Doesn't it make a mess of the DVD?
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"As a result, unless TalkTalk reverses this decision I will suggest to my customers that this is a further example of bad decision making on TalkTalk's part and that they should consider changing ISP's when their current contract expires."
Seriously? You haven't suggested that already?
"paying for Internet access and then found I was getting Internet access minus one particular TCP port"
I discovered this years ago when TT took over Tiscali who'd taken over ...etc. and they decided to traffic shape Usenet to an extent which amounted to a block. I took appropriate action then. I really don't see why so many decide to stick with this serial abuser.
"thumb down...please explain..."
Not me but let me guess. Your inability/refusal to use your shift key?
Once upon a time we had teletypes which were single case. We got rid of that years ago which made it much easier to read stuff. Now we seem to be drifting back to that situation albeit with lower case rather than upper case.
"Now they can easily sell Openreach to the highest bidder and get rid of the headache."
Presumably by headache you mean the pension liability.
Or do you mean the necessity to find the money for those infrastructure investments?
In either case the headache would remain, it would just have been moved elsewhere and all the existing moaners would also just move their moaning elsewhere.
"I'm probably going to sound like a communist here, but it would probably be the best for the country as a whole for Openreach to go into 100% public ownership, owned by the government but operated as a separate commercial entity"
Some of us remember the mess that was from the first time round.
"Remember the oath you must take before you testify: the truth, the WHOLE truth, and NOTHING BUT the truth. "
I always found this a little odd. In practice one can only respond to counsels' questions. One of the tricks of a cross-examiner is to ask a question which framed to call for a yes/no answer but which, for the whole truth, requires a more discursive answer - which the cross-examiner then tries to suppress. I've also been in the odd situation of being, in effect, cross-examined by the side that called me in an attempt to make me put a stronger construction on my evidence than I considered reasonable.
"And who is now having to deal with an unpredictable boss"
They probably deserve each other although I'd have expected his boss to have sacked him as untrustworthy by now. Maybe the only thing stopping him is the thought that finely tuned machines can't lose major components at quite that rate.
"Most of us don't encounter the worst of nasties that the criminal classes throw at the world, the cops do."
Maybe not most but I can claim to be one of the ones that did, and that in the middle of a terror campaign (and partly funded by US citizens unchallenged, AFAIK, by their government).
My main take-away from that? The importance of the presumption of innocence and due process of law. Why? Because they're some of the main things that distinguish between terrorism and a free, lawful society.
Untrammelled surveillance, especially mass surveillance, is the antithesis of these.
"Even PSC avoidance is being closed off: first with public-sector contractors prevented from avoiding IR35 (you can be certain they'll get private-sector contractors next); and the new dividend tax clobbers the rest."
Good move. Drive independents out of the UK contract market. Capita's share price could use some help these days. I don't suppose a directorship for a retired MP there will need as much work as doing real IT and probably pays much better.
On the whole I agree with your comment but:
"in public services this is even more important because every penny they take costs our economy and ability to earn more."
It depends. Money spent in the NHS can result in returning to work someone who, in earlier times, might have died or remained disabled.
those who are hit by IR35 "rules" ... are now to be hit by NIC changes as well.
I'm not sure what happened to the reply I tried to post about this earlier. If it re-emerges sorry for the dual comment.
AFAICS this isn't relevant to IR35. It affects the self-employed. IR35 victims aren't self-employed, they're employed by their own companies as well as being deemed to be employed by the client. They get to pay employee's class 1 NICs and their company - not the deemed employer - gets to pay employer's class 1 NICs as well, all out of the "salary" which is what the fees are deemed to be.
They're not being screwed by this - they're screwed already.
"The point is those who earn more have more avenues available to them to pay less tax."
Another way to look at it: if the marginal rate of taxation is high enough it becomes more profitable to spend effort on taking existing income out of tax than on earning more income.
The real unfairness is that HMRC will contrive to arrange the affairs of the lower paid to maximise tax because they know it's unlikely that the victims will be able to afford an accountant to help challenge it. About 3 years after I'd gone freelance they decided to run a tax investigation to make sure I was paying "the right amount of tax". By this time I had an accountant who could look after it for me. He charged a fee of course but it was well spent. An investigation goes back 6 years, i.e. it included the last 3 years of my being an employee. Surprise, surprise! The right amount of tax for those 3 years was a good deal less than the amount they'd taken off me and the rebate was a considerably more than the accountant's fee.
"I've not seen the device and may be making an unwarranted assumption, but sure a $350 device will be on the inside of the house with the just the bell push/camera on the outside?"
That's what I thought. But a little investigation shows that it is entirely external. All it does is replace the bell-push with a combined internet-connected bell-push/camera/entry-phone box.
I like the instructions: remove the bell-push. You will see at least two wires. Connect it to these two wires. [My emphasis]
"it isn't as unreasonable as it sounds"
My first reaction to the headline was that this adds a new meaning to lock-in. But overall I think you're right: they're doing as much as they can to ensure the user's security and that must incur costs. It will also encourage the user to take better care in the future.
OTOH would I wish to qualify for their customer service? No. A hardware lock and the doorbell that's been there for most of the last 50 years does the job fine. The only extra expenditure was a new bell-push.
Do you really want a single ID around the internet? Should your bank ID be the same as your Amazon ID or your Register handle?
Do you trust a provider to never leak your credentials?
An online provider may well analyse your behaviour for security purposes. Fair enough, it might be able to detect attempts at impersonation that way, but would you trust it to not also use the analysis for its own commercial ends such as ad-slinging?
"Has anyone done any analysis about birth rate defects due to the calf growing up on a microwave transmitter"
According to this the monitor is only fitted when calving's due in a few days.
"Household loads are becoming increasingly non-linear with really awful harmonics."
OK, but properly enforced EMC regulations would significantly reduce that, surely?
The devices which Richard described are those which we're being encouraged to use - LED lamps, more efficient washing machines etc. If they're inherently non-linear TPTB are going to have to make some tough choices about conflicting policies.
"I'm suprised Spamhaus ... haven't already flagged RCM as a major spammer"
They have but that doesn't help as much as they'd like because spammers switch addresses and domains.
If you read the details they got a lot more than the address lists. They got internal communications which show how, for instance, they acquire a domain, send mail from it to addresses they control so the domain builds a reputation of sending non-spam (they don't complain about their own emails ;) and then switch it to spamming. They also found scripts which were used to overload targets so large spam loads could be forced through before the target could react. This information will help defend against their tactics. If it provides evidence for criminal investigation so much the better.
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