* Posts by Vehlin

68 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Mar 2010


HMRC launches £500M procurement for new ERP, though project's already a 'red' risk


Change your process not the software

The big failing I always see in these big ERP projects is the customer's insistence that the ERP change to work with their byzantine processes, rather than change their processes to keep the system as close to stock as possible. You end up spending millions trying to hammer a square peg into a round hole and then realising at the end of it that you just have a broken hole and have to start again.

OpenAI's ChatGPT has a left wing bias – at times


Re: Not really

It’s all about capital. As you amass it later in life you tend to support governments that let you keep more of it.

No longer prepared to svn commit: WebKit migrates to GitHub


Re: Weak

I bet that the majority of your on prem stuff is not open source. GitHub makes sense for an open source project like WebKit, because if you're going to hide it away on prem then it's harder for other companies to contribute.

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


Re: Substitution?

You actually have to run it as a small development company.


Re: Substitution?

I would say it would be very difficult for a developer to be self employed under IR35. What I would do in this position is form a small development company with 2-3 other developers and then bid of packages of work. Any client would then be asked for either a shared login or an individual one for each developer. Who does the actual work internally is then of no consequence to the client.

In the event of a client wanting someone in their offices during their working day I would get all 3-4 of us cleared and vetted so that we would actually be in a position to make a substitution.

US slaps tariffs on countries that hit Big Tech with digital services taxes ... then pauses them immediately


Re: Backdoor protectionism

It does, but not on earnings that have already been taxed to the same level or greater than the US would. This is why, Bojo was on the hook for paying US taxes when he sold his house a few years back. The UK doesn't charge capital gains on primary residence sales, while the US does, therefore it was untaxed as far as they were concerned. At the same time his income is already taxed in the UK so they don't go after that.

Ganja believe it? Police make hash of suspected weed farm raid, pot Bitcoin mine instead


Re: As a local ...

From the photo that East Midlands Police released it looks like 100ish Antminer S9 ASICs

Life in plastic, with a classic: Polymer £20 notes released into wild sporting Turner art


Re: Brexit note?

And the name of a dragon of course.

Duped into running bogus virus scans at Office Depot? Dry your eyes with a small check from $35m settlement


If they chose to become part of the class action then they get their share of what the lawyers managed to negotiate (less fees). By joining the class they will have had to have waived their rights to further action in exchange for being represented as a class on a contingency basis.

Those that haven't joined the class are free to take their own action, but as no liability was admitted they will be unable to use this suit as precedent and thus must go up against Office Depot's lawyers on their own..

ERP disaster zone: The mostly costly failures of the past decade


A bit of column A and a bit of column B.

You look at your processes vs industry best practice (ideally the base ERP will align with these too). You decide what can be changed vs what can't and customise around that. Once you can put a price on "doing it the way we've always done it" you quickly figure out what is important.

Samsung Galaxy S11 tipped to escalate the phone cam arms race with 108MP sensor


It's not about upload size per se. It's down to burst shooting. Sports photography is about grabbing a burst of shots and getting a good one out of the set, a smaller image size allows more images to be stored in the camera's buffer (and faster writes to the memory card to clear the buffer).

EU wouldn't! Uncle Sam brandishes 'up to 100%' tariffs over France's Digital Services Tax


Re: A bit closer to home

That doesn't really show how big the US and Chinese economies are by comparison. America could split into 4 and China into 3 and they'd still be the top 7 Economies in the world (We'd be 10th)

Apple's credit card caper probed over sexism claims – after women screwed over on limits


Re: Sex as a cheap substitute

> Also, why do millionaires need another credit card? I have one with a pretty decent limit and am not a millionaire. These days, it's not like some places only take one brand of card, particularly if you've got one of the big two.

Because different cards are better for different things. Some cards give you airline bonuses, some give hotel ones, others are better for general purchases, etc.

IR35 blame game: Barclays to halt off-payroll contractors, goes directly to PAYE


Re: "engage on a PAYE basis"

You're both arguing two different circumstances.

AC is arguing from Barclay's position, where they have made all IR35 type jobs PAYE jobs.

Dwarf is arguing from the position of a contractor who's client deems them to be outside of IR35 but HMRC does not.

You're both right, but you're talking about two different things.

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions


Re: I've been recommending it to people for years

The 1TB of Onedrive storage is the main reason I went for it.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is


I can't comment on this particular case, but Google have in the past been observed to be intentionally crippling its sites on IE and Edge. I had a Windows phone running 8.1 and if you browsed Gmail or GMaps you got something that looked straight out of the web 2.0 days. It looked nothing like the version that you'd see on Android. However, if you swapped the useragent to that of Chrome the site rendered just fine.

If they were happy to break the functionality of their sites on Windows Mobile then I'd quite readily believe they'll try other dirty tricks.

EU Android latest: Critics diss Google's money-spinning 'cure'


That's not how GDPR works tho. You if you require the user to consent to tracking in order to use your service then consent has not been freely given. They're free to charge for their service, but they can't make use of it conditional on agreeing to be tracked.


@Fred West

That's not entirely true.

Google have been steadily stripping core functionality from the open source android and moving it within Google Play Services, try using an open source ROM on your android phone without installing the GApps package and you'll see how much stuff is missing. One big example is that google ported the location services into GApps and then required that apps in the Play Store use Google's Location Services.

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker


Could be worse

They could have spent £130 to have "Juicy" written across your arse

Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link


Re: Cough, cough....

I don't get why it's up to Uber to be doing medicals on its drivers. The drivers themselves are all individually licenced as Private Hire drivers, any medical requirements should be part and parcel of that licencing.

Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit


Re: Amateur Transplants

Wonder if they have an L

Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud


Re: "Fulfilment centres" physically based in the UK

You'd handle it the same way as if you bought something from a non-VAT registered business: you'd pay no VAT on the purchase and thus have no VAT to reclaim from it.

Qualcomm faces $853m fine for alleged antitrust violation


Re: Patents are supposed to limited usage of IP to the inventor

These are standards essential patents, as sunch they must be licenced under FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Descriminatory) terms.

Qualcomm got together with other industry tech companies to create a set of standards within (in this case) mobile phone chipsets. Had Qualcomm not wished to be a part of the standard there was no legal requirement for them to do so. By getting their patented technology into the agreed standard they massively increase use of their technology. The cost of this is that they must licence their technology to users of the standard under FRAND principles.

Let's say you design a new safety mechanism for usb chargers that makes them impossible to explode. You could either produce your own chargers and sell them on the open market, licence your invention to a company or two to include in their chargers or you can come to an agreement with the standards body (BS, ISO etc) to make it an integral part of the design for all USB chargers. If you were making your own chargers you'd have a unique selling point that you could possibly tack on £2 onto the price of the charger. If you licenced the product to a company (that had bigger market presence) you might see 50p on every charger sold, however they'd sell way more than 4x the volume of you selling just your own chargers. The final option may only offer you a return of 10p per charger, but if every one sold in the country must contain your technology that adds up fast.

What Qualcomm are doing is the equivalent of you agreeing for your technology to become part of the standard, then once the standard is agreed demanding 50p per charger for the tech.

The non-discriminatory part of FRAND also comes into play. Suppose your arch rival in one of your other businesses (selling kettles for example) decides to get into the USB charger market. To do so they need to get the licence off you to allow them to include your design (which is required by the standard). You think "Ha! I don't like you very much. You can't have a licence" or "I'll charge you £2 per unit for the licence". Neither of these options is allowable under FRAND.

Senator! calls! for! SEC! probe! to! be! inserted! into! Yahoo!


Can! We! Please! Give! The! Exclamation! Marks! A! Rest!

They've been trotted out for every Yahoo story for years now. Can we just take them out the back and put them out of their misery now.

What do we do about a problem like Uber? Tom Slee speaks his brains


Uber are trying to be two different things

In the UK at least we have two different forms of taxi. We have the Hackney Carriage which holds is own operator's licence and is allowed to take bookings on the street. These are very strongly regulated, must be wheelchair accessible and are able to charge fares based on distance and time.

On the other side you have the private hire sector, these are generally a lot less regulated than the Hackneys, the operator's licence is held by the taxi company and bookings can only be made with the operator, so the cars can't pick up off the road. Importantly they can only charge by distance.

Both of the above have regulated fares. Hackney fares are set by the Local Authority and private hire have to submit their fare sheets for approval too.

Uber attempts to circumvent this in a number of ways. There is nothing stopping Uber setting up as a private hire company in the UK, however their pricing models are not compatible with the way taxi licencing is done in a lot of the UK. Private hire companies can't just put a surcharge on because their busy (Surge pricing is one of Uber's defining characteristics), they also can only charge by the mile, whereas Uber's app charges you for both time and distance travelled.

Uber are trying to straddle the line between being a black cab and being a private hire, while adding some extras in that aren't strictly legal either.

HPE's London boozer dubbed the 'Hewlett You Inn?'


Oversized Packaging

Does each pint arrive in a 36 gallon barrel?

Freebooting: How Facebook's 8 billion views could be a mirage


Normal users tend not to bother ripping and reuploading, that is almost certainly going to be done by a much smaller group of prolific uploaders.

The reason why people do it is that Facebook hosted videos will play easily within the Facebook phone app, which is where a lot of Facebook's traffic comes from. Youtube links kick you out to the YouTube app so people just don't bother. Thus videos posted to Facebook rather than shared will receive far more views and elicit more comments.

Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox


Re: Now you need a TV license, a SKY sub, Amazon Prime, Netflix, BT, etc ad-bleedin-nauseum


Not long ago all I needed was a Sky Sports sub to watch Premiership Rugby, then I needed a Sky Sports sub and an ESPN sub. Now I need a Sky Sports sub and BT Sport sub to watch it. So in the name of competition I end up paying more

Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!


Misleading Title

Since when is 2500mAh a big battery? I'd consider this phone but it really needs either a removable battery or another 1000mAh on it.

Pray for AMD


Re: My main gaming rig is AMD...

Don't forget that if you're using MS software you'll get reamed on the price because so much of it is based on core count now.

Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs


Re: Identity badges don't guarantee good behaviour

This is why the best solution is to run on an account with the minimum privileges and elevate when required. Much less pain for the user and almost as secure.

Labour policy review tells EU where to stuff its geo-blocking ban


Re: It's just like DVD region coding...

No you don't have to market your product anywhere, however if you were a Polish streaming TV company you couldn't stop me logging onto your website, entering my card details and watching your stuff.

Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators


False Equivalence

You can't compare a water main with a cell tower. If you've got a pipe going across your land it restricts where you can build as the utility will have an easement over the land, but you don't have to look at it every day either. Also you can build a road over a water main, you can't exactly drive through a cell tower.

The closest comparison would be telephone pole, but these tend to be kept out of the way and the only time they come onto your property is when the cable overflies it. You do get them on farmland in rural areas but again they tend to be more out of the way. The other side is that telephone line maintenance is much less frequent than that of the mobile towers, so the landowner doesn't have to move his livestock as often.

Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast


Re: Do they really care?

Poison Ivy? You were lucky!

In my day the school toilets had that bog roll that was like greaseproof paper, at least poison ivy has some absorbent qualities.

Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT


Re: Well I never

I've used it and it's half baked, you have to top it up (minimum amount £20) and it acts like a credit rather than a debit card which means there are places that won't take them (Aldi for example).

I'd much rather have it linked to one of my debit cards instead.

Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy


There should be no problem in the UK. Uber sets up as a private hire company and gets a licence. Only uses drivers with a private hire badge who are driving a car with a private hire plate that's been tested by the licencing authority.

Sadly Uber doesn't want to have to do that, as most of the badged drivers already work for a company who would have th win radio off them if they found them working for Uber.

Smartphone users prefer LOVELY apps to fiddly mobe websites


Apps > Sites

Well written Apps are better than websites. Sadly the likes of Facebook suck at writing Apps.

No matter how great your website is, when it comes to speed there's no beating the amount of local storage you can use to cache all of the site's graphics. The smaller you can make each request for data the faster it's going to appear, especially in areas of flakey network connectivity.

This isn't the case on a PC where you get access to a decent amount of local storage in the temporary internet files type of location, but for mobiles where the web browsers local cache is more closely guarded it's a no brainer.

Australia cuts Microsoft bill by AU$100m


Re: What savings can they expect to see...

Vendors != Products.

Office is mainly sold by resellers if you have a big enough order you can get the reseller to cut you a deal, if they don't you go to another reseller who will. If I decide to buy a certain model of car I can still shop around for a better deal, changing vendor but not product.

They could even cut a deal directly with MS to cut out the middleman, MS makes the money either way and the Aus Government gets to to as if it were a reseller itself.

Google v Microsoft mobile war: Who's REALLY to blame?

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What about Push Mail

CalDAV and CardDAV are all well and good for Calendars and Contacts, these can be added in the future.

The main issue from my perspective is the loss of push email. I've always used the Gmail Exchange sync option on iOS, Android and now WP8 as it allowed me to get my email into a unified inbox by push rather than having to wait for it to be polled via IMAP.

Google dropping ActiveSync means no push mail on any platform unless you use the GMail app (which IIRC just polls the server repeatedly).

Saucy Star Wars strip show - sorry, burlesque - to tour Down Under


Re: Sad

It's still better than The Phantom Menace however.

HTC: $8 per phone for Apple patents? We're not CRAZY!


Why Should it Matter?

Why should the HTC deal have any bearing whatsoever? We're not talking FRAND patents here. If the patents are valid, not saying they are, then Apple should have the right to licence them to whoever they wish. I think the long and short of it is that Apple don't want to licence them to Samsung for any amount of money.

Whether this is fair or ethical is largely irrelevant, you couldn't force Dyson to licence its tech to Hoover if it decided to do a deal with Panasonic.

3,000 Guild Wars 2 gamers banned for flogging stolen loot


Actually it's more like going to the shop, seeing something underpriced and buying them out of stock then after paying the store lawyers come knocking on your door asking for their stuff back.

UK physical game sales hit rock bottom


They've Done it to Themselves

The games retailers have only themselves to blame for this one. The one community that has easiest (and cheapest) access to games on demand is the PC market; coincidentally this is the same market that every retailer has marginalised over the past 10 years.

If I go into GAME I'll see 20 panels devoting to all kinds of console gaming and 2 panels available for the PC; of which half is taken up by WoW and Sims and the rest is either pre-orders or Truck Simulator types or Hidden Object games. My local HMV doesn't even stock PC games.

It's not even limited to the UK either, while in the US earlier this year I popped into a GameStop to see if I could pick up Mass Effect 3, granted it was a smallish store on a stripmall but their PC section amounted to a 5 x 4 end aisle where every game on it was really a box with a key in it to download from the GameStop website.

I despair for the current situation; I used to visit my local GAME shop at least every payday to pick up a new shiny, but every time I went there was less and less to chose from. How can you expect to keep me as a customer if you don't have anything to sell me?

The shops have shown that they've got no clue whatsoever how to deal with competition from the likes of Steam and just jump out of the market, how are they going to cope when the next-gen consoles put games on demand at the heart of the ecosystem?

Metallic Glass iPhone 5 to battle pottery Samsung Galaxy S3


Re: Compare and Contrast

They only paid for a licence to use it in consumer electronics, not any application. Thus the developers get a cash injection to spend on further research, seems like a reasonable deal to me.

Darth Vader dies peacefully in hospital


Sadly there are plenty of films like that, it's all big power blows that you can see coming a mile off. Generally you'd attack the closest part of the opponent to you could cause damage to, this would invariably be his sword hand or wrist; you can't hold a sword with fingers missing and there are some lovely blood vessels in your wrist.

Sadly most people don't really appreciate competitive fencing as there's a lot to get your head around with regards to priority etc. Which is one of the reasons why one touch epee is quite popular to watch.

Galaxy Tab case tweaked to evade Germany ban


That would have defeated the purpose.

Whichever side of the argument you stand on with regards to what should/shouldn't be patentable or trademarkable the fact remains that Samsung DID copy the iPhone/iPad looks from the box it ships in to the design of the icons on the screen. There's plenty of comparisons on the internet showing the Galaxy and Galaxy Tab next to both the Apple products and the previous gen Samsung ones. You can tell an HTC phone at a glance, the same with the Galaxy Nexus but this isn't the case with these two.

The reasoning is simple, Samsung wanted to attract previous iPhone owners to their product by providing something with a familiar look and feel. They wanted them to be able to pick up a Galaxy and immediately know how to use it. I don't think there was ever a desire to confuse customers about what they were using, but there's certainly a desire there for it to feel the same as using one.

Whether Samsung broke the law or not is not something I'm trying to get into. That really depends on whether you believe that Apple should have been allowed to protect those elements in the first place, however I don't think anyone can objectively compare the two devices and not feel that one was based on the design of the other.

Game denies Steam threat claims


Hoisted by their own Petard

Game have only got themselves to blame for this. For years I always bought my PC games from Game as I was able to walk down to the shop, buy the game and be home faster than if I were to download it. Gradually however they have reduced the PC section from 6-8 panels down to one.

Now if I go into Game there is almost no chance of them having the title I want in stock unless it's in the Top 10, frankly Tesco have a better selection these days. So taking away the convenience of being able to walk into a shop and buy it, why would I want to buy from them?

Game abandoned the PC games industry in favour of the cash cow that is the console market, so frankly they've got little reason to complain about PC gamers abandoning them.

US Marines not allowed to fart in Afghanistan



" Perhaps the fact of the author being an 11-year navy man and holder of the Royal Marines' commando qualification"

Ouch after 11 years of no pants that's gotta chafe.

Spotify launches unlimited free US service


Well you could always...

Going out on limb here, but if you wanted to listen to your favourite song so much you could always do the revolutionary thing of paying for it. I know crazy, right?

Akira Blu-ray remastered disc set



Are the subtitles the translated subtitles of the original Japanese or are they just dubtitles?