* Posts by Dominion

131 posts • joined 20 May 2013

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Nationwide’s online banking goes down again

Dominion

Re: Some people...

It would be better if other retail businesses stopped opening 7 days a week and gave employees more time with their families. Or do you really think that retail businesses are opening for your benefit and not the grubby tax dodging offshore shareholders?

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Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines

Dominion

Re: Vintage stamp duty

I often wonder where tax is being spent. VAT went up from 15% to 17.5% due to to the utter incompetence over implementing poll tax. Even though poll tax has long since been scrapped the VAT rate has remained higher, now 20%.

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Mappy days! Ordnance Survey offers up free map of UK greenery

Dominion

Free maps that have been mostly paid for by the tax payer? Thanks for errrr.... Giving me what I already own???

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

Dominion

Alan Cox

Alan Cox explained the problem in an interview once. He said (paraphrasing) that the great thing about LINUX is that developers aren't beholden to commercial constraints, someone can look at a piece of code and just think it's crap and re-write it from scratch for the sake of it. Unfortunately the opposite is also true and someone can also rewrite perfectly good code for no reason and wreck it.

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

Dominion

Re: Hello

Yeah but what we really want to know, is how much did they actually end up spending on a USB cable? Come on El Reg, we need to know!

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Oh my Word... Microsoft Office 365 unlatched after morning lockout

Dominion

Re: Please explain to me ...

Alain,

Are we talking a single application on a single PC or a large enterprise with multiple offices and their own data centre?

People keep shouting about "cloud is great", or "cloud is hopeless" without any kind of context as to what it is they are trying to replace, or what the "cloud" is that they are looking to replace it with.

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Dominion

Then you need to fork out on your own 2 datacentre setup with full resilience / no single point of failure - and that won't come cheaply...

You forgot he also needs a PC with dual NICs and power supplies, multiple switches, mirrored or RAID HDs, hot swappable memory and CPUs, diverse power and network links into his office, onsite UPS and generator.. All completely acheiveable, but pretty expensive for that 0.000001% of the time where it's needed.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

Dominion

Re: Patching

If they can script using apt then they can script to push / pull rpm databases back to a central server? Or use Chef/ Ansible / puppet or what ever to run compliance reports. It really isn't that complicated for someone with decent scripting skills.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

Dominion

Re: @Dominion: @Sabroni

No "matey", they don't pay "more tax" they pay tax at the same rate as everyone else pays tax, but on the dividends from their shareholdings. If they sell the shares then they pay tax on the profit. At the same rate. And if the investment drops in value then you don't claim the loss back against other tax paid. That's already being abused by scam merchants too much.

As for pensions, they're nothing more than a ponzi scheme and should be outlawed.

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Dominion

Re: @Sabroni

The people at the top of a business earn more money. I absolutely agree that it's the way it should be. I don't agree that they should receive preferential tax treatment because they earn £11,500 in "Salary" and £1,000,000 in "Dividends".

The MD of Storm should be prosecuted for failing to understand what redundancy is, ie you can't make someone redundant because you don't agree with their political viewpoint.

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Oh snap! Election's made Brexit uncertainty worse for biz, says BT CEO

Dominion

Re: The gargoyle’s mouth is a loudspeaker

If "Yes Minister" is to be believed, the Government does nothing anyway. It's the Civil Service that wields the power?

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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

Dominion

Re: Interesting regulations

You're kidding right? This is the US.....

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

Dominion

Solution looking for a problem.

If voice recognition is so flawed then don't use it?

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Your emotionally absent pic-snapping partner's going to look you in the eye again

Dominion

Are the flashing lights a signal that I can rip the bloody things off someone's head and stamp them into the ground?

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Can you spout digital bollocks? London is hiring a Chief Digital Officer

Dominion

Exciting?

Does it say anywhere that the role is "exciting"? If it's not "exciting" like every other role then I'm not applying.

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

Dominion

Are trademark applications expensive? I'm thinking about registering as many trademarks as possible with a fruit based logo just to see Apple's lawyers frothing at the mouth.....

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

Dominion

You're using social media right now ?

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Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

Dominion

Didn't they offshore the call centre once before, and bring it back when it was a complete unmitigated disaster?

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NetSuite-nourished Oracle: SaaS margins will go up to 80%

Dominion

Margins

If they can make 80% then I'm damn sure I can carry on with a traditional on-premise solution for considerably less.

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Road accident nuisance callers fined £270,000 for being absolute sh*tbags

Dominion

They should also force the offender to disclose where they bought the data from, and the seller should also be prosecuted for selling it.

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Video intercom firm Doorbird wants $80 for device password resets

Dominion
Pint

Re: Idiots Of The...

I'd buy you a pint, but I've long since spent the 12 quid I saved by not having a doorbell on beer for myself...

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If we must have an IoT bog roll holder, can we at least make it secure?

Dominion

Which way round

Will it report if the toilet roll is installed incorrectly with the loose end at the back?

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Sports Direct hacked last year, and still hasn't told its staff of data breach

Dominion

Re: Sports Direct introduces new staff uniform.*

Don't worry, it'll have had a 75% off tag slapped on it when it was packaged...

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Biggest Kodi sweep: Brit cops nab five, bag some dodgy sticks

Dominion

If it's all about intent then everyone who is connected to the internet could be deemed to have intent. Opportunity to download Kodi, opportunity to download plugins, opportunity to download content.

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Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

Dominion

Re: estimated net "benefit" of £5.7bn by 2020

I can't ring up and demand a credit, because I refuse to sign up to a fixed monthly payment - so I'm never in credit, but by doing so I'm forced to pay higher tariffs. This fake market will be one of the first things to get smashed up when I'm put in charge around here.....

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Dominion

Re: estimated net "benefit" of £5.7bn by 2020

The benefit to ME is paying an accurate bill monthly (or quarterly) without having to dick around taking and submitting readings myself. Once everyone has smart meters the con trick by the energy companies to give the best rates to fixed monthly payment tariffs is gone. I object to paying estimated bills, or a fixed amount based on a forecast that is invariably inflated when the technology to pay accurately based on actual usage is available.

Anyone know how much energy companies have got banked from people that have overpaid?

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

Dominion

All about the money....

The big tobacco companies missed the boat on vaping and are now looking for a new cash cow to prop up their bank balance?

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UK.gov has 18,000 IT contractors on its books due to dearth of skills

Dominion

G4S ??

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

Dominion

Re: How on earth

Why should I use SD cards for landscape. Will my photos not be as good if I use compact flash?

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Your weekends may be safe, admins – IT giants tout 'zero outage' tech

Dominion

Re: "Your weekends may be safe"

You allow cleaners near rooms housing servers? You deserve every call out you get!

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Citizens don't trust UK.GOV with their data

Dominion

Re: I dont trust the government...

Interesting that you said "screw in a lightbulb". The outsourcer bid for that job, but on commencement discovered that the old bulb was still in place. As this work was out of scope the costs tripled....

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'We already do that, we’re just OG* enough to not call it DevOps'

Dominion
Pint

Re: Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Deal

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Dominion

Wrong, wrong, wrong!

"first establish the baseline cost of following the “old” way, like staff’s pay, tooling, and the expected cost of fixing screw-ups"

...and then give the work to Developers who don't have years of experience in Ops, and only spend a very small percentage of their time focused on Ops resulting in way more screw ups to fix?

OpsDev would be a better idea because Ops deal with real production issues and know how it needs to work in the real world. In fact... I'm off to patent OpsDev. Or is it copyright.. Or should I release it under GPL?

How about the author arranges actual comment from organisations that have used DevOps successfully, noting IT estate size, number of staff involved etc... Because all I'm seeing in this rag is marketing bullshit, although given it's written by a "marketer" it's hardly surprising.

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Olympics bans GIFs

Dominion

The 'amateur' argument is a bit bogus, but some earn a lot more than others. The IOC earning the most obviously.

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Dominion

Nice to see the IOC has its finger on the pulse again. Bans gifs but allows druggies to take part. #rio #olympics #2016 #clueless

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HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

Dominion

Re: How hard can it be?

I just need to figure out how to calculate graded tax so higher earners pay more without allowing them to offset it against another company employee paying a lower rate (spouse / child / dog etc...)

Figure that bit and it's a sure fire vote winner....

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Dominion

Re: Ethical tax compliance

Sorry, but that's a load of crap. If you choose to pay every penny you earn at the point you earn it instead of keeping some back to pay yourself "holiday pay" and "sick pay" then that's your problem. You are your own employer. So if your employer (yourself) isn't paying you holiday pay and sick pay then look in the mirror. There's your problem.

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Dominion

Re: How hard can it be?

In my Utopian world, tax free allowances will be scrapped, and the rate of tax reduced to reflect it. Maybe I'll continue with child tax credits for the first 2 children, after that it's your own lifestyle choice. Then it won't matter who pays the tax, it will always be paid at the same rate.

The expenses issue is a bit more difficult for an off the cuff policy statement - I'll get back to you on that one. Something like... If you commute to the same place 3 days a week or more then lets's face it, that's your permanent place of work so tax deductions won't be permitted.

It'll be much clearer when I'm appointed President and I can start implementing these policies....

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Dominion

How hard can it be?

Simplify the tax system and merge employee NI and tax so that everyone pays the same rate of tax, regardless of whether income is paid as salary or dividends and all this nonsense instantly goes away.

The only downside is all the HMRC staff that will be out of a job. Ah wait.... I've just spotted the issue with making it simple...

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London's contactless ticket payment system for sale in £15m deal

Dominion

Transport for Greater Manchester

I never understood why TfGM splurged a load of money to Atos when they could / should have been able to take a copy of the Oyster payment system, which seems to do the majority of what they wanted?

It seems crazy that there's not a reuse of a seemingly proven system?

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Capacity planning in an age of agile and on - demand IT

Dominion

I'm sure the Reg keeps telling us that DevOps fixes all this shit?

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HMRC dangles £10bn in outsourcing meat before hungry SME hounds

Dominion

What SMEs aren't geared up for is spending millions of pounds over many months or even years, bidding for the work.

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Professor slams digital efforts of 'website-obsessed' government

Dominion

Digital Technology?

Yay for VMS!

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

Dominion

Re: Too stupid to vote

There'll be another train, possibly tomorrow. There won't be another vote,

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Dominion
Paris Hilton

Too stupid to vote

Anyone who left it until 10:40pm on deadline day to register is quite frankly, too stupid to be allowed to vote.

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UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

Dominion

Re: so in summary..

The Heart balls up also took out VPSs according to the comments on the Reg story back in February.

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Dominion

So who should I host with?

Genuine question, but which providers are better for small websites? Fasthosts are rubbish, Heart lost an entire DC a month or so back.... 123-Reg are now proven to be incapable.... Who is actually any better?

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Top new IoT foundation (yeah, another one) to develop open standards

Dominion

Re: IoT - Has it's time passed?

I get the lighting bit, but not the heating jibe. It means I can turn the heating on as I leave the office and have a warm house when I arrive home, without wasting gas by having it come on based on a timer. A light doesn't take time to come on so there's no value to it being controlled in the same way. It's true that we survived without such things for many years, but that's true of pretty much everything.

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Heart Internet in 22-hour TITSUP after data centre power stuffup

Dominion
Pint

Surely you just deploy a new server and (if necessary) restore from backup? Although I admit, backups are a very old fashioned recovery method these days...

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