* Posts by SolidSquid

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Brexit text-it wrecks it: Vote Leave fined £40k for spamming 200k msgs ahead of EU referendum

SolidSquid

Re: Tsk...

Nah, you're mixing the Vote Leave campaign, which was the main one and fairly public about their finances for a political group, with groups like Leave.EU which also supported Brexit but did so independently and have provided no information on where their funding came from

SolidSquid

Re: What I don't understand

Apparently the SNP tabled an amendment which would require a 60% threshold, which was rejected, but other than that there was no actual discussion about what numbers would be required to trigger anything to happen. It was after the fact parliament decided a simple majority was sufficient to push for Article 50

SolidSquid

Re: Dodgy behavior by Vote Leave? @Snowy

Given most people pushing for the referendum are pushing for one which is legally binding, you would just have one more which would be based around the clear options we have now. Given MPs voted out the option of a no-deal brexit, this would likely mean either May's deal or no brexit, which is likely why groups like ERG are opposed to the idea (rather than worrying about democracy), since they seem to want a no deal brexit and running down the clock is the only way they can get it now

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Re: Vote Leave fined for promoting Brexit

You're right that this is how electons/referendums generally work. However I'd point out that framing it as an advisory vote rather than a binding one may have lead to a larger number abstaining from voting than would otherwise have been the case, as it's possible that people would have seen it as a pointless excercise and parliament would just do what they wanted to anyway (rather than blindly following it without even doing any planning prior to invoking Article 50)

SolidSquid

Re: Dodgy behavior by Vote Leave?

It's not really another or a first vote. The previous vote was essentially a vote on invoking Article 50, this vote would be on which of the options we currently have should be taken, or if we should withdraw article 50 and do the actual analysis which should have followed the first vote before we actually invoked A50

SolidSquid

Re: Dodgy behavior by Vote Leave?

It's not just saying another vote would be binding, it's parliament explicitly writing the bill to make the referendum legally binding. The previous one was supposed to be advisory and was explicitly not written to be binding (this was changed to avoid an amendment which would make the threshold 60%)

I'd agree that both sides should rely on evidence/facts though and that the law should be followed. Given behaviours by certain groups during the last referendum there should definitely be very close scrutiny of how they campaign. Having it be legally binding isn't just stirring the pot though, it's at least partly intended to counter the fear that Remainers would just keep pushing for new referendums until they got the result they wanted, something which at least some Brexiteers have suggested is a reason why they oppose a second referendum

Wondering why 'Devin Nunes herp-face' was trending online? Here's the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him

SolidSquid

Re: But he actually has a case...

FB and Google are going to be watching this and laughing while eating popcorn, none of what you've described is illegal or a violation of safe harbor rules

We don't want to be Latch key-less kids: NYC tenants sue landlords for bunging IoT 'smart' lock on their front door

SolidSquid

Re: What if....

If this is the case I remember reading about a while back (when they were threatening a lawsuit instead of bringing one), there's already a couple of vulnerabilities been found, including one that lets people eavesdrop in on all of the locks and know when people have left the building

Tim Apple. Larry Oracle. Ginni Layoffs: It works so why the heck not?

SolidSquid

Re: Donald Moron?

Donald Apprentice surely?

Vodafone: Daft Huawei comms gear ban will cripple UK – and cost punters loads

SolidSquid

Re: Would be ironic

You mean given the whole "CISCO gave the NSA backdoors to their customers across the globe" thing?

Nuisance call boss gets 8-year ban after trying to dodge firms' £700k fines

SolidSquid

Re: Not bad, but...

Toothbrush is fine for cleaning, as long as it's *his* toothbrush

Customer: We fancy changing a 25-year-old installation. C'mon, it's just one extra valve... Only wafer thin...

SolidSquid

Re: The dirtiest four-letter word...

Not switched over to Linux yet*, but still running Win 7 at home and finding I can use the same excuse on anything after that with how much they've changed the interface

*Considering it for my main machine once they end security updates for Windows 7

Crowdfunded lawyer suing Uber told he can't swerve taxi app giant's £1m legal bill

SolidSquid

From what I remember, even if they were contractors, unless their income is over a certain amount they aren't going to have to be VAT registered (and they almost certainly don't through uber), and in that case they aren't able to charge VAT in the first place. If that's what happened then the case goes out the window because there was no VAT to create a VAT receipt for in the first place

Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence

SolidSquid

This isn't actually true, "mens rea", or criminal intent, is included in a wide range of US law. "Ignorance of the law is no excuse" is a common phrase, but isn't actually true. At the very least it can be a mediating factor

SolidSquid

I'm kind of curious about this now. I know the comments he made later kind of screw him over, but is it just a requirement to have heard the Miranda warning or could he argue he hadn't understood it given his being a foreign national? The Miranda warning itself isn't really a legal requirement in and of itself, it was something written to make it more likely people would be aware of their rights when they were arrested and so make it more difficult for a defendant to argue they didn't know they could stay silent. Not understanding it seems like it'd fall into the same category

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

SolidSquid

Re: Oh so familiar

Wasn't trying to suggest that cash === profit, rather that company executives will delay expenses in order to provide reports which don't include them to investors, giving the impression they've pushed operating costs down and, as a result, increased potential "profits" (which don't actually exist except on the report)

Alternatively if it's a smaller company they could be over-spending their budget then delaying paying until their next cash influx

SolidSquid

Re: "Can you turn it back on. Please?"

What, you expected me to keep unauthorized software on the company servers? Are you mental?!

SolidSquid

Re: Oh so familiar

But if you automate the payments then you can't delay paying until the next pay cycle ("sorry, there was an issue with the card, we'll get it paid soon. Promise!") so you can show bigger profits when they're calculating your bonus

BOFH: Bye desktop, bye desk. Hello 'slab and a beanbag on the floor

SolidSquid

Of course the epilogue is them negotiating a significant pay rise and annexing that space for the servers and comms as compensation for the company exposing them to asbestos, especially since they built the building well after the risks of asbestos became well known

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON

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Currently we're part of EU wide space programs rather than specifically British ones, but depending what happens with Brexit there's talk about doing our own launches. Most likely we'd build satellites but send them up on SpaceX or something rather than launching ourselves

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far

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Re: As ever

In this case I suspect it's being used as a loss leader. Owning github and being able to provide better integration with their own tools than any other will encourage people to use their tools, which are the big money makers. So in a sense you're the product, but you're being sold to another department of the same company

Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

SolidSquid

Re: TBF...

I think what he meant was that the *public perception* of joining the army (and how it was often framed by recruitment organisations) was that it was a good way to see the world and expand your resume, down playing any risks involved. Given the increased awareness of actual conditions soldiers have had to put up with (and how easy it is to share that information online without the government being able to issue a d-notice to keep it hush hush), that's a much harder sell because it's harder to convince people that's the case

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub

SolidSquid

Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

There's also the option of ARM programming on the Pi, since you boot it off an SD card and that can have ARM based code for it to execute on boot

Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'

SolidSquid

Re: Obvious question...

By which you mean there's thousands of worse ones QA flagged up, but half of them were shipped anyway because it wasn't considered a priority to fix

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: @Steve Davies 3 Don't let the namby-pambys run the Kernel, Linus!

See, that seems like a much more reasonable approach, and if he was doing that when he moved to a more public forum as well I don't think anyone would have an issue with it. I think I'd agree he isn't actually a bully, but he does seem to have a temper which gives him a bad name and discourages people from contributing to the kernel in case they set him off

SolidSquid

Re: Good for him.

Well, technically it would probably fall under free speech, and doesn't inherently infringe on your rights, but it certainly is being a dick. Good to see he's willing to learn and improve himself

SolidSquid

Re: "a gentle word will probably achieve more than the f-bomb"

Yeah, or maybe you could have just held him to the deadlines you'd both agreed to without the yelling or letting things escalate? I mean, it sounds like he was pretty bad as a developer, but also seems you weren't any better as a manager

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

SolidSquid

Overall looks pretty good, although there seem to be some weird bits in the layout where only 3 news items appear in a row that's supposed to have 4. Glad you still went with a traditional layout rather than one of thos daft shiny designs that push half the content off the page and mean more scrolling to see anything (actually it looks like this layout allows more tiles per screen than the old one)

Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

SolidSquid

Re: Oh Christ! We're all dead.

We're all going to die!

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

SolidSquid

Re: All a bit unnecessary?

As I understand it, the issue is specifically Military usage of Galileo. Specifically that they won't have the ability to make encrypted queries to the satellites (so could be tracked) and they won't have access to the more accurate data which is only opened up to the military (for things like drone strikes)

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

SolidSquid

Re: Elephant in the room ?

Can't remember the exact details, but either facebook needs to have them sign a contract agreeing they won't do that, which this would violate, or facebook is in breach of gdpr for not properly protecting the data they collected

SolidSquid

Re: Am I understanding this right...

Sort of, except they don't delete the information afterwards. They just store *all* of it, including the user ID, against those categories, meaning searching by username is an incredibly slow and laborious process (which is entirely their fault, so can't really see it as a good excuse)

Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

SolidSquid

Re: When Booking-Travel now the first thing I usually do is:

Could also be considered trying to obtain classified information through coercion, which would make it a *hell* of a lot worse for the TSA agent

Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

SolidSquid

Because the law firms have persuaded them that the study is wrong so that they can continue to charge them for the service of sending notices. Just look how much Prenda Law was making with this kind of setup

SolidSquid

Re: They might as well assume that all Internet users are infringing copyright.

Depends on whether you need intent to violate copyright. Technically if you're visiting sites where they've used images without the permission of the copyright holder, your system is going to download them without the owner's permission to store it in cache and so potentially could be considered copyright infringement

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

SolidSquid

Re: What do you expect?

I agree it's pretty bullshit, but it sounds like they agreed to unlimited data but limited speeds, including throttling when it went over a certain limit. Why the hell Verizon didn't have something in place to flag up this kind of thing when it's an emergency service (since they're probably a bit preoccupied with the whole massive wildfire thing to think about data throttling) I have no idea though

.NET Core 2.1 – huh, yeah – what is it good for? Bing, apparently

SolidSquid

Would make sense given their purchase of Xamarin a couple of years ago

SentinelOne makes YouTube delete Bsides vid 'cuz it didn't like the way bugs were reported

SolidSquid

IIRC that's not even an issue with YouTube, the take down requests are done via their API and aren't actually DMCA requests legally.

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

SolidSquid

Re: User needs

I could see this as plausable if they hadn't previously integrated the system search with Amazon, providing affiliate links which would make them money, as a default feature. Now I'm wondering if this really is just being helpful or if it's another way we'll find out they planned to profit

Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

SolidSquid

This is my thinking. Daesh doesn't need to bypass it so much as make it unusable by getting so much material flagged as extremist it becomes useless. And that's not factoring in trolls who would do that just for the hell of it

Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks

SolidSquid

Re: If I was an Apple lawyer

With the amount they could potentially charge apple for a near-infinite number of forks, I'd say they'd be happy to hire someone to code a script for them

We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

SolidSquid

Re: SPECTRE..will not take kindly to be linked to a buggy CPU line.

Not being at Microsoft I couldn't say for sure, but my guess would be the scale of the problem. They might just not have enough servers to migrate people en-mass that way and have found it's quicker and less risky to have a small amount of down time to just patch everything immediately

You Wreck Me, Spotify: Tom Petty, Neil Young publisher launches $1.6bn copyright sueball

SolidSquid

Re: Great

While there are problems with Spotify, the claim they knew Harry Fox didn't have the infrastructure to manage mechanical licences when they explicitly advertise themselves as being a specialist in that area is a bit questionable. It might well be that they knew this was the case, and they were trying to pull a fast one, but at the surface level it does at least seem plausable that they expected Harry Fox to be able to manage the licencing for them to ensure it was done properly, and it's Harry Fox who screwed up

Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

SolidSquid

Re: CMA

Can't comment on GCSE, but it's covered in Computing as part of the Scottish equivalent, so I'd be surprised if it wasn't part of it

Accused hacker Lauri Love's extradition appeal begins

SolidSquid

Re: Weid Legal System

Scotland and Ireland at least have always had their own laws, it's just that what was devolved has been expanded in recent years. Scots law in particular has been a thing since the union of parliaments and of the crown

SolidSquid

There's an extradition treaty our country agreed to previously where both countries agreed to extradite to the other if a crime was committed there. It's only recently that it's come out the treaty is somewhat lopsided (due to the constitution, they require evidence of the crime before extradition) and without the internet getting charged for a crime in one country while present in another wasn't really possible.

Basically the treaty is out of date, but nobody wants to re-write it and have to deal with the US

Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

SolidSquid

Re: Good!

Agreed, the follow up suggests he's actually considering the criticisms about his attitude and he provided a much better overview of what his issues were with it. As a result the security guys should be able to work to improve their work for the next release

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

SolidSquid

Re: A shorter term problem

If you quit your job you can't apply for unemployment, at the very least. I'm not saying I agree that it's a major issue, but if you do implement UBI you're going to see worker retention become more difficult. In the long run this could lead to better working conditions, but that'll take time

MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

SolidSquid

Because as everyone knows, the way to successfully implement a major IT overhaul is to rush it through as fast as possible because politicians haven't been able to get their shit together

Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

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Re: Sub heading should read

That'll be the appeal, that he was trying to apply to pay the corporate taxes and it gave him the child tax credits instead

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