to start a fire at the rear entrance while the CCTV is conspicuously down, that forces all the building occupants to be evacuated.
If assange still refuses to leave, then I’m sure that “firemen” are more than willing to administer a knockout gas mask, I mean an oxygen gas mask when they find his lifeless body inside, while they perform their fire fighting duties.
Come on, surely someone else has already thought of this? MI5? MI6? Special Branch? My old dinner ladies maybe?
This is going to be a very unpopular answer, but, first of all I'll do what no other commentard on this topic has ever done, and post chapter and verse of the actual law rather than say, spout bollocks about how EU law applies abroad, or that to do business in the EU you must adhere to the GDPR:-
Enforcement Outside EU: Chapter 5 of the GDPR relates to handling of data by non-member countries or organizations. The relevant text relating to enforcement of fines is from Article 50, titled "International cooperation for the protection of personal data":
(1) In relation to third countries and international organisations, the Commission and supervisory authorities shall take appropriate steps to:
a) develop international cooperation mechanisms to facilitate the effective enforcement of legislation for the protection of personal data;
b) provide international mutual assistance in the enforcement of legislation for the protection of personal data, including through notification, complaint referral, investigative assistance and information exchange, subject to appropriate safeguards for the protection of personal data and other fundamental rights and freedoms;
c) engage relevant stakeholders in discussion and activities aimed at furthering international cooperation in the enforcement of legislation for the protection of personal data;
d) promote the exchange and documentation of personal data protection legislation and practice, including on jurisdictional conflicts with third countries.
So, to answer your question, they haven't a hope in hell.
Section 1a) says they will need to negotiate new agreements with other countries, so we can prosecute their citizens.
b) We'll offer to help other countries let us prosecute their citizens.
c) Ask nicely if we can prosecute their citizens,
and d) if all else fails, keep telling everyone involved what a great idea it would be if other countries would let us prosecute their citizens.
“I Presume that it is the fact that Ireland is playing he long game”
I presume it’s more likely that Ireland was participating in a long con!
Given the effective rate of tax for Apple prior to the investigation was 0.005%, I think that for Ireland to receive an equivalent 14 billion euros in tax revenue, they would have had to wait decades if not never.
Has any official source compared the current windfall to projected income had the state of affairs not changed. Including the cost of brown envelopes of course!
The same goes for Brexit. There seems to be a myth that because the UK voted to brexit, we have to go ahead with it end of discussion. Even if the referendum was legally binding (which it wasn't, but that's another story) it can be overturned simply by holding another referendum. A democracy can overturn any previous decision, simply by following the democratic process. Some of the people I hear on the news that state "the people have spoken, the government must carry their wishes out" are forgetting that in a democracy, the people can change their minds, otherwise we would have political parties that once in power, couldn't be voted out.
If another referendum was held now (lets just say it's a legally binding one to keep it simple) and the result of that referendum was to remain, then the previous decision to leave has no legal standing.
I think our government may just decide to hold another referendum if things are looking messy so business can carry on as normal. Better the devil you know than the one you don't.
“Given that we've already enacted GDPR into British law in the form of the Data Protection Act 2018, they're in for a shock.”
You’re forgetting that once we’re brexited, then a single Act of Parliament can repeal any EU legislation previously enacted using wording as simple as “Act of Parliament xxxxxxxx is now repealed this date of xxx of yyy year zzzz.”
As a sovereign nation any legislation or agreement we’ve entered into with other nations can simply be repealed by our democratically elected parliament.
“Exposing your source code shouldn't be an issue, because your code should survive inspection”
I do recall a long time ago the architects of a large military base making the same assumption, the sheer power and technological supremacy of the base would render any weakness inconsequential.
Shortly after construction of the base, but before it became fully operational, a copy of the plans leaked, and a small group of non-conformists examined the blueprints discovered an exploit. Before they new it some farmer kid who had spent his teenage years bulls-eyeing womp rats came along and dropped a missile into an exhaust pipe that was only 2 meters wide, destroying the base in its entirety.
If only the architects had followed best practice in securing the design of the base, things would have turned out quite differently!
We have a period of several years where all our sales dept kept breaking their phones, and getting new ones on the insurance we were paying a premium for. Eventually we said enough is enough and sent round an email saying we were cancelling the insurance, everyone was responsible for keeping their hardware in good working order, and that we would be deducting from their wages the cost to replace them. We also provided Otterbox cases throughout, so there was no likelyhood of accidental breakage by dropping.
No-one believed it and many phones were removed from the cases because they didn't look good.... until the first breakage occurred, and sure enough he got a brand new latest model phone, and the cost deducted from his wage. Suddenly all the phones were back in their cases and we never had another breakage. Saved a fortune in yearly insurance.
This happens so frequently that one of the first troubleshooting questions the helpdesk now asks clients is "could you check with your accountant if your hosting invoices have been paid up to date."
The answer is always an immediate "Yes it has", but half an hour later invariably we get a "the credit card expired" call back.
“ long transparent crystals. That would be cool.”
I had a thought the other day, suppose a civilisation advanced enough that it could store data in stone tablets rather than crystals. Stone tablets always seem to survive the civilisations that created them and are always being unearthed in archaeological digs thousands of years later. I feel a sci-if story coming on.
I worked there for a few years and never needed to learn the language. Everyone I met spoke perfect English. There is 2 types of English accent over there. American and Manchester. Which accent you have depends on the TV programmes you watch. If you have an American accent then it’s because you watch US sitcoms. If you have a Manchester accent, it’s because you watch Coronation Street. The Northwest “Granada” ITV channel was shown over there.
I'm actually surprised that the 2 week long fire on Winter Hill didn't knock out any communications. Here's a pic showing how close the fire got to the transmission tower goo.gl/ajskPr
For those not from Manchester, an area of about 4sq miles of parched moorland was burning for a couple of weeks until it rained last week resulting in the hill disappearing in a cloud of smokey mist. I drove up as close as the road blocks when it started raining, it smelt like a damp barbeque!
“For modern mega containerships and tankers, they already have the crew at bare minimum and it's mostly to check on the cargo.“
Suggest you watch the documentary about Emma Maersk. It was brand new yet something was and still is always breaking down almost daily. The maintenance crews are constantly needed.
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