* Posts by Dave314159ggggdffsdds

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Tropical island paradise ponders tax-free 'Digital Nomad Visa'

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Re: Recipe for resentment?

If you have to flat-out lie to make your far-right propaganda points, it says a lot about what you're actually doing here.

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Re: Tax free status doesn't matter to Americans

'Private' health care in the UK isn't, though. It's a veneer on top of the NHS. Vanishingly little is done that isn't NHS-funded at the core. Just the rooms are nicer and the scheduling is better.

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Re: Recipe for resentment?

"it's the same mistake the UK has made with non-doms: there's not much point in welcoming wealthy people into your country unless you tax them."

Except that the UK hasn't made any such mistake, and has benefited greatly from the non-doms.

I really don't know what's so hard to understand about the obvious facts that a) people who don't live or earn money in your country - non-doms - don't _owe_ anything in tax, and b) it's better to get the tax on the very large sums they spend than to get nothing at all.

As long as there is excess capacity, as in Bali, it's a no-brainer with no downsides.

The perfect crime – undone by the perfect email backups

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Re: Manager and Cashier

Where are you going to get interest of 3.5%? You'd be lucky to get that return (above inflation) from investments with significant risk, these days.

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It only seems daft until you consider the effects on people trying it on. Somehow, despite the bit where the plod'll just accept whatever you say and give you a crime number, most insurance fraudsters don't want to go to the police with their made-up story of loss.

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Re: Manager and Cashier

Places that don't extradite are a poor plan. Well, unless you want to spend the rest of your life in e.g. Dubai and never leave. Much better to disappear somewhere nice, create a new identity, and launder the cash. Done like that you need much, much less to be life-changing. Move to the US, change your name, set up a small business with the cash you nicked and you won't need to work hard, for example - a lot better than being a branch manager.

Halfords suffers a puncture in the customer details department

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Re: Not only their problem - ?

You can easily look this up.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dvla-data-sharing-strategy

The DVLA has a positive duty to _disclose_ vehicle registration details to anyone who makes a reasonable request. It is not private date, it's a public registry. There's no loophole, the system is working as we intend it to work.

Next you'll be complaining the electoral role is also public data.

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In my experience Halfords MOT shops are either criminal or incompetent in ways that just happen to generate revenue for fixing stuff that isn't broken. For example, claiming surface rust on solid (unvented) brake discs was affecting the structural integrity, etc., and that I needed to pay them >£2k to change pads and discs - but not mentioning the pinhole in the brake line which they didn't want to replace because it's a nightmare job on that car.

I mean, they're so incompetent in non-revenue-raising ways too that I hesitate to put it down to venality. But either way it's a load of hassle you don't get at any proper mot shop.

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Missing the difference between 'our customer data' and 'our _customers'_ data' seems to be a symptom of the problem.

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Re: Is this the same Halford....

Castrol edge is usually more expensive than Syntium ime. Generally the cheapest decent oil I've found has been Syntium on half price offer - there's always an offer on somewhere for one oil or another of that quality, which is the one I'll get, and most commonly it's been Syntium.

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Re: A disclosure like this in the US would have landed a prosecution under CFAA

I'd have to look it up (and I cba) to be sure whether this is even a disclosable breach. People seem to have got a funny idea of what data is private, and the bar is set much higher than commonly guessed. Your name and address are not private data in general, although in some cases they can be.

If it is a breach, it's only a very minor one. It's mot booking data, not std treatment appointments. Failing to report it appropriately would be a further breach of regs, but again a minor one.

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Re: Wassat, then?

Ime they're much more talented than usual for such customer service positions - at least when it comes to getting paid for doing nothing.

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Re: Is this the same Halford....

It's also lifetime-guaranteed. At least once or twice a year they reduce it all to half price, and then it's a very good deal.

Know the difference between a bin and /bin unless you want a new doorstop

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"it's not hard to conclude that email clients do not do a good job with handling read email."

TBF they treat it much the same way I treat post, except that their big pile is easier to search.

Password recovery from beyond the grave

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Re: dundancy

Only if you never go near said safe. If you're onsite to get killed by a fire which also takes out the safe, it's only one incident.

Agreed, if you're not there, and we're talking multiple locations, it's going to need a nuclear holocaust or similar and at that point you won't care.

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Re: Talking of the DR plan in the safe ...

"My small safe requires a key to open it"

Bet you a bottle of Talisker that it doesn't...

How one techie ended up paying the tab on an Apple Macintosh Plus

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Are you sure he isn't just typing on a phone keyboard or similar? Backspace and enter are usually next to each other.

Brute force and whiskey: The solution to all life's problems

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Come on. I make up better war stories than this in the comments practically every week...

That time a techie accidentally improved an airline's productivity

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You know, it's possible to criticise the many things wrong with the NHS without criticising the concept, bigging up bloody Boris, or whatever other factional nonsense you like.

The simple reality is that the NHS both needs more funding overall, and is also extremely inefficient at spending what it has, measured against other national health systems.

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Re: Everybody knows...

Social worker always strikes me as one of those 'doth protest too much' phrases, a bit like places called Democratic People's Republic. But if they called them antisocial layabouts there'd be too much competition for the job.

California Right-to-Repair bill quietly killed in committee

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Re: Not just tech

"Uh no, the big commercial guys would much prefer to buy parts off the shelf cheaply and hire a cheap mechanic or two to be on staff for preventative maintenance when not fixing the big stuff."

Nope. JD's sales to large clients have gone up, not down. They've done their market research and got it right. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean you need to make up conspiracy theories about it.

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Jeez, can't we just admit that, as everyone with half a brain keeps pointing out, the problem is not that you can't get spares or repair stuff yourself, it's that lots of things are too hard to repair for repairs to be reasonable. Microelectronics, just not worth the bother, for example. Motor windings, unless the broken wire is right on top. That kind of thing.

Aside from that, anyone can design stuff to make it impossible to repair, even if people have a legal right to spare parts.

But in practice, the idea stuff is unrepairable (economically) is almost always a myth. I fix stuff for a living. People routinely ask me to take a quick look at something everyone has told them should just be thrown away, and a few minutes' of my time is usually enough to fix it. Less often, a few minutes is all it takes to say 'nah, this one's borked'.

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Re: Not just tech

That is a selling point for almost all their clients. It's absolutely what you'd want too, if you had a big commercial farm, million dollar tractors, and guys on $30k a year driving them. It's like the automated factory with a man and a dog, where the man is there to feed the dog, and the dog is there to bite the man if he touches the machinery.

Clearly it annoys the hell out of various diehard independents who are absolutely outraged that they can't fiddle with _their own_ million dollar tractor, but the problem there is that they're JD fanboys and so won't go and buy the alternatives intended for people like them.

Australian digital driving licenses can be defaced in minutes

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Re: People don't run red lights when they know there is a camera on.

"I saw a person run a red light with a police car beside or behind them."

Which they clearly didn't see. Whereas it's obvious that altering official documents is fraud or whatever.

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Re: Certificates

"Getting a newer license would be spiffy. However, that also puts a temporal limit the validity of some parts"

Er, no. You have lost those entitlements anyway - or will at whatever age it kicks in. You simply have an inaccurate, outdated piece of plastic that does not confer any benefits*.

*Well, you might find you can use it to fraudulently hire vehicles you aren't actually entitled to drive, etc. But no non-criminal uses I can think of.

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Re: Certificates

"my drivers license is still the paper kind. Yeah, we'll have to exchange that for a plastic card one soon-ish (I think)"

If you're in the UK, you're way past that - you don't have a valid proof-of-license at all. The paper thing hasn't been valid in years.

If you get stopped by the police and asked to produce your license, you'll get a fine. Don't think there's points for it, though. And they clearly have no intention of enforcing compliance any other way, given how long it's been.

FWIW, it's almost unimaginable that you are actually complying with the regulations regarding needing to update your details/photo at a reasonable interval, although I guess it's theoretically possible your appearance hasn't changed significantly in decades, and you haven't changed addresses in that time either.

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Re: Certificates

OK, boomer. Your made-up statistics created to 'prove' what Tory voters think are just _so_ persuasive.

The simple reality is that younger drivers have actually passed a proper test, and older drivers haven't. There's no doubt experience _can_ count for something, but it usually doesn't. What actually contributes to crash rates among the young is not inexperience, but the bit where they're overwhelmingly more likely to carry passengers. Adjusted for that, the rates are very similar, bit higher for older drivers.

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Re: I'll have your ID, then...

"Only people with smart phones will be allowed to drive."

ROFL. Listen to yourself for a moment...

Keeping your head as an entire database goes pear-shaped

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"What is needed is some way to ensure a critical system "goes catastrophically wrong" every now and then, only to be fixed (after a suitable delay) by the heroic sysadmin who saves the day, without the users ever catching on to what's really happening."

Yes. A market niche Microsoft have been taking care of for us for a few decades now...

BOFH: Where do you think you are going with that toner cartridge?

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Re: HP Laserjet 5

You can still buy a very good, completely uncrippled brand new laser printer for less than that. Significantly less if you wait for a good hp cashback deal and then find a retailer who still applies the usual discount as well. Last one I got was about 350 off 500, and you get quite good vfm that way. Good enough to be worth buying extra and chucking them on eBay once the cashback ends, often.

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Re: We had a copier engineer once...

We had something similar once. I told them I accepted their contention that their extremely valuable printer had never been delivered, but we had another one just like it here they were disclaiming ownership of, and since they were a) in breach of contract because we didn't have the printer they were supposed to provide and b) they were in the business of renting them out, would they like to buy it from us?

Sadly, the numpty I was speaking to had to get the purchase order signed off by someone with a vaguely-working brain, who called me back to apologise and correct their asset register.

When management went nuclear on an innocent software engineer

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Re: nice story

"offshore wind turbines don't "go boom""

Incorrect. They can go bang in spectacular and rather polluting ways, and do so on a fairly regular basis.

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Re: nice story

"Nuclear going boom or just a little bit wrong?"

History actually tells us, not a big problem. Even Chernobyl was basically inconsequential, looked at rationally. The evacuation of Pripyat was a mistake, in hindsight, and caused more deaths than the radiation would have. Fukushima was a complete non-problem.

"And don't forget those many little happy accidents which didn't make it to the news 'cause companies kept quiet instead of reporting it."

That's a loony conspiracy theory. No such thing is even possible. Stop listening to far right YouTubers.

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Re: Dogs

That's not original to your colleague. Google thinks it's from someone called Warren Bennis, but I'm pretty sure he nicked the line from a sci-fi author. Phil K Dick? Anyone remember the story I'm thinking of?

Amazon puts 'creepy' AI cameras in UK delivery vans

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Re: @Dave3415etc

No, it isn't satire. It's a factual observation. I have repeatedly had to tell delivery drivers that if they absolutely must have a shit round here, go into the woods rather than shitting by my bins. There is a free public toilet round the corner anyway.

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Re: @Dave3415etc

"Completely heartless and not even slightly amusing."

Obviously it isn't amusing. It's revolting. I was not joking in any way.

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Re: it's law in the UK! But it's under review by the UK Gummin't!

And you'd be wrong. Writing for those rags is just another job in journalism,a nd says nothing about the hacks' political affiliations. Same as the Guardian, etc.

People who write for off-the-wall loony sites like The Canary or Stormfront are sometimes doing it out of political conviction, but even on those mainly it's the love of money and a willingness to say anything, anything at all, that gets them paid.

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Re: "The police forces have given up patrolling"

The lazy sods choose make-work when they are forced to pretend to do something. Mostly, they don't even bother pretending.

It's about time they face investigation for wasting police time.

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They are already rewarding - such as the rewards are - safe and socially aware behaviour. Now they are able to enforce that.

I really have no problem with Amazon drivers getting more money, any more than I do with anyone else. But it's quite clear there is a huge problem with how they have been behaving, and that the incentives they were set led them to do the exact opposite of being safe and socially aware. If they're now forced to be safe and socially aware, they will stop doing the nasty shit they've been doing, and get paid the same if not more once it all shakes out and deliveries are correctly priced.

I have literally just been out for a smoke and seen an Amazon branded van hooting and then swearing at a lady with a guide dog who was walking on the pavement and - I think - wasn't speedily-enough crossing a driveway the driver wanted to turn round in. I don't care how hard you have to work for shit pay, that is the behaviour of a scummy person.

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Obviously it's not for fun. It's because those were the incentives set. Now the incentives are being changed so they don't have to do that, and people around here think it's a bad thing.

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Re: "the drivers need to be strongly incentivised to stop being antisocial bastards"

"Amazon need to stop strongly incentivising their drivers to be antisocial bastards"

Yes. Which is what they've just done. And you're opposed to it.

"If an Amazon driver will be penalised for not meeting targets if they don't drive too fast, how does it help anything if they are also penalised if they do drive too fast?"

There will be video evidence that the target is wrongly set and it will be changed. Are you really this hard of thinking?

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So why are you disagreeing with me that it's appropriate for Amazon to change the incentives here?

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Re: it's law in the UK! But it's under review by the UK Gummin't!

ROFL. Laura K is Jeremy Corbyn? That's quite a conspiracy theory you have there.

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Re: Isn't there a law ....

Did you miss what I wrote about incentives?

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Re: @Dave3415etc

It isn't a joke, and it got upvotes because others have seen it too. We are literally talking about the need for monitoring people who will shit in other people's front gardens due to the pressure of work.

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Re: "The police forces have given up patrolling"

"So maybe it's time to put cameras into police cars to ensure they are at work and willingly to work?"

That's pointless. We already know they aren't working and won't willingly work.

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What are they going to say? That there is ample evidence this monitoring is needed and that the drivers need to be strongly incentivised to stop being antisocial bastards.

Apart from being run off the road by the fuckers on a regular basis, I have frequently seen them shitting in people's front gardens. It's about time Amazon got some control over them.

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Re: Isn't there a law ....

No Amazon driver in their right mind thinks they deserve to win these cases, because they all know they're terrible drivers who habitually do stuff they're told not to do. A few aren't in their right minds, of course. The rest aren't going to fight it because it's a waste of time.

The problem isn't AI, it's the people doing deliveries and the incentives they face. This changes the incentives.

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And one on the external cameras for when they shit in the bushes in someone's front garden.

Beware the fury of a database developer torn from tables and SQL

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Re: Just a quick question.

I think I covered that.

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