* Posts by jonathanb

2161 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

'Oh great Commission, save us from the French' pleads Uber

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Re: Stupid, stupid people

Expedia is regulated as a travel agent, and the airlines they sell tickets for are regulated as airlines.

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Re: odd legislation

There will be Dublin rules, Limerick rules and so on, not a single set of Irish rules, and certainly not a single set of EU rules.

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IT Angle

Why on earth should it be a technology company?

Most taxi firms let you book cabs over the phone by making a voice call. Why should it be any different if this one lets you book cabs over the phone by using an app?

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Halifax's '24/7' online banking service is down YET AGAIN

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Re: BoS too

Halifax and Bank of Scotland is the same website with a different logo. My login details work on both and it shows both my Halifax account and my Bank of Scotland account.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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Re: Election Time

My statement is that standing for parliament on an anti-BST platform isn't going to help, because they don't have any control over the matter.

As it happens, when the EU harmonised the rules, the adopted the British rules across Europe.

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Re: Not on your life!

British pints are bigger, 568ml, but the American ones are smaller, only 473ml of refreshment.

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Re: Election Time

Summertime rules are set by the EU, not Westminster, and the next Euro elections are in 2019.

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Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

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Re: So give them the boot - use open source

=ROUND([xxx],2) deals with that.

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Re: So, give them the boot - use open source.

Council Tax is basically the same in every council except for the rate set by the councillors. Slightly different in Wales because they have more bands, slightly different in Scotland because the valuation bands are at different levels and the charge includes a water precept, and completely different in Northern Ireland.

You could write a Council Tax program and sell it to every council in England, and in Wales and Scotland with minor adjustments. I don't know whether that does happen, but having every council develop their own one in-house seems very wasteful.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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Re: Product localisation?

Sure, but there are people in this country who would prefer to have everything inscribed in a language other than English, because that's the language they speak; and there are loads of people in Spain who would prefer to have their product inscribed in English rather than Spanish.

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According to the FT, they are going after broadcaster and media providers. There is no reason why someone in another European country shouldn't be able to subscribe to NowTV, other than the fact that Sky would have to complete a MOSS return every 3 months.

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You could try opening a UK bank account. Most banks won't let you, but I believe Barclays do allow it. I wouldn't recommend Barclays unless it is your only choice, but in this case I believe it is your only choice.

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Re: Amazon

The VAT rules are:

They charge VAT in their home country (Luxembourg), unless their sales to the EU country in question are above the distance selling threshold for that country, which can be set at either €100,000 or €35,000, or the approximate equivalent in local currency. It is £70,000 for the UK and Isle of Man. For digital goods (apps, kindle books, mp3s etc), they must charge VAT in the customer's country regardless of sales level, and it is the same for goods subject to excise duty such as alcohol and tobacco, though I don't think Amazon sells them.

As Amazon likely sells more than £70,000 of stuff every hour, never mind every year, they do have to charge UK VAT.

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I see you have the gTLD that goes .ping!

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Correct. ecb.int (European Central Bank), is the .int I visit most often, to get official exchange rates, though it has now moved to ecb.europa.eu

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Apart from the usual country level domains, and obviously .org, .gov and .int, the only "alternative" domain I see in regular use is .tv, and that is actually a country level domain, but often used by television stations.

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

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Re: Eh?

More people are on fibre rather than copper, so on average, speeds will be faster. On mobile internet, more people have switched from 3G to 4G. People who haven't upgraded their connection probably won't notice any difference in speeds, but some people have upgraded.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Wait for 15 inch update or buy existing one

Depends how long you think you can hold out. The existing model will be reduced in price shorty before the new model comes out, so it is always better to wait if you can.

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I've got the mid-2010 model, and I'm not planning to replace it any time soon. One of the good things about Macs is that they do tend to last a lot longer than PCs.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Oh...

So if you are in Northern Ireland, driving towards the Irish border, and you see a (100) speed limit sign ahead, at the border, will it rev up to 100mph, or slow down to 100km/h?

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Re: hold up a 30 sign

You only see (70) signs in Scotland. In England, we have ( / ) national speed limit signs, so you need to know if you are on a dual carriageway or motorway, in which case it means 70, or another type of road, in which case it means 60, and it is lower if you have a trailer attached to your car.

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Another GDS cockup: Rural Payments Agency cans £154m IT system

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Re: Well.....that's a shock

Well obviously if you try to sue one of the suppliers, they can point their fingers in 39 different directions at other people that might be to blame instead of them. Not all at once obviously, as they probably don't have that many fingers.

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UK government says goodbye sat navs, hello Xbox, e-cigs and Spotify

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Re: I prefer

Me too, but I prefer white ceilings.

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Improved Apple Watches won't get more expensive? Hmmm

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Re: Total compensation

Rising labour costs, certainly.

You can argue that part of your income is a barter transaction of healthcare rather than cash, and because healthcare costs are rising, and you receive the same healthcare as before, your wages are rising by the same amount.

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But if you had a whole page of calculations to re-do, it would take maybe an hour with a slide rule, a sheet of paper and a pen, whereas a spreadsheet can do it in considerably less than a second. That the total cost of performing the calculation in terms of equipment plus wages is much lower than it used to be.

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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Or the heating. Petrol and diesel cars take waste heat from the engine, but electric cars presumably require actual electric powered heaters which will drain the battery.

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Telly chef Jamie Oliver in embarrassing infection double shocker

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Re: bet 'Umble Pie is off the menu

I don't think his food hygiene is any better - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/may/09/jamie-oliver-butcher-inspectors-mouse-droppings

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: Good for him… maybe?

His concern is about being extradited from Sweden to the USA. Serving time in a British prison for breach of bail won't lead to him being extradited to the USA. He would be sent home to Australia on realease from prison. Whether or not that's a problem, I don't know.

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Siri, you're fired: Microsoft Cortana's elbows into iOS, Android

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Re: Microsoft pathetic spin

Another thing, when I'm on the train, going to work, it tells me to jump out of the train, walk to the nearest bus stop, take the bus to the next train station, and get back on the train to continue my journey. It also can't cope with the idea that you might drive part of the way to work, then take train/bus the rest of the way, nor can it remember where my car is currently parked.

Sometimes it will tell me to turn round and go back home rather than continue on the next stage of my journey.

The idea of crossing the road to get a bus that goes in the correct direction is completely alien to it.

It randomly wants to send me to various shopping centres that I sometimes visit. For example, when I am on the train going home, I'm supposed to jump out of the moving train and take a stupid combination of buses to go to a retail park miles away that I would normally drive to.

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

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Re: ScrewYou.IGotMine

What benefit does .google offer over .google.com?

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Are there no prisons?

Prison would be the perfect place for scum like this.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: @Andrew Its called drinking your own cool-aid

It's not really the right price point for a school kid. The HP Stream is more the sort of thing they would get.

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Microsoft cuts Facebook Messenger, Google Talk from Outlook.com

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Re: "Doubling down"

Doubling down is a betting strategy where every time you lose money on a bet, you bet double the money you lost in an attempt to win back your losses. It's a very high risk strategy that can bankrupt you.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Re: UK market specifics

There are other companies that have experience in messing up government IT contracts, eg EDS, Crap Gemmini, Assenter and Serco.

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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Re: hahahaha

It has the same number of connector sockets as an iPhone. One 3.5mm headset socket, and one USB C port in place of the lighting socket for charging, external display, external storage or anything else you might want to connect to it. Nowhere near enough IMO.

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The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

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I'm pretty sure they aren't using flash exclusively. They most likely use it to cache frequently accessed data.

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Google wins fight to keep Adwords FBI drug sting docs secret

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Re: Probably not about dodgy pharma sites at all

I agree that Canada isn't a dodgy third world backwater. That means that Canadian pharmacies can only issue prescription medicines if supported by a prescription from a suitably qualified doctor. There are pharmacies in the UK that let you order prescription drugs online, but you have to send your prescription to them by post.

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'Why Digital?' Seriously? You plainly don't Get It enough. Or at all

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Re: tell me more

Their room full of servers is a "private cloud".

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

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Re: Bah!

That's fine, but the Social Security Number should be treated as a name, not a password.

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Acer enters Windows Phone fray with cheap Liquid M220 mobe

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Re: Seriously? Still on about apps?

Does here transit connect to the GPS trackers on my local buses, show me where they are on a map and tell me how long it will take to arrive at my stop? Or does it just do route planning based on the timetable which bears little relation to reality?

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Re: Seriously? Still on about apps?

Most people have a niche requirement that is served only by iPhone or Android. In my case it is the App for my local bus service. Most people in the UK for example, don't live in London, but that is the only city that has enough Windows Phone users for a local transport app.

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GAMIFY your FRIDAY with our Public Sector Innovation Bingo!

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Where are the clouds?

We can't possibly take it seriously if they don't have clouds.

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MEGA PATENT DUMP! Ericsson, Smartflash blitz Apple: iPhone, iPad menaced by sales block

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Re: Conspiracy theories...

Apple probably has a store there. Ericsson doesn't need to have a presence anywhere.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Re: But But...

Attach the watch to your key ring and put it in your pocket.

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Photoshop daddy: 'I’m not happy with body image issues it creates for a lot of women'

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Better, yes, but not far better, they are basically the same apart from colour balance.

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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"The public offering of Amalgamated Durables hit a peak of £2.79 at launch."

You need to reprogramme your robot to tell it that UK share prices are quoted as 279p unlike the rest of the world, unless of course you want to send the hedge funds' automomated trading bots into panic mode because they think it has crashed to 2.79p (£0.0279).

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Ministry of Fun tries again on mobile mast planning permission

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Re: huh

But as the different frequencies have different ranges, it may not always make sense to share. Three might want to put a mast in a place where Vodafone has decent coverage from other masts.

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SCC bags universal credit hosting contract

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And the disaster needs to be recovered from.

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Soz SMEs, we're not interested in your direct biz

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Re: Evidence

You can find out if they are a small or medium company from the accounts they file at Companies House. If they don't file accounts at Companies House because they are a sole trader or partnership, then they are almost certainly small.

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

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Re: Benefits of benefits

You get higher employment by removing the 100% effective tax rate that these people face at the moment, so there is a financial benefit to doing a few hours of work. For some people, the experience gained from these few hours of work per week will lead to more work in the future and eventually a full time job.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: bébé

For Chinese, they have a US English Keyboard and they type in Pinyin which gets transliterated into Chinese Characters.

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