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1900 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

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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Re: Says it is for right handers only

Yes I do realise that most right-handers wear their watches on their left wrists. I don't. I use my left hand a lot more than most right-handers, typically for things that require strength rather than dexterity.

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Re: Says it is for right handers only

I'm right handed. I don't normally wear a watch, but when I do, it goes on my right arm, so this is the wrong way round for me.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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And where does it come from if you don't give a damn about your electricity usage?

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Thieves steal more iPhones than any other handset, warns UK government

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Re: Just shows...

So does this mean that proportionately, Blackberries are most likely to be stolen?

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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

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Re: the real problem

I live in the UK, in an area that doesn't have Virgin Media, so I only have the choice of a BT Openreach connection between my home and the exchange, but nevertheless, I do have a choice of 6 different connections from the exchange to the internet, from ISPs with different traffic management policies, prices and so on, plus other ISPs that resell services on some of those connections, again with their own pricing and traffic management policies.

That means that if one of those ISPs was to try making Netflix slow in order to try to shake them down for more cash, the ISP would lose their customers to competitors that offer a better Netflix performance.

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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Re: Circularity

They probably will. Most of them can't cope with a date of birth that is earlier than 1/1/1900.

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Re: Security

RBS/Natwest, Nationwide and Barclays have card readers. HSBC has a code generator. Lloyds and a few other banks send SMS codes to your phone to verify you.

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Re: Meh

Megabus is owned by Stagecoach, so that is a bad example, and Virgin is 49% owned by Stagecoach.

However, I will give you three better examples. You could use the trains operated by Chiltern Railways or London Midland; or you could use a National Express bus.

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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Uber is properly registered as a minicab service in London.

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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

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Re: Welcome to 2012...

I've been using my Visa Debit card to bonk around London. To be honest, if I had the option to put the PIN number in my phone, fire up the appropriate app, put in another pin or password and then bonk; I'd probably still use the card. I've set up my phone to load the appropriate internet banking app when I bonk my card against it, and to display my Oyster balance when I bonk that card against it. That is slightly useful, though not a deal-breaker in terms of selecting my next phone.

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

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Re: Get your shit together Microsoft...

Glaxo SmithKline thought they could bribe their way out of trouble in China, and it didn't work. China, while by no means perfect, is not like India or the USA in this respect.

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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I don't see it working

Firstly, it prevents you from putting it in a case. Secondly, with physical buttons, you can use them without looking at them once you are familiar with your handset. Thirdly, how do you hold such a phone without it doing a load of things you don't want it to do?

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Re: One egregious example

I can only use my mobile banking apps to pay people that I have already added to the list on the website, so that somewhat reduces the risk.

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Re: Too big not to fail?

I don't think it would, simply because cashing-out on large sums of money that you obtained from hacking into a bank computer, without getting caught, is not that easy.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Re: 23 Years

Does the smartphone have to be purchased in the last quarter to count? Most people have smartphones these days. If it isn't an iPhone, it is probably an Android.

Most people have a TV, that almost certainly runs Linux, I don't know of any that don't. The only popular set-top box that doesn't run Linux is the Apple TV. Most routers run Linux.

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DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of ntlworld.com email

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Re: Still borked

Virgin Media has always been an American company, as was NTL before that.

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: Oh no

It is independently owned, not part of a larger group, and yes it is profitable.

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Backoff malware attacks hit 'more than 1,000 big businesses', warns US government

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I can answer question 3. They connect to the internet to contact the bank in order to complete the transaction, and to record details of the sale in the head office inventory and accounting systems.

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Amazon to dig DEEPER into YOUR shopping habit BRAIN with targeted ads system

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Or "hey, you bought an inkjet cartridge, here is a printer to put it in"

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iPhone owners EARN MORE THAN YOU, says mobile report

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Re: Like for like

It is Samsung's fault for making it very difficult to get rid of and for having it set up by default to allow alerts at 3am.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: re. the community work

He will probably spend about 8 months inside, then about 8 months with an electronic tag where his movements are restricted and he has to do the community work.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: Seems to parallel the Orthodox Jewish Sabbath rules

They can't turn them on or off, but it is OK to use one that was turned on before the sabbath and left running.

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

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Re: Vitally important question

Brent Cross shopping centre has free parking.

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Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

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Re: Why the different standards?

A crossroads near me is 2 phase and would work much better as 4 phase. You have someone who wants to turn right, but can't because there is traffic on the other side of the road. That means the cars behind it who want to turn left or go straight on can't move either, because they are stuck behind the car that can't turn right. There isn't enough space for filter lanes.

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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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Re: Hello pot, this is kettle...

It means you can go to a single place to get all your updates, just like you have been able to for many years on linux and *BSD systems, rather than having half a dozen different update notifications pop up every time you reboot the computer, or have an update notification pop up when you load the software and would prefer to actually use it rather than update it.

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