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1883 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

OMG! Aaaah! Apple TV! Yes! No ... Probably! Sometime!

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ISPs are quaking in their boots over the effects of iPlayer and YouTube. Apple TVs aren't popular enough for widespread streaming of movies from iCloud to be a major issue at the moment, however, if they do come up with an actual TV rather than a set top box, it could be an issue.

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Should Microsoft merge Office into Windows - or snap it off?

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Not really

Work / Excel / Powerpoint / Access etc work just fine for me. Leave them alone.

Outlook, yes maybe there is a case for Skype / Facebook / Twitter integration there.

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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Re: Wait...

Pretty much the same as what you have on your desktop / laptop computer.

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Re: What a load of crap.

And every computer manufacturer too. The 1 TB hard drive your computer is advertised as having, contains Windows 7 || 8, and various trial versions of Norton Anti-Virus, Office and so on.

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UK digital terrestrial TV turns 14 today

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Re: OnDigital Pace

As I understand it there are now too many channels for the original box to be able to cope with it. I don't have one to check if that is true or not though.

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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Re: Bring back the old ones...!

And a flying chair

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Re: Sort the troll icon

I agree. A troll should look something like this

http://www.shopatnorway.com/images/840170_LA_troll_norway.jpg

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4GEE data marketing campaign accidentally gets Irishmen salivating

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Re: Surely it is apt ?

Exactly, and the monthly data allowance isn't enough to download even one such movie in highly compressed standard definition.

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Re: I'm told that "The Future's Bright, the Future's Orange"

Because 2/3 of the population would consider it to be a political statement that they agreed with. The other 1/3 of the population would see it as a declaration of war.

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Google starts rolling out Android 4.2 to select devices

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Re: Walled Garden

It isn't, because I like Google Maps, not because I can't get it on there. You need to go for a 3 year old phone before you can't upgrade to the latest iOS.

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Post-defenestration Microsoft: It's the APIs, stupid. And Metro

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Re: Interesting.

Why would you want to adapt an OSX app to run on iOS? A phone and a desktop are two completely different devices that are used for completely different things, and therefore require completely different apps and user interfaces.

Even if, in many cases, you have two apps with the same name on desktop and phone platforms, people use them for different things. On the phone, they want something that can get basic information and take basic inputs while on the move, whereas you use the desktop for proper work on it.

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Mobo monster Vodafone takes £6bn kick down south

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Just to be clear

The £6bn write down on investments is not allowable for Corporation tax, so if there are no other adjustments to arrive at the taxable profit figure, they will pay tax on £5.5bn profit - not all of it in this country.

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Facebook's IPO was a disaster? RUBBISH, you FOOLS

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Re: @Bernard

That suggests to me that Facebook is still 1000% overpriced, not that there is explosive growth potential.

Pretty much everyone who is likely to sign up to Facebook already has signed up, so there is little potential for expansion of the userbase.

That leaves average revenue per user as the only area where growth can take place.

They are making around $1bn profit per year. That is a pretty decent amount of money by any measure. It is difficult to see how you could increase advertising revenue without alienating the userbase, which could cause them to leave Facebook for the next big thing. People don't go to Facebook when they want to buy something, but don't know where to buy it from. They go to Google for that. Therefore Facebook advertising is about brand awareness and keeping in touch with existing customers who want to know what you are up to. I generally use Twitter rather than Facebook for the latter. The future seems to be more downside than upside. People are increasingly using their phones rather than their computer to access Facebook, and on the phone there is less real estate for advertising, and it earns less money. At some point, another product will come along that replaces Facebook, much the same as Facebook replaced MySpace and FriendsReunited.

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Top IT bods bail out of new Universal Credit online dole system

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Everyone who has a job or is self employed will be on it even if they don't claim any benefits, because the dwp's system is being merged with HMRC's system.

This means that in theory they can pay you exactly the right amout of benefit based on your income unlike the current tax credits system which pays based on an estimate and tries to correct it later when the tax returns come in. It is a nice idea on paper. Whether it works like that in practice remains to be seen.

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Apple removes apology-hiding JavaScript from UK website

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According to Apple, you bought an Android phone because you thought it was an iDevice. They look so similar that you can't tell the difference.

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Flooded inboxes derail New Jersey vote-by-email scheme

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What's the point of voting on Friday when the winner has already been announced?

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RISC OS comes to Raspberry Pi

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Alternatively just download http://www.mkw.me.uk/beebem/

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Firm-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's tax dodge profit shift? Totally legit

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Re: Do you remember the good old days...

Because a lot of the tax havens are already British colonies, eg Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Jersey, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, British Virgin Islands.

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Re: Nope

When you make a particular example of tax avoidance illegal, it becomes tax evasion.

Many people here, me included, put savings money in an ISA to avoid tax on bank interest. That is tax avoidance, and it is perfectly legal.

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Re: Ban international companies.

That is exactly what happens now. And even if it doesn't, profits from the UK division are taxed here.

If I set up a coffee shop next door to Starbucks and started selling brown coffee flavoured drink at £3.50 per cup, nobody would buy it from me, even though it was the same price as the £3.50 cup of coffee flavoured drink next door. The reason for that is that I don't have the Starbucks name above my door. At £3.00, £2.50 etc, people would probably still pay extra to have the Starbucks branded variety rather than mine. Maybe at about 50p, people would start buying from me.

If this Starbucks trade mark allows the UK company to charge £3.00 more than me per cup of coffee flavoured drink, then clearly it something worth paying the owner of that trademark some royalties for. Maybe £2.90 per cup sold would be reasonable? That means that out of the £3.50 selling price, only 60p is available to buy the beans, pay the staff, etc, etc. They may be very special beans sourced by another company in the group that employs lots of staff to sniff out the best possible beans all over the world. You can surely justify paying a premium price for these beans.

What you describe is already what is done, and yes it really is that difficult.

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Additional hint, they are all in either Ireland or Luxembourg.

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Re: Sales are income to corps, so what about salary.

Companies can't just declare that all their profits are earned in for example Ireland. They have to employ staff in Ireland to earn that bit of profit. You could possibly move to another country, find a job there and pay tax in that country, and that is perfectly legal.

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Re: So cancel corporation tax

Shareholders are subject to inheritance tax on the value of the shares. If the company also paid inheritance tax, then you would have double taxation.

Individuals who trade on their own account pay tax on profits calculated in much the same way as companies. There are a couple of differences related to motoring expenses and expenses with a dual private/business use but other than that, it is pretty much exactly the same.

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Monitors to grow half an inch in 2013

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Re: I'd like a square monitor

I can see it without scrolling my Galaxy Note 2 if held in portrait orentation.

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Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

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Re: Couldn't Happen To A Nicer Company

Apple Maps may be a significant advance over Google Maps if you live in North Korea, but for the rest of us, it is a major step backwards.

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Files aren’t property, says US government

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They are official secrets, not property. You almost certainly won't see theft on the charge sheet, but there are plenty of other things they can nail you for.

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Re: If files are not property...

You are not sued for intellectual property violation. You are sued for copyright infringement. The term "intellectual property" does not exist in law, because copyright, patents etc are not property.

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Mobile operators have another go at killing IM and Skype

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Re: Once upon a time they might have been able to kill Skype

It's not so much that Microsoft owns it. People use Skype because everyone else uses Skype. Being the first customer of a new messaging network isn't much fun because there isn't anyone to talk to.

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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Re: Contempt yet?

You don't contact the judge, you contact Samsung's legal team.

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You know who else hates Windows 8? Hackers

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Re: Anti-virus

I generally go about 4-5 weeks between reboots, as patch tuesday usually requires a reboot to install the updates.

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British judge: Say you're sorry Apple... this time like you MEAN it

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Re: Europe =! UK

I agree with your line of thinking, but that's not what the court order says.

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Re: Good.

They are not modifying the original judgment. The original judgement told them to put what they put as paragraphs 1 and 5 of their 6 paragraph ramble. They added another 4 paragraphs that contradicted it, which is a clear violation of the judgement.

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New York tech firms form 'bucket brigade' to fuel flagging servers

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Re: Use the cloud

The idea is that you have a backup set of servers with exactly the same data etc on them somewhere else that wasn't affected by the hurricane. Maybe the West coast, or Australia or something like that. Then it doesn't matter that your New York servers are down due to lack of power.

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'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

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Re: Oh FFS - patent - ideas

I guess the idea is that you come up with some amazing new idea in your garden shed. You get the patent for it. Then you can go to investors to put it into production. You can do that without worrying about them stealing the idea because you have the patent.

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EC tells Euro rebels: Hike up your ebook tax to 15%, or else

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Import duties are specified by the EU. VAT is subject to EU rules. Other taxes are the responsibility of member states.

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Re: Or

Amazon are already registered for VAT in the UK, for the sale of dead tree books where the UK has one of the lowest VAT rates - 0%, so it would just be a case of putting ebook sales on that VAT return rather than the Luxembourg return.

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ICO fines council £120,000 for crypto email fail

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Re: Email Encryption would have helped (if your using one that can revoke a message)

How do you set up a system that allows you to access my Exchange Server and revoke an unopened message that is sitting in my Inbox, without my co-operation? And if I am not the intended recipient of your emails, you probably won't even think to ask me for it.

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Re: A tricky one really

I think the punishment should be written on a P45, or whatever the thing that replaces it from next April is.

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Yahoo! will! ignore! 'Do! Not! Track!' from! IE10!

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Re: Yah-boo!

Not as a search engine. There are still a lot of people who use Yahoo Mail, last time I saw figures, they were the market leader with 26% of the market, just ahead of Hotmail on 25%.

I use Yahoo Finance for checking share prices, and Flickr to look for photographs.

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Well when my gf borrows my iPad, I get a pretty good idea of what sort of shoes she has been looking at it from all the shoe shop ads that appear afterwards.

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You can still serve ads, and the ads can be related to the search keyword. For example, I wanted to hire a van next week, so I went to Google, typed "van hire in [my town]", looked through the Adwords ads for van hire companies, selected one of them, phoned them up and booked the van. I have absolutely no problem with that sort of advertising. But if Google then start telling all the other websites I visit that I'm interested in van hire, then I'm not going to be so happy.

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Re: Choice?

I don't know how a pre-installed computer works because I always reformat the disk and replace it with a Technet copy of Windows, or a Linux distro; but I believe you still have to set up a user account, and setting up ie preferences is part of that stage of the installation.

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Re: No surprise here

And that is exactly what Windows 8 does. You are presented with the settings to approve, and the Do Not Track option is selected by default.

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In the EU, advertisers are not allowed to track people unless they give their explicit informed consent to tracking. So it would appear to me that having DNT on by default is exactly what the EU requires.

If people want to be tracked, they can go into settings and select the "please stalk me and record my web browsing activity" option. Very few people will do that because very few people want to be tracked.

I can't imagine there are many people out there who what to be stalked by advertisers but don't know how to enable it.

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EDF: We'll raise bills 11% - but only 2% is due to energy costs!

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Re: Yes, lets focus on @localzuk

The barrage would provide baseload except for about half an hour twice a day when the tide turns, and as we know exactly when that will happen, we don't need fast start generators to cover it. Also interruptible supplies such as stored heat and cooling could be switched off during that half hour period to reduce demand.

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APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

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Re: Called it

The court told them to put paragraphs 1 and 5 up. The reason was that the initial Samsung ban got a lot of publicity, so this requirement was put in place so that people would know that it is safe to buy a Samsung slab, it will continue to be supported to normal Samsung standards and they won't risk any legal liabilities in using one.

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Tumblr and Google App Engine down as US traffic plummets

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Yes, but sometimes we have a couple of millimetres of snow, and then the country grinds to a halt.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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Re: Long overdue

If you are copying a large amount of stuff which is saturating your disk/network IO, slowing everything down; you might want to pause it for a couple of minutes to do something else.

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

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Re: Apple use the GPS/GLONAS decoder in the 3G baseband chip

Well if you tether an iPod touch or iPad to an Android phone, the wifi location service will give you a very accurate location fix. It doesn't update quite as frequently as using GPS directly, so if you are on a train for example, the location will update maybe every 30 seconds or so. That may not be good enough for turn by turn navigation, but good enough for getting walking or public transport directions. However, what with the new Apple maps and the fact that wifi tethering will most likely drain your Android's battery faster than you can recharge it, you are as well just getting that from the Android directly

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Microsoft's 'official' Windows 8 Survival Guide leaks

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Re: "News"?

I don't see "news", however I do se "Biting the hand that feeds IT". Anyway, it does explain, in a very humourous way, exactly what is wrong with Windows 8.

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