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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

fuzzywig Re:Overseas comment (385 comments)

Everyone I know in that's self employed in the UK has their taxes done by an accountant, everyone else has it done by the accountants at their company. Apart from the accountants, I don't know anyone who does their own taxes.

3 days ago

USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

fuzzywig Re:Exactly! (208 comments)

re 4)
There's an upper limit of 127 USB ports per USB 'network'. I doubt many people run into this however.

about two weeks ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

fuzzywig Re:Thirty years in prison (914 comments)

If you read the linked article you'll see that it is possible to be given a whole life order (aka sentence) for a single crime. That said, pretty much everyone who is currently serving such a sentence committed multiple crimes (and pretty heinous ones at that).

It's important to note that since 2003 the Home Secretary (an elected politician) can no longer issue a whole life order, it's down to the courts. This is in order to prevent punishments from being politically motivated.

about a month ago

How Engineers Are Building a Power Station At the South Pole

fuzzywig Re:Microwaves? (108 comments)

They want to cover about 6km^2, so they might be able to find one chunk of ice that is all moving in one piece.

about a month ago

Horseshoe Crabs Are Bled Alive To Create an Unparalleled Biomedical Technology

fuzzywig Re:"Forgettable sea creature" (159 comments)

You would say that today when I don't have mod points to give you.

about 2 months ago

SpaceX Testing Landing Legs On Next Falcon9 Rocket

fuzzywig Re:Scooped by the upstarts again! (73 comments)

The only news about this is that they've just started attaching the legs, as you can see here. Looking forward to seeing how well they work.

about 2 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

fuzzywig Re:IPv6 usage IS increasing (574 comments)

From some googling apparently these ISPs do offer IPv6:

Exa networks
Goscomb Tech

Virgin announced several years ago that they would soon be offering it, they still aren't.

about 2 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

fuzzywig Re:10 years (574 comments)

The blocks are all doled out to different regions, but the entities in charge of those regions (ARIN in this case) haven't finished doling them out to customers.

about 2 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

fuzzywig Re:Probably the home router... (574 comments)

Not to mention, us as customers don't want to have to pay for our ISPs to replace their entire industry.
That said, I assume most ISPs are rolling out kit that is IPv6 capable to save themselves trouble down the line.

about 2 months ago

Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

fuzzywig Re:Definitely not from the US. (717 comments)

To compare to the UK, we get 25 days a year vacation minimum (although most jobs specify that five days are taken by public holidays, so you get 20 to do what you want with). Forty hours a week is standard, working more than that is slightly unusual, but happens a lot. If you work more than 40 hours a week you'll either be getting overtime, or getting screwed over.
Personally, if I have more than 40 hours of work to do in a week, it's my bosses problem for one employee more then one employee's worth of work. (Unless I'm having to work more to fix one of my own mistakes, can't complain about that.)

about 2 months ago

Where Old Hard Disks (with Digital Secrets) Go To Die

fuzzywig Re:Jump The Shark (128 comments)

We had the truck round to destroy a bunch of disks recently at work (most of the drives wouldn't have had anything on them, but a few might have been exposed to customer's credit card data), and watching this big green lump of steel turn a harddrive into tiny mettle chips was really fucking cool!
So yeah, maybe it's not necessary, but it's a bloody good show.

about 3 months ago

Data Analysts Attempt To Predict World's Largest Music Vote, Again

fuzzywig Re:Don't take the purple acid (41 comments)

Go look at last year's results and see if you still think that:

1) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop {ft. Wanz}
2) Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
3) alt-J - Breezeblocks
4) Flume - Holdin On
5) Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait
Not really a particularly commercial lineup, and that's just the top five.

about 3 months ago

How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

fuzzywig Re:I'll bet... (150 comments)

Defence contractors wouldn't be so good at bilking the government out of money if they hadn't had years of practice. I'm sure when this thing was first built someone made a killing, even if they couldn't aspire to the giddy heights of larceny practised today.

about 3 months ago

The Mystery/Myth of the $3 Million Google Engineer

fuzzywig Re:Working men top out around $120k (173 comments)

That's similar to the wages/living costs disparity between London and other UK cities. Living in London is approx 50% more expensive, while salaries are about 10-30% higher.

about 3 months ago

Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

fuzzywig Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (250 comments)

EMV/Chip&PIN is used extensively throughout Europe.

You walk up, the clerk scans your purchases, you jam your card into the reader, wait a moment for it to be read, then type in your PIN and press enter. The clerk gets a message saying 'Payment accepted' and off you go.

I don't see any reasons why this can't work in the USA if it works everywhere else.

about 3 months ago

NSA Able To Crack A5/1 Cellphone Crypto

fuzzywig Re:If you don't like them hearing your private spe (122 comments)

It's worth noting at this point, that the paranoid among us (fortunately but not coincidentally including people writing cryptography systems), have assumed that the NSA (and others) could theoretically be doing at lot of the things that we now know they have done.
Turns out the paranoiacs were right.

about 4 months ago

Google Brings AmigaOS to Chrome Via Native Client Emulation

fuzzywig Re:80's hardware (157 comments)

This is definitely taking a lot longer to boot than my Amiga ever did.

about 4 months ago


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