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Comment Re:Don't Panic (Score 1) 535

"the pound is already re-stabilizing and didn't fall that far to start with!"

a) no it isn't
b) 10% isn't a big fall????

It's fallen to the lowest level since 1985. It's the 3rd largest currency fall ever, of any currency. It's twice the fall that happened on 'black wednesday' when we crashed out of the ERM - which caused a whopping recession and soaring interest rates.

The FTSE only stabilised after the Bank of England offered an extra £250 billion - yes, with a b - in liquidity to banks, who were amongst the hardest hit.

And that was ONE day of post referendum trading.

HSBC have said they will move at least 1000 jobs to the EU if the leave the single market. The rescue of Port Talbot - 11,000 jobs - is under threat as potential investors are backing out now due to Brexit. Tech, cars, financial services, and all other sorts companies that rely on exports to the EU are all looking at if they'll be better off in Ireland or Scotland (assuming it leaves the UK) to stay inside the EU single market.

The bonfire of the UK economy has literally only just started. Petrol is going up next week due to the sterling crash, electricity & gas prices will follow, and food prices will be going up soon - we import 40% of it.

Submission + - Gates Foundation Failures-Why Philanthropists Shouldn't Set Public School Agenda

theodp writes: As the U.S. entrusts tech billionaires and their fave nonprofits with K-12 Computer Science education, the Los Angeles Times looks back on some of the havoc wreaked on U.S. schools by the well-intentioned Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, citing the organization's costly failures as Exhibit A in the case against philanthropists setting public school agenda. "The mission of improving education in America is both vast and complicated," concedes Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellm, "and the Gates Foundation doesn’t have all the answers." Still, that isn't stopping Bill and Melinda Gates from pressing Congress "to provide funding for every student in every school to have an opportunity to learn computer science" ($4.2B is a nice start!).The LA Times concludes, "Philanthropists are not generally education experts, and even if they hire scholars and experts, public officials shouldn’t be allowing them to set the policy agenda for the nation’s public schools. The Gates experience teaches once again that educational silver bullets are in short supply and that some educational trends live only a little longer than mayflies."

Comment Re:A question I keep asking that no one ever answe (Score 1) 241

Then they send you to prison for refusing to decrypt it?

See the UK for example - the RIP Act - where you can get a sentence of up to 2 years for failing to decrypt, when ordered, anything the police have a 'reasonable belief' that you have the keys to. Several animal rights' activists have already been convicted under this law.

Forget the password for that encrypted backup? Get sent an encrypted email you don't even have the key for? Have some file of randomly generated garbage you used to test drive throughput that might be mistaken for encrypted data? Better hope the police don't go looking for a reason to put you away...

Submission + - Disappearing stuff from the internet (nakedcapitalism.com) 1

inode_buddha writes: Its well-known that removing something from the internet is nearly impossible, like taking the pee out of the pool. That said, somebody or something is doing a credible job of trying lately. First there was the UCDavis pepper-spray video. Now its a Bernie Sanders ad. Nobody seems to know who or why but it was on the net for a few hours and it is rapdly being pulled and scrubbed. Any one got ideas?

Comment Re:stop making him a martyr. (Score 1) 146

According to Wikipedia: In 2013, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced a bill, Aaron's Law (H.R. 2454, S. 1196 [209]) to exclude terms of service violations from the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and from the wire fraud statute. The Aaron's Law bill died in committee in May 2014, reportedly due to Oracle Corporation's financial interests. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz#Congressional_investigations

Comment Re:Money for nothin... (Score 5, Informative) 456

Taxing them more simply means higher prices for all the customers.

Well that's simply horseshit. Paying their taxes increases their costs. Apple make a lot of profit, so paying taxes would reduce that profit. Profit is used for a lot of things; salary increases (rarely), growing the business by investing in new product designs, more staff etc etc, put in the bank for a rainy day, or paid to the shareholders in dividends or via share buy-back schemes.

Apple has stupendous amounts of past profit stashed away as cash reserves in offshore banks, because it doesn't have anything else it can think of to do with it.

Increasing prices to pay their taxes, rather than take a slightly smaller profit makes no sense, because their revenues already far outstrip costs. If a higher price would be more profitable for them (vs decreasing sales), they'd already be charging it.

Apple, like Google, Vodafone, Amazon and any number of multinationals pay hardly any tax in the countries that buy their products. They make their revenue from western countries, but use complex arrangements with shell corporations, intra-company loans, licence payments etc so that those profits are then recorded in 0-tax tiny countries. Thus much higher profits - which ultimately largely end up going to the shareholders (which of course, includes the CEO and other top management). The shareholders are largely already the wealthy, because they're the only ones able to use their money to invest in large amounts of shares instead of you know, buying stuff to live on. Even if the money doesn't go directly out in dividends, it's used to increase the share prices, which has the same effect.

So instead of paying for the infrastructure they use in western countries, for the social safety nets their workers have in europe etc, for the educations their workers get, by paying the pitiful amounts of tax rates they actually should - they divert them to offshore holdings and they end up making the already rich richer.

It's incredibly regressive. In addition, smaller national companies can't pull the same tricks, have lower profits to invest in growing their business, and is a good part of the reason the big multinationals got so big in the first place and displace smaller companies from the marketplace. Who, incidentally, also pay better wages on average.

UK corporation tax rate is 18%, hardly extortionate for the amount they benefit from selling in the UK. And hardly any of the multinationals actually pay anything like that rate, many pay nothing at all - meaning us working stiffs have to pick up the difference to pay for the NHS, roads, police, firemen, social security, pensions etc etc etc, all of which have been under heavy pressure precisely because the government isn't getting enough taxes in to pay for our already thinly stretched services.

Companies in the 50's and 60's used to include social responsibility for their workforce and their communities as part of their thinking - they knew that having customers able to afford their products was a good thing for them in the long run. Now it's all about maximising share price in the shortest possible time, and screw the long term, the workforce, the customer and anyone other than the very richest.

Comment Re:Can anyone keep up all these bullshits? (Score 2, Insightful) 166

It depends what is meant by devops.

If it means the sysadmins and developers talk to each other and work together in a healthy relationship to deliver stable, scalable apps with heavy use of automation to cut down scut work and human error from both sides - that meet the goals of the organisation - then you're doing it right.

If it's just a synonym for badly run agile, with devs slapping together whatever to meet arbitrary goals rushed into production with insufficient testing, while sysadmins end up firefighting all the time because devs just frack it up even worse now they push direct to production; then it's just another bullshit buzzword.

Sysadmins need to be part coder these days to do their job properly with automation and flexibility; devs need to be part sysadmin so they can factor performance and stability within sane budgets into their designs.

I'm a traditional sysadmin, but I've brushed up on my coding from my undergrad days the last couple of years, and have a couple of my own projects deployed now. I work pretty closely with our 3rd party developers, so can understand and support their requirements better, and they work with me rather than round me. Is that devops? I dunno, but it beats the hell out of the usual silo'd suspicion and blame game.

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