* Posts by Ashto5

36 posts • joined 26 May 2016

Voyager 1 cracks yet another barrier: Now 150 Astronomical Units from Sol


Just Plain Amazing

What else is there to say ?

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware


Requested my return code today

Lets see how they handle the repair


Thanks Guys

I believed that I had no choice but to go buy a new player, now I will go find the label to get a replacement thanks.

Now to the meat

Can someone please put together an idiots step by step guide on how to block these phone homes and tracking via the router.

I am asking this for millions of simple people who do not know how to block this stuff.

I tried blocking yahoo adverts but it appears they have a very large round robin list and it just trips to the next after 2 or 3 seconds.

Routers should come with all traffic blocked and you should have to open a port to allow stuff out, this take everything from these companies is disgusting.

Thanks again

Shocked I am. Shocked to find that underground bank-card-trading forums are full of liars, cheats, small-time grifters


Damn You Just Cannot Trust Anyone


So Sad, those poor people just trying to buy stuff online to help themselves.

Maybe the good guys could set up loads of boards like that and get some of the money back ??

SpaceX pulls off an incredible catch, netting both halves of its Falcon fairing as they fell Earthwards after latest launch


True Agile

Learn by iteration

Nominet shakes up system for expiring .uk domains, just happens to choose one that will make it £millions. Again



That’s what they wanted for a domain that is parked on.

They should ban that sort of thing

Use it or lose it

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on


Time for change

It is time that the rendering process included

Previous history

Named people ( so that the same people can’t just change company name)

Decent negotiators NOT civil servants or bullet monkeys


Re: Next step: outsource the whole military to Capita...

When they attack the safest place will be directly in front of them


Re: When I was young...

Why not put them in Job Centers ?

Got a crap life join the army and blow crap up you will love it

Maybe have a few guns laid out for them to try

The odd tank parked outside


Again & Again & Again

These people are military they can kill you in hundreds of different ways

The others are salesmen and they can rob you in hundreds of different ways

Who thinks letting them negotiate a contract is a good idea ?

Capita has the brains and still keeps coming out on top even when they mess up

Dominic Cummings needs to get a grip of these things and sort them out

Microsoft accused of sharing data of Office 365 business subscribers with Facebook and its app devs


Whose Benefit ?

Just ask yourself “ to whose benefit is this?”

If the answer is NOT resoundingly MINE

Then your about to be shafted by {insert company name}

Twitter hackers busted 2FA to access accounts and then reset user passwords


Twitter Mumbles Ate NOT Fact

Anyone who got scammed was a fool in this instance.

“Give me some money and I will double it because I am a nice guy“

Right a 6 year old would question that proposal.

Twitter is such a toxic place so glad I avoid FB & T, LinkedIn is fast coming into 3rd place for creating a toxic environment.

To all the “social media” fools lookup there is an amazing world just 3” above your screen.

Forget about Wipro chairman saying no one would lose their job due to COVID-19: UK staff told they're facing redundancy


Mr Sunak

Hey did some UK IT people lose Their jobs to our source companies?

You must be mistaken HMRC tell us that the UK IT sector is booming

The UK government need to start to take note, HMRC have lied to you and your about to watch the UK service sector wiped out, then the demand for more visas to fill the gap will be required

Start looking after your UK work force

Twitter says hack of key staff led to celebrity, politician, biz account hijack mega-spree


Twitter Loses Credibility - Again

Well it was bound to happen.

Big companies can not be trusted with your data, glad I don’t use FB or T and I am seriously thinking of coming of LinkedIn ( gone toxic )

Infosys reports better-than-expected results thanks in part to lower visa costs


Dept Of The Obvious

IR35 killed off Freelance work for the banks, so of course Indian outsource companies have posted high profits.

HMRC pushed all the well paid roles offshore, 10,000+ freelancers were let go in March 2020.

Still lower visa costs, hmm maybe just maybe someone at InfoSys knows someone in a position of influence.

Nah I am probably just being a little paranoid.

Brit MPs vote down bid to delay IR35 reforms, press ahead with new tax rules for private-sector contractors


Re: Contractors already pay more tax

You forget that there is a 20% VAT charge that goes to HMRC

So that no longer gets generated so HMRC lose 20% straight off.

Contractors generally come in when it has gone pear shaped and help to clean up, they then leave.

The rate reflects this, you cannot compare permanent staff and contract staff.

So a better example maybe

Contract fees of £75k + £15k (20% vat) = £90k

£15k direct to HMRC and then the other taxes

Roughly HMRC get £35k from the freelancer

Same role permanent will be for around £40k

Roughy HMRC get £16k from this employment

A LOSS of £19k

Now the jobs go offshore as its cheaper now and less risky of battling HMRC

HMRC get £0.00 nil nothing nada

So please tell me again how this makes sense.

Contracting WAS open to anyone who wished to do it, the people complaining never tried it or failed at it they just believed the lies peddled out.

Try reapplying for YOUR job every 3 months lets see how you get on.


Offshore Goldmine

What client in their right mind is going to hire a freelancer !!!

HMRC do not agree with assessments made by its own tool CEST.

Hire a contractor face a court date with HMRC.

Freelancing in the UK is now dead, but in a positive note there will be lots of jobs created offshore

HMRC tax take £0.00


We're no longer helping UK Post Office persecute postal workers with our shonky system, says Fujitsu


PO Prosecutions ?

The number of PO employees and managers prosecuted for this stands at a whooping ZERO 0 THATS none nada zilch

How many postmaster and postmistress prosecuted , hundreds.

Does not seem fair does it really ?

Apple gives Boot Camp the boot, banishes native Windows support from Arm-compatible Macs


No Future

I have a 27” 5k screen mac I use it for apple and windows, the screen is gorgeous BUT if I can not run windows on it then it is the last mac I will own.

Whose side you on, Nominet? Registry floods .co.uk owners with begging emails to renew unwanted .uk domains


Spot On

You summed up the whole thing nicely

Huawei's latest smartphone for the UK market costs £1,299. And yes, that's without Google apps


Wow just wow

That is a crazy price, good luck to anyone who pays it.

Apples latest is also an off the scale price.

I purchased outright an iPhone 8 for less than £400 it does everything I need.

The money saved I can get a 3 year old twin Xeon desktop with 128gb a 500gb raid 5 ssd setup and g cards to support 8 monitors.

Hmm but it is shiny ....

Brit council tosses Serco a £50m contract extension as coronavirus pandemic leaves in-sourcing plans in tatters


Still in the Dark Ages

This really annoys me.

We live in a world where I can get a pizza delivered in 20 mins, silicone sealant delivered in under 24 hrs


Council services are still NOT centralised, it is the same set of services in each council.

Bins, library, housing, etc etc

Honestly I do not think these Council people are worth the money being paid.

Serco etal are just riding the gravy train

£25 million a year seriously!!!!!

It is NOT in Serco interest to help centralise they NEED every council paying through the nose for the same services.

Office for budget responsibility should be all over this, it’s insane.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands



How many of the jobs going are executive jobs ?

I mean they will need those guys to fix the problems with the plane won’t they ?

Android trojan EventBot abuses accessibility services to clear out bank accounts – fortunately, it's 'in preview'


Where IS The Protection

Apple / Google etal

Should implement a protection strategy, that FORBIDS users to download and install applications that have NOT been put through hard core security testing.

IF they cannot protect the device then how the hell is a user tech or not supposed to ?


I forwarded a suspect email to the security team via the dodgy email button in outlook, I did my part.

Security opened the email and then opened the attachment, it encrypted every share within the company followed by popups asking for money.

These companies / individuals need to be held responsible for the job they do / product they supply.

Google is a 'publisher' says Aussie court as it hands £20k damages to gangland lawyer


How can it have affected him ?

The guy still went in to have a career and a good one by the sounds of it.

Google should take this in the chin and see what it can do about linkage and dating, then people who are cleared could inform the search engine of the linkage and viola the 2 things can be shown together.

Historical fact and historical outcome.

This will only work by the person informing the search engine of the linkage.

May be labour intensive but that should be the price of being the top dog in the search world.

More than one-fifth of smartphone sales evaporate in China as pandemic grips Middle Kingdom


Big Data Big Brother

From all of the press on China, it would seem that you do need a “smart” phone or “comrade on your shoulder” to live there.

Apple are in for a bumpy time, the price is too high for their devices and in the west people are going to be tightening there belts.

Apple may be a bite to expensive for most.

America and apple need to bring the manufacturing back home while they can, it’s hard to sell buy American when it’s made in China.

Google calls a halt on Chrome 82, but the version 83 beta has arrived early – so it's coding and bug finding time ahead


Happy Web Dev

Every time Chrome gets an update I try to re watch “The Internship”.

Mayday! Mayday! The next Windows 10 update is finally on approach to a PC near you


Odd One Out

I develop code everyday and generally it is the over paranoid security dept that bugger windows up.

I have not had a problem other than finding some pieces that have been relocated.

Win 10 just seems to do the job for moi.

I feel like the odd one in here.

HMRC claims victory in another IR35 dispute to sting Nationwide contractor for nearly £75k in back taxes


IR35 Victim


Smacks of hypocrisy, maybe HMRC need to flip this around.

Employee acting like a contractor should be liable for their own taxes, pass all the taxes to the disguised contractor.

Still the unfortunate victim of IR35 can now claim holidays and all the other perks of being an employee, and surly both parties acted in good faith which is what the judgement in a prior case stated and therefore HMRC was not allowed to claim the tax.

This totally looks like HMRC have decided that contractors as a group MUST have assets and is going after them.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign


Re: Does it ...

It isn’t the distance between lamppost that determines a 30mph zone

It is the presence of lampposts, without signage to tell you otherwise then limit is 30mph

Too many speeding courses ...

UK political parties fall over themselves to win tech contractor vote by pledging to review IR35



IR35 was invented by labour to stop people being forced into Ltd companies by business.

It is based on a falsehood, and now in order to “protect” workers they have morphed it into a tax rule to cripple individuals.

Permies who support this need to understand a few truths

We pay as much if not more taxes than you

We don’t get your benefit package

We enjoy being at the top of our game

This article is about how fast politicians can offer and retract statements

You cannot trust any of them

Companies will suffer and outsourcing will shoot up and eventually permies will be dismissed as the knowledge industry moves to India

Careful what you wish for

20% of UK businesses would rather axe their contractors than deal with IR35 – survey


Because they are expensive

Total rubbish, if you think hiring a professional is expensive try hiring an amateur!!

Next time you see a day rate you think is too high, phone your plumber and ask what he charges.

I reapply for my contract every 3 months, when did you last reapply for your job ?

Finally if you don’t like contractors then just refuse to work with them, your company will appreciate your honesty and flexibility.

I am sick of people playing down the skills of contractors, if your employer thought YOU could do he wouldn’t need us.

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn


IP is all you have why give it away?

Your IP is all you have NEVER train your replacement.

A company i worked for as feelance no longer required mine and 2 others services as "they dont need us anymore" they now employ 19 permies to do the work and they are failing

, they also use offshore and thats not working either.

If you think a professional is expensive, try using an amateur

UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud


Mission Impossible

Too many people have too much to lose to allow this through.

No matter how much access the HMG have they will not be able to stop a nut job.

You all know that the tech companies have backdoors in their software?

They just don't tell you.

Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud


Banks its your fault

I have a friend who claimed chip and pin was fool proof, he had read the documentation on the system.

I laughed at him at that point.

There is only one way that we will beat / reduce fraud, and that is with participation with the banks and their security measures.

Firstly I want to see and hear about their plans to prevent fraud, not the plan to punish me for using THEIR facilities.

BANK’s it is YOUR system not mine, if the criminal fraternity breach it that is YOUR fault.

We could have 2nd and 3rd part verification process, request and response phone messaging, please include a panic code for people being forced.

Register when going abroad, include region / city.

Then we can talk about sharing the final cost.


Security Is EVERYONE'S Business

I have a friend who claimed chip and pin was fool proof, he had read the documentation on the system.

I laughed at him at that point.

There is only one way that we will beat / reduce fraud, and that is with participation with the banks and their security measures.

Firstly I want to see and hear about their plans to prevent fraud, not the plan to punish me for using THEIR facilities.

BANK’s it is YOUR system not mine, if the criminal fraternity breach it that is YOUR fault.

We could have 2nd and 3rd part verification process, request and response phone messaging, please include a panic code for people being forced.

Register when going abroad, include region / city.

Then we can talk about sharing the final cost.


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