* Posts by d3vy

1351 posts • joined 28 Mar 2014


Apple reseller Solutions Inc pulls down shutters, calls in administrators

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Re: What relevance has that got to the article?

"Not a lot, but it is relevant to "Companies I would not want to work for" - late filing is never a good sign.."

Maybe but... The company in question haven't missed their filing deadline so it's not relevant to bring up.

I mean, we could just create an arbitrary list of things we don't like about companies but what relevance would that have?

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"any company that doesn't file accounts on time"

What relevance has that got to the article?

Crypto crash leads to inventory pile-up at Nvidia, sales slaughtered

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Re: Gambling on Crypto

Of course you've all declared this income and paid the tax?!? ;)

Banking in 2019: Sure, we'd recommend TSB's online, mobe banking say cowed customers

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They had a hardware key generator for business accounts... But got rid of them last year.

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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Yes, it would in many cases be the recruitment agency - however working practices normally trump whats in the contract so the end client would need to be involved too.

I can see one of two things happening:

1. Agents play it safe and everyone is inside...

1a. Rates go up (As happened with public sector)

1b. Contractors leave and clients struggle to complete projects (as happened with public sector)

1c. Contractors go back to perm work (See 1b - but also HMRC take decreases because permies dont gross as much)

2. Clients and agents change contracts and working practices so that contractors are not inside IR35... Nothing much changes.

Its probably going to end up somewhere in the middle of the two...

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Ian - Actually out of the two of us I think you'll find you are the one paying less ££ tax.

Also, Ill bet in the last year you had at least one sick day? Holiday? Pension contribution matched by your employer (come to think of it Ill bet your pension contributions come out of your gross pay... nice little tax dodge there).

Ill bet you expect your employer to pay you for public holidays too.. Getting paid for days that your not working? You absolute fucking scrounger.

See. Works both ways.

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Re: Please forgive what may be a silly question...

I dont think that the issue is that it gives different answers to the same input... Though it is in beta and is being changed so its possible you would get different answers from day to day... Hopefully getting more accurate...

The problem as I understand it is more that the answers it gives dont fit in with the current law.

For example, if you take a IR35 investigation which went to court and which HMRC lost and enter the details/work conditions/contractual obligations of the plaintiff into CEST you would expect the outcome to be inline with the finding of the court - this is not the case.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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I thought it was weird how many adverts for nord vpn I had seen popping up in mainstream outlets... makes perfect sense now.

I’m not going to go into a high street shop and buy a glorified porn token for £5 just so that I can prove my age online.

But I’ll bet the guy in the corner shop next to the high school will do a roaring trade in £20 no questions asked cards...

$24m in fun bux stolen from crypto-mogul. Now he fires off huge fraud charge. Like, RICO, say?

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Re: $224m in damages?

My understanding is that in RICO cases damages are multiplied by 3 - so as well as actual loss legal costs and damages for distress etc could add up to 224.

That said, this is enty based on a 10minute talk from an old defcon talk on YouTube... Please do not consider it to be legal advice :)

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Definitely, a jar of mystery delights, delicious.

In my defense, it was the end of a long day, I'd inspected and removed hundreds if not thousands of shite files and I just wasn't thinking... Live and learn.

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Which said anything about laptops?

From the article I got the impression it's a desktop.

Look up Seagate medalist, I think the model was 4310 it was 4.3GB and was in the first PC I bought (second hand) with my own money in '97/98 so I'm absolutely certain that desktop PCs had moved past sub 1gb drives by the mid 90s.

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"certainly anything up to Windows 2000 machines would not have had anything more than 500MB."

My first windows 95 machine had a 4.3gb Seagate drive,

That would have been 96/97 so I call BS on that.

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I was cleaning up files on an old web server many years ago and came across an aspiring file.

Rather than opening it and reading the contents I thought "I'll just run it, it's in wwwroot what could go wrong" cracked open a browser and typed the URL.

After a surprisingly long time I got the message "complete" nothing else, just that text on a plain white page.

Turns out I'd stumbled on the script that someone knocked up during development and forgot to delete which initialised the holiday system... Of course being asp this used DSNs to connect to the database and being on a live box that meant live data.

21k employees holidays records for 10+ years wiped out.

Luckily the dbas we're quite accommodating and we sorted within the hour... But that taught me a very important lesson!

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: Another wall?

The "Buckie barrier".. protected by the highly trained "scotch guard".

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Re: EE Shenanigans

@it is me

I did think about complaining and making them change it... But if anything the account is more secure now.

No amount of dumpster diving/I'd theft will get you my imaginary date of birth!

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Re: EE Shenanigans

Interestingly I know what BT think my DOB is because they told me after a particularly long call trying to work out why I couldn't get through the security checks!

I also have a Santander account that I intermittently cannot access because I get asked one of three security questions... On of which is town of birth.. I've never told them where this is and I don't know where they think it is... Whenever they ask that question I have to clear cookies and refresh and hope that it's a different question comes up next time.

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Re: EE Shenanigans

I have to remember when I speak to BT that they think my date of birth (security question) is two years earlier than my actual date of birth...

Every time they ask I tell them "it's xxx but you think it's yyy" they say they can't change it.

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Re: It'll never happen...


There's a sure fire way to sort it.

Go through the Ryan air password reset (one time pw sent via email).

Log in to his account.

Cancel the booking.

Or just change the email on his account to customerservice@ryanair.com

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

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Re: At my fisrt job...


Our splitters from open reach always had an rj11 on the "internet" side.. never seen on with rj45.

Still quite possible to stick an rj11 into a rj45 port on the back of a PC... My first job was tech support round the time that people were switching from 56k modems to dsl.. had this at least once a week.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: I wonder if...

*mutters* stupid brexit.

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Re: I wonder if...

"...have a really long battery life (been there 15 hours"

It's come and gone through the night suggesting battery changes.

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Re: I wonder if...

Ahh good point on the Geo fence.. forgot about that.

A cheaper brand/home made jobbie could do it though.

The airport really should have some anti drone tech... I suspect it's something they'll be looking at soon.

I'm off to patent "fly swatter on a really long pole" ...

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Re: I wonder if...

I heard an interview with airport staff at around 7am this morning where they said they'd seen it over the runways at various points the most revmcent being "around five minutes ago"

So they we're still at it as recently as 7am.

Time for the airport to nip into the duty free PC world buy a dji and send it on a suicide mission to collide with the offender?

Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine

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The only people that run this will be the ones that either don't pay for their power or aren't great at maths.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Re: iddqd


In my defense.. it's been 20 years since I properly played it :)

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Re: iddqd


Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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At my first IT job I worked repairing PCs in a small computer shop in the north west, we had a guy come.in demanding a new graphics card because solitaire wasn't doing "that think when you choose a card"

After he had screamed and shouted at a colleague for half an hour... With his PC plugged in on a bench to demonstrate the problem AND had his graphics card swapped I overheard what the symptom was and asked if he had ticked the "show animations" check box... Sure enough that was it.

Hours of wasted time because he unticked a box.

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Re: It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster


I'm interested, what exactly do you think a population armed with rifles, handguns and (possibly semi auto rifles) will do against a government which spends more on its military than any other country on the planed (by a large margin)?

Point your Glock at the sky and try to take out the predator drone streaking its way towards you?

Peers to HMRC: Digital tax reforms 3 days after Brexit? Hold your horses, how 'bout 3 years...

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I'm.currently in the process of moving to xero from excel because of this... I hope they do postpone it... It's been a pain in the arse so far and at £22 a month is an extra annual expense I don't really need

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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Re: if you heard it down the pub

Oh... The arguments I've had with people on Yammer.

Them "Does anyone know how to resolve issue x on my work laptop"

Stranger #1 : "just download this thing from www.totallynotmalware.com and install it, fixed my issue"

Stranger #2 : "I had the same thing and fixed it by deleting files x,y,z"

Me : "FFS, we have a massive service desk with tonnes of people who do this for a living, why are you trusting Frank the janitors cousin to tell you how to fix your corporate laptop?!?"

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Re: I'm sure I've read...

Every place I've been to the doors have been locked.. But only on the front of the racks :)

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Re: Bah!

Ring ring, ring ring...

"Hello, CIA?

Yeah I found this device I don't recognise in my server room... I've unplugged it but want to know what I should do now... You want me to plug it back in and not worry about it?"

Two fool for school: Headmaster, vice principal busted for mining crypto-coins in dorms, classrooms

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I used to work in a small computer shop where the two workshop managers had been competing to see who had the best home PC by running seti at home.. it then escalated to installing the seti service on every machine they built or fixed... There's probably still a school in Blackpool with a room full of seti churning PCs....

Tata on trial: Outsourcer 'discriminated' against non-Asian workers, claim American staff

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Re: Who would have thought

Any sources for this?

I know a few straight white males working at the BBC right now.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Re: BBC Micro's FRAK! did a better job of encryption back in 1984.

** edit doesn't work on mobile.

Ocean loader - I was close :)

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Re: BBC Micro's FRAK! did a better job of encryption back in 1984.

"Clever, but not immune from tape to tape"

Ah but the sea loader did have protection for that built in... Based on the crappy hardware available in consumer grade tape to tape machines... It was something to do with playing a really high pitched tone which the crappy tape decks would try to level out on the transfer resulting in the following low tones being essentially missed...

The guy that wrote the loader has a big blog about it, ages since I read it but it's very interesting.

Want to roll like one of the biggest minds in physics? Prof Stephen Hawking's wheelchair is up for auction

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Re: Last Wheel Tonight

Which one they bought 5...

Though I think one of the was FDR... So they could race them!

Bitbucket wobbles but it won't fall. Oh, snap...

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Nothing to do with it I'm afraid...

Nice try though.

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Re: "and are seriously considering other options"

Visual studio online (or whatever the name of the week is) has a pretty good git service and afaik hasn't had any outages (none that I've noticed anyway) in the last few years...

Maybe they could move to that?!

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That first image..

Anyone who sees internal server error and thinks it's a problem with the internet being down isn't a developer.

Also anyone who refers to their internet connection as "my internet" shouldn't be allowed to work in IT.

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: @James O'Shea

"Are they *still* doing the "copper-stood-outside" thing"

Spent last week in the capital, stayed at a hotel in Belgravia just round from the embassy so passed it most days. If they're still keeping watch they're hiding.. or doing it remotely.

Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

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Re: Let them pay

Seriously? Blocked outlets and filters requires a call out?

I guess that answers the question "who buys extended warranties?" The people who can't figure out the most basic of domestic jobs.

As for your flooded kitchen story.. would an extended warranty cover the replacement of all of the damaged floor and units or would that be a home insurance claim anyway?

A bit of simple maths to work out the mean time between failure and the average cost of failure is enough to rule out extended warranties for me.

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Re: Did this just last month

Just putting this out there.

O2 never used to lock their phones (except a few models), not sure if they do now.

Even with the models they did lock a quick call/live chat had them unlocked free of charge in minutes.

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Re: Let them pay

Yeah... But another way to look at it is a £550 dishwasher is very likley to last more than five years without much more than a good clean of the filter every now and then (ours is approaching it's 8th year with no issues)

In fact I can't remember the last time we had any white goods fail (other than the abused washing machine as my partner insists on washing colours seperatly... As in light blue load, dark blue load, white load etc..)

So what you've done is decided that mitigating the very small risk of failure is worth £30 a year.. over five years. Do you have similar policies for all of your white goods... Because that could get quite expensive.

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Re: O2 dont

O2 go to the length of having separate direct debits for the handset and the tarrif.. so when your handset loan finishes they just stop collecting it.

They also show you the outstanding balance in the myO2 app and allow you to pay off early if you want too.

It's rare I say this but I really can't fault O2, I've been with a few providers and they're by far the best.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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A previous client refused to let user accounts as disabled in active directory... Just in case the user had a disability and was offended.

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Re: $72k per year, not $185k

Incidentally, similar reason for hiring contractors in the UK rather than employees

Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

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Re: The most incredible thing is ...

Agree, I had a few windows phones and really liked them.

Easy to repair if you could get the parts too.

It was the apps that did it though, not enough of the big ones made it over to the platform.

I do miss the satnav though, that was brilliant.

Apple web design violates law, claims blind person

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He's looking at it wrong.


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