1971 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009
Re: the real problem
I live in the UK, in an area that doesn't have Virgin Media, so I only have the choice of a BT Openreach connection between my home and the exchange, but nevertheless, I do have a choice of 6 different connections from the exchange to the internet, from ISPs with different traffic management policies, prices and so on, plus other ISPs that resell services on some of those connections, again with their own pricing and traffic management policies.
That means that if one of those ISPs was to try making Netflix slow in order to try to shake them down for more cash, the ISP would lose their customers to competitors that offer a better Netflix performance.
They probably will. Most of them can't cope with a date of birth that is earlier than 1/1/1900.
RBS/Natwest, Nationwide and Barclays have card readers. HSBC has a code generator. Lloyds and a few other banks send SMS codes to your phone to verify you.
Megabus is owned by Stagecoach, so that is a bad example, and Virgin is 49% owned by Stagecoach.
However, I will give you three better examples. You could use the trains operated by Chiltern Railways or London Midland; or you could use a National Express bus.
Uber is properly registered as a minicab service in London.
Re: Welcome to 2012...
I've been using my Visa Debit card to bonk around London. To be honest, if I had the option to put the PIN number in my phone, fire up the appropriate app, put in another pin or password and then bonk; I'd probably still use the card. I've set up my phone to load the appropriate internet banking app when I bonk my card against it, and to display my Oyster balance when I bonk that card against it. That is slightly useful, though not a deal-breaker in terms of selecting my next phone.
Re: Get your shit together Microsoft...
Glaxo SmithKline thought they could bribe their way out of trouble in China, and it didn't work. China, while by no means perfect, is not like India or the USA in this respect.
I don't see it working
Firstly, it prevents you from putting it in a case. Secondly, with physical buttons, you can use them without looking at them once you are familiar with your handset. Thirdly, how do you hold such a phone without it doing a load of things you don't want it to do?
Re: One egregious example
I can only use my mobile banking apps to pay people that I have already added to the list on the website, so that somewhat reduces the risk.
Re: Too big not to fail?
I don't think it would, simply because cashing-out on large sums of money that you obtained from hacking into a bank computer, without getting caught, is not that easy.
Re: 23 Years
Does the smartphone have to be purchased in the last quarter to count? Most people have smartphones these days. If it isn't an iPhone, it is probably an Android.
Most people have a TV, that almost certainly runs Linux, I don't know of any that don't. The only popular set-top box that doesn't run Linux is the Apple TV. Most routers run Linux.
Re: Still borked
Virgin Media has always been an American company, as was NTL before that.
Re: Oh no
It is independently owned, not part of a larger group, and yes it is profitable.
I can answer question 3. They connect to the internet to contact the bank in order to complete the transaction, and to record details of the sale in the head office inventory and accounting systems.
Or "hey, you bought an inkjet cartridge, here is a printer to put it in"
Re: Like for like
It is Samsung's fault for making it very difficult to get rid of and for having it set up by default to allow alerts at 3am.
Re: re. the community work
He will probably spend about 8 months inside, then about 8 months with an electronic tag where his movements are restricted and he has to do the community work.
Re: Seems to parallel the Orthodox Jewish Sabbath rules
They can't turn them on or off, but it is OK to use one that was turned on before the sabbath and left running.
Re: Vitally important question
Brent Cross shopping centre has free parking.
Re: Why the different standards?
A crossroads near me is 2 phase and would work much better as 4 phase. You have someone who wants to turn right, but can't because there is traffic on the other side of the road. That means the cars behind it who want to turn left or go straight on can't move either, because they are stuck behind the car that can't turn right. There isn't enough space for filter lanes.
Re: Hello pot, this is kettle...
It means you can go to a single place to get all your updates, just like you have been able to for many years on linux and *BSD systems, rather than having half a dozen different update notifications pop up every time you reboot the computer, or have an update notification pop up when you load the software and would prefer to actually use it rather than update it.
Re: customer service
I believe O2 scores best on customer service. At home, 3g is almost the same speed as ADSL, about 7.5Mb/s, but in city centres, it is not nearly so good.
This won't help Firefox, because most people use Internet Explorer to download it.
In my council area, when you phone them to change your Council Tax details, they ask if you would like them to forward the details to the electoral registration department at the same time. I'm not sure what happens if you don't give them permission though.
I get the same junk from Virgin Media, and I can't even get there services here even if I was interested.
Re: there is a legitimate use for these...
That works if you are short of money this month, but have enough coming in at the end of the month to cover your normal expenses for next month, plus your car repair, plus interest on the loan.
People in that situation can normally get an overdraft facility, or pay for the repair by credit card and pay the credit card bill in full when it comes in, and not pay any interest at all.
I can't really think of an example where someone could sensibly use a payday loan, and not have a cheaper source of finance available.
Re: It's really time to stop bitching about IPv6 being different
I don't want end-to-end connectivity. NAT means I don't need to worry about the security of my network printer for example. Anyone on the LAN can print to it without needing a password or anything like that. That's OK, because I control who is allowed on my LAN. I don't want the whole world to be able to print to it, because it is a feature that spammers would love.
The Galaxy Note 2 is 15cm x 8cm, so only just meets the requirements. I believe the Note 3 is bigger, so won't be allowed.
Re: Oh joy
Merchants don't deal directly with Visa or Mastercard. At the moment your typical shop deals with someone like RBS Streamline or Barclays Merchant Services, so PayPal and Amazon are competing with them.
Re: Bit odd
A lot of the call centres use landlines supplied by what was Cable and Wireless, now owned by Vodafone. I think that is what they are referring to.
Actually that's not true. There are places in central London where the connection speed is surprisingly low.
Re: Same old
My diesel Aygo can get me from London to Glasgow and most of the way back on a single tank if I drive carefully, but usually I fill up in Glasgow before I leave.
Re: Std Dirty tricks by tory boys of the westminster clan
I live in England and therefore don't have a vote. However I'm interested in the debate because I moved here from Scotland about 15 years ago, I have family still living there, and I have bank accounts and a pension fund in Scotland and would like to know what currency they would be denominated in post-independence. I did manage to watch the debate courtesy of Freesat, and now know that nobody knows the answer to my question.
Re: Put it on Youtube
Some people in Quebec want to leave Canada.
Wired kettle, yes. Is there any other sort? It sits on a cradle and is really easy to remove it to fill up and pour out the boiling water, and anyway it is 3kW, and I'm not going to wait for ever for a 2kW model to boil when such a device does come out.
The remotes run on rechargeable AA and AAA batteries.
Re: Temporarily allow all this page
Looks fine on my copy of Firefox 31.
Internet explorer pretending to be Firefox
Gosh, things really have changed.
The big advantage is that if you go abroad, you can buy a local SIM and avoid roaming charges.
Re: Nail in the cloud?
Putting your data on a Microsoft server in Ireland rather than one outside the EU would comply with EU data protection laws, however it now appears that those rules are ineffective and need to be reviewed. But how do you do that? The contract is with Microsoft Operations Ireland Ltd, a company registered in an EU country. Ownership of an Irish company or a company based anywhere else in the EU could change at any time.
They are aware of the difference, certainly after Abdul Al-Megrabi (lockerbie bomber) was released from prison on compassionate grounds by the Scottish Justice Secretary, and the English government told them they had no powers to intervene because it was a different country. It should be noted that the English Justice Secretary took the same action with regards to Ronnie Biggs at around the same time.
Another suggestion I would as is that he should not fly to Scotland, he should go by road or rail. Airlines are required to check the ID of people flying on their planes, and usually people show their passport though most airlines will accept alternative forms of ID.
Re: Won't affect customers?
O2's contracts say that they will increase by inflation every year, which is allowed. They can't increase by more than inflation.
Re: mobiles, do yer really need them
Mobiles usually work out cheaper, especially to call other mobiles, and it is the number everyone calls me on because there is a better chance of me answering it.
I think this is about making the screen shatter proof rather than scratch proof.
Re: I have to defend the police here...
No, everyone who has a BT line has a choice of lots of different ISPs. There may be a choice of two different lines from the street cabinet to the local exchange, one copper and one fibre, and after that it goes in lots of different directions.
Re: How will this work?
The card needs to be about a centimetre away from the yellow card reader before it will pick it up, so no. I have an Oyster card, an ITSO card issued by my local bus company and several pay by bonk debit cards in my wallet, but like you, usually use a paper season ticket because it is cheaper, and I've never had any problems.
Re: Bloke down the tube station ticket office the other night...
A bank such as Raphaels or Clydesdale will offer a contactless prepaid card, and will put the tour operator's branding on it if the volumes are high enough.
I suspect the people making money are the ones selling the ransomware kits as a sort of "get rich quick" scheme rather than the ones who buy and distribute them.
It is in the account management settings of the website. I saw it when I added the free sky wifi thing to my account.
Re: To be fair....
"A 70's hair style" is correct, because it is a hair style that belongs to the 1970s.
Re: Or use Calibre
If the pdf was designed for A6 sized paper, it will be fine. If it was designed for anything bigger than that, then it might not be fine.
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