* Posts by jonathanb

2473 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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You can link to something that has been published with the permission of the copyright holder, even if the copyright holder doesn't want you to link to it. That was the previous case.

This case asks whether or not you can link to something that wasn't published, or was published without the permission of the copyright holder.

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Girls! Girls! Girls! Intel brags about diversity push, Silicon Valley tells itself it's doing great

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Re: Proof of concept? @AC

I don't know anout the US, but in the UK, the vast majority of candidates would tell you they don't belong to any political party, and would either give a non-specific answer or flat-out refuse to answer if you asked them about voting intentions.

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

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Well if the government wants you to file your accounts and tax returns online, they need to make sure there is an internet connection at a reasonable price in the same way that they make sure everyone has access to a postal service.

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Data centers dig in as monster storm strikes America's East Coast

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Re: ...advising customers to keep their phone batteries charged...

Well yes, but a couple of meters of water on the roads is getting much more common, and is much harder to deal with.

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: And stores receipes...

Don't see any problem, as long as your phone is always within Bluetooth range of this machine.

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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Re: Easily remembered...

Password1! is a good choice for those sorts of sites. It meets the "difficulty" criteria, and is easy to remember.

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Afraid of getting your iThing pwned? Get yourself iOS 9.2.1

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Re: OMG

38.7MB for my iPad Air 2

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Amnesty International accuses tech giants of battery bastardry

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Re: Cue lots of Apple hate

Vodafone aren't a consumer electronics company as far as I'm aware. They will sell you a phone from one of the big or not so big manufacturers, but don't, as far as I'm aware, get involved in manufacturing them.

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Eight-billion-dollar Irish tax bill looms over Apple

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Re: Actually there will be ZERO cost for Apple to pass on

If they make $100 in foreign profits, they can claim up to $39 in double taxation relief for foreign tax paid on those profits. If the case goes against them, they will have to pay $12.50 in tax on those profits. At the moment they have paid a lot less than that.

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Re: Penalties?

Apple uses a different scheme, in Ireland rather than Belgium.

Apple Operations International is registered and tax resident in Ireland. It pays money to Apple Investments International which is registered in Ireland, but controlled from Texas. It isn't tax resident in Ireland because no activity takes place there, and it isn't tax resident in Texas/USA because it is registered in Ireland, so pays no tax anywhere in the world. This is known as the "Double Irish" loophole.

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Watchdog says yes to BT's EE takeover deal. Shrugs. No 'significant' harm in it

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Re: How Awful

You can get fixed line broadband from EE. It is the company originally known as Freeserve who were very big in the dial-up days. I don't think they have a particularly huge market share now though.

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Council of Europe gets tough on net neutrality

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They can offer different speeds as long as all traffic goes at the same speed.

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Re: Calm down! Pay attention to which organization we're dealing with!!!

YouTube don't need to pay my ISP for the data I use. That goes on my bill. Obviously they pay their own ISP to connect their servers to the internet.

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Re: Calm down! Pay attention to which organization we're dealing with!!!

What does it have to do with human rights?

Quite a lot actually. If a consumer can only watch videos hosted by big corporates with deep pockets who can afford to bribe telcos to let them through, then there are freedom of speech issues.

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SlemBunk slamdunk: Mobile banking Trojans found worldwide

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Re: Explain to me again...

I am not at all convinced by the claims that Trusteer makes.

The only time a VPN would help is if you are on an untrusted Wifi connection and are concerned about MITM attacks. It doesn't help at all if your PC is infected.

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Lovelace at 200: Celebrating the High Priestess to Babbage's machines

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Re: Sexist shite

She invented computer programming. Babbage just wanted to make a better abacus. Lovelace saw that it was capable of much more than that. That is not a "bit-part" in the history of computing.

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Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

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Any cheapo landfill Android device would fit the description. But you can get a semi-decent one for about £100 so not much point paying £65 for a rubbish one.

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BT and EE, O2 and Three: Are we in for a year of Euro telco mega-mergers?

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Re: Is it a losing battle ?

Tesco have their own shops and distribution network. Vodafone have their own phone masts. No matter who you buy your electricity from, you get exactly the same electrons through exactly the same cables.

Imagine if you went to your local supermarket and could choose between an Asda till and a Tesco till at the exit. That's what competition in the electricity market is like.

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Day 2: Millions of HSBC customers still locked out of online banking

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Re: Really?

HSBC is, as far as I'm aware, the only bank that lets personal customers do international payments online, which can be useful, but does make it extra valuable to phishing attackers.

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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Yes, adding "on a computer" or "over the Internet" to anything makes it patentable.

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Assessing the UK’s Government Digital Service

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Not everyone has a National Insurance Number. What if you are a non-resident who has to register for tax in the UK for one reason or another? You might be issued with an NI number as part of the process, but you won't have one when you first make contact with HMRC.

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Dear Santa: Can gov.UK please stop outsourcing?

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Re: Law against offshoring

I don't think Cornwall County Council is going to "go global", or even expand into England. The Tourist Board might want to take telephone enquiries from people in Asia, but that's about it as far as global reach is concerned.

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Software bug sets free thousands of US prisoners too early

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Re: Looks like there wasn't a good incident tracking system in place - and followup

You could get the calculation logic wrong in any language surely?

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Strict new EU data protection rules formally adopted by MEPs

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Re: Right to be forgotton

If they published a press release saying you had been prosecuted for tax evasion, then yes you could ask them to take it down after a suitable period of time had passed. If they leaked your tax return data, you could complain in the same way that you could complain about anyone else leaking your data.

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iOS banking apps security still not good enough, says researcher

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Re: Banking on a phone?

How does it compare in terms of security with banking on a website, with all the security problems web browsers and the operating system thy run on have?

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No root for you! Google slams door on Symantec certs

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You can tell Chrome to trust any certificate you want. Most people prefer to leave it to someone who knows what they are doing.

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Uber fined $150,000 and forced to embarrass itself by French court

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Re: RE: Honestly, I think Uber have kind of a point here...

A bit like Silk Road. Ross Ulbricht is in prison for that and will remain there for the foreseeable future.

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VTech's Android tablet for kids 'hopelessly insecure'

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Re: Why bother with security

Information of interest to people who like 7 year olds for the wrong reasons - contact details for their friends, birthdays, their photo and video collections, stuff like that.

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Competition watchdog dismisses plans by TfL to uber-regulate Uber

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Re: I believe Über claim that your contract is directly with the driver

Yes, "Invoice issued by Über BV". They have a problem. The journey starts in London, therefore it is subject to UK VAT regardless of who does it. If Über doesn't have a permanent establishment in the UK, then there is no registration threshold, so they have to start charging VAT from the first £1 of UK income. If they do have a permanent establishment, they get the £82k registration threshold, but they have to pay UK Corporation Tax on their profits.

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Nothing to do with VAT. The place of supply for VAT purposes is the country where the journey starts. If you take a taxi from England to France, you pay VAT in the UK. On the return trip you pay VAT in France. The taxi operator must be registered for VAT in both England and France if it does that, regardless of where it is based for other purposes.

Having said that, I believe Über claim that your contract is directly with the driver, and as the driver almost certainly earns less than £82,000 per year, they don't have to register for VAT. Most minicab and taxi operators do this, it isn't unique to Über.

What happens is that the Dutch company pays a royalty to a company in Ireland. The Irish company pays a royalty to another Irish company that is tax-resident in an offshore tax haven such as Bermuda. That way you get the money into an offshore tax having while paying very little tax. If a UK company paid the royalty directly to a tax haven, they would have to deduct a withholding tax of 20% from the payment.

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Re: Predatory pricing?

There are loads of private hire operators that specialise in Airport transfers. Typically they advertise a fixed charge from the Airport to a particular post-code area and you book them just after you book your flight ticket.

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

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Re: "browser histories out of the hands of eavesdroppers"

The DNS lookup is a separate request, and they may or may not have access to that. If they are looking at the https request, they only know the IP address, not the individual website or page on that website, though knowing the IP address and the size of the file coming back may give them some clues as to what you are doing.

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Re: wonder how good mobile support is

StartSSL is $59.90, and has no problems with iOS and Android.

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Sketch dev pulls out of Mac App Store, cites slow reviews, tech limitations

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Re: "App Review continues to take at least a week"

You usually want to sell to existing customers for less than for new installations, and the App Store doesn't allow for that.

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Australian test finds robot essay assessors on par with human teachers

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Re: In defence of teachers

Given that there is usually a single correct answer to a Maths question, that should be easier for a computer to mark than an essay.

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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Re: people's unique advertising ID numbers

Where "relevant advertising" = "products I looked at recently", and either bought them or decided not to buy them; and either way, unlikely to buy in response to an advert.

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Kids charity hit by server theft

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Re: identity theft

Someone set up a Talk Talk direct debit on my account, no idea where they got the details from as its not an bank account I use very often.

I did have a lineone account many years ago, that's now part of Talk Talk, but that was back in the days when you paid 2p per minute on your phone bill for access and the telephone company passed on some of that to the ISP, so they never had my bank details.

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VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

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Re: Interesting justification.

The problem is that when it is cold, my breath steams up and freezes on the inside of the windscreen.

The remote keyfob for my car only unlocks it. It doesn't turn the engine on.

Don't particularly like waffles, but when I do have them, I eat them with fried egg, not maple syrup.

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Re: Interesting justification.

That may be so, but I generally need to warm up the car in winter to have any chance of being able to see out the window.

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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

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Re: Let me guess

Isn't "have you tried turning it off and on again" usually the first item on the level 1 tech support script?

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128GB DDR4 DIMMs have landed so double your RAM cram plan

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Re: Consumer version soon please

8 is definitely faster than 7. That is the only good thing it has going for it.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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Hand washing guide

The NHS already has a website that gives you full details, including a demonstration video, on how to wash your hands - http://www.wash-hands.com/

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Uber wants UK gov intervention over TfL’s '5-minute wait' rule

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Private hire operators include things like stretch limos and wedding cars, and they will charge a lot more than a black cab for the same journey. They are also generally booked months in advance.

[edit] Stretch limos sometimes are classified as mini-bus hire if they have enough seats, but you get the idea.

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Re: Wrong target

Apparently they don't check the insurance very carefully - http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/12/uber-whistleblower-exposes-breach-driver-approval-process

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Re: Eh?

Try any of the other private hire apps, for example Addison Lee or Kabee. You will get a price before you confirm the booking, so you know where you stand.

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There isn't any restriction on the number of taxi licences that can be issued. Anyone who passes the very difficult exam can get one, and you can't sell it or rent it out to anyone else. It takes longer to study for it and is more difficult to pass than a university degree, but the restriction is based on ability, not numbers.

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There are loads of apps you can use to book private hire vehicles in London. Über is not unique, and it wasn't the first. With other apps, you get quoted a price for the journey, or in some cases, you get a selection of quotes from different hire companies that you can pick from. That's how private hire is supposed to be different to taxis. Über have this thing-that-is-not-a-meter to calculate the cost of the journey as it is in progress.

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North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

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Just one thing

Brilliance and technical sophistication are not qualities I usually associate with government IT projects. They are usually late, over-budget and don't work.

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Malvertising: How the ad model makes crime pay

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Re: They do what?

In theory so that you don't advertise Norton AV to someone who already has it

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Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

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Re: Optimal solution

I think if you sent for example some child porn for classification, they would report you to the police as well as ban it.

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