* Posts by jonathanb

2500 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Online VAT fraud: Calls for government crackdown grow louder

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Re: Ugh

I think you will find that road tax was re-introduced in the most recent budget.

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Re: Let's talk VAT numbers..

The registration threshold is based on turnover, not profit, and is £82,000 for UK businesses, or £70,000 for businesses that are registered for VAT in another EU country, and exporting to the UK.

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Join Uber in a tale of rent seeking and employment law

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Re: Employement status is more complex than that

In the UK, you pay a lot less National Insurance if you are self-employed, and usually less tax, as you can generally claim more in expenses. However you don't get sick pay, maternity pay, holiday pay, unfair dismissal rights and so on.

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Re: Employement status is more complex than that

As far as I'm aware, you do have to accept the jobs that are assigned to you while logged on, though you can log out at any time, and you do have to follow the route on their sat-nav.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Re: Radiation is safe for wildlife...

Humans could probably survive long enough to have children, which is about 12-14 years old if you don't follow modern societal norms. That doesn't mean they will be healthy.

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Digital Services to be killed off early next year, Gov.uk confirms

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Re: Is it just me?

I was thinking more of Disk Operating System, the obsolete OS from the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Guess who owns Netflix.news and Netflix.website – clue: definitely not Netflix

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Re: Huh?

The complainant has a choice of dispute resolution processes, and will choose the one that is most likely to rule in their favour.

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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Re: Unfair comparison

I would say that Jobs was more than just a salesman. He had a very clear vision about how computers should work, even if he didn't have the technical knowledge to make it happen.

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Watch out VW – French prosecutors are pulling on the rubber gloves

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Re: Have a Landy freelander with a remap

It does test for PM.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Re: What was the business model here?

4) Sell shares to gullible investors. That's the business plan for most .coms, or are they called cloud-based platforms now?

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Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

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Re: Better hope he has documentation

He can say anything he likes in court. Libel laws can't touch him there.

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Ofcom: Ahem, about that 28GHz spectrum. Let's talk fees

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Can someone explain

If charging higher licence fees encourages greater use of the spectrum, then presumably nobody at all uses 2.6GHz, as there is no charge for that point on the dial.

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Ex-Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch sues HP for $150m+

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The commentards here said it was overpriced at the time. Look back at the archives from the time the deal was going through.

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Bezos battery-box bomb beef brouhaha begins as UK watchdog hauls Amazon to court

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Re: lithium in the avionics bay, in the passenger areas and the cockpit but not in the hold then...

Last time I was on a plane, you had to carry batteries in hand luggage. This is because if it catches fire in the cabin, the crew will be able to deal with it, but not if it is in the hold.

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Solar panel spammer hit by UK’s biggest ever nuisance calls fine

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Re: Fine was not big enough to serve as any sort of deterrent

But they get to keep the other 75% of their ill-gotten gains.

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Re: Fine was not big enough to serve as any sort of deterrent

beta.companieshouse.gov.uk has most of the information for every company available for free, and doesn't require you to supply an email address.

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Has the UK Uber crackdown begun? TfL opens consultation on private car biz

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Re: Not quite

Private hire can charge more than a taxi, and stretch limos and similar often do.

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German regulator sets VW deadline

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Re: In the UK

Could be a bad time to get one if it is incapable of passing its next MOT.

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NOxious VW emissions scandal: Car maker warned of cheatware YEARS AGO – reports

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Re: Magical Thinking

They probably had no idea what the NOx emissions were and don't care - it's the small print at the back of the brochure that nobody reads. Are they going to care that a number they paid no attention to anyway happened to be wrong?

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Glasgow fanbois keep the faith at iPhone 6S benefaction

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No analysis and insight from dishevelled men clutching partially consumed bottles of buckfast? We got that for the coverage of the Covent Garden queue last time and such people do exist in Glasgow as well.

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Hilton hotels in credit-card-stealing malware infection scare

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Re: USA Today

I'm not familiar with the systems at Hilton US, and my knowledge of Hilton UK systems is quite a few years out of date; but in the UK, the central reservation system is, or was, separate to the front of house system.

However, you book a room using the central reservation system. Most of the time, you don't actually pay for it at that point, they just do an authorisation-only transaction for the amount so that they can collect if you don't turn up. When you arrive at the hotel, they will do another authorisation-only transaction to cover any extras you might take while you are there, using the front of house system, and you pay the bill when you check out.

An airline who does a block-booking for staff or delayed passengers and doesn't allow any extras to be charged to their account would probably not be affected. Pretty much everyone else would be.

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Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER

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Re: "mobiles" != "mobile money"

I guess it depends why those countries don't have an M-Pesa equivalent. We did have equivalents in this country, the likes of O2 Wallet, but they shut down because nobody used them, and nobody used them because we already have banks which do a better job of handling transaction services.

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Re: BillG vs Zuckerberg

If you, or a family member are dying from malaria, it might be quite useful to be able to phone a doctor to get help.

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My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

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Re: SEO <=> Political Science

Well yes, you list your business on Google Maps, then people will find it.

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Re: Snake oil for websites

There are things you can do to optimise your site like having the text on your website as actual text rather than as an image. I'm pretty sure Google et al don't object to you doing that.

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Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

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Re: Unable to sign in here

I was able to send instant messages between my personal account on my phone and my work account even though neither were logged in.

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You want the poor to have more money? Well, doh! Splash the cash

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What about Housing Benefit?

For most people on benefits, Job Seeker's Allowance or Tax Credits are not a large part of what they receive from the government. By far the largest proportion of their benefits is Housing Benefit. In my area, the Local Housing Allowance rate for a single person is £150 per week, it is more if you have children. Job Seeker's Allowance is £73.10 per week. Tax credits if you are in work will be less than that, depending on how much you earn. Add to that Council Tax support and healthcare benefits.

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Bitcoin is an official commodity, says US gummint

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Re: Bitcoin discovers can't have cake and eat it

For most of history, money was silver, and in fact in some languages, they have the same word for both.

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Re: Can I buy a vowel?

Yes, but if you want to buy a put option on the letter a, you need to fill in the forms.

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Uber is killing off iconic black cabs, warns Zac Goldsmith

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Re: It's minicabs not black cabs that are at risk

How does a proper mini-cab firm respond when you are involved in an accident? This is how Über responds - http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/uber-crash-victim-offered-35-refund-after-minicab-crashes-on-m4-and-bursts-into-flames-10370220.html

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Re: Tragedy ...not really

In London there is no limit on the number of people that can have either sort of licence. The exam you have to pass to get a black cab licence is very difficult, so there are a limited number of people who can pass it.

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Re: Speed of hiring

And Über would probably charge about £20 if the sample comparative quotes I've taken are anywhere near representative.

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Like paying huge amounts for Salesforce? Don't read this

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Hardware costs are usually Petty Cash in the overall scheme of things.

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PM hints at legislation stick to force blue-light services to share IT

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Re: Another stupid political statement

They share the same phone number, and if for example there is a fire, you obviously need a fire engine, you may also need an ambulance to look after people injured in the fire, and some times you may need a police car to catch the people responsible for it, or to find out if it was caused by an arsonist.

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You want to DISRUPT my TECH? How about I DISRUPT your FACE?

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Re: Ironic?

Try the £2 fake ones from a car boot sale, they will be much better quality.

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Japan 'charges MtGox baron Mark Karpeles with BTC embezzlement'

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The FT http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/84311a60-5868-11e5-9846-de406ccb37f2.html#axzz3lTnpGcbW [paywalled link] has more information. He claims the money was used for legitimate business expenses, however I'm pretty sure client funds should not be used for business expenses, legitimate or otherwise.

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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 1

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Re: Check for blacklists

The other option is to buy an SMTP relay service and route outbound mail via that. You can usually get it from the same company you get your domain names from. Alternatively, your ISP may offer such a service.

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Re: Fixed IP?

There ways to have the system update your mx records every time your IP address changes, and no doubt a commentard will come along and explain how to do it.

Life will be much easier however if you do have a static IP.

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Citrix reveals 'USB redirection to cloud' plans to vaporise desktop peripherals

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"signature pads on credit card machines"

Is that still a thing? I thought they were replaced with PIN pads about 10 years ago.

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IoT/BYOD Topic of the Week: Which Channel 5 news minx was HOTTEST?

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Re: At least there's honesty

We have "news readers" and "reporters". The news reader will stand or sit in the studio and tell you that for example there are loads of fanbois queued in Regent Street waiting to buy the new Jesus Phone. Then they will go to a reporter who is standing in Regent St with the said queue of fanbois behind him and he will tell us that there is a queue of fanbois behind him. He might interview a couple of the fanbois and ask them why they are in the queue.

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Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

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Re: New machine for a new CPU? What a waste of $!

"Time to boot Windows 7 on the mechanical drive: more than 90 seconds (on the same drive, booting Linux is less than half this)."

The upgrade you need is a solid state drive, that will make much more of a difference than a new CPU.

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

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Just one point:

While the sales volume will always go down if you increase prices, sales revenue might not.

For example, if you offer the book for free, lots of people will download it, but you won't make any money at all from.

Charge 1p, and demand will go down considerably - you are asking people to decide whether or not the benefits they personally receive from the book are worth at least the 1p they are being asked to hand over, and worth more to them than the next best thing they could do with that money. However, you will probably still make some sales, and you will make some money.

Double the price to 2p, demand will go down a bit, there will be people who are prepared to pay 1p for it, but 2p is too expensive, however it will probably be less than half of them, so overall you will make more money.

At some point, you will reach the optimum selling price. It looks like Amazon, with their highly sophisticated pricing algorithms, already had the optimum selling price, so that's why revenue went down when publishers increased the prices.

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Witness Apple's iPhone-iPad extravapalooza here in our no-hate zone

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Apparently the new iPhone is "the most advanced ever".

Which isn't really news, because most new models tend to be more advanced than the previous one. The only one that wasn't was the 5c.

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Laminate this: Inside Argos' ongoing online (r)evolution

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Re: GUS

Homebase used to be a division of Sainsburys before Argos bought it.

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Or order a printer cartridge, and it will suggest some printers to put it in. That's not the way I work. I don't think it is the way anyone works.

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Court battle date set for £300m BT Cornwall termination dispute

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Re: Ah, BT

Private monopolies are even worse than government monopolies, because you can't even express your displeasure at the ballot box.

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Someone with experience in "IT, human resources, document management and other services", ie not a telephone company.

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Attention sysadmins! Here’s how to dodge bullets in a post-Ashley Madison world

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Re: Has someone taken an emontion pill ?

I pay my credit card using the online banking app on my phone. Apart from anything else, it is much quicker than doing it on the website.

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Sunk by 'patent troll': Iron Speed director asks 'anyone want to buy us?'

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Re: Americentric

Marshall, Texas. Population 23,523. Everything is within about 3km of the centre.

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In many of these cases, the defendant isn't actually in breach of the patent in question, so in those cases, it isn't the Patent Office's fault. See for example the BT Hyperlinks case.

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