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1924 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Tick-tock, Apple: Obama has just days to stop US iPhone iPad sales ban

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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.

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Geneticists resolve human dilemma of Adam's boy-toy status

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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.

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They teach it in Religious Studies, and they teach a variety of different religions.

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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.

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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

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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.

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Re: "dish liquid"?.....

Washing up liquid. Fairy liquid (other brands exist)

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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.

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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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.

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Re: 37%

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.

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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.

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SMBs are tumbling into the cloud? Oh get real

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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.

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Russian Zuckerberg to Snowden: 'Come work for книга лиц  VKontakte'

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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.

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The O2 4G Lottery: Are YOU in one of the three LUCKY cities?

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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.

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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.

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Bank of Thailand bans Bitcoin

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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.

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Crumbs, we're going to lose that public sector bid - Jeeves, send for the lawyers

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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.

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Banknote campaigner's Twitter rape threats ordeal: Bloke, 21, cuffed

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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.

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Microsoft introduces warning on child abuse image searches

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Re: What next?

Indeed it is

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jul/29/co-op-lads-mags-ban-sale-censored

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The FLOATING mobile phone shop on the edge of the Internet

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Yes, the London Underground, or at least the bits of it that are actually underground.

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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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"

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New in Android 4.3: At last we get a grip on privacy-invading crApps

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Re: Huh

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.

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Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble

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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.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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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.

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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.

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Seagate dock hands: Tea, lads? Fewer hard disks than last year, eh...

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Re: not moore's law but...

No. It is impossible for a hard drive to have too much capacity.

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Raid millions of bank accounts. New easy-to-use tool. Yours for $5,000

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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.

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Royston cops' ANPR 'ring of steel' BREAKS LAW, snarls watchdog

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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.

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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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.

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O2 blocks things like some clothes shops and tattooists as being "adult content"

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You, Google. Get back here and bend over again - EU antitrust chief

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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.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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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.

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Femtocell flaw leaves Verizon subscribers' Wi-Fi and mobile wide open

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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.

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Screw it, says NSA leaker Snowden: I'm applying for asylum in Russia

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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.

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

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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?

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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

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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.

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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.

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Universal Credit: ONLY 6 job centres to get new dole system in October

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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.

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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.

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Ciseco Pi-Lite: Make a Raspberry Pi trip light fantastic with 126 LEDs

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Re: Pi

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.

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UK Post Office admits false accusations after computer system cockup

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Re: Keeping the beaurocracy alive... @AC 8:13

It is 50p for a second class stamp now.

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Re: Please help a Canuck out here...

A shed describes the type of building rather than what it is used for. An independent building out in the back garden is either a greenhouse, if it is made mostly of glass, or a shed if it is mostly made of wood or possibly metal or plastic with maybe a few windows. It can be used for storage, a work space or a man's hideaway. It doesn't matter. It is still a shed.

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Nominet resurrects second-level namespace plan: 'Before you say no...'

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Re: .UK short shelf life?

Scottish devolution happened many years ago. If Scottish independence happens, then Scotland will get a two letter country code, which probably won't begin with an "s" because they are pretty much all taken. Only .sf, .sp, .sq and .sw are available. The Scottish Gaelic name for Scotland is Alba, so maybe it could be .ab or .aa. It won't be .al because that is the code for Albania.

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Re: Why should I want a TLD to be "competitive"?

I own [myname].co.uk and [myname].org.uk. So I get first refusal on [myname].uk. Great. But why do I need it except to stop someone else getting it?

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Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

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Re: Neon power

There is a solar power station in Spain that works at night. It uses the sun's rays to heat molten salt, and the heat from that is used to power a traditional thermal generator. So if they use one of those, it can be genuinely 100% solar. However, I suspect the capacity of the solar installation is higher than what they need for the data centre, and the surplus is sold off to the grid during the day and bought back at night.

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

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Re: The Generation Game

At least with Dragon's Den, some of them have gone on to be sucessful. Levi Roots is by far the most successful, but others have benefited as well.

Has anyone on The Apprentice been successful as a result of appearing on the show? It doesn't have to be one of the winners, the most successful Britain's Got Talent contestant was Susan Boyle, who came second, and the most successful X-Factor contestants are JLS who finished second, One Direction who finished 3rd, and the comedy duo Jedward who were knocked out fairly early on in the series.

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

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Re: New name for SkyDrive

I'd go for Live Drive.

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Re: Infringing how?

Sky are the third largest ISP in the UK. The largest, BT, offers a cloud storage service similar to Skydrive.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Re: Search as primary means of navigation?

You can do that in Windows 7 as well. Press the Window key, type in the first few letters of the prog, use the arrow keys if quicker than typing a few more letters, then press enter.

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US cops make 'first ever' Bitcoin seizure following house raid

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Re: Legality and fractional amounts

They seize illegal drugs all the time without any problems, so why can't they seize bitcoins where it isn't so clear whether or not they are illegal. Obviously they are proceeds of crime, so illegal for that reason in the same way that dollar bills would be in the same context.

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Re: This is "Amerika" not Amsterdam!

American doctors tend to prescribe Vicodin instead which is basically the same thing.

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