* Posts by jonathanb

2104 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

If you reckon Google will never tap into Nest's Wi-Fi thermostats, guess again

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Re: Advertising!

Google can have some sort of idea where you are from your IP address. Certainly which country you are in, and in most cases they can narrow it down to approximately county level.

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Re: Advertising!

Google already knows where you are and what the weather is like outside, so Sammy's sweater shop can already target ads in this manner. The likes of Tesco already use weather forecasts to decide what to stock their shelves with.

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Pay-as-you-GONE: Help! T Mobile's swiped my phone credit – customers

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I take it you have never drived round Marble Arch at 3:30 am? Even a that time of the night, it is incredibly busy.

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The average speed of traffic in central London is something like 11 miles per hour, so 2 hours to drive 20 miles is very plausible.

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Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

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Re: Are there no prisons?

Apparently Indian prisons aren't particularly nice places. Throw them in one of them.

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Are there no prisons?

Put a few of these scumbags in jail for a reasonable length of time, and the rest will realise it isn't worth the risk.

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Two websites you should show your boss if you want to be paid in Bitcoin

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Re: Hmmm........

There is no capital gains tax for profits made from actual foreign currency, and also no tax relief if you make a loss on foreign currency.

Bitcoin however is not a foreign currency, so it is subject to capital gains, and also VAT if you sell more than £79,000 of them, or them + anything else in a year.

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Re: Hmmm........

Box C of the P11D, "Value of vouchers and payments made using credit cards or tokens".

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Re: Alternatively...

The employer has to buy Bitcoins with cash, so what difference does it make?

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Light, fast ... and pricey: Toshiba's Portégé Z30 – now THIS is an Ultrabook

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Re: £1,300?!??

£1339 will get you the equivalent spec MacBook Air. £1249 will get you the MacBook Pro you are referring to.

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EE and Voda subscribers to get 2G and 3G INSIDE the Channel Tunnel

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Re: This is very weird

That would be in the northbound tunnel. The northbound tunnel was allocated to the French networks, and the southbound tunnel to the English networks. The French networks were much quicker at getting their kit installed in the tunnel, even though Orange operated on both sides of the channel at the time.

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Southbound, you will be "roaming" as soon as you leave the tunnel and see the French sky. Northbound, you will continue to "roam" until you leave the tunnel and see the English sky.

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Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain

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Re: Absence of quality third party applications

Depends what you are looking for, but things like the app for your local buses, your train operator, shops that you like to check prices for, apps for local taxi companies, that sort of thing.

Anything that is of local or niche interest rather than global / mass market interest is generally only available for iOS and Android.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: WGAF

And why do they always show slow motion stuff on these demo screens? Is it because the pathetically low frame rate means that in faster moving stuff, you lose much of the benefit of the extra pixels?

The other problem I have that an 84" screen is way too big for my flat. Let me know when there is a 32" or smaller screen that I can put on my desk and attach a computer to.

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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Re: GP's Opening Hours

His golf-playing hours clash with my work hours as well.

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Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767

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Re: It wasn't terrorists...

Absolutely right there. There were almost certainly some children on the flight, and they would use the toilet, and the camera would snap inappropriate pictures of them, meaning the perpetrator would be guilty of child porn offences.

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Only iPhone fondling rose at Xmas: Were non-Apple fans in a turkey coma?

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How much time do Fanbois spend browsing on Apple's website? Yes probably more than the amount of time Fandroids spend on it, but in any case I don't think Apple has any third party advertising on their website.

They will be looking at newspaper websites, and shopping sites for all sorts of other kit, and that's where the third party advertising is.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

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Re: The Golden era

He is still trying to break into the electric bicycle market - http://www.sinclairzx.com/

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JAILBREAK! US smut spam king Kilbride flees minimum security prison

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Re: 2013 closes on a joyous news note!

"Why don't the big email providers fix the spam problem?"

The spam filters on my email server reject 96.5% of all incoming emails. Probably about 5% of what does get through is spam. So assuming no false positives, that means 96.5% of all email is spam that is blocked, 0.2% is spam that is not blocked, and 3.3% is non-spam and that my spam filter correctly identifies 99.8% of all spam.

The big email providers do put a lot of effort into blocking spam, but getting from 99.8% to 100% is very hard. They can possibly manage more than 99.8% because they have millions of users clicking on their "report spam" buttons" which I don't have, but even so, you aren't going to get to 100%.

Your email box may be bad, but I don't think you appreciate just how much worse it would be if your email service was completely unfiltered.

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Apple wants sales ban on Samsung smartphones nobody is selling

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Re: Apple utility patents?

A utility patent is a patent on an invention that actually does something, as opposed to a design patent which protects the distinctive look of a product, such as the three stripes on Adidas products, or allegedly the rounded corners on an iPhone.

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ICO to focus only on 'serious, repeat' data-protection offenders

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Re: Overwhelmed by complaints

If there were some actual meaningful punishments for breaking the law, like for example a few weeks in prison and criminal asset recovery procedures, combined with proper enforcement so that the criminals actually face these punishments, then maybe there wouldn't be so many people breaking the law, and therefore so many complaints.

The reason so many people break the law at the moment is because they know they can get away with it.

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Samsung: Men, our Gear smartwatch will make you a hit with the sexy ladies

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Re: UK Advertising

No, the ones that kick in about 6 months after the ad campaign is finished.

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

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Re: I don't get it

This is channel sales. Most people get their Apple kit direct from Apple.

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Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT

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Re: Rechargables

Panasonic Evolta batteries seem to be working fine for me.

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

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Re: Yet another stunning decision...

HP Sauce is made in Poland these days.

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

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Re: Disagree

If he had an iPhone since he was 7, he can't be any older than 14 now, and therefore too. young to appear on I'm a celebrity.

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

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Re: Drain cleaner

http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/ was a hate / violence site at a place where I used to work.

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Re: Drain cleaner

The question is more about what you can do if your site is blocked and as a result, people can't visit it. We already have the same situation with sites being blocked from mobile networks, so we know how mobile telcos respond to complaints about sites being wrongfully blocked.

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Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

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Re: Interest in debt is their own fault

"Tax turnover and eliminate the loopholes at a stroke"

Unfortunately, that won't work

You can avoid a lot of turnover tax by taking over your suppliers, so that there is only one sale to the end consumer rather than lots of sales along the supply chain.

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Re: Isn't this the same Vodafone...

Cars are classified as a wasting asset, and therefore exempt from CGT. Verizon shares are not so classified, so are subject to CGT.

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

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Re: Tulips ! @ Jonathan 29

This particular 50% downward swing is a bear trap. They do happen fairly frequently in the upward phase of a bubble.

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Re: Tulips !

Probably most people didn't spend 2500 Dutch Florins a time on tulip bulbs. It was after all a massive amount of money in those days. They would have bought something like daffodil bulbs instead, or they would have decided not to bother with spring flowers in their gardens.

Nevertheless, despite massive inflation in every other product since 1637, tulips are still considerably cheaper today than they were 376 years ago.

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Re: Makes your choices and takes your chances

It is like what happened to the carousel fraudsters who deposited their money in First Curaçao International Bank.

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

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Re: @AndrueC

"Interestingly, El Reg were invited to our first industry meeting and we gave them tea, coffee and biscuits - this article is how they repay us? Ungrateful B@stards - no biscuits for you lot next time."

I for one commend El-Reg for not being bribed by tea and biscuits.

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Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

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Re: Thank you Facebook

Yes they do, because if the product being sold disappears, like what happened with My Space and Friends Reunited, then they don't have a business.

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Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios

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Re: And next on the Register - a review of chocolate teapots.

Chocolate teapots would make a tasty addition to the Christmas stocking. Much more useful than a DAB radio. Yes, please can we have a review of them.

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Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

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Re: Not convinced

He's thinking of old fashioned magnetic strip credit cards, the type still used in the USA.

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Fees shakeup: Freephone numbers will actually BE free – Ofcom

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Re: They used to be free...

People mostly use call cards for international calls, and the call card operators generally offer a geographic number for their mobile customers. The other option if you have enough data available on your data plan, or unmetered wifi, is to use Skype to dial the freephone number.

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UK fondleslab surge slowing, says sales-sniffing specialist

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Re: hmmmm

Sales growth is less than last year, which is not quite the same thing. The year before last, the market was basically owned by Apple with a few other people selling things that were the same price as the iPad and not as good, or cheaper than the iPad and completely rubbish.

Last year was the first time there was a real challenge to Apple and the market expanded rapidly. Apple lost their market-leading position, but still sold more than the year before. This year, the market is still growing, but not by quite as much.

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US Supreme Court to preside over software patents case

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The problem is that Patent Trolls do conduct all of their business in Tyler, Texas or nearby, so that won't make any difference.

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World-leading IT expert? We'll fast-track you into Blighty, promises PM

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Re: The wages are rubbish - so is the tax

The cost of living is much cheaper here than in Australia. While the exchange rate for the Australian Dollar is about parity with the US Dollar, in terms of purchasing power parity, it is more like 2 Australian Dollars to the US Dollar.

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Re: How can you "Attract" when people are leaving?

They get non-domiciled status meaning this is actually a tax haven for them.

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Re: influenced by dialect?

I have no problem at all saying "toy boat" in a Scottish accent, but it is much more difficult in a Home Counties accent.

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Re: I wonder if there is a cultural element to this...

English people for example seem to be incapable of pronouncing the word "loch" correctly. No matter how many times they try, it comes out as "lock".

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Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

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Re: Subtle thinking

Have a look at a currency broker rather than using your bank to transfer money. Typically the fees are about 4% + £9 and the money goes into the recipient's bank account as a local domestic payment in their own currency. The company I work for uses Moneycorp and HiFX for international transfers. Other currency brokers exist.

The main problem with bitcoin is the exchanges. They are mostly unregulated, some of them are ponzi schemes, and they are not particularly cheap, or particularly fast at converting between real money and bitcoin.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: Because the PC is dying?

It is mostly due to the fact that everyone has a PC now, and they buy a new PC when the old one breaks rather than to get the latest shiny.

Give me a list of things you can do on a Windows 8.1 PC that you can't do on a Windows XP PC. There isn't really anything. Windows XP lets you read things on the web, communicate via email and Skype, play games, run Word, Excel and Powerpoint, run accounts software, run photoshop or other photo editing software, run your line of business applications. Basically it does everything people want a PC to do, so getting a new PC is like getting a new washing machine.

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Ballmer doesn't get it

Saying that the PC market is dead because tablets are taking over is like saying that the oven market is dead because electric kettles are taking over.

Kettles are good for preparing hot drinks and pot noodles, much better than an oven, however they are completely at for example making toast.

Tablets are good for reading things, watching things and looking at things. Much better than the PC, unless you happen to be sitting at the PC when you want to read, watch or look at the thing. Tablets are completely useless at inputting things into the system if you want to type more than a couple of words.

For example, if you work on the road, a tablet would be good for looking at your job list to see where you need to go next, to tap on a few buttons to let the people back at base know you've completed the job, and maybe enter a few words or tick a few boxes to say what you found and what you did. If you need to prepare a report of more than a couple of sentences, then you probably want to get out the laptop to do it. If you are back at base scheduling the work, and entering notes about what needs to be done, then you will do that on a desktop machine, not a tablet.

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Apple sends in the bulldozers as Fruit Loop construction begins

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Re: Will Apple still be around to see it's completion?

Probably. While they are losing market share, I don't think they are losing market volume.

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UK.gov to warn tweeting twits, celebs 'n' pals on court case comments

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Re: Multiple nationality causes confusion!

If you find yourself in an English court, the magistrate or judge will look at whether or not you broke English laws. They don't care about the laws in any other country, and that includes Scotland or Northern Ireland.

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Re: Lets test this "law" thing @Martin

Using a VPN doesn't make you immune to prosecution full stop. If anything it would be an aggravating factor.

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