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* Posts by jonathanb

1884 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: Depends what you mean by 'code'

A piano score usually has two sets of 5 lines. With the spaces in between the lines and above/below, that allows for 22 of the keys, all of them "white" keys. Keys are in the ratio 5/12 black, 7/12 white. There are modifier symbols for using the "black" keys in between the white ones - ♯ for the black key to the right of a white key, ♭ for the black key to the left of a white key. You can also add extra lines above and below the 5 main lines for the keys outside that range.

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NeoPost: This is how you DON'T do PIN security

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We do practically everything by email now. I've only sent one dead-tree letter in the last three months, and sticking a stamp on it was probably easier than remembering how to use a franking machine that has been sitting idle for ages.

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Re: Why?

Yes, it is called "SmartStamp", however they are not currently accepting new customers.

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

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How many women vs men start up in other business fields, such as fashion designing? That gives you an idea about whether or not the problem is with access to finance, or whether there is just a lack of suitably qualified women.

I've only ever seen one pair of women try to set up a technology business. They thought that a 10 week course in Frontpage Express at their local community college would equip them with the skills required to set up an internet business (back in 2000 when everyone was trying to get in on the dot.com boom). They weren't successful.

Having said that, around the same time, jellyworks.com plc (run by a couple of men) raised a huge amount of money on the stock market when they didn't even have a website and nothing more than some back-of-an-envelope plans to create one that didn't come to anything.

[There is a website at that domain today, but the domain is now in new ownership, and has nothing at all to do with Ed Gunian or Jonathan Rowland who floated the original jellyworks.com company.]

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Plugging the gaps in today's Macs: Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

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Re: Hmm

If dual monitor support is the only thing you want, a €15 adapter will do the job.

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Google to plonk tentacles on 'unwired' world with $1bn launch of 180-satellite fleet

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Re: The poor is where the money is

And will they have any electricity to power the devices required to connect to?

The poorest country in the world is The Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2012, there were 19.5m mobile phones for a population of 77.4m, which means that about 25% of the population has a mobile phone. Probably several members of the same family share a mobile phone, so the percentage of the population that has access to a phone will be higher than that, and the percentage of the population that has access to a phone signal will be higher still.

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London officials declare cabbie-bothering Uber is legal – for now

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This has been answered below, probably after you posted this. The rules on private hire cars not being allowed meters apply only to London.

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A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

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London a phablet city?

If you think London is a phablet city, then clearly you haven't visited Hong Kong recently, where the Galaxy Note is about the smallest phone you are likely to see in the wild in significant numbers.

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iDevice ransomware stalks OZ, demands payoff

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I guess you should be looking for a website that is popular only in Australia and New Zealand rather than eBay.

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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Re: ebay's password policy ...

Mine is ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●.

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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Re: Doesn't matter anyway...

It is illegal for you to take a photo of your own completed ballot paper because someone could have bribed/threatened you to vote in a particular way.

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

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Re: Until they realised that it's much harder to pirate Windows 8....

If it is the only version you can buy, people will pirate an earlier version.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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iMessage isn't always best anyway.

On O2 for example, everyone has unlimited SMS from UK-UK, but most people have limited data. Therefore if you are sending a message, it is better to use SMS unless you are sending it to a foreign resident or if you are roaming at the time you send the message. Even if you are roaming, when you do find Wifi, it is probably better to use the TuGo app to send the SMS over Wifi so the recipient gets it for free.

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Kaspersky warns of IMPOSTER mobile security apps

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Trademarks are not the same thing as copyrights or patents. I have absolutely no problem with trademarks.

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Net neutrality foes outspent backers by over three to one – and that's just so far

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Re: Monopoly & regulatory capture vs. Competition

Over here, people can and will go elsewhere if Netflix and YouTube don't work well on BT.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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I disagree in part

The two major players in the mobile market are Apple and Google, not Apple and Samsung. Samsung is very strong in the Google part of the market, just like Dell is/was in the Microsoft part of the PC market.

Secondly, while things have changed in the past in the mobile market, it is different this time. Previously, phones were appliances and you could switch from Nokia to Ericsson or whatever without any issues. Now they are portable computers, and if you switch between Google and Apple, you lose all the money you have invested in apps and so on, whereas if you get another phone in the same camp, you just need to supply your app store account details, and all the stuff you bought is available for you to re-download.

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Builder could lose golden ticket to Google's King Cross chocolate factory

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Re: Taxes

The building will be owned by an offshore company. That in itself doesn't save that much money, it pays 20% income tax rather than 21% corporation tax on the rental income, though corporation tax used to be a lot higher. The real saving comes from having another offshore company lend the money to the property-owning company to buy the building. Loan interest is an allowable expense against rental income, and for the finance company, a company outside the UK receiving interest from another company outside the UK is of no concern to George Osbourne. The rent that the operating company pays to the property company is of course an allowable expense against its corporation tax bill, so there is a saving there as well.

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Re: Taxes

Non domestic rates go to central government. The council just collects the money.

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Video review: Our sysadmins drink in the latest SIP phones

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Re: Android has built-in SIP now

I have CSIPSimple on my Android. Last time I tried the built in one, the voice quality was useless. I've had an update since then, maybe it is better now, but I haven't tried it.

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Re: Buttons

I can answer calls on my Galaxy Note by pressing the home key. I think it might have been an optional setting that isn't enabled by default, but it is worth looking at.

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Patch Tuesday: Adobe outdoes Microsoft, swats 18 bugs in latest update

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Re: WTF?

There's 1GB of patches on Windows Update this month for Windows 7, and 975MB for Windows 2008 R2.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: Message to millennials...

No, it's OK. Most phones support GPS and GLONASS at the same time. If it can only access one of the networks, it will be a little less accurate. Individually, both GLONASS and GPS will give you around 10m accuracy. Using both together will give you about 5m accuracy. You will just find yourself back to the level of accuracy you had in a phone from about 3 years ago.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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Re: Prior art??

How about the UK passport agency's rules on taking photos, which require you to take it against a white background, or the photome photo booths which allow you to take selfies against a white background for that very purpose?

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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Re: "and create the best possible customer experience online.”

The music industry has got it. You can buy mp3 files which can be copied and used anywhere. The video sellers haven't got it yet.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: Isn't Beats Audio just a funky way of saying...

An iSCSI thingy is needed so you can store your massive collection of 192KHz 24 FLAC files on a network attached storage device and access them on your computer.

I have a Proliant Microserver running FreeNAS with 10TB of addressable space (5 x 3TB drives). On Windows, the transfer speed is about double if I use iSCSI to access it rather than Samba. On my MacBook, the only options are Samba and Netatalk and performance is around the same as using Samba on Windows.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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Re: you're having a tin mate...

Taxis and registered private hire vehicles are both exempt from congestion charge.

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Re: AC Cancer. Cancer everyhwere!

As long as he can type "Paddington Station" into his satnav and follow the instructions on the screen, I'm happy, because even if he takes a sub-optimal route, it will still be a lot cheaper.

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RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

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Re: @ No single point of failure...

That deals with hardware failure, power cuts, fires, floods and so on. It doesn't deal with an incompetent Indian (or person of any other nationality) messing up the software.

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HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

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The website owner decides what CA to use. You could manually check every certificate you receive for an https site to see if you think it is valid, but you probably won't do a better job than your browser already has.

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

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Re: Returning a favour would be nice

Barter transactions are OK. You assign a monetary value to the jar of marmalade and the computer repair, and the marmalade maker shows that amount as the sale of marmalade and cost of fixing computer (if the computer is used in the marmalade making business), and the computer repairer shows that amount as sales of computer repairing services, and purchase of marmalade (if the marmalade is used in the computer repairing business). If either of the expenses are not business expenses, then they are shown as drawings just like if you had received the cash and used it for personal living expenses.

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

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In terms of AI, we are no further forward now than we were in the 1980s, or even the 1970s. The only thing stopping you doing the things you can do now on a computer in the 1980s is that they were so slow that by the time they had completed the task, it wouldn't be the 1980s any more.

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Super-heavy element 117 DOES exist – albeit briefly. Got any berkelium handy?

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Re: Start of the new chemistry?

Noble gases are chemically unreactive, but it says nothing about their nuclear properties.

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Early! Do! Not! Track! Adopter! Yahoo! Says! It's! Rubbish, Bins! It!

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Re: Don't look at me. I'm shy!

This EU law is about tracking in general, not specifically about cookies. It says that should should not track people unless they specifically opt-in.

Having a do-not-track option that is enabled be default, and requiring people to specifically disable it is exactly what EU law requires, so if the website visitor has not disabled it, then you must not track. EU law already covers this.

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Re: Hmm...

Alternatively, having bought the laptop RAM, you might want to buy a laptop to put it in. At least that's how Amazon seem to work with printer cartridges.

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Thanks for nothing, Apple, say forensic security chaps

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Depends who you want to keep your data secret from. If it is the government, then iCloud is a problem. If it is someone who has stolen your phone, it is less of a problem.

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eBay cops $3 BILLION tax bill after moving its profits back onshore

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Re: Wot, no comments...

It is Luxembourg, where the VAT rate on e-books is 1.5%.

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Target finally implements chip and PIN card protections

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Re: two factor?

I don't think anyone has figured out how to copy the chip yet, therefore a successful transaction "proves" you have the card.

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AT&T plans in-flight internet move using its US 4G network

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Re: WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!

I've used my phone on a train at 300 km/h without any problems other than the usual variable signal strength you get at any speed.

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

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Re: inevitable

But a data centre in one of those countries that was owned and run by local people would still be outside the reach of US laws.

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

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Re: Forget a detector satelite

That was the first DVD I ever watched, because it came free with my first DVD player.

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Re: The odds are not too shabby

That's the odds for hitting an urban area. It isn't the odds for hitting your urban area. Those odds are significantly longer.

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No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS

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Re: something tells me..

A UK Billion is 1000 million, the same as in the US.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

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Re: Ah Gavin,

The Surface is Microsoft's answer to the iPad, and the iPad makes huge amounts of money for Apple, and while Apple are losing market share in the tablet market, they are losing it to Android manufacturers, not to Microsoft.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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They are one of the bigger contributors to the Linux kernel, mainly for the stuff that makes it work on Hyper-V.

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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Re: The Facts..........

And the iPad is in technology terms essentially an iPod touch with a bigger screen. Yes, the bigger screen means it opens up a whole new market, but most of the development work had already been done for the iPhone.

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Re: "And it’s an area where nobody has figured it out yet."

No, but Vodafone's M-Pesa system in Africa is a good example of what is available now.

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Re: @nexsphil Nothing that innovative coming, then

"Not being snotty, but could you give me some of these engineering mistakes which Apple improved upon ?"

Find an old Windows Mobile phone of the sort that were being sold before the iPhone came out, such as the XDA/MDA range from HTC. Compare that with say the iPhone 2 or iPhone 3, or some of the Androids such as the original Galaxy S.

You will see very quickly what the improvements were.

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Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

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Re: @Doug S Translation

If you want to put $1000 on Apple shares, then at the moment you can only buy 1 share and you will have $475 in change left over. After the split, you will be able to put a lot more of your $1000 on Apple shares.

People do build up their portfolios with those sorts of numbers.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: Shoddy components

The power options are free on Windows as well.

Written on my Galaxy Note 2 (as everyone else is telling us what machine they are using)

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

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Re: The best camera is the one that is in your hand.

12 megapixels is absolutely fine for a camera. It will give you a resolution of approx 600ppi on a 5x7 photo, and nobody will notice any graininess at even half that resolution. For an A4 print, you will get about 360ppi, and again that is absolutely fine.

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