* Posts by WageSlave

28 posts • joined 31 Aug 2011

IT contractor has £240k bill torn up after IR35 win against UK taxman


Re: I cannot understand why HMRC pursues contractors so much.

it all depends on where the tax happens.

If I'm a UK consumer I don't want to think all I'm doing is lining the pockets wealthy shareholders overseas. I'd rather the locally-profitable portion of my UK purchasing gets taxed in the UK and so ploughed back into UK services like bins & healthcare.

If the international brand "royalties" are siphoning profits into a lower-tax offshore haven, representing near-0 taxable profits in the UK, but resulting in healthy overseas dividends then I feel short-changed, and it ends up looking like an effective tax on the country


Re: I cannot understand why HMRC pursues contractors so much.

Nope, Competing just ends up a race to the bottom of the Corp Tax brackets.

The only way to solve dodging like that is international collaboration; ideally via a supra-national organisation that member countries freely enter into, in the understanding that it puts a stop to Corporate manipulation of tax loopholes, and that profits from a country and fairly counted and taxed in that country, and can ensure that members actually do what is agreed, and police their businesses and taxes.

The benefit of a level playing field is that everybody benefits fairly. Trading locally should be fairly taxed locally, otherwise e.g. Stairblocks* effectively levies a corporate tax on the local country & siphons profits overseas.

If only...

* Made-up psuedo-international company name, which does not represent any existing company

Welcome to the World Of Tomorrow, where fridges suffer certificate errors. Just like everything else


Useless Gimmicks for idlers & show-offs ...

Having invested nearly a Grand into a giant, USA-style behmoth to keep my fast-growing brood from going feral, I was too stingy to go for gimmicks like Ice and cold water, figuring it's two less things to leak or break.

I refill the ice tray every time I empty it; it takes just 25 seconds (I timed it because I'm sad like that).

It works just fine, even in mid summer. The kids aren't feral, the drinks are cool, and we can store enough fresh food & milk to last a few days. Life is great.

So unless you want these useless gimmicks just because you want it, or because you're too bone idle to spend 25 seconds every few days, then I can see no reason to have them.

(Dons tin hat & awaits torrent of abuse from said incompetents & idlers who can't even remember / be bothered to refill a simple tray ..)

Boris Brexit bluff binds .eu domains to time-bending itinerary


Just create a new .eux TLD and alias the non-resident .eu domains to that.

If they can persuade ICANN to create a new TLD called .eux that would be an obvious home for the non-resident .eu domains.

Give them a year to migrate, and then you have .us and .eux

See what I did there? :-)

Justice served: There is no escape from the long server log of the law


Re: From the Seen That Department of Obvious Idiocy ...

"What does it say on that sign on the door, young man?"

- "Errr, Stores?"

"Yup, that's what I do. Doesn't say I have to give them to anyone."


GDP-arrrrrrgggghhh! A no-deal Brexit: So what are you going to do with all that lovely data?


Re: Unlikely now anyway

They do say that Parliament will do the right thing, but only after exhausting all the alternatives.

It does seem like that even now!

Let's hope it continues in the direction of "right" for the average citizen, whoever they may be, and not for the loony ideologues who seem to be running far too much for our own good.


Re: Unlikely now anyway

Both Tory and Labour supporters were split approximately down the middle on Brexit,

so to claim that combining votes for Labour and Tory counted as an 80% mandate for Brexit is a gross distortion and disingenuous.

There were many die-hard Tory supporters who would rather allow Brexit than allow Labour into Govt, but that doesn't make them a Brexit supporter, it just means they hated Labour more than Brexit.

And the same held on the Labour side, who hated Tories more than Brexit.

The rest in the middle were just left confused, disappointed and still not believing that any kind of democracy had been sensibly served.

Big Mike is going to make HPE's life a living Dell: Server sales surge


Re: Anyone mention

I'm sorry but I can't let those comments go unchallenged.

I'd be interested to understand why you believe the iDRAC is not up to scratch - most of my customers love its ease of use and remote management capabilities.

And whilst there may be the occasional "fire-sale" to win a specific deal, in my experience it is very much the exception, not the norm. The part of Dell EMC I work in is all about building lasting value and long-term relationships with large, international customers, and that's never achieved by simply buying business.


Dell, BT alchemists turn bog-standard HW/SW to flexible, open networks


Its all about the support

Thanks for posting this, El Reg, it's an interesting and significant industry shift.

One point to add (NB: I work for Dell EMC): it's all about the support. Customers self-integrating White Box switches with a Network OS will need to have the appetite and skills to ensure the end-to-end support of their solution, and to arbitrate potential support ping-pong when determining where an issue lies, and who owns it.

There's a danger of going from guard rail to guard rail here (full proprietary swinging to fully self-integrating), which is OK for some customers, however Dell EMC believes that many customers will still want a support arrangement that doesn't leave them potentially hanging.

Dell Networking's position is the so-called "Brite Box" paradigm,

( see initial intro at: http://blogs.gartner.com/andrew-lerner/2014/11/19/britefuture/ ),

where we will own the front-end support and problem determination across both hardware *and* NOS, by integrating our support teams into the NOS vendor's.

So it's not a free-for-all anything to anything, at least from Dell EMC, but a list of carefully-selected and supported NOS vendors on our Switching hardware.

Igneous ARM CPUs: What if they tossed the blindfold?


It's in the Object software, not the underlying disks

Content-intelligent storage management is much more complex than a simple index of test content.

Pictures can have lookalikes, Songs meta-tagged to sound like other songs, etc., etc., but none of that can be done at the segment level. The indexing would need to be done on data ingest, by an intelligent overlay.

Sadly, although it's a WIBNI, is a non-article.

British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda


Re: those of us left will earn more as a result

Brain drain vs. outsourcing Education?

How about this for a cynical thought: if we reduce our tech education output (they are more costly to run than yet another Estruscan Pottery / Sociology degree ) but have free movement of both student and labour, then we let other universities / countries fund the education and skim off the brightest to come back into the UK to apply those expensively-acquired skills. Seems like a historical policy that's now badly back-fired !

If we now block those freedoms of movement & we need to train up internally which means a massive re-investment in STEM from the ground up, which won't yield a sufficient number or quality of grads in just 2 years.

EMC: King of storage needs to shore up defences


IDC storage numbers are getting completely skewed & needs a re-think

The trouble with IDC's visible storage revenue reporting is that it misses several things:

* Software-Defined Storage

* HyperConverged

* Usable storage space vs. revenue

* Quality of storage type (eg expensive Tier1 fault-tolerant vs. cheap 'n deep archive), etc., etc..

Essentially SDS and HyperConverged are eating chunks out of the SAN market; most of which is invisible to IDC, and which often ends up on the same vendor lists (Dell, HP, etc.) as server revenue.

So this whole market segmentation thing is getting blown by the new way of doing things.

Dell overtakes HPE in server shipments as worldwide sales shrink


Many are not ...

Whilst in some pure acquisition teams revenue is king, that's not the case for the bulk of the Dell team. You could spin the numbers all sorts of ways: Dell is better value like-for-like, for example! But there's no denying the market movement.

Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all


But isn't that the point of Europe?

If every country does its own thing, the large Corporations cherry-pick their way through various loopholes & avoid paying tax anywhere.

One of the values of the EU is to have a consensus amongst all member countries that can stop this kind of Globalised industrial strong-arming.

(i.e. if you promise not to mess with our tax avoidance, we will site our offices in your country & provide lots of employment and income tax, etc.).

So instead of demonising EU bureaucracy, shouldn't we be celebrating the EU as being one of the few entities capable of taking on the rising power of the supra-nationals like Apple, Amazon or Google?

Is the reporting yet more populist bias against an EU office actually trying to do the right thing?

Irritable Cisco kicks Nutanix out of partner program


From Nutanix's viewpoint, they will not want to make & support their own hardware, hence why the renewed deal with Dell makes sense, and why they are prepared to self-support on CISCO.

But CISCO want a walled garden that they alone control, which goes in the face of Software-Defined in the truest sense.

It is my suspicion that Nutanix has the means to properly commoditise the server platform into an SDDC, and so is a real threat to CISCO's UCS margins & customer control.

The question will then remain: how much control can CISCO maintain inside their (possibly shrinking) garden, or how much control will customer start to reclaim by such commoditisation.

Interesting times ...

Gartner's hype cycle turned upside down to assess Brexit


The shocks haven't happened yet ...

Working in tech industry, where projects gets shelved at the first sign of trouble, I know what a hole in the business any project delays can cause.

And don't get me started on overall economic confidence, and the willingness to commit to major purchases either as consumers or as businesses!! (e.g. It will be interesting to see the effect on this years' new car sales when they get reported; the building trade has taken a hit already, property-based funds - especially commercial property - stalled their trading in the light of the uncertainty, etc., etc.).

So even if we recover to a similar level of demand after - ooh - let's say a 12 months pause, that is still a 12-month dip / major hole in our business and household budgets.

For businesses that only gets reported at the end of their financial year we're still c. 9 months away from any real kind of reaction results.

That and the hole in people's pay bonuses, commission or dividends, willingness to spend vs. save every penny just in case, will mean an overall drop in consumer activity.

And that spells recession for a while.

So tax take drops, which puts a further dampener on any recovery - let alone whatever worse trade deal we may or may not be able to negotiate.


The only light at the end of the tunnel is our currency can devalue (which we had already), and ultra-low interest rates mean the cost of borrowing & mortgages are low.

But I think Gartner have called it correctly: long-term it all means a drop in overall activity, which ultimately means household buying power for everyone is a little worse than it was a year ago.

As they say, be careful what you wish for.

What's Brexit? How Tech UK tore up its plans after June 23


Re: I hear you

I'm not sure what Crash it is you're talking about - what event or circumstances do you see happening that will cause such a thing? The EU has (despite its admittedly many flaws) fudged its way through several decades of peace and prosperity, and most at its centre seem to me to be focused on continuing that strategy.


Re: Already paying 10%

That's optimistic ball-gazing - the pound is unlikely to recover to "normal", i.e. pre-Brexit, levels.

You only have to look at the long-term currency Hedge rates to get a feel for what the money markets think will happen. It's clear the GBP will be worth c. 7%-10% less than pre-Brexit (& yes, I'm already aware that speculation had already begun before the announcement in Feb. USD rate was 1.6-1.5 in late 2015, dropped & hovered to 1.4 around the announcement, and is now more steady at around 1.3.

So the net is GBP will be worth, say, 8% less. And whilst that will help our exporters a bit, don't forget their raw materials & goods will cost more unless 100% produced in the UK, AND the commensurate uncertainty that we've introduced into Europe will lower the Euro, too, so would effectively cancel most of our export benefits, certainly into Europe.

Long-term, it means a large part of our raw materials, and anything supplied by Global companies, who price their costs in USD, will cost 8% more, which will have to be passed on to us, the consumers.

Let's be generous and say the it's only a 5% hit, to account for purely domestic sourcing and EU imports / Euro weakness. Our wages won't rise due to the prolonged employment uncertainty, and so the overall effect is we will ALL be 5% poorer.

Personally, many of my customers have delayed IT projects, and focused their time on doing some housekeeping, which means my business loses a massive chunk of revenue, most of which won't recover, it just shifts everything else out, and so hits my pay packet directly, and hard, dammit.

So of course I'm mightily pissed off because that hurts me directly with a double-whammy of short-term penury and higher cost of living long-term.

My household will be OK, though, the IT industry isn't too badly paid, so we'll just have to tighten a little. But it'll be the worst-off who will suffer most from that kind of squeeze, and that hurts my social conscience.

Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you


Re: Really?

Anyone who thinks we can simply swap our EU trade into the rest of the world is smoking something that I want a toke of ! There's cost of sale, acquiring new customers, export costs, delays, the whole thing would take years to achieve anywhere near similar levels of what we have today running relatively smoothly throughout Europe.

Heh, and have you SEEN the latest state of the UK/India trade discussions?

Last I heard India was moaning like crazy that we're allowing more Chinese visas, and charging India twice as much. India has a LOT of trade leverage - just their middle class is bigger than the working population of the UK.

The UK has very few natural resources that India needs, apart from IP rights to Bertie Wooster, and a mild hankering for the Good Old Days.

So I don't think we're in any kind of strong negotiating position with them to agree to anything other than their key desire for a large hike in UK working visas, which I suspect may not be at the front of most Brexiter's wish list.

And if you've tried to navigate your way through their notoriously labyrinthine import processes, you'd know that you can't just turn off a simple road shipment to France/Germany/Holland, and turn it on again via sea or air into India without becoming dangerously uncompetitive - whether subject to trade levies or not.

Apple had more CVEs than any single MS product in 2015, but it doesn't really matter


Weighted CVE ?

What about a weighted score (CVE * vulnerability weighting); then a few highly critical CVEs would out-score lots of minor ones.

That said, I can see all sorts of disagreement on each weighting classification, and endless debate on who runs the weighting definitions. *sigh*

HP hikes up specs on hyperconverged offering


Great picture of Dell Blade Servers ...

Need I say more? ;-)

PS: I work for Dell..

Gartner: Dell nowhere to be seen as storage SSD sales go flat


Misleading title, Reg, you can and should do better

So Gartner uses an arbitrary and rather skewed method of measurement, thereby offering an opportunity for a controversial and mis-leading headline.

I am more interested in El Reg debunking myths, and not promoting them - this is a non-article.

(... It should cease to be.

It should curl up its tootsies and join the bleedin' choir invisibule

etc., etc.,)

Let's kill off the meaningless concept of SW-defined storage


It's all about the commercials, and choice - not the technology

This is the same as e-Business, or whatever buzzword bandwaggon was rolling in Alice-land: it means what you want it to mean. However the inescapable fact is that "trad" storage is a bound-in, proprietary environment which charges a premium for pre-integration, and does not allow purchases to be made outside that vendor (you can argue SAN virtualisation, but at the controller level it's true).

SDS allow freedom of choice (albeit with caveats / compatibility testing, etc.), so that the basic environment is a COTS x86 server, with one or more internal or external JBODs housing the disks. So if someone claims to have an SDS solution, the key questions are:

1) Is the SW licence transferrable to a new hardware environment, or do I have to buy it again (forklift upgrade) when maintenance/support finally expires on the storage system?

2) Do I have supported choice over the hardware vendors underlying my storage software, so I can run competitive tenders for the servers/JBODs?

And that, my friends, is SDS. It doesn't matter whether it's Block, Object, File or whatever - that's detail, and where the car analogy falls flat on its face.

New Dell boxes reverberate with Blue Thunder


Hyper-Converged = Scale-out, rather than scale-up. Config Details

I'm not the Dell XC product manager, but can help out to clarify some of the questions:

When we talk about Hyper-Converged,it generally means a horizontally-scalable infrastructure (yes, that's lots of the same stuff), so it's a Cloud-based approach, rather than the legacy "Monolithic" design. So apart from the physical switching, everything else is run on standardised servers, in software, which massively reduces the operational silos, and brings flexibility, scalability in small steps, and the ability to re-use if you don't like the software stack - I call this the "escape route" from vendor lock-in strategies.

For a summary of XC, visit http://dell.to/1ALjzy8 and you can see all the config options at: http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/dell-xc-series/pd

Memory and CPU choice are flexible, with recommendations for Tee-Shirt sizes (S, M, L), but plenty of choice to match your workload.

Memory is from min 4 to max 24 DIMMs DDR4 per appliance, installed in pairs, 16GB and 32GB RDIMMS, yielding from 64GB to 768GB per server.


Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol


It's all about fit muscle

A back is held in place by fit postural muscles.

If they are unfit the back goes out of alignment, joints get inflamed, nerves get trapped, and discs slip.

If you just do one thing (eg relax the muscle), it's going to be even worse at holding everthing in its right place.

If you do the brutal massage but don't exercise it will of course all go back to where it was before.

If you rely on anti-inflammatories, you're fixing nothing, only masking symptoms.

If you mobilise the joints with physio / alternative, you relieve an immediate pressure point, but don't fix the posture/muscle that's pulled it or relaxed it into the wrong position in the first place.

(oh, and I've personally found Chiropractic to be a money-extraction machine with no good result).

Ibuprofen provides short-term relief, (and the long-life formulation gives me a full night's sleep), so can be useful.

Physio is highly variable depending on the practitioner, usually useless, but can be good at pinpointing the bit that's failing, and it will be different for different people

But the best ever has always been brutal sports massage combined with long walks, plenty of gentle exercise, and a decent pillow.

If there could only be a decent Wii-type gesture control for an editor, making us wave our arms and jump about to cut code in super-quick time, we'd all be fit as butcher's dogs :-)

'I got a little bit upset by that Register article...' says millionaire model. Bless!


Am I being funny here, but getting to, and sustaining Life on, Mars would be pretty hard and expensive.

So would being able to sustain Life on Earth be a better investment, d'you think?

VMware reveals more VSAN nodes


Brief point of correction on Dell model specs

There are options for the Dell R720 server backplane - the standard one (16x2.5" or 8x3.5"), and the eXtended Disks model, R720-XD. This has 2x2.5" cabled OS drives at the rear and either 24x2.5" or 12x3.5" hot-swap data drives at the front. Both versions are certified for VMWare vSAN.

I'd also caution your readers to differentiate the types of SSD used - they are not all alike, and very different in cost. The Dell models are certified with the more expensive, but better-performing write-intensive SSDs. #IworkforDell

New Samsung-funded Flash disruptor uncloaks


It's combining 2 benefits: Flash AND deDupe - hence the maths error

If you de-dupe of COURSE you're going to get space efficiency compared to "standard" SAN.

I wonder if the claims add up as well when you layer de-dupe with trad hybrid? You still get best £/TB on 7.2k SAS, and best price/perf on SSD/Flash, so as "any fule no" when you hybrid the two you get the best of both worlds.

If they have simplified the system by going Flash only, and then hiding the £/TB with de-dupe, then yes, it aught to knock spots off trad SANs, but I wonder if it stacks up so well when you include deDupe, such as Dell's new FS7500 filer into the mix.

I also wonder how efficient their in-house de-dupe really is against Block data... ?


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