* Posts by hoola

176 posts • joined 22 Mar 2013

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Screw the badgers! Irish High Court dismisses Apple bit barn appeals

hoola

Facts and figures

I have not checked but 500 acres is a huge site, what are the using, mini racks 10U high with room to drive a truck through the gaps.

What this shows is just how much big business can do to sweet-talk politicians and planners. A small number of temporary construction jobs and then a (very) limited number of permanent is really pushing the economic benefits. Every time one of these big distribution centres or data centres comes up jobs is the big card that is used. The reality is that there are bugger all people in them, and those that are will not be that highly paid. Again, I don't know about this one but if you take the distribution centre, why the hell are they not forced to put solar roofs on them. We then have the total insanity of farmland being covered up by solar panels because the subsidies make it worthwhile.

All big businesses are doing everything possible to shaft anyone and everyone who is not part of the club. At some point the wheels will fall off and it will collapse. The trouble is that the arses in the club will all have their money and will not give a stuff, leaving the general public to pick the mess up.

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Re: Encryption..has borked that balance..rendering ineffective the..force to back up a legal warrant

Yes and here is the real difference, in a supposedly civilised society you cannot beat the shit out of someone (physically, mentally or chemically) to get the key. You can chuck them in jail but the likelihood is that is a minor inconvenience to them if it as a genuine major crime. I don't know what the tariffs are for failing to provide information to the relevant authorities with a court order, but it is probably a lot less that 20 years in the clink.

I am sure there is always some agency somewhere but in the end it would simply turn into another scandal. In less fussy countries those unfortunate enough to not hand over an encryption key will simply disappear after a lot of effort has been expended.

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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: The insane thing about it is...

And you don't have to do any of that in O365?

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hoola

Double Standards

Every time there is some cock up with Azure Microsoft give a load of pathetic assurances that it will not happen again and they are always improving. Based on what we experienced in very specific circumstances there was data loss on a VM.

If this or even a far more minor event (a single VM host falling over) had happened in our data centre there would have been people screaming from the rooftops. But this this, because it is in Azure is just accepted, not even a whisper from upstairs.

On site is constantly under scrutiny and has to provide a far better service and then there are complaints about the cost.

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Guntree v Gumtree: Nominet orders gun ads site must lose domain

hoola

Hmm, unbiased then....

As usual the big business, big money and big lawyers prevail.

When did eBay and Gumtree become one? I had noticed the high number of eBay listings that appeared in a Gumtree search and just assumed it was doing generic eBay searches through a proxy,

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

hoola

So what

So far we have littered the Moon, with plastic bags and bits of lander. Mars has had allsorts of stuff dumped on it, along with all the other junk in space in the name of science and now Musk thinks it is a good idea to put 100 meatbags in a giant rocket. I supposed on the plus side that is 100 less rich idiots around when they get incinerated on takeoff. landing or suffocated when something goes wrong a the far end.

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Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung

hoola

Re: True Story

That was an awesome Corgi car, it had I think 6 or 8 cones, 3 signs, opening doors and rear. I had a collection of police vehicles, the Rang Rover, a Land Rover, 2 minis and I think a Ford Escort that may have had working headlights or flasher.

Surprisingly, a few weeks ago I found the box of cars, looking a bit sadder than I remember in the loft, traffic cones included.

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Firemen fund sues Uber for dousing shares with gas, tossing in a match

hoola

And yet

And yet, they continue to makes losses which means they are still able to borrow money. Or more likely the equally scumbag Hedge Fund/Venture Capitalists who are from the same crap filled pond think they can make money.

If this was not a Silicon Valley Ponzi scheme it would have been a failure years ago.

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

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OpenReach

My experience of PlusNet/OpenReach has only been good. The fibre connecting at around 65MB started to drop out. Finally contacted PlusNet support (now there is a challenge, phone only so pick your time otherwise you hang one for hours). Usual guff about the router, cabling etc (they could tell I was not using their Technicolor piece of crap) and the engineer rings the next day to check if anyone was in. He then spent 3 hours between the cabinet/exchange/house sorting out water in the manhole in the road and a faulty switch port at the exchange. He also replaced the internal master socket "just to be safe". It now connects at 70MB down and 20MB up on an FritzBox router.

My only complaint is the lunacy of PlusNet's call system, why you cannot open a ticket online just is beyond me.

Similarly BT/OpenReach recently had to replace an entire cabinet because some plonker parked their car on it, wiping out phone & broadband for quite a few houses. Within 6 hours phone was restored along with dodgy broadband. We all new the broadband was a bodge but 3 days later a completely new cabinet goes in and it is fixed.

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Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

hoola

Being a smart-arse

The issue with much of the advice given here is that ultimately, if the security people do believe that you are hiding something because you have tried to be clever, you are in a much worse position. Whilst I do not necessarily agree that one should hand over passwords or unlock a device when requested, sometimes acquiescing to the request is a bloody sight simpler and safer than not.

If you have a work laptop full of confidential material, then the likelihood is that they are not interested anyway. If you are working for EDF at Hinckley Point and travelling to Iran then you probably should be of interest, likewise on return.

It is all about the risk profile, put more markers up and the interest mount exponentially.

Get your down votes ready but this is the reality. Bluster on a forum can look good but when you are there, being asked questions by security people, unless you have something to hide, co-operation can go a long way.

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Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: THOUSANDS of other orgs did it too

hoola

Re: What a sad state of mind

What is happening is that so much of the data has been lifted by these miscreants, that it is reaching the point that there is very little personal information that cannot bought or found.

What I just don't understand is why we have reached the state that so much of this is on publically accessible networks.

Oh, that is it "Convenience" and the fact that the fines and responsibility for the people at the top mean nothing. Automatic custodial sentence for the execs would focus the mind, along with all the relevant licences the company needs to operate being withdrawn. Add an immediate cease and desist on their service provision so that impact is instant would help.

But of course, all that would happen is the incidents would never be reported. This is a no-win situation whatever you do with the only losers being those who have had the data stolen, i.e the general public.

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Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive

hoola

As another example of just how bonkers space can be, the Crab nebular has a Pulsar at its centre, rotating every 33ms. Just how something that big can rotate so quickly is just incredible.

Of cause it could just be a little green being with a very powerful laser and a Raspberry Pi experimenting and having fun out in space.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

hoola

FOI Requests

And this is the nub of everything, the stupidity of the Freedom of Information Act that allows these sorts of pointless requests. The Act is so misused it is not true. There is an entire industry around extracting commercial information from public bodies to sell on.

Just Google this name to see how it is abused

Francios Charles freedom of information

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

hoola

Re: Or you could have the actual information

What is so strange about this whole "cloud" thing is that it can be broken and nobody in the C-suite appears to give a toss. If the same thing happened on-prem then everyone would be running around like blue-arsed flies wanting it fixed.

The disparity between what is acceptable on-prem and in the cloud given that they are supposed to be delivering the same service is an indication of the skill of the cloudy sale people at selling snake oil.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

hoola

Re: I've never spent more then 75 quid on a phone ...

Ahh, the MR1, if you bought the "high capacity " battery it may have even lasted into the evening. Trouble was that is you could fit enough of it into your pocket, your trousers fell down. Also the battery clip was the most ill-conceived piece of shite you could imagine. If you dropped the phone, the clip would break leaving the batter free to slide off (double sided tape was the fix). At least it was the battery that broke.

Other than that the thing was indestructible, I found my old one in the loft and my kids played with it for years when they were little with out smashing it. Give a two year old a modern phone and it will be a source of shards of glass in minutes, particularly as its only use is to hit things with as there are no buttons or flappy bits!

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hoola

Re: £1,000 for a phone

What a biased and twisted view

"So we're back to "they copied me, waaah, it's a rectangle with rounded corners and a screen on it". There's far closer clones to the iPhone X such as most Huawei devices"

How the hell can existing devices be copies of something that has not even been launched. Almost every feature on this expensive candy bar has been on other manufactures phones for years.

Just who is copying who, or to be more precise, who is just following the trend set by more dynamic companies?

Me thinks Apple are doing a lot of following here.

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

hoola

Who has most to lose?

I would have thought that a growing boycott of software and tech products would hurt the US far more than anyone else. There are plenty of other companies out that that will fill the void. More to the point they will fill it permanently. The likes of Huawei would jump at the chance of replacing Dell, HPe, SuperMicro. It is irrelevant where the kit is manufactured as the profits are ultimately in the US and the are US companies/. The US could lose substantially, particularly if China not only joins a boycott but actively pushes alternatives.

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Sony remembers it once made a great little phone

hoola

Re: OS Updates

I have had a Sony Z5 for a while now and it is just awesome. On the case from a CaseMate Tough Case has protected the phone well after numerous drops onto hard floors, concrete etc. If the first contact point of screen is a small point (small stone etc) when you drop it then invariably the screen will crack. The exception to this based on experience with an HTC One M7 is if you have one of the semi-flexible Air-Glass protectors from Brotect.

On the updates front I cannot complain. It came with 5.x and had received OTA updates through 6.x and is currently at 7.1.1. Even an ancient Z2 tablet has been updated OTA to 6.x. This is far better than many suppliers. My daughter's Z5 compact is the same. From a performance perspective the Compact cannot be faulted. This is in the same CaseMate case and has survived being used by a teenager.

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Uber squints, makes room for another probe: This time it's bribery

hoola

This is what happens when a company sets all this stuff up but because it is "Techie", "App-Based" and has no real assets, the originators believe that the are completely above any laws. This is compounded by the idiotic venture capitalists that provide the money because it is a way of making a quick buck.

If someone came up with real, hard engineering ideas then it would be stifled by regulation, lack of funding and indifference.

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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The yoof of today (and a bit older)....

The underlying issue with all the companies involved in this sort of information gathering is that they do not give a flying rat-arse about it. As long as all sorts of magic happens and their phones constantly bing, beep and fart with incoming shite they are happy. Who uses that information is beyond them and something that they simply are no interested in. Passwords are all cached or "Managed" by Apple, Google or whoever.

Loyalty cards and points everywhere and constantly broadcasting their location and current bowel state if just the world. Those of us who really understand and care about this are becoming the minority. So many of these big organisations are run by ego-maniacs who specialise in recruiting from the generation that makes them the money. Where else is this going to go?

Only when there is some catastrophic meltdown will the reality come home. At that point most people will be stuffed as their lights won't turn on, their phone will not work, the taxi will not turn up and they will not be able to buy anything.

Frankly I just cannot understand why I would want a light bulb, fridge or boiler connected to the Internet so that I can "Manage" it.

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

hoola

Re: When I was a lad ....

Nah, outside toilets at First School (Primary nowadays), who can pee over the wall so that it went onto the teacher's cars parked the other side. The whole thing was pretty much Victorian, a ceramic glazed trough like a gutter about 15 feet long, painted walls and quarry tiles.

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Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

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Re: The law

Of course you forget the (very minor) detail, in order to get the data backup you have to pay all the egress charges when you have no money. Then there is the time etc. Depending on how much data there is it could take months to get it back. Microsoft are not supposed to be able to access it so the onus has to be on the owner. This is yet another case where the law has not actually caught up with all the cloudy stuff.

How about the case where Apple refused to reset a password even though the Executors had everything legally required to execute the will?

Unfortunately big business is unaccountable to nobody, yes the occasional shareholder but they are essentially free to do whatever they want, when they want and how they want. If you get caught, just cough up the fine or pay the appropriate fees (bribes) to the politicians.

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America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky

hoola

Re: How to tell if they're "evil" drones or "good" ones

So you would be perfectly happy to be on a test aircraft on take-off when various sized drones are placed in the flight path to see if it damages the engines?

Geese tend to be inert and not explode, well it may a bit but not like a lithium battery.

Sorry but when (and it is when) several hundred people on the plane plus however many on ther ground have been killed, at that point everyone will be scream "why didn't they do something to stop it happening".

A 50LB drone, that is near enough 25KG and I have never seen a goose that big.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

hoola

Re: Backup

SQL Filestream anyone.......

Equally clueless, and before the Linux advocates start honking on, the OS of the backend system is totally and utterly irrelevant. If it has SMB or CIFS available then it can be compromised. The same goes for any NAS appliance or anything else. This is a client driven attack.

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hoola

Re: It appears the source IP address is...

Lack of resource and funding is correct to a certain extend. One of the real issues is the equipment that has to use Windows XP because the supplier either no longer exists or it is too expensive to replace. Million pound scanners that are perfectly serviceable simply cannot be replaced because the OS of a control PC is unsupported. With many of these very high tech, high cost and low volume systems, there really is very little option.

The armchair experts that only look after a few hundred PCs and a handful of servers simply do not understand the problems.

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Stealth-cloaked startup claims to be developing super-fast arrays. How fast? Well...

hoola

Fibre Channel

Before stating the FC is "legacy" you need to understand about latency. IB is very fast, over short distances. It is also a bugger to cable. Ethernet in all its variants, FC over e iSCSI ultimately suffer from the same problems, latency. Ethernet is cheap to deploy until you need low latency, and distance at that point you start having to put fibre in. If I am deploying fibre and segregating as recommended (that is not the same as a vLAN) then you may as well use FC as it is the correct tool for the job.

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

hoola

Re: "People don't hate adverts, just awful adverts"

What is more critical is the websites that detect the add blocker and then stop showing the pages. You are then in a loop, you have blocked that advert but cannot access the content. At the moment it is usually possible to find it somewhere else but if this becomes prevalent then I am not sure where you go.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

hoola

SIgh,,,,

Just like everything else mankind does, the consequences are ignored until it is too late. The main driver behind this is profit and the strange belief that "they" will clear up the mess (at no cost). Here on earth that is the local council, etc. Up in space there is no one, and in the race to put the stuff up there (probably with not that much real benefit to the majority), the cost of disposal is ignored. By the time the satellites need to be decommissioned, the profits will have been made and the companies probably already closed down. The result that a few Western nations will end up taking most of the hit in cleaning it up.

Nuclear Waste?

Acid Rain?

CFCs?

CO2?

Electronic Waste?

And so the list goes on

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

hoola

Re: Yellows, no

And in the UK, along with the "it has just turned red so I will accelerate even harder". If you look at any junction/pelican crossing, the normal behaviour now is to go through on amber and only stop after it has been red for a number of seconds. Where this falls down is at a railway crossing. At that point the same idiots then get tangled in the barrier, or worse get stuck in the crossing as well and then panic at the impending instant scrap metal event.

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hoola

Re: Missing an item

There is an interesting point developing here, given what we are told about the traffic conditions, approaching the junction at that speed was possibly optimistic (being polite) or blatantly dangerous. Was the traffic stream flowing through at 40mph?, if so then one would expect a closely following vehicle to be involved as well. The indications are that this was not the case and the Uber vehicle chose to approach a junction, with adjacent slow or stationary traffic restricting visibility. This in itself suggests that their behaviour modelling is totally inappropriate (not a surprise).

Of course what needs to happen is that in the same way a human driver is tested, so should an AI driver. This could be taken further, with modelling by independent "Driving Test/Instructors", regulated and approved by the authorities. Possible those same authorities should have the code in ESCROW so that in the event an incident (not accident, there is a difference) occurs, what is in the vehicle can be independently assured.

There is an overhead, but given most of the push for this is tech companies trying to make money, then it should just be seen as another expense. Personally I would not trust any tech company to not bury poor code in the even of an incident, as the ensuing court cases would be a lawyers wet dream.

This is all to come and once again is where the technology is ahead of the regulation and equally, due to the amount of money and influence these companies have, it is in their interests for that status quo to remain.

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

hoola

Re: Who in the FUCK ...

What you have missed is the root cause of the chaos we have. There is a generation now out there who have no concept of security, don't case about privacy and constantly spend every waking out post or consuming inane tat that is posted on social media sites.

The whole "Internet if Things" or the "Connected Home/Car/Shed" is just an extension of the same fad. For reasons that escape me, being able to login to you heating, dishwasher or fridge is seen as a worthwhile. In this case, the dishwasher has either run or not. If it is about to run out of stuff a light comes on to tell me. I then have a box of stuff to refill it. What I don't need to do is have a message sent to me to tell me it has run out of stuff, you simply do not run these appliances buying a single sachet at a time for a single cycle.

As for the bollocks about saving energy, they amount of energy that has gone into making all the electronics required to run it will far outweigh any savings. The trouble is that it is invisible and in the rush to have the latest piece of tat (that will probably only last 3 years) only exacerbates the problem. E-Waste is a complete monster of a problem that STILL has not been tackled properly, and never will until it becomes more economic to recycle rather than create new.

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

hoola

Re: They would solve three problems at once

And that is actually where all the problems stem from. They probably make a disproportionate amount of money from these types of material.

Go to the biggest amount of traffic on the web, pornography in all its guises.

As far as I am aware you do not get adverts for M&S underwear or McDonalds on the those site.......

Then there is what is forced onto the Dark Web. This will be the same however what it does do is put that physical break in where the casual viewer will not bother. The real fanatic probably will but it is a lot more difficult.

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

hoola

Re: Comparing real and virtual world

And this is the real issue, in an increasingly digital world the evidence for many crimes is also digital. A physical warrant can be executed very quickly, if you have to spent days or weeks attempting to brute force encryption, further evidence can also be "lost" (hidden away or removed by the parties in question), then where do you go? You either need a quick, brute force back door (a coded way in) or there has to be sufficient resources available to access the data in an expedient way. That will cost huge amounts of money that will be subject to all the inter-departmental turf wars.

Just because it is digital, why should the authorities not obtain access (assuming procedure is followed)? At the moment not revealing encryption keys is seen as a way of avoiding prosecution and frustrating the course of justice.

The overwhelming view appears to be that the suspect is within his rights to withhold the password "Fifth Amendment". One hopes that all those supporters will be firm in their views if they end up a victim and the perpetrators walk free because critical evidence was digital and the passwords would not be revealed.

It is not impossible to foresee a future where failure to disclose the passwords/keys is seen as an admission of guilt.

Prepare for downvotes but there appear to be some very different standards being applied here.

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Thank heavens the wrangling over BT's Openreach separation has ended

hoola

Everyone's an expert

It is always easy to be critical from a desk or armchair and BT/Open Reach get slated WHATEVER they do. They simply cannot please the armchair experts who always know better and provide an endless line of stories of how BT they are. OFCOM are useless, as are most of the OF??? organisations. I do not understand how spitting this provides any benefit what so ever, other than making both companies even more vulnerable to take over. As far as I am aware BT is still British, unlike every other utility that is now foreign owned.

Just as Royal Mail has to provide a universal service to then entire UK at the same price and then gets clobbered by the competition creaming off the profitable bits.

Why don't Virgin Media go out to rural places, because it costs too much. As for the copper to the home, it is cheap, it works and BT is in control of the backup. As soon as you put the battery at the termination you have to maintain it and you are susceptible to whatever the idiot consumer does.

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

hoola

And why have Final Salary and other Private Sector pensions gone down the pan? Because greedy companies, bosses and shareholders did everything they could to avoid paying into them when times were good. Cries of the pension funds have huge surpluses so the company (not the employees mind) stopped paying in. This despite that fact that even the most dull witted could see that the pension liabilities were going to increase as the population aged. This was totally predictable and facilitated by Bliar/Brown. The real beneficiaries of the deceit are long gone with their piles of shareholder dividends stolen from the ordinary workers.They then made the situation even worse by raiding all the pension schemes as an easy source of tax to through on the fire. No the more recent governments have made any efforts to reverse that insane tax.

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White-box slingers, Chinese server makers now neck-and-neck with US tech giants

hoola

The long game

The Chinese are very, very good at playing the long game. They chip away, slowly improving the until it is on par with what is deemed "Western" levels of quality. They price it low and also ensure that they will undercut the incumbents with the sole aim of taking the market. The really clever bit is they are not looking at market share and profit in 1 quarter or even a year. They are looking at 5 years, 10 years or even more.

Take engineering as another very good example. If you wanted a small lathe or milling machine you had a Myford, Boxford or Senior. Then along came the cheap, but frankly appalling far-eastern copies that were very cheap. People started to buy them because they could not afford an established brand. The quality gradually improved to the point that now, in reality they are very good. The cost has gone up a bit but they are still cheaper than the remaining established brands (that still exist). In the meantime, almost all the mainstream machinery manufacturing has disappeared. It was too expensive to build in Europe or US but also not practical to move production to the far east. The majority have folded, both the skills and manufacturing have now gone for good.

In the tech world, the items are manufactured in the China because of lower costs (labour, health and safety, environmental) as no one is prepared to pay the manufacturing costs back home. Now the Chinese are making significant inroads with their own tech, priced for the long term when traditional western manufactures have finally given up.

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Citrix shares soar on sale speculation

hoola

Ahh, the Active iInvestor

Yet again a bunch of parasitic "Investors" do everything they can to get a quick buck. Elliott are worse than bad, the absolute scum who have destroyed any number of viable companies for a quick buck.

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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

hoola

Responsibility and Accountability

What this is doing it attempting to make these global "Tech" companies accountable and responsible for the rubbish that moronic users post. Equally the users are just as culpable, but until the companies involved start getting hit, they will do nothing against the users.

For far too long the likes of Facebook and Twitter have hidden behind corporate anonymity with the benefit of vast profits, employed the worst of the scumbag lawyers to avoid doing anything.

Yes the fine is small fry but it is a start.

The debacle with the BBC and the Facebook images is simply astonishing. Equally, the speed that material was removed after Yvette Copper raised when they were hauled in from of the committee shows how useless these companies are. It took a complaint from at committee before the buggers did anything.

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Self-employed bear the brunt of Spring Budget with additional National Insurance contributions

hoola

Re: Fairness

I think you have not grasped what National Insurance is:

https://www.gov.uk/national-insurance/overview

https://www.gov.uk/national-insurance/what-national-insurance-is-for

The point is that it is notionally there to provide the basic pension, and additional state pension. As a self employed person it is already far to easy to not make a profit by careful use of allowances and what can be charged to you business. As the number of self-employed rises, so the shortfall increases. Self-employed already pay less but are entitled to exactly the same benefits. The money has to come from somewhere.

Yes it is a tax of sorts and you could just bundle it in with everything else but that then makes the problem worse. There are already dire warnings about the time bomb from the high number of low-paid immigrant jobs that pay little or no tax yet will still be entitled to the same benefits in retirement. Tax is rarely fair and the broad bulk of regular employees have not option but to pay, that is PAYE! I go back to the point, the majority of self-employed IT people are not at the bottom end of the pay scale. The amounts being talked about will spent in the pub/restaurant/coffee shop without a thought. And that takes us full circle. It is astounding the number of people that moan about this but will happily spend £3.00 on a cup off coffee, every day or more.

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hoola

Fairness

What is being missed by many commentators (in the media and otherwise) is that this is about bring all NI contributions into alignment. Why, as a self-employed person, should I pay less than someone in normal employment? Those employees could easily be earning less than the self-employed and this is about addressing the balance. With increasing self-employment, the money has to come from somewhere and it should not be used as a way of avoiding or reducing tax etc. That simply makes the self-employed just as bad as the tossers at the top using every means possible to not pay tax. NI is mainly used to prop up the state pension, something that is universal and everyone gets. It is not even means-tested. Now if you want to open a can of worms and save money, start means-testing the state pension. I would guess that many readers here, self-employed or otherwise would get hit if it were to be a meaningful policy.

Prepare for the down votes, but this is what it is about.

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

hoola

Re: The pi-zero w is less than £10 and I bet it would do all they need and more.

No, the point is that you have a useless panel inside that changes colour and tells you have much it is costing. My mother ended up with one when they were forced to have the old mechanical meter changed.

Previously they were no worried about the bills, it was not too expense but importantly was affordable.

Now she is shit scared to turn anything on like a toaster, kettle or washing machine because it us so expensive.

A totally, utterly pointless waste that has actually made things worse. They did not need to save electricity and did not need a stupid display that they did not understand.

Real progress there.........

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

hoola

Stupid Questions

So all these contractors are dumping their existing contracts early. Is there such a shortage of contractors in the private sector that they are all going to get work?

Is everyone paying paid so much that they can afford the uncertainty of no work as there is now a glut of people looking for contracts?

One assumes that rates will drop as there is a now a glut of people looking for contracts. It is not just the Government or HMRC shooting themselves in the foot. It is the contractors who often go round leaving a trail of barely completed, badly executed and poorly document work.

Prepare for the down votes but I se the other side. We are forced to use contractors whom we pay stupid amounts of money to because we supposedly don't have the resources internally (we do!).

Very occasionally we get one who is good but most have a very over rated opinion of themselves and are not worth the money.

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MEPs in 'urgent' call for new laws on artificial intelligence and robotics

hoola

Robotics

There are huge implications here that have to be addressed, not least are the social and moral issues. Robotics and automation are fine to some extent but what is going to happen here is that it being used as a tool to increase profits for the few. Look at who are pushing it, tech companies that already do everything possible to avoid paying taxes. The impact on the general population is going to be decreased employment, increased poverty. The real whammy then is that the very companies that are pushing it will not be paying their share of the tax to support the welfare state and we end up with current 1st world countries turning into 3rd (or should that be 4th) world countries.

Whatever the motives behind this being dressed up as safety,. convenience etc, huge swathes of the population are going to end up with no meaningful employment, the welfare state grows and becomes unaffordable and society collapses. All too often science or technological development take a course tends up being destructive, or benefits a tiny elite minority at the expense of the majority.

Make no mistake, about it, the current push for AI, driverless vehicles is all about the few making money.

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Co-op Bank up for sale while customers still feel effects of its creaking IT

hoola

Re: New Online Co-Op

I have experienced exactly the same thing. You have 100% certainty on the credentials and it claims one part is incorrect. Then it locks you out so you have to fart phoning and using the card reader to reset it all. What is even more stupid is that the same said IGEL reader could have been used for Two-Factor authentication. But wait, that would have required intelligence on the part of the designers. The new website is clearly a piece of generic crap put together by someone who only uses a mobile phone.

The writing has always been on the wall as soon as the Hedge fund parasites got their hooks in. As with all these types of outfit, they are always looking for a quick profit and a way out, often before they have even bought in. You can have total confidence that the fund managers involved have nice fat bonuses and have ensured large amounts of assets have been removed already.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

hoola

Any other country???

Presumably then if the ban had been on any other, predominantly white, non-Muslim country it would have been fine. All the focus appears to be the fact that these are Muslim countries.

Bunch of total hypocrites!

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

hoola

Re: Welcome to the UK

And not forgetting trains & BREL, the designers who came up with the APT (Advanced Passenger Train) that was decades ahead of its time. Sure, it has some issues like any new technology but the thing that killed it? Reporters did not like it tilting on the curves. Whether it was the gas turbine powered unit or the electric it was at the cutting edge. The IP was sold to Fiat for bugger all and then reappeared as the Pendelino. Just because it had Virgin on the side it is suddenly cool and acceptable, it is still the same train. My uncle was at Doncaster when they scrapped the electric APTs and they were literally smashed up with hammers and a JCB. The High Speed Train or InterCity 125 was another, still highly successful design. No other diesel train is as quiet. The modern Voyager/Meridian things are basically a cheap carriage with a bus engine bolted underneath buzzing away furiously, vibrating your teeth out.

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UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

hoola

Root of the problem

What this does is highlight the root cause of the problem:

That is that there is simply NO WAY WHAT SO EVER of reliable verify age or consent to use access/use a service/website on the Internet.

Parents make the problem far worse by allowing kids to have Facebook Instagram or other account in blatant breach of the age restrictions. What is truly bonkers is that this has been going on for years and no one has yet found a fool proof way to manage it. In a shop, if you go in and try to buy cigarettes, alcohol etc and are clearly under age, you can be refused unless you provide appropriate ID. It works because that ID has a photograph on it. Online, it simply is a non started. There is simply no way of verifying age, identity or consent reliably.

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

hoola

Flexible Approach

It all depends on where you come from......

Highly skilled doctors, engineers etc. that we do not have enough of and in the latter case are incapable of developing due to the long-standing mantra that skill magically appear and are not worth developing because it costs money (= less short term profit for bosses) are not the crux of the problem.

Low skilled workers that come in, push wages down and then make not particularly attractive jobs even less attractive whilst boosting short term profit for bosses is exactly where the problem lies. The numbers alone in the millions are why we are where we are. It is no just the UK, Holland now has similar concerns where Eastern Europeans will quite happily work for less than the Dutch. And why is this, because the immigrants overheads are minimal. They take advantage of exploitative landlords that put 5 in a room because the squalor is accepted. The prize of course is that although the wages are very low they are a fortune compared to where they have come from. The money builds up, is sent back home and so the merry-go-round continues.

Ultimately this is all about bosses making even more money.

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Europe to launch legal action against countries over diesel emissions cheating

hoola

Catalysts

And the catalysts were pushed very heavily by Mercedes and BMW because they worked well on the large engines in most of their cars. This then screwed over the lean burn technology that was being developed successfully in the UK as the EU decreed that all petrol cars had to have a cat. Spot any possible connection or lobbying there?

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hoola

Re: Why can't the EU...

In some ways you are correct however with very few exceptions people would have bought (leased) the cars regardless of what comes out of the exhaust pipe. And, therein lies the heart of the problem, the whole CO2, fuel consumption thing is a total farce anyway. Has anyone ever got remotely close to the specified fuel consumption? No, and because you never get close to it the CO2 figure is wrong and so are the VED costs. It is all total bollocks. The only time people worry about CO2 is when it is a company car and it affects there tax liability.

This of course also ignores the fact that diesels get progressively dirtier with age yet somehow still pass MOT emissions test. Looking at the muck that is often spewed out of the back of a 5 year old car, van or whatever, I just do not understand how they pass the MOT.

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