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Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch, finance VP Stephen Chamberlain charged with fraud in US

Barry Mahon

Autonomy was a piece of software that was supposed to sort out information. Or, more precisely, analyse and organise data to become information.

It required, depending on the raw material and it's format, significant pre-work and sampling, before being "installed" i.e. run with a full or partial data set.

So, a sales invoice for the product was made of several parts. There was a down payment, not necessarily the "price" of the whole package, and a significant x time basis to do the analysis.

Afaik, the charge is that the money element of newly signed contracts was inflated to a significant extent, to take account of the potential effort required to get the product to run properly. The other aspect is that there was a significant % of future income included in the sale announcement, without a dependable basis of the calculation

European Commission: We've called off the lawyers over Ireland's late collection of Apple back taxes

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Re: So does that mean that Apple had indeed received preferential treatment ?

Ah, that explains why it has been paid to the EC, answers the question posted above. Original posting was misleading.

Barry Mahon

Re: Helping out a mate?

The article says the money was paid to the EC....??

Why?? Was it not due to Ireland?

Last attempt to find MH370 starts this week

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Re: "With the Southern Hemisphere’s winter closing in"

Where? what latitude? I assume you don't live in the Southern Ocean? 26deg means very little without location and climatic data.

Autonomy ex-CFO Hussain guilty of fraud: He cooked the books amid $11bn HP gobble

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Oh yes it is. Autonomy made software, technically still does. Hussein overvalued it.

Irish eyes are sighing: Data protection office notes olagoanin'* up 79%

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Facebook now requiring EU based customers to accept new terms, aligning them, in principle, with upcoming EU data protection rules. Two things, only in principle and what is the situation with customers elsewhere?

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Didn't I read somewhere that the Irish Gov are shuffling about to get a derogation from the strictures of the upcoming EU data protection stuff?

Ireland needs to offer sub rosa guarantees to big (us) corps that their data in the country is protected from prying. Viz. this issue of the Reg report on MS v the US Supreme Court.

Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

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Whilst I agree the Autonomy books were cooked, the reported shutdown of the cross examination illustrates how the US law protects it's own.

Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

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I always wonder what is the story with insurance if you and your car are an Uber "product"?

Any info??

OTOH, this decision, like so many of the ECJ's decisions, reinforces the EU'role as the arbiter of nearly everything. That might be ok, in the sense of creating a common market, but the proposals/decisions on directives are mostly created on the input of vested interests, not the man in the street.

Apropos of insurance, why is it a requirement to have, effectively, a local insurer? You cannot insure a car in Ireland with a French insurer, even if it is an international insurance company.

Electronic Frontier Foundation chap John Perry Barlow has died

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I tried to get him to come to Europe in the mid 80s, for a conference, but he said he could not "because I know nothing about data in Europe"

I don't know if he ever did come, or if he ever did learn anything about data here. Of course it was in the days of the monopoly, so not many people knew about data here, some still don't.

Bye, JP

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

Barry Mahon

Re: The Golden Age of flying is over

I object in principle to paying for a seat except long haul. I buy aisle seats, one in the centre section, one on the side. So, in single aisle, that can be done also.

The result is you have the possibility to get in and out easily, or at least more easily. Biggest bugbear with single aisle is food service, cannot even get to the loo.

When will some smart ass offer food service row by row, at the front and/or back?

Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Did I see a comment somewhere that the RAF base on the Falklands is on the heat maps, from runners there? Described as a "secret" base. On the Falklands? Sure every sheep there must know about it.

£60m, five years late... Tag criminal tagging as a 'catastrophic waste' of taxpayers' cash

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Re: I concur

All winced out.

Quote from the NYT today -

"Elsewhere shares in Capita, a firm strikingly similar to Carillion, have lost two-thirds of their value since 2015."

In a very interesting commentary on the UK's obsession with outsourcing.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/opinion/carillion-privatization-outsourcing-britain.html

Facebook, Schrems case cost Irish data watchdog €2m – reports

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Re: “In essence, if you don’t have a couple of million, you’re out of luck.”

Just a point of clarification, eir is now French owned, not sure if that means the HQ will stay in Jersey. However, latest info is that it might be "owned" by a new (legal?) setup, who's directors are lawyers in Dublin.....in a structure designed by the mix of holding companies who seem to have bought eir.

Probably means it cannot be sued at all.....

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Gratuitous Insults not welcome

"a leaky gland seriously affected the carrier’s ability to operate"

Thanks for your insult to anyone who happens to suffer from a minor problem..... NOT just your oldies....

Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

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Re: Increased my interest in Vivaldi

Yep, I'm off to Vivaldi, I was an early adopter of Opera, dropped off it when the (admittedly voluntary) support only worked for nerds. But I saw a piece about their privacy stuff and decided that I have had enough of the google monster.

Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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Yep, those were the days

Blasting in from the past all that.

Goes the way of the good things of the time, Byte and Jerry Pournelle and all that stuff.

Funny, seems I had more time to shuffle around Compuserve for hours, don't seem to have time to read all my mail now....

Yeah, Autonomy's ex-chief financial officer is still up for wire fraud

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Re: That wasn't it......

Due diligence is an oxymoron, both words. Due should mean you do it when it needs to be done; diligence means you do it properly. Accountats don't do either, they are always in after the facts and they are not paid to be diligent, they are paid to be a facesaver.

In addition, the board of HP and their sherpas are supposed to be experienced. If they were when they looked at the deal they should have known that ALL software sellers puff up sales as soon as the contract is signed. That is when the work starts, not when the operation actually works. In the case of Autonomy there was a requirement to spend x months with consultants massaging the software against the data to be managed.so that it MIGHT work.

Interesting that someone mentioned another puffed up outfit that went down the toilet, Enron, they were an autonomy user.

Roaming charges drop smacks O2 daddy Telefonica in the profits

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What is the "best" deal now? The comments on the options hurt my head. Link(s) please to intelligent comparison sites

Ex-Autonomy CFO begs court to toss out US fraud allegations

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I worked with buyers of Autonomy. There was a very significant amount of consultancy built in to the purchase, but this depended on what Autonomy assessed you needed to make the software work.

The actual amount of work was not determinable in advance but Autonomy publicised sales at revenues based on consultancy estimates, not on actual purchase price. It is this fiction that HP bought.

Hussein is accused of puffing up revenues.....

Ancient fat black holes created by belching Big Bang's dark matter

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Yep, too many known unknowns, so, theories are the flavour of week. Good, we need thinkers not skeptics.

Did the Earth move for you, too? Grav waves sensed from black holes' bang 1.8bn LYs away

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Alien

Incredible stuff, as the Nazz says.

My take, FWIW, where did it all come from? Big bang is too easy a term to describe the entities involved in this discovery.

Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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Re: @AC

I still have, somewhere, a collection of Byte + Jeerry on CD. A blast from my past, but his descriptions of adding and installing new hard and software at Chaos Manor were inspirational to me and many others, I suspect. A legend, not a word I use lightly, bye and thanks for the fun Jerry.

Barry

Legal boffins poke holes in EU lawmaker's ePrivacy proposals

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Have we been here before?

Am I missing something?

Didn't the ECJ throw out the previous e-whatever stuff, or part of it, because it contravened privacy rights? Is this any different?

Also, doesn't that nag about cookies cover some of the territory? Of course these proposals are bigger, but the principle remains.

Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

Barry Mahon

Couple of things -

1. Don't bother quoting gross revenue of telcos, it means very little.

2. Like the airlines, telcos use a statistical algorithm to analyse quid pro quo revenues. The clearing methodology is designed to balance out ins and outs. Overall, apart from some anomalies identified from time to time, no money is exchanged between companies.

So....

It has been obvious for some time that telco revenues are tending towards a cost+ model. where the + has been reducing. The free loaders offering service based on renting space on someone elses network will be first to go. Already there is consolidation.

The important thing is that the EU or someone keeps n eye on monopoly creation. Under present arrangements Vodafone et al can create separate organisation to offer service in different countries, but there are moves to create "supra country" entities, which allows for fudged monopolies.

Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Fucking wonderful, W10 installs it almost without asking, cannot be avoided.

Capita swallows £50m blow after writing down historic contracts

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The Irish post code is another of their cockups. Not compatible with GPS.

It's official: Ejit – sorry – Ajit Pai is new FCC boss (he's the one who hates network neutrality)

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Re: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."

@jwg ????

Don't quite see what dirigisted net neutrality would do to stop Hulu, etc.

Congrats on the gongs you got, makes for a preconceived notion of what should be done with technologies, in my experience.

Prior to TCP/ip we had CCITT standard setting, a closed shop of PTT techies, moving at snail's pace. If we hadn't broken the monopolies we would still be using ISDN.

Post Trump FCC will be in line with big business interests, not neutrality, but more opportunities to make money will be the norm.

Ex-Autonomy CFO pleads not guilty to charges he inflated the company's value

Barry Mahon

Re: I've seen it before, overvalue prior to buyout

In "the business" where Autonomy sold their products, the information retrieval sector, they were recognised as curates egg, good in parts, that is where the data was already structured, such as personnel records, etc. Where implementation work was required Autonomy billed significant consultancy fees, in addition to the leasing/per seat fee. Under UK accounting conventions, note, not rules, the consultancy fees, not yet collected, could be put on the books.

The cockup by UK auditors was not requiring sight of contracts for sales. If they had they would have seen the contracts were surrounded by ifs and buts.

Murder in the Library of Congress

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Let's face it, the advances in technology have usurped the original concept, protection and recognition of the original author/artist/performer.

It is so easy to copy today that the idea is toast.

In order to protect and reward originators there needs to be a quick and easy way to pay, even a nominal sum, for the use. The original ITunes concept was that but was hobbled by the big music interests which led to widescale piracy, added to by torrent, etc.

The really unfortunate part of this story is that it is another example of how big business gets its way. I would have hoped that the Obama administration was above it, but obviously not

EU U-turns on mobile roaming fees: No 90-day cap after all

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Why "go up" ? If they have any sense they will market their cheapness and pocket the extra revenue.

Irish Olympics' officials digital devices seized in Rio

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Re: Irish hospitality: A thousand welcomes (at the same mark-up)

Why anonymous? However, quite correct. Typical behaviour, not just the "elite" dishonesty is par for the course. Hickey is a typical example, I've got the foreman's job, I am untouchable, I'll abuse my position, I'll look after you, 'cos I can and you will be beholden to me.

Well taught, his buddy in the Olympic Council of Ireland, and heir apparent, is the CEO of the Football Assoc of Ireland.

Breach-tastic Irish civil service payroll system facing audit

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Knowing the sort of people, training and processes involved, the people concerned were unaware of the DPC or the rules.

Friends with benefits: A taxing problem for Ireland in a post-Brexit world

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Re: Irish citizens have special status??

Reversion may be possible, but, IMO, to avoid issues with the ROi/NI border, some sort of fudge will be created, but in no hurry.

The original free travel concept was the result of a decision in London, before Ireland obtained independence, because issuing passports to all the Irish in the UK at the time was too expensive and open to avoidance.

E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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Re: Not translaed into English

Sorry to bother you, and prick your balloon, but, officially, English is the language used by other EU member states. While I won't be sorry if UK pick up their ball(s) and leave the pitch on Thursday, the UK does not own the English language.

France POPs €800k fine on 'illegal taxi service' Uber's windshield

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My question about all shapes and colours of "sharing" is does normal car insurance cover it, my feeling is no. If you are a signed up sharing service driver what or who do you pay? Assuming it is your personal car, do you need to tell your insurer?

My experience, in France and elsewhere, on weekend nights, is that you get ordinary cars stopping to pick you up. Opportunism.

Ireland's hefty data industry demands equally big industry cop

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The regulation is more in theory than in practice. That is the way they sell it to the big data clients. In due course, spurred by DRI, a case or cases will arise and then shit will hit fan.

OTOH annother reason they are there is, apparently, the weather..... nice and cool, lower energy costs.

Ireland handed another $100m by Silicon Valley for startups' handout

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Any more sour grapes?

I note the piece is unsigned, why?

Ireland's tax arrangements are as clear as a pint of Guinness

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Ye see, It helps Ireland have the highest "growth" rate in EU. In fact this is generated by the multinationals, ergo, carry on. In reality as a poster earlier said, the residents don't get any advantage. It is called fiscal competitivity.

BTW, if I was presented with that pint I'd say "put a bit of a head on it" the photographer doesn't drink stout!

Apple will be grilled by Irish National Planning Board over €850m data centre plan

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Regarding empty industrial estates. Presumably Apple's argument is that they want the centre to be in a place with a "good" environment, cool, damp, etc., diffuses the heat. OTOH there are lots of data centres in Ireland because of its damp, cool, climate.

In Ireland, Apple is god, so, planning will be given.

Recent figures show that, even with the tax fiddles, 80% of corporation tax is contributed by non-national entities.

Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown

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WTF?

I se the Gregorian calendar has been reintroduced, today is now April 1.

Irish mum coughs to children's allowance fiddle

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In an interview for a business mag in March '16 she says she moved her family to Oz......

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Re: Just following corporate policies

Crap, she was surely paid allowances for child care while she was away, if not what sort of sh**s are MS. Anyway, where was the report that her child care was in Ireland, they may have been with family. Chilrens alliowance is a controversial payment, there is no assessment of need, everyone who has kids gets it, regardless of income, and it is non taxable.

Her case is typical of a basic level of dishonesty in Ireland. There is still a culture which treats the government as the enemy, so ripping it off is ok.

Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

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Re: False

Thanks, so it would appear you are a paper submitter? The real issue with OA reluctance is a thing called "impact factor" which was originally created as a mathematical calculation based on citations, but is now treated as a publicity element for the "quality" of a journal.

It MIGHT be useful but impact doesn't take into account articles which describe basic technques, for example. These articles are quoted by everybody who uses the same technique, thereby increasing the impact factor. The article may not be about the same subject as the original, only using the same technique.

Barry Mahon

Re: False

Thanks Anonymous Coward - just carry on being anonymous. If you really believed that rant why not say who you are??

Former Intel CEO Andy Grove dies, aged 79

Barry Mahon

In the early days Intel made digital watches. I was part of a company which marketed them. If I recall properly they had an intel processor and add on display from Taiwan.

So where has the legal 'right' to 10Mbps broadband gone?

Barry Mahon

Re: I have 2Mbit down and about 700K up

Me too, but I actually get >5 most of the time, in a small rural village 60km from Marseille. Whilst it was a joke not so long ago, the policy decisions made about telecoms in france revolutionised it. France Telecom itself, the incumbent, was required to offer access to exchanges and inter-exchange links. It was made to create a sales subsidiary, Orange, to sell their services.

The only downside now is that as prices fall there is consolidation, possibly leading to less competition. OTOH, French legal structures prevent monooly or near monopoly suppliers making agreements to restrict access/services.

'Contractual barriers' behind geo-blocking could breach EU rules

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Re: I live in France...

VPN??

Irish shun beer, whiskey in favour of … wine

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All terribly funny. However, alcohol related violence, illness, anti-social behaviour and the like have been increasing too.

Where is the glamour in getting rat arsed on17 March??

BTW, I am Oirish, not anti alcohol, just not stupid, I hope.

European Patent Office extends olive branch to furious trade unions

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Recall that this DG had his term extended in '14. Why?

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