* Posts by Nick Leaton

43 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Aug 2009

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

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Start cancelling the flights.

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

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Black Helicopters

"RPI is still calculated by the ONS due to its popularity among those who benefit from higher interest rates, such as landlords"

Far simpler reason. There are inflation linked gilts tied to RPI.

The DMO [debt management office] said it was going to change. The ratings agencies said if that happened it would be treated as a default by the UK government, triggering downgrading and would be treated as a credit event for CDS contracts.

The DMO backed down.

It's the same with BT. They want to default on their debts.

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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How's Amazon going to work it when the cables to Ireland are turned off?

Tit for tat. Ireland says no flying over Ireland.

UK says no data down the data pipes.

Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Re: Dear France

Like Gare Austerlitz eh? Why not rename St Pancras?

We can then add a large V for Victory hand in Bronze in Front.

Of course from the other side, ....

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Spot on.

Lets rename St Pancras Agincourt station.

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Which is why we should rename St Pancras, Agincourt station.

For the same reasons trains from Germany to Paris arrive at Gare Austerlitz

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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"As a result of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, a holder of a domain name does no longer fulfil the general eligibility criteria... the Registry for .eu will be entitled to revoke such domain name on its own initiative and without submitting the dispute to any extrajudicial settlement of conflicts."


So lets see. Dual nationality. Irish and UK. What's the EU going to do?

Hasn't it worked out EU nationals live in the UK and will do after Brexit?

Expect lots of court cases.

Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Re: Just change the current tax laws.

So if you use someone else's hardware, or software, where do those costs go?

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It's VAT. Pure and simple.

At the end of the day, all taxes are paid by people, directly or indirectly.

So why do these governments need tax? It's simple, they are bankrupt. There debts exceed their assets and no chance of a reversal. That's bankruptcy.

In the UK for example, over 205 bn pounds a year go on the state debts.

NHS U-turns on blanket IR35 tax crackdown

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You retain profits within the company, because you want to use it for some capital project later.

IR35 says you can't. Unlike big companies. IR35 is effectively tax on turnover.

Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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If they are a taxi, they can go in bus lanes.

Oh, they can't - so they aren't a cab

Last year's ICO fines would be 79 times higher under GDPR

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The NHS gives anonomised data to the ONS, including NHS number

The ONS gets NHS numbers and names and address from the GRO. This is stored in the RON database.

They can now see your personal medical records.

Half a million 'de-identified' patients records to be shared in Bradford

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The ONS has the data that enables them to find out the names and addresses of all NHS pensions.

The NHS says they strip the information. But they send NHS numbers.

Then from the passport office the ONS gets NHS numbers.

They can then put two and two together.

Blighty's National Pupil Database has been used to control immigration

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Here's another one for you.

Hospitals pass NHS and names to the Passport office for the RON database. {The NHS number is ultra vires}

That then goes to the ONS.

ONS says it downloads anonymous data without names [but with NHS numbers] from hospitals.

The ONS then claims it only has anonymised data when it has all the information to find out names and address of people with syphilis, ....

Your 'intimate personal massager' – cough – is spying on you

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Just watch the adverts on your fit bit account. If it keep's coming up with lube and kleenex, change to the other hand.

London Stock Exchange's German mega-merger: It's a go, despite Brexit

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1. Tobin taxes are coming to the EU now the UK is out. If you're a CEO jump at your peril.

2. Block chain is coming, and then D Bourse is redundant. Their business model disappears just as fast as mini cab firms with the arrival of Uber.

Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

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We've done it. The internal quote for hardware for a project was 2 million a year.

We put it on AWS, on the boss's credit card. 60K a year. If we move that to bid instances we could have cut that even more, but the cost of doing it was more than the saving. ie. Wait until the requirements go up, then do that bit of work.

So the loser was internal IT who can't put together cost effective hardware. The winner, the business.

So for commodity IT, back up, email, conferencing, phones, its all going to go cloud. Period.

Institute of Directors: Make broadband speeds 1000x faster than today's puny 2020 target

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I've been after BT's Infinity for years. My exchange was upgraded a long time ago, and BT's own advertising said you could get it within a year of conversion.

No such luck.

So I won a complaint with advertising standards, and now that claim is removed from their website.

Open Reach needs to be completely broken up. Other companies should be able to bid for the exchanges and roll out of fibre.

The future of IT is – to deliver automation. Discuss

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Automation is going to happen. The far more interesting thing is innovation

So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

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It's very simple.

The UK state takes the working poor's surplus income. National Insurance. it's surplus because the worker generates the money. It doesn't go on their services, its redistributed.

The result is the working poor end up where they started with no assets. They have a share of the state's debts, and 90% of those are pensions debts. They are 400K in the red.

The state pension is worth 105K. They are still in the red.

However if Mr Median had invested his NI in the FTSE all share with low charges free of taxation, he would have 840K in a fund. Mr Min wage, 400K. There wouldn't be any pension debts.

So when the working poor have been ripped off and have no assets, it's the socialist welfare state that is to blame.

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Ugandan 'rolex'

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Ugandan Rolex. Such a great name.

Sydney adopts 'world's first' e-ink parking signs

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I can see the defense.

The council changed the signs after I parked.

Case dismissed.

The Hound of Hounslow: No $40m Wall Street wobbler

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If you are trading an option series, when the underlying changes by 1 tick, half of your option prices change. You need to then pull the prices, and submit a load of new prices. It is in the nature of the game.

So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: Fractional reserve

The regulator got it wrong.

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Re: And the Perpetrators

Because it was also a regulatory problem. The regulator sets the ratio.

Now ask why the state would leave off 9,200 bn from its debts, the pensions?

Yep, because MPs, any MPs would be dangling from the lampposts.

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Lehman Brothers was insolvent (probably, it had huge losses on some California real estate deals) as well as being illiquid


Wrong. On Liquidation, the value obtained exceeded the liabilities. It was illiquid

Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows

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But he was right in the way he constructed that auction. In fact that auction was one of the great triumphs of modern empirical microeconomics.


Really? The telcos borrowed to buy. The telcos then took the interest charges off their profits, and the tax revenues dropped afterwards.

All Brown did was bring forward taxation, spent it, and then because he thought the good times would continue, carried on spending creating the deficit.

Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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Time for some damping


It's not damping. It's throwing a spanner into the gears. That's what a FTT does.

Consider a clear example. Put a FTT on transactions such as withdrawing cash from an ATM. It fits the Robin Hood tax. Lots of money. Lots of transactions. Lets cream off a quid for each withdrawal, and there is lots of money for governments to spend or give away.

What problems can you see? What effects? I can see lots. But the Robin Hood lot can't. The reason being they want the FTT to apply to other people, and in a way that isn't transparent.

Make the tax transparent and clear for all to see, and it will be seen for what it is, bonkers.

Gov IT write-off: Universal Credit system flushes £34m down toilet

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So how much 34 million?

How much on the NHS system? That was in the billions.

34 million is like arguing about swatting a mosquito when in the back ground there is a herd of rampaging elephants about to run right over you. Remember, its the mosquito that's the important thing.

Now for the real issues

Why is the DWP spending 5% of all the money it administers each year on itself? Any finance company would love a 5% per annum charge.

Why aren't the pension debts reported? Actually that's quite an easy one. 6.5 trillion appearing on the books would blow the ponzi scam wide open.

US: We spied on you Europeans but we can still be chums. Right?

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They don't like it up 'em, do they?

Politicians, quite prepared to snoop on us, but when someone snoops on them, they go apeshit.

Three's Irish network goes titsup

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Three has been tits up in EC2 for ages. No action yet from them to fix it.

Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

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Where to pay tax

Now for the follow up.

Where does the tax get paid?

1. Where we are?

2. Where the servers are?

3. Where the IP is owed?

4. To someone else?

1. We can switch data centers in 5 seconds.

2. A lot of this is Amazon's IP. Shouldn't the IP owner get a cut?


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You're wrong

You're wrong.

I'll give you one example. I've just worked on a project that used Amazon's cloud.

Hardware costs before were 1 million a year.

Putting it on the cloud dropped that to 80K.

That's without moving to spot instances (you bid for the machine) or reserved instances (you sign up for a year, two years for a cheaper rate).

That's not a fat cat in the middle. It's hard cash savings.

Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

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Re: Execuive Pay...


All I see is that the tax take has risen, which means the state is getting more of people's pay.

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Try this paper.

4,700 billion's worth of debt missing from the government books, and that's not the only omission.

e.g Taxation with no services is the order of the day.

Hong Kong plods turn RoboCop with strap-on vid cams

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It's a double edged sword.

1. The citizen will do the same. End result, you compare the two videos. If the police video goes missing, cases will be lost.

2. Bad or criminal behaviour by the police and no action, removes the trust in the police rapidly.

For example, Tomlinson. OK - policeman is a thug who killed someone. What's more worrying is his colleages who kept their mouths shut. Only when the video comes out, do we find out.

3. Criminal cases. Defence says, give us the video. Police won't. End result acquital if the video isn't available.

Google may face grilling by MPs over 'immoral' tax avoidance

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Re: Correction

That's what the current set up is. You offset all your expenses against your income. You pay tax on the difference. That difference is called profit.

Now how about taxing BMW on their profits. They are paying their tax in Germany, not in the UK.

Mind you, the Germans might decide they can raise tax from Rolls-Royce.

ICO power to stop FOI dodgers 'some way off'

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The solution is easy. Come implementation, resubmit the FOI. Then if they delay, they get done.

ACPO defuses impending photo row with police forces

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Police making the law up

Since when did the police decide on what the law is?

Courts bar dodgy documents from divorce cases

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Inland Revenue

It will also deal with the Inland Revenue buying stolen documents from overseas in tax cases.

SInce they've bought documents already, and presumably paid for them, its quite funny to find they can't use them.

Commons slapped for FoI fastidiousness

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Easy solution

If they had ruled in favour of the commons, then all you need is to have everyone on whatdotheyknow put in requests for the printed information.

The commons couldn't refuse after all. Committed by the first response, its then damned because every other request is for information not in the public domain.

Pure Sensia widget-running DAB radio

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What's missing?

It's missing a webcam. With a web cam you could have skype.

That's the missing feature, otherwise it almost makes my "I covert it list"

IT Crowd writer defends NHS

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20,000+ deaths a year caused by errors in the NHS. Year on year.

Forget the US knowing about it. How about the UK citizen and customer.

Source - NHS