155 posts • joined 14 May 2007
Paypal is regulated as a Bank by Luxembourg, and regulated for code of Business rules by the FSAI of the Irish Central Bank (its European headquarters are domiciled in Ireland).
The Panera next door would at least have given them some privacy........
Use Welsh/ Irish or Scots Gaelic
If you want to talk to someone- just lapse into your favourite non-English language, to confuse the system- and get transferred to a real live person.
New budget PCs typically have 8GB of RAM now- though 500Gb rather than your suggested 1TB, would appear to be the norm.
My current laptop- which I bought in 2008- an Acer 8930G- has 8Gb of RAM and a pair of 500Gb hard-drives. Its far from unusual.........
RAM- is very probably the cheapest way to upgrade a PC. Even worse than soldering the memory to the motherboard (which can only be described as mealy mouthed meanness) is the low range CPU used in the IMAC.
I'd strongly endorse the Reg's advice on this one- spend a lot less- and get something of at least comparable power- or a little more, and keep your options open. The current specs/price ratio- is piss poor.
The actual issue
Apple, routed their global (excluding US) finances through Ireland (and a series of other states)- in such a manner that the finances were deemed to not be domiciled in any state. Aka- Irish taxes were not applied on the funds- nor were taxes from any other state- because they used every trick in the book to launder their funds- so they could legitimately say they weren't due to pay any tax on it.
They probably haven't broken any actual laws- but they certainly have ridden rough shod over the spirit of the laws, and the spirit of equity in the collection of taxes.
It is not fair that a large multinational, such as Apple, has manipulated tax law to give itself an effective tax rate of close to zero. It is not fair on tax payers in the countries where they do business- and it is not fair on the reputation of Ireland- who have had the misfortune to have been associated with this behemoth.
A fair and equitable solution- would be to enumerate Apple's global business as per the countries they are active in. Ringfence the funds (in their totality) and garnish an agreed sum (say 25% of their gross retained profit)- which would then be divvied out amongst the states in which they conduct business, on a pro-rata basis.
I don't see why I, as an Irish tax payer, pay an effective tax rate of approaching 60% on all earnings over 32k- when Apple are allowed get away with these shenanigans.
What they have done is immoral, and while most probably legal within a strict interpretation of the law, most certainly not in keeping with the spirit of the law- and most probably considered as criminal behaviour by most ordinary mortals, who are getting shafted by tax collectors..........
Re: You do realise Rockall isn't British?
Britain is not alone in claiming sovereignty though- Ireland has claimed both sovereignty over the rock, and the territorial waters. Ireland came to an accommodation with the UK over exploration and exploitation rights- however, unlike its territorial claim to Northern Ireland which was rescinded with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement- Ireland never gave up its territorial claim to Rockall (and lands scores of fishermen on the rock annually, just to make this very point). Muddying the waters, if you'll excuse the pun, are Iceland and Denmark- who don't seem of a mind to come to a mutually agreeable arrangement such as the Irish and British governments did- however, even that agreement is in abatement, after the last leg of the talks (11 years ago in Dublin). So- read into it as you may- but as far as Ireland is concerned, it has sovereign right to the rock, and its agreement with Britain on exploration and exploitation- deliberately did not address the sovereignty issue- it was simply kicked into the long grass. Denmark and Iceland, on the otherhand, refused to negotiate at all (after the 4 way negotiations in London, 3 years previous, broke down- when they said the Irish and British were trying to railroad them).
You do realise Rockall isn't British?
When the United Kingdom ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on 25 July 1997, which states - “Rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf.”, it signed away any legal claim to Rockall. Ireland and the UK subsequently sat down and decided on a policy of how to split up any explorations rights and/or rights of exploitation in the area. Iceland and Denmark disagree with Ireland and the UK- and Iceland in particular, makes a particular point of exploiting fishing in the area, to annoy other interested parties.
Its a rock, a barren, desolate rock- and we're not even fighting over it- we sat down over a table and agreed to how exploit the area- so why antagonise one another over it. Or at very least- the Irish and the UK- should gang together and get Iceland and Denmark- the hell out of the area.........
I'd almost stump up the fee for the poor guy to change his name back again- if I had the money and he hadn't. Then again- given past form, whats to say he wouldn't loose it on a hand of poker.........
Re: Somethings changed
It upped my Dropbox to 30Gb- which I'm very happy with.
My impression of HTC is definitely growing- and I love my One.
Re: @Code Monkey
Spogs are the little hundreds and thousands covered liquorice thingys- at least in Ireland. They are a particular kind of candy.
Re: >>...for another £25 ($20) or so.<<
Errr- £25 is worth $40 you know? Who's forgotten their medication now?!!
Another happy HTC customer here
I've had a number of HTC phones over the last 5 years- and actively seek them out anytime I'm entitled to an upgrade. My HTC One is a marvellous phone- as was the One X, the Desire HD etc etc I hope they get out of their current funk.
Some things never change
Reminds me of a case from over 10 years ago- when I was an agent supporting Navtech Germany.
We used get incidents like this- not infrequently.
One particular case I remember was a motorist being directed onto an informal Bundeswehr firing range some distance to the South of Frankfurt. While it was well known to locals- the area was very popular with tourists to the area particularly during holiday periods, and at the time GPS devices were a novelty that some of the car rental companies were enthusiastically embracing (as much as a marketing gimmick as anything else).
We ended up on the wrong end of a court case- over some poor misguided individual, who appears to have been incapable of reading the warning signs- and drove onto the live range, in their VW Golf, and was apparently enthusiastically shot at, by some of the conscripts- before it was ascertained that it wasn't a moving target for them to aim at.
Akin to the issue at the Alaskan airport- for whatever reason, the Bundeswehr saw no particular necessity to post sentries at access points to the range- probably imagining no-one would be so stupid as to deliberately drive onto the range.
I don't know what the outcome of the court case was- though as it was prior to our indoctrination in ridiculous US court cases- I hope the fool had his case thrown out.
Incidentally, the Bundeswehr no longer allow live target practice on holidays or weekends. I guess the equivalent Alaskan solution would be to close Runway B...........
My car's paint colour is Metalic Champagne/Gun metal Grey........
What the hell?
Totally aside from the fact that I find champagne over-rated in the extreme, and while I do drink wine, I'm actually a lot happier with a nice single malt- whats the issue with using what most people consider a term- for what that term is alleged to mean. For example- 'Premier' has a totally different meaning in English than it does in French- in French its a pedantry way to say the 'first' (whatever)- La premier voiture. It doesn't denote any special attribute- its simply the first in the line. The first car, shoe, child, book- whatever). In English- its given raz-mataz treatment- oooooh the Premier League........ (who cares..........)
Champagne is a sparkling wine. So what. So is Prosecco- and indeed the Spanish and Portuguese have their own versions too- and hold annual competitions to crown their local kings.
The French are just being touchy. Mind you- yon Fruity Firm has a remarkable history for absorbing other people's technology, other people's ideas , and not infrequently- other people's IP- and then fighting tooth and nail to have it acknowledged as their own.
We've moved past the Yanks hijacking European culture and mass marketing it for the masses as some sort of wonderful concept they came up with. Disney have ripped off the wonderful castles of Baden Wurtemberg. Show me a single food that the Yanks have actually come up with- as opposed to incorporating as their own- hotdogs aren't American- neither are doughnuts- or even milkshake. Coke is arguably an ancient South American tummy medicine- and probably best that we don't kick the corpse of KFC etc.
Champagne- is not a colour. If it were- would it be golden, or pink (or what the hell colour would it be). You can have a look at my nice 2004 Volvo and see if it fits the bill- I certainly don't think it does. Apple are trying to sprinkle some fairy dust here and suggest that calling something 'Champagne' mysteriously instils some 'Grand-Cru' status on their product. Nope. You got caught napping guys- go back chasing Samsung, misappropriating touchy French CDCs- isn't the shoe-in it used be............
Thank god the author spells it as Fibre- like every sane person does. Perhaps customers could ignore the agreement altogether- and if they get caught out- claim they thought Google were offering 'Fibber' services........
These US spellings make me want to poke my eyes out with hot pokers................
HTC may have lost their way- last year in particular- but they're back on form again.......
I'd buy a HTC One in a heartbeat- I totally love it- but I've two young children, and simply don't have the cash. When my current contract is up- its on my must have list- that and an insurance contract! HTC have refocused and have a killer product, They got lost last year- trying to have a phone for every little market niche and appealing to every possible customer. This year- they're back on form- and the HTC One- deserves to win people over- I'm dying for the opportunity to own one. The camera alone- is a wonderful selling point- looks like the beat of the Lumia- hands-down. I want...... I can't afford, but I want.........
Looks reasonable and from a specs perspective, its a competent piece of kit.
The £380 price tag is a bit of a turn-off, personally I'd rather pay the extra and get a HTC One.
If its properly subsidised by the networks- no reason this couldn't be a massive seller- but at its current SIM free price tag- its a non-runner.
Canadians are viewed by the world as timid and weak?
"Canadians, for I am one, are viewed by the world as timid and meek."?
Definitely don't think so. Over these parts we still hear stories of when Canada invaded the US- even if the occupation of Washington only lasted a day. I'm sure you must all learn of it in school- we certainly do here in Ireland.
Timid and weak- you make it sound like you're wusses! Anyone who can happily live in your climate- deserves an award.
Most of us view Canadians as the 'Intelligent' North Americans.
Re: 1TB is a lot of data
240Gb of porn? And you're qualifying this too- it has to meet your quality controls.........
I don't know why you're boasting about the vastness of your porn collection- or its quality, some of us actually have a life.
I've a 100Mb fibre connection here. Then again- a Skype video call to my sister (also on 100Mb fibre) less than 100 miles away also failed last night- and we had to resort to manual typing to one another on the stream.
Perhaps the connectivity problems weren't necessarily at Yahoo's end? The UK, The Netherlands and Ireland seem to have had an interesting 24 hours on the internet........
Nexus 7 - Price Gouging
Just noticed Tesco Ireland have upped the price of the 16Gb (yes, the 16Gb) Nexus 7 to Euro 279 per unit.
The recommended retail price of the 32Gb is 249- and its at 239 (but out of stock) in Dixons/Currys/PC World.
The 16Gb has a recommended retail price of Euro 199.
Total price gouging by Tesco..... wonder will Google take them to task?
Still no reduction in Tesco and other retailers........
Wonder will Google be shamed into extending the refund to retail customers too?
$1700? For a 13"'er? I don't care that it looks like the bees knees- the guys in Cupertino mustn't have read the news lately- there is a recession on! Wifi only and no optical drive- so, you've to lug a dongle and a drive with you too? Thought we were past that. And the $1700 model is only the 128Gb SSD version?
You know- this announcement has probably made my mind up for me. Galaxy S3- here I come..........
Windows 8 uses a virtualised Android environment- not dissimilar to the bluestacks player for other Windows versions. I can use WINE on iOS or any number of other virtualised environments- some natively, so what?
I'm not a devotee of any platform in particular- my last SIM free phones having been Symbian, WP6.5, iOS and finally ICS. I've still my first communicator in its box on a shelf at home- something to show the kids when they grow up.
As a student 15+ years ago- I really started getting into techie phones- the good old Nokia Game which I won some very nice prizes in, tweaked my interest, and was probably instrumental in decidedly pointing my future career in a different direction. Those little Nokia mobiles- they were innocent times!
Personally I couldn't make the jump from WP 6.5 to WP7- as the GUI just did my head in ( a bad experience with a Zune probably coloured my expectations). I nearly cried when I dropped my Ericsson P800 and had to choose a replacement as it wasn't manufactured any longer.
iOS- Lets put it this way- the phone didn't last a day without me jail breaking it- and after I discovered I'd have to buy an expensive array of adaptors to plug it into my PC and audio system, my first impressions of the iPhone soured. I was using a G4 Titanium at the time- and thought I was so suave having a matching phone. Luckily this was before I had to do any repairs on the G4- and had to send off for a special screw driver to open the damn thing.
ICS- as supplied on my htc One X- is also not without its failings. Why the hell is the default mode when you plug it into your computer 'Engineering Mode' so you can't just plug it in and drag and drop as a mass class storage device? Also- just what is the story with apps refusing to terminate when you close them- necessitating a reboot every day or two? Never had that with iOS. The big ray of light on the horizon- is of course alerts- even before Apple shot themselves in the foot with their crappy mapping software- the alerts in Android were just spectacular compared to their iOS comparisons. The ability to run my own apps, natively, and the abundance of free developer tools- well, its easier to sell it to me than it once was.......
Personally- I'd happily buy a Lumia (900 preferably) as a backup- purely on the basis of its camera and mapping utility. My Zune experience aside- I'm neither a devotee or a protagonist of any particular platform- I'm more interested in the hardware, and more pertinently the raw horsepower, than I am the OS it ships with- hence my HTC One X (I could have waited for the S3- but I actually preferred the specs of the One X).
Lets not be snobs about the operating system- and instead look at the hardware and how it compares to other hardware at a similar price point. I'm not going to pay a premium for a badge, I really don't give a crap, and I'm not going to pay a premium for a particular environment- though the idea of walled gardens, propreietory connections or weird configuration changes when making simple connections with other devices- doesn't bode well.
In the 800 and 900- we have first and foremost a phone, a remarkable camera, and a decent mapping system. The OS is the downside- but the hardware goodness more than makes up for that- and we're now at price points where they're pretty much giving the damn things away. As a backup phone- I can't see any good reason not to get one..........?
Hows this for a bargain?
I picked up two DAB radio alarm clocks in the clearance aisle of my local Tesco this evening- they're Tesco's own brand cheap and cheerful models, all the way from China.
Tesco Model DAB123 (a Toblerone'esque shaped charcoal grey blob with a single speaker) came in at 5 Euro. Yes- thats the equivalent of 4 quid sterling, give or take. Sound is fine- its not stereo- but perfectly acceptable for an alarm clock radio- which is what this is, after all.
Its slightly bigger brother- model CR112DABV- stretches to stereo speakers, a pleasant easily legible backlit LED, and controls that are actually easy to use. The sound is pleasant from this one- though the enclosed headphones are shite of the highest order, and should be binned. This one weighed in at 7 Euro- about sterling £5.50 give or take.
Both are alarm clock radios- both FM/DAB receivers- and one (the CR112DABV) actually looks and sounds good.
I don't understand why people don't shop around- there's two DAB radios- albeit alarm clock radios- with a combined price tag of about a tenner........?????
Big Ben Comparison?
You do realise Big Ben is the bell- and not the tower?
Re: Do Europeans go swimming a lot with their phones?
Europeans don't go swimming a lot with their mobile phones, no- however dropping the phone in the toilet is no. 4 on the insurance claim list for mobile damage in Ireland- and no. 5 in Germany.......... I don't even want to think about how/why people feel the need to mess with their phones on the bog..........
Its not fair to compare an AMD Fusion chip to an Atom or an Intel ULV part......
Ok- so the AMD based subnotebooks- are not 'Ultrabooks'- they are however very energy efficient, and have a DX 11 capable graphics APU, until the atrocious graphics that are integrated in Intel chips......
The AMD chips tend to run a good deal more slowly than their Intel counterparts- they have vastly superior graphics though- alongside a different approach (out of order instructions) than do their Atom counterparts.
The AMD Fusion APU- has a hell of a lot more in common with a Cortex A9, than it does an Intel Atom chip...........
Weird weather here.......
We don't normally get storms as bad as this in Dublin- the lightening and torrential rain of the last 2 days has been startling at times........ Entire areas of the city were knocked off the grid some areas several times- which in this day and age is very unusual. I'm not altogether surprised that some high prominence systems fell over- you can build as much redundancy as you like into systems, but you will always encounter scenarios that you just don't plan for.........
Another dead spot......
I'd like to nominate my home as another venue for anyone who doesn't like to be bothered by cellphones. Its the ultimate signal deadspot- no tv or radio signals here either. I have to run my wireless network @ 80dBi to get coverage throughout the house- the whole area just seems to soak up signals (thankfully satellite and cable aren't affected). So- anyone looking for a cup of coffee in peace, give me a yell........
Even less on Alibris
Warning- additional language packs
I suffered from a different error to the ones (above), namely a dreaded 'out of memory' error. Apparently (after some research) its well known to Microsoft- and the 'work-around' is to uninstall any additional language packs you may have installed. Not only is this troublesome- but the cryptic manner in which you have to find a solution, is annoying as hell......
I also had the hanging on update 124,556 of 300,000 (odd) updates on startup, and a myriad of other issues- that necessitated a fresh install......
Microsoft should be ashamed to have let this out the door- if we did similar with our software, we'd have our business users baying for our blood.......
The price is shocking.....
I'm not denying that its a lovely looking piece of kit- but just who is going to shell out £600 for it? I certainly can't justify it......
Beat me to it.....
Beat me to it- wondering how long there is a torrent of it........
Anyhow- with the best of will in the world- who needs 50 years worth of Playboy?
The only downside to this- is the 600Mhz Arm 11 processor.
Hell- I've got a faster processor in my smart phone, and I've had it for a while.
If this is to succeed, it needs the likes of one of the new Snapdragons etc.
At least it supports multitasking as is- but I'd hazard a guess that the processor is the big downside to this.......
You can now get dualcore Arm 11 1.2Ghz chips- thats what would make this a rocket.
Whats wrong with the European model?
Just what is wrong with the European model?
We are not blitzed with cold calling like users in the states are- as there is a cost associated with outgoing calls. I don't understand what the issue is? While I accept that GV Connect is not a VOIP client in the strict understanding of what this entails, many European users do use VOIP clients on their mobile phones all the time.
Personally I use Mobile Skype, configured to activate in the presence of any of my preferred networks, and forwarding any inbound voice or video calls via 3G when out of range. I pay for the 3G leg of any incoming calls- to Skype, the mobile operator doesn't hit me, unless of course I'm outside of my home network, in which case I pay the termination fees (now capped at 59c a minute, or if you're lucky a one-time connection charge irrespective of how long the call is).
The big difference between the US and EU is in the states- the person receiving the call pays. In Europe- if you want to call someone, you pay. The EU model seems a lot fairer to me tbh- I don't have to screen my incoming calls to decide whether or not answering is going to cost me (financially).
We do have models based on hybrid Wifi-3G cellular for VOIP here- and have had for over 15 years though- so suggesting its primarily a US phenomena is a fallacy.
Its not the phone, its the service
Au contraire, try another phone- you might be very surprised (at how much more feature advanced than an iPhone it is- alongside a vastly different build quality). I've certainly got a new phone on my Christmas wish list.......
I'm thrilled at the verdict.
I'm a UPC customer (largely because they are the only supplier of 30Mb connections in my neighbourhood). I don't pirate music- largely because I have any CDs I am interested in listening to- and I have zero interest in most of the output of the past 15 years- but I don't see why I should be held in thrall to the music industry....... Well done UPC for fighting against the unfair demands of the big 4- the other ISPs who rolled over were spineless in comparison.......
Next step- bring Irish law into line with European law.......
Ebay have a myriad of similar products- with far better screens and processors (the 1.06GHz Arm 11 seems to be making an appearance). Do a search for Android+tablet+10
Then again- you risk getting whacked with customs and duty.......
Thats the puzzling part- why on earth did he imagine the Dutch would have one iota of interest in the information?
Crappy Video Drivers?
Traditionally ATI had superior hardware to nVidia (alongside a slew of also rans), but crap drivers for their cards. I've fond memories of ATI and Nvidia being caught out in turn optimising drivers specifically for various testing scenarios that bore no semblence to real world usage. My own pet hate was how some OEM manufacturers couldn't use the default ATI drivers- but needed their own modified versions- and if you ever needed to reinstall, it was a nightmare.......
Personally- I'd have more faith in the ATI brand than I would in the AMD brand- I've loved overclocking ever since the K6-2-500 days- but have some quite horrific memories of burnt out components. I have burnt out a few graphics cards in my time too- but normally a reboot into LKGC and resetting clock speeds- sorts a graphics issue (unless you've borked the card).
I'm not sure that I'd be too happy with the fully integrated chips they are now proposing- anyone who loves performance- will run a mile......?
Proxies and torrent sites
This is the best news torrent sites and proxy server hosts could hope for....... Surely its time someone called 'time' on Skys abuse of its dominant market position? Certainly the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 have been churning out some very decent content- but Skys action can only be described as an abuse of a dominant market position.
Someone really needs to say enough is enough for the sake of ordinary travellers
Why am I not surprised?
AirFrance recently 'securely destroyed' my luggage- because I had a round tin of shortbread in my checked-in bag, that could have been a bomb. For good measure- they gathered up the destroyed remains (complete with plenty of securely destroyed biscuit crumbs), packaged it up in a clear plastic bag with security seals, and put it back in the hold- without ever letting me know (the first I knew was when it came out on the baggage conveyor at the other end- along with all other luggage).
Someone seriously needs to say enough is enough- all this heavy handed treatment in the name of 'security' really is a load of bollocks. Next time I'm going to take the train.......
Sanity in a world gone insane.
Hopefully this might may people think twice before setting lawyers on fans- and perhaps similar rulings might be replicated in other EU jurisdictions.
Yes- it certainly does sound like Nokiagame has been brought back to life! It was great fun- and there were lots of Nokia branded goodies for participants, which went a long way in many markets towards establishing Nokia as the premier phone brand (prior to that it was better known in much of Europe for Wellington Boots and other accessories, than electronics). Of course this was before Motorola got its act together and ate up market share from Nokia, Alcatel (haven't heard of them in a while!) and Ericsson (who despite incredible engineering- couldn't design properly, and those weird aerials!)
Bring on Nokiagame Mark 2- I for one am looking forward to it.
I'd pay her to keep away from me......
Why anyone would want a picture of her (shudder.......)
This has to be the most hair brained idea I've ever heard- its not like the staff for this call centre aren't in prison for very good reasons already......
If my bank join this scheme- thats it for me- I'm off to a competitor......
What no pics?
An article about the latest EEEPC, repleat with comments about a German model, and no pics?
After their Anastacia lookalike model of yesteryear- I'm drooling in anticipation.
Surely you can get us a few pics :)
Other issues introduced too
I've noticed other issues on some machines I've updated- including previously stable machines dropping wireless connections, and any previous installed clients for managing connections (such as the MSI manager) being disabled in favour of allowing Windows manage connections. I've had to reinstall drivers and apps on 3 different systems thus far. I'm far from happy.......
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