* Posts by Champ

136 posts • joined 13 Feb 2013

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IT contractor has £240k bill torn up after IR35 win against UK taxman

Champ

Re: I cannot understand why HMRC pursues contractors so much.

> Amazon pay every penny they owe

In Luxembourg

There, fixed that for you

Scientist, war hero and gay icon Alan Turing is new face of the £50 note

Champ

Re: "Cue gags regarding this note being more bent than a 9 bob note"

Can you please list the parliamentary powers which you claim were ceded to the EU?

Take your time.

Brexit: Digital border possible for Irish backstop woes, UK MPs told

Champ

Re: "if Europe agrees to a Brexit transition period"

Where "Leave win #1" was a pretty finely balanced 52:48

Where "Leave win #2" was the UK electorate gaming the UKs FPTP electoral system to deny May the very mandate she went to the country to seek.

Where "Leave win #3" resulted in Remain advocating parties getting a bigger share of the popular vote than Farage the Fascist.

How's those lessons in counting coming along?

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

Champ

Just because you're paranoid...

...doesn't mean they're not out to get you. I started typing this as a joke, but now it sounds a bit too believable.

The OS story is a cover. These devices are really so the authorities can track and respond to the brexit riots

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

Champ

Re: So predictable !

Of all the places for the "technological means" unicorn to rear it's head - not the Reg! Nooo! Here the forums are full of people who actually understand IT, and what it can, and more importantly, can't do.

I'm now very depressed that even here, amongst "my people", someone should seriously promote this nonsense

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral

Champ

Yes to Media Center going open source!

There are still quite a few of us running a Win7 box and Media Center to drive our TVs. I'd love it to go open source, so that it might have a future

Microsoft delivers a second preview of Visual Studio 2019 (a Redmond thing we actually like)

Champ

>> Those hair-shirted individuals who like their code to be of the C++ variety

> No women code in C++? Not very inclusive from pro-SJW El-Reg!

Not sure why you think women can't also wear a hair-shirt.

Influential cypherpunk and crypto-anarchist Tim May dies aged 67

Champ

Photo correction

I must be bored, and it's just before Christmas, but I've just uploaded a correct photo to the wiki. It's been "sent to moderation" apparently

Google internal revolt grows as search-engine Spartacuses prepare strike over China

Champ

Re: My advice to Google employees

Maybe it's because I'm in the UK, or maybe because I've just never been that important, but I've never had any problems with criticising my employers.

ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

Champ

Re: Will of the people my arse

>those who supported remain and the ever closer political union, with the

>ceding of sovereignty to un-elected officials

It's my experience that those who most play the 'but sovereignty!' card least understand it.

The only way to be completely sovereign is to be completely isolated. Like North Korea. Otherwise...

- want to join the WTO? Need to abide by rules, that limit sovereignty

- want to join the UN? Need to abide by rules, that limit sovereignty

- want an FTA with <country>? Need to abide by rules, that limit sovereignty

The EU is really about pooling sovereignty, not ceding it.

Goodnight Kepler! NASA scientists lay the exoplanet expert to rest as it runs out of fuel

Champ

Fuel? Why no solar panels?

I didn't think spacecraft were generally powered by a few gallons of 4 star? Why did Kepler use (exhaustible) on-board fuel, rather than (inexhaustible) sunshine?

Love Microsoft Teams? Love Linux? Then you won't love this

Champ

Re: "Vanishingly Small"

> For around 10 years, nearly all the devs I've worked with use linux

Conversely, since I moved away from DEC/VMS in the early 90s, all the dev I have done, and all the Devs I have worked with, have used Windows

Champ

Re: Teams is wonderful if you only talk to one team

You're definitely doing it wrong - it's a piece of the proverbial to engage with multiple teams in Teams.

The only bad thing about Teams is the name, giving rise to sentences like "I've set up a new team on Teams", "Is your team using Teams", etc

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

Champ

Mickey, is that you

My disposable email address of choice is m.mouse@evilempire.com, which I came up with after watching a documentary on how delightful Walt was.

HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

Champ

Re: no surprise

> Assuming (no evidence to support this, but it's a reasonable hypothesis) that most people that voted for Brexit agreed with the ideals put out at the time of the referendum, and which have been repeated continuously since then, Brexiteers voted to leave the single market and so end free movement.

I'd say your very first assumption is incorrect, and therefore invalidates the rest of your argument.

Many prominent brexiteers said that brexit didn't mean leaving the single market:

Daniel Hannan: "Nobody is talking about leaving the Single Market"

Farage: "Wouldn't it be awful to be like Norway?" (i.e. proposing that we would in fact be like Norway, who are in the Single Market)

Also, your argument is based on people following the logical conclusion of their thinking. Most people don't do that, most of the time.

We're doomed: Defra's having a cow over its Brexit IT preparations

Champ

Re: Omnishambles.

>THE EU has declared war on the UK, for daring to ask for more...And people had better work out which >side they are on before its too late.

More? We already had significant concessions and opt-outs

>We are witnessing the ugly side of realpolitik, The ugly side of the EU and the ugly side of the Deep State >as well.

Your tinfoil hat has slipped.

Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion

Champ

Surprised no one has posted the XKCD link yet

...so here it is

https://xkcd.com/473/

NASA's Kepler probe rouses from its slumber, up and running again

Champ

Re: 12 kg fuel

> given that a gallon is 4.2L

er, a Real Gallon (tm) is 4.54609 litres, not 4.2

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

Champ

Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

> Not while there are features that disappear with the upgrade. I'm not the only person who

> uses Media Centre as a television

Well, yes. While I seem to be in the minority here, and quite like Win10 for desktop/tablet use, the machine I built 10 years ago which sits under the TV and runs all my home entertainment with Windows Media Center will be staying on Win7 for obvious reasons.

Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

Champ

>As someone who cried as a girl to the ending of Silent Running...

C'mon, who doesn't cry at the end of Silent Running?

And if you don't, I don't think we can be friends

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

Champ

Re: Shite

> Er, insist all development is on Microsoft platforms and none of this Linux malarkey?

You do know that over 25% of the VMs in Azure is running some version of Linuxm, yes?

UK.gov expected to quit controversial harvesting of schoolchildren's nationality data

Champ

>> "So are we saying that anyone from anywhere in the world can come to the UK and get free healthcare >> and education?"

> Have you been to a UK inner city recently? - they are stuffed with Muslims and similar foreigners. This isn't exactly new news.

Seriously, who the fuck upvoted this rascist drivel?

Us? Reverse engineer HoloLens? No way, not us, nuh-uh – Magic Leap

Champ

Re: 1st of March is the first day of March, not spring. Check back on the 21st.

Better tell the TV weather forecasters. They routinely quote 1st March as "start of meteorological spring", completely correctly, in my view.

This is the small hill I have been dying on for the past 20 years, and will continue to do so. "Spring", as referenced by the vast majority of people, is a meteorological, not astronomical concept, as are the other seasons. It makes absolutely no sense to say that summer *starts* on the longest day, or, for instance, winter starts just 4 days before Christmas.

If we're going to divide the calendar up into four seasons, then this correspondent is going to continue insist that they start on 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December.

<deep breath>

Ghost in the DCL shell: OpenVMS, touted as ultra reliable, had a local root hole for 30 years

Champ

Re: Wasn't VMS...

> The pattern used for Windows NT. It was my understanding (I could be wrong though) that the head of VMS development went on to Microsoft to do Windows NT development.

Yes, this was the legendary Dave Cutler, referred to up there.

The other story is that W(indows) NT is one letter on from VMS (compare and contrast with HAL and IBM)

$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft

Champ

Re: Nobody ever got fired

> No one really wants their shit, and deep down no one thinks it's anything other than shit, but people buy it because the Microsoft FUD works. Every time you hear of them getting a big customer you know there's an incompetent CTO who has taken the easy option. The only dev fanbois they have left are the ones too scared or useless to learn a decent toolset... all the others have jumped ship.

This is so wrong, in so many ways, that I really don't know where to start.

But heh, I hope your prejudices keep you warm at night

Kremlin social media trolls aren't actually that influential, study finds

Champ

Re: Oh no

>It was a choice between sovereignty or become a state in a United States of Europe.

Can you list for me the sovereignty that we have lost, or might lose? Even the tory white paper said "while no sovereignty was lost, it doesn't always feel that way".

It's quite simple - the EU is a club with rules. If you want to join the club, you have to follow the agreed rules. You can call this loss of sovereignty if you like, but it's not really. And the killer is - if we want trade agreements with any other states or blocks, we'll have to sign up to *their* rules, which will involve much the same "lost of sovereignty". The only way to be truly sovereign in a globalised world is to be like North Korea

>Immigration also featured heavily on both sides as YouGove polls show a majority on either side want immigration reduced and controlled.

"Either side"? No, not really. We have an ageing population, and the only way the economy can support it is by importing labour. Have a stay in hospital, as I did last year, and you'll see a mostly white, mostly ageing population being tended to by young qualified medical staff, of many colours, from all over the world. Personally, I like having a functioning health service, so I'm happy to support immigration.

Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready

Champ

> ... when Pebble went bust.

I'm pretty sure Pebble didn't go bust - they were bought by Fitbit.

'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo

Champ

>Time that employment (and welfare benefits) were placed out of reach of anyone with a tattoo, or anyone >considering one.

I've noted all the sniffy "well, aren't tattoos jut stupid" comments, without needing to reply. But this one got my goat.

For the record, I'm in my mid-50s and earn (and have always earned) a respectable salary, doing respectable work for respectable organisations. Quite why I should be barred from this because I have a couple of tattoos (one of which is over 30 years old, and *no*, I don't remotely regret getting it) completely escapes me, unless it's because you, Mr "unwarranted triumphalism" want to impose your personal narrow view on what people can do with their own bodies.

Don't like tattoos? Fine - don't get one.

UK competition watchdog: Fox's takeover of Sky 'not in public interest'

Champ

Re: Fred

In a 100 years time Gates might be remembered as the guy who rid the world of polio. And possibly even malaria.

Murdoch and Jobs will be completely forgotten.

Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

Champ

Re: One of the more interesting questions

> In practice, by the time it even made it to the first hearing the UK,

> we'll have left the EU and the whole thing will be moot.

I wouldn't necessarily bet on that...

MPs sceptical of plan for IT to save the day after UK quits customs union

Champ

Leaving EU != leaving Customs Union (or Single Market, for that matter)

Why the fuck are the tories (amongst others) saying that leaving the EU must also mean leaving the Customs Union and Single Market? Despite the fact that, during the referendum campaign, multiple Leavers were at pains to suggest this wouldn't happen?

Oh good, half of Defra's Brexit projects involve IT

Champ

Re: Guess the response

> the UK is likely to adopt BINO (in name only)

God let's hope so

Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

Champ

Re: Uber - the real world view

>Maybe you shouldn't be riding a bike on roads paid for by taxpayers. Just sayin'

Another example of where the phrase "just sayin" at the end of a statement predicts the low intelligence of the statement maker.

Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?

Champ

Well I'm sold

Assuming they fix most of the described issues, I'd buy 3 of them. Maybe more. Er, assuming they'll also sell them in the UK.

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

Champ

Re: Bollocks.

I avoided BMWs for years, on the basis that BMW drivers were wankers. Then I drove one, and realised it was actually really very good. So I turned the logic on its head, concluding "You're a wanker, you might as well have a BMW"

Nowadays I have an Audi A7, which is far away the best car I've ever had.

Frankly, "All <x> drivers are <y>" generalisations are pointless and reveal more about the people who cite them.

Microsoft dumps mobility from its Vision

Champ

Hybrid cloud

“What differentiates Azure is our hybrid consistency”, which sounds a lot like “we have Azure Stack and no-one's close to us with that."

C'mon, guys - you know there's an awful lot more to hybrid cloud than Azure Stack

Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

Champ

Re: "used only in extreme terrorism cases"

"CAGE has plenty of form as apologists for active extremists. As an example, CAGE are the outfit that mentored Jihadi John and subsequently described him as a "beautiful young man".

I'd have the bastards shut down."

That may well be an appropriate position. But being an apologist for extremists isn't a crime, and we all have a strong interest, whatever our views, in not being forced to disclose our private material.

Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

Champ

What, the Microsoft and Google who have recently, and separately, taken their government to court?

Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

Champ

Re: time for CA to CAEXIT from the Union?

> If you think this is wrong, you are not a "left winger". You are a decent human being. That's all.

<applause>

Twin brothers. One went into space. The other didn't. NASA reveals how their bodies differ

Champ

But which is which in the photo?

The one without the mustache looks younger and happier.

The text implies that this is Scott ("Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly, who are identical twins, but for a mustache"), but is not definitive.

I think we should be told

You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

Champ

Re: S40 essential part of Levenson

No, this is not true either. S40 specifically allows for a low cost, third party arbitration to be applied. It's only of the publication insists that it will go to court, and that's where the costs can mount up. Hence the disincentive for the use of the courts.

Champ

Re: S40 essential part of Levenson

My mistake - I meant "Hack Attack", by Nick Davies. An enthralling and horrifying read.

Your words about Hugh Grant are instructional, though. Of course he has a vested interest - he's had his personal life dragged through the press, been papped, had his phone messages hacked - do you think that this is "ok", because he's "a celebrity"? Because I certainly don't.

Champ

Don't sign this until...

...you've read this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/john-cleese/section-40-press-regulation_b_14056886.html

I'm fairly disappointed that El Reg have taken this stance on Section 40, which is a key part of the Levenson recommendations. But even the Open Rights Group emailed me asking me to sign a petition against it.

Once again, we're all being lied to

Champ

S40 essential part of Levenson

S40 is part of the implementation of the Levenson recommendations, which all right thinking people should support. Read Hacked Off to get a picture of how appallingly our big newspapers acted in the UK.

Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

Champ

Re: Smartwatches/Wearables Not dead - just biding their time

I had a Psion as well, and loved it just like I love my Pebble.

Maybe it's me. Maybe I'm a Jonah...

Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal

Champ

Sad

I'm a little saddened by this.

I was a backer on the first Pebble Kickstarter campaign, and was really taken with my original Pebble. So much so, that I then backed their second Kickstarter, and got a Pebble Time (and Pebble Steel). I liked the fact that they ploughed their own furrow, and we had a different choice from the Apple & Samsung juggernauts (...and I have a pathalogical hatred of Apple,too).

But I guess the economic facts of life apply to everyone <sigh>

Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

Champ

Re: In 5 years?

Yeah, cos waterfall was renowned for producing complete, fault-free software, wasn't it...

Google makes it to third base with Home digital assistant

Champ

Is that you, Betrand?

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