* Posts by Southernboy

13 posts • joined 2 Mar 2018

OneCoin lawyer trial kicks off in NY as cryptocurrency founder remains on the lam


Re: Earned A Precarious Living By Taking In Each Others Laundry

Except it's not a simple as that.

It wasn't promoted as MLM - more like a revolution which would 'Bank the unbanked' - making it attractive to people who weren't financially literate and who were outside what we consider a normal banking system.

Coupled with the immense cult-like marketing and following it garnered, as is often the case, those least able to afford to lose money were drawn in and lost their houses (literally in some cases).


Re: Earned A Precarious Living By Taking In Each Others Laundry

The scheme was powered by MLM and yes some of the people at the top of the pyramid did make money out of it.

But a huge number of ordinary people were taken in by the promises of the returns, and have lost money which they could not afford to lose. As is often the case, it's those with the most to lose and the least resources to pursue justice who suffer.

The BBC podcast 'The Missing Crypto Queen' is an interesting and depressing listen. Try listening to the Ugandan asking the BBC presenter if he's got good news for his mother, who spent all her savings - earmarked for opening a maize store - on OneCoin. That money's never coming back.

IR35 blame game: Barclays to halt off-payroll contractors, goes directly to PAYE


Re: "having more than one client at a time almost certainly puts you outside IR35"

No it's not enough. Each client and contract is assessed individually. I had two part time contracts. One was in IR35, one wasnt.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue


They're still blackboards


I reefuse to call them chalkboards.

They are boards. They are black. They.are blackboards.

Just like whiteboards are white.

Are you sure you've got a floppy disk stuck in the drive? Or is it 100 lodged in the chassis?


The best for a long time

I have only just managed not to end up with a keyboard covered with half-chewed doughnut. This is the best I've read for some time!

Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror


Musicians too

My daughter's boyfriend is a runner and violinist in the local orchestra.

She spotted the flaw in his claim that his (fitness device had said) he'd run 5k during rehearsals.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late


1998 system still running

Visited a small engineering company last week, to review their request for an order management system.

The current system is using Lotus Approach - the about screen showing 1998 and references to 'Year 2000 updates' (from memory - seems a bit early to be thinking of 2000). So it's been in use for 20 years.

It's still running and the advice was "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

To be fair - it is running on a Windows 7 machine - so something has been updated in the meantime.

We are going to fix it though - they use QuickBooks and there are add-ons which do all they want, integrated into QuickBooks. So recommendation is to move to this.


German competition watchdog tells Facebook to stop combining user data without consent


Re: The "But I don't care about them slurping my data" argument

Who says I need to be rational?


The "But I don't care about them slurping my data" argument

I'm not on Facbook for all the above reasons.

My wife is happy to use Facebook and doesn't care if they're harvesting all her activity and her friends' activity and details. She says "So what - I've got nothing to hide, and I don't care that they are doing this".

Has anyone got a good argument against this? Apart from my stock "But they just shouldn't be doing it, 'cos it's evil" response. I really need to give her a proper reasoned argument.

Responses here or links welcome!

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub


Some gold in the QUICK.txt file

This is a quick reference to internal and external commands.

Some really honest descriptions in here:


Ridiculous editor


The infamous background file printing utility which

fools you into thinking MS-DOS can do something it

really can't.


A special file which will do all sorts of wonderous

things when the system is booted.

Uber and NASA pen flying taxi probe pact


So how dangerous are helicopters?

So these will allegedly be safer than helicopters?

Guess what, helicopters don't fall out of the sky just because a single component fails. (Or at least it's very very rare).

And the wonderful idea that auto control is better than pesky pilots... no time to get into that discussion.

My PC is broken, said user typing in white on a white background


Re: No computer experience in 2005?

Nice reference. Just finished watching the series.


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