* Posts by Chris Evans

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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One of the few planes that look like they should fly!

Most aircraft look to me like they are defying gravity but delta wing air craft like the Vulcan and Concorde actually look like they should be able to fly! I expect it's because they look closer to a paper plane.

I should get a chance to see the Vulcan at Shoreham in almost its last flight. I'll miss it, but not as much as I miss Concorde. I took the day off and went to Heathrow to see the last three Concordes come home for the last time. Fond memories.

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

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Re: List of supported channels/services

Thanks for the info. It does strike me as strange that many companies don't make such basic information readily accessible.

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List of supported channels/services

Sorry if I'm being blind but I can't see on the Roku site a list of supported channels!

Or catch up services, the review mentions iPlayer but I know many boxes miss at least one of the main catch up services such as 4OD, ITVPlayer, Demand 5.

I presume that unless you want one of the premium services, NetFlix etc there is no monthly charge or need to give anyone your credit card but the review and website are silent on this matter.

I mainly want catch up for the main four UK broadcasters as my Humax PVR only does iPlayer and sometimes ITV player when it feels like it.

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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1983 synthesisers!

"1983 when electronic bands [started using]... (synthesisers, samplers and drum machines)"

The use of synthesisers and mellotrons (An early type of sampler) were well established in Prog Rock bands (Pink Floyd, Yes etc) by the early 70's. I think the study is showing an American bias.

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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That's what I call REAL Rocket Science!

It makes normal Rocket Science look easy!

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Intel and LG: Our new mobe cams COULDN'T CARE LESS about pixels

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Different markets have different focuses.

With camera it's all about how many pixels (despite most users then having most of them thrown away when they upload there pics to facebook etc)

Phones ads/reviews concentrate on a mixture of size, number of pixels and pixels per inch which makes sense.

What I don't understand is monitors, where size is the only thing that seems to be important. Trying to find the native resolution of some monitors can be very difficult.

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Xiaomi's birthday present to itself: Flogging 2m phones in 12 hours

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Re: Profit not volumes

Amazon is good example. How it has a multi-billion pound stock market worth but has not yet come close to making a profit is beyond me. At start up I can understand, but they started 1994!

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Re: Multiple "no go" points

"3. No mouse buttons"

How do they support all three buttons as well as drag?

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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Outages happen!

How companies deal with problems is the important part.

How quickly is it resolved?

How often does it happen?

How informative (honest) to their customers are they?

Any decent company will have a status server on another network that logs all outages including ones that affect say just one exchange. The logs should be public for a year or so.

That way potential customers can make informed choices.

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Ebay snuffs malware upload bug

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Re: @mythicalduck - Exe upload

"You're playing with files on the filesystem. When files come in over a HTTP connection, different rules apply." You mean like no security?

Any program or OS that takes a file and runs it like an exe because of its contents but isn't file typed as exe is asking for trouble.

Who thought that a good idea?

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NASA to take MARTIAN FLYING SAUCER for a spin

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Re: What's happening?

Given that only the length of an Olympic sized swimming pool is specified and the width and depth are minimums its use is gives no accuracy.

Unfortunately the term is frequently used by lazy hacks.

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Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet

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arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Madness.

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Get off Facebook if you value your privacy, EU commish tells court

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"Get off Facebook" but how do I control my friends?

You don't need to have ever registered yourself on Facebook your friends will have very kindly put your photo and a lot more about you on it and often not at all hidden. Good close friends you may be able to control but friends of friends...

The genie is well and truly out of the bag. There is now no hiding place.

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Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

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Call centres.

"a call centre that really cares about sound quality." does one exist?

As a punter EVERY call centre I've ever had the missfortune to use has been bad.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Don't Stop there... They've not started!

I think El Reg's "might offer the chance for a complete bloatware scrub." is a bit of wishful thinking. So far what has been mentioned is tinkering around the edges and not addressing the cause.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Not the Nine O'Clock news BBC Lecence fee sketch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5yMPokDcxg

"Mr Tully of Sidcup writes: £32 for a tv licence ! It's a disgrace. It's far too low. With the excellent service that the BBC provides it should be at least £400..."

“I would gladly sell my wife to finance the BBC...”

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

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Re: Thank the gods they didn't do it like they do their dates!

There is an ISO for that:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

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Re: Bah!

The hand/finger positions look more natural than using a standard keyboard!

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Re: @Tom 38

IIRC "98% accuracy" is a fail for a typing exam.

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Chewier than a slice of Pi: MIPS Creator CI20 development board

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Re: Wait a second!

If you look closely you can see it has an RTC module plugged into the GPIO pins hence the battery.

Pity it isn't the RTC module we developed for the Pi.

I like the 8GB of flash. But as a RISC OS dealer it's not for me. I wish them well.

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Top Euro court ends mega ebook VAT slash in France, Luxembourg

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"I suspect it is the billing address rather than the so-called downloading country that would be used. Too easy to spoof a download with a non-EU address and avoid the VAT altogether otherwise."

No. They want two non contradictory pieces of evidence. Some of the sales 'platforms' don't give IP address and some don't require the user to give a physical address. The address of the bank used to pay is one allowable piece of evidence (A lot of people seem to live in Luxumbourg!). PayPal refuse to give the IP address unless you use their API but if you are using a 'platform' you can't do that. And PayPal only give a physical address for registered customers.

I know of people who have made sales who have no evidence of location at all, let alone two.You can't even use email address as some users have a .org email address and .com everyone knows can be anywhere.

So all in all a right cock up!

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Chris Evans

Re: Writers

Since the first of January the VAT threshold for selling digital downloads (ebooks etc) outside the UK but inside the EU is ZERO. Didn't you spot all the publicity about how absurd it is?

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Do your bit!

I'm very surprised there aren't more comments about how long people have managed to string them along. I feel it is my duty as part of the IT industry to do my bit to stop these criminal leaches. Come on lads! See how long you can string them along.

I managed just under an hour once and 25 minutes the second time before they gave up.

I told them the computer was upstairs and not turned so I could keep them on hold for four or five minutes each time I turned it on, opened a menu etc.

Scammer persuaded to jack in the job:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2874365/Mother-takes-cold-call-crook-tries-scam-phone-instead-convinces-criminal-lifestyle.html

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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SDHC can't read 64GB either

"However, phones which only support the SDHC standard of five years ago will not be able to [read this 200GB card]."

SDHC can't read more than 32GB

I use a 64GB microSD on my Pi and I've heard of people using 128GB cards and this 200GB should be no problem. But using a memory card that costs about ten times the computer, does seem a bit of over kill.

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

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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

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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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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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How exactly?

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

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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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Re: This is entirely UNreasonable

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

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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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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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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

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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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