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They are investigating this. Apple and a few of the publishers had their offices raided as part of the investigation.
No, and they can't claim back VAT on any purchases they make.
They can play the trick of placing the server you download from in Luxembourg, where the VAT rate is 15%.
VAT on licence fees is 20%. VAT is 20% on everything that isn't listed as being chargeable at a lower rate. E-books with only pictures are not listed as being in the 5%, 0%, exempt or outside the scope categories for VAT, therefore it is chargeable at 20%.
Mobile operators are required by law to filter access to "adult" websites unless the account holder proves they are over 18 years old and request the filtering to be removed. Vodafone & 3 presumably use Bluecoat to help them comply with this law.
 If O2 is anything to go by, adult sites seem to include websites in the personal beauty sector and clothes retailers which I really can't understand why children shouldn't be allowed to see them.
You can make your own ROM based on Android, and you have to do this as a ROM made for a Samsung Galaxy S will not work on an HTC phone or even another Samsung model. It is specific to a particular hardware model.
Everyone else forgot or ignored the Itanic as well.
I have a phone with a data plan, and I can use it as a personal wifi hotspot that lets my laptop, iPod touch and iPad connect when I am away from home. I also have a couple of battery powered chargers that deal with the large amount of power the wifi hotspot sucks out of the phone.
The only reason I went for the 3G kindle is because it doesn't have any ongoing costs to use the 3G network.
Seems about right
My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S, and I got an iPad in the Black Friday sale.
The simple reason is that I'm not going to pay more money for an Android slab, ie the unreduced iPad price.
Well yes, they do have a satnav app for Windows Mobile (the old version) and iPhone, though nothing for the new Windows Phone or Android. I got Tom Tom for my Windows Mobile many years ago. Now that I've switched to Android, I mostly use the free Google Navigation app, though I do have Co-Pilot which I use some times. The advantages of Co-Pilot are the revenue camera database, and the fact that it works off-line so works if I start my journey in an area with no signal, or if I don't want to incur data roaming charges.
The rules are different for products delivered electronically vs products delivered by courier.
If you buy a fondleslab from apple.com and you pay 20% UK VAT. If you then go to the iTunes store to buy some things to put on it, you pay 15% Luxembourg VAT.
I didn't find out
I bought a pay as you go Samsung Galaxy S from O2, which I unlocked and installed the stock ROM to replace the O2 ROM. Am I likely to have this spyware rootkit or not? Did I have it before reflashing my phone? Where might I look for signs of it?
There is an app for that (tm)
Price is a problem
As with all Android fondleslabs, price looks like a problem.
This thing costs £399 for a 16GB model. For the exact same money, you can get a 16GB iPad. I got mine in the Black Friday sale, so it was a bit cheaper than that. Is this slab any better than the iPad, and sufficiently better that I would want to go for a platform with less apps and third party accessories available? It doesn't look like it.
If I didn't know much about nmap, then on seeing it attempt to install a dodgy toolbar program, I would immediately cancel the whole installation and look for an alternative source of security software elsewhere. I just don't trust software that comes with things like that, however optional they might be.
People who don't understand the meaning of words
The technical definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative growth. We had lots of quarters of negative growth a few years back, totalling something like -8%. Since then we have had positive growth of somewhere in the region of 0.1% to 0.2% per quarter. That means that the economy is basically the same now as it was back in 2009 and things are no longer getting worse. According to the technical definition, we are out of recession. Being "out of recession" does mean we are back where we were before the recession started. If there is a double dip recession, that means things will get even worse than they are at the moment.
"you can plug the display into a Mini DisplayPort on a pre-Thunderbolt Mac"
later in the review, "Just keep in mind that a Thunderbolt Display needs a Thunderbolt Mac"
Which is it? Will it work with my mid-2010 MacBook Pro which has displayport, but not thunderbolt?
Or maybe not
I'm sure you can use Office 365 on your slab at the moment, or if you can't, it won't take a lot of work to get it working. Certainly, I can get onto my office web apps for sharepoint without any problems other than finding a network signal of some sort.
However, the iPad version of office won't do everything the desktop version can, for the simple reason that the iPad is not a desktop replacement. It will do the sorts of things you can do on Office for Windows Mobile & Windows Phone, except with the benefit of a larger screen you will be able to actually do stuff most of the time rather than continually scrolling everywhere and revealing and hiding toolbars.
When I'm on the road, which I am at the moment, I browse on my fonldleslab via a VPN connection so that O2 doesn't compress images so much that they a barely recognisable. I don't notice any drop in speed, it seems fast enough without compression.
This is tethering over wifi from my Android phone, I don't know if they compress on the iPad data tariff so much.
A quick look at the weather in Boston (I assume you mean Mass, not Lincs) suggests that 60°F is a possibility in the next few days. That's a little warmer than in the original Boston, but still not particularly warm. This seems to be quite a common problem over the other side of the pond.
I can assure you that there is absolutely no risk of getting sunburn on Dalety Bay. Hypothermia is a very great risk though.
More local information
There is a new article in the local rag, the Reading Post about this.
They agreed with Groupon to restrict the offer to only 1000 vouchers, but Groupon went on and sold 9000 vouchers. I guess this answers the comments about the cake shop being stupid by accepting the offer.
and you don't even have to look very far from Reading for another recent example.
2 miles away to be exact http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2103359_table_for_1236_please
This one was a pub restaurant where it was physically impossible to meet demand because they simply didn't have enough tables.
The "most common" spams are probably the ones that are most likely to be caught by spam filters, and given that it is a spam filtering outfit that prepared the stats, it is probably the ones most often caught by them. If you actually use them to filter your spam, it is probably the spam you are least likely to receive.
There were teachers like that when you were at school. Its just that through teenage eyes she looks like an old woman. TBH, through my 34 year old eyes she's nothing special.
Terminatyion fee explained
If you are an O2 customer, and you call someone on a Vodafone line, O2 has to pay Vodafone some money to connect the call. This payment is called a termination fee.
I guess it is a cultural thing, I think that having a funeral less than about 2 weeks after the death shows indecent haste and a desire to get rid of the dead person as soon as possible.
Unlimited should be unlimited
If ISPs want to limit data to a "fair use cap" of say 200MB, it should be advertised as 200MB per month.
They took it off the previous shareholders for nothing; then Northern Rock issued £1.4bn of new shares which were purchased by the government, and that money went into Northern Rock to pay off debts.
An Engineer can sign a passport application
Who you can ask to be your countersignatory
These are examples of the type of person that would be suitable:
- engineer (with professional qualifications)
Ask the question a different way
If you had $102,000 to spare, would you
a) Pay off a bit of the mortgage
b) Take a trip to space
c) Do something else with the money
How many people would select option b). If you did fancing blowing the lot on something, I reckon a $102k holiday on this planet would be much more fun.
Maybe more obvious than you think
Isambard Brunel would have probably got the prize for the Great Western Railway if it had been around in his day. That was an engineering project which was pretty groundbreaking at the time. I guess it will become more obvious once a few prizes are given out, and that is a good thing because it will demonstrate what good engineering can do.
Maybe maybe not
Clinics can only measure the infection rates of people who visit them. They could have more patients visiting due to a greater awareness of the symptoms rather than an outright increase in infections.
"Even after 150 charges, which would be one year or more of operation"
It would be 150 days of operation on most people's normal charging cycle (the phone goes on charger overnight), but maybe the 10x capacity will help if it isn't used to make phones smaller and lighter.
Western Digital is the jobs and livelihood of 37,000 families in Thailand + all the people they buy things from, so if those people want to have food on the table, I guess getting WD's factories up and running again is quite important. Obviously pulling people out of the floodwaters is more important, but I think we are mostly past that stage now.
They are called the electorate.