* Posts by jonathanb

2161 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Snowden latest: NSA planned sneak attacks on Android app stores

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Re: France?

France is so evil that French Fries got renamed as Freedom Fries, and some people were suggesting that they send the Statue of Liberty back to them. Something to do with them being against the Iraq War.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Re: Even worse

The largest cities in most countries I can think of are less than 8 characters long.

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Apple announces 'Home' iOS 9 app to run the Internet of Stuff

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Re: oh £100 light bulbs with that special glow

So, if I leave the house with someone else still in it, will they be plunged into darkness and mowed down by the robotic vacuum cleaner?

The automated fridge ordering thing might work if:

You keep everything you buy from the grocery store in the fridge

You always eat the same things, never try anything new or different, never have other people round and never go on holiday

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BT's taxpayer-funded broadband monopoly may lock out rivals, says independent report

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How would you split it up? A Scottish Telecom wouldn't compete with a Welsh Telecom or a Yorkshire Telecom, just like BT doesn't compete with Kingston Communications in Hull.

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Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

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Train drivers get paid more than pilots these days, and it is a lot easier than even driving a car.

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Free at last! Flogging off O2 fattens Telefonica’s financials

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And also if they sell it part-way through the year, the numbers for the division up until the date of sale are discontinued operations.

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Re: Consolidation?

O2's customer service department is much better than any of the other networks, so as an O2 customer, I don't want 3's customer service.

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Turkey president: Nuts to 4G networks, we're cutting straight to 5G

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Re: Really...

That's because 4G addresses the issues that made it difficult to get decent 3G coverage in rural areas.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: Measure what you value ...

Constituencies always elected members to send to parliament. That has never changed. What changed was the gradual introduction of the party system. We had one group of MPs that supported William of Orange in the English Civil War. The other side called them "Whigs". Another group supported King James, and the other side called them "Tories". The Whigs eventually became the party now known as the Liberal Democrats, and the Tories eventually became the party now known as the Conservatives, but are still frequently referred to as Tories. The Labour Party arrived on the scene much later on with the extension of voting rights to the working class.

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Re: Measure what you value ...

It may be an irrelevant statistic, but it is what the sample measures, then they try to extrapolate from that to number of seats. This works if there is a uniform national swing, but in this election, there wasn't a uniform national swing, or even a uniform regional swing, there were 650 different elections each with swings going all over the place. In one seat there might be a swing from Labour to SNP, and also swings from the other unionist parties to Labour. In another seat there might be a swing from Lib Dem to Labour and another swing from Tory to Lib Dem. Elsewhere you might have swings involving UKIP and the pro-EU parties.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Re: Promises for an indefinite future date

Server 2012 has ReFS, which is Microsoft's answer to ZFS, though probably pointless on the desktop.

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Re: Hang on...

They were owned directly by Murdoch, but he sold them to Sky last year. He owns about 40% of Sky.

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Sky does offer a phone service. I have it on my PSTN line.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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Re: Thinkfluence in action

My car has that, but the generators are only activated when I press the break pedal, so some of the kinetic energy gets recovered as electricity rather than being wasted as heat in the break pads.

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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Re: Tech enthusiast, not necessarily IT.

Windows 2 introduced this amazing thing called overlapping windows where you could make the windows any size you want and put them anywhere on the screen. Do we really want to go back to the days of the original 1.0 release of Windows?

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Two problems

There are two problems, one of which you covered, and the other you didn't.

If you want to find out the Return on Capital Employed, you need two things, you need to know the "return" ie profit, which can be subjective, and you also need to know the "capital employed".

You dealt with the problems in calculating profit, so I won't go into any more detail on that. But what about the problems in calculating the capital employed? If you travel on an airline for example, you might think that the huge plane that you are sitting in is a large part of the capital employed. After all, you can't run an airline without planes? The problem is, these planes are not on the airline's balance sheet, or very often, on anyone's balance sheet. David Tweedie, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board, has declared that one item on his bucket list is to fly on a plane that is on someone's balance sheet. Companies do not like putting assets on their balance sheet, because that increases the capital employed, and therefore reduces the return on capital employed.

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Apple Watch: Exactly how many vids does it take to teach a fanboi to tell the time?

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Re: There are probably loads of good reasons for owning one these.

Even if you did wear your watch on your right arm, it would still require an awkward movement to get the front of your wrist on top of the card reader. It might actually be slightly easier to rotate about 30° and do it with your left hand.

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Re: Let me get this straight

But you would want to get your trade in at the last possible moment before the trading window, and have processed as much as possible of the new information available at that time.

For example if Mark Carney announced 10ms before the trading window that interest rates had been increased to 7%, some people may be trading without knowledge of that development, others would know about it and would be offloading their shares and bonds to people who didn't know.

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Re: Let me get this straight

The gives more opportunities to high frequency traders by taking advantage of developments in between each of those minutes.

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Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

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It is generally easier to get unlimited minutes than unlimited data, so VOIP is only really useful for international calls, for use on wifi when abroad, and on wifi when you have no phone signal.

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Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

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And of those 11%, most of them will probably want something that tells them what time it is rather than a smart watch.

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Not convinced it will sell

Saw them in the Apple Store yesterday. Not that many people looking at it, certainly not compared to the 5k iMac when it came out. I had a quick look at it, and found it unusable.

I was sceptical about the iPad when it first came out, but I'm using one to type this comment. However, unless there is some really radical change to the watch, I will continue to use my iPhone as my timekeeping device.

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: So....

Yes, because every operating system these days ships with a web browser, and it would be very difficult to download Firefox without one.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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I think is is, but buy your smart TV box and your screen separately. You can replace a £80 to £100 smart TV box every couple of years to get the latest features and keep the screen for 5-10 years.

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Re: Horse has bolted

1920 x 1080 on a 5" phone screen is not the same as 1920 x 1080 on a 27" desktop monitor, and websites need to present themselves differently on the them.

However, they don't need to present the phone version on a 9" iPad, the desktop layout may be more appropriate there.

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BLAM! Valve slams brakes on Steam flimflam with $5 spam scram plan

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Re: it's foolproof

The minimum wage would be nearer to 45 Rupees per hour than $15, but your point is valid.

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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

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Re: The position of the constitutional court of Germany is worthy of note

You don't have millions of people at an individual voting district, you have maybe 5000 people.

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Re: Bottom line

Open USB ports and default admin passwords were never acceptable. WEP encryption, I might be generous and give you that one.

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Labour policy review tells EU where to stuff its geo-blocking ban

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Re: "should" ?

Maybe the BBC could sell you a licence to watch their stuff. I've no idea if you would take them up on the offer, but some people certainly would pay it.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Re: So.....

"as soon as practicable" means "never" in politician-speak.

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Re: CO2?

You are comparing real life energy usage on the electric car with laboratory emissions on the Porsche. Real life fuel economy is typically about 1/2 to 1/3 of the lab figures.

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Extensive 3D NAND drives very expensive to make

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Have you factored in marketing and distribution costs? Getting the part from the factory gate to your reception desk costs the same regardless of whether it is flash or spinning rust.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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The television receiver isn't "installed" if you only use it as a computer monitor. That is a long established principle since the days when people were hooking up their Acorn Electrons to TVs. Of course, nowadays, you can use your computer to watch the live streams on iPlayer, and you need a TV licence for that. You don't however need a TV licence to watch the on-demand streams.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Strange

No, they are set by default to install automatically. I changed it to manual because I don't want my computer rebooting itself overnight when I've left it doing something.

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Re: Really?

That was advertised on the App Store as a new free thing you could download and install, not in the update section.

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EE springs Wi-Fi phone calls on not-spot sufferers, Tube riders

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Re: "Seamless?"

As I understand it, you use the normal phone app to make the call, rather than for example O2's ToGo app, but it doesn't hand-over between mobile and wifi networks, or even between different wifi access points on the same network, Same as Skype or any other VOIP service I've tried.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

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Re: I'm not convinced...

My commute is about 43 miles each way. The first 40 miles take about 40 minutes, and the remaining 3 miles take anything between 20-80 minutes, usually about 40 minutes. I don't have charging facilities at home, nor is it possible for me to install them, so a fully electric car is a non-starter. For those last three miles, a hybrid could make a difference.

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Re: I'm not convinced...

If you are in really busy city traffic, it could take half an hour to drive one mile. With a normal car, the engine will be idling most of the time, burning fuel and not doing anything with it. In a hybrid, it will come on occasionally to charge up the battery, and the rest of the time, it will run on electric power. Electric cars are always more efficient than petrol at 0 mph.

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522 days of congestion charge over those 3 years would cover it. Some people will do that.

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But no congestion charge, which could make a difference.

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Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X

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Re: Ewwwwww

99% of the software available in your preferred distro's application repository is probably crap as well. What matters is not the percentage of crap, but whether there are sufficient non-crap applications to do all the things you want to do with your hardware.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: HiFi vs Premium

Must be useless if it only costs $1000. I give you http://www.futureshop.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=7383#.VSBqOhikqrU , an absolute bargain at only £7,599.95 (approx $11,340). It features "Composilex 2 insulation technology, which minimizes the triboelectric noise produced by conventional insulation material", whatever that is.

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Digital pathology and the big Cs (that’s ‘cancer’ and ‘cloud’)

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Re: Why is it cloud-based?

The advantage is that it allows them to say it is cloud based, a very important word in the buzzword bingo, and nobody will take you seriously if you don't use clouds.

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Bigotry posted by your Facebook account? Use this, Mister UKIP MP wannabe: 'I was hacked'

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Chorleywood white bread, lots of butter and bacon. Absolutely no sauce whatsoever.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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What the fuck do you think it means? Read a bloody dictionary.

You can't expect them to understand something when their livelihood depends on them not understanding it.

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You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

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Re: illegal software...

"Clouds" are located in real physical data centres with actual human beings running them, many of them readers of this website.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: "rubbish lorry"

Yes but El-Reg isn't going to miss the opportunity to put a double-entendre in there.

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Re: Just because the US still have an outstanding number of wires on poles...

But more problems with earthquakes if you are in a part of the world where that is something you need to consider.

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RAGING Google SLAPS naughty Chinese root cert kingpins CNNIC

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Re: over reaction?

Diginotar were bankrupted in similar circumstances, so yes.

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'Oh great Commission, save us from the French' pleads Uber

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Re: Stupid, stupid people

And if BA doesn't supply the flight you paid for because they went bust, you get compensation from Expedia, if you bought a hotel stay at the same time.

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