* Posts by Chris Evans

194 posts • joined 27 Jun 2008

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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

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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

Chris Evans

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

....

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

Chris Evans

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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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

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"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

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"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

Chris Evans

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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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

Chris Evans

Re: DDG?

"And at least with Microsoft / Bing, a massive chunk of the profits go to charity via Bill Gates."

The sum may be large but it's rather indirect. The money doesn't come from Microsoft but a shareholder. Giving money directly is a much more efficient method.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

Chris Evans

Close up Photo please!

A photo is pretty critical to the article. If they haven't released one yet then surely it should have been mentioned. It seems to be lazy reporting to me.

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'POWER from AIR' backscatter tech now juices up Internet of Stuff Wi-Fi gizmos

Chris Evans

Re: Once saw a wirelsse burglar alarm this could benfit

o.k. I can see that would work for one sensor but what happens if you have 2 or 20 such devices in the same wifi zone. Interference and increased overhead as every IOT will need a mac type address.

If IOT is going to catch on you could have hundreds of devices within a WiFi zone!

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Love in the time of the GPS sees chap propose with Google Map

Chris Evans

Re: " ...suggest they are occasional cyclists with unexciting bikes."

As a club cyclist I'd say that given the short straights the number of turns, u turns, crossing roads and the need to always be aware of where they are on each letter, they were riding quite quickly.

Happiness to the both of them!

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

Chris Evans

High voltage DC distribution is coming I hear!

There was a Radio 4 program about a month ago a large part of which was discussing the advantages of high voltage DC distribution. This is being seriously worked on by a number of big companies and Universities. I can't find it on iPlayer even though most of the science programs are available back to 2012.

I did though find this IEEE article:

http://magazine.ieee-pes.org/marchapril-2014/history-12/

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

Chris Evans

He fluffed his lines!

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," wasn't garbled he just fluffed his lines and said "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." If you listen to the recording there is no static or pause where the 'a' should be. I recall a psychologist talking about in a TV documentary he believed it was a subconscious slip because Armstrong knew of the great historical significance of what he was doing.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

Chris Evans

Re: Bad choice for a name too. Yes but how does Tenna Lady work?

My immediate thought was of Tenna Lady and as I'd always wondered how 'one way' fabrics work hoping for an answer!

I remember 'one way' nappy liners 30 years ago when my children were babies and thinking, but they don't tell me which side to put next to the skin?

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Tech industry IGNORES customers: 'It's a supplier-driven world'

Chris Evans

Not just the Tech Industry ignoring SME and not just SMEs!

Almost every industry IGNORES the people who actually use the product. I suspect that about the only manufacturers that don't are those that sell direct to end users. Airbus & Boeing are the only two that come to mind.

Everyone else gets what the manufacturers reckon they can sell.

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

Chris Evans

Receals?

"Submission to Australia/Korea trade treaty receals" Do you mean 'reveals'?

Spell checkers can be useful!

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

Chris Evans

5.25" discs still in use.

Every few months we get asked to transfer data from BBC DFS 5.25" discs.

We've even sold some new 5.25" discs this year!

And we can still transfer data from most sizes of syquest discs.

www.cjemicros.co.uk

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Hungry for humbler Pi? Check out kid-friendly LED-laden Pibrella

Chris Evans

Better pass through connector Yes and No!

Thanks for the link Frumious Bandersnatch. That certainly looks like a decent connector at a very good price. One draw back is the 15.95+VAT delivery charge as its a Farnell US stocked item.

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Treat yourself to some FA or NFL action at Wembley

Chris Evans

No prices?

I thought all adverts had to show prices?

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