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You could say the same about most companies. They don't sell software, or at least they don't sell much software. They sell adverts. People mostly go to Google to search for things, so they sell adverts related to what people are searching for. Yes, they do other things like email as well, but it is mostly classified adverts.
Re: Tu go or not Tu go
It does pick up my existing contacts on both my Android phone and iPad.
You can ask for a PAC code to port your O2 number to Three in the usual way. If you do that, it will stop working in TuGo, but maybe Three has a similar service that you can use with it.
Re: Having our cake and eating it too
Yes, PC World, or at any rate Currys which is owned by the same company as PC World is the UK equivalent of Best Buy. Best Buy own Carphone Warehouse in the UK which also sells Apple products (iPhones, iPads and some laptops and accessories), so you can use them as an example as well.
The cruical point here is that there are two different Apple companies involved. A wholesaler based in Ireland, and a retailer based in the UK.
Apple want to set the wholesale price between the Irish and UK companies as high as possible, so that more profit is made in Ireland where the tax rate is lower. When selling to PC World or Carphone Warehouse, they obviously want to make it as high as possible so that they make the profit rather than another company, but if they set it too high, then they will sell kit from other manufacturers instead, so the negotiations will lead to a fair market price. That is the market price that HMRC will expect Apple Ireland to use when selling stuff to their own Apple UK retailer.
The UK retailer is responsible for paying for the shelf space and PFYs in just the same way that PC World and Carphone Warehouse are responsible for paying for their shelf space and PFYs. Apple has "Geniuses", Carphone Warehouse has a "Geek Squad" and PC World has "Tech Guys". Yes, I agree that the Apple employees do know more about their products than PC World or Carphone Warehouse employees.
If Apple decides to spend more money on better trained staff and fancier shelves in a nicer location than PC World, then that's up to them, I don't see why that would justify a discount from the wholesaler. What does justify more money from Apple is that you can take your PC World bought MacBook to the Genius Bar at an Apple Store, and they will fix it under the terms of Apple's manufacturer's warranty. PC World only fix their own stuff under the terms of their Coverplan warranty, which they charge extra for, and I don't recommend anyone takes it out.
Re: Having our cake and eating it too
The thing is, how much do they sell it to PC World for? They aren't going to sell it for a £1 margin. The shelf space, and the cost of employing a PFY to sell copies of Norton Antivirus along with it cost a lot more than that. Once you have that, you have a fair wholesale price for the laptops entering the UK market, and HMRC would expect Apple UK to pay the same price.
That didn't keep Bernie Madof or Allen Stanford out of jail.
Re: In this case the distinction would not have mattered
People decide, by voting for candidates with those policies , to give money to the government in the form of taxation, so that it can afford to do the things they want the government to do for them. They decide that a fair way to split up the bill is based on ability to pay, so they introduce an income tax.
If you do some work in return for a bag of carrots, that is the same as if you did work for money, and then went out to the shops and bought a bag of carrots with that money, so it would seem fair to tax it in the same way.
 If someone stood for election promising to abolish the NHS, benefits, road maintenance, and all the other things the government spends money on, how many votes would they get?
You have to pay the Blackberry Tax in addition to the Microsoft Tax, so it is always going to be cheaper to only pay the Microsoft Tax.
Re: Why go to all this trouble...
Wallmart's UK division, Asda, certainly doesn't sell firearms or ammunition. In coutries like this where getting hold of firearms is a lot more difficult, people may well be interested in something like this.
I use it so I can watch TV on http://pluzz.francetv.fr/ and similar sites without it making racist comments about my IP address.
The problem is that Apple's cash isn't actually stashed away in Ireland, it is stashed away in Texas, but owned by an Irish company. Irish tax law says you pay tax if your activities take place in Ireland. Apple Operations International's activities take place in Texas, not Ireland, so it pays no Irish tax.
US tax law says you pay tax if you are an American company, no matter where you are based in the world. Apple Operations International is an Irish company, so it pays no US tax.
The Bible has Jesus's exact lineage back to Adam, and we have a reasonably good idea when he was born. Not 1AD. The bible says it was during the reign of King Herod, and King Herod died in 4BC.
They teach it in Religious Studies, and they teach a variety of different religions.
Of course they don't think the world is 10,000 years old, as God created it on 5th October 3761BC, about 5773 years ago.
Re: Burden of Proof
If he paid by card, they could trace him entirely from cctv records, because they would know which card was used in that till. I'm guessing he thought about that.
Re: "dish liquid"?.....
Washing up liquid. Fairy liquid (other brands exist)
Re: Burden of Proof
He had the Lego things, very probably they were stolen, but were they stolen from Target? He could have, and probably did steal from other stores as well.
Re: More likely its the survey is trying to provide too many decimal places
I still sometimes deploy virtual machines with XP, because it works fine for what I want it to do, and the hardware requirements are lower than for Windows 7.
XP was the current Windows product up until 7th November 2006. At that time, Tiger was the current shipping OSX release. The last security update from Apple for Tiger was on 10th September 2009. The 9th November update was Leopard/Snow Leopard only. I think 7-8 years support from Microsoft is pretty reasonable.
Re: Techies hitting the beach perhaps...
Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7 on the same hardware. It is the UI that is the problem, not the underlying operating system.
What do you mean by "cloud"
Most SMB's use "cloud" services for their email, and were doing so long before hosted solutions became known as cloud solutions. Back in the days of dial-up, it was the only way you could do email.
Re: Would he be able to accept such a position, if it were offered and he were willing?
Yes they do, or at any rate they gave him a work permit along with the asylum document.
Re: 98% of nothing
I went into an O2 shop a while back to buy a PAYG 3G modem. They wanted to run a postcode check on my home to see if the modem would work there.
Hello, my home is the one place I won't be using your 3G modem, because I have your ADSL service here. Yes it would be nice to be able to set it up on my laptop at home, so I know it is working when I go out on the road with it, but if I have to go somewhere else to do it, it isn't the end of the world.
As it happens, I get roughly the same speeds on 3G at home as I do on ADSL. I can see the O2 mast from my window, and it is attached to the same street cabinet that my ADSL connection is wired up to.
Re: What about improving existing services?
The main reason reception is flaky in central London is that that they have more demand than their existing bandwidth allocation can cope with. 4G will actually help here if enough people sign up for it.
Re: Drug dealers ?
Most drug deals are done using traditional paper/metal money. I don't think anyone is disputing that.
However, if you look at things you can actually buy with bitcoin, drugs from Silk Road form a reasonably large proportion of the market. The biggest proportion of the market is traditional currency, and you can also get things like web-hosting, and pizza / coffee / beer from a few places, but you can't ignore the existence of Silk Road.
Re: Another cost of outsourcing
That would be fine except that people normally set up a new company for the specific bid they are going for.
Re: Get rid of images of people
"Today it's women, tomorrow it'll be a black person or a homosexual or a XYZ."
Well I certainly would have no objection to Alan Turing appearing on a bank note. I can't think of a Black British person of a similar standing to him right now, but I think that is a good reason why you should put such a black person on a banknote so that they can become better known.
Personally I would have chosen Ada Lovelace rather than Jane Austen. I've nothing against Jane Austen, but I don't think she changed the world in quite the same way that Ada Lovelace did. A world without Jane Austen would be much the same as the one we are in now, as there are other authors of similar standing, however, a world where computers were just calculators would be a very different place. Also people think of programming as being a man's job, but they don't realise it was invented by a woman.
Re: What next?
Indeed it is
Yes, the London Underground, or at least the bits of it that are actually underground.
There would be some way to pipe the output to the printer rather than the screen. Probably you would have whatever command required to run the prog followed by ">" then something like "lpt1" or "prn"
At the moment, when you install an app, it will list the permissions the app requires and ask if you are happy to give it to them. So, for example if a unit converter app asks for permissions to access your location and address book, and to make phone calls, you might conclude that it doesn't need those things to convert centimeters to inches and decide not to install the app.
Alternatively, you might conclude for example that it needs internet access to convert dollars to euros, but it doesn't need the other permissions it is asking for. At the moment, you can't approve internet access and block the other permissions, it is either all or nothing.
Re: 'Whiff of octogenarian media lord sends 1 in 5 running'
When people signed up for O2 or BE, Sky was one of the alternative options they could have considered. For whatever reason, they chose not to sign up with Sky. It probably wasn't due to price, because Sky is generally cheaper, so it would either be because they hate Rupert Murdoch, or O2/BE offered something that they felt was worth paying extra for.
The fact that many people did chose Sky does not tell you that O2 customers don't care about Sky, because existing Sky customers had different priorities when chosing to take that route. One Sky customer I know chose Sky broadband because he already uses them for their TV product, doesn't use the internet that much, but needs a cheap basic service that will do the job with the minimum of fuss. He's very happy with Sky, but it is a very different target market from people like me who chose O2 because they offer things like static IP addresses, and the best performance and customer services available without spending stupidly large amounts of money.
I tell people who are thinking of buying a smart TV to buy a good quality screen with lots of HDMI ports, and get separate boxes for "smart" features. It is the same as buying desktop computers where the computer becomes obsolete and gets replaced a lot quicker than the monitor.
Re: $35 + Cost of a tablet remote
I have a retired 3rd Generation iPod touch and a retired Samsung Galaxy S that have been replaced with more recent models. I guess they could be brought out of retirement for use as a TV remote.
Re: not moore's law but...
No. It is impossible for a hard drive to have too much capacity.
Re: using RDP
Pretty much every router I've seen blocks port 3389, along with every other port, unless you specifically open it, so no, I don't think that will work.
Re: Its not just in Royston
Most of them are for monitoring traffic flow to help them keep traffic moving as far as is possible.
Re: what have you done to actually stop the kids being pimped out in the first place?
I don't think anyone is suggesting that eliminating child porn will completely stop child abuse. However, one thing is for certain, it isn't going to lead to an increase in child abuse, and it might reduce it a bit. So for that reason it is worth doing.
O2 blocks things like some clothes shops and tattooists as being "adult content"
Re: The Googletards are awake, I see
It can be summed up much more simply as this:
If I go to Google and ask it something, I want it to take me to the answer, not to another search engine that may or may not have the answer.
Re: Market Value
No, you can't sell or trade indulgencies.
The idea of an indulgence is that if you commit a sin, you can reduce the divine punishment you receive for it by performing a good deed to offset the bad things you did.
For example, if you attacked and injured someone, then you could spend some time volunteering at your local hospital's a&e [en:us - emergency room]. If you vandalised public property, then spend time cleaning up the mess made by other vandals. If you were a drugs dealer, then spend some time helping addicts come off drugs.
Merely buying a bit of paper is not a good deed that can make up for the bad things you have done.
Does the update actually help?
It appears that for the attack to work, you need to have physical control of the femtocell, or at least access to the LAN it is connected to; and it has to be within range of the phone you want to monitor.
If you are required to update the firmware to stop the attack, then people who want to perform the attack will choose not to apply the update. Other people who have a femtocell at home and don't plan to perform the attack won't bother, because the fact that others don't have physical access to the femtocell or router means they don't have to worry about attacks, and if attackers do manage to find another way into their LAN, they have more pressing problems to deal with.
Re: Travel plans
If you go that way, you have Japan and South Korea in the way. I'd probably want to join the Pacific a bit further north, but obviously making sure to keep well away from Alaska.
Re: @James Hughes 1
And if your definition of agriculture is doing the weekly RTI submissions to HMRC for the wages you pay to your staff?
Linux is already easier to install / configure than Windows Server. Problem is that the alternatives to Exchange Server tend to be either more expensive or not that good, and a lot of desktop software requires SQL Server, and while there is no particular reason why it couldn't work on MySQL or something else, it doesn't.
If for example you run Wimbledon's website, which has extremely high traffic during the two weeks of the Championships, moderately high traffic in the couple of weeks before it when people are planning their trips, very high traffic when tickets are released for sale, and practically no traffic the rest of the time, then having a cloud service to cope with the demand peaks makes sense rather than buying in the capacity. IBM can then rent out that capacity to Rolland Garros, US Open and so on during the rest of the year.
Re: Testing the process?
Well the system isn't just the stuff inside the computer. One of the problems is the high number of errors made by claimants in data input on the website, so maybe the questions aren't clear enough. Then you have to look at how staff interface with the system and how it fits into their workflow.
Re: Rolled out by 2017 you say. Correct me if I'm wrong but won't there be an election between?
The problem with the existing system is that it doesn't interface very well with HMRC, so when someone starts earning a bit more or less money from part time work, they can't adjust the benefits to suit. The claimant can and presumably will tell DWP about a change in circumstances, but the DWP system works on the assumption that the claimant gets regular weekly income that doesn't change very often, when in reality, they get a few days here and there whenever the recruitment agency phones to say they have work available.
I've never used one, but does it not come up with a Bash prompt after you log in?
In any case, writing your programs in a text editor or IDE is much more user friendly than typing everything in at the command line like you did back in the BBC BASIC days.
Re: Keeping the beaurocracy alive... @AC 8:13
It is 50p for a second class stamp now.
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