* Posts by johnfbw

93 posts • joined 21 Aug 2015


Amazon bean-counter, her husband, father-in-law cough up $2.6m after SEC collars them on insider-trading rap


"I'm sure everyday-Americans do it and get away with it"

Probably not. Insider trading often doesn't provide massive returns - rather smaller quick one off returns (think 10-20% next week). The key limiter is the person must have a good understanding of the market, a trading account (possibly allowing complex betting) and lots of MONEY

Are you prepared to go to jail for 10% of your savings? Would you be if your life savings were £1,000?

Yet another twist for 2020: Google says Android 12 will make it easier to install alternative app stores


I would be happy if they let me authorise individual apps without allowing all. So I can trust my own apps without having to worry about accidentally installing virus.apk

(but then again I would like to sandbox certain data stealing ad generating apps to never have internet access but not know it was due to permissions)

Too many staff have privileged work accounts for no good reason, reckon IT bods


Need FX rates

@tfb I'm not sure you worked in finance. It isn't enough to just be confident the computer does something right all the time. How do you check? How do you project the future? How do you revalue assets? How do you do that one calc outside the system that every company has many of? How do you deal with joint venture.

FX rates are one of the basic tools here.

Also most users dont have access or ability to read audit trails - auditors would laugh at you for suggesting that as a business op.

I might forgive you if you confused market fx rates and operational company FX rates, but you work in finance so should know.

I have worked in finance and IT designing finance systems and most of them require FX exposure or it is so obvious what the rates are that securing them (beyond RO) is pointless


all too often the data you need, but aren't authorised to have is something very trivial (my company locks down FX rates because the guy who set it up didn't think) or is something that can easily be worked out - I can't see company set up in our ERP - but have table access in dev to see the same and it only shows things like company code currency and hierarchy which are public information anyway!

Samsung throws more frugal followers a bone* with cheaper Galaxy S20 Fanboi Fan Edition


5G for £699

But it won't be on sale...

Digital pregnancy testing sticks turn out to have very analogue internals when it comes to getting results


Re: Wastful - but unfortunaltly not uncommon

How many times are you planning on getting pregnant to need a non-reusable test?

CREST exam cheat-sheet scandal: New temp chairman at UK infosec body as lawyers and ex-copper get involved


2095 questions

With that many questions doesn't memorising the answers really become studying?

We've heard some made-up stories but this is ridiculous: Microsoft Flight Simulator, Bing erect huge skyscraper out of bad data


Re: Intentional Error?

@Ellipsis I think you missed the date OpenStreetMaps - the open source mapping site posted about it's copyright!

UK.gov announces review – not proper inquiry – into Fujitsu and Post Office's Horizon IT scandal


Re: Struggling to understand....

I haven't seen reported what the actual problem was - beyond missing money. Any lawyer worth his salt should have demanded supposed incoming cash vs actual incoming cash to see the values of differences. These should have been line item details so easily identifiable as erroneous.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police


Re: And the moral of this story is ...

The police would already have had all the information on his fellow racists (sorry 'members'), he had something else that they probably already knew he had.

Not that I am in support of warrantless searches - but I highly doubt he is an innocent man protecting his friends

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma


Re: "over localised regions of the bridge below"

Given the people concerned knew about the "Network Rail (Route Control and Air Operations)" (why does Network Rail have an air department - they can barely run the things on the ground!) and they were flying a £30k commercial drone I would assume they were either investigating the bridge or the rails so operation near them was essential

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl


Re: "ADT failed to monitor consumers’ accounts"

How would ADT monitor logs? Checking bob@adt.com doesn't have access is one thing (though of course bob might own the house); but there is no way to tell bob@hotmail.com is not genuine.

Even cross referencing all the log on lists is impractical - corporate sites will have many identical users, security companies many have legitimate access across many sites, even someone owning multiple properties.

The only thing ADT can realistically do is make sure owners check who has access to their systems and possibly enforce an audit every 6 months (which would piss off most users)

You overstepped and infringed British sovereignty, Court of Appeal tells US in software companies' copyright battle


Re: @phogan

They probably thought it wasn't necessary. Samsung undoubtedly has a full set of LG, Sony and Apple phones in their labs. Oracle will probably have an SAP ERP and MS SQL departments. It is just an extreme form of market/product investigation.

The scary thing is you can be sued if your product is similar (Samsung vs iPhone) so you basically have to buy to check it isn't!

Openreach tells El Reg it'll kill off copper sales in 118 UK locations next year


Re: Not sure how they measure availability of FTTP

I have FTTP wires outside my house - I spoke to the guy working on them who confirmed that it was 100% possible to have FTTP 5m away in my house. It took me a year to convince BT that their system was wrong and I could in fact get it. 6 years later they still tell me I can't get it (even when I show them the picture of the fibre coming into my fibre modem!)

Lords: New IR35 off-payroll tax rules 'riddled with problems, unfairnesses, unintended consequences'


Re: Dividends

Employee benefits account for about a 40% increase in costs on a company, pension (10%), holiday inc public holidays (15%), sick days (5% - but very variable), health care (1-2%), maternity pay (up to 100%!!! but in reality 30-40% twice in 40 years - 1.5-2%), death benefits (1-2%), bonuses (0-20% depending on industry)

Then of course contractors need insurance and accountants (1-2%)

If a contractor is only earning 40% more than the person next to him, the tax advantages are effectively a risk adjustment on short term contract and no notice period


Don't declare ISA income

There is no need to declare income from ISA as it is not regarded as income


"If you complete a tax return, you do not need to declare any ISA interest, income or capital gains on it."

Cloudflare dumps Google's reCAPTCHA, moves to hCaptcha as free ride ends (and something about privacy)


Re: Audio versions

"Pavement" is American for a road surface - whether it is paved or not

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again


Re: But........

That reset method seems to be the normal method for getting kids in the car.

We ready? Ignition on. Daddy I forgot something - ignition off - opens door -gets teddy bear - closes door - opens door cause he is a kid - ignition on (then repeat for each child/wife in the car)

Marriott Hotels hacked AGAIN: Two compromised employee logins abused to siphon off 5.2m guests' personal info


Re: 2FA FTW!

Geographic aware login probably wouldn't be sensible for a hotel app. It is literally for travelling - same with plane apps

2FA isn't a bad idea, until you remember that it is for travelling and you may not have service to allow you to unlock your door. (of course there are other ways)

Sunday: Australia is shocked UK would consider tracking mobile data to beat pandemic. Monday: Australia to deploy drone intimidation squads


The Rockefellers and Rothschild families are so old and rich some of the conspiracies surrounding them are probably true. Same goes for the Windsors, Kennedys and certainly the Trumps


Why would they need to secretly chip us? We voluntarily carry a phone around with us and a lot of countries require you to register your SIM card with the government

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home


Didn't get it

My corporate phone didn't even receive it (Vodafone) - not sure if they don't care about workers!

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash


Re: Take a lesson from railways

Deadmans switches in trains are fine - the train can stop safely. In a car it can't just grind to a halt in the middle of a highway - that would cause accidents. It also can't pull over to the side (no driver to check it is safe)

IMHO a deadmans switch in a train is a result of not advancing technology enough to do away with the driver who (if there at all) should be there to handle non-standard situations that a computer can't (moving a car/person/tree off a track). A computer will always be able to react much quicker in the controlled environment of a train track and it shouldn't be the case a driver if expected to

Facebook coughs up $550m to make AI photo tagging lawsuit vanish. How ever will it survive on that $17.9bn left over?


One weeks worth of quarterly income

Is that less than one weeks worth of annual income?

You spoke, we didn't listen: Ubiquiti says UniFi routers will beam performance data back to mothership automatically


Re: Will we see routers behind routers ?

But how will you stop the second router sharing your browsing

In deepest darkest Surrey, an on-prem SAP system running 17-year-old software is about to die....


It is exactly the same with every software.

I worked at a company that was sold SAP as a solution to their problems. When the consultants came in (who may or may not have been the same as SCC) they asked 'what do you want', 'the same system on SAP' was the reply, and that was exactly what they got - an SAP system heavily customized to program in all the shit of the last system. 10 years later they stripped all of that out and decided to go with a fairly basic implementation fixing the underlying business processes and everyone was happy


Re: In danger of falling over?

SAP is generally going to SaaS. The upgrade to a supported version could be technically be difficult depending on how far behind and how much 'customization' they have done


Re: Pedant mode

oddly there is zero spent on council housing. Or maybe that is lumped in with 'adult care'


Re: Learn the Lessons

That is pretty much the way of the world for any software - particularly ERP software. SAP just gets the most stick because it is the biggest

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling


Re: "longevity ... guaranteeing two years of software updates and upgrades"

15 years ago I remember how we had to check the requirements on any software (or game) to make sure we could run. If the computer was older than 9 months for had no chance of running the latest games. Today I have a computer that is mainly 10 years old (albeit with a new graphic card, CPU and SSD) and no intention to change for a while. Phones will get there - eventually

Train-knackering software design blunder discovered after lightning sparked Thameslink megadelay


Re: Load shedding?

Should airports really be protected customers? The only safety critical aspect is air traffic control (definitely safety critical - but not always at airports), runways are only partially - they should have generators for emergencies to keep the lights on for low on fuel aircraft (only), otherwise they are only buildings with lots of shops. Doubt you are allowed to land at an airport with no power under normal circumstances

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing


Read article, picked up can, tapped 3 times on top, opened, drank

If scientists prove the world is flat, I don't want to be part of their studies!

ERP disaster zone: The mostly costly failures of the past decade


Re: MillerCoors...

HCL will give you the staff they think you will permit - not necessarily the best ones or even the right ones. We do use them and have complete dross and good people as well


Re: Can ERP actually be a perfect fit for any company ?

I think the point of ERP is so you draw from best practices. Once you start to need to heavily customise you aren't the benefits of them, but still blame the system which you effectively created.


Re: Been There...

I think you answered the reason for failure there - they were piloting on a non-similar system and replicating a bespoke system (which presumably was been replaced for a reason!)

Samsung taking its sweet time delivering Galaxy watches from phone bundle bungle


Free flights to America with Hoover

I think some people are still waiting on their trip to the States! (Due to popularity)

Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action


Re: Life goes on.

AC Generally speaking banks and other financial service providers can only claim a small percentage of their VAT back (often 4-5% of the 20% they pay - so less 1%). It is highly dependent on the type of service they provide

Also you don't technically need an accountant to sign off small accounts. It is just recommended (by accountants!)

Talk about a ticket to ride... London rail passengers hear pr0n grunts over PA system


Train Strike - next week

RMT has called a train strike next week to reinstate the fired driver and to demand installing full screen TVs on all trains to make sure drivers don't get bored (and a payrise as well)

Zavvi tells customers: You've won VIP tickets to Champions League final! And you've won tickets, and you've won tickets, and you, and...


Didn't get my email

Does that mean I won? Anyone want a spare ticket to Madrid?

Take your pick: 0/1/* ... but beware – your click could tank an entire edition of a century-old newspaper


Re: Close

or Irish Traveler (note the capitalization)

Centrica: Server fault on Wednesday caused Hive to crash on the Tuesday. Yes, yes, that's what we said


Re: Email apology?

Yes I did receive the email. It blamed an "external supplier"

Rust never sleeps: C++-alike language tops Stack Overflow survey for fourth year in a row


70% White



ABAP missing

ABAP isn't mentioned at all as the internal language of the biggest finance software in the world you would have thought it might appear

How do you sing 'We're jamming and we hope you like jamming, too' in Russian? Kremlin's sat-nav spoofing revealed



Have you ever tried navigating with GPS when not on a road? It is often easier just to go back to old fashioned map reading

Crowdfunded lawyer suing Uber told he can't swerve taxi app giant's £1m legal bill


Re: Who is ultimately responsible for collecting/paying the VAT

He is a political activist. The article even says that the black cab drivers have fronted him 20k. This isn't about VAT it is another step in the sage of Black Cab vs Uber. (and I bet that black don't register for VAT even when they receive over the 85k limit)

At least Sony offered a t-shirt, says macOS flaw finder: Bug bounties now for Macs if you want this 0-day, Apple


Re: If they won't pay then you can always donate it to the government

The London embassy is in suburbia



Re: If they won't pay then you can always donate it to the government

So the North Korean government runs a youth hostel?

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine



Now if we can find who have been selling my data to the PPI companies I would never get another phone call

Happy with your Surface Pro 3's battery? Well, here's a setting that will cut the charge by half


Same with Sonys

UK comms watchdog Ofcom pokes probe into Vodafone and EE over network coverage numbers


Protecting our interests

By making phone companies over exaggerate their phone signals



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