Steel works use coal for their power requirements, and also because there is a chemical reaction between the coal and the iron ore. Aluminium smelters use lots of electricity, because their process uses electrolisys to extract the aluminium from the ore.
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Re: Successful government IT projects
The Congestion Charge and Oyster Card systems worked without too many problems. However Manchester's equivalent of the Oyster Card has been a complete disaster.
Re: What *customer* wants this?
Renewables are not an alternative to building fossil fuel power stations because the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine. However they do mean that when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining, you don't have to burn so much fuel, so they are still worth having.
Re: What use is a "right to request"?
BT, or Kingston Communications if you live in Hull, will be obliged to say yes.
Re: 6 or 12 months
There is no jury in the County Court where this case would be heard. It is nowhere near big enough for the High Court.
But at least with iOS, you will get updates to fix them, whereas with most Android phone manufacturers, their approach to updating is to suggest you buy a new phone.
There are way more ARM chips out there than Intel chips. When Intel shipped their billionth chip a few years back, ARM licences were shipping 1 billion chips every year.
I think "enhance stakeholder value" would be better than "leverage significant concessions".
Re: Condescending git
2001 was an outlier, because of the 7/7 bombings, in most years, terrorism deaths are 0 or 1. The last one I'm aware of is Lee Rigby, and before that, the Glasgow Airport bombers which I'm not sure really count as the only deaths were the terrorists themselves.
It's a lot easier for companies to do their VAT return than for example their Corporation Tax return.
Re: This is a road to a bigger issue
And if they were bought to be sold on, the 2nd hand margin scheme applies and the buyer can't reclaim the VAT on the purchase.
Re: (amazon) we don't have the authority to review their tax affairs.
VAT numbers can be checked here - http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/
If a customer from another EU country gives you a VAT number to claim exemption from being charged VAT, you are required to check it there before zero rating the sale.
VAT actually works very well in terms of collection cost vs amount collected.
It's the kind of job you would want to continue doing even if you had dictate the commands to someone else because you could no longer tap a keyboard.
Re: "The Sun scraps its online paywall"
If they take it down today, they have to refund all the subscriptions, take it down next month and they can collect next month's subscription up to the day the wall comes down. Processing all the refunds, putting negative sales figures on the MOSS return and trying to get VAT refunds from all the EU countries they sell to would be a major hassle.
The main criteria is whether or not you can claim the subscription on company expenses. That is why the Financial Times's paywall works.
Re: 'Ang on.....
He's British, not Irish, from Northern Ireland, and from a neighbourhood where most people vote for Unionist parties.
Re: Not to worry
Increasing the severity of punishment for corporate criminals would be effective, because the small fines they get at the moment are just written off as a cost of doing business, and are no deterrent at all. For individuals, I agree with you.
Re: this lad
If they took it down because they noticed a flood of attempted attacks, that would have stopped him before he found the magic incantation. He must have already been in before the DDOS happened, though he could have been flooding the site with download requests.
Techies? At Talk Talk? Are they the ones that suggest turning if off and on again to see if that help?
The status bar isn't visible if you are watching video in full screen mode.
That's the difference between encryption and password protection.
However, if you get remote access to my MacBook while it is turned on and logged in, FileVault is not going to stop you getting at anything.
The encryption cases relate to stolen laptops. Some people think that if the laptop has a password, it is secure. It isn't. Either boot up the laptop from external media or take the drive out of it and connect it as a secondary drive in another machine. You then don't need a password to access the contents.
Where the data is stored on a server in a server room or data centre with physical access controls, then it is a bit different.
Encryption is only effective if the key is secure. If the system needs access to the data so that customers can view their accounts and change those details they are allowed to change, for example the bank or card they want to use to pay their charges, the billing system can allocate charges to the correct place, and the collection system can collect the money every month, I'm not convinced that encrypting the data would help that much.
If the price of one specific type of food went up, we would buy substitutes instead. It is only if the price of all food increased that demand would be inelastic.
Re: They've contacted the ICO
Pharmacy2u were fined £130,000 for selling customer info to fraudsters, which I would say is a more serious offence than what Talk Talk did. To be proportionate with that, the fine would probably be about £25,000. But I agree, the fines are way too low to be an effective deterrent.
They can collect data from the US, if you use your card there, or with a company based there, but they can't store or analyse the data there.
That's fine for dealing with your account. However, to work out that for example everyone who purchased tickets from Heathrow Express over a certain period had fraudulent transactions on their account afterwards, as happened many years ago, and therefore Heathrow Express must be having problems with their security, that would involve analysing data from people in many different countries. If you look at just the UK data, you might have found that most of them had also purchased from Tesco, but bring in the international data, and you will be able to pinpoint the source much better.
Re: Yeah, But,
It doesn't specifically have to be in Croatia. Ireland, where their EU operation is registered, is fine, they can store it there.
I wonder if any of the people who complained about having bank accounts emptied had accounts with Lloyds. It appears the information they had was enough to open account there, and the recently closed security hole at Lloyds meant that they could have accessed other Lloyds accounts held by the victim.
Re: Bayonet? - Why not a bayonet cap option?
My kitchen and bathroom are wired for 12V DC lamps, so a new standard is possible. Having said that, I will probably switch the kitchen to a 230V supply, because 50W, 680 lumen spots are not particularly bright, not at all energy efficient, and only illuminate a 1m diameter circle on the floor leaving the rest of the kitchen in darkness.
Re: Size Does Matter
You should replace it with an E27 ceiling lampholder, however if you live in the UK, finding such a thing could be a challenge, and you will probably have to import it from Europe.
Maybe we could add a Bluetooth wall switch to turn them on and off, much easier than fumbling around with a smartphone app.
Is there anything a new computer can do that my five year old computer can't do? Not really, so I will replace it when it breaks, not because it has some amazing new features I want to play with, much like the appliances in my kitchen.
I am the sort of person who goes out and buys the latest model to play with new technology, but with PCs, there just isn't anything to tempt me.
Re: UK comparison
The Telephone Preference Service is actually worse than useless. People who list themselves on the Telephone Preference Service receive more nuisance calls than people who aren't on it.
It is run by the Direct Marketing Association. They send the list to any nuisance calling outfit that asks for it, and of course no one would even think of using it as a "please call me" list rather than a "do not call me" list.
Re: A fish rots from the head
She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Not sure how that qualifies her to run a telecoms company.
This is Talk Talk. They don't employ people who know what they are talking about.
If you operate an exchange, then the profit on your bid/offer spread would be subject to income tax, not capital gains tax.
My Samsung has such a light. It is red when sucking dirt and green when sucking clean air.
I can see 2G potentially surviving longer than 3G. 2G's advantage over 3G is better coverage for the same number of masts, but other than the ability to make voice calls, there aren't any advantages of 3G over 4G, and voice calls aren't any better over 3G than 2G.
Sending data over a voice call session isn't a new idea, it is how we used to do things before broadband was invented.
If Ryanair take a different route from normal due to weather conditions or whatever, and charge you extra for it, then yes they are.
With other private hire operators eg Addison Lee, they give you a quote for the journey, which may be based on distance and estimated time based on current traffic conditions, or any other criteria they see fit, and if you accept it, that is the price you pay regardless of what happens afterwards.
There are apps that will give you quotes from a number of different operators, along with the estimated time of arrival, and you can pick the one you want. Again, if you accept it, that is the price you pay.
I don't have to wait for HP to deliver patches to my desktop computer, they come straight from Microsoft, so why can't it be the same for handsets?
Re: Wouldn't it be easier...
It leads to a circular reference, because you need to specify the pressure of the water, in Pascals, and that unit is derived from the kg.
Re: Heavy science
No the reference kilogramme will weigh a different number of Newtons depending on where you do the measurement, but it will always be 1kg of mass.
Re: Dont tell me...
If it is sent to them as a Category A write-off, then yes.
Re: They stole my idea for a laser-based lawn mower - just moved it to the chin/legs/etc.
Laser based hair removal systems do exist, though you generally go to a clinic where a skilled operator uses it. There is also something called intense pulsed light, which you can buy to use at home, if you have white skin and dark hair.
But switching a computer is a basic life skill along the same lines as being able to take the cap off a pen or operate a light switch.
Re: I still can't get my head round this one
The browser address bar is a revelation to just about everyone. Almost everyone I know types for example "facebook.com" into the Google or Bing search box and selects the first search result.
Re: Bad timing
Biscuits = scones; gravy = some sort of puke-like substance. Look at the recipe pages on this site.