* Posts by msknight

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Is it a make-up mirror? Is it a tiny frisbee? No, it's the bonkers Cyrcle Phone, with its TWO headphone jacks

msknight

On the plus side...

...you don't need to rotate the phone when you're looking at landscape or portrait images.

I wonder if it has a camera and, if so, does it take circular pictures?

msknight

Re: Dead on arrival

Careful. After all, they dug up the ET cartridges.

Google scolded for depriving the poor of privacy as Chinese malware bundled on phones for hard-up Americans

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Re: A lesson for chinese data grabbers

"Speak for yourself."

I'm speaking generally. As a species.

Individuals like you and me, think the same.

msknight

A lesson for chinese data grabbers

It seems to me that we in the west are perfectly happy if our data is being slurped by our own guys. When it's the chinese, however, it goes to a different level.

The lesson for china is simply to buy out a western company and everyone will be fine. Actually, they already seem to be doing that.

As for who the lawyers go after, I can't see them going after the chinest agencies that actually wrote and installed the malware before the phones were shipped. Who else CAN they hit?

Having trouble finding a job in your 40s? Study shows some bosses like job applicants... up until they see dates of birth

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I do wonder how much of a part the agency plays in this.

There was a job near me that ticked most of the boxes... but it didn't even get to interview stage.

The employer was actively inclusive/diversive and after researching them I was really interested in not only the job, but them as well... and I would have been a tick box for their diversity stats as well. But not even an interview.

I do believe that there should be a legal requirement that there is confirmation as to whether the CV was actually put forward to the potential employer for their consideration in the first place. I'm blind beyond the agent, and that is a serious concern I have.

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I'm in for an interesting time.

I passed 50 last year and I'm just about to look for another Infrastructure job in Sussex. Just got my new interview suit and about to get my hair done. I've got experience and another 17 years to give an employer before I'm officially out to pasture.

Guess I'm screwed then.

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y'all a fortune

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I don't believe this is honest

They don't make or lose money from repairs because, if various videos and stings are to be beleived, they tell the customer that the unit can't be repaired and get them to buy a new one instead.

By forcing people to go to apple, they effectively rob actual repair people to ... actually repair things.

Section 230 supporters turn on it, its critics rely on it. Up is down, black is white in the crazy world of US law

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Re: The law of Unintended Consequences applies....

YouTube is already taking action on this.

It has forced creators to specify whether their content is suitable for children or not. That is a mandatory setting which creators have to set... (either channel-wide or per-video) but I didn't see a clear time line for this.

On the face of it, this is now shifting responsibility to the creators for classification, rather than relying on automated systems, or small armies of people in different countries (and thereby different social standards) to rate videos.

Whether such an action will save YouTube from being sued if a creator makes an incorrect classification on their video... is open for debate... but it does shift the goalposts away from YouTube a little.

Whether Faceache can achieve the same, however, is another matter.

Nix to the mix: Chrome to block passive HTTP content swirled into HTTPS pages

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Smaller sites get penalised

As I'm on a shared host, if I engage the free certificate that the hosting provider offers via my cpanel, some things like PHP, will break. At least that's what the warning said. So... silly little warnings in the chrome bar, or completely non-functioning site. hmmm.... difficult choice.

'Ridiculous, rubbish, outrageous, complete bollocks': Just some reviews for Amazon's corporate contribution to Blighty's coffers

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A few of us at work are already using Amazon to the minimum needed

There's legal/illegal, and moral/immoral.

A few of us at work are not impressed with Amazon and only use them as a last ditch point when we can't get things anywhere else.

Some of that failure is down to other retailers being behind the game and having problems with their internet frontages.

I have talked with some people who have complained bitterly about Amazon's tax avoidance and I've postulated, "So you're not using them any more then." "Oh yes, I use them a lot." .... Doh.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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I have to admit...

...that as a BDSM practitioner, the software being called GIMP has caused more than a few issues in my and neighbouring dungeons.

The errors and miscommunications that have come about, "resizing," "snapping," and most commonly, "cropping," have resulted in more things being bruised than just egos.

Unfortunately I do envisage a period of more pain and discomfort as the discussion will now inevitably turn to "The GIMP was forked." and a few people will inevitably go off in as much of a flutter as their chains will let them, and we'll have to calm down the poor dears.

Am I joking? ... You'll never know.

Want an ethical smartphone? Fairphone 3 is on the way – but tiny market share suggests few care

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If it does Sailfish... I'm in

By the time I was ready for Fairphone, they'd sold out. The Fairphone 2 could run Sailfish (which I've been using since 2013 as my daily driver) ... and if that's the case with the 3, then I'll likely be picking one of these up next year.

My god, it's full of tsars: A gun-toting Russian humanoid robot is on its way to the International Space Station

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Sounds more like Hector to me

Saturn 3 was a scary movie and when I saw this robot, Hector immediately sprung to mind.

Summer vacations put an end to rampant desktop crimewave

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Just an observation

I currently have six ballpoints of various descriptions on my desk.. not counting those that are peaking out at me from a desk tidy.

This puzzles me because I write with a Blackwing Palamino.

Lesson learned... if you don't want anyone to nick your pen... use a pencil :-)

There is, of course, another method of saving your precious writing implements from going walkies... ensure that the main suspects of said thefts see you prominently chewing the ends of your writing implements.

Industry reps told the UK taxman everything wrong with extending IR35. What happened next will astound you

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Re: Huh?

Good point... however, you can only pay voluntary NI payments to fill gaps in your own contributions that cover the previous 6 years ... so I still don't know of an arbitrary way to throw money at government accountants. Other than literally... of course.

https://www.gov.uk/voluntary-national-insurance-contributions/who-can-pay-voluntary-contributions

"Eligibility

You must be eligible to pay voluntary National Insurance contributions for the time that the contributions cover.

You can usually only pay for gaps in your National Insurance record from the past 6 years.

You can sometimes pay for gaps from more than 6 years ago depending on your age."

msknight

Re: Huh?

They just refund you the overpaid tax the following year.

Your'e dealing with accountants, so stop being a troll.

msknight

Re: Huh?

> Then why don't you pay 100% of your spare cash as tax? Or better, pay from your not spare cash? You can eat beans and give the rest to others.

Already told you. They won't take it.

msknight

Re: Can someone clarify something please?

Very good points.

Yes, the government decides how much of our taxes to pay in. But we do have a ballot box cross we can bring to bear on them if they don't fund it properly... as will be the case in the next general election I feel.

True, it will be mixed in with a wide variety of other subjects, weights and balances.

Actually, HMRC are not obliging in that regard. They take their pound of flesh and nothing more. I am on PAYE for my day job, and I'm an unsuccessful author on the side. So unsuccessful, in fact, that I give them my earnings (I can earn an extra £3,000 a year on top of my PAYE before having to go completely self filing) ... and I've had rebates. Go figure.

Yes... I'm that unsuccessful.

Morality does change from person to person... very true... so I suppose you could call it the morality of the majority, and those using off shore bank accounts quickly feel the force of shame from society at large.

msknight

Re: Can someone clarify something please?

That's where another moral issue comes in.

The case where everyone works as hard as possible... earns as much as they can, and then old age comes along, or an unexpected accident or illness happens, and private health care sucks their bank account dry.

Now... ensuring that some of that money goes into the NHS (where only the uber rich could afford all the bills) to provide care for you in your hour of need ... sounds like value for money to me. So why avoid tax? I'm not talking on the legal basis here... but the moral one. Just because it's legal doesn't mean it's right.

That's what flumouxes me about the people who don't want to fund social support systems and want to keep everything for themselves. It only takes something unexpected to wipe it all out at today's prices.

msknight

Re: Can someone clarify something please?

I see what you're saying.

So the question in my mind is... with that amount of contractors, should they have/need that number legitimately, or are we looking at large scale negotiated avoidance of the trappings of permanent employees? ... hypothetical question, I don't know the answer.

Basically, we're moving into the realms of morality.

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Re: Can someone clarify something please?

In other words... there's nothing wrong with the gig economy... as long as it really is the gig economy and a person really is "gigging."

When the gig economy is used to work around employment laws/protections/etc. is when there's a problem.

msknight

Re: Can someone clarify something please?

The contractor taking this risk while doing contracts is perfectly acceptable. But when they are doing the same job for a long period of time, then this is people (contractor/employer) effectively undermining the employee protections by negotiation.

If employee protections were open to negotiation, rather than being mandated by law, then it could theoretically turn the whole job market into anarchy where everything is open to negotiation including holidays (or not) maternity pay (or not) paternal leave (or not) and all the other things we take for granted.

This is primarily why I see merit in the government putting their foot down on this... all be it through the tax system... not so much for getting more tax from people... but for preventing the employment market from negotiating its way around laws and weakening employment legislation.

msknight

Re: Can someone clarify something please?

That becomes the point.

If you're working for a company that writes phones apps for lots of different companies, then you should be an employee of that company.

If you're writing phone apps for lots of different companies, then you're a contractor or self employed.

That's the thing that I'm having problems seeing... if you're a contractor and you're working for the same company for a year, doing the same work throughout that period, then you shouldn't be a contractor... you should be an employee.

If you're doing different jobs/roles even though they are within the same "customer" then that's not something an employee would do... hence a contractor is the correct status.

To my mind, an employee wouldn't be looking for a new job every six months... unless something had gone seriously wrong at their various places of work.

msknight

Can someone clarify something please?

It was my understanding that one of the key tests for being in IR35 is if you were contracting for the same customer for above a certain length of time.

In the public sector this kicked in a while ago and we are currently in a state of transition with contractors filling the holes while a series of new permanent jobs have gone out for advertising.

The opportunity to claim the perks of being a business (tax refunds, allowances, etc.) that are not open to permanent employees, while effectively "being" an employee to all intents and purposes (long time in the same position, with no other customers to speak of) is where the tax man seems to be targetting.

From a lay outsiders perspective, this comes across as people who have been using self-employed status to claim tax benefits, being upset about being forced to be employees and unable to use these advantages. - (the same going for employers who have saved the benefits of the social responsibility to employees, eg, pensions, holidays, etc.)

So... what am I missing here?

Facebook: The future is private! So private, we designed some handy new fingercams for y'all!

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What kind of action does it take...

...when detecting a rapid and lasting up and down (or in out) motion?

"Coor, it's dark in'ere."

Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers

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Unhappy

So...

"We identify unique visits, but not individuals"

To do that, they must be recording IP's, which ... didn't someone somewhere recently determine that the IP was personally identifiable information?

https://www.whitecase.com/publications/alert/court-confirms-ip-addresses-are-personal-data-some-cases

..well, they could do cookies, I suppose.

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards

msknight

Re: Not having a 'Plan B' is madness

7 P's

Prior

Planning and

Preparation

Prevents

Pi**

Poor

Performance

I believe it came from the UK military.

Apple sued over fondleslab death blaze: iPad battery blamed for deadly New Jersey apartment fire

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Apple's design is slipping

Watching Louis Rosmann's videos of Apple's board design, it doesn't surprise me. The most obvious example is where there used to be a ground line on the macbook display ribbons, between the high voltage and signal wires... but they did away with that line, meaning that the signal traces were being melted by the close proximity to the higher voltage trace on occasions.

I can't work out why Apple, of all companies, hasn't corrected design elements like this after being called out by the likes of Rossman.

There's a chance that this fire wasn't a fault of the battery itself, but the design of the device. Grab the popcorn, this is going to be a good one.

Awoogah! Awoogah! Firefox fans urged to update and patch zero-day hole exploited in the wild by miscreants

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By manipulating the object in the array, malicious JavaScript on a webpage could get the ability to remotely execute code without any user interaction.

This is a bad thing.

I do love the understatement of Reg articles :-) ... keep it coming guys, I've got a pile of replacement keyboards to go with my morning coffee.

Nope, we're stuffed, shrieks Apple channel as iPhone shipments enter a double-digit spiral

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Trollface

Re: Price sensitive

I'm dyslexic, so sew me.

msknight

Price sensitive

I bought a second hand unlockable Sony Experia X, (some can't be unlocked) paid the 50 euros for the Sailfish OS, installed my contract SIM and I'm still using it I'm getting better than one day battery life and the phone is performing reasonably well for me.

I look at the expensive phones and wonder what on earth they give me, except a dent in my bank balance and some street cred with people who are just going to walk straight past me.

Mystery GPS glitch grounds flights, leaves passengers in the bar

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I picked a hell of a day to give up posting.

Firefox fires blockers at trackers, Exim tackles command exec flaw, and RDP pops up yet again

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Re: Problematic?

Firefox has been problematic for me, for ages.

And it's getting worse.

I get warnings but when I click on, "I want to take the risk" it still stop me from going where I want to go.

The updates don't allow you to turn it off completely, so the lowest setting I can go, is to have Firefox nag me that updates are ready.

The in built blocks are getting in the way of controlling local equipment which have built in web interfaces.

And more. Firefox has become a real nanny that thinks it's the policeman of the internet, and the arbiter of what I can, and cannot, browse to.

I am the arbiter of my risk level and the tools I use to defend myself... not Mozilla.

Apple strips clips of WWDC devs booing that $999 monitor stand from the web using copyright claims. Fear not, you can listen again here...

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Re: Apple-Downfall

TRAUDL Don't worry, Hackintosh isn't that bad.

HITLER The commands I type are lost in the null dev.

It is impossible to create under these circumstances.

It is over.

The war... is lost.

But if you, gentlemen, believe that I pay these prices, you are very much mistaken! I would rather put a bullet through my head.

Do what you want...

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Re: Apple-Downfall

BURGDORF My Führer, what you say against Apple is monstrous!

HITLER This is proof that they are the SCUM of the technical people!

Apple have no honor this time!

They call themselves great because they have spent YEARS at the design academy of Steve Jobs and Co.

But the coat tails of the genis are no more.

They have put every conceivable OBSTACLE in my way!

Do they think I would sell my house... to have all the shiny things like STALIN!

I work hard for what I earn.

And yet, they want all that and more.

And for what...

FROM THE VERY BEGINNING I HAVE PAID AND PAID AND PAID!

To find their cloud services are run by Google!

But all of us, this time we will not pay.

ANYONE WHO BUYS ONE OF THESE...

PROVES THAT HE IS PAID TOO MUCH!

msknight

Re: Apple-Downfall

I'm working on it..

KREBS The event will take place in the usual location.

Tickets are rare and Apple are controlling them tightly.

We did manage to get a seat for Steiner, who will approach from the West…

...and hopefully they won't notice the butter pretzen in his pocket.

HITLER We'll get the news with no delays

KREBS My Führer... Steiner...

JODL Steiner has reported that the monitor stand will cost

A thousand dollars, bar one.

HITLER You say the monitor stand. Just the stand.

That must be a mistake.

Steiner's news is wrong!

That's obscene money for a stand. Obscene.

A thousand dollars, bar one?

Then what is the cost of the screen?

A hundred thousand?

What do they think we're made of? Gold leaf?

BURGDORF My Führer, I believe that we can get a loan from…

HITLER From Who? Deutche bank loaned their reserves to Trump.

Apple iPrunes iTunes: Moldering platform's death expected to be announced at WWDC

msknight

You peeled off that joke very quickly.

Minecraft's my Nirvana. I found it hard, it's hard to find. Oh well, whatever... Never Mined

msknight

I don't think the local council...

...will take too kindly to people starting to dig up the pavement to try and find diamonds.

The question prevails that if you can't dig to get resources... then how are you going to get those resources in order to build in the overworld? .. and the portal to the Nether will probably found in your local religious establishment.

Twist my Arm why don't you: Brit CPU behemoth latest biz to cease work with Huawei – report

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Re: mandatory meme

Why would they be bothered about selling anything outside China? The west have been trying to get IN to China for a while, because that's the current growth market. India yes, but not for expensive feature phones at the moment.

CryptoQueen on the run from Feds, lawsuit after her OneCoin slammed as 'an old-school pyramid scheme on a new-school platform'

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Money money money...

... it's not funny. It's a crypto world.

IT bod who does a bit of everything: You might want to specialise if that pay rise proves elusive

msknight

What about infrastructure?

That side of things seemed to be missing... or are infrastructure engineers just not changing jobs that much? Or are the only people employing hardware/networking people, the cloud houses these days?

'I do not wish to surrender' Julian Assange tells court over US extradition bid

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Re: The USA wants Assange for what he did

Those of my family and friends who have been in service, have not treated their responsibilities with a light heart or jollity. They have been marked badly by their service; and those I have talked with about this, are perhaps the most offended by the crews laughter than anyone else I've talked with on this subject... and they would have more reason and experience than I, to feel that way.

If the audio was faked, then I would believe that the American authorities would have acted very quickly to disprove the footage. They haven't, so there is more reason to believe it is accurate.

Indeed - this article records the Americans confirming the validity of the footage - https://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/6/massacre_caught_on_tape_us_military

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Re: The USA wants Assange for what he did

Don't forget the cup of Earl Grey

msknight

Re: The USA wants Assange for what he did

What Assange would face in the USA is not what I'd call justice. Neither would I call it justice if the laughing helicopter crew haven't faced any.

Then again, you could easily call it American Justice and be perfectly correct; although any likeness between American Justice and justice, would be purely coincidental IMHO.

Internet industry freaks out over proposed unlimited price hikes on .org domain names

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Joke

Well that was useless.

You tick a box to consent to your personal details being used/processed, and then it just fires up your local e-mail client to send an e-mail to comments-org-renewal-18mar19@icann.org ... So... how does that consent thing work then, when people can just send in e-mails? Different if they had an on-line form; but using a plain e-mail address means they can't guarantee that people submitting, have given their permission to have their details processed. - Smells like major fail to me.

Typical ... an organisation looking to make more money, it's achieved by doing things on the cheap.

Microsoft fans celebrate the Easter weekend with some Sets-based upsets

msknight

Umm....

"rather than the Sets feature, which was abruptly pulled from what would become the disastrous October 2019 Update last June."

Now I'm confused. Anyone got the number for Dr Who's Tardis phone?

msknight

Where DO you get those pictures?

On second thoughts... no... I don't want to know.

How do you sing 'We're jamming and we hope you like jamming, too' in Russian? Kremlin's sat-nav spoofing revealed

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Joke

I'll probably get flamed for this...

...but in a war situation, why don't they simply tune in to Glosnass? The Russians are unlikley to crew over their own sat nav system, are they? ;-)

Windows Defender ATP is dead. Long live Microsoft Defender ATP

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The real point of interest for me...

...will be if Apple blocks it.

I remember seeing, with my own eyes, the advice on Apple's site that anti-virus was something that users should have... but then that vanished some time ago, along with the myth that Apple's OS didn't need AV.

For me, the really interesting popcorn moment will be Apple's response.

Vengeful sacked IT bod destroyed ex-employer's AWS cloud accounts. Now he'll spent rest of 2019 in the clink

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Coat

Re: Idiot

In a twist of irony, as they are now teaching prisoners I.T. skills, he'll likely come out of the clink with the very skills that he should have had, before going in there in the first place.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47570134

You can't make this stuff up.

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