* Posts by jonathanb

2298 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

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Re: Consequence

Most send a status code every month, so your record should read - 0 0 0 [repeat 36 times] to show that you have been on time every month for the last year. If the payment doesn't arrive one month, then they will automatically send a '1' to say you are 1 month late.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: Pricing Structure...

OSX is only supposed to work on Apple hardware, so they get the money that way. While you can by Microsoft branded computers, most people install windows on computers made by other companies, so Microsoft only get the the money from Windows licences.

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Uber app will soon maybe track you 24/7, cry privacy warriors

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Re: Price

Über are not particularly cheap compared to other minicab firms in London, some of which have their own apps that work in a similar way to Über's. The big difference with other minicab firms is that they will quote a price before sending the car to you, and that is the price you pay regardless of what happens on the roads afterwards. There are also apps that will give you quotes from a selection of different minicab firms along with an ETA, and you can pick the one you want.

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Re: I'm with Ms. Swift

No they are not forcing her to take part, and she is telling everyone why she has chosen not to get involved.

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Re: historically progressive and generous company

What profit margin do HMV and similar record stores make? That's the offline equivalent of iTunes, not the record company. The record company still does the same work as before up to preparing the master copy. Instead of pressing it to a load of CDs and sending them to record stores, they encode it in mp3 and aac format and upload it to online stores such as iTunes.

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Take that NATS! Jocko IT is also totally rubbish. BOOM!

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Re: Who's crap at IT?

Transport for London isn't that bad compared to some. Oyster Cards and Congestion Charging work reasonably well.

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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What about cable reviews?

I rather enjoy reading the reviews for $10,000 audiophile grade ethernet cables, before buying the cheapest available cable in the length/colour I'm looking for.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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The only things our desktops need to be able to do is connect to an RDP server, and run Skype. Pretty much anything made in the last decade can do that.

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California über alles? Is MEP Reda flushing Euro copyright tradition down the pan?

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I guess you can still grant an exclusive distribution licence for the length of the copyright which is basically the same thing as selling it in economic terms.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Re: Hang on a minute

Yes, but they are supposed to purchase a licence from the PRS to do that. The cost works out at about 10p per track copied, and you can buy them in packs of 1000, so £100 for the cheapest licence.

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Super Cali goes ballistic – Uber says it's bogus (even though its contract is something quite atrocious)

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Re: Kudos

And the Sun headline was a rip-off of a Liverpool Echo headline from the 1970s.

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Re: The repurcussions could be major

Also, Über would have to pay minimum wage. Apparently many drivers earn less than that at the moment.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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Re: " write to us"?

He's talking more along the lines of being able type the letter on the Royal Mail website, pay them so money and have them print it out and deliver it.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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Re: Cheques vs cash

If I received cash, I would skip a visit to the ATM, and leave more of my salary in the bank account.

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Re: Spending money

There is a benefit to the country from having decent roads over and above the money paid out to tarmac layers. There is no such benefit to be had from increased awareness of the existence of ethnic minority disabled lesbian single mothers.

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Re: What spare capacity?!

Productivity has stopped increasing, but I don't think it is "way down". In my field of business, productivity increased in the past due to the introduction of computers into the business, and people figuring out how to make the best use of them. I left college at the time when most of them were getting their first computers at the end of the 20th century. I'm not really seeing anything new coming onto the market now that would improve our productivity any further.

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Re: @BB- What the...?

The SNP vote outside Scotland was zero because they don't have candidates in other parts of the UK.

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Poison résumé attack gives ransomware a gig on the desktop

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It is also used to for example send all the invoices for the month to the accountant. They will be saved in a folder along the lines of sales/2015/06, zip up the folder and send 06.zip to the accountant.

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Re: Not huge amounts of sympathy.

Even so, how many HR drones would open a cv.pdf.scr file? Remember that the .scr is usually hidden, and as an executable, it can have a PDF document icon.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: People you may know, or know of, or something

I quite often get LinkedIn requests to my work email address shortly after emailing someone, and my LinkedIn account is registered to a personal email address.

Also, I don't think there is an API for Exchange Autodiscover, which is one of the options, I think they actually take the password and log in with it.

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Re: People you may know, or know of, or something

They ask everyone for their email password and use it to look through their emails and address book, so if you are in their address book, or if you have exchanged emails with them, then they know that you know them.

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Activist shareholder Elliott spotted lurking on Citrix parade route with rain cannon

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Yahoo finance quotes a price of 71.91 at the time of writing. As it is quoted on Nasdaq, not London, the unit of currency is likely to be the US Dollar rather than the British Penny.

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Cheaper Apple iStuff? Foxconn eyes costs-busting Indian move

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In Hong Kong, they seem to always land on a price point of x88, no sales tax there to worry about.

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FTC lunges at Kickstarter bloke who raised $120,000 – and delivered sweet FA

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Re: Why did the FTC spend your money on this?

They take action because it will discourage other people from trying it on.

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The watts in a box that kept West London's lights on

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Re: How do you know?

Do UK Power Networks operate outside of London? 40 miles down the road in Reading, Scottish and Southern Energy is our local grid operator.

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New US bill aims to zap patent trolls with transparency demands

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If for example Nortel were to sell the patents along with the bit of the business that makes those inventions, would you be happy with that? People might be less willing to buy that bit of the business if they didn't get the associated patents.

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Kaspersky says air-gap industrial systems: why not baby monitors, too?

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Re: VPN looks like a good path

Most people are behind a NAT router with no access from outside, and have a dynamic IP address, so no easy way to get direct access anyway. These sorts of devices tend to phone home to their manufacturer's server, and you can connect to that from outside and get access to the device.

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Re: Baby monitors?!

If you are within 30 meters of your baby, then don't you have a pair perfectly functional baby monitors attached to either side of your head?

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Apple preps summer bonking bonanza for Brits

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Re: Problems

It should work anywhere that pay by bonk works - TFL, Waitrose, McDonalds, Greggs, some Tescos.

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Microsoft makes Skype beach body ready with web browser beta release

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Or Sipgate, which gives you an 01 or 02 number for free if you sign up from a UK based IP address.

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Because if you want to actually talk to somebody, you need to have the same system installed that they use, and they don't have a SIP client set up.

I tried it on my Galaxy Note, and couldn't get it to work reliably. Sound quality was so bad it was unusable, and I couldn't get it to make the phone ring when someone called, it displayed an alert on the screen, but that would require me to look at the screen constantly in the off-chance that someone might call.

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Private cloud is NOT dead – and for one good reason: Control of data

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The best definition of "cloud computing" I've seen is a Dilbert cartoon - http://dilbert.com/strip/2012-10-21 - "Move some of [the software's] functions onto the internet, but call the internet a cloud"

So private cloud computing presumably means moving some of the functions onto the local area network.

Is there anyone out there who doesn't have a local area network? Maybe a self-employed plumber who runs his entire business from a single laptop, but anyone bigger than that is going to have a LAN.

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T-Mobile has a network, Dish has spectrum it can't use. Oh, HELLO

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Re: Not much of a quad-play...

The other option is to sell TV subscriptions that are delivered over the internet, like Netflix and others do.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Re: Growing up is tough

Well, with Linux or similar systems, I mostly use Free BSD, you can fire up emacs (or vi if you are that way inclined), and edit the appropriate configuration file, and it is usually fairly obvious what you need to do. With Windows Powershell, you have to type a command at the command prompt to change whatever it is you want to change, and it usually isn't at all obvious what you need to do, and being able to copy/paste from the documentation you are reading is essential.

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FCC boss sketches out bargain broadband for hard-up Americans

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Re: Broadband or running water?

When the recruitment agent emails you about a vacancy, they expect a reply within a couple of hours. By the time you next visit the library, they've already sent their shortlist to the employer.

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Re: Broadband or running water?

Well obviously the internet doesn't work without electricity, and obviously you need water, but I would put internet in the same category these days. It isn't a luxury any more, you need it to be able to apply for jobs that would get you out of poverty.

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Private cloud has a serious image problem

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Re: According to recent Gartner data,

Well obviously it could broadcast your toast-eating habits to the world on Twitter. It could display an alert on your phone when your toast is ready, in case the noise the toaster makes isn't enough. And of course, it could use the data to deliver engaging personalised information [otherwise known as spam, of the type that you don't eat with toast].

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Snowden latest: NSA planned sneak attacks on Android app stores

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Re: France?

France is so evil that French Fries got renamed as Freedom Fries, and some people were suggesting that they send the Statue of Liberty back to them. Something to do with them being against the Iraq War.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Re: Even worse

The largest cities in most countries I can think of are less than 8 characters long.

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Apple announces 'Home' iOS 9 app to run the Internet of Stuff

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Re: oh £100 light bulbs with that special glow

So, if I leave the house with someone else still in it, will they be plunged into darkness and mowed down by the robotic vacuum cleaner?

The automated fridge ordering thing might work if:

You keep everything you buy from the grocery store in the fridge

You always eat the same things, never try anything new or different, never have other people round and never go on holiday

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BT's taxpayer-funded broadband monopoly may lock out rivals, says independent report

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How would you split it up? A Scottish Telecom wouldn't compete with a Welsh Telecom or a Yorkshire Telecom, just like BT doesn't compete with Kingston Communications in Hull.

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Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

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Train drivers get paid more than pilots these days, and it is a lot easier than even driving a car.

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Free at last! Flogging off O2 fattens Telefonica’s financials

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And also if they sell it part-way through the year, the numbers for the division up until the date of sale are discontinued operations.

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Re: Consolidation?

O2's customer service department is much better than any of the other networks, so as an O2 customer, I don't want 3's customer service.

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Turkey president: Nuts to 4G networks, we're cutting straight to 5G

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Re: Really...

That's because 4G addresses the issues that made it difficult to get decent 3G coverage in rural areas.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: Measure what you value ...

Constituencies always elected members to send to parliament. That has never changed. What changed was the gradual introduction of the party system. We had one group of MPs that supported William of Orange in the English Civil War. The other side called them "Whigs". Another group supported King James, and the other side called them "Tories". The Whigs eventually became the party now known as the Liberal Democrats, and the Tories eventually became the party now known as the Conservatives, but are still frequently referred to as Tories. The Labour Party arrived on the scene much later on with the extension of voting rights to the working class.

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Re: Measure what you value ...

It may be an irrelevant statistic, but it is what the sample measures, then they try to extrapolate from that to number of seats. This works if there is a uniform national swing, but in this election, there wasn't a uniform national swing, or even a uniform regional swing, there were 650 different elections each with swings going all over the place. In one seat there might be a swing from Labour to SNP, and also swings from the other unionist parties to Labour. In another seat there might be a swing from Lib Dem to Labour and another swing from Tory to Lib Dem. Elsewhere you might have swings involving UKIP and the pro-EU parties.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Re: Promises for an indefinite future date

Server 2012 has ReFS, which is Microsoft's answer to ZFS, though probably pointless on the desktop.

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Re: Hang on...

They were owned directly by Murdoch, but he sold them to Sky last year. He owns about 40% of Sky.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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Re: Thinkfluence in action

My car has that, but the generators are only activated when I press the break pedal, so some of the kinetic energy gets recovered as electricity rather than being wasted as heat in the break pads.

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