* Posts by Mark 65

3309 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Happy 'Freedom Day': Stats suggest many in England don't want it or think it's a terrible idea

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Water vapour from your breath comes from your lungs and is in general 10 to 100 microns in droplet size and will, as far as I'm aware, be where the virus is carried (as would most respiratory viruses). The water in your breath is not (generally) from saliva and this is not what the mask is required to defeat. Saliva is easy to stop, water vapour is somewhat more difficult.

You in fact don't want that "gas" to penetrate the mask because it is carrying the virus when it is this "gas" escaping. N95 masks are effective in this regards. Other masks, especially when worn by the public - not so much.

I've seen another commenter on here note that masks reduced spread by 15% and only with a host of caveats. They didn't get down-voted to oblivion so I presume that either nobody witnessed that post or it is generally accepted to be ball-park accurate. I'd want a lot better than a 15% reduction to consider something effective. That, to me at least, puts them in the minimally effective if not largely ineffective bracket.

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Cummings said Johnson had repeatedly ignored the advice of his chief scientific and medical advisers.


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Death rate is currently about 1/10 that compared to the December equivalent, which is certainly a good thing and shows the vaccines appear to be doing a good job, or most of the most vulnerable have already succumbed in the previous 18 months...

Hmmm, is that the vaccines or is this a different strain to the one involved in December? Delta vs Alpha. As viruses become more contagious then generally become less deadly - that's a selection mechanism for effective survival as killing your host isn't generally beneficial a la Ebola.

I'd say a lot of what you're seeing is the 0.1% case fatality rate of Delta vs the 2.7% CFR of the Alpha variant.

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Re: Hooray! COVID has been vanquished forever!

@Plest: Hoorah for you, your virtue signalling has been duly noted. If the rules are you don't have to wear a mask then don't expect people to.

PS They don't work which is why it's running rampant in Sydney despite compulsory mask wearing.

Open-source RAW image editor Darktable releases major update to version 3.6 – and it's very accessible

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Re: Image processors and pixel editors

It would be nice if darktable gained Lightroom style DAM. Without it a lot of people will stick with Lightroom.

Leaked Apple memo tells employees that they'll be coming into the office at least 3 days a week from September

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I'd argue that anyone who was employed during times of 5 days a week in the office and then quit once flexible working was wound back to 3 days in the office from full time work from home is likely not a great loss. If that's your reason for leaving then I feel you may just be a little bit lazy and a little bit entitled. After all, 5 days a week was fine when you got the job.

Three things that have vanished: $3.6bn in Bitcoin, a crypto investment biz, and the two brothers who ran it

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Re: Company compliance officer

They're clearly in hiding waiting to spend their ill-gotten gains. It's just that they've chosen to hide burnt and dismembered at the bottom of the ocean.

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Re: How untraceable, exactly?

Wouldn't your method be to tumble the coins then convert to Monero or some other less traceable form?

Post-lunch snooze plans dashed as the UK tests its Emergency Alerts... again

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Re: "Every compatible mobile phone or tablet in range of a mast ..."

I can assure you your 3G traffic is tracked and analysed

Tech contractor loses IR35 tribunal appeal: 'Right' to substitute didn't mean he could, say judges

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Re: I'm going to go out on a limb...

But as soon as we start talking about integer multiples of salary, they lose my sympathy.

Integer multiples may be valid for complex skill-sets, desirable skill-sets, and accompanying experience. It is likely that a highly skilled worker, or at least one that knows their worth in a high demand/low supply environment would choose to work in a way that maximises post tax income.

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Re: Substitution?

HMRC stated that they will not accept any arrangement that has been created to avoid tax

HMRC will accept what a court tells them too. They won in this case, but their record isn't stellar.

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Re: Do it like the trades do

If I employ a company under a SLA to support an application, system, etc. then how would I do that without specifying hours? I may need someone to be available on site during business hours. Does that make them an employee?

Lee worked for Nationwide through his Northern Light agency, which contracted with another agency, AxPO, which in turn contracted with the building society itself

I think his main problem would appear to be the convoluted nature of the relationship. It would appear, without knowing the specifics, that a boilerplate substitution term may have been put in the contract without adequate adaptation to the circumstances. The Justices inference around the end client having veto and requiring a suitable candidate is incorrect as no company anywhere would allow a substitution clause without suitable caveats - if they did you'd just do a "big 4" and send a guru to the interview and an imbecile to the job.

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Re: Yet another push for us to all go work at Tesco

"I only work for clients for 3 months and then move on" does not somehow make you magically exempt to paying roughly the same amount of tax on that income as someone who's in the job for 4 months or gets sacked after a week.

Yeah, it really does. One has all the risk and the other has all the employment legislation. If the Government decides to weaken the latter then that isn't the contract's fault. Permanent employees have rights and entitlements. Contractors don't. Being outside of the system with regards benefits gives you more leeway to structure your working in a more tax efficient manner. That is the reward for the increased financial risk being taken.

Don't complain about others earning more or paying less tax when they are at considerably more financial risk than someone sitting on their arse in a permie role accruing benefits (holidays, sick leave, paid public holidays, redundancy etc). Maybe consider why the company saw fit to engage their services in the first place.

Western Australia rushes out legislation after cops access contact-tracing data to investigate serious crimes

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Re: Maybe a sense of proportion is needed

Eclectic Man: A bit of simple reading comprehension needs to be applied before you post. They were responding to the OP's statement about being threatened on the way home from a pride march and how they could have been stabbed, then how they would have wanted the police to have access to any information necessary... In this context the poster is correct that we shouldn't live in a police state just because of a few dickwads. The dickwads being a reference to the random that made the threat not anyone in the original article. FFS.

Ireland warned it could face 'rolling blackouts' if it doesn't address data centres' demand for electricity

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Re: Lucky Ireland

Data centres are typically a nice flat constant load. That doesn't mesh well with the intermittent nature of renewables unless you also build firming capacity at the same time.

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld

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Re: Fabrication?

Don't rule out spite.

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Re: Stupid cops

The crims, and there is an infinite supply of them, will switch to another method, and the cops will *follow* as usual.

It appears from the story that they did indeed switch - from one taken down secure phone/app to another.

I doubt they'll learn as they effectively paid to be imprisoned this time ($1700 per handset).

This is where the techno ignorance of the masses pays dividends.

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I imagine that if you were also one of the devs at Phantom Secure or especially Sky Global you'd have an idea as to who it was given we know they had also been sentenced for drug importation before. I'd also guess that there are photos of them in the public domain or at least ones that could appear in the public domain.

The criminals involved don't need to actively look for that person - a chance encounter would suffice. Either way I can't see how you'd sleep easy knowing the magnitude of who you'd p*ssed off.

Samsung brags that its latest imaging sensor has the ittiest-bittiest cam pixels in the world

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We long past what were once considered to be inviolable laws by combining the physics with software. We also do this with radio telescopes.

That's generally used, in the latter case, where you struggle to make the physical any better. That's clearly not the case here whereby you're just trying to pack more into less. Better sensors are available i.e. ones that don't try and use vanishingly small pixel sizes to win a pissing contest - better radio telescopes, not so much.

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That just sounds like "our software overcomes the laws of physics"

It's completely unsupportable. Yes, we mean your brand new system

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Are we confident that the technology has the longevity we need?

This is interesting itself in the cloud context where you control nothing and features/aspects you may be relying on get upgraded in an incompatible manner or receive a swift dispatch as Google tends to do with things it has lost interest in. You don't have to patch it yourself but then you may get a breaking patch installed for you (the greater good) or a feature removed.

Stack Overflow acquired for $1.8bn by Prosus (no, me neither)

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Yeah right

There are currently no plans to change how <company name> operates

Every acquisition starts off with those initial soothing words

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

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Is the decline in market share for Firefox due to the stats including mobile devices (essentially locked down to Safari on iOS and largely only going to be Chrome on Android) or are they excluded? If mobiles are included I would expect Firefox's share to be distorted as they cannot realistically operate on those platforms.

From looking at the W3Counter link only 30% of the platforms were desktop OSes. I'd be more interested in the breakdown here as platform policies on mobiles can ruin your accessibility meaning they're never likely to compete.

Azure anywhere: Arc adds App Service, Function apps, Event Grid and more to on-premises Kubernetes

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Especially not with charges to run things on your own infrastructure. I doubt the licensing costs you already have to pay to enable it are low either. A CPU Tobin Tax.

Icarus moment: Mozilla Thunderbird was saving OpenPGP keys in plaintext after encryption snafu

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Re: Encryption is very difficult to get right

As always though it proves that testing changes is better than making assumptions in a code review. Testing is what seems to be lacking.

When software depends on a project thanklessly maintained by a random guy in Nebraska, is open source sustainable?

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Re: Elephant in the room

You know this. It's a scale thing. The same reason it is usually cheaper for someone else to generate your power rather than building a plant next to the office.

True, but in the case of cloud the economy of scale is generally their profit margin not your saving. To most it becomes an op-ex vs cap-ex thing.

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Re: Bullshit

It may have gotten picked up, but just look at the state of the OpenSSL code base (patch, patch, bolt-on, patch) and how everyone promptly shat themselves when they realised it. It did get done, but just look at the state it had gotten into beforehand and that's one of the most used OSS libraries there is and not one that just anybody can have a crack at.

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I remember when I worked for a large international bank. For certain key software packages they insisted as part of the licensing agreement that the source be escrowed such that if the vendor went out of business or decided to orphan the code they would get the source code.

I also worked on the other side of the divide and this type of agreement was commonplace from financial clients.

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Companies paying a commercial vendor can be sure they'll be fucked somewhat harder somewhere down the track.

For OSS you have the source code. If people stop developing it you have the option of continuing yourself or paying someone to do so for you. For commercial software if it is end of life then that's it. If the owner decides to take it in a direction you don't want to go then that's tough.

Ben's last paragraph is important. I'd rather have access to the source but sometimes you don't have that option.

Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss

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Musk rat

Elon needs to be prosecuted for what I believe are essentially lies, misrepresentations and at times market manipulations. He needs to understand that he is not above the law.

A subsidy seeking parasite maybe, but not immune.

One of the issues seems to be the number of dreamers believing his high priced low quality toys are the future. Only in that they’ve pushed real vehicle manufacturers to change.

Audacity 'scared and excited' to be bought and brought under Muse Group's roof, promises to stay free and open source

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Re: Is this good news?

They vowed to keep the product free, but not "ad free". Just pointing out the alternate payment mechanism.

RHEL, RHEL, RHEL, fancy that: Rocky Linux would-be CentOS replacement hits RC1 milestone

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Re: What's the point?

Quite a few places had the odd RHEL license and a lot of CentOS servers of compatible versions. Reproduce any errors on the RHEL servers to get support for what you cannot fathom yourself and roll out to the estate.

If you have a QNAP NAS, stop what you're doing right now and install latest updates. Do it before Qlocker gets you

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Re: Presumably...

Yeah, I've got the 3-2-1 approach covered but the pain could be tracking back when data went bad. My guess is that I'd see it in a large change-set sent to the cloud.

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...if you don't expose your NAS to the internet you're not so much at risk?

I never saw the point in their "link through us to your NAS" functionality - seemed to provide two avenues of attack, an open port and a global aggregator of devices. A secure VPN is a much better idea.

Oracle founder Larry Ellison lands on another lily pad, this time an $80m Florida mansion he intends to tear down

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Re: A Man of Simple Tastes

I worked out Larry spending $80m on a house is like me spending less than $200.

Money doesn't matter to him other than being a pissing contest with Paul Allen et al, much like yachts are.

So how's .NET 6 coming along? Oh wow, Microsoft's multi-platform framework now includes... Windows

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Re: Nope.

To me this all smells a bit Silverlight. Here one minute, gone the next.

As everyone else has said - make a choice, make it clear, and stick with it. People are developing apps that may have a long lifespan in the corporate world where there is little appetite to constantly keep updating the UI framework if it works.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

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Re: requires full passport info to be provided

"Sh*t airline uses sh*t coder" revelation?

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Re: Who was the developer?

Why use title rather than date of birth - pretty sure those details get passed on or you at least are paying for an adult or child ticket in which case age is normally required. Less of a misunderstanding, more a case of simply running out of talent.

Not that either is a good indication of weight mind you.

South Africa's state-owned energy firm to appeal after court rules Oracle does not have to support its software

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Because the person signing the deal doesn't wear the consequences but did enjoy the hospitality of the negotiations.

Belgian police seize 28 tons of cocaine after 'cracking' Sky ECC's chat app encryption

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Re: Roll yer own man....

That might work for cigarettes....

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Re: Once again with feeling.......

I'd hate to have to use the encrypted messaging app I came up with.

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Re: OpenPGP

I think Moxie whatever his name is went into the details in an interview as to what your typical issues are, much as you've indicated, and that the encryption of the message isn't really one of them. They are most likely using an open source (probably audited) library, however they've likely f*cked up the tougher parts of the implementation.

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If it worked for the NSA and Tor that must mean that the NSA's intentions were to just watched a never ending stream of p0rn.

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Re: Encyrption back door?

Potential source is, as another post states, someone in a lot of chats/group messages got caught and made a deal. No breach of encryption necessary as you have a device able to see all those messages.

There's always the possibility of a flaw in the implementation - crypto is hard.

If they have access to an unlocked device then all bets are off.

Jeff Bezos supports US tax rise after not paying it for two years – and paying tiny amount in 2019

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I think we can safely say both sides of US politics are "of the ultra-rich", they just differ in how they serve their masters.

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No, but plenty of hard lobby dollars.

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Re: Any sentence that starts 'Its a well known fact' always deserves fact checking

Have a look at the 0.1% or the 0.01% and how much they pay rather than the 1% which would equate to the top 30,000 and 3,000 taxpayers respectively rather than the 300,000 which would include middle to upper-middle income earners.

I think you'll find that those 0.01% (i.e. the billionaires) don't carry their fair share of the burden, as the whole spectrum of avoidance techniques is available and effective for them, and the bulk of the distribution will sit further down the wealth spectrum as inferred by the O.P.

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Re: Is this the same Biden...

They're all parasites.

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Re: Ah, tax laws

Same theories apply. Location is irrelevant, issue is universal.

FreeBSD 13.0 to ship without WireGuard support as dev steps in to fix 'grave issues' with initial implementation

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Re: Hardware engineers vs Software Engineers

Netgate's director of engineering, Scott Long, who said: "My team and I were proud of the work, proud of the results, and eager to share it with the pfSense and FreeBSD communities.

This tells me more about Netgate than they likely want me to know. They make firewall appliances FFS and yet they feel ok with writing software full of vulnerabilities and noob workarounds?

I'm starting to wonder whether I should remain using my pfsense appliance, especially given the latest release has an issue with unbound crashing / becoming unresponsive. Since it moved to pfsense+ (21.02) from 2.4.n I've have noticed things seem to have slowed a bit, especially around the initial site contact.


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