Somebody once said "If the punishment for a crime is a fine, you're just targeting poor people".
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It appears that one of the head honchos of ExpressVPN, Daniel Gericke, may be the same Daniel Gericke who was charged by US authorities today for hacking US citizens on behalf of the UAE government.
Re: EU backs it...
The top 10 biggest enablers of global corporate tax abuse
1 British Virgin Islands (British overseas territory)
2 The Cayman Islands (British overseas territory)
3 Bermuda (British overseas territory)
7 Hong Kong
8 Jersey (British crown dependency)
10 United Arab Emirates
Poking The Bear
"As well as creating fake identities to help disguise his fraud, Stannard was also including VAT on his invoices, something his barrister Paul Webb told the court was purely so the fraud looked convincing."
Every fule kno you don't mess with the VAT man.
Also, admitting to an additional fraud to make your original fraud look more convincing isn't a smart move.
While some Apple employees aren't happy with hybrid work plans, those on the retail front line are probably delighted
Re: Lead by example
"What is currently going on is a theft from the workers on an unprecedented scale. You cannot explain the fact that big companies boast about their billions and workers cannot afford anything."
Currently? This has been the employer-employee relationship since forever - extracting the maximum amount of labour for the minimum amount of expenditure
Brit IT firms wound up by court order after fooling folk into paying for 'support' over fake computer errors
Why did automakers stall while the PC supply chain coped with a surge? Because Big Tech got priority access
Re: Everything needs intelligence these days, except my Harley.
"But do we really need the processing power of a small data centre just so an idiot can get in the back seat when he's 'driving'?"
Straw man argument. Only a tiny fraction of a percentage of cars allow the driver to do dumb stuff like you describe.
Having an insurance policy isn't the same as insurance paying out in the event you make a claim.
This. Anybody who’s ever made a car or home insurance claim knows what slippery, devious f***ers insurance companies are.
If data is exfiltrated and published by the attacker (e.g. Maze), you can start thinking about how big your GDPR fine might be...
Spending Review: We spy a stray £60m – is that all you can spare to help 5G market recover from UK kicking out Huawei?
Remember the Brexit bus?
The Brexit bus claimed that £350 million per week was being sent to Europe for the privilege of EU membership.
Presumably UK.gov stopped making these payments after the referendum? Why not spend some of that money on corporate welfare payments?
Or better yet, spend the money on citizens’ welfare rather than propping up tax-dodging multinational phone companies...
Re: Somebody please tell me....
I know from experience (not myself) how difficult it can be to get assessed as an adult in the UK for the simple reason that the funding is not there for adult assessments.
Too right. I was waiting for an ADHD assessment in the public system for nearly three years before I gave up and paid to get it done privately. Phoned the clinic on a Friday, had the assessment the next Wednesday.
My advice to anybody waiting for an appointment on the NHS: beg, borrow or steal (ok, don't steal) the money to get an assessment done privately.
Given the court's rejection of his condition, I doubt he'll get the support he might actually need - if his claims are correct.
He was picked up previously for having a hammer and a machete in a public place, so he might have mental health issues but I don't think autism's his problem. If his legal team thought he had autism, they would have had him assessed before trial..
Re: Somebody please tell me....
I’m not sure I understand the question. Was that an attempt at humour? Some people have both...it’s not an either/or situation.
Whatever neurodevelopmental disorder you’ve got, whether it’s ADHD, autism or Aspergers, you’re not entitled to a “get out of jail free” card
Re: Somebody please tell me....
Criminal behaviour is very low amongst those with Asperger's as compared to the overall populace.
ADHD is my thing. It's well-represented in prison populations - probably something to do with impulsive behaviour, and the likelihood of co-morbidity with oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder.
Negligence or incompetence?
I keep an eye on the Maze website to see who's been hit lately. I can excuse the 'mom and pop' companies somewhat and say that they're incompetent or lacking skills, although they may still have legal obligations to secure data under GDPR, HIPAA, etc. Enterprise companies on the other hand, have no excuse. They've got SOCs, IR teams, etc.
The problem I see (with the companies I work with, at least) is that too many don't do enough proactive work to prevent a ransomware attack, and have the attitude "Well, isn't that why we have cyber insurance?".
They pay the ransom...get back to work...no lessons learned.
Expect to see more pushback from insurance companies in the future. As any fule no, they don't like paying out to customers.
Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020: Nothing too crazy but at least it's more fixable and cheaper than comparable Apple wares
"Can someone explain to me..."
They bought a shitload of components before the US sanctions were enacted:
Presumably the same goes for their Windows licenses.
Or maybe they can sidestep the ban by using an OEM like Foxconn or Clevo to build their laptops...but probably not.
They're currently knocking out (ARM?) desktop processors in the Chinese market under the HiSilicon brand, so you'll probably see more of that if the Apple ARM thing takes off and people realise that x86 isn't the only game in town.
"...the weird presumption..."
Your logic is somewhat flawed, my anonymous friend, and the only weird presumption I can see is yours. I'm sure you'll understand that I don't really care what brand of hardware you spend your money on.
The observation was that the US has deemed Huawei to be a threat to domestic companies, to the extent that the government has banned US companies from doing business with them - ultimately hurting their sales figures in that part of the world.
It's a nice laptop, but is it worth dropping 1700 quid on?
It's not a premium brand by any stretch of the imagination, and the Trump government's anti-Huawei propaganda hasn't done the name any favours...
Also - at least a similarly-priced MacBook will have some resale value in 3 or 4 years...
US drugstore chain installed anti-shoplifter facial-recognition cameras in 200 locations – for eight years
Funny. I was in my local Tesco this morning and saw new iPad-sized screens attached to the self-service tills at head height, displaying each customer. Asked the guy behind the counter what they were used for...”Something to do with shoplifting”.
My phone was in the car, so I didn’t get a photo. Must go back later for a pic or two...
Capita Consulting ditching more than a quarter of its workforce 45 days after consultations with consultants
Re: Thanks management
I personally know customer service staff in another Irish state-run utility who were earning €60k/year for answering the phones before customer service was outsourced.
Those days are gone. To be honest, Irish companies are shite at customer service anyway. They act like you should be grateful that they’re supplying you with a service. :D
Re: "new software and digital capabilities"
@macjules: If you’re speaking or writing in Irish, the name of the country is Éire. Notice the fada, or long accent , on the first letter of the word.
If you’re speaking or writing in English, the name of the country is Ireland.
You don’t refer to Wales as Cymru when you’re having a conversation in English, do you?
Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager
I’ve never heard of MS doing that before /s
Sometimes when the good-looking girl in the class comes to talk to you, she just wants you to do her homework...
Surely no developer is naive enough to go for a chat with Microsoft without bringing along at least six lawyers?
Although if you need to ask for Azure credit, they know you don’t have the resources to sue them for stealing your ideas.
Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite
Where the hell Huawei? It should be a bit easier to tell now the AppGallery has its first proper navigation app
How the US-China trade war is felt stateside: Xilinx trims workforce after lucrative Huawei sales pipe blocked
Re: So who is actually happy?
” The Feds are trying to make somebody buy a controlling interest in Nokia or Ericsson, so that they can smile again... Hopefully Europe will tell them where to get off.”
For a country that despises ‘socialism’, Bill Barr’s suggestion that the state should take over a private company would make Stalin proud.
Isn't It Ironic?
No, not the Alanis Morissette song...
US government tells us that the Chinese will hoover up our calls and data traffic if they’re allowed to build 5G networks in the West.
Meanwhile, in the news last week we discover that the CIA was running a Swiss front company, Crypto AG, which had backdoored encryption devices used by governments worldwide. Seriously, fuck these guys...