* Posts by Velv

2735 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

Metrobank techies placed at risk of redundancy, severance terms criticised

Velv
Childcatcher

Re: typical doubles speak

"I'd hang on for redundancy and then take a break while looking for that next role."

Given Metro Bank was founded in 2010, and the terms are allegedly "not very good", how many of those impacted actually have enough years of service to take the risk of being out of work. Market does appear to be buoyant, but given the rest of the omnishambles hitting the country, how long will that last...

Velv
Headmaster

Re: Industry standard redundancy terms?

Not so long ago the redundancy terms in the Financial Services sector were extremely generous. I know RBS was 4 weeks for each year of service when I joined, and prior to the takeover by RBS, some NatWest employees were on 8 weeks for each year of service, and I'm not talking Managers, "Appointed" grades (that's middle level techies and many other back office roles) were on these terms. Other Financial Services companies I interviewed with or worked as a contractor offered similar terms.

So "industry standard" was a thing

Times have moved on, and those who have started more recently do not get such good terms, but as an industry Financial Service was at one time a good place to be.

Myanmar junta demanded telcos activate phone interception tools – and we refused, says Telenor

Velv
Headmaster

Will the change of ownership of the network reach the people, and will they be able to switch to another network, which presumably is operating the spyware if they're still operating?

AWS Tokyo outage takes down banks, share traders, and telcos

Velv
Flame

Perhaps we've become too reliant on the 24/7 nature of everything these days and need our expectations reset.

Outages should be expected. It sucks when it happens to you, but you should have planned for it. Time for people to take more responsibility for their own lives and look to have contingency in place.

I'm not really proposing this is either right or good, but there are some entitled people who think the world owes them everything for no effort on their part, and sadly the world is flawed, it does break, and we need to at least understand that fact.

All your DNS were belong to us: AWS and Google Cloud shut down spying vulnerability

Velv
Boffin

Re: ISP Routers

"Also, the routers are often key components for the ISP's service so can't be easily switched out (1:1) for "real" networking kit. Bloody DOCSIS >:|"

However most I've come across have the option to become "cable modem only", and you can install your own kit on your side of the network. The ISP provided device just becomes the NTE of the external connection, and you take ownership of securing everything inside.

Remember the bloke who was told by Zen Internet to contact his MP about crap service? Yeah, it's still not fixed

Velv
Facepalm

""Given this, if you would like to move provider, we will let you leave without penalty for ending our contract early. "

Yeah, great. He can leave Zen for another ISP, who's service is provided by, ah, yes, Openreach.

Thales launches payment card with onboard fingerprint scanner

Velv
Boffin

Re: "There are concerns over using fingerprints as an authentication system"

The real potential use here is to provide two factor identification to cards.

Yes, sell it as making it more convenient to the customer, you don't need to enter your PIN.

But the real win is reduced fraud by not only requiring the person having the card to known the PIN, but also to identify themselves as the owner of the card. There was a time RBS were putting photos on cards so shops could verify the correct "name" was presenting the card.

Card and fingerprint says I have the right to use this card, PIN entered means I authorise this transaction.

Snail mail would be a fool-proof way to inform patients about plans to slurp GP data, but UK govt won't commit

Velv
WTF?

Re: Experian

Experian, a company who's bread and butter is compiling the credit risk of induvials is now going to have access to not only their banking details but their health status?

That's going to make for some interesting changes to peoples credit scores...

England's controversial extraction of personal medical histories from GP systems is delayed for a second time

Velv
Childcatcher

GDPDR v GDPR

Does anyone else think the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) was deliberately named to cause confusion and foster ignorance in the public, make them think its about Privacy (EU GDPR) when the truth is it exactly about the opposite?

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee

Velv
Joke

Re: Boeing-ing-ing

Broken

Off

Engines

In

Numerous

Gardens

Nuclear cloud: UK's reactor cleanup crew awards Softcat reseller deal for Microsoft licences, Azure services

Velv
Mushroom

"The annual budget for the NDA stretches to £3.2bn to clean up the UK's ageing nuclear reactor estate, £2.4bn of which is funded by the government."

Remind me again how Nuclear energy is so cheap given the clean up typically takes 50 years per site?

This is the data watchdog! Surrender your Matt Hancock smoochy-kiss pics right now!

Velv
Headmaster

Re: 'In the Public Interest'

No, pretty sure exposing a Minster of the Government breaking the law is in the public interest. If I were in his constituency I'd be organising the petition to have him recalled and hold a by-election.

Not to mention the untrustworthiness of cheating on his wife and three children, although that seems to be a desirable attribute to qualify for election these days.

US offers Julian Assange time in Australian prison instead of American supermax if he loses London extradition fight

Velv
Headmaster

Re: He's stuffed

"Even if the UK release him, he'll never be able to leave because the US will grab him as soon as he crosses a border, or they will engineer another false charge or accusation."

If/when the UK release him he will be ejected from the UK and put on a flight to Australia. Are you suggesting the US will do a Belarus and intercept and divert the flight?

It is then up the the US to raise any charges in Australia and for the Australian Government and Courts to conduct due process.

Velv
Headmaster

Not sure why you're being downvoted, he should be tried for the alleged crime, and convicted or freed by a jury based on the evidence. As soon as you introduce excuses for not facing trial you've broken the justice system.

What happens after the trial is a different problem, and cannot be used as an excuse not to face trial.

Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban

Velv
Stop

Re: Grifter

How many balanced people were removed from Parler? Many thousands were banned from Parler for speaking counter to the right wing audiences viewpoint.

Rules go both ways...

Smuggler caught with 256 Intel Core processors wrapped around him in cling film

Velv
Childcatcher

That's once serious BDSM kink if their strapped to the thigh with cling film pins inward

Kaseya delays SaaS restore to Sunday, CEO says ‘this sucks’ but decision was his alone

Velv
Terminator

I assume Fred Voccola is aware of the history of the three envelopes, and has already progressed to retrieving envelope three from the Company safe.

Where's the boss? Ah right, thorough deep-dive audit. On the boardroom table. Gotcha

Velv
Paris Hilton

Wait, what? Returning to the elevator is not what happens in any of the fictional depictions I've ever seen.

Brit firm fined £200k for banging on about missold PPI in 11.4 million nuisance calls

Velv
Childcatcher

"the commissioner found that 11,489,873 were made for the purposes of marketing "claims management services" leading to 316 complaints to the ICO and TPS."

So only 316 people bothered to complain, a simple form on the ICO website. Seems the ICO needs to do more to publicise complaining about telephone spam and make the public more aware they shouldnt expect to put up with these calls

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

Velv
Mushroom

"That Apple’s remote/location-flexible work policy, and the communication around it, have already forced some of our colleagues to quit."

Were they employed as remote workers or were they employed before the pandemic and worked five days a week in an Apple office?

I can understand many people have benefited from emerging working conditions, and long may access to flexibility continue, but to claim Apple's "return to normal" has forced you to quit brings out the worlds smallest fiddles.

Many people are required to be on site to do their job, I'm sure many would love flexibility but that just can't be the case for so many jobs. Three days a week is a reasonable compromise from five days a week, if you don't like it, you can resign, but don't try and claim you've been forced into it. I know plenty of people who hated being forced to work from home and are desperate to get some time back in an office.

No BS*: BT is hooking up with OneWeb to tackle UK notspots

Velv
Trollface

Scaramouche will you do the Fandango

The Government having found that the OneWeb it purchased couldn't be used to provide the replacement GPS service after it lost access to Galileo, has now found a different sucker partner to sell the services to.

Apple warns kit may interfere with implanted medical devices at close proximity

Velv
Coat

Re: kit may interfere with implanted medical devices

Which is why I wear a tinfoil ^<see icon>...

When free and open source actually means £6k-£8k per package: Atos's £136m contract with NHS England

Velv
Facepalm

Re: Coincidence?

In what universe has this anything to do with IR35?

Outsourced contracts have had these types of service since forever, long before IR35 was even a thing never mind recent interpretation changes. This is how outsourcers make a profit, provide the basic service at or below cost, but charge through the nose for everything above and beyond the basic service.

UK watchdog fines biz £130k for 900,000+ direct marketing calls to folk who had opted out

Velv
Facepalm

"Why would you go out of your way to try to contact people who expressly tell you that they don't want you to contact them"

Ignorance. Not contacting people on TPS involves getting a copy of TPS, getting someone to merge against the contact list you've bought, and remove the relevant entries. Or you can just load the contact list you've bought into the autodialler and have your agents say "oops, my bad" when the end contact complains.

EU court rules in Telenet copyright case: ISPs can be forced to hand over some customer data use details

Velv
Boffin

Re: IP address is a bit meaningless

This is a scenario that has not been tested in Court. Does the Account Holder bear responsibility for what is done on their ISP connection?

A car can be caught on camera speeding. DVLA write to the Registered Keeper asking who was driving, and the law requires the Registered Keeper to identify the driver. A similar law does not exist for Internet accounts

Wanted: Brexit grand fromage. £120k a year. Perks? Hmmmm…

Velv
Facepalm

"£93,000 - £120,000"

"Contract subject to negotiation; the role can be arranged on the basis of permanent appointment, loan, secondment or fixed-term assignment for a minimum of two years where it is in the mutual interest of the candidate and the Cabinet Office."

So you can negotiate yourself outside IR35? Anyone spoken to HMRC?

British Medical Association calls for clarity on patient deadline for opting out of NHS Digital's GP data grab

Velv
Coat

You don't pay at the point of use for NHS services in the UK, which does bring up the old adage, if you're not paying for it, you're not the customer, you're the product being sold

They think it's all over. It's not now: US judge rejects HPE motion to have Oracle's Solaris sueball dismissed

Velv
Pirate

"If you could go back in time and say one thing to your teenage self:"

Become a corporate lawyer.

I seriously wonder just how much money both sides have pissed against the wall on this one, and an agreement over a one off fee for supplying the patches would have been tiny in comparison.

Canadian province's supreme court orders Dell to pay nearly $500,000 to sales rep fired in his twilight years

Velv
Facepalm

Re: I dont quite get the thinking...

Not only that, the guy was on commission. So if sales do drop dramatically, you only need to cover his very meagre salary, not his annual earnings.

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

Velv

Re: A couple of things here I'm surprised about

In fairness, having been an employee of a couple of the large service providers, we were pre-screened and approved for certain clients and government departments before any actual assignment materialised. i.e. screened just in case, not because we were being substituted in.

Velv
Boffin

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

Given the length of time the case has been running the £75K probably covers several years of "employment". HMRC can go back 20 years if they believe fraud has been involved, 6 years for normal cases.

Velv
Boffin

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

It is much easier for HMRC to go after a company turning over £100,000 per year than a company turning over £100,000,000

Brit IT firms wound up by court order after fooling folk into paying for 'support' over fake computer errors

Velv
Headmaster

Re: the director, Vikram Singh, had no real control of either company and work was outsourced

<Devils Advocate>

Subtleties of the law, what laws were actually broken and by who, and more importantly, can that be proven in a court of law in England (where they were registered)

Sucks, yes, but I'm guessing the CPS has limited chances of securing an actual conviction, which would suggest the laws around Company Directors need to be tightened. Clearer messages when you sign on that dotted line to form a company that YOU are legally responsible even if someone else is running the business (Go To Jail, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect £200).

US Supreme Court gives LinkedIn another shot at stymieing web scraping

Velv
Childcatcher

Re: Better Law

Politicians are rubbish at writing laws, almost all of them are written with an agenda aligned to the politicians beliefs and are not necessarily in the best interests of the majority of the citizens.

Courts are the usual place for ambiguous laws to be refined and in theory made fair, hence the need for separation of powers between the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.

It's safe to leave your bunker: Blame that Chinese nuclear plant alarm on fuel rod faults

Velv
Mushroom

This leaking Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, the one EDF designed and built for the Chinese. Would that be the same design they're building at Hinkley Point and featuring in the BBC Documentary?

When security gets physical: Mossad boss hints at less-than-subtle Stuxnet followup

Velv
Headmaster

Re: This is terrorism

No matter which way round you read this, neither neighbour has the right to kill the other. Blowing up your neighbour because he's making bombs is not acceptable, you've done exactly what your neighbour feared you would do, which is why he was preparing his own bombs.

IBM pulls up the ladder behind some supercomputer customers

Velv
Coat

Mouse Balls

Ah, someone's spent too long looking through the IBM FRU list since the infamous mouse balls memo of the 80's

The AN0M fake secure chat app may have been too clever for its own good

Velv
Big Brother

Re: Criminality

"don't assume that selecting 'do not track' means you won't be tracked"

First rule of spying on the population is specifically track anyone who has given any indication they would prefer not to be tracked

AWS Frankfurt experiences major breakdown that staff couldn’t fix for hours due to ‘environmental conditions’ on data centre floor

Velv
Joke

Re: [citation needed]

Humans don't need oxygen, it's just highly addictive. One breath and you're hooked for life.

UK launches consultation on forcing landlords to allow gigabit broadband upgrades

Velv
Go

Re: Leasehold, fleecehold

Which is why Edinburgh Council (and perhaps other parts of Scotland) have:

a) Statutory Notice Scheme to enforce essential repairs (they organise the work and invoice the owners if the owners can't agree). There was a scandal previously where the Council officials were mandating all sorts of non-essential work and getting backhanders, but since exposed there's no incentive to schedule unnecessary work, so the scheme works, and;

b) Shared Costs scheme which reclaims the missed portions from the owners who failed to pay up. As long as a majority of owners have agreed to the works the missing owners are forced to pay up by the Council.

'Condolences on the death of your conscience' says card from Indonesian delivery drivers to local Uber clone after payments slashed

Velv
Joke

"the group is now known as the “GoTo Group” "

Ironic given that going nowhere is going to be the norm...

Y'all ready to get back to the office this October, Facebook tells staff in the US

Velv
Terminator

Re: Employees who want to keep working 100% remote

Funny how very few bean counters have ever figured out that the accountancy department can be outsourced too

UK.gov's new single enforcement body does not cover rogue umbrella companies, contractor campaigners complain

Velv
Mushroom

Another Government fudge to make a perceived problem worse rather than better.

Tax should be objective, a strict set of rules that can be clearly followed to determine any tax liability. All the government keeps doing is adding more subjectivity to the process thus expanding the exploitation of workers.

The tax structure in the UK is no longer fit for purpose and needs to be substantially replaced. But no government will do it because they know it will expose the exploitation of the lower paid today in favour of saving the higher paid money.

'Vast majority of people' are onside with a data grab they know next to nothing about, reckons UK health secretary

Velv
Childcatcher

Not that I trust Cummings, but his assessment of Hancock seems not only reasonable, but probably understated.

UK government bows to pressure, agrees to delay NHS Digital grabbing the data of England's GP patients

Velv
Facepalm

"As originally planned, they had to inform their GPs of their wish to do so by 23 June, around six weeks following the programme's announcement."

Clearly nobody from the department of Health has attempted to contact a GP for the last year, they have been rather busy with other things.

UK's Labour Party calls for delay to NHS Digital's GP data slurp until patients can be properly informed

Velv
Mushroom

There's two very strong components here:

1) analysis of this data is highly likely to provide new insights into many diseases and conditions and could move health care forward by an order of magnitude; and

2) I don't trust anyone who is not currently in the loop to have access to this data.

For me, 2 overrules 1 at the moment

At the very least there needs to be a pause and review of what is taking place and who will be given access. It certainly appears to have been progressed in a clandestine manner if not in actual secret to keep it from the public. Just another step to the privatisation of the NHS, something most of the public do not want.

G7 nations aim for global 15 per cent tax on big tech and bin digital services taxes

Velv
Mushroom

" just last week the USA warned it believes that digital services taxes disproportionately affect its tech companies"

You can't have it both ways.

Either those companies are American in which case the Americans can tax them, or they're Bermudan, Liberian, Cayman, etc. Get you're own house in order, you can't have American tech companies using offshore facilities to reduce tax and increase profits while at the same time preventing other countries from leveraging fair taxes.

Thanks, boss. The accidental creation of a lights-out data centre – what a fun surprise

Velv

Re: Access denied

To be fair, most places I've worked at least half the certified people shouldn't have been granted a key either.

Nobody had access on their proximity card and everyone had to sign out a second card for access. And no, even still the Boss was not on the list.

Velv
Pirate

Re: Push me

I got mine from everyone's favourite online tat bazaar many years ago. Here's what it looks like :)

It's the UK contractor tax factor: IR35 outsiders gaining leverage in skills market, survey finds

Velv
Headmaster

"paid employees without the employment benefits"

No, its pay in lieu of benefits. How you spend the money (holiday, health cover, pension, critical illness, gym membership, etc) is entirely up to the employee, and you are an employee whether that's as a direct employee of the end client, an agency employee, or an employee of a Limited Company who pimp your services to the client and pay you minimum wage.

I don't agree with the way HMRC has written and implemented IR35 to capture the different structures of employment, but lets be accurate about what those structures of employment are.

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