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1968 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

IT'S ALIVE: Groupon stock up, spreadsheets still soaked in red

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Re: How do they manage to make a loss?

The eyebrow pluckers need to be paid at least minimum wage, and the rent and council tax needs to be paid on their premises. That sets a minimum price at which eyebrow plucking becomes viable as a business proposition. If Groupon vouchers cost the same or only slightly less than it costs to walk into a rival eyebrow plucking establishment, then people will just walk in and pay cash rather than go through the hassle of buying Groupon vouchers.

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Groupon's retail chief heads for the door... after just 1 year

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Re: Spam

But their products are all y2k compliant, which is good to know

http://www.groupon.com/pages/goods-faq

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Queen's Speech: 'Problem of matching IP addresses' to be probed

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Re: The police are as bad

Would the ISP know the MAC addresses of devices connected to the LAN? You are not going to connect an xbox directly to the internet, you connect it via a router of some description. Phones might get connected directly to the internet, but they have an IMEI number that could be used to identify the owner.

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Vodafone slurps MEELLLIONS for redirecting police hotline calls

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Re: 0845

0845 used to be local call rate, about 30 years ago when it was first introduced (as 0345 in 1985). There is no such thing as local call rate now, you pay the same between any two parts of the UK. Call rates in general have gone down a lot over the last 30 years, 0845 rates have not and they are now a lowish cost premium rate number (officially "special services, basic rate"). When dial-up Internet first became popular in about 1998, the money ISPs got from modems calling their 0845 numbers was sufficient to fund the service.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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In Windows 7, you click the start menu, right click on Computer and click Show on Desktop. That won't work on Windows 8 because there isn't a start menu, and I don't think the start screen has a computer option on it.

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Re: So... we will have Windows 8.1?

6.2.1 or possibly even still 6.2. Under the hood it is still going to be the same operating system, just with some UI tweaks.

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Being able to type what you want makes it as user friendly as MS DOS, where you could type "lotus" or "wp" at the C:> prompt.

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Re: Sigh

The point is that people are using something else - Windows 7, which doesn't cost them anything because they already have it. That means that Microsoft aren't making much money from selling Windows 8.

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And Apple weren't the first. Michael Robertson's Linspire was the first to have an app store in the form we are used to seeing today. That was an evolution from apt-get and other similar package management systems on linux and bsd family operating systems. It wasn't even the first app store for OSX, as App Bodega was available before the Apple App Store, also there are a few bsd ports based package management systems available.

I think the main key difference between Apple's app store for OSX and the Windows Marketplace is that you can get actual proper desktop applications in the Apple, whereas on the Windows Marketplace, you can only get full screen apps that seem to be mostly website bookmarks.

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Watchdog: Y'know what Bitcoin really needs? A REGULATOR!

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Re: Virtual vs fiat

You can pay tax in fiat currency, and fiat currency is legal tender meaning that you must accept it in settlement of a debt.

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It does to the extent that Americans trade using it, just like they would cover Americans trading in Euros or Zimbabwe Dollars.

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How did something so small and pink cause so much trouble?

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Re: Decisive action and commitment

ID cards would only ever be good for travelling around the EU. If you want to go further afield, you are always going to need a passport.

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Monitor-makers ponder Android-powered touch screens

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Re: Linux EveryWear?

Linux on TVs is the present, not the future, but they generally run Busybox rather than Android. Maybe Android has some advantages, I don't know, but I prefer to have a screen with lots of HDMI ports and possibly with built in speakers, and plug things into it.

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Suspected Chinese NASA spy smuggled smut not state secrets

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Re: Steganography

You could compare it to thepiratebay copy of the film in question. If he was using thepiratebay to distribute the secret, then he wouldn't need to physically carry it home, but I guess he is physically carrying pirate bay material because the Chinese government are better at blocking it than the American government.

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FONDLESLAB market DEATH STRUGGLE: Latest rankings in

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Re: Diversity

I believe my Galaxy Note II is booked as a tablet sale rather than a phone sale even though I use it as a giant phone rather than a tiny tablet. That may explain it.

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Apple designer Sir Jony Ive holding up iOS 7 development: Report

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Re: It's really not that urgent (I don't think)

I agree. If you compare the Mail apps for iOS and Android, I'd say they are about the same; and both do their job just fine. I've never had a problem with the Calendar App on iOS, I'd say it is slightly better than the Samsung one on my Android but it is a close call. I don't have the stock Android Calendar App so can't comment on that.

But the book case, actually there's three of them, for iBooks, iTunesU and Newspapers; they need to go. The Podcasts app needs to go. The Maps app is probably OK from a UI perspective, it is the underlying data that is the problem there, and that isn't Ive's department.

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Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

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Re: Worldwide taxes anyone

Apple China makes stuff and sells it in China and to other Apple Group companies around the world. It isn't a US citizen as it is based in China. The American Apple might be.

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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If you turned up in Monaco to do your shopping, €1 will get you a bus ticket to Nice where everything is much cheaper.

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Can't find your motor? Apple patents solve car park conundrums

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Re: A pen anyone

Then you can record it on the Notes App on your iDevice. I usually do that as I don't have a pen with me.

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New Google Play terms ban non-store app updates

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Re: Simpsons Tapped Out comes to mind....

Satnav apps generally download maps separately from the app. I guess it is OK if it is data it is downloading rather than executable code.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Re: Beats are trash ....

I always test out the bass of any speaker or headphones with this track - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUsrMm7BaU4

If you listen to it on Beats headphones, as I have done in PC World, the bass is just completely missing. I guess the main difference between my test track and a lot of tracks is that the bass is a 32ft bombarde playing a tune rather than a percussion instrument.

The Beats headphones weren't the worst, but they weren't particuarlly brilliant. I found no correlation whatsoever between price and sound quality in their headphone range.

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Verizon sniffing around Vodafone's US stake again

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Re: The way to avoid the tax is to spend the money in the US

The way to avoid tax is probably to *buy* a large chunk of the remaining 55% stake that Verizon owns, then sell it; so they can claim substantial shareholding relief.

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Ofcom to UK: Really - you're using the same password for everything?

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Re: Email account password probably "very important"

... it means that like everyone else, her entire online life is secured by a 4 digit PIN.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Re: Oh give it rest!

I prefer curvy ladies to stick insects, but not the ones in those photos. They are morbidly obese, not chubby.

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How to save UK's open data: Meet the 'Fair Value Licence'

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Re: Stop using postcodes

Co-ordinates would be fine for navigation, but post codes are for Royal Mail's benefit.

For example, if you wanted to send and old fashioned letter to Vulture Central, the first letters of the post code WC would tell them which distribution centre to deliver it to, the next bit 2H would tell them the local delivery office, and the final bit 7LT would tell them which postie's bag to put it in.

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Telecoms is definitely better now than when the post office owned it. Now it works most of the time, and it is much cheaper. Local calls used to cost 10p per minute in 1980s money (about 43p now), and long distance calls were considerably more expensive.

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Londoners in mass test of telly tech savvy as 4G filters mailed out

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What about flats

I have a communal ariel serving 12 flats in my block. Is there an amplifier between the ariel and the wall socket? I have no idea. Of course I don't have a TV licence and therefore don't use the ariel, so I will never know if the filter box is required, or whether or not it will work.

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Linux in 2013: 'Freakishly awesome' – and who needs a fork?

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Re: "Freakishly Something". Dunno About Awesome Though...

Access doesn't run that we'll on Wine, and that is the only bit of MS Office that LibreOffice isn't an effective replacement for. I can't really think of any reason why you would run MS Office on Wine rather than LibreOffice.

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Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

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Re: @Adair From what I've heard previously...

My understanding is that Microsoft make more money from royalties on iOS and Android than they do from Windows Phone.

Patents I'm aware of are Long filename support in vfat, iDevices might use it in the camera connection kit, but not otherwise. Androids that have SD card slots use it. The other one I know of is Activsync. iDevices, and a lot of Androids support it.

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Brussels clears Liberty Global's £15bn Virgin Media takeover

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Re: NIB's are filler. Analysis is killer.

As far as I can gather, Virgin Media operates only in the UK and Liberty operates in lots of EU countries, but not the UK. Therefore there is nobody who currently has a choice between Virgin and Liberty, and therefore no competition concerns.

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Facebook Home gets SMACKDOWN from irate users

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Re: I wonder...

Everyone with an android has a g+ account. Doesn't mean they use it as the Oompa Loompas intended.

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

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Re: Every so often a market develops around something improbable

Intrinsic value relates to the benefits you receive from owning it, not the effort involved in producing it.

If you own a house, you can live in it, or you can rent it out.

If you have Uranium, you can put it into a nuclear power station and get electricity, you can make a bomb out of it and scare people into doing what you want them to do or you can use it in medial equipment.

If you have Beanie Babies, you might enjoy looking at them or playing with them, or have a child who likes them.

Again with tulips, you might enjoy looking at them

You can use gold to make pretty looking things to wear, or for electrical contacts and so on.

That is the intrinsic value. Regardless of how much effort is involved in making a bitcoin, you can't do anything useful with an actual bitcoin, just trade it for something else. Therefore it has no intrinsic value.

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Google asks Blighty to slave over its Maps for FREE

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Re: UK already has an open map

No, Apple got their maps from TomTom, and seemingly a very ancient version of it.

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Remember Streetmap? It's suing Google in a UK court

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Re: Not sure when Google last prevented me from viewing Streetmap, though

If you type "streetmap" into Google, streetmap.co.uk comes up as the first search result. The second search result is a link to this article. I see they now have slippy tiles like Google, so it doesn't take forever to navigate round the map like it used to. However, they don't show bus stops, the times of the next buses from those bus stops, or any of the other useful things you get on a Google map, so I'm not going to return to them.

Google provides a better product, customers move to that new supplier. Seems like competition is working exactly as it should.

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Publishing ANYTHING on .uk? From now, Big Library gets copies

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Re: will they be archiving all the .uk pr0n sites?

They already have a huge porn collection. Yes, they will definitely archive them.

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Re: practicalities

But if, like The Times for example, they offer passwords to access the website in exchange for a monthly payment, then the work has been published, and the British Library can ask for a free account.

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It is being done so that future historians don't call this the second dark ages.

It may be hard to believe, but historians in 500 years time will be extremely interested in your tweets of what you had for breakfast and so on.

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Re: Beano

Because our copyright libraries benefit for free handouts of Irish books under their copyright law.

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Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO

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Anything before the HTC HD2 probably wasn't fast enough to have bounce animations.

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Microsoft gives away Windows 8 to Mac devs

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Re: @Eradicate

Most computer graphics is done on Macs, and they are the ones that will be checking to see if the website looks good on the screen.

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Model S 'leccycar selling better than expected, says Tesla

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Re: @ecofeco Umm, no! Leccy? No!!

Well Iceland is a possible candidate, it is about 100% geothermal at the moment.

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Re: Leccy? No!!

The early phase development of electric cars was before the internal combustion engine was invented and they were cometing with steam, which had a similar range to electric, but took a lot longer to warm up.

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Re: Devastating

I do believe Windows 8 has sold more than 4750 copies since launch though

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Re: Good on 'em

I think the main thing is that Halal / Kosher is more expensive than loading the animals onto a conveyor belt that feeds them into an automated killing / butchering machine.

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A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it

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Re: Whoooosh!

I have white buttons on the walls to control my lights, and will continue to use them until I find a more user friendly solution. An iPhone / Android app is not more user friendly, and lights with a mind of their own are likely to be annoying.

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LED bulbs are now about half-way there, and improving all the time. Give it another couple of years and I think we will have > 1000 lumen bulbs that are a reasonable size and don't require you to remortgage your house.

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Re: Certainly not acceptable

The kidney machine will have a battery backup. Maybe the light in the porch isn't that important. Mine is on a motion detector / timer switch and turns off after a couple of minutes. Lights in rooms where you are doing things are important though and the children could trip over things and cause themselves serious injuries if the lights were to go off without warning.

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Re: so you really

I have an off-peak circuit which is switched on between midnight and 7am every day. It has storage heaters and an off-peak water heater attached to it. Something like this could allow them to have more granular control over the off-peak devices in their area and avoid a surge in power demand at midnight.

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Watchdog warns UK.gov not to create 'them and us' digital divide

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Re: Suboptimal surveying techniques

You only need to file a VAT return if you are a business with a turnover of more than £77k per year. Your customers who actually pay the VAT only need to worry about finding the extra 20% on the selling price to buy your stuff.

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US bill prohibits state use of tech linked to Chinese government

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Re: USA, Land of the Slightly Free...

Who benefits from this? Their main competitor is Cisco, an American company, and I suppose Erricson from Sweden.

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