669 posts • joined 10 Oct 2007
Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours
Except that this is VAT, which is essentially calculated and collected on the basis of sales invoices less purchase invoices (at least in principle), and is not usually affected by the status of the goods/services or the company's cash flow. The standard position is that, yes, companies may have to pay the VAT due on income that they have not received yet (and the corollary is that they can receive a VAT refund for purchases booked if the corresponding sale has not been completed before the VAT period is over).
It appears that the primary reason they've been allowed to get away with the [essentially bogus] "typhoon Nida ate our homework" excuse is that HMRC failed to do its job properly, even though it looks like the company has "form" in not paying their VAT on time (according to the article).
5 year warranty = 4 regular years + 1 leap year, much more often than not.
If you really want to be picky (an ElReg commentard? surely not!!), the calculation should be based on:
0.75 x ( (4 x 365) + (1 x 366) ) + 0.25 x ( (3 x 365) + (2 x 366) )
(no doubt someone will chime in about leap seconds next... :) )
Re: Who are the "others"?
But AMD got out of actually making chips for themselves, didn't they? (IIRC, they mostly get them from Global Foundries [who also don't make the top 10]).
Meanwhile, if 10th place has 2.1% share, and "others" are 40% of the overall market, that suggests there are a lot of bit players (at least 21!).
Re: DL 385
Yes, HP have used the model number for a long time, as it's the mainstream 2U dual AMD x64 box in their ProLiant range.
The actual contents are refreshed every couple of years as AMD's 64-bit processor lineup changes.
Over time, it's moved from the original Opteron and 8x3.5" hotswap drive bays to (now) the latest Epyc with a shedload of 2.5" hotswap bays (with, as seven of five says, the option to stuff even more in the back if you're prepared to sacrifice the expansion slots).
Re: I'd trust the build quality
I have a 1st generation (possibly 2nd) Dyson DC01 that is still working well. It does look a little battered these days, and one or two bits of the plastic have broken off or split, but as I tend to bash about with it (particularly against/under furniture and tight spots), I'm not really surprised about that.
somemany "stories" will get you to an essentially empty page (because they're nothing but soundbites or blipverts), but after a while it's fairly straightforward to know which ones will be like that and avoid them.
Re: It is worth it, you just have to try it...
The metal/glass Nest thermostat does not _need_ to be internet connected to work, though you do have to forego the remote management aspect in that scenario.
I had a Nest installed when my boiler was replaced just under 2 years ago, and it is not connected to the internet. All the clever stuff to do with "just turn the dial" and the pattern learning associated with that are working just fine.
"In other news, Vehicle Excise Duty on TR6s to be zero-rated."
Most TR6s have been exempt from VED since at least last year, and it's only the last ones off the production line that have only recently gained Historic status.
Interestingly, more than 40% of all TR6s sold in the UK are apparently still running (according to Wikipedia), and another 15% are SORNed (presumably as restoration projects).
Re: But.... Does it actually work?
"JPALS is a militarised version of this relatively common technology, with all the usual bells and whistles you'd expect to make it resistant to jamming and capable of working on a ship."
JPALS is a militarised version of this relatively common technology, with all the usual bells and whistles you'd expect to make it seventeen times more expensive, much later to arrive and not available when you actually need it.
Re: State protected entertainment
"I think this clearly demonstrates that the only thing keeping the BBC alive is state protection, and if it were left up to the democratic vote of consumers' wallets then it would disappear in a bureaucratic puff of smoke."
I disagree. There's plenty of BBC-originated content that I would be happy to buy in a sensible form (although it also makes a lot of dross that I would not want to purchase).
The problem seems mostly to be that while the BBC is supported by the TV Licence income, it appears to be incapable of properly building (and promoting) decent mechanisms for operating in a commercial manner.
Re: I read the article twice, but couldn't see any mention
It isn't mentioned in the article.
However, it is common practice among many UK companies (banks, utilities and others) when calling you on the home/mobile telephone number they have on file (and often from a number that has CallerID suppressed/ or is clearly bogus) to insist that you have to answer "security questions" to verify your identity before they will talk to you. It is one of the most idiotic concepts ever.
Re: Not more confusion!
I've been registered with the Gov Gateway for some time (indeed, I have the unfortunate problem of having multiple GG credentials for various reasons).
Somewhere in the run-up to this year's self-assessment deadline, HMRC/Gov.uk decided to add an SMS "2FA" element to the mix, and made it mandatory, with automatic enrolment upon login. So when I came to do my return, I couldn't even start the process until I'd faffed about with this useless extra step.
Next time, I'm going back to a paper return - it's easier!