* Posts by Velv

2754 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

Afghanistan’s Taliban government bans TikTok

Velv
Facepalm

"We're banning violent social media and games. And if we catch you using them we'll beat you up"

Nadine Dorries promotes 'Brexit rewards' of proposed UK data protection law

Velv
WTF?

"This data Bill is one of Brexit’s biggest rewards"

Really? One of Brexits biggest rewards? Is she serious? If a government minister is claiming this is viewed as a big win from Brexit then it just shows the country has been shafted by the politicians and industry owners who campaigned for it.

UK govt says contractors should challenge IR35 status via self-assessment

Velv
Headmaster

Re: HM Treasury/HMRC are going to foment extreme reprecussions

This is complete and utter rubbish.

If you are supplying software or any other goods then that is not fees for professional services and you are clearly operating that part of your business outside IR35.

If you are providing professional services via an umbrella and classed by the client as inside IR35 then you should not be supplying goods, you can make a recommendation and the client makes their own purchase.

I also know my umbrella has a mechanism for claiming back expenses from the client outside of any professional services fees. Nobody likes it, expenses are discouraged, but it's there just in case something must be purchased. (Last time I was asked to work away the client provided the travel and accommodation because it was easier than me expensing it).

Braking news: Cops slammed for spamming Waze to slow drivers down

Velv
Trollface

Re: Fishing Expeditions & Dreams of FOSS Alternatives to Privacy-Violator Waze

"Which means that they are allowed to pull anyone over, at any time. And they do."

Which, to some extent, is true. But they're usually too busy to just pull over a random car. There are certain things attract the attention, get their "Spidey senses" tingling, lead them to decide to stop a car and investigate further. And in many cases it proves fruitful.

We don't tend to see road blocks in the UK where all vehicles are checked. Most common are truck checks or maybe vans, but its rare for cars. OP uses the term "DUI", driving under (the) influence, the common term in the USA, you know, land of the free, home of the cops are out to get you.

Japan reverses course on post-Fukushima nuclear ban

Velv
Facepalm

What utter rubbish. Nuclear is clearly not the only option.

Renewables are producing a substantial amount of our energy needs right now, cost effectively.

I'm not stupid enough to suggest renewables are the only option either.

Tiers before bedtime: AWS updates Lambda pricing structure

Velv
WTF?

There can't be many customers in the market for $150,015.30 of Lamda per month, and if you're spending $150,015.30 per month there's probably more efficient ways to do it.

British intelligence recycles old argument for thwarting strong encryption: Think of the children!

Velv
Facepalm

What we need is for a company to produce an App that does exactly what they're asking. It encrypts to an extent, but has a back door that the company actively use to monitor the communications of its users.

Users know up front they are being monitored, and exactly what content is being looked for and flagged to the authorities. If you've nothing to hide you've nothing to fear using that App, and by using that App your friends and colleagues get some reassurance you're not breaking the law (at least not through that App).

I think it might attract half a dozen users before it dies a death...

We've got a photocopier and it can copy anything

Velv
Boffin

Re: Years ago....

Iconograph

UK opens up 'high-potential individual route' for tech worker immigration

Velv
Coat

So without the requirements of a sponsor, or even an actual job, one can only assume these high potential individuals are going to rush to obtain their Visa, fly immediately into the UK, and fill the gap of workers we no longer have picking fruit?

Supreme Court urged to halt 'unconstitutional' Texas content-no-moderation law

Velv
Coat

Re: Gaping hole

I admire your confidence that Americans as a whole and Texans in particular have an attention span longer than 45 words

OneWeb inks deal to launch its LEO satellites from India

Velv
Headmaster

Re: Inks Deal?

English (Traditional) and English (Simplified)

UK space firm Skyrora opens rocket testing site in Scotland

Velv
Go

Skyrora's Dnipro people have been building anti-tank obstacles in recent days

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/ukraine-russia-edinburgh-ukrainian-space-firm-making-anti-tank-obstacles-amid-ongoing-conflict/ar-AAUw2dR?li=AACCdf0

Half of bosses out of touch with reality, study shows

Velv
Facepalm

Ironic that a company that produces tools to facilitate collaborative working remotely is looking to get everyone back in the office

Cryptocurrency ATMs illegal right now in UK

Velv
Coat

Maybe they can be converted to sell NFTs?

Vice Society said to be behind digital break-in at UK umbrella and accounting group

Velv
FAIL

Re: Eh?

Following a data breach it's useful to put in place automated measures to mitigate and prevent identity theft and its ensuing complications.

So have those measures been put in place? Am I expected to phone Experian and put them in place?

Court of Appeal ruling offers hope for UK umbrella firm workers chasing holiday pay

Velv
Boffin

Re: Lies

Another fallacy. Companies earn income. People earn income. The two are distinct entities when it comes to tax.

Companies declare a profit, and pay a tax on that profit. That is part of the company accounts.

People earn income, you are liable to pay income tax on all the income you make.

You cannot transfer money from one to the other without there being tax implications, especially from Company to Person, which is income, adds to your total annual income, and is taxed at the same rates as everyone else.

Dividends are paid out of post tax profits, so have already been taxed at the corporate rate. This is why they appear to get a preferential rate when added to income. But that "relief" is only equivalent to the tax already paid in the company profits. If you receive dividends over your personal tax allowance you are taxed fully on the portion over your allowance, same as all tax allowances.

Now, if you want to take "pay" out of the company without paying the appropriate income tax, be prepared for a long stay at Her Majesty's pleasure, that is tax evasion.

UK government told to tighten purse strings or public will have to foot the bill for nuclear decommissioning

Velv
Mushroom

Re: store the fuel safely at Sellafield

"Nuclear power is cheap ..."

comparatively, to build and operate on a per unit produced basis.

Total cost of ownership from concept through to returning a green field, not so much. Some of the waste has a half life in the thousands of years, not just your grandchildren who are going to be paying to look after it.

IR35 is the biggest threat to the contractor working model, survey finds

Velv

Re: £300bn annually to the economy?

IT Contractors UK had this to say on the subject:

There are approximately 2 million self-employed professionals working in the UK. Out of which, approximately 1.77 million working as full-time contractors and about 234,000 working on a self-employed basis as their second job.

Number of self-employed professionals in the UK has increased by 43% approximately. The overall contribution to the UK economy by freelancing professionals is around £119 billion.

I think that's a more believable number. I would point out however that these 1.77 million people are not all about to stop working and the revenue will continue if they go permanent, so to say "worth £300billion to the economy" is bullshit.

Why machine-learning chatbots find it difficult to respond to idioms, metaphors, rhetorical questions, sarcasm

Velv

Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra when the walls fell

Metro Bank 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.

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