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1925 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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Re: $3,500 fine?

$20k in back wages, $20k in compensation and a $3500 fine, so it needs to be less than a 46% chance that they will get caught.

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Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet

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Re: Basic mistake

That is exactly the point.

The photographs / video show Her Majesty fondling the Royal Fondleslab, but the tweet actually came form a Jesus phone.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: Now that's just going too far

It was affordable to a small business that was replacing ledger books with spreadsheets for the first time.

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Re: Blocks are ineffective against VPN users.

I actually think this will be a bit more effective than blocks against ThePirateBay et al.

People who visit ThePirateBay know it is not a legitimate site, and will find ways round the blocks. People who visit sites selling knock-off goods may well be looking for, and believe they have found, a site selling the real thing. Having been alerted to the fact that the site does not sell genuine products, they will not seek to find ways round the block, because they don't want to visit a fake site. People who do want to buy fakes will go to other sites where it is perfectly clear that it isn't the genuine product, because those sites are a lot cheaper. The sort of knock-off sites referred to here are generally slightly cheaper than the real thing, but not so cheap that it looks too good to be true.

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

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Re: Is this NEWS?

Congestion Charging, or at least there were no major problems.

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People generally use SWIFT for international transfers. As far as I'm aware, it wasn't affected.

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Apple releases MEGA security patch round for OS X, Server and iTunes

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Re: They want three years, between upgrades?

My mid-2010 MacBook originally shipped with Snow Leopard, but I've just upgraded to Yosemite with no problems.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: The question is, do you *have* to use the software SIM card?

Apple Store UK says that the supplied Apple SIM gives you the option of an EE connection only, and if you want one of the other networks, you have to use a network SIM in the traditional manner.

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Re: Very worrying!

As I understand it, the slab ships with an Apple SIM, and you can swap it for a different one. In the UK, only EE are signed up to the Apple SIM, so if you want to use a different network, you still have to get a SIM from your network in the traditional manner.

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SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links

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Re: Don't often find myself praising the BBC

We can name the teacher, "Jeremy Forrest", and we are allowed to say that they ran away to France. Put those two things in Google, and it will come up with her name in an ITV article.

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Vodafone does it in two places at once: Carrier aggregation to boost 4G

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Re: "Research justifies the sexy bits, so we'll ignore the bread & butter stuff"

But one of the benefits of 4G is that it does potentially allow for better coverage than 3G does. Obviously not yet, because the 4G roll-out is nowhere near complete.

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Snapchat 'hack' pics mostly clothed user snaps, odd bits of legacy pr0n – report

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Re: Being a bit of a Devil's Advocate...

The age of consent for carrying out the activity is 16, but it is illegal to photograph anyone under the age of 18 carrying out the activity, even if the activity in question is legal. In any case, people under the age of 16 are allowed to remove their clothes in private, but it is still illegal to photograph it.

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

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Re: Its ok

20% is pretty competitive compared to what most of the rest of the world charges.

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Dairy Queen cuts the waffle, says bank cards creamed in 395 eateries

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Re: DQ reverts to imprinting cards, creating script $$$

Point of sale fraud is much lower in Europe since Chip&Pin was introduced over 10 years ago. Card authentication takes place on the card reader, and it simply reports back to the till that it was successful, or not successful, as the case may be. It hasn't completely eliminated fraud, but it has certainly improved the situation.

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Re: Applies where?

It does contain a tiny amount of iron in the form of amonium ferric citrate.

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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If you have physical access to the machine that allows you to connect external media and reboot it, it doesn't matter how secure the operating system or software is

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'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: Assets and liabilities?

If the asset is a half-built factory that is no use to anyone until it is completed at the cost of another $1bn, and no to anyone else other than that company, and the liability is a $1bn bank loan that is repayable next week, and they are unable to refinance the bank loan and get another loan for the other $1bn to complete the factory, then they have a problem.

Or even if the loan isn't repayable next week, but they don't have enough money to finish the factory and no way to get the money to finish it, they have a problem.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: Progress

On my VW Up!, the stop-start doesn't kick in until the engine is warm, and if you are stuck in a particularly bad traffic jam, the engine sometimes springs back into life while you are waiting.

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Re: touch

I need the to use the Alt-Gr key frequently to type the € symbol, and sometimes to type accented characters such as é.

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Re: Many posters in this thread seem to think that all MS OS's crash frequently - they do not.

If you are seeing regular BSODs on your brand new laptop, there is something wrong with your laptop, and you need to send it back and get a replacement.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: Hardly rocket science

People who didn't tax their car on-line before because they didn't trust Royal Mail to deliver the tax disk no longer have that as a reason not to do it on-line.

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Re: The road tax won't go...yet

Except that my fuel efficient car has £0 road tax, so I just need to remember to complete the online form every year.

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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Re: 3,520 pints a day?

I doubt you could manage 3520 pints of water per day, never mind beer.

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Music-mad Brits drive up hardware sales too – claims BPI

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Re: "Copyright exception allowing them to make a private copy of a music CD"

You had no automatic right to make back-up copy of a software CD-ROM, but usually the EULA gives you the permission you need.

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EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

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Re: Win Win for Ireland

The thing is that as Ireland is part of the EU, they can easily move their money there. Most countries levy withholding taxes on money transferred to offshore tax havens. Ireland does not, so they move it to the tax haven via Ireland.

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Re: Not surprised that Apple didn't respond

Apple never respond to enquiries from EL Reg. That is a standard footnote at the bottom of fruit related articles in this organ.

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Yahoo! dumps! thing! that! made! it! Yahoo! and! told! to! bed! AOL!

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No, they changed their name from Yahoo! to Yahoo!, and el Reg has followed suit when reporting on them.

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: @jonathanb

Try accessing a Sage Line 50 dataset on the other side of a 100Mb/s link. It is not a pleasant experience.

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Re: Gigabit over copper?

If my work also had gigabit internet, then I could access their servers at the same speed as the LAN in the office.

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BlackBerry slowly pulls out of power dive into toilet

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Can the government access emails and messages stored on my Exchange Server and accessed on my Apple and Android devices?

Maybe they can, but adding Blackberry in between my server and my phone can can only ever increase the attack surface, not reduce it.

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EU operators PLEAD for MERCY, may get roaming rates cut ‘reprieve’

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Re: Good

But that's the point I'm trying to make. The operators don't get to choose which networks to roam on.

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Re: Good

It doesn't work like that, and here's why.

If I own a mobile network in the UK, there is no benefit to me from reducing the roaming fees I charge other network operators, because it doesn't benefit my customers, only the profit of these other operators.

If I was allowed to sign bilateral agreements with operators in other countries where both reduced the roaming charges between each others' networks, and passed the savings on to the customers, that would work, but it is illegal under current EU price-fixing laws.

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Well not necessarily. If you take your Vodafone to Germany, it won't necessarily roam on the Vodafone Deutschland network. It will roam on whatever signal it finds first, which might be O2 or T-Mobile. Apparently Vodafone are not allowed to offer more favourable rates for roaming on their own network, so there is a problem there.

The EU could make roaming rates the same as what they charge their own retail customers, or the same as what they charge MVNOs in their own country to access their network. That would seem fair to me.

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One-time direct sales giant Dell weds world's largest tech distie... in the UK

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Sure, but for most people, the bog standard corporate desktop model will meet their needs perfectly, and if Dell can churn out millions of the same model, it makes it cheaper.

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Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer

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When I bought my Galaxy Note 2 a couple of years ago, Carphone Warehouse was actually cheaper than reputable online sellers. That's why I bought it there.

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Re: NOW it makes sense...

Is there a Phones 4U store anywhere that isn't a few doors away from an EE store? They are currently in the process of deduplicating their Orange/T-Mobile store network.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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Re: Bah!

I'm pretty sure they do stock a £5 PAYG dumb phone for people like him.

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Re: class

I generally find that Carphone Warehouse is cheaper than buying online, and I don't have to wait for delivery.

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Re: Slides don't surprise me

I like to look at the phones on display, compare prices, make my decision on what I want to buy, then approach the sales staff to buy it.

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Re: Killed by operators, yes, but was private equity to blame too?

Any company would go bankrupt if they didn't have a product to sell. Phones 4U did still have a load of money in the bank, but without a product to sell, the directors were legally obliged to act in the best interests of the creditors and not waste money on overheads with no sales to cover them.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: If i had a vote

Brussels is in the Brussels Capital Region, not Flanders, though much of what is effectively suburbs of Brussels is in Flanders. I guess it would be like West Berlin with respect to West Germany back in the Soviet Era.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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It switches to BBC 2 in standard definition, whereas I usually want the high definition version. Also there are so many channels these days that I can never remember the numbers of all of them, especially as they are different depending on whether I watch them on Freeview or Freesat.

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They won't buy a new screen every 2 years but they might buy a new tuner.

What cut does your cable / satellite provider take when passing the money to the TV channels? Apple will likely replace that, and you can pick the channels you want.

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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Re: Pebble's nearly there

I want a car that can take me to the door, then find a parking space by itself, and come back to pick me up when I summon it.

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Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

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Re: Contactless Payments - Not Thought Through

I pay for my lunch at Tesco and Waitrose in London using pay by bonk, using a bank card which is much quicker than getting the phone out and loading the appropriate app.

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Six charged over StubHub e-ticket heist for Elton John gigs

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Re: Elton John?

Elton John may not be your favourite artiste, but tickets for his shows are in high demand.

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T-Mobile US goes gaga for Wi-Fi calling, AT&T to launch in 2015

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Re: Hope you enjoy it as much as I do

O2 has TuGo. It has some good points, like being able to call at UK rates from anywhere in the world using Wifi, being able to use my iPad to make and receive calls, and text from my desktop computer.

However, I have two wifi access points at home so if I move from one side of the house to the other, the call gets dropped. Skype has the same problem. Also it can't hand-over between wifi and mobile networks as they use different apps.

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Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations

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Re: Sounds like a match made in heaven

Software sales lead to support contracts which make them more valuable than hardware sales. If they sell hardware to run their software on, they probably sell the hardware pretty much at cost price and make their money from installing the software on it.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Re: Says it is for right handers only

Playing the piano, or typing on a keyboard, requires dexterity in both hands. Playing a violin requires dexterity in your left hand. Driving a car in a country where you drive on the right requires a minimal amount of dexterity in your left hand.

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