* Posts by Azamino

75 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Jul 2019


X fails to remove hate speech over Israel-Gaza conflict


Re: Xitter has problems policing hate speech ?

"... they have to own what they say." Hmm, wind the clock back 35 years for how that worked out in the former Eastern Bloc, or nip into modern day China, Saudi Arabia etc to to see the impact it has on their citizens.

Props to you for walking the walk and posting under your own name rather than a handle.

BOFH: Monitor mount moans end in Beancounter beatdown



Quasimodo orders a whisky,

Bells alright? asks the barman

Quasimodo - Mind yer own business!

I'll get me coat...

Robot mistakes man for box of peppers, kills him


That is certainly not the position I was expecting form someone with the handle Bloodbeastterror.

‘How not to hire a North Korean plant posing as a techie’ guide updated by US and South Korean authorities


"flooded the global marketplace with ill-intentioned information technology workers"

Looking out for the "ill-intentioned" doesn't really help does it? I worked in IT for 25 years, mostly banking, and I cannot remember any other type of worker lasting more than a couple of months!

My bosses were invariably trying to lock our customers into disadvantageous contracts while using the wrong software on minimally viable hardware. I much prefer the idea that they were fiendish degenerates making deliberate choices than well-intentioned incompetents making cock-up after cock-up.

Last rites for the UK's Online Safety Bill, an idea too stupid to notice it's dead


Re: "Think of the children" is so last year...

You might want to look up Isla Bryson aka Adam Graham and re-think that last sentence AC.

Google launches $99 a night Hotel Mountain View for hybrid workers


No chance

Post IR35 the only way to make any serious coin in the UK is by working multiple gigs (>3) simultaneously at home. You can't maintain that illusion working from someone else's office!


Re: Possibly unpopular opinion, but...

> Except for people with families, perhaps?

There will be plenty of examples where the families will be more than happy with the arrangement!

Aliens crash landed on Earth – and Uncle Sam is covering it up, this guy tells Congress


Re: Thermodynamics would like a word

It would have had to be one hell of an hallucination considering that the object was caught on his aircraft's cameras. An optical illusion sounds more likely but would that not have been figured out by now?


Nothing to see here

Nothing worth seeing on this rock since Waldo "D.R." Dobbs and Ernest Errol Quinch re-arranged the continents.


Boss such a tyrant you need a job quitting agent? It works in Japan


See handle

Yep, I can relate to this having lived and worked in Japan for a Japanese firm. Putting in my notice was excruciatingly awkward, and I was a foreigner for a local it has to be worse.

The death of the sysadmin has been predicted for years – we're not holding our breath


Re: Biased A.I models written by white men

Comparison is the thief of joy.

@stiine Your last sentence is 100% correct.

Laid-off 60-year-old Kyndryl exec says he was told IT giant wanted 'new blood'


Let it go

By letting the guy go they are probably doing him a favour, https://flowingdata.com/2015/09/23/years-you-have-left-to-live-probably/

For the love of Gaia, once you have accrued an adequate pension pot go and do something more interesting. You will be happier and it creates room for the younger generation to get ahead too.

BOFH: Ah. Company-branded merch. So much better than a bonus


Would anyone care to share what WTCLOI is supposed to mean?

"And you just HAPPENED to have a tin of petrol (WTCLOI) under your desk?"

Elizabeth Holmes is not going to prison – for the moment


Adam Smith nailed it

Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.

Theranos founder Holmes ordered to jail after appeal snub


Deterrence effect

In the decade 2001 to 2011 thirty released killers in England and Wales were convicted for 29 murders and 6 manslaughters between them. That's at least 35 people who died unnecessarily.


The death penalty might not be working in the USA but is the system in England and Wales any better?

Royal Mail wins worst April Fools' joke 2023

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BOFH: The Board members are looking very ill these days


Not all that out there…

I know of at least one Big 4 accounting firm that has issued senior partners with smart watches to monitor their sleep, exercise patterns etc.

Silicon Valley Bank seized by officials after imploding: How this happened and why


Re: Federal Spending > Inflation > Rising Interest Rates

I'm not convinced by your Northern Rock analogy, SVB seemly failed due to a liquidity trap whereas Northern Rock foundered on Securitization. Happy to be convinced otherwise.

For those fortunate enough to be too young to remember, banks such as Northern Rock sold mortgages which were then bundled into CDO's for selling to investors as bonds. This is called Securitization and its theoretical strength is that illiquid assets, such as 25 year mortgages, can be made liquid while losses are diluted among a wider pool of investors.

Securitization is still a thing, but now for car loans rather than housing.

FBI boss says COVID-19 'most likely' escaped from lab


Re: Yeah but... No but

Many thanks ABC, are there any particular sources to which Snopes should be directed in the future?

Snopes are clearly missing a trick by not availing themselves of your knowledge and confidence.


Re: Yeah but... No but

Snopes: "Despite creating some confusion with his remarks, Trump did not call the coronavirus a hoax."


And Snopes has never been regarded as particularly right wing.


Re: The dangers of certainty

I don't follow the alcohol connection, are you suggesting that those 103k unfortunates were particularly heavy tipplers...?

Most Londoners would quit before they give up working from home


Re: As somebody who vastly prefers working from the office...

Anti-car measures? Then buy a pushbike or an electric bike, an electric Brompton is near perfect for multi-modal commutes.

I have sympathy for anyone forced into the office. I prefer it over WFH but acknowledge that I am in the minority. I have a sneaking suspicion that the real enthusiasm for dragging people into the office is to try to stop people from working multiple jobs simultaneously.

BOFH and the case of the Zoom call that never was


Re: Far too close to home

Is it still the case that those Mac's have content protection? Back in 2018 someone plugged a MacBook directly into our video wall and the Mac' shut it down faster than my laptop at 4PM on a Friday.

I was reasonable to ask to WFH in early days of COVID, says fired engineer


Re: Essential industry

My shop issued me with a letter confirming my essential status, just in case I was ever stopped whilst travelling to the office. I don't know how official it was but I only ever produced it once, during my annual pay review in 2021.

OneCoin co-founder pleads guilty to $4 billion fraud


Re: ...and run.

Having her pursuers quit their hunt on the assumption that she is dead will suit the bent doctor very nicely.

SEC charges crew of social media influencers with $100m fraud


Little new in this world

You have to wonder how many of their audience were in on the act, ie hoping to buy and sell to a bigger idiot before the bubble burst?

Just 22% of techies in UK aged 50 or older, says Chartered Institute for IT


Isn't this a good news story?

Is the core of this story that a disproportionate number of techies grow rich enough to change career, reduce their hours or just plain quit by age 50, or that ageism is rife and that the greybeards struggle to find work?

HP Inc to lay off up to 6,000 staff, cut costs by $1.4 billion



Maths is not my strongest subject but if cutting 6,000 staff saves $1.4 billion then the average saving will be circa $230,000 per staff member.

Is that a legit’ savings target?

I know that in addition to salaries there are tax and pension savings, plus buildings which can be released…

Swiss bankers warn: Three quarters of retail Bitcoin investors are in the red



Advising people to avoid the markets is very daft. Do advise against stock-picking or trying to beat the market, people should simply invest in a global tracker with the lowest possible fees (Vanguard for example).

For anyone in the UK I suggest taking a look at the personal finances blog monevator.com for how to best make your money work for you. Being on top of your finances is priceless.

People are coming out of retirement due to cost-of-living crisis


Re: Cost of Living?

I'll second this. I spent a couple of years away abroad and was lucky enough to find an IT job 'on the tools' when I came back. Straightforward hours, minimal stress and far more headspace for hobbies and private projects.

Sure it pays less and has zero prestige, but I'm on the glide path to early retirement and my long term health is taking priority over corporate headaches (tracking quarterly SLA's anyone?).

Post-Brexit 'science superpower' UK still hasn't appointed a science minister


Re: talking about nationalising stuff as if the gov runs things better

@Codejunky, I think that you need to check your water supply for hallucinogens!

Since privatisation the new water companies have extracted tens of billions of pounds by borrowing against their assets, money then apportioned roughly one third as profits, two thirds invested.

Should the nation decide to bring those assets back to the public sector the tax payer is, again, on the hook for those debts.

As to whether the industry has been well-managed I’ll point you to sewerage pumped into the sea, a desalination plant in the Thames that was scheduled to be offline during the Summer (you know, the time when it might be needed..) etc.

BT CEO orders staff: Back to the office or risk 'disciplinary action'


Re: Seeing it already

Forgive the cliche but if you want loyalty buy a dog.

The firms gratitude might Olympian but I have metropolitan expenses.

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch


Re: She was a good one

Simply transfer the powers of the monarch to the Lord Chancellor. Minimal fuss and very efficient... it'll never happen!

Bye bye BoJo: Liz Truss named new UK prime minister


Re: That's It I'm ....

Japan, check the handle, the only downside is that after a couple of months living anywhere else will feel like a downgrade.

Oh, and the cheese supply was atrocious but that may have changed since the recent trade deals.

BOFH and the case of the disappearing teaspoons


Bloody hell!

I noticed the absence of SFTW but not the missing banner (I’m not counting anything that requires scrolling to the very bottom of the page) and the Paris icon clearly shows that time’s arrow is telling me it’s time to knock work on the head. I mean, if I’m missing stuff I’m interested in what has happened to my paid work!!

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Now 100,000kg smaller


See above for explanation

Caver Dave posted this link a little higher up the chain:


Worth bearing in mind that some of that plastic will have come from manufacturing processes for goods bound for the West.

COO of failed bio-biz Theranos found guilty on all twelve fraud counts


Re: Methinks it's lawyers all the way down on this one...

Sorry Iron, what is the relevance of their nationalities? The rich are borderless citizens of nowhere, to quote Theresa May.

The sins of the father are not especially relevant either, Enron was a corporation not a crime family, so was the father even involved in the off-balance fraud that brought it down?


Re: Methinks it's lawyers all the way down on this one...

Oomph! There's some heavy handed misogyny in one comment, just maybe accept that a jury heard all the evidence and acted accordingly?

Both have been found guilty but the individual 20 years younger and just a teenager when she met her DotCom millionaire (back when millions were worth something) co-conspirator has been found slightly less culpable.

Japan makes online insults a crime that can earn a year in jail


Re: Japan's efforts to protect online rights might therefore harm its reputation for human rights

Japan was the safest place that I have ever lived, see handle, so whatever they are doing can we have some more of it in London please?

BOFH: Tech helps HR investigate the Boss's devices


Re: Inspirational!

That sounds about right, and often in properly devious ways. One firm I worked for was circling the plughole in 2001 and hired a very enthusiastic Aussie HR chap for an already over-staffed department composed of old friends and old flames of the exec board.

Cue the cuts with said Aussie in the lead sharing the bad news*, while also measuring up his new office as he was clearly expecting to head up HR once the superannuated HR team was shown the door. Barely a year later the fellah was out the door himself, with the old crew still in situ and blaming him for being over-zealous.

* I was in the first batch to go, but cannot complain because at least the firm still had cash for enhanced redundancy packages.

UK Supreme Court snubs Assange anti-extradition bid


Horror optional

Everyone’s watching the Russian invasion of Ukraine and screaming into their hands, yet after 100 days the Russian’s have butchered barely a quarter of those killed in the invasion of Iraq in the same time frame. Like it or not, Assange exposed those illegal deaths in Iraq and the UK and US want to punish him for doing so. In no way does that condone the criminal actions of Putin and his cronies in Ukraine, two wrongs do not make a right.

I have posted here before and had folk question the accuracy of the allegations and take solace from the assurances of others that Wikileaks were wrong. Yet these assurances have never been tested in a court of law which is the very, very, least that anyone could ask for.

Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests


Re: Try Scooters in Madrid

So your average speed, including stopping for traffic lights, was the same as the cyclist. No hold up at all then for, as sure as death and taxes, there will be another set of lights appearing shortly! This used to amaze me most mornings on my commute, drivers hurtling past just to brake sharply at the next set of traffic lights.

I worked a racking and stacking gig (de-comm / shift / re-comm) for the better part of a year back in the noughties. A large part of the job was driving a van out to the new data centre in Camberwell and it was exactly the same story but with higher speeds.

No help for IT contractors on IR35 tax errors


Re: Employers NI

You hit the nail on the head.

What hurts is that so many members of the establishment made their own money using Ltd companies for their newspaper columns, consultancy gigs etc but once they're rich it's suddenly time to pull up the ladders and deny the rest of us the chance!

It happens again and again, be it free university education, tax relief on buy-to-let mortgages, NS&I bonds that tracked inflation [1), those in power take full advantage on the way up and then slam the doors shut.

1 - https://www.nsandi.com/help/manage-your-savings/maturing-investments/index-linked-savings-certificates

UK's new Brexit Freedom Bill promises already-slated GDPR reform, easier gene editing rules


Re: Dead cats and red meat

You'll have your dead cat in your red meat and you'll enjoy it too young Cupboard.

Honestly, the gov't gives you a bonafide Brexit benefit and you turn your nose up at it!

HMRC tool for measuring IR35 status is so great, employers are ditching it in their droves



Paying salary directly into your pension is a great idea as it saves you both employers and employees National Insurance contributions. It is one way to keep more of your money when working via an umbrella company.

Obviously this locks the cash away until you are ready to pull down your pension, but once you have passed your annual £7,500 NI allowance it will save you 25% in combined contributions plus your PAYE tax rate of 20% or 40%.

Tech Bro CEO lays off 900 people in Zoom call and makes himself the victim



Hey, the guy may be an arse but at least he told people before Xmas and, hopefully, in time to prevent a spending splurge.

Robo-Shinkansen rolls slowly – for now – across 5km of Japan


Re: Afraid of the car

If you are a tourist you will qualify for the Japan Rail pass, which is an absolute bargain, imagine a two week whole of UK travelcard for circa £240. Living there makes it a lot more expensive, in 2019 my round trip Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo cost me more than the JR Pass.

Driving in Japan is pretty straightforward, my only gripe being the traffic lights hoist in the sky rather than being on the street. Overnight on-street parking was not permitted in Aoba-Ku, where I lived, which made car ownership really expensive, I was advised that it would cost circa £200 a month to rent a space. On the bright side it reduced the amount of traffic when I had to hire a car and streets are just much nicer when not lined with cars.

International Space Station fires rockets to dodge chunk of destroyed Chinese satellite


Re: Misleading headline!

Given that Zheng was a eunuch, the existence of his progeny would be impressive enough if they got no further than the end of the street!

Assange psychiatrist misled judge over parentage of his kids, US tells High Court


Re: Putting Assange aside.

Do you have any proof of that allegation?

I have yet to read of any convincing examples of people being killed due to leaks released by Assange.

In the meantime we are still waiting on the serious allegations of war crimes reveals by WikiLeaks to be tested in a court of law.