* Posts by ragnar

68 posts • joined 6 Nov 2013


If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything


Re: Google apps etc. via browser?

Google maps via the mobile browser is pretty dire. Can't speak to the rest.

Amazon settles for $11m with workers in unpaid bag-search wait lawsuit


Not much back pay then for something that dates back that many years. $7.16m / 200k = $36 each unless I've missed something. Sounds like Amazon have basically got a free pass here.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


Re: Another thing...

"Do you really think things would be different with another party in government?"

Maybe yes? There are plenty of governments around the world who didn't ignore their pandemic preparedness warnings or defund their health and social care services. There are examples of governments who didn't dabble with herd immunity, who followed WHO advice, who locked down early, and had fewer deaths as a result.

Things don't always have to be this shambolically run - we can, and should, aspire to be governed by a competent political class that isn't beholden to financial interests, as some other countries are lucky enough to have.

And while I do share your boredom at constant Brexit mentions, it has been specifically cited as one of the reasons our pandemic plans have not been well executed; because civil service energy was being directed elsewhere for the last two years. Governments have limited bandwidth.

Welcome to life in the Fossa lane: Ubuntu 20.04 let out of cage and Shuttleworth claims Canonical now 'commercially self sustaining'


Re: I still don't see the purpose of WSL

My company is a mostly windows shop for its laptops, and we use various local docker images to provide various things for developers. Our server infrastructure is all Linux, so having WSL means instructions etc. can all be consistent and gives everyone access to a nice linux command line without having to get a mac.

Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft speech-to-text AI systems can't understand black people as well as whites


Is this actually a fair conclusion to draw?

"CORAAL contains black speakers who use AAVE to various degrees, and hail from Princeville, a city known for its historic African American population, as well as Rochester, New York, and Washington DC.

VOC is made up of white speakers from Sacramento and Humboldt County, California."

Wouldn't it have been a better comparison to have a dataset made up of white and black speakers who are all either speaking English or all speaking African American Vernacular English?

Since wikipedia says AAVE has its own unique grammar, vocabulary and accents, it's unsurprising that an AI dealing with standard English struggles. The AI may be equally good at recognising black speakers who are using conventional English grammar, vocabulary and accents but this study doesn't seem to allow us to draw a conclusion on that front.

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure


You shouldn't do this.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage


Because they had the opportunity to write existing EU standards into law to give their stated intentions legal force and refused to do so.

People like Jacob Rees-Mogg have already talked about how Indian standards will be good enough.


Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report


Re: Alternatively

Those waiting lists would be smaller if the consultants were available 100% of the time for NHS work.

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees


I believe moving panels and switches around may require recertification in some cases.

UK Home Sec kick-starts US request to extradite ex-WikiLeaker Assange


Re: Oh, the irony !

I mean, the US judicial system is a shit pit, but it's not China. I'd be protesting too.

Portal to 'HELL' cracks open in street – oh sorry, it's just another pothole


Re: Warning - tory bashing.

Their central funding will be cut by 77% by 2020 according to the Financial Times, not normally known for its socialist hand wringing.


Even if your council *actually* hires diversity officers (and you didn't just read a ranty page in the Sun about it), the Conservatives are conducting a full scale ideological assault on local services that should be opposed.

Spending like you describe is a rounding error next to the cuts and is trumpeted by the right wing press to deflect blame from the real cause of all the service closures. Most people are simply unaware of the scale of the cuts from central government and will happily blame local councils - don't fall for it.

Kent bloke incurs the anchor of local council after fly-tipping boat


Brilliant. Many well-deserved groans.

FYI: You could make Tesla's Autopilot swerve into traffic with a few stickers on the road


Re: "a driver can easily override Autopilot at any time [..] and should always be prepared to do so"

They should stop calling it "full self driving" for one thing, as Musk recently tweeted.


It's unbelievable. All the talk about the importance of separating the screens from the flight controls for airlines, and Tesla can't even do it right when they're designing the thing from the ground up.

Easy-to-hack combat systems, years-old flaws and a massive bill – yup, that's America's F-35


Re: Ships

Octavian, by the way. Octavia was his sister.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse


Did anyone else catch what she said in the Call The Hands video at roughly 00:13 - 00:16?

Thanks, great article!

Dell Corp UK makes 1.46% net profit margin on £1.556bn in sales – 'satisfactory' apparently


I can answer your main question - the level of profit probably is considered satisfactory for a limited risk distributor and shouldn't be considered a mark of commercial failure in any way.

If it's designated as such, then its goods and services will be transfer priced to achieve a low profit margin in that range. The idea being that the small level of profits are in line with the arm's length level of profits a 3rd party company would expect to earn if it had a business with such limited risks. Profits instead accrue to the entity taking all the commercial risk, presumably the US for Dell?

Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes


Re: Good on the judge

For the avoidance of doubt, nobody (including Apple) pays VAT on profits.

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME


Re: A Curious 'curious'?

Changing the behaviour on upgrade by default would be breaking the 'contract' the user already had when they installed the first time; that no data would be collected.

For new users, it's a new agreement, so they can pick their preferred option.

Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!


Re: The logic of the ruling is scary

No need, blackmail is already a criminal offence.

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto


"Google did not hire Damore to opine about Google's hiring or diversity policies."

They literally asked for feedback on their diversity and hiring policies following a training session.

UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum


Re: Markets are mostly psychology

FYI, the death of the manufacturing sector is a bit of a myth.


Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum


Re: Worse hatred happens every hour, on the hour...

It wasn't my comment, but more people probably die in these places from violence and hatred each day, every day.

Mid-flight jumbo font smartphone text shock sparks kid abuse arrests


Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

Did you miss the part where he was charged with 1st degree child rape? It's not some hypothetical conversation; there were real victims.

Toshiba conglomerate: Can we keep going? We don't know


Re: PWC again eh?

There should be a good understanding of the underlying business processes by the auditors.

A good team for a large company will have regular updates with the business throughout the year, at least to plan the audit if nothing else, and larger companies often have mid-year mini audits of particular areas to smooth the process at year-end.

However, the auditors will have a full client book, so generally speaking downtime from one client is spent auditing other clients.

There's something odd about PwC in Japan - I don't recall the specifics, but it's actually a completely separate entity due to some local regulatory requirements.

Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system


Re: Lots of assumptions that we will even get WTO membership

Sadly not - the FT has an article here - we still need to do a ton of negotiating to benefit from WTO terms. Here's a google cache link to get round the paywall:


Facebook's UK wing paid just £4k in corporation tax last year


Re: Companies don't pay tax

Using well established transfer pricing rules based on the arm's length rule, soon to be beefed up by the OECD.

Huawei Nova: A pleasant surprise in a 5-inch phone


Sooo...is it recommended? I always find it hard to tell with a review written like this.

Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group


This has to be a joke comparison. How much tax do they pay compared to UK domiciled taxpayers of equivalent wealth?

Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!


Re: On the radio this AM

He probably didn't mean this. Corporate Income Tax, CIT, or "income tax" is often used around the world to refer to something similar to our corporation tax. It's more of an Americanism than a deliberate attempt to conflate employee taxes with corporation taxes. You are quite correct that this is a common theme though and needs to be stamped on.

You've got a patch, you've got a patch ... almost every Android device has a patch


Re: Sony Updates

In their defence, they've just given us Marshamallow on the Z3 Compact which is now almost a two year old phone. My phone says it's got a March 2016 security patch level. They've also signed up to the open hardware programme, so they're better than many other phone manufacturers.

Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so


Re: @ Martijn Otto - You mean btrfs, surely

If it helps, 8GB is more than enough for a 5TB file server. I have an 8TB file server with 8GB of RAM and it's just fine, unless you need the deduplication feature.


Re: @ Martijn Otto - You mean btrfs, surely

If it helps you with your decision, ZFS is fine with 8GB of RAM on my 8TB server. I think it's deduplication that gobbles RAM like it's going out of fashion.

Here are the God-mode holes that gave TrueCrypt audit the slip


Re: People still use Truecrypt and friends?

You can't do full disk encryption in loads of circumstances though, one of which is using GPT partitions for Windows 10 or if you're using the Linux version.

Security for those who know they can't win the security war


"Most modern devices and operating systems come with the option to enable inbuilt FDE."

Apart from Windows 8 home, for which Truecrypt cannot do full disk encryption when it's been set up with GPT partitions. Microsoft will gladly let you upgrade to the pro version for £100 though to use Bitlocker. :headshot:

Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties


60% of the 1,000 were found to be fully compliant with UK law (i.e. they were non-domiciles not liable to UK tax, beyond paying the flat rate charge).

The remainder HMRC prefers to get the lost tax, penalties and interest back without entering into complex court cases, where the outcome is uncertain, cost to the taxpayer very large and where the cash reward is considerably delayed. It's much harder to prove 'beyond reasonable doubt' that someone has committed fraud, then to get the taxpayer to pay up.

They're being pragmatic by only prosecuting in the most severe cases.


It’s not that the rules have deliberately been written to create loopholes for companies, it’s that it’s really, really difficult (read ‘practically impossible’) to write laws that cover every eventuality without having loopholes. Sit down with a tax lawyer and try and draft a ‘simple’ piece of legislation to accomplish a simple task. You’ll soon discover it’s incredibly difficult to cover every situation without making things very complex.

Our tax law is monstrously huge (several multi-inch volumes) – it’s impossible for there to be no loopholes. The government is trying to redress the balance by falling back on various ‘principles based’ anti-avoidance strategies, but those are subjective and open to interpretation by their nature.

Drones swarm over bearded Brit billionaire's island getaway


Re: Branson

What's he asset stripped?

Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives


Re: Whenever you hear Oracle whine about Android

Absolutely this. They're parasites.

Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC


Re: Version 13?

It's probably because they stopped producing an updated Linux version.

EU probe into Apple's taxes: It's NOT to do with double-Dutch-Irish anything sandwiches


The transfer pricing process does not only depend on a mechanical calculation of an arm's length price for particular products. There will also be a look at the overall entity, its risk profile and what an arm's length level of profit might be. So rather than looking at the pricing of individual components or products, an adjustment can be put through to arrive at a target profit margin based on the profile of the business.

A business that has nothing but product stores (UK) takes on much less risk than the other parts of the business that might invest billions in R&D, advertising to build up the brand etc. etc. (US)

It's therefore perfectly acceptable under the OECD guidelines to look at the risk profile of each, decide that the UK is engaged in activities with a comparatively limited amount of entrepreneurial risk and reduce its profits accordingly.

There is therefore nothing surprising (unless you're an ignorant politician) about a company undertaking sales activities that earns a comparatively low profit margin. You can bet that if Apple were to pander to the UK government and put more cost back into the the US (increasing UK profits) that they will soon get a knock on the door from the US tax authorities asking why profits have dropped over there.

It's symmetrical and it usually works, until politicians wade in without understanding the law and guidelines in place. They should be concentrating on pursuing misrepresentations, 'sham' companies where there is no substance and treaty abuses instead.

Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'


Because he doesn't want to support Amazon's business practices?

Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer


Re: Snorkels

The water sticks to surfaces (i.e. faces, faceplates etc.) in zero g, it doesn't sink to the bottom. It should be possible to point the end of the snorkel to an 'empty' part of the helmet and breathe, if the area around your mouth is covered.

Unless it's just tied directly into the oxygen tank I guess.

Fixing OpenSSL's Heartbleed flaw will take MONTHS, warns Secunia


Perhaps the two-step nature of the process means it can't be fully automated?

Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug


Re: So...

Presumably we need to wait until Big Bank PLC updates its servers before we reset passwords. As for how soon that will be, who can tell?

I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door


How dare he believe something that we don't agree with in his private life! Burn him!

Ubuntu N-ONE: 'Storage war' with Dropbox et al annihilates cloud service


Re: Dropbox Quota

Although if it's anything like the quota I got when tying my Note 2 to Dropbox, it only lasts for 3 years, then you need to dig deep.

MtGox boss Karpeles ordered to Dallas to face bankruptcy probe


"If he avails himself of this court, my God, he is going to get himself over here"

Is it normal for US judges to talk in an unprofessional manner about their cases?

Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever


Re: Head to head

I've been running Office 2013 successfully in CrossOver Office. Surprisingly easy - more or less a one click and watch the installer do all the hard work.

Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha


Re: theft in plain sight.

Can you follow the trail from the known 'theft' wallet through to its final destination, when the thief tries to cash out into fiat currency? E.g. could the transaction history of a 'known bad' wallet be used to identify the thief at the point where they have to provide ID and involve a bank?



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