* Posts by markr555

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Tesla slams advisors for not loving Musk's $44.9B payout

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Eh?

What the heck are you on about? Theres a huge inequality there, but it's not a racial inequality!

Can I phone a friend? How cops circumvent face recognition bans

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Re: Maybe

It’s really quite simple, no-one (in the UK) is required to identify themselves to the police unless there is reasonable reason for the copper to suspect that the person has committed (or will commit) a crime. So when they refuse they are simply excercising their rights, or don’t you want people to have such rights? Sounds like you haven’t had direct dealings with police in a situation where they think it’s ok to bully the public, but plenty have, and they are free to excercise their right to point-blank ignore coppers if they so wish.

Fujitsu finance chief says sorry for IT giant's role in Post Office Horizon scandal

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Re: Rehash

WTF are you on?? "For all your Fujitsu bashing"? They had a full team working round the clock committing fraud on a daily basis, in a secret basement office. I'm pretty sure other 'retail suppliers' aren't lying in court and sending innocent folks to prison! Fujitsu deserve all the bashing people can give, and a fuck-ton more besides.

Fujitsu gets $1B market cap haircut after TV disaster drama airs

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Re: Justice

Unfortunately that's just not gonna happen

UK PM promises faster justice for Post Office Horizon victims

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No Justice

There may be compensation, but I'm pretty sure there'll be no justice; not a single person/company/organisation will be held to account!

New cars bought in the UK must be zero emission by 2035 – it's the law

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Re: Finding a working charger

"Using an EV for long distances in this country (at least south of Perth, Scotland) is possible today in the first week of 2024.”

Of course it’s possible, when the number of EV owners is easily handled by the grid it’s no problem, but to suggest that we can ALL have an EV is fanciful at best.

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Re: Screw the Hoi Polloi!

There are 4 lamposts on my street and around 100 cars, no problem at all plugging 25 cars into a single lampost I’m sure, and the wiring fitted for a 50W lamp will have no problems supplying a megawatt!! Running a 13A cable to a car overnight might get you a few miles before you run out of juice, but hey, the local scrotes will have unplugged it long before morning :-) And of course, all this is only possible if you can actually park your car outside your house, which is about a 1 in 50 occurrence around these parts.

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Screw the Hoi Polloi!

Such a lovely middle-class law, where only the people who have a driveway can ever have a car in the future. Screw the millions who don’t have a drive and so can never have an electric car! For this very reason, there is absolutely no chance of any of this becoming a reality in the UK with things as they are, as if you take away the means of earning from 20 million people you’ll have heads on spikes. But the are many other reasons: Without a viable means of transport it’s not possible to work any more (cue the lucky ones who can work from home, unlike the working classes). Without massive investment in nuclear power it’s just a daydream (cue the greenies who’ll bleat on about solar and wind power as if they are anything other than a slightly useful addition when conditions are favourable). Without massive investment in infrastructure such as a complete upgrade to the national grid and all domestic electricity supply, even the laws of physics agree it’s not possibe (cue the ‘battery technology is improving all the time’ folks). We all need to face it, the notion of electic vehicles replacing ALL the cars currentlyl on the road is UTTER BULLSHIT and it’s time we started looking elsewhere!

AWS rakes in half a billion pounds from UK Home Office

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Re: Big number or small number?

A Latte here, and a latte there, it soon adds up to real money!

UK government rings the death knell for SIM farms

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Poor proof reading

You commit an offence, not an offense. Offense cannot ever be a noun

UnitedHealthcare's broken AI denied seniors' medical claims, lawsuit alleges

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US Craziness in action

The US healthcare system, or more appropriately, the lack of it, is truly fucked up!

Suits ignored IT's warnings, so the tech team went for the neck

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Re: One does wonder...

Dafuq?!

Still got a job at the end of this week? You're lucky, as more layoffs hit the tech industry

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Re: No need to worry

"Here in the UK, IT is a working class job and pays poorly"

Don't talk rubbish, it's a well paid middle class job if you are reasonably technical (programmer or similar)

Millions of smart meters will brick it when 2G and 3G turns off

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When will this crap stop

A complete and utter waste of billions of pounds. A simple current clamp device and WiFi control panel was all that was ever needed. Enclosing the customer-focussed functionality within the meter is pathetically stupid

UK rejoins the EU's €100B Horizon sci-tech funding program

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"women aren't that unequivocal"

Looks like you haven't met my wife!

UK Online Safety Bill to become law – and encryption busting clause is still there

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Re: At last!

Obvious troll is too obvious, must try harder ;-)

Microsoft kicks Calibri to the curb for Aptos as default font

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What is a curb??

The word you're looking for is kerb, you need to curb your lack of enthusiasm for proof-reading!

Nvidia's Arm wrestle – from failed acquisition to possibly anchoring IPO

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Do I detect a disgruntled ex employee?

Singapore's sovereign wealth fund regrets investment in crypto-villain FTX

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Eh?

Diabolical non-sequitur.

Dyson moans about state of UK science and tech, forgets to suck up his own mess

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Re: With two-faced "friends" like Dyson, Britain doesn't need enemies

Halfwit is a single word, at best you can hyphenate it, you half-wit

markr555

Re: With two-faced "friends" like Dyson, Britain doesn't need enemies

How many times are you gonna post the same iname shit comment in a single thread you trolling wee fuck-nugget? Your bigotry is showing.

markr555

Re: With two-faced "friends" like Dyson, Britain doesn't need enemies

Who dafuq is US? Doubting that you are an international lawyer, so who the hell will YOU bail out? I'm unconvinced that you could bail out a frigging dinghy

Miffed Googlers meme on CEO's $226M pay award amid cost-cutting campaign

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Re: @AC capitalism

Oh yeah, then why is it The People's Republic of China?? You're either disingenuous or a halfwit; possibly both.

Pornhub walls off Utah in age-verification law protest

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Keeping porn from eager teenagers?

They'll never pull it off!

Elon Musk actually sits down and talks to 'government-funded media' the BBC

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Re: Propaganda

"Que all the clowns"

Is that you Manuel?

Parts of UK booted offline as Virgin Media suffers massive broadband outage

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Re: Fare thee (not so) well, Virgin

"Said chat started at 15:40, and didn't finish until 19:00"

There's your problem right there. Don't allow them anything like this amount of time. Either they can beat it or they can't. Once they've failed to beat it, tell them your contract is cancelled and put the phone down. Once you've sent an email informing them of their failure to cancel according to contract you're free to cancel your direct debit. Screw giving them any more than 10 minutes of your time!

Amazon mandates return to office for 300,000 corporate staff

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Re: Cat ... bag ...

Unfortunately they do have some sway, at least over any early retirees, because it is they who make the rules. So instead of requiring 35 years' NI contributions to qualify for a full state pension, they'll simply increase the number of qualifying years required. You must be fortunate enough to have youth on your side if you think that the populace ever gets on over on the government.

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Time to walk the talk?

Looking forward to opportunities at Amazon now that all the people who said 'over my dead body will I return to the office' will be tendering their resignation, or perhaps they won't? Time for all the naysayers to put their money where their mouth is....

Most Londoners would quit before they give up working from home

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Yeah, this. People are talking the talk at the moment, but would they walk the walk if every employer demanded at least some time in the office, I very much doubt it. All this talk of 'oh, I'm way more productive in the office' is a red herring. Individuals may be more productive, but teams as a whole won't be. Imagine starting a new job as a graduate at the moment, with a steep learning curve, and no-one in the office to ask those 'off the cuff' questions from which so much can be learnt. As a profession, if we work from home all the time we are conning the younger folk out of their career progression, and it's our failure, not theirs.

Too bad, contractors: UK government reverses decision to axe IR35 tax reform

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Re: huge news really

Snarky little sh@t strikes again, as usual you appear to have lost your balls and posted AC.

Quit worrying about 5G C-band and crashing aircraft, US govt eggheads sigh

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Said with all the conviction...

of an anonymous coward :-P

Good news for UK tech contractors as govt repeals IR35 tax rules

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Re: Contractors rejoice

My job's going great thanks,

Just because I think you should pay your taxes doesn't mean that I have a chip on my shoulder, I earn an excellent salary and pay my way in society. You, on the other hand, seem proud that you are scamming society out of the contribution that you should be making. Your tax regimen i(f it matches what I described in my OP) may be legal, but it's immoral as hell. How's your conscience?

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Re: Contractors rejoice

They didn't get shafted, they got exactly what they were legally entitled to based on what they indicated they were earning. Karma's a bitch ain't she.

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Contractors rejoice

Yay say all the contractors, now we can go back to paying ourselves minimum wage, employing the wife/hubby as a director, and paying a big juicy divvy. All while simultaneously berating big tech for not paying their taxes, and being indignant at anyone who questions their own tax regime

BT strikes to start this month, 40,000 workers to down tools

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Re: Go for it

There you go again, complaining that a comparatively high salary is not enough. 80k (top 5%) is a decent salary by any standards, it's over 4x minimum wage, and well over half the population dream of earning only half of that. Also, the 'if you count how much effort it takes to earn it' really exposes a quite deluded attitude, sitting on your arse for 8 hours a day, toiling at the keyboard (which is what I do too) is hardly 'hard' work. It's sometimes tiring, and can be stressful, but it's not roofing in the middle of summer, or mining coal is it? We get paid extremely well for what we do (in comparison to the vast majority), stop bloody whinging!

British motorists will be allowed to watch TV in self-driving vehicles

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Re: too poor to ever own a car.

Eh? How are cars subsidised in any way?

Dell trials 4-day workweek, massive UK pilot of shortened week begins

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Re: There is no such verb as "to trial"

That's bullshit, dogshit.

US imposes sanctions as Russia invades Ukraine

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Re: @martinusher - Sanctions and Resources

Dickhead, that is all.

Love or hate your IT dept, money talks – and tech workers are getting more of it

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Re: Laugh

I don't have an 'I'm lucky to have this job' mindset, I have an 'I'm lucky to be in a position to be able to negotiate a good salary (according to my skills, ability and experience) in a profession that I quite like' mindset. It helps keep me grounded enough such that I don't start to believe that I'm trapped in some sort of indentured servitude when I earn more than 95% of the population. It also helps me to negotiate well with new/existing employers such that I don't feel that I'm underselling my contribution. The way you complain is to leave and get a better job, either pay or conditions, or even both. Or you actually start that business in spite of the IR35 laws, rather than use them as an excuse for inaction and bitching.

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Re: Laugh

Did you really just equate a salary of up to 150k with modern slavery? While they are not monumental, these salary bands are double the national average at a minimum, so calling them laughable is an insult to all the poor buggers who get by on minimum wage, or at best an actual 20-30k. Poor you that you can only stuff your isa through the years. I don't suggest that they are high salaries, but I'm lucky to be in one of the bands that are mentioned and live a dammed sweet life in comparison to the great majority of folks where I live. If you think your salary is too low then why don't you just Jack it in and offer yourself to the highest bidder? Or stop whining and start that bloody business? Entitled much?

Electrocution? All part of the service, sir!

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Re: Shock ! = Death

Tosh! Electrocution, anywhere in the world is death by electric shock.

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Shock ! = Death

Can we please stop referring to electric shock as electrocution? You wouldn't call a blocked nose asphyxiation would you?

Ah, I see you found my PowerShell script called 'SiteReview' – that does not mean what you think it means

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I can only assume he meant 'Armageddon out of here! ' - pure genius

Advert for coronavirus 'destroying' air 'purifier' exterminated by UK watchdog

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Coronavirus 'cells'?!

Hmmm, sounds like the manufacturer is really well up on virus physiology </sarcasm>

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

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Re: Cost of doing business or a fine?

"if my napkin maths skills are still up to scratch"

They're not.

Norton dodges UK courts after telling Brit watchdog it will be nicer to consumers

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Joke

Re: Norton auto-renewed my contract in March

"Had Norton on this laptop since I bought it in 2013, with an I7 cpu and upraded to 16GB Ram and a 2TB EVO 860 SSD, converted the optical drive to HDD, runs perfectly for what I need"

That's the IT equivalent of putting your cock size at the end of a PM

Pakistan's Punjab province tells citizens to get jabbed or have their SIM card blocked

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Re: Momento mori

Nice little dog whistle there, how did the fact that they were Pakistani warrant a mention? If they were white would you have said 2 English men? Sounds like you're blaming those pesky immigrants!

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Seriously?

Are there really a majority of commentards supporting ostracisation of people who decide not to have the vaccine? It is a personal choice, and those who refuse it will eventually gain immunity or death after catching covid. Keep your condescending opinions to yourself and let them make that choice. I've had my vaccines, and if you've had yours then why the bloody hell do you think you have the right to force/coerce (or whatever word you want to use) others to bend to your will.

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

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Re: Oh here we go

I see your pathetic little vendetta against Jake continues, although as per usual you post as AC. Here's a thought; either grow a pair and use your handle, or STFU, you petty little prick!

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID

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Re: Colour me surprised.

Nice strawman there, your analogy isn't correct at all, I wasn't praising him for anything other than showing up Hancock for the knobhead that he is, and he certainly hasn't been a despotic dictator at all. I found the Barnard Castle thing appalling at best, and definitely indicative of the entitlement that you mention. However, he's said these things as part of a parliamentary inquiry, with those who he mentioned also as 'witnesses' in this enquiry, so we'll soon see if there is any truth if anyone corroborates his versions of events. You seem to imply that Cummings is a tory, he is at most a tory sympathiser, but we don't actually know that do we? He certainly isn't a politician! I tend to hate tories with a passion, so please don't imagine I would ever truly support one, but Cummings is allegedly shining a light on all of this corrupt and crappy government, so I don't really understand why you think his speaking out is not a good thing, regardless of whether it comes from a personal vendetta.

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