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1966 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: I seem to remember

I live in a flat (en_US: apartment), therefore ground source heat pumps and rooftop solar panels are not an option for me.

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Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you, er, snap off your search engine? Pretty please

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Re: It's the search verticals like hotels, cinema

If you search for hotels in New York, do you want details of hotels in New York, or do you want a list if websites that may or may not contain details of hotels in New York?

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Re: Euro Jealousy

Bing is the default search engine on most computers, and people make a conscious decision to switch to Google.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: fat vs terrorism

The ability to eat a bacon sandwich is an important test of your suitability to be prime minister, which Ed Milliband apparently failed.

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: I don't buy the premise

If you can't see round the corner, you shouldn't be driving at 50 mph. You should know what your stopping distance is, and be able to see that far ahead at all times. Besides, how many cars are capable of doing a hairpin bend at 50 mph without spinning off the road anyway?

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Re: Probably not...

My guess is that it will be Android as No 1, iOS in 2nd place, and Windows Phone as a niche player for delivery drivers, field maintenance staff and so on. Blackberry won't exist.

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Re: “As corporates buy apps and devices, there is much more value end-to-end in a Microsoft soluti

I guess it depends what your use case is. If you just want your staff to have email and office so that they can keep in touch with people on the move, then it doesn't really matter which platform you go for.

If you have field staff who run a line of business application on their phone to help them do their job, then that has traditionally been Windows Mobile, and probably Windows Phone is the best migration path.

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Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads

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Re: What premium?

$499 + 20% VAT is £381.60 at current exchange rates. Both are on sale in the UK at £399.

With 23% VAT, it is €489.56, and it costs €509 in Ireland.

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Re: Obviously...

The Galaxy S and the iPad Air 2 both cost £399 in the UK.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Re: Half of all McDonald's US touch purchase transactions are now made using Apple Pay

I'm guessing NFC cards. While I have had bonking facilities for the past 2 years on my Galaxy Note, there isn't much available, at least in the UK, to actually make use of it. I can tap my Oyster card against it, and it will show me the balance on it, in the same way that it does if I load the app. It's a nice gimmick, but not actually that useful.

Even if I could bonk my phone on a ticket barrier, I probably wouldn't, because bonking a plastic card is much easier.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: Welcome to Walmart =D

The third world included Greece when the term was first used. Things have improved in Greece since then, so it is no longer considered a third world country. It is also possible that other countries could be demoted to the third division.

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UK digi exclusion: Poor families without internet access could 'miss out' on child tax credit

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Re: No transition?

They withdrew the ability to claim online due to them getting lots of fraudulent applications. You just end needed someone else's details and your own bank details, and you got lots of free money.

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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I think the payments did stop, hence the threatened bailiff action to recover the money from the unpaid bills.

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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Re: So how secure are 'biometrics'?

Some of my UK bank accounts have two factor authentication.

RBS/Natwest, Barclays and Nationwide have a card reader, so I have to put my card in it, enter a PIN and get a code which I enter into the website.

HSBC has a code generator which gives me a number to enter into the website.

Halifax and Santander send a code by SMS to my phone which I have to enter into the website.

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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

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Re: It's not Europe's problem to fix

It is Europe's problem. If I host my data with an Irish company, Microsoft Operations Ireland Ltd, I expect Irish law to apply to it. I don't expect American law to apply just because the company happens to have an American shareholder.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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Re: External battery packs?

It works, but it takes longer to charge.

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Re: Replaceable batteries for all!

I usually replace the battery after 1 year, and the phone the following year.

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Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM

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Re: So how does a user change networks

You take out the Apple SIM and put the Vodafone SIM in its place. You also need to cancel the EE account, I don't know how you do that.

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: About recording calls.

"A recording of their system telling you that they record calls followed by them hanging up when you say you're recording, will make for a pretty good indicator of bad faith if it goes near an ombudsman or judge."

I totally agree. Been there and done that with Vodafone.

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Re: About recording calls.

In the UK, you only need the permission of one of the parties to the call, so you can give yourself permission to record your own calls and not tell anyone else. You can't record calls made by other people in your household or business without telling one of the parties to the call, so that is why they have those recorded messages.

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FTC tells 'scan to email' patent troll: Every breath you take, every lie you make, I'll be fining you

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Re: scan to email

Yes, that is exactly what the patent covers, provided this process is automated. However the HP Scanjet 4si could do this and was around before this patent was filed.

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Guess what's missing from Ofcom's big MoD spectrum sale ... YEP, coverage obligation

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Re: Coverage obligation should be based on land mass

More than half of Scotland's population lives within a few miles of the M8, so put your masts there, and that is 4% of the UK population covered.

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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Re: Underlying assumption

The problem is that people in train carriages, cars and at work also don't count as population.

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Bitcoin is GREAT and SAFE, says, er, the Bitcoin Foundation

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Re: Bitcoin is not a currency.

If Bitcoin becomes as heavily regulated as other currency exchanges and money tranfer services, then will the transaction costs not end up being the same? Compliance with FCA and similar regulations costs money, and the transaction costs pay for it.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

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Re: Everyone apart from me, obviously...

"How does the phone even get to the Exchange Server?"

I put my email address and password in the phone, and thanks the magic of Exchange Autodiscover, it sets everything up for me.

As for your personal email account, upgrade your email service to something that offers IMAP or Activesync.

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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No, and it probably helps that it doesn't look like a window, and is therefore more unique.

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France KICKS UK into THIRD PLACE for public Wi-Fi hotspots

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I have that feature on Kitkat, (Galaxy Note 2), so it may be a Samsung addon. It works, and a welcome new feature when I downloaded the update.

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OFFICIAL: Fondling of Apple's slab declines – iPad sales DOWN in Q3

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Re: Zombie Purchasing

Yes, my iPad has exactly the same functionality as my iPod Touch, except that it has a bigger screen. So why am I typing this response on my iPad? It is because it has a bigger screen. I am at home so portability isn't such an issue, and the bigger screen is easier on my eyes.

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Hungary PM ditches internet tax plans after mass protests

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Re: Or ...

It is already the highest in the EU, at 27%.

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Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

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Re: What about the VAT?

When Apple Ireland sells to Apple UK, or to any other customer that has a VAT registration number in a country other than Ireland, Apple Ireland doesn't charge VAT on the sale.

Apple UK has to pay UK VAT on the products it imports from Apple Ireland based on wholesale price, which will be the same as the price Apple Ireland sells to other retailers such as Dixons Carphone. It can then simultaneously claim that VAT back, so the net effect is no payment due, and no refund receivable.

When Apple UK sells to retail customers in the UK, or to UK based businesses, it has to charge VAT on the sale, and pay that over to HMRC. If it sells to retail customers in other EU countries, it has to charge the VAT rate applicable in that country and pay it over to the local tax authorities there.

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They do pay VAT, there is no avoiding that. They do however manage to avoid Corporation Tax and Corporate Income Tax.

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Yes, and the sales, support and marketing costs go below the gross profit line to come up with net profit. Net margin is 21.6%, which is still pretty decent.

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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Re: So....

When you type stuff into a web page, you expect it to be stored remotely. You don't expect that when typing into a local application.

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

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Re: The store check-out experience

In the UK, pay by bonk is only available for transactions under £20, so you would have to use your card in the traditional manner.

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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Re: Making things simple....not

Yes, of course. The internet enabled fridge will automatically order in new supplies, it will always get the order right, and the Ocado driver will know exactly when you are in to receive delivery of it.

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Re: Making things simple

That would be great when it works, and incredibly annoying when it doesn't. You have to remember to tell it that tomorrow you are not going to work in your car - you are on holiday, going on a business trip via another mode of transport etc.

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Re: Making things simple

A TV remote requires less effort than getting up to press buttons on the device, that's why people use them.

How long does it take to pick up your phone, turn the screen on, enter the passcode, scroll to the correct app, load the app, then tap the correct buttons on it, to switch the lights on and off? The only place where there is a convincing use case for remote controlled lights is the bedroom, so you can operate them from bed, and not walk across the room in the dark. I have a bedside light, which means, walk to the bed to switch it on, walk back to the door to switch the main light off, then walk back to the bed, get in and turn the bedside light off. But there, a simple remote that you can point at the doorside switch would work better, or even, if I could be bothered to do the wiring, a simple pair of two way switches like I have in the hallway.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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People on the TPS list get on average twice as many nuisance calls as people not on it - report on Which a few years back. They are completely useless.

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Re: Economics 101

Only people that don't request to be ex-directory are on that, and pretty much everyone is ex-directory these days. My local phone book used to be about 6cm thick and A4 sized, now it is less than 1cm thick and A5 sized.

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Cheapo telcos fined for their cheapo security: Financial records on 305,000 people spilled

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Re: It is a pity that there's no "watchdog" for web services.

But was the hosting service designed for storing private documents, or was it designed for normal websites where everything is supposed to be available to the public? Also, who was responsible for developing the software that was used on the site?

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32,000 Hungarians plan to take to the streets for 'internet tax' protest

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Re: Whatever next?

Already the case everywhere in the UK except for England, though I suspect England will follow in a couple of years time.

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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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