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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

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City you were first kissed in

Is most likely going to be the same place as the city you were born in

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The truth about Apple's mind-boggling low tax rate

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Re: On this occasion I am willing to accept the iPhanboi argument that.......

If you take profits per country as being proportional to sales (which they are not, it is much more complicated than that), then I guess a bit less than half of Apple's profits are made in the USA.

There is another point to note which is that taxable profit is not the same thing as accounting profit.

Take for example the costs of developing the iPad. Under accounting rules, that is treated as an expense over the life of the product. For development costs related to a specific iPad model, that would be about a year, but for the stuff related to coming up with the general idea of selling a giant sized iPod touch, that would be expensed over probably about 10 years. In the UK, for corporation tax purposes, you can claim all that expenditure as an expense for tax purposes when you actually spend the money, which would be before you sell a single fondleslab.

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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

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Is this order in respect of "thepiratebay.org"? If so, they have already changed it.

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Re: Hmm

In the Newzbin case, they were ordered to use the IWF cleanfeed system.

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Freed Facebook hack Brit vents fury at $200k cleanup claim

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Re: Huh?

The Natwest Three were. Not hackers, but they were extradited to America to face charges of defrauding Natwest Bank while working for them in London. They sold some shares to the bank which later turned out to be worthless having decided that it was probably a good idea to get rid of them before the price collapsed. The only American link in this alleged offence was that the shares were in a company called Enron.

I'm guessing selling the shares to the bank means logging in to their Natwest Stockbroker account and clicking the sell button. Certainly, the English Department of Public Prosecution thought there was no case to answer.

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Like it or not, this Linux grows on you

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There's two mouse clicks after the Windows 3 finger salute before you reach the point of no return which is plenty of opportunity for someone to realise they have made a mistake.

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Google Drive Issues on Mac

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I think I have the same Mac as you, or possibly the model that came out before yours. In my case, I wasn't even able to mount the .dmg file to start the installation.

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Re: I'll use it but not really sure why

Alternatively, you can do what I do, which is to get a computer, attach 15TB of hard drives to it, plus some more drives for backup, install a server operating system of your choice on it, configure it for a variety of filesharing protocols, put a strong password on it, connect it to the internet, then I can access them anywhere where there is an internet connection, or access to my LAN. At home, it is much faster than cloud storage, meaning it is possible to fill up the server with stuff in a fortnight or so, anywhere else, it is about the same speed as Google Drive, DropBox, SkyDrive etc.

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Nest cloud storage for backup fun

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Re: symlinks with mklink?

For earlier versions of Windows, you need to download the junction tool from sysinternals. I don't know what the situation with Vista is.

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E-health FAIL: £1.59 iPhone apps dole out drugs to kids in A&E

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I'm sure they know the formula to calculate it. That however doesn't mean they have to sit calculating it by hand on an abacus when they can punch the numbers into a spreadsheet or an iPhone app which can do it much quicker.

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Sage Pay card stroker goes titsup for NINE hours

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Re: email list

Or maybe he is a sales rep for a rival card processing company?

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Getting rich off iPhone apps is b*llocks, say UK devs

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Re: Some of these people should have done maths and not engineering

Somewhere north of 250,000. Ideally it should be in the millions once you consider other costs.

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John Lewis Broadband - genius or foolhardy?

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To expensive

O2's customer service is very good in my experience, it is cheaper than John Lewis, and the BE kit they use gives much better speeds than the BT kit Plusnet uses.

Does anyone offer unlimited fibre and decent customer service for a reasonable price? It doesn't have to be the cheapest around. O2 which I use at the moment certainly isn't the cheapest.

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2,500 copycat hack attempts on abortion provider site – report

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Re: Bah.

Well if you consider abortion to be murder, as they do, then 53,000 murders per year is in their view far worse than Anders Brevik or pretty much any terrorist organisation out there.

That's how they view it. I'm not saying I agree with them.

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Everything Everywhere begs Blighty to back 4G push

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Re: 4G... just what we need!

In South Korea, 4G is generally used for USB modems and personal wifi hotspots rather than on phones.

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Dad sues Apple for pushing cash-draining 'free' games at kids

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Re: >Do you have children?

There is a way. Give them an iTunes account linked to a gift card rather than a credit card, then the financial risk is limited to the amount of credit left on the account. I do that, and there are no children with access to my fruity devices.

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Fate of punters' Megaupload files to be thrashed out in court

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Re: move out of US jurisdiction?

It is a Hong Kong registered company run by a resident of New Zealand.

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Soup up your home network

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Re: 5Ghz problem

Put an airport express or similar in every room and connect them together with cable.

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Australia OKs iOS for classified comms

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Re: Finally..

Cisco is on iOS v15.1 now

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Nokia drops Lumia 900 price to $0 in response to bug outrage

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Re: Eh?

Having used Windows phones in the past, I can confirm that expectations are generally not high.

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Softphones strangled by smartphone battery life

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Re: WTF?

Within the UK, voice calls are basically free - you subscribe for the appropriate number of minutes, and then you only have to pay for calls to numbers beginning 08, or for international calls. 08 numbers you can generally deal with by searching for the geographical number it is attached to. For international calls, unless both parties have the same VOIP service, usually Skype; the VOIP providers charge pretty much the same as other companies that operate over the voice network - basically the national call rate in the destination country plus a little bit extra for their profit margin.

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UK top dog for home Wi-Fi usage... almost

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Re: Dodgy stats

Probably yes. It is very difficult to get a router that doesn't have wifi.

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Ofcom calls for end to 0800 charges on mobiles

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Re: GiffGaff

Alternatively you can use Skype. It is free for 0800 numbers and calls to similar numbers in some other countries, eg 1800 in the USA/Canada. However, if you are on GiffGaff, where their definition of unlimited is different from the one in my dictionary, or another supplier which doesn't do unlimited data tariffs, you may have problems with data usage if you do that.

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They get a share of revenue from 084 and 087 numbers, but they have to pay to receive 080 numbers.

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iPad app that lets mute kids speak menaced by patent lawsuit

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Re: Toys out of the pram...

The skill here is in laying the buttons out on the screen and designing the pictures for them, not the technical wizardry that happens when you press one of them. In any case, I believe iOS has a TTS engine, certainly Android has one. If not, they could licence one pretty cheaply or hire some actors to record the words.

In terms of the technical stuff, you could supply a load of mp3s with file names matching the word that is recorded and play them in iTunes to put together your sentence. That's why I don't think it should get a patent.

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Re: Toys out of the pram...

I guess you need to pay an artist to draw all the pictures, and that costs something.

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Re: It's not about milking the parents of disabled kids.

A patent on having a computer say a word when you click on a picture of it? What's the invention? is it not "obvious".

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Visa and MasterCard warn of credit card data breach

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Re: Out of the ordinary

I guess the problem is that buying a mobile phone is something people do very infrequently, once every couple of years, or at most once a year if you are a fanboi who must have the latest fruity gadget; whereas buying diesel is something you do pretty regularly, and going to a petrol station one mile away from your usual is probably more unusual than going to one many miles away - if you are on a long trip and need to fill up to get back home.

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UK government says no to turbo e-bike

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Re: 28 what

The amount of acceleration you get has nothing at all to do with weight. It depends on the strength of the gravitational field and the amount of air and road resistance.

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Re: those desperate to own a Turbo will have to travel to the continent to do so

alternatively, there is nothing to stop you using it on your own land, or a private track with the owner's permission.

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Re: those desperate to own a Turbo will have to travel to the continent to do so

You can drive it here, but you would need the appropriate class of motorbike licence, road tax and insurance in order to do so. Finding someone to insure it could be difficult.

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China passes the US in free iPad app downloads

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Re: Hmm..

They are waiting to get an iPad, and the second thing they do with their shiny new fondleslab is to download lots of apps for it.

I got an iPad 2 in the black friday sale. I won't be replacing it any time soon. Maybe when the iPad 6 or 7 comes out.

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Judge orders O2 to name suspected smut burglars

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Re: If you receive a letter, what next?

If you receive such a letter, you ask them to prove that it was you whodunnit. Being the subscriber to an IP address that was apparently used in infringing activity is not good enough evidence. There are ways to spoof IP addresses, for example to trick hulu.com into providing access to their videos outside the US, or to trick BBC iPlayer into providing access outside the UK. Someone near to you could have hacked into your wifi router and downloaded infrinding material, or someone could have installed a virus or trojan on your computer and routed traffic through it to conceal their own identity. Some p2p clients deliberately transmit lots of spoof packets to confuse the authorities.

They need to prove that you did it. You don't need to prove that you didn't. ACS:Law totally failed to prove that they did it. I can't see that this lot will manage any better.

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Re: Hmmmm

I watched a BBC 3 documentary on him a few years back - about him trying to become a mainstream actor. It didn't interest me in wanting to watch his porno vids. A man dressing up as an old woman in a film with basically no plot whatsoever is not the sort of thing I'm interested in.

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Re: Being porn films is no reason....

ACS:Law were successful at this stage of proceedings as well. It is good enough evidence to get the Norwich Pharmacal order, but merely having an IP address and associated account number is not in itself good enough evidence to prove that the account holder was responsible for uploading the material.

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Mobile operators mourn death of embedded 4G

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Re: a flat battery in their pockets?

I carry a battery pack charger for that. I don't think the problem can be fixed, because in tethering mode the wifi radio has to transmit at full power all the time, whereas if it is connecting to something else, it only has to transmit with enough power and no more for the access point to be able to pick it up, and then only when it needs to do something.

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Hard-up Iceland plumps for cheaper open source

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Exchange replacement?

I would be interested to know what they will use to replace MS Exchange Server. Last time I shopped around, the alternatives worked out costing more if you require Exchange ActiveSync support.

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Re: Crikey!

Try unnamed@government.is or Ónefndur@stjornarrad.is . .gov is for the US federal government.

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Revealed: Google's SECRET London office

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Re: Dublin surely

Yes, the income goes to Ireland, but that doesn't mean the expenditure goes there.

It I'm sure has absolutely nothing at all to do with the fact that corporation tax in Ireland is 12.5% vs 26% here.

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8,400 email addresses spaffed by Student Loans Company

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Re: Easy solution?

And saying as they are students who would have applied before getting their university email account, the number of them with exchange servers will be very minimal. It will be mostly be webmail accounts like Gmail and Hotmail.

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Re: Easy solution?

I've had a housing association do that three times. As I'm sure most El Reg readers are aware, but it is worth emphasising anyway, what happens when you do that is that Outlook sends out another email cc'ed to everyone on the list saying that the previous message has been recalled.

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iPad subsidies axed for Microsoft S&M fanbois

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Mac Business Unit

Does that extent to employees in the Mac Business Unit? Microsoft do write apps for iPhone and iPad. Also, Microsoft's websites generally work on iDevices, and presumably people have them to test compatibility.

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Foxconn is world's 10th biggest employer: 1.2 MILLION on payroll

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Re: The NHS is the fifth biggest organisation in the world with 1.7 million employees

A little under half of them are clinical staff. In BUPA for example, about 7/8ths of them are clinical staff.

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iPad 3 costs Apple 30% more to make than iPad 2

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Re: "Cannily taken the cost on the chin"

On Saturday my local Apple store was busy, but not so busy that there were queues outside the door. The weekend after the iPad 2 launch, there was a queue for fondleslab buyers.

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Pair of double-As give you cheap, quick charge

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Re: £2.00 solution.

It is Poundland. Pack sizes are made to a £1 budget and tend to be different to what is on sale elsewhere. They also tend to get smaller over time. Eventually they will go the same way as Woolworths did when they were unable to sell anything sensible for 6d.

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More evidence that neutrinos are NOT faster than light

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Re: Don't Tell Me.....

To a Greek or a Spaniard, the fact that their money can be spent in other parts of Europe isn't much use if they don't have any of it to spend.

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Re: Time travel?

Because of time dilation. If you fly across the Atlantic on Concorde, or a similarly fast plane, there is a small but measurable difference between the time you spend on the plane, and the time someone on the ground would spend watching you on the plane. You would come of the plane a couple of nanoseconds younger than you would have been had you stayed on the ground, If you flew at the speed of light, you would spend no time at all on the plane, but to someone on the ground, it would take you about 19ms to get there. If your plane went faster than light, then you would experience time going backwards on the plane, while on the ground, it would take less than 19ms.

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Groupon monstered in OFT complaints probe

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WTF?

Not much of a deterrent

After a couple of years of ignoring the ASA when they tell them they are very naughty and they shouldn't do it again; the OFT tells them the same thing in a slightly sterner voice.

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Boffins render fibre obsolete

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How fast is it

I know that ping times will be excellent, given that they are possibly faster than light, and certainly faster than light going through a curved fibre optic cable. But what is the bit rate like? And what would the impact on the bitrate be as a result of interference from other neutrino transmitters?

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Groupon's 'Botox' voucher push breached ad rules – watchdog

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They haven't.

You can't advertise a treatment. What you can advertise is a consultation with a qualified doctor, who will recommend what course of treatment, if any, is appropriate. You can't say in the advert what that treatment would be, because until they have been examined by the doctor, they don't know what would be appropriate.

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