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

Barry Mahon

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.

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Roaming charges drop smacks O2 daddy Telefonica in the profits

Barry Mahon

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

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

Barry Mahon

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.....

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

Barry Mahon

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

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

Barry Mahon
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.

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

Barry Mahon

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

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Legal boffins poke holes in EU lawmaker's ePrivacy proposals

Barry Mahon

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.

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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.

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

Barry Mahon

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

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Capita swallows £50m blow after writing down historic contracts

Barry Mahon

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

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

Barry Mahon

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.

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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.

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Murder in the Library of Congress

Barry Mahon

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

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

Barry Mahon

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

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Irish Olympics' officials digital devices seized in Rio

Barry Mahon

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.

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Breach-tastic Irish civil service payroll system facing audit

Barry Mahon

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

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

Barry Mahon

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.

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

Barry Mahon

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.

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

Barry Mahon

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.

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Ireland's hefty data industry demands equally big industry cop

Barry Mahon

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.

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

Barry Mahon

Any more sour grapes?

I note the piece is unsigned, why?

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

Barry Mahon

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!

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

Barry Mahon

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.

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

Barry Mahon
WTF?

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

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Irish mum coughs to children's allowance fiddle

Barry Mahon

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

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Barry Mahon

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.

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

Barry Mahon

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.

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Barry Mahon

Re: False

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

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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.

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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.

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

Barry Mahon

Re: I live in France...

VPN??

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Irish shun beer, whiskey in favour of … wine

Barry Mahon

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.

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European Patent Office extends olive branch to furious trade unions

Barry Mahon

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

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Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

Barry Mahon

Long ago I advised organisations who had bought Autonomy but who couldn't make it work. I think HP bought it on the same basis as many of my clients. Problem was that, in believing what they they were told, HP paid way over the odds. HP has absolutely no idea what they buying Autonomy for. Their then CEO thought they should get into the integrated solutions space, but didn't know which one.

As usual, the lawyers will win.

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IRA’s former political wing takes aim at Apple over back tax

Barry Mahon

If you have a look at Joe Fay's previous writings you have to say wtf does he know about SF/Irish politics/Inward investment/Tax competition, etc.

The policy that allows the tax nonsense has been criticised for ever, but it has created a base of small, smart, businesses. That isn't a bad divvie.

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The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

Barry Mahon

Bugger that, I move about quite a lot, but my Netflix is treated as where I pay the fee..... that is just not fair. Haven't tried for a week or so but it was working over VPN last time.

BTW, I am delighted that the Reg has commented on there, their, they're, etc. It irritates the hell out of me, but don't want to be seen as a fussy old bugger. Thanks Reg. However, as someone who lives ina lot of places where English is not the local language, it can be a problem. OTOH they don't teach spelling any more, do they?

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Did North Korea really just detonate a hydrogen bomb? Probably not

Barry Mahon

Plenty of possibilities to use satellites to sniff. Probably already done, hence White House suggestion it wasn't H. Everything that everybody says is filtered from their informatin collection methods or is deliberate fudge.

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Got a Nexus? Google has five critical Android security fixes for you

Barry Mahon

Wel bully for you. My Nexus 9 still says the security update is 2015 and the update says it was checked this morning

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Uber fined $150,000 and forced to embarrass itself by French court

Barry Mahon

As I said, earlier, not evident how to deal with it. OTOH it could stop exploitation by capitalist cab owning outfits, but OTOH it effects one man band owners. Obviously, specific insurance cover, to protect other drivers, if for no other reason.

Two possibilities, Uber required to used "semi licensed" drivers, using their own car at certain (busy) times, insured to do so.

Or, specific law allowing ride sharing for example gettting to work, already a widespread.activity, no money transacted, turn and turn about, and banning all other forms?

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Barry Mahon

Can this not be sorted by the insurance? As it stands it seems to be a lawyers wet dream.

Collecting money from a passenger is surely a breach of oneˋs insurance policy, if it specifies you are not authorised to ply for hire?

Equally being signed up with an Uber like service can be a breach?

OK, only effective if an insurance issue arises, but could be at least an off putter?

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

Barry Mahon

Re: James 51

Schrems argued with the Irish DC that he hadn't agreed that Faeces,... could send on his data.The ECJ said ok, maybe, it depends on the smaller print, BUT, the general shopping bag that the EC agreed with the USA has no right to be assumed as the carte blanche, that is the crux. It would not be so bad if we hadn't learned from Snowden and the post 9/11 stuff in the patriot act, etc., what the US could/would do with the data.

I would never agree that the EU/EC has any interest in protecting any of us, they are driven by pols. We on the other hand have an interest, or some do, and Schrems has provided a better mousetrap.

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Duncan Campbell: GCHQ and me and a roomful of Reg readers

Barry Mahon

Good on ye Dunc

After 40+ years the only thing one can say is that he has balls.... and he needs them. I first heard him speak about 30 years ago, and was so impressed I've followed him ever since.

The most upsetting part is that despite his fortitude and the revelations it just gets worse, Snowden reveals just how bad.

There was a young guy in NZ who was on the Echelon thing too, got published finally by a "grey power" outfit after the spooks tried to lock him up.

I suppose the only saving grace is that the ECJ threw out the EU's attempt to make it even worser!!

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

Barry Mahon

Grand, so those who snoop got bitten in the bum. The likely reaction? not much, can you imagine the I told you so.... where do you start the complete rewrite?

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My life under Estonia's digital government

Barry Mahon

Very interesting, shows what a proper policy and safeguards can achieve. I was there on an IT project just a few months after the Russkies left. The Minister of Comms was an older person but his son, a 20something, was already writing the plan that has led to where they are now.

Comments are also good, shows that there can be a proper overall confidence in systems.

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

Barry Mahon

Despite all the crap about self publicist O'Conner, doesn't the whole affair indicate the precarity of modern comms? Looking at the tv footage the "victorian tunnel" where it happened is a shambles of cabling with multiplr fibre trunks mixed up with electric cables of doubtful vintage. The police have prohibited anyone else from going in while they "investigate" Makes one wonder were MIx involved, there is likely to have been defence/security/intelligence traffic passing through.

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EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking

Barry Mahon

Re: Irrelevant and unhelpful?

There is also the rayban case, selling them from Romania. The single market principle has been progressively eroded over the years by the ECJ. Goes well with the Monbiot article in today's Guardian.

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Cheers! .Irish drinks to St Patrick's Day

Barry Mahon

I'm Irish and not proud of our image, even though it may be justified.

However, I was just wondering was there a .oirish domain, for those who can neithr speak nor spell properly?

Happy St. Patricks day.

Barry

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

Barry Mahon

Wrong Universe

I have fallen in to an other Universe, haven't I?

What is UKIP? don't bother to explain.

Why is the reference to a paywalled article, never heard of Open Access??

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

Barry Mahon

EPG is slow to load

.... especially if your trying to get the Cheltenham races in December.... ;)

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

Barry Mahon

FFS, could you not find anything MORE (eye wateringly) expensive and BIG??

I noticed most of the comments are from nerds, what the f do they ever watch? Aren't they too busy adding on new pieces of kit?

Anyway, TVs are past their prime, aren't they?

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