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1853 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Universal Credit CRUNCHED: Dole handouts IT system to be rebuilt

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There were more jobs created between 1997 and 2007 than there were unemployed people in 1997 who could have taken those jobs. Back then, if you didn't have a job, there was something wrong with you. There were, nevertheless, people who didn't have a job back then, because there was something wrong with them.

New jobs are being created very slowly, but there is no point in doing that if you have to bring people in from other countries to do the jobs, because the natives are either too lazy, or won't take them because they end up with less money or much the same money as they do for staying in bed.

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Re: Blame the dead guy.....nice

They are not blaming the dead guy. They are blaming the fact that he is no longer around to finish what he started.

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UK fraud office hauls Olympus into court over accounting scandal

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Re: Interesting in Japan they committed fraud to cover *lossess*

Does Polly Peck or BCCI count as British companies?

Enron, MCI, Stamford International Bank, Bernie Madoff and many others obviously aren't Brittish, but actually most fraud is committed to cover losses.

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Re: More information...

What about HSBC's slap on the wrists for laundering $70 trillion of cash for Mexican drug cartels?

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Three used cheap deal to lure me into buying expensive slab, chap tells ASA

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That's not the point.

You phone up someone expecting to be able to buy a super-cheap fondleslab. When they tell you that you can't have a super-cheap slab and try and sell you an expensive one instead, it is very annoying, and a waste of your time.

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Microsoft - do you really think you can take on Google with Nokia?

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Re: Microsoft will never be able to challenge Google.

Many people said the same thing about DOS and Windows back in the early days. And thy were right.

It doesn't matter. Android has critical mass, Windows Phone does not. It doesn't matter how good Windows Phone, Blackberry OS for that matter is, they are not going anywhere.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: The Nestle Kit-Kat Chocolate is far too sweet

There is only one place in the world to go for decent chocolate, and that is Belgium. Nowhere else is any good.

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Storage vendors: You're next over the cliff after the server salesmen

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Re: we are beginning to see a shift ... to move from drive arrays

More importantly, if you are a car dealer, it doesn't matter if people are moving towards cars with a different type of fuel, they still need someone to sell them.

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New EU rules: Telco only SOMETIMES has to tell you it spaffed your data

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

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Re: Highly sensitive UK documents? Really?

And 98% of El Reg is from teenage boys who have grown up. Doesn't really tell you anything other than they are about 50% female.

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Re: Highly sensitive UK documents? Really?

GCHQ and the NSA aren't allowed to spy on their own citizens, so they spy on each other's citizens and exchange the information they receive. That's why the top secret uk documents would be on the NSA server.

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Re: Hang on...

I think they do read that. It is usually written in big enough letters. Whether or not they answer it truthfully is another matter.

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Re: Presumably

Even if I don't volunteer, people who have me in their address book do, and end up giving Facebook and Linked In their address book entry for me, which my include my phone number and street address.

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Microsoft cedes board seat to activist investor

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Re: Begining of the end for the loss making divisions.

And say hello to a major expansion of the Windows Phone patent licensing division. Android and iOS both make them more money in patent royalties than their own operating system does.

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If it re-incorporates in another country it could be.

Seagate for example moved its head office from the US to the Cayman Islands in 2000, and then to Ireland in 2010. I would imagine those moves were made for tax reasons, but tax is not the only unfavourable legislation you might want to emigrate to avoid.

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Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass minx

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I'm guessing he goes for the oriental look. They tend to age better than people from other parts of the world.

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Amazon: OK, OK. We'll let traders flog tat more cheaply elsewhere

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Re: price comparison sites

I expect it will be the same price on Amazon as before, but there will be the possibility of cheaper prices elsewhere.

It costs traders quite a bit to list stuff on Amazon, and that is reflected in the price, but it gives them a lot of exposure and extra business, so it is worth paying the money. However, they would like to be able to list the stuff on cheaper platforms as well, and pass on the savings to their customers. Now they will be able to do that.

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Tor usage up by more than 100% in August

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Re: Tor prevents anyone from learning your location

I haven't paid a licence fee, but because my IP address is British, they are perfectly happy to deliver Bargain Hunt to my computer. There are plenty of people around the world who would be more than willing to pay £145.50 per year to watch Top Gear, but if they don't have a British IP address, then the BBC doesn't want their sort anywhere near their servers.

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Re: @Anon 07:00 GMT probably the NSA turned on the switch

Do you really think they don't look at what El Reg commentards are speculating on? Although that will be "open source" intelligence, and probably a different department to the NSA.

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Re: Tor prevents anyone from learning your location

Tor allows you to choose an exit node in a particular country, or an exit node that isn't in a particular country.

This is useful if you want to visit a website that is censored by the authorities in some countries - China, UK and North Korea do that quite a lot. It is also useful if you want to visit a website operated by a racist website operator that provides an inferior experience to visitors who are not from certain countries. Most providers of streaming video services have racist access policies, including the BBC and Hulu.

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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

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Re: Why are they being given chances?

Because the directly paid employees would spend all their time filling in forms, doing health and safety risk assessments, attending union meetings and co-ordinating their diversity targets rather than actually driving people between the prison and the court.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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Re: Pretty much says it all

I realise it hasn't happened yet. I'm thinking about what could be possible.

I'm thinking that a business could publish a Skype ID alongside their phone number for the public to contact them. Some smaller ones already do, but it doesn't really scale to big, or even medium sized call centres with hunt groups and multiple people, possibly in different sites, answering calls simultaneously on the same number.

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Re: Bad bosses adn failures

I think Windows 8 is a completely different mistake.

Vista was a step in the direction towards Windows 7. It had some problems, but the ideas about the direction Vista should go in were fundamentally sound. Windows 7 fixed those problems and it is a very good operating system.

Windows 8 doesn't have a few implementation problems that can be fixed with a bit of tweaking and bug squashing. The whole fundamental idea of having the same UI for desktops and tablets is just completely wrong. Rip that out, and what you are basically left with is Windows 7.1, and that is what Microsoft needs to do.

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Re: Pretty much says it all

I guess the idea is that you would be able to have Skype IDs for your business that are well integrated into your phone network.

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Wall Street traders charged with stealing company code via email

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Re: what crime have they committed?

You can have a trade secret on something, or a patent, but not both. The whole point of a patent is that you give up secrecy in return for temporary legal protection.

Trade secrets give you some protection until someone leaks it out, or figures it out independently of the company. The person leaking it out will get into trouble for leaking it out, but after that, anyone else can publish and use it, because it is no longer a secret.

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Re: what crime have they committed?

An offence under their equivalent of our Computer Misuse Act.

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Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Slave to the rhythm

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Re: How is 31.25 kbd fast enough?

500 notes per second is more than enough for anyone. No, seriously, it is.

Musicians measure the speed of music in beats per minute. The slowest you are likely to go is about 40 beats per minute. The fastest is somewhere just above 200 bpm.

If you have a tune being played at 210 bpm, that allows for 142 note changes per beat. I can't think of any tune that has that level of complexity, and if it did, the brain wouldn't be able to pick most of it up anyway.

Most of the time, 500 notes per minute would probably be enough.

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Silicon Valley slurped millions of NSA cash for PRISM participation

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Well usually these companies have a department that deals with regulatory compliance. They deal with all the court orders, DMCA takedown notices, and requests from law enforcement, which would include everything local sheriff departments all the way up to the NSA. Ebay gets a lot of requests for information from the tax authorities. I would imagine the others do to a lesser extent, certainly in respect of the stuff they sell in their app and media stores. Any money they receive from NSA or anyone else would be allocated to that department's budget.

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Apple snaffles travel app in quest for way out of Maps debacle

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Gimp

Well it still thinks Luton is in Devon, just north of Blackpool.

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Indian IT exporters coin windfall profits as rupee plunges

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Re: So ..

Who gets the benefit or suffers the disadvantage of any currency movement depends on the terms of the contract. If the contract is priced in Rupees, then the American customer benefits because it now costs less in Dollars. If the contract is priced in Dollars, then the Indian supplier benefits because they now get more Rupees. They would be able to price future contracts for a lower number of Dollars than previously making them more competitive.

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Guardian teams up with New York Times for future Snowden GCHQ coverage

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Re: But.... but...

The NSA spies on the Brits, GCHQ spies on the Yanks. They exchange intelligence. What's sauce for the goose (etc).

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US court: Dell can't hound debtor with robocalls to her mobile

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Re: PAY UP!!!

As far as I'm aware, the only bank in the UK that lets you do international transfers online is HSBC.

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Evaluate the real risks

Encryption will disguise the content of the data. It does not disguise the fact that the data is being transmitted from A to B. If the authorities know who you are, and know that you have stolen data from the NSA or some other TLA, encrypting it isn't actually going to help you at all. They know what the data contains, as it is their data anyway, so whether it is a 400GB blob of apparently random digits, or the entire thing in clear text, it makes no difference. What they want to know is where it is going to, and that is what you need to hide. GnuPG may well be completely uncrackable, but it doesn't matter, because it is hiding the wrong thing.

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Yahoo! web! traffic! BIGGER! THAN! GOOGLE! in! July!

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I use Google for search, and Yahoo for some other things, like stock prices and its weather app.

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

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A slightly different problem

My problem with Android is that it does connect to known wifi networks, even when the wifi signal is rubbish and it would be better connecting to the cell network. For example, if I am outside the house in my car trying to set up the satnav to go somewhere, it just about detect my home wifi router, but there isn't enough of a signal to actually do anything. There is a perfectly decent HSDPA+ signal which is actually around about the same speed as my ADSL connection, but it won't use that unless I switch wifi off, and if I switch wifi off, it can't use my wifi and my neighbours' wifi to determine that I am located somewhere near home, and it instead takes ages to get a GPS or GLONASS location fix.

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Reg hack battles Margaret Thatcher's ghost to bring broadband to the Highlands

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Re: never fails to amaze

What's the population density like in Jamaica? In Scotland, draw a line from Ayr, up the west coast to Greenock, then along the Clyde and Forth rivers past Glasgow to Edinburgh, then up the East Coast to Inverness, and down the East Coast to Berwick. Most people live near that line, and the rest of the country is pretty much empty. If you live in a big town or city, then you will get telecommunications subject to the usual problems that afflict every communications provider in the world. Elsewhere, it isn't so easy.

As far as I can see in Jamaica, obviously lots of people live in Kingston, but the rest of the population seems to be more evenly spread out.

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

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Re: And why aren't the Government using the law for these things?

Data isn't covered by the Theft Act, only physical goods, and electricity. If he had personally logged onto the NSA's computer systems and downloaded the stuff, they could possibly do him for unlawful abstraction of electricity under the theft act if he was in the UK at the time he did it, but there is no suggestion that he did that.

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Kodak's new life to begin in September

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Re: Sad Kodak Moment

Their business plan is apparently to sell printer ink for less than the likes of HP.

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Comcast court docs show Prenda copyright trolls seeded smut then sued

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Re: @jonathanb

There are plenty of people who distribute their material by Bittorrent. Bittorrent will only work if you upload as well as download. People understand that uploading to contribute to the swam is the quid-pro-pro for getting it free. It means the publisher can reach a lot more people with a much more modest internet connection than if they made it available via http or similar.

I would argue, and I'm sure the courts would agree, that by distributing your material via Bittorrent, you are giving permission for downloaders to also upload, and in fact, you are probably making it a condition of receiving the material that they contribute towards the uploading of it.

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Re: Fascinating case, more on popehat

It's more serious than that. If an agent of the copyright holder made the files available for download and advertised it on pirate sites, then the people who downloaded them obtained them legally.

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100 MEEELION self-driving cars will be sold globally in 2035 – report

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Flying cars?

How many flying cars were there going to be on the road and in the air by the year 2000?

If I'm able to have the car drop me off, and then send it away to a car park, or back home; and summon it back to me when I want to go home myself, then I will definitely buy one.

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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Re: Wait a minute

Yes, I assumed boyfriend or husband as well.

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LinkedIn lowers age of consent to 13

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Re: lower limit?

13 is a bit old for that. They will probably be too big to fit up the chimney by then. However it will be very useful for anyone looking for a career in delivering newspapers and adverts for takeaway pizzas.

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Re: Main beef with LinkedIn is the SPAM

The website asks for your email password, and then spams everyone on the contacts list. If students have emailed you about couse fees for example, then you will get the spam.

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Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

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Re: Depressing.

I don't think it really matters where her hosting provider is. If she is living in the US, she has to comply with American laws.

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Some do have microphones, but most don't. It isn't so easy to pick up a conversation from all the background noise and other conversations.

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I don't understand

Surely the NSA can find out everything that is going on at Groklaw by visiting the site just like anyone else. It is the sort of thing they do, and it is called open source intelligence. BBC Monitoring in Caversham do it for the UK authorities.

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Microsoft announces execution date for failed QR code-killer

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Re: NFC does make more sense

It's really simple though. All you need to do is go to

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/~/media/PDF/TicketsAndTrainTimes/TrainTimes/CurrentTimeTable/GW120502%20QR%20Poster%20V1.pdf

Print out the pdf

Install the Google Goggles App - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.unveil

Or whatever the equivalent is for your phone's operating system

Carefully cut out the code for the time table you want, for example if you want to go to London, it is timetable number 7

Open Google Goggles, and scan the QR code, making sure your phone doesn't see any of the other codes before it gets to the one you want to scan

Tap on the link to open the website

Tap on on the link to download the pdf

Select which app you want to open it in, eg Adobe Reader

Scroll down the pdf until you find the train you want

What could be easier?

Well, maybe you could install https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.hafas.android.railteam

and tell it where you want to go. There are other apps. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cz.em.pubtran.london is better if you are travelling within the London travel card area, but otherwise Railteam seems to be the best.

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Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows

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Re: Retail Win 8

If they sell it with a new iMac, then surely that is fine?

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Re: Fanbois taught to use a GIMPED Windows...

To be fair, does anyone use OSX Server? www.apple.com and www.icloud.com for example both run on Linux.

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