* Posts by thegroucho

123 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Mar 2016


How to lose a UK contractor in 10 days: Make them commit after upcoming IR35 tax upheaval, apparently


Re: It's not that hard

No thanks, I don't partake.

I am everything a Daily Mail reader hates - a dirty EU '27' citizen.

Do you read The Morning Star?


Re: It's not that hard

Take a chill pill, Sajid.

There is Tax Evasion and there is Tax Avoidance.

If the taxman allowed many directors in the public sector to operate through limited companies while working in the same place for many years then why to stop somebody who actually works some place for fixed period?

The whole thing is not to collect more money, it is to line up the pocket of Crapita and a few more at-arms length (in relationship with HMG) consultancies, revolving doors, outsourcing and all.

A contractor will just walk away, imported Indian worker with precarious visa will just suck up any old shit thrown their way as they know their employment depends on it.

600 armed German cops storm Cyberbunker hosting biz on illegal darknet market claims


Re: Servers in space ?

I dare you to go and swap a failed disk ...


In UK the regular police units don't carry weapons.

Ergo the reason to have https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specialist_Firearms_Command

I think your friend should do better to advocate for firearms control (assuming he was training the police in USA) and training as opposed to grandstanding.

P.S. For the record, the downvote wasn't mine



This happens if you don't want SAS to get involved in civilian operations.


This implies the ISP outfit actually had the proper security procedures in place to be able to at least contain the police for a bit. And the onsite security were actually worth something.

I used to regularly go to an unnamed datacentre near London. For non-ex-army environment the place was really tough to get into.

You need to get through a full-sized steel turnstile controlled by the security booth, then enter the security boot through steel door, mini-turnstile, another steel door. This only gets you into the courtyard, not the actual building. There are still something like 3-4 locked doors until you can reach equipment. And oh, another full-sized turnstile for every data area, transparent walls but still.

Vehicles were only allowed in if they were pre-registered, twin gates, metre high retractable bollards between the gates, likely able to flip over a lorry.

The security are ex-Gurkha. Look small and puny, but I suspect they can carry me for 1/2 mile, and I'm well over 6'. I would certainly will not spill their pint, or if I do will ask with my sweetest voice if they wanted replacement.

Two Arkansas dipsticks nicked after allegedly taking turns to shoot each other while wearing bulletproof vests


Re: Definite Darwin Award winner in the making

IDK, I think (not 100%) basejumpers don't have reserve as there is no altitude left to pull reserve.

Google Pay tells Euro users it has ditched UK for Ireland ahead of Brexit


Re: So this has nothing to do with ...

If that was the case don't you think a few people would have been sacked within Google for not maximising the profits???

Or is there rule in taxation which Apple, et all could use, but Google couldn't?

Fancy a .dev domain? They were $12,500 a pop from Google. Now, $1,000. Soon, $17.50. And you may want one



I must be missing something.

Gandi (I haven't checked anyone else) - "€16.81 per year; Gandi offers a 1 year standard certificate, even if you don't want to be hosted by us."

Depending on requirements you can get a free tier AWS account and use serverless Lambda or t2.micro EC2 server instance.

So where are the $99 pa coming from?

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos


Re: Rich Tax Paradox

sources, and I mean real ones, not alt-right opinions, facts please


Re: Simple solution to Dell's problem


Or like the fans of certain president (who cut the taxes with intention to help the rich, not everyone) who keep blindly think he works in heir best interest.

Unless of course your name is Thiel, Koch, et al.


Re: Simple solution to Dell's problem

Sorry, did you say IRS or HMRC?

Or are you referring to US government wanting to tax you on your foreign income?

Ergo if that's the case, you meant the US government pissing on you ...


Indeed, all those private A&E departments in all the private hospitals in UK ...

How many health insurance policies in UK contain cover for cancer treatment for example?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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Re: £899 - Ouch

@imanidiot and @big_D

I have been a moron as per my usual self and you are quite right.

Although not an expert I have been to the relevant Wiki page for IP rating number of times and have no excuse for not remembering.

I have this photo of me draining rain water from one of my cycling shoes into the other ... looks like I'm pouring a drink into a glass.

It was proper deluge so I think IP65 might suffer.

Luckily Mate 20 Pro is IP68.


Re: £899 - Ouch

For me it is the 1%.

Although my priorities would be someone's 'meh, so what' list.

The camera array, the IP6X-rated phone:

1. I have young kids and lugging MILC (Sony a6000) every time we go out just sucks.

2. Cycling (not commuting) in the rain and generally perspiring while cycling precludes me from having non-IP6X-rated phone.

Of course YMMV.

Not going to upgrade in 12-18 months so this is a long-term investment in a phone which will still be relevant (for me) in 3 years time.

Bankrupt Aussie Hells Angel scoops £750k lottery jackpot


Re: Tautology?

There was a Goldwing with a folding trailer - to act as breakdown rescue to make sure motorways are flowing.

Now for the life of me I can't say if it ever got deployment or was only used as a prototype.


Israel cyber chief's 'pants' analogy for password security deemed, well, 'pants'


Clearly 'JOKE ALERT' doesn't mean anything these days.

Username checks out ...



What do you know, according to your username you live south of M25


Re: Pants, eh?

I can always get you a pair for Christmas :-D

Canadian utility makes blockchain upstarts bid for their ravenous rigs' electricity supply


Re: Won't somebody think of the planet...?

I hear you on the energy savings front.

Although I like LED lights whereas the old energy savings bulbs cause some people migraines, skin problems, etc.

One thing which irks me is the limit on vacuum cleaner power.

Like I will be standing all day long with one of those turned on.

FFS, it takes 10-20 minutes to clean the house, what are they banging on about.

Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi


Re: "The US president claims he’s a negotiator"...

Seems well for the time being.

What people forget however is that on the background there is a lot of legwork done by China and South Korea.

But Trump will claim that as his 'art of negotiation' success, like 100% his effort.

US govt mulls snatching back full control of the internet's domain name and IP address admin


Re: Yay choices

7) The bloke down the pub

Facebook stockholders tell Zuck to reform voting rules as data scandal branded 'human rights violation'


Re: the dogs bark, but the caravan goes on

I loved the Avatar quote (I forgot about it and I have seen the movie a few times) but the cat references totally take the biscuit!

I think I need to appreciate my cat's behaviour a lot more and the occasional episode of cat puke or dead creature I step in early in the morning (invariably without shoes on) must be considered in the light of above.

HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition


Re: A common problem

'Shuffled off this mortal coil', no pun or references to electricity, honest!

Uber and NASA pen flying taxi probe pact



I mean, not that their software already killed a person on the ground.

Imagine miscalculating a building full of people as a non-obstacle and ramming something flammable into it.

Cisco separates switching and routing software from hardware


I looked at my calendar

It isn't 1st of April yet ...

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body


Re: Yeah... Right

Higway code:

Rule 59 says SHOULD about helmet and high-vis.

Rule 60 says MUST have front and rear light at night, also rear reflector.

Those who have read a RFC should better know the difference between MUST and SHOULD.

Make what you wish out the above.

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


Do you ...

To some of the commentards here:

Do you really have such low opinion of your mothers, wives/girlfriends, sisters, daughters?

Do you see them only good enough to make your dinner, wash your dirty underwear, give birth to you (mothers), have sex with when it suits you even if they said 'please, not tonight' (wives/girlfriends)?

What kind of human beings are you?

Vermont becomes fifth US state to boot up its own net neutrality rules


Re: And you hoped that we might have heard the end of the net neutrality debate.

Can I come to yours?

What is your preferred beverage that goes with popcorn? I will buy some on the way.

We can sit on the fence and watch.

MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'


Re: So the high level Brexit "plan" remains in tact.

you sure it is not




Buy a few crossbows with plenty of arrows and spares

Secretly dig a bunker in the forest

Develop haircut like Daryl (from The walking Dead)

Learn to shoot like Carol (from The walking Dead)

etc, etc.

Maybe it won't be so bad, maybe we can have soft brexit, you never know, we can only dream.


No, but would make for a good laugh ... or cry ...

Depending on glass half full/half empty outlook.



Re: De Management sez

@Laura Kerr

Amen to that, and cheers to you!

Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out


What do you call ...

What do you call a thousand lawyers chained together at the bottom of the ocean?

A good start.

Tech bad-boy Uber crafts tool to make staff follow the rules in future (er, coding rules, that is)


@Horse Sense

Surely if concatenated with the word 'breaking'?

Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs


Re: Vanilla code?

I did so ... still nothing other than 9.8.2(17)


Re: Vanilla code?

Erm, not as of earlier in the morning.

As of now I can only see ONLY.

Nothing for 9.6, 9.4, etc

Blockchain rebrand sends Stapleton Capital's shares soaring


Now, can I change my username on the forum ...

... from 'thegroucho' to maybe 'the blockchain groucho', etc ...

WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor


Re: it's the 21st century and they're still...

Voland's right hand, respectfully - I agree, but I would expect a little bit of Quality Assurance, i.e. somebody to eyeball the code.

Net boffins brew poison for BGP hijacks


Re: Couldn't attackers use the same techniques?

Have you of lately advertised a prefix longer than /24 towards your Tier 1 ISP?

Have they accepted it and propagated it?

Name 3 Tier 1 ISPs who allow that and I would give you £5 for the effort.

Somehow I doubt you will collect.

How to hack Wi-Fi for fun and imprisonment with crypto-mining inject


How about we try another way

Just do IPv6 RA and everybody on the WiFi will think you are the gateway ...

Then you can do almost anything you want.

Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner


irregular numberplates

The law clearly states what the plates should be like.

If you just bought a vehicle, it is your fault for not asking the seller to knock the price down for the few ££s it would cost you to rectify the matter. You would if you thought the price does not reflect the expected repairs, don't know why you would be paying only to replace the numberplates out of your own pocket.

If you just bought the car and still waiting for DVLA documents, you can expect some degree of leniency if you are stopped for something as trivial as numberplates.

Six months later however if you haven't rectified it - it is your own fault for being a lazy slob.

SuperFish cram scandal: Lenovo must now ask nicely before stuffing new PCs with crapware



Darned Chinese ...

Oops, they weren't first by nauthical mile:


TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain


Re: Hmmmm

Get your filthy mind out of the gutter so I can put mine in!

Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure


You are both wrong - if you are this ill then likely your sense of taste and smell is going to be affected.

No point using the nice stuff, an average quality will do well.

Once you feel better - congratulate yourself with a wee dram of the good stuff.

UK government bans all Russian anti-virus software from Secret-rated systems



the XKCD link - harsh but true!

Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look


Re: Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet'...

Don't forget the BlackJack!

Russia is the place where the house ALWAYS wins.

And in case you happen to have the audacity to win, things happen to you.

You get arrested, sham trials and the likes.

Count yourself lucky if you don't get polonium.


Re: Obligatory xkcd

Pint, for you Sir, obviously!