and for those reading this in 2 years time ...
People who believed govt announcements.
414 posts • joined 13 Sep 2011
"Dear sir, please accept this piece of paper as an IOU from our government, backed by nothing of any value, except a promise to tax our citizens if we fuck up too badly."
... that is what a currency _is_ worth
In my case,
-I pretty much have to be paid in GBP
-and pay for things in GBP
unless the local shops all start accepting BTC and my $employer starts paying BTC and BTC is as easy as paper money (it isnt and never can be) GBP it is.
The usability of local currency may fall to the level of BTC in parts of Africa / S. America, but probably not.
My more likely bet would be the Chinese offer the Yuan as a replacement (with _conditions_ as they like control and do not like BTC) . Taking another step towards making the Yuan a replacement for USD.
You and I and probably most readers do not 'get' BTC
It is easy to point out that
- given the price gyrations
it is not a store of value
- given the inability to support the same level of transaction flow as a 'real' currency, and that it is not acceptable in a good fraction of the world (china), and that if you try to pay someone BTC in a powercut, unlucky, and that as ~70-80% of mining is in china and therefore open to a 51% attack,
this is not a currency
We come from countries where currencies have been pretty dependable for a v.v. long time.
However if you are from China, or India or Turkey where the currency is not stable, the govt has close controls and at short notice, some types of cash have been redefined as 'not cash anymore',
you do want something you can anonymously keep and send abroad and pay for stuff that you do not want your govt to know about
If you are in Europe this generally = drugs and guns - and about 40% of BTC spending - as in buying something that is not another currency - seems to be that.
In other countries that can be just about anything from spare car parts to artwork to antibiotics - but usually used as a way of evading taxes and other country-specific legalities.
Is that a good thing?
It makes me think whoever invented BTC was against the concept of govt and rules and things like everyone driving on the left - or right, but not both
From reading this
it looks like the Post Office and (hopefully) a number of senior staff are (hopefully) in deep trouble
The first Clarke advice is dated 15 July 2013. In it Mr Clarke set out the duties of an expert witness and the prosecution’s disclosure duties (noted above). He came to “an employee of Fujitsu, Gareth Jenkins, [who] had provided expert evidence as to the operation and integrity of Horizon” in a number of cases. In his witness statements Mr Jenkins had said there was nothing wrong with the system. Clarke’s advice was that, “Unfortunately that was not the case, certainly between the dates spanned by the statements….” And,
“that Mr Jenkins had been aware of at least two bugs which had affected Horizon Online since September 2010, one of which was still extant and would not be remedied before October 2013, but had failed to say anything about them or about any Horizon issues in his statements. He expressed the firm opinion that if Mr Jenkins had mentioned the existence of the bugs, that would undoubtedly have required to be disclosed to any defendant who raised Horizon issues as part of his or her defence.”
... so it can be shown the Post office was corporately aware by June '13 knowingly incomplete evidence had been given and evidence of innocence had not been disclosed to the defendants by the post office lawyers.
There was also a reference in the article to the Post Office layers deliberately destroying evidence that pointed to innocence.
I hope the CPS looks into this and sees there is a case of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice across a wide range of people in the PO and Fujitsu at all levels.
... and how on earth did or does a private entity get to prosecute anyone for anything other than civil (contract law) issues. This is why we have police (and PACE ) and the CPS
This looks like a widespread conspiracy
According to the Private Eye,
Trashing its own reputation and mistreating sub-postmasters in the long running Horizon IT scandal has so far cost the Post Office a quarter of a billion pounds.
... it looks like it will cost more to cover up and then pay the lawyers (oh, and a small amount to the many victims whose lives have been ruined) than it would have cost to write a new system.
actually some of the better USB C dongles have a DAC that is noticeably better than the built in one (i have a hidiz S8 and can hear the difference on a note 8 in a blind test) and you can plug a preferred wired headset into that - so if you are after high quality, that is a better path than the 3.5 jack.
... but it costs and it eats battery, which is not the target market here.
I left a french hotel at 5am to catch a ferry (near le mans)
Pulled right out of the car park onto the left lane.
Voice from the back "are you really trying to kill us"
Happily no-one in sight either way.
For the next 5 years small things took great delight in pointing out when I was trying to kill everyone.
(apart from that time, happily, incorrectly)
It happens. I got lucky.
"The automatic auto firm recreated 72 fatal crashes in 91 simulations, putting the Waymo Driver in the role of both the initiating driver and the responding driver for accidents involving two vehicles. And in the simulator at least, the company's software outperformed the humans involved in the recreated incidents."
This means precisely nothing. If you replaced me with someone who does not drink alcohol at times when I was about to go drinking (a friday), chances are that person would not get drunk as often as me.
What is omitted is that that replacement prefers class C drugs on Saturday.
You need to test the entire driving history. That is path dependant to the extent you cannot reliably test. I hoped the el reg journo would pour a big smelly bucket of sarcasm all over this.
The last sentence helped - Waymo is still working on driving in snow. ®
Hoped for more though.
(I am not a lawyer)
I get my car MOTd. Something bad happens and it also turns out that with the benefit of a lot of hindsight that the car should never have passed the MOT.
I do not see that as my fault, it is the garage's and I have every right to depend on that statement.
Unless HPE can prove that Autonomy actively told an untruth to Deloitte, and that untruth caused Deloitte to sign off the accts, dont see how this makes much difference.
If they can prove that, they can show Autonomy have a case to answer without needing this report.
Strikes me as the 'look at all these documents, something in there means he is the bad guy' approach to prosecution.
Perhaps there is a commentard who actually has more than just an opinion out there who can correct me.
I had a quick google in the responsibilities of Auditors
Liability of auditors
The class of people to whom auditors can be liable for negligence is fairly restricted. In the Caparo case (PLC, 1990, I(1), 61) the House of Lords decided that auditors of a public company owe no general duty of care to shareholders or members of the public who rely on the accounts when dealing in the company's shares. The House of Lords also confirmed that auditors owe no duty of care to lending banks even when they are already creditors of the company at the date of the auditor's report.
The accountancy profession has given Caparo a mixed reception. On the one hand they welcome the restriction of their potential liability - and have since settled most claims out of court rather than testing the decision - but on the other hand they acknowledge that the audit is of little practical importance if so few people can rely upon it.
... and it seems you need to go beyond simple negligence to get an auditor on the hook.
+1 the last 'thinkpad' that a proper keyboard. Still miss it.
I now have a dell that is ... ok but mostly by virtue of being attached to a docking station with proper KVM.
Of course after 9 months of being plugged into the mains 24/7 the battery is not what it was. And it is not removable without disassembly.
I expect this will be a common issue. And this is why no user-replaceable battery should be an automatic deal-breaker for any business.
What Mr Monet Said
And I will explain why:
I work on a large, complex, CRUD app with bits that interface to banks and govt (regulations...) that has (at least core database) been around since mid-80s
$client_ish_facing_consultant (me) talks to $client and is told "we need to do $clever_thing "
$client_ish_facing_consultant talks to dev team "we need to do $clever_thing " by $real_soon.
Is told no chance because no resource|these are not clear reqs|complicated|have you thought of(*)|fine can do by $some_later_date|fine can do by $real_soon
I have come across fine can do by $real_soon less than 10% of the time.
Easy to have a pop at dev team. Not intended to be. Just that they are committed well into the future and do not have the budget to keep staff 'free' for the contingency that $clever_thing by $real_soon job actually happens.
... so I make it happen and sometimes this is Excel / VBA.
Now it is done there is not appetite to re-implement in core - client wont pay and there is a big list of $other_stuff_to_do and dev team have limited resource....
(* thought of the fact that what you want breaks the core... ...and the day will come but not yet)
So the use of Excel/VBA has tended to grow over time and indeed I will go further and say that this will carry on growing until something else that fills the same need becomes widespread.
Back in the 80s a small but consistent number of people believed in ghosts and UFOs
Not so many now.
Back in the 00s a good number of people believed that Iraq had WMD
Not so many now
In the 20s a small but consistent number of people believe that Trump woulda won but for fraud
1. Give it 10 years
2. I really hope the negative consequences of beilief do not keep rising.
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