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Until you're 25, car insurance is prohibitively expensive, and yet at the same time completely necessary. When you're a young adult, the one thing you don't have much of is money, and so any way you can get or save money, any money, is a huge draw. 20% of £2000 is £400, a significant sum.
Being tracked is of secondary importance compared to saving some money.
When you're older, car insurance is not so expensive anymore. Plus, there's a good chance you will be earning more money too. At this point, saving 20% of your insurance might net you £60, not inconsiderable, but not going to change your year.
I'd prefer a simpler system for younger drivers. It seems unfair that many of them are penalized, or potentially spied on, simply because a minority of this class of driver cost insurance companies the most. Insurance should cost more for them, but it should be rebated or rolled-over each year to the same as an over-25 if they have no claims.
Eg, £2k for fully comp for a year for a 19 yr old, same car/town might be £400 for a 30 yr old. After a year of no claims, the 19 yr old's renewal is only £400, or £2k if they made a claim. This may be unmanageable, doing the sums may make the 19 yr old's 1st year costs too high, since subsequent ones are not as high..
Re: I may add...
fairly silly remark, not sure what land you live in but i've worked with many talented developers who only use IE
It may be different now, IE actually has some developer tools to speak of, but anyone developing websites in the past 5 years ago who wasn't doing most of their work in Firefox or (eventually) Chrome was totally wasting their time, since the debug features just aren't there.
Even now, for doing certain debug tasks in IE you are better off using Fiddler, rather than the simplicity of chrome's approach.
Re: I'm going
Infinity is a brand name of BT's for the Retail Fibre service they offer.
FTTC (the fibre most people have that can get it) is a wholesale product many ISPs offer.
Please don't help BT in making everyone believe Infinity IS fibre and thus they're the only game in town, they've already nabbed the majority of the business.
It's all FTTC from BT though, isn't it, regardless of what the badge says? It's a BT line from you to the cabinet, it's BT from the cabinet to the exchange, and it's BT from the exchange to your ISPs POP.
BT make most of their money in broadband charging by the GB for backhaul from exchange to POP, I don't want to be exploited that way.
Re: Got off lightly
Oh I see Lulzsec were just doing them a favour! It all makes sense now.
And if I kick in your door, smear faeces all over your bed and walls, and steal your home sex tapes and bank account records and release them on the web I'd be doing you a favour too for not having a stronger door. You'd thank me for it. Right?
Er, no - that isn't what I said at all. Tone down the "Righteous of Romford", this isn't the Daily Mail.
My point is that part of the "loss" to Sony is Sony having to do what they should have done in the first place. You can't attribute the totality of the costs to LulsZec, Sony are also to blame.
Sony made the choice to ignore industry standards and just hashed passwords instead of hashing combined with a salt. It was this failure that meant that passwords were readily decipherable by use of rainbow tables.
The $20m cost of the intrusion was largely related to having to provide ID theft monitoring services to all US users, which would not have been necessary had the appropriate measures already been taken.
You can tell from Sony's actions that they are partly culpable. They have a duty of care to protect their users personal information using industry standards. They failed to do so, and so have had to pay for ID theft protection, credit card fraud monitoring and protection, and so on.
Of course, we could just leave the EU
Then all these schemes, the Double Irish, the Dutch Sandwich, the Luxembourgian Book Bonanza¹ and the Swiss Bean Swindle¹ all become impossible. Yay! We'd get all this lovely increased tax revenue that these multinationals are just ripping out of our country at the moment.
However, we would also lose all the lovely money that we rip out of the rest of the world. I'm no macro-economist, but I bet if you got 100 of them in a room and said "UK leaves the EU, does tax revenue go up or down", you wouldn't get a quorum.
Personally, I think the EU is a good thing, but there shouldn't be areas like Luxembourg for vast multinationals to take the piss with their tax rates. It may be easier just to leave.
¹ This is not a real thing
Re: BAIL OUT!
Funny, Goscomb offer broadband based either on BT, TTB or O2/Be, and recommend using O2/Be as their preferred supplier.
Re: Got off lightly
Just Sony alone claimed they lost $20 million which is not unreasonable given how long PSN was down, the loss of reputation, the loss of revenues and the theft of 24 million account details.
LulzSec hacked Sony, which required Sony to bring down PSN, and fix PSN's codebase so that it was fit for purpose. What proportion of the $20m total cost are you assigning to Sony for being incompetent, and to LulzSec for exposing their incompetence in a criminal manner?
Re: Oh dear..
I plan to get a 3D TV when I replace my current TV, if 3D is still around in 2020.
Re: Has it not occured to them...
Please don't denigrate LOGO, my first programming language.
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Re: "The Daily Telegraph introduced a subscription last month, with the first 20 articles free"
It only needs to be as technically competent as their readership. Most Telegraph readers I know are "of a certain age", this would (and does) flummox them to the extent that it does work.
It only has to work for a certain percentage of the readership, and then you don't worry about the others. It's like piracy, as long as it is extremely hard and on the fringes of the internet, nae bother, if it is easy enough that Jammie Thomas can do it, plenty bother.
I'm staying. Sky have said they will keep existing agreements and add features that I currently have (static IP). My preference would be to stay with Be as a separate ISP, ie not merged with the rest of the riff raff on Sky, which is what we had with O2, but it is not to Be :/
I can't get fibre in my central London location, and there is no way I'd move to a BT provisioned ADSL product, so my choices are
BeSky, Sky, C&W (ADSL24 or other resellers), TalkTalk, PipexTalkTalk or TiscaliTalkTalk. Given that list, I'll take Sky.
The problem with these sorts of surveys is that the majority of people staying on Be are not on the forums moaning about leaving, and therefore the survey is of an unrepresentative sample. It does show that lots of people are leaving though, perhaps not in the percentages inferred though.
Re: It's something.
Protecting "Witnesses"?? What witnesses?
This is solely about blocking out the names of anyone who thought they could fuck up someone's life for political gain, and is now terrified of the political loss if their names are released.
Cretins, the lot of them.
Re: Way to miss the point...
Obsidian. It'll take an edge so sharp it's smooth even on nano-scale. Puts metal blades to shame. Tricky to work, but it'll cut someone with much less effort than a metal blade. Put a bit of mass behind it and you could probably lop someone's head off without too much effort.
Plus it will work on White Walkers.
Re: Game of Thrones
They've toned done the nudity quite a lot since the first season - which wasn't overly prurient, it was simply reflecting the nudity described in the books for the most part. In fact, lots of it was trimmed, for instance Dany in the book has one breast bared (the left, iirc) from the time she arrives in [spoiler redacted] until [spoiler redacted].
Compared to something like Spartacus, which is proper Sandal Porn without any real story, well, the nudity is incidental rather than the purpose of the show.
Not just Apple
I've had this kind of response from standard UK based etailers before. I once ordered a whole bunch of kit from overclockers.co.uk on a Wednesday evening, paid by card, they took payment from my account
Thursday arrives, I'm in work and then the retailer insisted that at that point they could go no further without me emailing me them scans of utility bills or bank statements, because this was an address they had never shipped to before,
I can't do that from work, so they won't ship the goods I've already paid for in time to arrive for the weekend, so I told them where they could stick their request, got a refund and bought everything that evening on the TCR.
I only have two problems with the Tesla, namely that 1) I'm highly unlikely to ever be able to afford it, and 2) the range is just too low to have only this as your primary car (in which case, see 1 again, since I definitely won't be able to afford 2 cars).
EVs may be unquestionably better for the environment than petrol, but they will never be a serious replacement until battery tech can be made significantly cheaper. At the moment it's only a rich man's toy - lets hope by making enough rich men's toys they can work out a way to make car for regular people too.
Re: Pick up handset, dial number, speak...
I disagree. Here's a short list of the things that I find extremely useful from our VOIP handsets and PBX, which is Asterisk iirc:
1) a searchable directory of all internal users
2) log in/out, so I can use any phone in the building
3) being able to conference people in
4) follow me, so I can easily work from any location*
5) call logs
6) do not disturb
7) voicemail indicators and browsing
8) easily hooked in to our video conferencing suites
9) "internal users" now mean "anyone worldwide who works for us"
* Like right now, I'm sat in my front room, but my home phone will ring. If I don't answer that, my mobile rings. And when I'm done for the day, changing a single flag on my profile stops anything coming to me.
Or simply tell world + dog where their IP locked down video streams can be found and enumerated, slap an API on it, and let someone else write and support the app. Stick the adverts right in the video stream, you won't even lose any revenue.
Re: Don't confuse NFC and EMV !!!!
My problem is that my oyster card, my company id card and my bank card all seem to use the same frequency, and therefore each one has to be in a separate wallet or pocket if I want to go on the tube (and have my wallet accepted by the gate).
Since we moved to NFC/RFID ID cards, the number of times I've forgotten my ID card has exploded. Before, I never used to forget it, as it was always in my wallet and never moved.
Sometimes, even Eadon is too ashamed to put their name to a post.
Re: @powerpoint monkey
"GIMP is no use for the professional Adobe Addict, because GIMP is no use for the professional Adobe Addict."
Until people start using it as a replacement for PS, it will never be a replacement for PS. If it doesn't do what you want, don't smugly tell all your hipster friends that GIMP is a useless POS, tell the GIMP developers what you need, maybe even contract someone to add the missing feature.
Motorola were obliged to offer SEP patents under FRAND terms, which the EC (and you) are saying they didn't do. The EC say this is bad, you say it is fine...
MS purchased Hotmail for $400M, this sort of thing is the intended end game for many tech companies. The fact that it's now called "Outlook" and not "Hotmail" doesn't change the fact that it's basically an evolution of the same system.
Well, not really, since the original hotmail.com ran on Solaris and FreeBSD and used tools like sendmail and Apache httpd.
I wonder how many people are like me, have a Sky sub and Sky+ it, but still download each episode for their library anyway?
I don't bother Sky+'ing it. I have a Sky sub so that (as far as I care) it is all above board, but Sky+ is no archive.
Re: As I predicted
Eadon, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Telling who tells what
MS tell you their shipping numbers, all the others tell you their sales numbers.
We used F5 until a couple of years ago, when we thankfully migrated to corporate gmail. Huge parts of our internal company systems were built around Notes/Domino, it was utter hell (and so magical once completed). When the last Notes server was decommissioned, the infra guys ritualistically used a sledgehammer to utterly destroy it.
Re: Why are police not knocking on this guys door?
I don't think the guy who posted it was personally involved, though he is guilty of being a bit of a sick freak to think that worthy of 'sharing'
He could be that. Or he could be someone who wants to bring to wider attention the brutality happening in Mexico due to the American 'War on Drugs'. How many people worldwide were aware that people are being beheaded in Mexico before this 'sick freak' sparked this discussion?
Where should this footage be discussed? Are social networks only for talking about nice things, looking at pictures of cats and casual sex (not with the cats)? Why does everything in the world need to be Disney or censored?
Re: Nice to see
You want to go live in France for a bit and see where this protectionism leads you.
Re: Practical solutions
Apple, Google, Starbucks et al are doing nothing wrong, they are operating precisely under the rules they have been told to operate under.
If you want to direct your ire at someone, it should be your MP, who has the ability to effect changes in tax laws, but chooses not to for reasons of political expedience.
In other words, targeting a corporation is unlikely to have any effect. Since 1977, Nestle has been the target of a worldwide, co-ordinated activist boycott campaign. Nestle's profits last year, £6.5 billion pounds.
If you want a corporation to change it's behaviour, legislate against it. If your legislators won't legislate against it, change your legislators.
Re: re: Google and Microsoft have already done this
Except when Microsoft does it, it doesn't get a whole article written about it ...
Ok, but then ...
"Microsoft Raises Nearly $3 Billion in Bond Sales"
you link to a whole article written about it.
I don't understand this 'innovating' thing. There has been no innovation in phones for a very very long time. Processors get faster, interfaces get slightly slicker, but no phone has delivered anything innovative or special in a long time. Anything I said for phones also applies to tablets; tablets are just big phones.
What I mentioned was how Apple haven't really done anything radically different in their last two hardware revisions for their primary mobile devices (iPhone and iPad), and if we're allowed to forecast from their previous revisions of hardware for the next one, we won't see anything new in the 5S or next ipad, just a spec bump.
Shocker! Phones to remain phone like.
Re: And if 8 isn't enough...
Or even go one step better, run Debian sid.
Re: Google is a delivery service
That's like saying NI is a typesetting company.
Zuck and co. need to sharpen their filth filters a bit
I bet it only filters out pink flesh, and largely ignore other shades. They probably hired the guy straight outta HP.
The system will absolutely refuse to do anything until the rebuild process is complete and a rebuild of four 4TB 7200 RPM drives takes over four days
Yeah, no. The kind of person that buys this thinks they are spending £1.5k on something that will ensure their business continues to run in case of failure. This is a RAID array that takes almost the entire working week to rebuild the array, it's worse than useless.
Plus, it's only got 4 bays. What to do when you've filled it, buy the next one? Fuck that.
You can get a 24 bay Norco hot-swap chassis for fuck all these days, put 4 disks in that, put on Nexenta (built in ZFS, NFS, CIFS, iSCSI and a web gui to manage them all), and you can keep adding extra sets of disks as you need them. ZFS at least works when degraded, and a full rebuild is significantly shorter.
They've spent too much time and money making the rack mount appliance look pretty - well, imo, any time/money spent making it look sexy is a waste. It could be a bog standard supermicro chassis, but no, it's gotta look sexy for the brochure. Never mind it will sit in a cabinet and never (hopefully) be touched or looked at again. Adds thousands to the cost, adds nothing to the quality.
Re: Microsoft already has...
From November to March, the average monthly high for Iowa ranges between -1° C and 8° C, the average monthly low over the same period is between -10° C and -1° C.
November to March is a "large chunk of a year", and temperatures consistently below freezing is "fucking cold".
Re: Microsoft already has...
It's also fucking cold for large chunks of the year, whilst still being fairly central, which is more to the point.
Stats are interesting
In 2012, Apple had 73% of the tablets in the UK. 5% of the population had tablets, so 3.65% had Apple tablets.
In 2013, Apple had 63% of the tablets in the UK. 19% of the population had tablets, so 11.97% had Apple tablets.
Apple are surely doomed, someone call the stonemason.
Re: He'll probably/hopefully get sued
Just because you know someone has your stuff doesn't give you the right to accuse them of theft
It's a pretty good start though. Much better than just accusing anyone.
Re: so if I don't like it
DSA doesn't apply if you've opened the box. It's meant to cover the situations where you order something, it arrives and you think "Wait, what? I thought I was getting a XYZ". It's not meant to cover the situation where the thing is what you are expecting, but doesn't quite work as well as you want.
The intention is that it gives you the same chance to back out as if you were in a store, all the goods have been rung up and it is time to pay.
Re: What gives ANY company the right...
In reasonable countries, the consumer has protection against wilfully unfair terms and conditions in contracts, as it has sensibly been noted that when a consumer enters into an agreement with a business, the business has undue control over the terms specified.
Therefore, this agreement, whereby you give up your rights to dispose of the entity that you are purchasing, would without doubt be invalid in the EU.
If google truly wanted to do this in the EU, they would have to apply a rental model - which is what this in fact is, you pay $1500 in order to rent it for $0/pcm, but as far as Google are concerned, they still own the device.
Re: So why are they LOOKING for smut?
Why not look for smut?
Isn't People's Daily the Daily Mail sized rag with the Page 3 style nudie pics on the back page?
My fingers pick things up and deposit them in the fridge. At a later point, the same fingers pick things up and take them out of the fridge. This is operating a fridge.
I'm slightly confused, who doesn't currently use 3 dimensions and finger controls to operate their fridge? Is there a huge number of people out there with flat, 2D fridges, pressing the buttons with their noses?