* Posts by Chris Evans

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

Chris Evans

Long term (Free?)server access?

With anything inside the home that you want to access from outside, there is a fundamental problem that I've not seen a good solution for. Either you have to open up your router to allow access (Something that the average user is not up to and has significant security implications) or you use a third party server (Often in the cloud) but unless you are paying for it, it could quickly disappear, and if you are paying for it they could jack the price up or close the service leaving you with a lot of hassle trying to reconfigure kit!

I'd hope for 10-20 years life out of home automation kit, how many times might the occupants have changed over those years.

The only solution I've thought of is if a standard could be adopted that came as part of your ISP contract using their servers and could be automatically transferred when you changed ISPs

Or has some one come up with another solution I've missed.

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Apple forks out nearly $2bn for two ripe, green data centres

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Is Data Centre energy requirements <> Apple Manufacturing?

I wonder if Apples Data Centre energy usage is greater or less than their subcontractor manufacturers usage per year. I Suspect Manufacturing will be considerably more. Green energy usage is to be applauded but I hope they will not be economical with the truth in their PR.

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UK chip champ ARM flexes muscle: Shows strong profit and sales

Chris Evans

Re: How long can this go on for?

Even if someone could come up with better 'low power' cores. They have to compete with / break into a very large ecosystem. Intel despite having significantly better silicon fabrication, spending a ton of money over some years and having its own big ecosystem is barely denting ARM. Also because they are nowhere near as flexible in how they let people use their cores they have one arm tied behind their back.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: Pricing Confusion

Thanks for clarifying it. That is what I thought and what I though I'd written but as I've been thumbed down it would appear I wasn't clear. Though why anyone would thumb down what was effectively a question I do not know!

EDIT: Just spotted at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/22/windows_10_cortana_and_spartan_and_xbox_oh_my/?page=1

"Once the offer period is over there may be upgrade charges – Microsoft ducked questions on this – but analysts don’t think this is likely."

It seems I'm in good company if ElReg journalists aren't sure of the situation!

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Chris Evans

Re: Pricing Confusion

Not sure if it's bad reporting or bad communication from MS

"Terry Myerson stated at the event that once you've installed Win10 it will be updated free of charge for the lifetime of the device" how does that work if they: "upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10 will be free, for a year."

The only way I can see both could be true is: "If you upgrade in the first year then it is free"

"... free, for a year." sounds like there is a charge after that.

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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Re: I must confess

Sounds like the Derek Bently case

"You were hanged, I wasn't."

Bently was hanged to!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Bentley_case

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Legal Challenge & Why give details?

I'm sure Google are leaving themselves open to claims. It could be argued that they are assisting/enabling criminal activity. Class action anyone?

If flaws are found and they aren't fixed in a timely manner and/or those responsible for trying to fix them say they aren't going to fix them then yes publicise that. But do they need to go into so much technical detail and help criminal hacking?

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Apple Watch support spotted hiding out in iOS 8.2 beta

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Reg Calender?

"the gizmo won't be ready until at least the end of the first quarter of 2015. Other outlets... claiming the Watch ... will go on sale this March."

On my Calender the end of the first quarter of 2015 is March. I wonder were it is on El.Reg's calender?

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Not app-y with VAT: Apple bumps up prices in Blighty, Europe, Canada

Chris Evans

Re: Exchange rates?

Correction

"... because of tax reasons, Apple US leave overseas revenue in the countries that charge them the least tax"

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Chris Evans

n.b.The new policy of having things listed as X hours/days old rather than giving a posted date/time is a real pain. Many people will know I last read thereg on say 23rd/24th at 4p.m.. How many days ago is that?

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Ye Bug List

Chris Evans

Older Stories missing four days

The front page's oldest story is 'Five days old' 24 Dec 2014 at 11:13,

Clicking on 'Older Stories' and the latest story is: NINE days old 20 Dec 2014 at 01:33

All the news stories between them don't seem to listed:-(

n.b.The new policy of having things listed as X days old rather than giving a posted date/time is a real pain. Many people will know I last read thereg on say 23rd/24th at 4p.m.

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

Chris Evans

Time posted, not elapsed time please.

I'd find it very useful if on the front page you could revert to the time posted for each story, not elapsed time since posting. I read ElReg on various computers and know roughly when I last looked but with elapsed time I have to work it out and wonder do you round it up or down to the nearest hour.

I like the fact that stories now have posting time as well as date.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

Chris Evans

Re: Render them Data Processors? Controllers surely

Despite the briefing saying yes. The ICO confirmed to me NO need to register. Very few companies have to register.

Most businesses can answer to the questionnaire:

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/register/self-assessment/y/No/No/Yes/Yes/Yes/No/No/Yes/No/Yes/Yes

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Chris Evans

Hope on the horizon?

There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon as many countries are working to remove trade tariffs.

I'm ever the optimist.

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Chris Evans

Extra work

"You ask them, read the guidelines."

Yes you can ask them but:

1. it is a lot of extra work, we are talking of sales of £3 often less platform and PayPal fees, you couldn't afford to employ someone on minimum wage to do it.

2. What happens when they don't reply.

So yes, unworkable!

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Chris Evans

Posting as well not practical

Many of these digital downloads are only £3 or £4 or less. To print them out and post them out of the country could cost more than the sale price!

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Chris Evans

How exactly?

Paypal payments I've seen often say no postal address on record.

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Chris Evans

Re: This is entirely UNreasonable

"(Apologise if I missed the you must register for compliance requirement?)"

Apology accepted as for digital downloads the threshold in £0

Sellers have to VAT Register and use the MOSS system but DON'T need to charge VAT on UK sales if under £81,000p.a.

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Chris Evans

Re: This is entirely UNreasonable

The Flat rate scheme doesn't apply to digital downloads unfortunately.

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Chris Evans

Re: managing customer country

"If you want, you could add a check for country consistency when you ship, still no need to keep the address beyond the shipping process."

No. The regulations say you must keep the evidence of location for 10 years!

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Chris Evans

Re: Sounds like time to shut down my online business

It only applies to automatic downloads so you can get round it if you manually email them the software. But even this is reportedly going to change:-(

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Chris Evans

Re: Jersey

You have misunderstood this. It was because businesses had set up in places like Jersey that they introduced this new system. Anyone in ANY country in the world selling into the EU has to charge the relevant VAT.

How they are going to enforce that will be interesting...

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RIP P4ssw0rd? IT giants agree to share patents to rollout two-factor auth

Chris Evans

Confused!

I don't understand how in practice two factor authorisation is that secure. An example on Wikipedia is "If users want to authenticate themselves, they can use their personal access licence (i.e. something that only the individual user knows) plus a one-time-valid, dynamic passcode consisting of digits. The code can be sent to their mobile device by SMS, email or via a special app."

So if someone steels my unlocked phone what is stopping them from doing anything I would do?

Nicking my credit cards at the same (quite common) would be a nightmare.

Anyone know of a site with a good explanation?

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Intel: Grab these platform shoes and dance to OUR Internet of Things standard

Chris Evans

In the cloud?

I can't see how this would work reliably if it relies on the cloud. Thinking of a home or small office. The sort of things they are talking about being part of the IoT need to have guaranteed access to their controlling server. All control stopping if your internet connection goes down would make it a non starter in almost every circumstance I can think of. Yes external access is needed for some aspects but it shouldn't be relied on for basic control.

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Must diarise: UK.gov Verify ID system will 'definitely' work by 2016

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Thumb Up

Nice quote!

A thumbs up for the Douglas Adams quote in the subtitle.

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Plusnet customers SWAMPED by spam but BT-owned ISP dismisses data breach claims

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If anythingAnd Everyything@yourdomain.co.uk is forwarded spam?

Many years ago we removed having a catch all as we a number of times received deluges of emails addressed to:

richard.a.smith@ourdomain

john.f.adams@ourdomain

chris.h.willams@ourdomain

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I think the spammers had forged the from, send and/or reply to addresses and hoped we would bounce it (To the real target address the 'from' address)

If you have a catch all how do you block the above.

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Mighty Blighty filter tilter causes communications chaos

Chris Evans

Missing word!

"Vulture South has raised the block with Three and Vodafone but does not suspect the conference BLOCK was legitimate and intentional."

Sloppy proof reading.

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

Chris Evans

Only 500 users accodring to my maths!

"Those 10,000 transactions might sound like a lot, but that's the total over two weeks when TfL does many millions of transactions a day and could represent as few as a thousand individuals"

Ten workings days in a fortnight and I assume they probably use it on the way to work AND on the way back again gives 500 users each using NFC 20 times!

Some users may not have worked 10 days in that fortnight but other may have worked more or done more than two journeys in a day.

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

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Re: Small business are packing up because of it!

"As your link says "there are no distance selling thresholds for electronic services to consumers under the new 2015 MOSS VAT rules".

I phoned the VAT office and they said that the MOSS rules only applied if you were VAT registered and that if your total turnover was under the 81K threshold you didn't need to register.

The chap I spoke did admit that the information on the website was confusing and that it is going to be clarified.

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Chris Evans

Small business are packing up because of it!

My wife sells knitting patterns on line and there has been a lot of fuss about digital downloads on various sites. At least one other seller has decided to cease trading. Visiting the web site for MOSS doesn't help much and people have reported that their accountants have told them that as some EU countries have a turnover threshold for VAT registration of ZERO they will need to register even if they are turning over worldwide less than 10,000 GBP a year.

Fortunately I found http://www.vatlive.com/eu-vat-rules/distance-selling-eu-vat-thresholds/ which explains that all counties have adopted a distance selling threshold of about e35,000p.a.

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

Chris Evans

How do they know when the marks were made?

O.K. they can age the shell but how do they know when the marks were made?

If they'd been made say 100,000 years ago would they look any different now?

I expect the experts have worked this one out, its just a pity that this vital bit is missing from the article. (It's also missing from the fuller story on nature.com.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

Chris Evans

Lower power than Bluetooth

ANT (network) as used by Garmin for wireless bike, heart rate monitoring etc is lower power than Bluetooth, it does I believe have a low data bandwidth but might be enough for some of the suggested watch uses.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

Chris Evans

Debian R.I.P. Best alternative?

If this is the beginning of the end for Debian and Devuan doesn't get enough traction to be a viable alternative what is the consensus on the best alternative?

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

Chris Evans

Maybe it depends on the sites visited and plug in use?

My wife has to use FaceBook for work and that gobbles RAM and CPU usage massively. I think it may be Flash rather than the browser itself. I had to open FB (In FireFox) at work today and it quickly gobbled up almost all my memory!

I've noticed Chrome seems to have a process entry for each open tab. 50MB each for simple pages!

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

Chris Evans

Re: It's not high

10-60% efficient! I'd call 60% very inefficient not "ensuring a high level of efficiency in energy transfer". Why the article did pick up on this point I don't know. Sloppy reporting.

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Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k

Chris Evans

Re: Link to the kickstarter?

I really do wonder how so many El-Reg postings miss including the obvious link.

Sloppy reporting.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

Chris Evans

"videoconference like it's 1999 all over again."

The 2nd generation iPad launched in 2011 with 0.3MP & 720P cameras. So this tablets 0.3Mp camera on the front and a 2Mp cam on the back are pretty up to date. Sloppy reporting.

But Windows 8 in 1GB arghhhhhh!

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

Chris Evans

"Crimbo" please don't!

"Crimbo" what a horrible word. I can't take any article using it seriously.

If Christmas was a festival of any other religion other than Christianity, you wouldn't be mangling the name would you?

Just because Christianity is tolerant and you won't see me burning your effigy outside El. Reg. Towers doesn't make it right!

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

Chris Evans

Photo enhancement?

I'd love to see the photo's before as well as after enhancement. Just for comparison to the enhancement CSI manage:-)

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

Chris Evans

GPU is not dual core

It is Quad core according to: http://www.broadcom.com/docs/support/videocore/VideoCoreIV-AG100-R.pdf

Though I thought I'd seen posting from Broadcom engineers on the Pi forum mention many more cores than four!

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Online tat bazaar eBay collapses in UK

Chris Evans

"We apologise for ANY inconvenience caused."

That should be:

"We apologise for THE inconvenience caused."

That should be in PR 101. Annoying your customers when you are trying to apologise really is shooting yourself in the foot.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

Chris Evans

Re: The only jewelry I wear is my Wedding ring.

I don't wear a watch and can't wear my Wedding Ring after breaking that finger:-(

My computer has the time on the screen, my car has it on the dash and almost every room I'm ever in has a clock so I almost never have to get my phone out to read the time. When I did wear a watch I find it very relaxing taking it off when I got home.

Watches are a thing of the past as far as I'm concerned.

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Best Buy preps for a Hero4 welcome just in time for Christmas

Chris Evans

GoPro camera shap

For camera's that don't need a viewfinder screen on them why don't they make them in other shapes?

A cylindrical shape would be a lot easier to mount in some ciurcumstances and less obtrusive

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Huawei buys Cambridge Internet of Things pioneer Neul

Chris Evans

Whilst a profit is a prophet I doubt the VC's are smiling and the founders will I expect be disappointed given their hard work and risk they took.

Also I'm pretty certain Stan Bolland never worked for ARM.

He was MD/CEO of Acorn Computers Group When I helped negotiaite RISC OS Ltd's licence with them. Then he split off Element 14 Inc when Acorn was broken up, E14 Inc. was latter bought by Broadcom.

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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

Chris Evans

Re: BBC documentaries Or Channel 4's Grand Designs

"... reduce most BBC documentaries by about a third - by removing all the many repeated synopses and recaps."

Or Channel 4's Grand Designs where they insist after each advert break to do a full synopsis so far as viewers can't possibly have remembered over the two minute ad break.

It is what the fast forward on a PVR is for!

The recent BBC Documentary on Stonehenge was another classic case, two one hour programs that would have still had padding if a 30 minute broadcast

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

Chris Evans

Re: All that safety...

"Assuming that the music isn't of a level that you cant hear anything but the music, can you explain how 'music stuff' ruins it?"

If it is loud enough to be heard, then it will be masking other sound, cars coming up behind etc. "Ye cannae change the laws of Physics, Captain"

Anyone cycling whilst listening to music needs their head examined and probably will, by a pathologist after they crash. I cycle to work most days, with a helmet and no music!

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Error on prototype Acorn Business Computer.

Acorn demonstrated their ABC systems in Olympia (late 1980's?), I had a chance to have a play (IIRC it booted to a text prompt) I quickly managed to get it to report "Can't" and then it came up with "Won't" I half expected the next error to be "Shan't" and hear the sound of a child stamping their feet.

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Brit chip biz CSR rebuffs US takeover bid from Microchip Technologies

Chris Evans

"30 per cent " massive?

"30 per cent" jump in a share price isn't massive! I'd say the change would have to be 100%+ to be considered massive.

The bigger a company is the smaller a price change would need be to be considered very significant. CSR is big, but not that big. Even with the price rise they are still considered 'Small Cap' by many financial sites.

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Chipzilla gives birth to a TINY comms chip

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Looks big to me

I thought IOT components would be small. I'm also surprised that it is a four chip solution. They could have used PoP for at least one pair of chips.

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