* Posts by jonathanb

1996 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

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Re: Holy undergarments

YouTube accounts for something like 98% of all video on demand, and video on demand accounts for quite a bit of total internet traffic, so 40% isn't that surprising.

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

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They are a boy-band who upset their fan base of teenage girls when wishing Laura Robson good luck at Wimbledon.

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Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

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Re: Right...

Well of course. When websites ask for my address, I give them the address of the local rubbish dump, so they can send the junk mail directly to them rather than have me redirect it via the recycle bin outside. That's when I don't pick Afghanistan as it is the first country on the list. In any case, by the time the password arrived in the post, people will have forgotten why they wanted to visit the site.

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Re: Right...

Sign up and they send a password through the post? That would verify the address.

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

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Re: Lawyerbomb?

This is not an EUCD takedown notice. That would be issued to the hosting provider of the infringing content. They, however, are probably not based in the EU, and therefore won't respond to EUCD notices, or in the US where they would respond to DMCA notices, the US equivalent.

This is an order to ISPs to block access to websites using the same technology that is used to block access to child porn.

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Re: Lawyerbomb?

O2 shows a message when you visit the site which says

"The page you're looking for has been blocked.

We're complying with a court order that means access to this website has

to be blocked to protect against copyright infringement."

Other ISPs show a very similar message.

They would have a case for taking libel action against the ISP for claiming that the site was involved in copyright infringement when they are not.

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Japan's largest mobe operator to snub Samsung this winter

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Re: Keep in mind.

Aren't they broadly the same size as Koreans?

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WoW gold farmer throws sueball over real world gold theft

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Usually you need to pay extra to cover things like cash and jewelery. Gold bars would come under that section.

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New York State to investigate 'Wild West' Bitcoin industry

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But remember that the same unit of currency, whether a Dollar bill or a Bitcoin, can change hands several times in a year, so you are not measuring the same thing.

Certainly, money passes through my account on a monthly cycle, most businesses are the same so I could potentially see the same money back in my account two months after I spend it.

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PEAK Apple: Cupertino's hopes died with Steve Jobs, says Larry Ellison

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Re: Maybe not

I think what Jobs had was vision. He had the vision to see that a tablet computer should be different to a desktop / laptop computer. It should have big icons arranged in a grid, only show one program on screen at a time and so on. Of course he relied on other people to turn that into reality, but while the iPad / Android style UI may seem obvious now, nobody else saw it before he did.

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PayPal's fizzog-based payments app rubbished over reliability worries

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Re: The purchaser has to know the PayPal account ID and password first

I'd say two factor, because presumably if you know the password, you can install the app and set up the account on any handset you like. I don't know if they use SMS or an automated phone call to tie it to a particular phone number. That would make it 3 factor.

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Web ad giant (Google) pops Adwords into Maps for iOS and Android

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Re: I remember when

I remember that too. Driving around with MS AutoRoute print-outs on your lap wasn't much fun.

I've just looked, apparently they still sell it. I would have thought it had long since been replaced with Bing Maps.

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Re: Yes.

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.

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Tu Me to go: Tu Go to be Telefonica's 'NEXT BIG AMAZEBALLS' for voice

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Re: Tu go or not Tu go

It does pick up my existing contacts on both my Android phone and iPad.

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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.

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Tax dodging? It's harder to do - and rarer - than you think

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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.

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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.

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US federal judge: Yes, Bitcoin IS MONEY

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Re: Fool

That didn't keep Bernie Madof or Allen Stanford out of jail.

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Re: In this case the distinction would not have mattered

People decide, by voting for candidates with those policies [1], 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.

[1] 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?

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BlackBerry slides crown jewels into Samsung: BBM Android app touted

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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.

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

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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.

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Tor servers vanish as FBI swoops on kiddie-smut suspect

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Re: Yep

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.

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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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