2402 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010
arguing that people were perfectly happy handing over their data to tech giants, so they should give it to the government
We know what tech giants want to do with it - they want to sell it, or leverage it to persuade someone else to sell us something.
Governments aren't trying to sell us something. So what do they want to do with the it?
Re: Mandatory fire drill
There is no requirement to leave any building when any alarm sounds, although it would normally be argued it is in your safety interests. If the Embassy were to force everyone on to the streets then they are simply disguising kicking him out, so why not just kick him out.
Many buildings have "places of comparative safety", places people of limited mobility can assemble to be rescued by those with the right equipment - ever noticed the extra space on staircase landings that appears to be wasted space. The stair well is usually better protected against fire and smoke than other areas, allowing a longer escape time.
Re: Payday loans
In many cases the loans were made from offshore unconnected entities so were afforded protection from the liquidators in the event of insolvency. A truly well connived scheme to avoid legitimate reasons to pay back the loan.
A good example is the Rangers case - when the club became insolvent and Duff & Phelps were appointed as administrators, in theory they should have been recovering all the loans, yet they were unable. The very loans that should have been the tax HMRC was trying to recover when they forced the club into administration.
Here's a clue. If your employer, accountant or adviser tells you they have a "scheme" to help you avoid tax, it's probably against the spirit of the law.
I'm all for people minimising their legitimate tax liability, however while "schemes" may be legal they often bend the interpretation of the letter of the law beyond what is reasonable and legitimate.
We all have our own morale compass, this country's in enough shit already without giving HMRC more excuses to fuck over the masses. Don't use #Schemes :)
We don't need to worry about building our own, there's loads of others out there we can use.
Its all really easy once we're free of theses EU shackles - we'll be free just to negotiate our own deals with someone and they're all willing to give us the best deals in the world because we're British, we're important. China will be more than willing to help us use their system, probably give us access for free.
#Sarcasm. Project Fear? Project Truth as it turns out.
Re: Not Blackmail?
More common than you might think with "problem" employees.
Managing them out through the correct HR process might take 6-12 months. You still have to pay them, manage them carefully and have them around causing headaches where ultimately you will succeed in the employee leaving with no case for tribunal.
Or you can offer them money to just go now, as they know they will be managed out. Saves the employer money and time in the long run.
Last time I saw it was a senior manager who's departure was communicated by the IT Director as "we had a meeting and he agreed his career aspirations lay elsewhere"
GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms
Re: There is a very good reason
In order to rid themselves of all these custom applications and scripts all the banks (large, small and challenger) are adopting a cloud strategy running off the shelf packages in both private and public cloud.
The same public clouds.
Out of the frying pan into the boiling flammable cloud ready for the slightest spark to ignite it!
So this *might* be a sensible move by Dell.
We've all heard of the instances of people buying cheap goods because they were listed with a low price. So why not introduce a policy that all goods listed must have an unrealistically high price when first listed, then the price can be set to the normal price once the listings are validated.
Or they could just make sure the details are right first time...
Re: few Chinese workers have volunteered to move to Wisconsin
"So what you're saying is that Foxconn treats it's Chinese workers like slaves, and presumably wants to treat it's new US workers the same way?"
From what I've heard working for most American companies is only one step above slavery. For many, "Benefits" is something employees dream of, not taken for granted as we do in Europe. Paid holidays? Health care? Dental? Pension contributions? etc. There are some companies very good to their employees, however your basic American worker puts in long hours for a very basic reward.
Luck us in Europe have strong policies on workers rights. Oh, wait...
"We don't have ID cards.
Not everyone has passports or driving licences.
Hence, day-to-day life doesn't require it."
While this may be true today, criminal activity is increasing leading to the need to prove one's identity, and if we don't end up with ID cards we will have de facto ID cards in Passports or Driving licences, with everyone requiring ownership of one or the other just to prove their identity even if they don't drive or go overseas.
Not saying its right, just pointing out the world is changing, and voting is just another aspect that will change, like it or not,
“No doubt others who generate more than half a billion in sales locally will find cunning loopholes to (legally) avoid their fair share.
Have you ever heard the phrase “turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, cash is king”. What you turn over means fuck all. You can be turning over £1,000,000,000,001, but if your costs are £1,000,000,000,000 then you made a pound profit, which isn’t going to keep you in food very long (one McDonalds Saver burger for you).
There are some companies exploiting the letter of the law to gain an advantage, and governments need to work to change those laws. But your off the cuff comment on sales shows an ignorance of the subject you are trying to write about.
“Indeed, legal but not very moral.”
The reason we have laws is that different people throughout history have had different views on what is moral. Writing laws gives everyone a hard reference point, and we do update laws as gaps appear and public opinion changes.
If we all agreed on the same moral viewpoint we wouldn’t need the laws. It would be nice if we all played by the spirit of the laws, but ultimately it is the letter of the law that counts.
For all these multinational cross border companies, why not set up one cybercountry where all income is lodged and subsequently taxed at an agreed fair rate.
That tax is then proportionally distributed to all the actual countries in which the multinational operates.
Removes the ability of companies to leverage fancy schemes in a low tax jurisdiction and offers an opportunity for poorer countries to receive their fair share.
We are all citizens of the same cyber space, we should all equally benefit?
“Both businesses can get a 20 per cent reduction if they pay by 28 November.
Or a 100% discount if they go into liquidation.
Apart from jailing the directors, it’s about time we consider a threat against employees. If you are making outbound calls all day and almost every caller tells you to fuck off as they are on the TPS you need to at some point realise that the business is breaking the law and that by not whistleblowing the activity you are furthering the breaking of the law. You are at some point committing personal fraud by perpetuating the marketing calls.
I know this isn’t really a practical rememdy, it is the business owners (and managers) who should be held accountable, but as an upstanding moral citizen, would you continue to work for one of these businesses without calling out the issue?
Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex
If this mess is building up in his garden then is there not a case to investigate his general care of the animals? According to the linked article the fouling was in a "terraced house’s yard" - not exactly a roaming estate where the dogs could run free for hours of exercise.
An inspection by the RSPCA might spur a little more care out of him.
Re: I'm quite happy
“to call ethernet over coaxial cable "a coax cable" and ethernet over a cable designed for it "an ethernet cable"
Ethernet is a Data Link layer protocol and sits at Layer 2.
Coaxial cable and twisted pair cable are Physical layer transmission mediums and sit at Layer 1.
There is no such thing as “an Ethernet cable”
“On the one hand, this would stop parts – such as the keyboard – from being swapped out for backdoored gear.
Of good grief. Like this is actually a serious threat. If it’s more than 0.1% of keyboards swaps I’d be surprised. The vast majority of repairs are genuine a some numpty has spilled something on the keyboard, or they were crap keyboards in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, hardware has been hacked for nefarious reasons, it’s just not a sufficiently large problem to be a legitimate excuse to prevent repairs.
Re: valid use
“And what if using USB drives are an active and valid part of business operations?”
Then there will be clear policies and training in place about what is acceptable and what is not acceptable, and appropriate level of controls.
For example at a site I previously worked at there is a valid business process that requires a weekly transfer of sensitive data.
There is a four eyes policy on the extraction and loading of the data - two people must undertake the task.
The USB ports are software locked - a break glass account is used to complete the task and that account has the role based access to use the USB port. There is an approval process to obtain the break glass credentials and their use is time bound.
The USB stick is encrypted to a high standard,
The USB stick is transported by a third party security provider using tamper evident pouches.
This does not prevent theft of the data, it just makes it extremely difficult without collusion between several people.
Did Morrison’s just let the guy gave access to open USB ports with no auditing of the data, and no policy about removing USB sticks from site? Very possibly, and therefore it did not take reasonable precautions to prevent loss.
“consumers probably have "four or five devices" that do WhatsApp already
Well, no, they probably don’t, because WhatsApp unlike many competitor messaging apps restricts itself to phones only, so it doesn’t run as an app on my tablets, PCs, Macs etc. (I don’t count running it in a browser with convoluted access as a sufficient App).
The big guys should make sure all Aussie users are aware of the implications by going dark for a day, or even a few hours.
Post a message that service would be offline if said law is implemented. Australia is small enough that this wouldn't really impact profits but big enough that the governments and peoples of the world would take note.
Re: Loan Charge?
“There is a 2 year period where HMRC can challenge your tax return if it believes there are inaccuracies and go after any money it thinks you owe it.”
It is also written in law that HMRC can go back up to 20 years if they believe you have been committing tax evasion, so the legality of a loan you are not expected to pay back is brought into question. And let’s be honest and moral here, any loan you receive that you are never expected to pay back is not really a loan, its a payment.
Or perhaps your out with HMRC is to repay the loan (which I suspect will be a larger sum you don’t have than the tax HMRC expect on it)
Import all the raw materials from China to make the silicon billets?
Import the silicon billets from China but manufacture the silicon wafers?
Import the silicon wafers from China but fab the chips?
Import the chips and assemble the boards?
Import the boards and assemble the products?
It’s tariffs all the way down!!!