* Posts by jonathanb

1993 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Bitcoin is GREAT and SAFE, says, er, the Bitcoin Foundation

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Re: Bitcoin is not a currency.

If Bitcoin becomes as heavily regulated as other currency exchanges and money tranfer services, then will the transaction costs not end up being the same? Compliance with FCA and similar regulations costs money, and the transaction costs pay for it.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

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Re: Everyone apart from me, obviously...

"How does the phone even get to the Exchange Server?"

I put my email address and password in the phone, and thanks the magic of Exchange Autodiscover, it sets everything up for me.

As for your personal email account, upgrade your email service to something that offers IMAP or Activesync.

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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No, and it probably helps that it doesn't look like a window, and is therefore more unique.

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France KICKS UK into THIRD PLACE for public Wi-Fi hotspots

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I have that feature on Kitkat, (Galaxy Note 2), so it may be a Samsung addon. It works, and a welcome new feature when I downloaded the update.

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OFFICIAL: Fondling of Apple's slab declines – iPad sales DOWN in Q3

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Re: Zombie Purchasing

Yes, my iPad has exactly the same functionality as my iPod Touch, except that it has a bigger screen. So why am I typing this response on my iPad? It is because it has a bigger screen. I am at home so portability isn't such an issue, and the bigger screen is easier on my eyes.

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Hungary PM ditches internet tax plans after mass protests

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Re: Or ...

It is already the highest in the EU, at 27%.

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Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

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Re: What about the VAT?

When Apple Ireland sells to Apple UK, or to any other customer that has a VAT registration number in a country other than Ireland, Apple Ireland doesn't charge VAT on the sale.

Apple UK has to pay UK VAT on the products it imports from Apple Ireland based on wholesale price, which will be the same as the price Apple Ireland sells to other retailers such as Dixons Carphone. It can then simultaneously claim that VAT back, so the net effect is no payment due, and no refund receivable.

When Apple UK sells to retail customers in the UK, or to UK based businesses, it has to charge VAT on the sale, and pay that over to HMRC. If it sells to retail customers in other EU countries, it has to charge the VAT rate applicable in that country and pay it over to the local tax authorities there.

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They do pay VAT, there is no avoiding that. They do however manage to avoid Corporation Tax and Corporate Income Tax.

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Yes, and the sales, support and marketing costs go below the gross profit line to come up with net profit. Net margin is 21.6%, which is still pretty decent.

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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Re: So....

When you type stuff into a web page, you expect it to be stored remotely. You don't expect that when typing into a local application.

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

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Re: The store check-out experience

In the UK, pay by bonk is only available for transactions under £20, so you would have to use your card in the traditional manner.

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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Re: Making things simple....not

Yes, of course. The internet enabled fridge will automatically order in new supplies, it will always get the order right, and the Ocado driver will know exactly when you are in to receive delivery of it.

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Re: Making things simple

That would be great when it works, and incredibly annoying when it doesn't. You have to remember to tell it that tomorrow you are not going to work in your car - you are on holiday, going on a business trip via another mode of transport etc.

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Re: Making things simple

A TV remote requires less effort than getting up to press buttons on the device, that's why people use them.

How long does it take to pick up your phone, turn the screen on, enter the passcode, scroll to the correct app, load the app, then tap the correct buttons on it, to switch the lights on and off? The only place where there is a convincing use case for remote controlled lights is the bedroom, so you can operate them from bed, and not walk across the room in the dark. I have a bedside light, which means, walk to the bed to switch it on, walk back to the door to switch the main light off, then walk back to the bed, get in and turn the bedside light off. But there, a simple remote that you can point at the doorside switch would work better, or even, if I could be bothered to do the wiring, a simple pair of two way switches like I have in the hallway.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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People on the TPS list get on average twice as many nuisance calls as people not on it - report on Which a few years back. They are completely useless.

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Re: Economics 101

Only people that don't request to be ex-directory are on that, and pretty much everyone is ex-directory these days. My local phone book used to be about 6cm thick and A4 sized, now it is less than 1cm thick and A5 sized.

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Cheapo telcos fined for their cheapo security: Financial records on 305,000 people spilled

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Re: It is a pity that there's no "watchdog" for web services.

But was the hosting service designed for storing private documents, or was it designed for normal websites where everything is supposed to be available to the public? Also, who was responsible for developing the software that was used on the site?

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32,000 Hungarians plan to take to the streets for 'internet tax' protest

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Re: Whatever next?

Already the case everywhere in the UK except for England, though I suspect England will follow in a couple of years time.

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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Re: $3,500 fine?

$20k in back wages, $20k in compensation and a $3500 fine, so it needs to be less than a 46% chance that they will get caught.

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Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet

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Re: Basic mistake

That is exactly the point.

The photographs / video show Her Majesty fondling the Royal Fondleslab, but the tweet actually came form a Jesus phone.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: Now that's just going too far

It was affordable to a small business that was replacing ledger books with spreadsheets for the first time.

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Re: Blocks are ineffective against VPN users.

I actually think this will be a bit more effective than blocks against ThePirateBay et al.

People who visit ThePirateBay know it is not a legitimate site, and will find ways round the blocks. People who visit sites selling knock-off goods may well be looking for, and believe they have found, a site selling the real thing. Having been alerted to the fact that the site does not sell genuine products, they will not seek to find ways round the block, because they don't want to visit a fake site. People who do want to buy fakes will go to other sites where it is perfectly clear that it isn't the genuine product, because those sites are a lot cheaper. The sort of knock-off sites referred to here are generally slightly cheaper than the real thing, but not so cheap that it looks too good to be true.

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

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Re: Is this NEWS?

Congestion Charging, or at least there were no major problems.

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People generally use SWIFT for international transfers. As far as I'm aware, it wasn't affected.

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Apple releases MEGA security patch round for OS X, Server and iTunes

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Re: They want three years, between upgrades?

My mid-2010 MacBook originally shipped with Snow Leopard, but I've just upgraded to Yosemite with no problems.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: The question is, do you *have* to use the software SIM card?

Apple Store UK says that the supplied Apple SIM gives you the option of an EE connection only, and if you want one of the other networks, you have to use a network SIM in the traditional manner.

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Re: Very worrying!

As I understand it, the slab ships with an Apple SIM, and you can swap it for a different one. In the UK, only EE are signed up to the Apple SIM, so if you want to use a different network, you still have to get a SIM from your network in the traditional manner.

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SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links

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Re: Don't often find myself praising the BBC

We can name the teacher, "Jeremy Forrest", and we are allowed to say that they ran away to France. Put those two things in Google, and it will come up with her name in an ITV article.

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Vodafone does it in two places at once: Carrier aggregation to boost 4G

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Re: "Research justifies the sexy bits, so we'll ignore the bread & butter stuff"

But one of the benefits of 4G is that it does potentially allow for better coverage than 3G does. Obviously not yet, because the 4G roll-out is nowhere near complete.

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Snapchat 'hack' pics mostly clothed user snaps, odd bits of legacy pr0n – report

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Re: Being a bit of a Devil's Advocate...

The age of consent for carrying out the activity is 16, but it is illegal to photograph anyone under the age of 18 carrying out the activity, even if the activity in question is legal. In any case, people under the age of 16 are allowed to remove their clothes in private, but it is still illegal to photograph it.

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

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Re: Its ok

20% is pretty competitive compared to what most of the rest of the world charges.

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Dairy Queen cuts the waffle, says bank cards creamed in 395 eateries

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Re: DQ reverts to imprinting cards, creating script $$$

Point of sale fraud is much lower in Europe since Chip&Pin was introduced over 10 years ago. Card authentication takes place on the card reader, and it simply reports back to the till that it was successful, or not successful, as the case may be. It hasn't completely eliminated fraud, but it has certainly improved the situation.

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Re: Applies where?

It does contain a tiny amount of iron in the form of amonium ferric citrate.

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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If you have physical access to the machine that allows you to connect external media and reboot it, it doesn't matter how secure the operating system or software is

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'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: Assets and liabilities?

If the asset is a half-built factory that is no use to anyone until it is completed at the cost of another $1bn, and no to anyone else other than that company, and the liability is a $1bn bank loan that is repayable next week, and they are unable to refinance the bank loan and get another loan for the other $1bn to complete the factory, then they have a problem.

Or even if the loan isn't repayable next week, but they don't have enough money to finish the factory and no way to get the money to finish it, they have a problem.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: Progress

On my VW Up!, the stop-start doesn't kick in until the engine is warm, and if you are stuck in a particularly bad traffic jam, the engine sometimes springs back into life while you are waiting.

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Re: touch

I need the to use the Alt-Gr key frequently to type the € symbol, and sometimes to type accented characters such as é.

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Re: Many posters in this thread seem to think that all MS OS's crash frequently - they do not.

If you are seeing regular BSODs on your brand new laptop, there is something wrong with your laptop, and you need to send it back and get a replacement.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: Hardly rocket science

People who didn't tax their car on-line before because they didn't trust Royal Mail to deliver the tax disk no longer have that as a reason not to do it on-line.

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Re: The road tax won't go...yet

Except that my fuel efficient car has £0 road tax, so I just need to remember to complete the online form every year.

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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Re: 3,520 pints a day?

I doubt you could manage 3520 pints of water per day, never mind beer.

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Music-mad Brits drive up hardware sales too – claims BPI

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Re: "Copyright exception allowing them to make a private copy of a music CD"

You had no automatic right to make back-up copy of a software CD-ROM, but usually the EULA gives you the permission you need.

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EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

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Re: Win Win for Ireland

The thing is that as Ireland is part of the EU, they can easily move their money there. Most countries levy withholding taxes on money transferred to offshore tax havens. Ireland does not, so they move it to the tax haven via Ireland.

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Re: Not surprised that Apple didn't respond

Apple never respond to enquiries from EL Reg. That is a standard footnote at the bottom of fruit related articles in this organ.

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Yahoo! dumps! thing! that! made! it! Yahoo! and! told! to! bed! AOL!

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No, they changed their name from Yahoo! to Yahoo!, and el Reg has followed suit when reporting on them.

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: @jonathanb

Try accessing a Sage Line 50 dataset on the other side of a 100Mb/s link. It is not a pleasant experience.

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Re: Gigabit over copper?

If my work also had gigabit internet, then I could access their servers at the same speed as the LAN in the office.

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BlackBerry slowly pulls out of power dive into toilet

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Can the government access emails and messages stored on my Exchange Server and accessed on my Apple and Android devices?

Maybe they can, but adding Blackberry in between my server and my phone can can only ever increase the attack surface, not reduce it.

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EU operators PLEAD for MERCY, may get roaming rates cut ‘reprieve’

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Re: Good

But that's the point I'm trying to make. The operators don't get to choose which networks to roam on.

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