* Posts by jonathanb

1993 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Amazon workers in Germany stage CHRISTMAS STRIKE

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Re: Frequently-revolting staff stomp off for three days

Amazon's mail order company is located in Luxembourg, and pays various logistics company divisions around Europe to fulfil the orders. That is how they manage to not pay any tax.

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Plusnet could face DATA BREACH probe over SPAM HELL gripes

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Re: none for me...

90% is actually quite low. Mine blocks about 97%, and if it was working effectively, it would probably be more like 99%.

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Re: Never really understood

People have supplied something along the lines of plusnet@mydomain.example as the billing email address for Plusnet. They only use that email address for Plusnet, and have other email addresses for other suppliers that send them emails. That is the email address that is receiving the spam.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: Hang on

I did once buy a load of stuff from Tesco at 1p each. It was late on a Sunday afternoon, and they had a load of meat that was dated that day, and their choice was to either sell it for a penny, or pay someone to collect it from their bin.

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Re: @voland

Not if the money has been collected from the credit card, and the item is in a box with your name on it.

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It's nearly 2015 – and your Windows PC can still be owned by a Visual Basic script

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Re: Automation and freedom or not?@AC

Steganography would normally use features of the actual photo itself to transmit the message. It might be as simple as "a picture of a cat means 'yes'", "a picture of a dog means 'no'", or you could or you could change a few pixels in an inconspicuous part of the photo to send a coded message.

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Do you even know who your customers ARE?

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Re: From a customer's PoV

On the other hand, if you go to the local branch of your bank, they do need to know who you are.

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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

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Re: Oh boo-hoo, Chas Roy-Chowdhury

They do have a lot of cash stuffed under several shed loads of mattresses. $25.16bn of the stuff as of 27 Sept 2014 when they filed their most recent set of accounts - https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q/ks?s=AAPL

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Re: They just don't get it

There are franchise and IP costs, charged to the Irish company, to move the profits even further offshore, so they don't pay anything like 12.5% tax on their profits. The Irish authorities are generally happy to allow 95% of the profits to be shifted in this manner.

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

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And of course for things like Skype and Facetime, the limiting factor is the upload speed on both ends of the line, not the download speed.

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Re: Typical households need 10Mbps

I think you will find that more people can get a BT (or Kingston) connection of some description than can get access to mains water and sewerage.

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The internet is less free than last year. Thanks a bunch, Snowden

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Re: @Khaptain

You are right, we read loads of reports that terrorists have been arrested, but apart from the 7/7, 21/7 and Glasgow Airport bombings, which were actual real terrorist incidents, has anyone actually been convicted. It usually goes very quiet after the initial arrest. One exception was the Castle Quay Shopping Centre plot, which was laughed out of court. That was widely reported.

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VCs say Uber is worth $41bn... but don't worry, we're not in a bubble

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It could buy 137061 Enviro 400s (non hybrid version), which if stacked on top of each other would reach a height of 589km which is 0.15% of the way to the moon.

The bus fleet in London is 8765 buses, most of them are Enviro 400s or similar. Some are more expensive Boris Buses, and some are cheaper single deckers.

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Wheels fall off bid to sue Apple over iTunes anti-piracy shenanigans

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Re: The damage is done anyway

Well the RIAA have got it in that respect now. Unfortunately the MPAA have not, and there is still DRM on videos, despite the fact that videos are more difficult to share than mp3s because they are so much bigger.

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

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MOSS a success?

The first MOSS returns will be filed on 1st April next year. At the moment, all you can do is sign up for it, so it is a bit premature to declare it a success.

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Oi, UK.gov. WHERE'S THE DETAIL on your Google Tax?

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Re: Stop taxing profits

So if Apple Ireland advertises its latest Jesus Phone on Google Ireland, and British people see those ads and order the phone from Carphone Warehouse, who in turn get them shipped over from Ireland, how much tax does George Osbourne get from the advertising revenue.

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Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

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Re: Security disaster in the making

I guess the .net libraries could be deployed via the Mac App store and the linux distro repositories. That would work the same way as Windows Update.

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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They have one photo where they know the answer, and another where they don't know the answer. You only have to get one of them right, but you don't know which one it is.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Re: Just popping over to Calais ...

The other part of the deal is that calls to numbers all over Europe will cost the same as a call to another phone in the same country, ie included in the monthly bundled minutes for most people so no marginal cost.

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Assets is not the correct figure to look at

For a charity, the number you need to look at is "free reserves", which isn't a number on the balance sheet, but may be in the Trustee's report, or you can work it out yourself.

Assets that the charity needs in order to carry out its activities, such as the servers the site is hosted on are not free reserves. The cash is, provided it isn't restricted funds, but you need to deduct the liabilities and commitments[1] from that.

[1] Commitments are also not shown on the balance sheet, but should be in the notes to the accounts somewhere. Where you have a contract with someone to provide services, and the money isn't due yet, because the service has not yet been provided, that is a commitment.

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Re: Straight into a special account

Swiss bank accounts are no longer secret. They have information sharing agreements with the IRS and with the tax authorities of EU countries.

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BlackBerry's turnaround relies on a secret weapon: Its own network

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Re: Not a great network track reord ....

If Blackberry goes down, your phone becomes a dumbphone. If iCloud goes down, most features of the iPhone will still work. So yes, nobody is really using iCloud in the sense that most of the time, they don't need to.

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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

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Re: Can't trust the survey

And London, population 7375, is the smallest city in England.

Like London, Greater Manchester is much bigger than just the Manchester City Council area, it has a population of 2.7 million, making it the second largest city after Greater London with a population of 8.2 million.

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Anti-download biz sued for 'abusive' robo-call demands for money

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He now works at this place - http://www.rodneywarren.co.uk/our-legal-team/andrew-crossley/

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Amazon’s CHRISTMAS QUEUEING bonanza!

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Re: A joke surely

It is on the card that they put through the door without bothering to ring the bell.

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Re: Even the regular 6 is too big

The fact is that the Galaxy Note was launched at a higher price point than the iPhone, and they managed to sell in reasonable numbers. It is normally very difficult to break the Apple price ceiling. That is why it was necessary for Apple to move into the Phablet market.

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Most of the terrorist incidents come from animal rights groups, not Islamists or Irish Republicans.

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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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