* Posts by Mage

5303 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Tesla to charge for road trip 'leccy, promises it will cost less than petrol

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Re: hint to Tesla owners

Better to have a Lead Acid battery system for your PV panels than Musk's tiny "boil a kettle" model with fire risk (really no fire risk with properly installed Lead Acid).

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Mirai scan tool unleashed

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GRC

Is this better tool than Gibson Reseach's one (which maybe just looks for uPNP stupid settings, though they can scan all your ports.)?

https://www.grc.com/default.htm

Scroll down to ShieldsUp!

Compared to GRC's site they want far too many different domain's scripts enabled according to NoScript.

It also gives false positives!

"The scanner couldn't access the device on your IP address [redacted], possibly as a result of it being infected with the Mirai malware.

Please restart your connected device to enable scanner access. Why?"

Either it's incompetent or a scam to sell cloud services.

"Q: I restarted my device but the scanner still can't access it. What should I do?

Nothing, you're good. If after rebooting the scanner still can't access your device, it's because the remote access ports are closed and your device is secure from Mirai injection attacks."

Well, I don't have anything exposed by my Router/Firewall (Open WRT on a PCEngines SBC)

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Facebook 'fesses up to WhatsApp privacy blunder in UK

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Re: Bah - one look at the requested permissions was enough for me

The problem is that Whatsapp has all the phone numbers/contacts on a users phone.

The problem is people posting info and photos of other people on their facebook account.

Also people blindly following signup instructions like on Linkedin to share their email account with the so called Social Media so all the data can be mined and all the addresses spammed.

The Regulators are largely ignoring it all and only take notice if there is outrage on mainstream media. They are not proactive about misuse of clear single pixels, 3rd part cookies (both should be illegal), icons with tracking scripts etc.

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Too late

It was too late when Facebook was allowed to buy Whatsapp.

Facebook has been totally disingenuous about privacy on their own site and the scripts in the "like" buttons that web sites add (just put a LOCAL icon and a link, the Facebook script breaks privacy!).

This is meaningless.

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Why Oracle's Larry Ellison shelled out $9bn for NetSuite

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Untold riches

"Analysts are predicting untold riches in enterprise cloud and ERP-as-a-Service thanks to the underlying switch from buying on-prem licences."

Maybe they are right, if so then really stupid people are making the decisions. People outsourcing core aspects or mission critical or private aspects of their operations to so called "Cloud" may not personally suffer (any failure claims by our customers will be less than our cost savings), but the human race will rue it when they can't buy food at the checkout or make calls on mobile (because EPOS is down and Billing is down, all backends on the "cloud" to save money).

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

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Naming

DDR = German Democratic Republic. (Stasi ridden Communist East Germany)

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)

"Do No Evil" former motto of Google

National Socialism

etc.

Why would I trust an addon called "Web of Trust"?

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

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Re: Ha bloody ha

Someone here suggested they only make laptops at all so that Apple staff aren't using machines with Dell or Lenovo badges.

I've been saying since they axed the Mac Server and "Computer" from their name, look at the profits. The Mac is a tiny niche, with little after market Apple income compared to iOS pads and iTunes, hence the experiment of the Apple version of Surface Pro.

So I don't expect them to axe Macs any time soon, but I think any feature not needed by their own staff is a very low priority.

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Re: Ha bloody ha

I bought two 14" Lenovo laptops instead. No dongles needed.

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Mythbuntu busted as last two devs working on media centre distro quit

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Re: When you can

How do I connect my satellite dishes to a Kodi box? Most won't work a USB DVB-TV stick fully (MPEG4 (SD & HD)+ MHEG5 Interactive) or at all without hacking.

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Re: That would be MediaPortal then?

MediaPortal is only win7 and later.

MediaPortal is no use for Linux. The MythTV is.

Kodi is primarily for streaming.

MythTV is primarly for Satellite cards and DVB-TV Sticks etc and can work VERY well on Linux. (ProgDVB on Windows is superior to any MS MediaCentre version for Broadcast and even does MHEG5 Interactive), but no use for Linux, and not free. However I'd pay something for decent Linux TV reception software that just works, like ProgDVB or other packages on Windows.

The problem with Linux is setting up the PCI satellite cards and USB TV sticks in the first place.

Is there a future for Windows with OEM sales of Win7 now ended?

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Apple, Mozilla kill API to deplete W3C battery-snitching standard

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Apple and Mozilla are leading the charge away

Good, this was a daft proposal.

I'm encouraged by the sudden breakout of common sense by those two, who haven't demonstrated much lately.

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Google makes it to third base with Home digital assistant

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Re: manipulating Google search results again?

I think Randell Monroe is the expert on that?

Or maybe Mrs Robinson.

Or Black Hat.

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Re: These devices are game changers

There are 1 0 types of people.

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Big Brother

It's evil

But so is the Amazon Echo.

I'm baffled why anyone thinks these "spies" in the home are a good idea.

They are not much better voice control than 20 years ago and horribly inflexible too.

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Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

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Re: I LIKE the takeoff and landing - they are the good bits.

Yes, at least mildly interesting, the rest is uncomfortable and boring. It doesn't help those with chronic congestion, skin conditions, breathing issues etc that the aircraft are not fully pressurised. You need to drink stuff with water to avoid dehydration, with risk of drinking too much or not enough.

Wiki stuff on cabin pressure

"In a typical commercial passenger flight, the cabin altitude is programmed to rise gradually from the altitude of the airport of origin to a regulatory maximum of 8,000 ft (2,400 m). This cabin altitude is maintained while the aircraft is cruising at its maximum altitude and then reduced gradually during descent until the cabin pressure matches the ambient air pressure at the destination.[citation needed]"

IMO this little mentioned fact (apart from how little space there is and insufficient humidity for those used to the Emerald Isle, and how horrid airports and airport security is) goes a long way to explain why I hate air travel. I don't worry about safety, my car trip to the supermarket may be more dangerous.

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Re: Dead elephant. MS-Office ripoff

I can't resist asking those sort of questions. My last boss deliberately took me to foreign vendor meetings when he wanted to unsettle the vendor before signing (or not signing) the contract.

Engineers are not so welcome at meetings when their own company is selling.

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Re: Fear of flying

I don't have a fear of flying, I just hate it.

I do occasionally have a slight nervousness about take-off or landing when they seem unusual.

I've occasionally bought a ticket, but always had the expense refunded. I hate flying so much, I can't see why I'd ever want to spend my own money on it.

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Anti-ultrasound tech aims to foil the dog-whistle marketeers

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Or

A low pass filter on inputs (mic) and outputs (speakers).

The actual transmission channels can't actually carry true ultrasonic signals as they are limited to less than 22 to 24 kHz.

FM Radio to under 15kHz

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Your weekends may be safe, admins – IT giants tout 'zero outage' tech

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"meet certain criteria,"

Ha Ha Ha

Laudable but hilarious.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: As long as Win10 continues to be a piece of spyware...

Bought two Lenovo Laptops this week, they came with Win7 pro "free" if you ordered Win 10 pro,

Whatever about the "regular" versions, Vista Home and Win 10 Home at least seem like crippleware.

I see MS has only just ceased OEM Win 7 sales.

One at least will "dual boot" to Linux Mint + Mate, I hope (no SSD).

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"Windows is far easier to use for non technical people."

Used to be true, maybe.

But a properly set up Linux Mint, with Mate, Redmond theme and Wine for a couple of programs etc is MUCH easier for XP users and even Vista / Win 7 users than Win 8.x and Win 10.

Not sure if Sage and payroll runs under Wine, but very few home users and small business users not doing accounts / payroll need Windows any more.

Games? The appropriate graphics cards can cost more than an Xbox One or PS4. PS4 seems to be winning there.

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: With its first in-house design. Bet it isn't.

Maybe they sketched out the case and logo.

Depends what they mean by design. I did a 4G (not Wimax or LTE) VOIP only "handset" using a PCMCIA modem using a handmade case and catalogue industrial PCBs in 2007. In a sense I designed it.

Did they really pick the chips, layout a PCB etc, assemble it, debug, do the approvals etc?

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Re: how "British" the company is

It's not UK software, it's Electronics design isn't in UK, parts and assembly are not UK.

But maybe some people think Roberts Radio is UK (Chinese OEM designed and built, badge / brand is owned by Glen Dimplex conglomerate). Or that Bush is British.

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re: is likely to be unchanged

Because it's UK marketing, not really a UK phone, (but then I think Apple phones are barely American, though they do more designing than WileyFox who are really outsourcing the HW/SW design and perhaps only having some input on the cosmetics).

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Standing out from the crowd with an Android phone? You and 90 per cent of the market

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Profit and Apple

Only matters to Apple Shareholders, and indirectly to how much the buyer is over paying.

To shops, accessory makers, IT support, App developers, Malvertisers, black hats, people wanting support, it's market share.

Perhaps people are realising that Apple is almost x2 overpriced for what you get. Despite having only 13% of market, they have maybe about 70% of the profits. It's not due to especially clever manufacturing, though the glue helps reduce cost.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Re: Buy British. Simple.

"This is not the Victorian era when British goods were made from British steel, using British machines powered by British coal."

Even then it was involving exploiting Indian and Egyptian cotton growers, whose production was increased due to collapse of the Slave produced US Cotton at time of USA Civil War. There are many other examples.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: Thursday's explosive anti-Brexit judgment

If it was Government intention to have no Parliamentary vote they needed to make that clear, it's not that Smooth Newt thinks so.

Ultimately it's not about Exit or Remain, but is UK ruled by Referendum, whim of PM or Parliament?

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Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

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1922 or 1977?

Axions on Wikipedia

The axion is a hypothetical elementary particle postulated by the Peccei–Quinn theory in 1977 to resolve the strong CP problem in quantum chromodynamics (QCD)

(I'm nearly sure it's time and not colour)

Or there is some other explanation for the cosmic observations and/or solution to the strong CP problem, which might be unrelated anyway.

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MacBook headphone hell

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Re: @Wibble

"because people who believe the DAC has a real influence on audio quality will use Lightning or USB-C for audio when they have headphones with a built in DAC even when they have a 3.5mm connector at their disposal."

I have a nice bridge I can sell you cheap.

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Re: more headphones with their own DAC and amp will be available

Which given space, cost, battery will generally be inferior than built in DAC & Amp in a phone, tablet, laptop, which will have a DAC and Amp ANYWAY for the built-in speakers. Even 10m of suitable analogue audio cable makes no difference to quality. No headphone cable makes any difference to analogue.

The idea of removing analogue 3.5mm jack has nothing to do with thinness or quality. It's about product differentiation. It's stupid. The extra cost of earphone DAC and Amp is more than cost saving of jack socket. The Bluetooth stereo earphones are even more stupid than wired unless you really need wireless, battery life and additional degradation due to re-encoding.

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Ghost of DEC Alpha is why Windows is rubbish at file compression

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Re: So why not create a new v2 compression scheme?

Indeed. NTFS itself has already different versions. I think NT3.51 can't read an XP / Win 2K format. I forget when the major change was.

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Re: Obvious bull

Yes, given that that there was other CPU specific code and HAL.

Actually too, the original NT was for 32 bit Alpha. The 64Bit NT4.0 was for Alpha 64 only and came out later after regular Alpha 32 NT4.0. I never saw the 64bit Alpha of Win2K, though I may have existed, it's not on my MSDN collection.

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HPE: Wanna revive that support deal for your software? Ha ha ha, har

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Renegotiation is the issue, this is:

"but they will have to pay the support costs from the entire time their deal has been lapsed as well as a 50 per cent "reactivation" charge."

How much do you pay if you are a new customer?

So to get a renewal you have to pay the fee for a period when there was no deal? Sounds like the Motor tax office or a protection racket!

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Sweden axes 700MHz spectrum sale over 'national security' fears

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Say goodbye to good Mobile coverage.

What unmitigated rubbish.

It's a cellular system. The 700MHz is actually too low for decent cell size and control.

Build more 900 / 1800 / 2100 masts. Gives more coverage AND more speed / capacity.

The 800 MHz sell off was about raising revenue and letting Mobile operators do low capacity cheaply on existing masts. The 700 MHz is even worse and is driven by US Multinationals wanting royalties for the chips and Regulators hopeful for revenue.

700MHz for mobile only made sense in Analogue and GSM and CDMA-1 Voice only days.

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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

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Re: Fix content availability and usability, and "piracy" will mostly disappear

I agree, adverts on subscription only channels (e.g. Sky) is an insult. Separate issue.

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Re: Thanks, MPAA

It's not Kodi itself though, but 3rd party modules/plugs, pre-installed on the boxen, which makes them illegal in Ireland under "Theft of service laws". The Cable company never wants cable boxen sellers to be prosecuted under that law because of the maximum penalty (about €6000 and/or 6months), instead they sue the sellers for copyright violation, because no limit and then they not the state get the money. The just sue the box user for full cable TV sub back till they last had one or moved in, which actually isn't unreasonable compared to TV licence fines etc.

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Two kinds of pirates.

The serious kind are the copyright contravening providers, NOT the consumers.

In the high street or local market or at trade fair, which has goods seized?

1) The purchasers

OR

2) The sellers?

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Apple urges court to hurry up with hearing Galway data centre objection

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I'm puzzled

There are loads of more suitable sites and even empty ones. Not posh enough for Apple?

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Cloudflare ordered by judge to help unmask two website owners

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Peer Review

Yet perhaps half the papers are rubbish, because the peer review is absolutely rubbish.

"Elsevier is just a commercial publisher."

No, commercial publishers PAY the writers. Elsevier behaves like a Vanity house. They are charging the writers, providing poor peer review (the peer reviewers usually are not paid by journals!) and overcharging readers and especially researchers for access.

The charges to readers might be justified if they where Marvel, Netflix etc, or paid for quality peer review but still it would be wrong as they don't pay writers. Elsevier is in a dominant position and stifling research. Boycott publishing on them or paying to read.

Elsevier doesn't pay for the research either which is a LOT more expensive than writing for Mills & Boone.

So who are the pirates, the bandits?

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Cheap, lousy tablets are killing the whole market says IDC

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Cheap or very Cheap and rubbish

I got a cheap 7" tablet (less than £60). 1G RAM, 16G Flash (11G free), Andriod 5.1, 800 * 1280 IPS, 2MP Bluetooth 4.0 with 4000mah Battery. It's fine.

Cheaper seem to be junk:

The "Cheap" Tablets at £25 to £40 seem to be 0.5G RAM Flash 4G to 8G (1G to 3G Free), Andriod 4.1 to 4.4, 600 x 1024 (NOT IPS), 1100mAH to 4000mAH Battery. Some €99 in Tesco Lenovo and Lidl seem to be almost this bracket. Two sons have had ones in this bracket that the touch screen broke.

So there are a lot of "impulse buy" priced Tablets that give tablets a bad name, that no doubt is affecting all sales?

I can understand why some people might pay the Apple premium for an iPad, but is growth on Fire fuelled by Amazon's marketing? They promote their own products on landing page and in search and suggestions. Do people realise it's just a "crippled Android" locked to Amazon, no better than some cheaper Android tablets? It's not a real "Kindle" either.

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Cheapies?

Yet Apple is very expensive for the spec.

The Amazon Fire and Fire HD are expensive compared to similar spec non-name Android and are a "crippled" Android, locked to Amazon, no Playstore. Yet Amazon apps are available for Android.

So the sales ranking shows that Marketing and Perception are more important than price.

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Hypersonic cruise missile scores US$175m DARPA cash

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Re: as a rocket system is much cheaper!

It's maybe not about cost. If you don't have to carry the oxidant for the fuel (rocket motors), then either you have more range, or more payload or smaller craft. Or some compromise mix of those.

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A successor to Mirai? Newly discovered malware aims to create fresh IoT botnet

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Telnet alternatives

Or run a home VPN server on <any user chosen port not blocked by ISP / web cafe / university> :)

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Pluck-filled platter-stuff: Bold disk drive makers fatten up

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I have some quite new PCs with "full height" bays (twice CD/DVD Rom). I have full height MFM HDD in the attic too.

Is it 3"?

If so, then why not have a horizontal spindle 6" long with platter diameter between than in a 2.5" and 3.5" drive. Maybe have 15,000 RPM and stripe + parity across sets of four or five platters.

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Boffins predict web scams with domain registration data

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AI?

It sounds nearly doable with a regex based script ...

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Boffin's anti-worm bot could silence epic Mirai DDoS attack army

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"prompt the user to reboot"

How? The user would only "see" anything if they go to an Administrative web page, if there is one. If the gadget uses an "App" powered by a 3rd party server, then producing such a prompt would be difficult.

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Re: Sci Fi has become a reality

"Snow Crash"? That's 1992. The Internet is older than that and Websites were appearing that year.

Ha, it was in Brunner's "Shockwave Rider" 1975.

"tapeworms", remote hacking, fake identities, Ritalin type drugging of the population.

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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

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Can't survive this in UK

Nor anywhere else with EU or EU like employment and tax laws.

"how about someone finally getting round to challenging Apple about their refusal to honour the statutory 2 year warranty on consumer electronics?"

Fined in Italy, if Apple retail then they have to comply with SOGA in all of EU and many other places. Two years is the minimum it should "work" for the liability is 4 to 6 years for any claims or consequential damages, depending on Country. Covers incorrect description literature, adverts, website or box. All have to accurately describe the product. Design faults, manufacturing defects, mysterious failures or wearing out in "reasonable" usage. Since the battery isn't user replaceable consumable, they have to cover it. If it was easily popped out then they could call it a consumable with no warranty. The charger, cables, earphones etc supplied with phone OR separately BY Apple have same SOGA as the phone. Only things like light bulbs or user replaceable battery would be exempt from two years, though they would have to be fit for purpose.

Similarly it has to be "fit for purpose", i.e. it should work as well as any phone for actual phone calls, held in any normal fashion, without the earphones.

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Re: How to classify workers

The being an Employee factors out way the Self Employed factors, so to be sure of winning Uber would have to have almost no characteristics of being an Employer. Uber is Taxi operator operating by piece work / bodyshop. It will be travesty of justice and morally wrong if they win on appeal.

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