* Posts by CommanderGalaxian

132 posts • joined 21 May 2013

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Curious Spanish attitude

"The difference is that Westminster has said yes, twice..." [innacurate on several counts]

As with previous referenda in Scotland and Catalonia - the governments of the UK and Spain only granted them at a time when they knew the opinion polls showed that the Central Government was almost certain to win.

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CommanderGalaxian

Re: the English want to keep Cymru and Scotland.

"Hmm. The "English" haven't got Scotland, the United Kingdom has."

The United Kingdom is a Union, so it doesn't have Scotland. Either party is free to leave at any time. Funny how every possible obstacle is put in Scotland's way to leaving by, errr, England.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

CommanderGalaxian
Headmaster

Re: @Pen-y-gors

"After all Ulster is indivisible from Britain..."

I think you'll find three of its nine counties are located in the Republic of Ireland.

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CommanderGalaxian
Joke

Brexit negotiating team

And then they'll head over to Strasbourg for Brexit talks as part of the Conservative and Unionist Negotiating Team.

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

CommanderGalaxian
Boffin

"Extending the UK territorial claims to (possibly exclusive) fishing and mineral rights further into the Atlantic Ocean than previous limits?"

It would need to be permanently sustainably habitable - which it is not. Therefore the Territorial Sea gets extended around Rockall for 12 nautical miles - but not the EEZ.

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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

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Oh FFS, just when I'd finally warmed to it...

...they decide to go and scrap it. Wnakers.

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Army social media psyops bods struggling to attract fresh blood

CommanderGalaxian
Black Helicopters

BBC Pravda

Ah, the good old Aunty Beeb - the place where the truth goes to die.

Even if Scottish Indy isn't the sort of thing that floats your boat, the one hour documentary is a handy guide to how the BBC does UK Gov propaganda.

LONDON CALLING: How the BBC stole the Referendum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXQYuLUAbyw

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

CommanderGalaxian
Joke

Re: Brexit means brexit.

You idiot. Brexit does not mean Brexit - it means Red, White and Blue. Get with the program son.

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Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

CommanderGalaxian
Unhappy

Re: How about domestic software?

"An example? Sure..."

Jeez oh. That sounds like some sort of dystopian nightmare from an episode of Black Mirror.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

CommanderGalaxian
Flame

Maxwell not Einstein

"Einstein was incorrect about the speed of light being a fixed constant in our universe..."

Umm - it was Maxwell not Einstein who proved the speed of light was a constant (for any given medium), predicted its value and stated the reason why. Kindly RTFM.

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Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought

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Stop

He just wants the wi-fi password so him and his mates can come back later, sit outside and think they are kool l33t haxors, all while surfing dodgey pr0n.

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

CommanderGalaxian

"IR35 was intended to stop companies taking employees off payroll and re-hiring them as contractors to avoid tax..."

IR35 was never intended to do that - rather it was the excuse they used - clamping down on (a relatively small) abuse of the system. The intention was a always a tax grab on a group of well-paid workers they viewed as easy prey because they weren't unionised.

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Adult FriendFinder users get their privates exposed... again – reports

CommanderGalaxian
Devil

Re: Sheesh

It's alright. It's back up now. Just checked.

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Don't panic, but a 'computer error' cut the brakes on a San Francisco bus this week

CommanderGalaxian
Boffin

Re: Shouldn't they have a 'safe' failure mode?

"If the connection is lost it should be seen as the brakes being applied".

Indeed.

Presumably the basics of fail safe design was beyond them. Yet, it's standard stuff - if the breaking unit is not continuously receiving a signal via the link that says "do not brake", then the brakes should be applied automatically.

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Complaints against cops down 93% thanks to bodycams – study

CommanderGalaxian
Holmes

Re: Studying police officers improves their behaviour

"It shows that the act of studying has an effect."

Please prove that quantum mechanical observer participation has an effect!

Seriously though, I rather think it's a no brainer - when people - cops and perps alike - know their every action is being recorded [a recording that in both cases is being made outwith both their control] - it has the fascinating effect of improving their behaviour.

Funny that.

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Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

Beware BritNat Yoons.

Nice to see some BritNat misprepresent things with a classic bit of Yoon propaganda.

The problem in the UK is that there are currently too many MOD yards and too few orders. So the money paid to BAE keeps English and Northern Irish Yards going just as much as Scottish yards. Still, why let facts get in the way of some bit of Little Englander bigotry.

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HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms

CommanderGalaxian
Headmaster

Weird Kafkaesque stuff.

"...self-employed workers not paying the correct employment taxes..." - surely this is an oxymoron? Why would somebody who is not an employee be paying "employment taxes"?

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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

CommanderGalaxian

Re: I can see where this is going.

That's not what gets asked - rather "do you believe your contractor is under your direct supervision and control.."

No, seriously, if you RTFM you'll find out that it is the engager (not the engaged contractor) who is asked to decide on things like supervision, the right of substitution and mutuality of obligation.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

CommanderGalaxian
Boffin

Re: The Govt filter for stuff we shouldn't see.

I think you will find they have left it to China Telecom and Huawei (those responsible for the Great Firewall of China) to do the filtering. http://www.kitguru.net/channel/jon-martindale/huawei-to-open-125-million-research-facility-in-uk/

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CommanderGalaxian
Headmaster

Re: 10Mbps is easy

For the avoidance of confusion, please note ADSL2+ and FTTC are different mechanisms.

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

CommanderGalaxian
Facepalm

Well that's gonna slow everything up...

That's ISIS screwed then, it'll take the average operative several hours to run through their lists of sock puppet accounts.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Passport, driving licence validity

"Our old friend Mr Worstall has already covered the French and the language issue. Not likely to happen, how do Germans and Spaniards currently converse at the EU? Not in French....".

English will not be an official EU language after #Brexit:

http://www.politico.eu/article/english-will-not-be-an-official-eu-language-after-brexit-senior-mep/

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CommanderGalaxian
Facepalm

Re: Speculation

Yup Jaguar. That iconic symbol of Indian motoring technolgy.

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CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

Re: Passport, driving licence validity

France has tabled a motion to have English removed as an official language in the EU. So if you want to have your UK driving licence recgnised as valid in the EU, once the UK has completed #Brexit, it will have to be printed in French.

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CommanderGalaxian
Happy

Re: So essentially

Here we see Scotland being told to eff off by the EU:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-summit-idUSKCN0ZF0LM

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CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

Re: On the plus side...

Yeah but, to qualify for the visa waiver, you've got to go on line, pay a fee and supply exactly the sort of information that you'd have to supply for, errr, a visa.

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Air-gapping SCADA systems won't help you, says man who knows

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

Never seen a SCADA system compromised yet...

...without some random technician plugging in a "sheep dipped" USB stick or "clean" laptop absolutely hoaching with malware.

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

CommanderGalaxian
Black Helicopters

"So, the watered down alternative proposal is for everyone to provide a set of spare keys to the police, who may use them to enter when they please, in the name of national security of course."

Why exactly do you think insurance companies insist that you have British Standard compliant locks?

Hello?

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Ross Ulbricht lodges (another) appeal of Silk Road verdict and sentence

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Of course, confession evidence has never been coerced and never been shown years later to have been falsified. We shouldn't worry though on this one, as the main prosecution investigators are now convicted fraudsters. What could possibly go wrong when the state employs people of such high integrity?

Remember - "beyond all reasonable doubt".

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake preps for Space Station launch

CommanderGalaxian
Happy

Not the 1st Brit in Space or on the ISS

At last. Finally. Finally, Finally. An article that doesn't repeat the utterly incorrect: "Tim Peake will be the first British Astronaut in [Space|ISS]".

Well done El Reg for accurate reporting in the face of Establishment and Mainstream Media hooraying propaganda.

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No root for you! Google slams door on Symantec certs

CommanderGalaxian

Re: What's the problem?

So why are Symantec so bothered when they say they are removing these certs...sometime...soonish..anyway...?

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US government pushing again on encryption bypass

CommanderGalaxian
Flame

Post proof or STFU

"...public concern over both has led for calls to limit the degree of privacy afforded all users of mobile phones."

No. Seriously. WTF? Please post proof of this. Who's really behind your pay cheque?

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Goldman Sachs to patent Bitcoin

CommanderGalaxian
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Goldman Sachs to patent Bitcoin

Seriously.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/b0d8f614-997c-11e5-9228-87e603d47bdc.html

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The Edward Snowden guide to practical privacy

CommanderGalaxian
Black Helicopters

Re: The word is out - TOR is compromised!

TOR has never claimed to be immune to types of traffic flow analysis (i.e. the "intercept all traffic" thing). The problem is balancing usuability in real time with anonymity. If you want to play with those that are designed to deal with that kind of attack, you need to look at using CypherPunk remailers and FreeNet.

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IT contractors raise alarm over HMRC mulling 'one-month' nudge onto payrolls

CommanderGalaxian
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Re: This does not compute

No. That's not the case. You could be on the payroll after one month.

Believe it not, this is actually a concession by the taxman/George Osborne.

In the previous recent statement on redefing the defintion of self-employment, freelance work and IR35 status, HMRC had proposed, from day one, to ignore contracts, ignore existing case law and ignore existing status tests (mutuality of obligation, substitution, direction and control (that's the how, rather than what and when)) [pass anyone and you are *not* an employee].

What HMRC proposed (and may still be proposing) was contacting the client and asking them whether or not they thought the contractor was under the employer's direction and control - knowing full well that somebody in the personnel department is not in a position to make this judgment - but would almost invariably reply "Yes" - and would instruct them to add the contractor to the payroll and begin deducting tax and NI as though they were an employee - unless the contractor agreed to have their own PSC payroll supervised by the engaging client - and make tax and NI deductions as though they were an employee of the client.

The contractor would be free to appeal the decision and if HMRC agree that he/she should be treated as self-employed, then they will refund what's due once he/she has done their annual tax return.

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CommanderGalaxian
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Re: Long overdue

"how will this kill of the IT industry? you can still be a contractor, you can still do work for multiple companies, just the loopholes currently used to minimise the tax paid will be reduced or closed. You won't get away with earning £10K per year and taking £X0(0)k in dividends paying just 20% (or what ever) tax. Maybe you'd have to pay the same rate of tax as permies."

First off, the income tax position is relatively neutral regardless of whether you pay by salary or by dividend - what is now being proposed (among other things) is in effect an *additional* tax on people *who work* and earn and pay through dividends - noting that those who do not work but collect dividends will only pay at the normal prevailing rate(s).

Additionaly, expenses such as travel, B&B, other accommodation etc which are incurred as part of the job, will no longer be tax deductible. This rule will not be applied to large companies - only freelance workers.

It is certianly going to make it very difficult for anybody to take a contract anywhere other than local.

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Shadow state? Scotland's IT independence creeps forth

CommanderGalaxian

Re: What is driving this?

Simple - in the case of CCTV - many do not work now and need to be replaced. You're hardly going to waste money replacing them only to find they are incompatible with police control rooms.

And the Scottish Government does not have the intention of bringing in any sort of ID card scheme. This constantly seems to get exaggerated into something Orwelian when the intent is to rationalise different numbering systems across health care systems.

As for the Named Person Scheme (whose intent is to pick up on signs of abuse earlier rather than later) - those leading the campaign against it are not Civil Libertarians - they are the usual cluster fuck of anti-vaxers, home schoolers and right wing christian fundamentalist wingnuts.

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PGP Zimmermann: 'You want privacy? Well privacy costs MONEY'

CommanderGalaxian
Unhappy

Re: What you pays for...

"My statement to Mr Zimmerman is that there are these things called RIGHTS... And we have a right not to be unaccountably spied on. Those are RIGHTS, Mr Zimmerman..."

Mr Zimmerman is not your enemy. Why are you shooting the messenger?

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White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley

CommanderGalaxian
Facepalm

Hold On!

Does this mean Indian companies won't be processing and storing our data now?

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Police Scotland fingered for breaching RIPA code 'multiple' times

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Hold on there commander

Westminster elections are First Past the Post - and with 50.1% of the vote SNP took 56 out of 59 Westminster seats in Scotland (which is 95% not 89%).

But blaming the SNP for UK Westminster election rules seems bizarre.

Holyrood elections (which are the ones of relevance to the day-to-day governance of Scotland) are a combined First Past the Post system and a form of Proportional Representation (known as Additional Member System) - which means it is difficult (though not impossible) for any one party to hold an overall majority of seats; so sorry, no one party state results, despite the rantings of the swivel eyed zoomer Unionists and their lackey running dog press.

Here's an explanation of the electoral system in Scotland (complete with worked examples) if you are really that interested: http://wingsoverscotland.com/ams-for-lazy-people/

And yes, the Quango system needs fixed - yet another problem mess inherited from the incompetent Labour unionists. Funny how they said it was the dog's bollocks when they were running the show, but now that the boot is on the other foot...

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CommanderGalaxian
Headmaster

"Nice to see the SNP's brownshirts are doing their job."

Please expand - Anonymous Coward - as Police Scotland report to the Scottish Police Authority - a non-political quango (set up by legislation passed by Tory, Liberal, Labour, SNP, Green and SSP in the Scottish Parliament) that is not under the direct control of the Scottish Parliament let alone the Scottish Government let alone the SNP?

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CommanderGalaxian

Point of Fact here.

The Chief Constable of Police Scotland's contract ran to September 2016. He is voluntarily stepping down in December 2015.

Jump before you are pushed?

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Symantec fires staff caught up in rogue Google SSL cert snafu

CommanderGalaxian
WTF?

I smell shite.

Why would you fire somebody for a mistake? Anybody can make a mistake. Why all the drama?

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AVG Censorship

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

AVG Censorship

There's an article in Slashdot (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/15/09/19/1319201/avg-proudly-announces-it-will-sell-your-browsing-history-to-online-advertisers) noting that AVG will now sell on your browsing details to advertisers (apparently just for the freebie version).

However, what is really amusing, is that the paid version of AVG tries to block me from reading the Slashdot URL by informing me that "Could be a Trojan horse Hosts".

A similar article critical of AVG on Softpedia (http://news.softpedia.com/news/avg-proudly-announces-it-will-sell-your-browsing-history-to-online-advertisers-492146.shtml) also triggers the AVG anti-virus alert.

Bye, bye AVG.

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Global warming stopped in 1998? No it didn't. If you say that, you're going to prison

CommanderGalaxian

Something to hide?

Why would anybody want to stifle open debate about something by threatening to have their opponents thrown in jail?

Unless, of course, they have something to hide.

That's the normal sort of tactics used by the Robert Mugabe's of this World.

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Astroboffins EYEBALL 13 BEELLION-year-old galaxy far, far, farthest away from Earth

CommanderGalaxian
Mushroom

You tell 'em, fuckchops.

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CommanderGalaxian

Re: Lyman-alpha

Isn't that the whole point, that it is "wow" early?

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The Onion Router is being cut up and making security pros cry

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Makes sense

But how will your developers be able to access sites discussing C Programming, Linux and Wireshark? Seriously.

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Ashley Madison spam starts, as leak linked to first suicide

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Spam started...

"...forced to torrent it and even over tor with encrypted..." RTFM - https://blog.torproject.org/blog/bittorrent-over-tor-isnt-good-idea

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