* Posts by AdamWill

1411 posts • joined 4 Nov 2010

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Stock market blizzard: Snowflake set for £33bn IPO as valuation bubble keeps on expanding

AdamWill

Re: No way Buffett is considering this

Buffett's been kinda flailing for the last few years, though. Wouldn't be super against his recent record to belatedly decide it was time to throw a ton of money into hyped tech stocks at just the wrong moment and get burned.

AdamWill

Re: small error on previous valuation

It might feel like it, but February 2020 is not 18 months ago. It's seven months ago.

The article was obviously referring to an earlier funding round.

China proposes ‘Global Initiative on Data Security’ forbidding stuff it and Huawei are accused of doing already

AdamWill

I for one

Well I for one am convinced and would like to sign my country up. Right after we get done signing off on this CIA initiative against interfering in the politics of Latin America...

UK govt: It's time to get staff back into the office! Capita: Hey everyone... about that...

AdamWill

Re: Isn't it ironic

I'm not a lawyer or an accountant, but:

1. This is an international site. Not everyone reading here is in the UK. I'm in Canada, for instance. There are lots of Americans here too, and the IRS is notoriously...grabby.

2. It's not just about you paying your income tax. Various taxes your employer pays or credits they claim might depend on your physical location or tax residence (which, as you note, aren't the same thing).

3. Your employer might have rules and policies that, while they aren't laws, you're still going to have to consider. Mine, for instance, only allows you to work from another country while getting paid at the scale for your "home" country for two years. After that your pay gets changed to scale for whatever the new country is, which if you're in the Caribbean is going to be "lots lower", most likely. And if you don't tell them you moved, you're in trouble.

I'm not saying anyone shouldn't do it, I'm just saying it's not as simple as "get visa then bog off to beachside paradise". You're at least going to want to tell your employer about it first, and yes, they *can* raise hell if you do it without agreeing it with them, unless it's somehow written into your contract that you can do it.

AdamWill

Re: Isn't it ironic

Er, you'd best check with your company's legal/HR departments and possibly your own lawyer before attempting this. The accounting and tax consequences are significant and not simple.

AdamWill

Re: Isnt that good?

Sure there is!

However, it involves taxing the money from the people who saved it - well-paid workers, upper management, and companies themselves - and giving it to the people who lost out.

Now, go check out the results of the last several elections and consider the likelihood of this actually happening.

'A guy in a jetpack' seen flying at 3,000ft within few hundred yards of passenger jet landing at LA airport

AdamWill
Black Helicopters

hah

"And before people start with the conspiracy theories that this is government tech gone wrong, LAX is about 100 miles from Edwards Air Force Base, 160 miles from Vandenberg Air Force Base, and 270 miles from Area 51 – and all would likely be well outside the range any wearable flying device would be able to travel."

Well, that's all *you* know...

Zuck says Facebook made an 'operational mistake' in not taking down US militia page mid-protests. TBH the whole social network is a mistake

AdamWill

Re: So when will Zucck grow a spine

AntFa? Even *ants* are fascists now? Good lord, it's worse than I thought.

AdamWill

Operational mistake

Operational mistake? Sure. Facebook is still operational, and that's the mistake.

IBM ordered to pay £22k to whistleblower and told by judges: Teach your managers what discrimination means

AdamWill

Re: You want Equality? You get Equality.

That's not what they "suggested", though. They "suggested" that as long as the division of childcare and other domestic work is documented to be substantially unequal at a national scale, the legal point that scheduling work events outside of contracted work hours has the effect of indirect gender discrimination holds.

This has nothing to do with anybody "judging" you or your partner.

AdamWill

Re: Hang on a second.

Er. No. It's a widely documented fact. Women do more childcare.

Saying women *ought to* do more childcare is probably sexist, in most contexts. Saying they *currently do* is a statement of fact.

AdamWill

"If you're getting a salary approaching or north of 100k, you have to accept you are going to have to do whatever it takes, whenever that is."

No, you don't.

Source: me.

AdamWill

Re: £22K? Is that all?

That would certainly explain the managers who testified to a court that the PIP was perfectly reasonable, but were caught in chat logs saying exactly the opposite.

Oh, er, wait. No it wouldn't.

Here's some words we never expected to write: Oracle said to offer $10bn cash, $10bn shares for TikTok US – plus profit share promise

AdamWill

let's count up the weirdnesses here

1. $20bn? Twenty freaking billion dollars?

2. How do you even buy "the US operations" of a determinedly international social network? What *are* the "US operations"? Does the network split into a US one and an international one? This whole "US operations" thing keeps getting mentioned like it's a perfectly reasonable concept, but I'm yet to read a convincing explanation of what it's actually going to *mean*.

3. Microsoft and...Wal-Mart for some reason? What?

4. A 'profit-sharing' deal? Does TikTok actually make any profits? I thought the answer was no.

Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles

AdamWill

no, you never are

hot tip: if your comment contains the line "am I the only one who (yaddayadda)"

1. the answer is no

2. you should probably go do something else for 15 minutes and re-consider posting it

Engineer admits he wiped 456 Cisco WebEx VMs from AWS after leaving the biz, derailed 16,000 Teams accounts

AdamWill

of course they are

I mean, of course they're keen to keep him on. Now they know what happens if they don't. :P

Trucking hell: Kid leaves dad in monster debt after buying oversized vehicle on eBay

AdamWill

Re: "Suscicious Activity"?

The story reads like he had the password saved in his browser, so logging out wouldn't have helped.

UK.gov admits it has not performed legally required data protection checks for COVID-19 tracing system

AdamWill

waiting for the day...

...that someone explains to this government the logical problem with not looking for evidence of something, then declaring that it's not a problem because they haven't seen any evidence of it.

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

AdamWill

Re: The flip side

that turned out to be fiction, but it was great and amusing and entirely believable fiction...

AdamWill

Re: When will people learn

And yet you wrote this comment...

AdamWill

Re: mad internet

Plus, you know, it's important to keep a sense of perspective about just how terrible the consequences of so-called 'cancel culture' are.

I'm familiar with some of the specific examples that open letter cited and I do think a few of them could've been handled better. Sure. But, you know, perspective. A handful of generally extremely privileged white people got punished kinda clumsily for pretty minor alleged transgressions. This is a bit regrettable, yeah. AFAIK, most or all of them 'fell' immediately into similarly cushy and privileged jobs to the ones they had before.

This is hardly the worst human tragedy of our times.

For most people, the alleged evils of cancel culture don't even amount to this, they amount to "some people were mean to me on Twitter", which, you know, again, perspective. Some people have been way meaner to JK Rowling on Twitter than she really deserves (and that whole newspaper front page thing was a really bad idea on someone's part), but she has not been 'cancelled' in any practical way. She still has a giant platform to say whatever she thinks. She still has multiple publishing contracts. She's still, AFAIK, working on multiple major movies that are coming out in future. She's not exactly been banished from society, has she? Ditto Atwood, Chomsky and co - they all don't exactly seem to have any trouble getting their perspective in the news any time they feel like doing it...

We cross now live to Oracle. Mr Ellison, any thoughts? 'Autonomous self-driving computers eliminate human labor, eliminate human error'

AdamWill

"who decided to adopt SAP because of (presumably) hard sells and backhanders"

gee, I bet they'll be so much happier after switching to...wait, who was the article about again?........oh.

Rackspace changes name to – drum-roll please – ‘Rackspace Technology’

AdamWill

Re: “Our new name, mission and multicloud solutions better represent the full value"

What I like is that the branding company cunningly built obsolescence into the new name. In five years they'll be back to get paid another eye-wateringly large sum of money to change it to "Rackspace Solutions".

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates

AdamWill

Re: @AdamWill

It's a good thing I didn't say that, then, isn't it?

AdamWill

Re: Vendor support is one thing...

"Have you ever tried to play a Blu-Ray DVD in Linux or *BSD? What about streaming 4K Video from Amazon? How about playing "The Division" or "Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord" or "Destiny 2"? All of these will required breaking the T&C's to work, if they work at all."

Sure, but none of them are things you need to do (or ought to be doing, if your employer is paying...unless you work for a game developer...) on a professional workstation.

I dunno, I used to care about that stuff a lot more, but a decent blu-ray player costs like a hundred bucks, and everyone streams movies these days anyway, don't they? Plus a PS4 plays blurays just fine. Plus it or just about any cellphone can stream video fine. I gave up worrying about whether I can play movies or games on my desktop/laptop computers, oh, I dunno, a decade ago or so. I have other things for doing that.

UK council dodges £100k hosting bill, opts for £6.5 million ERP migration

AdamWill

Dagenham

"You must be Barking and Dagenham, the east London borough"

You could just say "you must be Dagenham", which is already (fairly obscure) slang for "completely mad". The (possibly apocryphal) story is that it was a nickname of Margaret Thatcher's, because Dagenham is two stops on from Barking...

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

AdamWill

bit questionable really

to be a bit fair here: the 'smart' functionality of all the 'smart' appliances I've seen so far has been basically bolt-on extras. My fridge has some 'smart' features, so does my washing machine, so does my range. I haven't set any of them up or ever actually connected them to the internet and they still cool things, wash things, and burn the eggs (respectively) perfectly well, so far.

The price points cited also seem kinda misleading because, in general, 'smart' features go along with other upgrades. There isn't usually a choice between two models with identical features otherwise, but with/without an internet connection; the model with 'smart' features likely also has several other upgrades over the model without.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

AdamWill

Re: Compulsory El Reg commentary moan

I believe your objection is covered under "5. I personally only ever need to fly to New Zealand non stop with an entourage of 500 people and my race horses."

Magnix is based in the Pacific Northwest, and is working with small local air carriers. The geography of the Pacific Northwest is such that we have quite a lot of small planes doing short runs with a small number of passengers and very limited luggage. Vancouver to Victoria, for instance, is a 30 minute flight which Harbour Air runs with 19-passenger seaplanes:

https://www.harbourair.com/about/aircraft-fleet/

they run various other short flights out of Vancouver and up the coast, and there are similar operators down in Portland and Oregon running similar short flights with small planes.

Those are exactly the operations that Magnix is targeting. Their goal is not to fly a 747 at full load for several hours.

AdamWill

They are already working on this, but you have to jump through a *ton* more regulatory hoops to fly a brand new plane design with batteries than you do to fly an existing, extremely-well tested plane with the power source changed out. They're doing these tests with retrofitted existing planes to work on what they can until all the relevant approvals are in place for the planned purpose-built electric plane models. And to get a bit of publicity, of course.

VirtuaVerse: Cyberpunk point-and-click throwback with ace chiptune soundtrack put out by... a metal record label?

AdamWill

here!

"To some of you, however, all this probably sounds delightfully familiar and you're rubbing your hands in glee at the thought of donning your nostalgia goggles once more."

Bingo!

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

AdamWill

Re: Petty or Pedant? a definitive explanation

"Finally and definitively, NASA boffins call it duct tape and it saved Apollo 13. As boffin Ed Smylie, who designed the CO2 scrubber mod, said "One thing a Southern boy will never say is, 'I don't think duct tape will fix it.'""

Unless that quote was written down, you can't tell what spelling the boffin in question would have used, because spoken aloud "duct tape" and "duck tape" tend to sound exactly the same (you can't presume that anyone who thinks of it as "duct tape" will carefully pronounce that final t). So what you're getting is the spelling of the journalist who wrote down the quote, not the spelling of the person who said it.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

AdamWill

Re: re: great 48 United States...

"Wot! Has Trumpo sold off Hawaii and Alaska and didn't tell anyone? Was that money going to be use to buy Greenland?"

Shh, don't tell anyone, but - yeah, he did. I bought them. I'm planning to buy a really big angle grinder and a really big tugboat and have them switch places, just for the lulz.

If it feels like the software world is held together by string and a prayer, we don't blame you: Facebook SDK snafu breaks top iOS apps

AdamWill

Man, it sure must be nice to work at Facebook, and have the budget for string...

We beg, implore and beseech thee. Stop reusing the same damn password everywhere

AdamWill

Re: OK, sp which password manager to plump for?

I like Bitwarden. It's open source, has lots of ways to access it, good 2FA support, and works well.

'VPs shouldn't go publicly rogue'... XML co-author Tim Bray quits AWS after Amazon fires COVID-19 whistleblowers

AdamWill

Re: Interesting views here...

"You'll find this anywhere. It's just that Amazon is one of those places that are huge, touch many people's lives, and hence end up in the press. Google has similar issues, Microsoft has similar issues, software engineering companies and hardware engineering companies have similar issues."

Not...really. Google, maybe, if we consider all the folks they contract out their nasty grunt work (Youtube content moderation...grrk) to. But not really Microsoft, or any random given "software engineering company". They don't really have huge, poorly-treated groups of manual workers in anything like the way Amazon does, because they don't sell huge quantities of physical products.

All companies have their own issues, of course, but I don't think you're right to say that they all have similar issues to Amazon's.

Red Hat’s new CEO on surviving inside Big Blue: 'We don’t participate in IBM's culture. It’s that simple'

AdamWill

Re: "We are good at winning over the tech people; they are good at the C-suite."

"Our latest battle was persuading them that Satellite didn't work they way that they thought it did"

Good news! We seem to release a new major version of Satellite every week and they all work differently, so if you wait a couple months, chances are high that this will be fixed ;)

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

AdamWill

They're gas leaks. Fast-moving, high altitude...gas leaks. Nothing to see here, citizens! Move along!

Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?

AdamWill

I hv no dea t u ean

omnt pstd y lutoth

How generous of GitHub to slash prices and make all its core features free. So what gives? Oh right, GitLab

AdamWill

Re: Open Source != Public

that's what I said, so I'm not sure why I got six downvotes for saying the definition of "open source" is the Open Source Definition written by the Open Source Initiative. Reading comprehension issues? Ah, well.

AdamWill

Re: Open Source != Public

No. The definition of OSS is the Open Source Definition:

https://opensource.org/osd

you will notice that doesn't say "if the public can download the source, that's it".

Feeling hot, hot, hot... in British Columbia? In December?

AdamWill

Metrotown

"Strong work, since the outdoor temperatures tend to be somewhat on the low side in that part of the world during December."

Well, Metrotown (same thing, it's officially called 'Metropolis at Metrotown', but everyone calls it Metrotown, no-one calls it Metropolis) is a (pretty large, and *extremely* popular) *indoor* mall. And, to the point, one at which management for some inexplicable reason keeps the HVAC set to "freaking tropical" all winter. The fact that probably about half the people who are there got there on transit and thus had to deal with the outdoor temperature and thus are probably wearing three layers they can't easily take off and carry and thus are melting in the 25 degree heat doesn't ever seem to have made it through to them.

Stop worrying – Larry Ellison and Prez Trump will have this whole coronavirus thing licked shortly with the power of data

AdamWill

Re: Salvation from Commentards

"Most people recover. Is that anecdotal?"

No, it's a universally-reported fact. Just about every jurisdiction reporting stats on COVID-19 includes a 'recoveries' number. It is invariably significantly higher than the 'deaths' number. Wikipedia's current worldwide count is just under 2 million cases with 128,011 deaths and 500,996 recoveries, so 4x as many people are confirmed to have recovered as are confirmed to have died. (The recovery number on any given day is also a substantial undercount compared to the death number, as you can't be counted as 'recovered' until like two weeks after you leave the hospital, but you can be counted as 'dead' pretty darn quick...)

AdamWill

Re: Salvation from Commentards

"Five days on hydroxychloroquine saved my cousin's life and got him out of the hospital after he was weaned off the respirator."

if your story is true, I'm happy for your cousin. But you have no idea whether hydroxychloroquine saved him, because you do not have (I'm presuming) an in-all-other-respects identical cousin who received the same treatment but without the hydroxychloroquine, and died.

If you get sick, go to the hospital, and eat a bag of M&Ms every day, you will either a) get better or b) die. Whichever happens, the M&Ms probably didn't cause it.

AdamWill

clearing house

"Ellison asked Trump if a clearinghouse existed for real-time data about treatment efficacies and outcomes. Trump said no."

So, I presume this means there definitely *is* one, right?

Leaving Las Vegas... for good? IT industry conference circuit won't look the same on other side of COVID-19 pandemic

AdamWill

shocking

"And that doesn't just mean enduring the keynote sound system booming the audience into an impersonation of enthusiasm at 8am as a CEO bounces onto the stage to declare a golden dawn in their computing dynasty. It's not about sleeping through the 4.15pm breakout session addressing the intricacies of data transformation in R."

*ahem* I'll remind you that this is El Reg, and here we sleep through the *keynote* and make sure we're awake for the intricately detailed technical sessions, thank you very much!

...okay, okay, who'm I kidding, we drink our way through both.

IBM veep partly blamed Sopra Steria for collapse of £155m Co-Op Insurance Agile project

AdamWill

Re: Poor user documentation?

Well, sure, but as you say, this is all perfectly normal and par for the course and the expected experience of anyone who deals with bug reports from anywhere. It seems a bit rich that IBM are effectively claiming it's an entirely unexpected thing and a significant factor in the delayed deployment of the software...

It has been 15 years, and we're still reporting homograph attacks – web domains that stealthily use non-Latin characters to appear legit

AdamWill

Re: Surely the answer is

No no, don't be silly! Not OCR. A giant matching table that's carefully hand-maintained, obvs.

Or, you know, it's the 2020s so I guess vaguely promise to teach an AI to do it?

AdamWill

Re: A þorny problem, to be sure

I'm not sure, but I think it makes a faint 'whooshing' sound.

Microservices guru warns devs that trendy architecture shouldn't be the default for every app, but 'a last resort'

AdamWill

Re: All-or-nothing deployments

yeah. This bit struck me:

"Newman sees great value in continuous delivery, where software is automatically built and tested and therefore already ready for release."

It made me think, wait, he's been dealing with people trying to do microservices *without* CD? Like you I sort of thought that was the whole point...

GCHQ's infosec arm has 3 simple tips to secure those insecure smart home gadgets

AdamWill

three handy tips

"GCHQ's infosec arm has 3 simple tips to secure those insecure smart home gadgets"

1. Unplug it

2. Hit it several times with a hammer

3. Take it to the recycling depot

OK, OK, I kid (kinda). I actually have robot door locks and a robot garage door opener now! Never thought the day would come. On the one hand, I'm sure someone sufficiently dedicated could hack them over the internet while wearing a hoody and mumbling "I'M IN". On the other hand, I eventually decided, someone sufficiently dedicated could also just chuck a rock through the large window that's right next to the door, and being able to check whether I remembered to lock the damn door when I'm ten minutes down the road (and open the garage door without remembering to take the annoyingly chunky remote out with me) does turn out to be handy...

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