* Posts by jonathanb

2074 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

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Re: Bah!

That's fine, but the Social Security Number should be treated as a name, not a password.

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Acer enters Windows Phone fray with cheap Liquid M220 mobe

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Re: Seriously? Still on about apps?

Does here transit connect to the GPS trackers on my local buses, show me where they are on a map and tell me how long it will take to arrive at my stop? Or does it just do route planning based on the timetable which bears little relation to reality?

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Re: Seriously? Still on about apps?

Most people have a niche requirement that is served only by iPhone or Android. In my case it is the App for my local bus service. Most people in the UK for example, don't live in London, but that is the only city that has enough Windows Phone users for a local transport app.

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GAMIFY your FRIDAY with our Public Sector Innovation Bingo!

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Where are the clouds?

We can't possibly take it seriously if they don't have clouds.

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MEGA PATENT DUMP! Ericsson, Smartflash blitz Apple: iPhone, iPad menaced by sales block

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Re: Conspiracy theories...

Apple probably has a store there. Ericsson doesn't need to have a presence anywhere.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Re: But But...

Attach the watch to your key ring and put it in your pocket.

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Photoshop daddy: 'I’m not happy with body image issues it creates for a lot of women'

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Better, yes, but not far better, they are basically the same apart from colour balance.

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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"The public offering of Amalgamated Durables hit a peak of £2.79 at launch."

You need to reprogramme your robot to tell it that UK share prices are quoted as 279p unlike the rest of the world, unless of course you want to send the hedge funds' automomated trading bots into panic mode because they think it has crashed to 2.79p (£0.0279).

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Ministry of Fun tries again on mobile mast planning permission

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Re: huh

But as the different frequencies have different ranges, it may not always make sense to share. Three might want to put a mast in a place where Vodafone has decent coverage from other masts.

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SCC bags universal credit hosting contract

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And the disaster needs to be recovered from.

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Soz SMEs, we're not interested in your direct biz

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Re: Evidence

You can find out if they are a small or medium company from the accounts they file at Companies House. If they don't file accounts at Companies House because they are a sole trader or partnership, then they are almost certainly small.

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

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Re: Benefits of benefits

You get higher employment by removing the 100% effective tax rate that these people face at the moment, so there is a financial benefit to doing a few hours of work. For some people, the experience gained from these few hours of work per week will lead to more work in the future and eventually a full time job.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: bébé

For Chinese, they have a US English Keyboard and they type in Pinyin which gets transliterated into Chinese Characters.

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Re: Doesn't the mac

Is voice recognition any better than last time I tried it?

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Re: bébé

The Alt key to the right of the space bar serves as Alt-Gr in Parallels.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Re: Opex vs Capex

And the auditors. Components are only opex if they replace an existing broken one.

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El Reg chefs whip up Post-Pub Noshographic

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Re: The first step is missing

Do I really want to know what sort of wife you have if it is possible to collapse on her and the dog at the same time.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: Could this already be a problem ?

If you are 65 in 2039, you could well have taken out your first pension in 1992, so I would imagine that if there is a problem, someone would have spotted it by now. Most people these days taking out pension policies will be retiring after 2038.

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Samsung buys LoopPay ... to be better at bonking than Apple

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Re: Will work till the end of this year in the US

And when you swipe it, it tells you that you must use the chip, so basically the slot is there for American tourists to use.

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Mag stripe compatibility has more than twice the penetration?

In technologically backward countries like the USA maybe, but try presenting a mag-stripe card in a shop in Europe and you will get some strange looks.

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: "Branch" line

If all their employees worked in Bhutan, and their products were all sold from a Bhutanese hosted website, then yes that would work.

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Re: "Branch" line

They have a service company branch in the UK, and the Irish or Lux company pays the UK service company to do some work on their behalf, at the same rates that a third party outsourcing company such as Serco would charge.

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Re: What a load of rubbish...

That only works if you are non-domiciled or non-resident, otherwise if you take the money out of the company anywhere in the world, you have to pay UK tax on it. If you are non-resident in the UK, you are probably resident somewhere else and will have to pay tax there.

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Re: What a load of rubbish...

If you can justify your claim that an independent 3rd party would pay £30k per year for your logo, then yes you could do that. In reality, they might pay at most £300 as a one off fee for logo design. Starbucks has to pay lots of money in advertising and sponsorship to make their logo as valuable as it is.

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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If you work in tax, there was loads of very useful information on the hmrc.gov.uk website.

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Re: This or HP MicroServer

You can pick up an N54L for about £170. That's the model that was current about 2 years ago. I have the N40L, which is the previous model to that, and have absolutely no problems with performance.

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UK.gov can't get farmers onto its Verify service – even to claim subsidies

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Re: Slow connection

Government websites generally work very well in lynx. They are very good at ensuring their websites comply with accessibility guidelines, and compatibility with lynx is a good test of that.

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KUSHINIKIZA! Google Translate SAVES BABY in Irish roadside birth

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I had some fun with Google Translate yesterday. In the middle of a list of countries, it had "Fruit salad". Macedonia is the Italian word for fruit salad, as well as being the name of a country to the north of Greece.

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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Re: As an American

Here, local services are typically 85-90 mph, intercity services are 125mph and international services are 300km/h (186 mph).

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Gov.UK begs Google 'n' U.S. tech pals: Forget Ireland, come to Blighty

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Re: It's not just tax...

Given that 70% of all Euro denominated transactions worldwide go through the City of London, I don't think the fact it isn't our official currency is much of a problem.

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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Re: Amen, but where is our voice ?

You should say "White British/Irish", as discriminating against other whites, including "White Irish Traveller" is not PC.

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Bitcoin trade biz MyCoin goes dark, investors fear $387 MEEELLION lost

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Re: I can see how would work

The problem is that Bitcoin is so thinly traded that any more than about 100 BTC in naked shorts would lead to a short squeeze and cause the price to shoot upwards.

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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Re: Aldi

They had barcode scanners in 1996 when the first one opened near me.

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Intuit halts TurboTax filings after states spot mass tax fraud scheme

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It is not the browser or software per se that is the attack vector. It is the fact that they accept returns from anyone without verifying who they are.

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HMRC had the same problem in the UK, on their own website, with people filing bogus tax credit applications. Now you have to ask for a claim form to be posted to your home address. It seems the state governments in the US are thinking the same way.

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Microsoft's Nadella: Congratulations on 12 months of not being Steve Ballmer

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Just like we are all using Windows 8?

Microsoft does have competition in the operating system market, it is called Windows 7, and costs nothing because it is already [probably] on your computer.

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Dixons Carphone clings to EE, Three in Phones 4U bullet dodge

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Re: Mobile Contracts for what things?

You could still communicate with them over Wifi on the LAN without an internet connection. Burglar alarm, I can understand why you would want it to display an alert on your phone while you are out. Heating, why on earth would anyone want to change their heating settings when they aren't around. Yes I know there is the idea that you can turn it on half an hour before you go home, and if you are going to be late, you can change that, provided of course that your delay is of a type that allows you to know exactly how late you are going to be with 30 minutes notice, and also that you are going to be in a position where you can get on your phone and do something about it.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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In that scenario, they are not moving from Android. Though it could the case that they are moving from Chinese landfill Android to iPhone.

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

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Re: Tragedy of the commons

In London, Über are just another minicab operator. There are loads of them around. Addison Lee is the biggest, they are cheaper than Über, and they also have a mobile app to book their cars.

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Fact Hunt!

Depends, if you use an offensive word in English, then it should probably translate it into an equivalently offensive word in the other language, and if you use a politically correct word, it should.

However, Google is nowhere near as good as a skilled human translator, and it works by examining already translated texts, so maybe I'm asking too much.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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One reason, the Mifi has a bigger battery and you can leave it in your bag. Also, if you are abroad, it is probably easier to buy a PAYG Mifi and load it with credit than put a new SIM in your phone and end up with a different phone number.

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Re: Other pre-existing infrastructure that could be used ...

That's fine for running fibre between cities. There is already quite a bit of that. This is for more local connections.

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Kim Dotcom flails desperately, launches chat service

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Re: MegaChat is in-browser, that's not very practical

With a web-based chat service, you need to contact the other person off-band to get them to visit the web page before you can call them. Chat services need to run in the background all the time if they are to be of any use.

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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I'm going to call it O3.

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Re: So the UK once had the most competitive mobile markets..

We get lots of manhole cover explosions in London because UK Power Networks doesn't maintain them properly. That didn't happen when Électricité de France owned them.

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Chunky Swedish ice maiden: Volvo XC60 D4 Manual EE Lux Nav

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Re: So, just how big is this car?

If you are comparing it to American cars, anything for sale in Britain is going to be small or very small.

As an example, the smallest car Volkswagen sell in the US is the Golf. Here, the smallest is the Up!, the next size up is the Polo, then there is the Golf.

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Re: Wrong kind of snow...

If snow on the windscreen was the only problem, then why didn't he just pull over somewhere safe and clear the snow off the bonnet?

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Dot-com is dead. Long live dot-com

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Re: "internationalized domain names"

You would have another domain pointing to the English language website.

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Not completely automated, but take the actual monthly mortgage payments for example. In the past, the homeowner would have gone to the bank counter with a pile of cash, it would be counted and put in the safe, and all the ledger cards would be updated manually and new balances added up. Now a computer requests payment from another computer, and those computers update the ledger tables in the database automatically. Things like working out the interest were really complicated for a human to do, but no trouble at all for a computer.

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Re: Fiduciary Duty

Unless the fact that you paid taxes was a USP that encouraged more customers to buy from you. Companies do sometimes spend more money than the minimum necessary for that reason, for example by buying Fair Traded goods, or signing up to the Living Wage.

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