* Posts by jonathanb

2298 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

I see you have the gTLD that goes .ping!

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Correct. ecb.int (European Central Bank), is the .int I visit most often, to get official exchange rates, though it has now moved to ecb.europa.eu

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Apart from the usual country level domains, and obviously .org, .gov and .int, the only "alternative" domain I see in regular use is .tv, and that is actually a country level domain, but often used by television stations.

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

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Re: Eh?

More people are on fibre rather than copper, so on average, speeds will be faster. On mobile internet, more people have switched from 3G to 4G. People who haven't upgraded their connection probably won't notice any difference in speeds, but some people have upgraded.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Wait for 15 inch update or buy existing one

Depends how long you think you can hold out. The existing model will be reduced in price shorty before the new model comes out, so it is always better to wait if you can.

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I've got the mid-2010 model, and I'm not planning to replace it any time soon. One of the good things about Macs is that they do tend to last a lot longer than PCs.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Oh...

So if you are in Northern Ireland, driving towards the Irish border, and you see a (100) speed limit sign ahead, at the border, will it rev up to 100mph, or slow down to 100km/h?

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Re: hold up a 30 sign

You only see (70) signs in Scotland. In England, we have ( / ) national speed limit signs, so you need to know if you are on a dual carriageway or motorway, in which case it means 70, or another type of road, in which case it means 60, and it is lower if you have a trailer attached to your car.

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Another GDS cockup: Rural Payments Agency cans £154m IT system

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Re: Well.....that's a shock

Well obviously if you try to sue one of the suppliers, they can point their fingers in 39 different directions at other people that might be to blame instead of them. Not all at once obviously, as they probably don't have that many fingers.

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UK government says goodbye sat navs, hello Xbox, e-cigs and Spotify

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Re: I prefer

Me too, but I prefer white ceilings.

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Improved Apple Watches won't get more expensive? Hmmm

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Re: Total compensation

Rising labour costs, certainly.

You can argue that part of your income is a barter transaction of healthcare rather than cash, and because healthcare costs are rising, and you receive the same healthcare as before, your wages are rising by the same amount.

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But if you had a whole page of calculations to re-do, it would take maybe an hour with a slide rule, a sheet of paper and a pen, whereas a spreadsheet can do it in considerably less than a second. That the total cost of performing the calculation in terms of equipment plus wages is much lower than it used to be.

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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Or the heating. Petrol and diesel cars take waste heat from the engine, but electric cars presumably require actual electric powered heaters which will drain the battery.

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Telly chef Jamie Oliver in embarrassing infection double shocker

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Re: bet 'Umble Pie is off the menu

I don't think his food hygiene is any better - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/may/09/jamie-oliver-butcher-inspectors-mouse-droppings

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: Good for him… maybe?

His concern is about being extradited from Sweden to the USA. Serving time in a British prison for breach of bail won't lead to him being extradited to the USA. He would be sent home to Australia on realease from prison. Whether or not that's a problem, I don't know.

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Siri, you're fired: Microsoft Cortana's elbows into iOS, Android

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Re: Microsoft pathetic spin

Another thing, when I'm on the train, going to work, it tells me to jump out of the train, walk to the nearest bus stop, take the bus to the next train station, and get back on the train to continue my journey. It also can't cope with the idea that you might drive part of the way to work, then take train/bus the rest of the way, nor can it remember where my car is currently parked.

Sometimes it will tell me to turn round and go back home rather than continue on the next stage of my journey.

The idea of crossing the road to get a bus that goes in the correct direction is completely alien to it.

It randomly wants to send me to various shopping centres that I sometimes visit. For example, when I am on the train going home, I'm supposed to jump out of the moving train and take a stupid combination of buses to go to a retail park miles away that I would normally drive to.

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

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Re: ScrewYou.IGotMine

What benefit does .google offer over .google.com?

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Are there no prisons?

Prison would be the perfect place for scum like this.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: @Andrew Its called drinking your own cool-aid

It's not really the right price point for a school kid. The HP Stream is more the sort of thing they would get.

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Microsoft cuts Facebook Messenger, Google Talk from Outlook.com

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Re: "Doubling down"

Doubling down is a betting strategy where every time you lose money on a bet, you bet double the money you lost in an attempt to win back your losses. It's a very high risk strategy that can bankrupt you.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Re: UK market specifics

There are other companies that have experience in messing up government IT contracts, eg EDS, Crap Gemmini, Assenter and Serco.

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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Re: hahahaha

It has the same number of connector sockets as an iPhone. One 3.5mm headset socket, and one USB C port in place of the lighting socket for charging, external display, external storage or anything else you might want to connect to it. Nowhere near enough IMO.

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The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

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I'm pretty sure they aren't using flash exclusively. They most likely use it to cache frequently accessed data.

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Google wins fight to keep Adwords FBI drug sting docs secret

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Re: Probably not about dodgy pharma sites at all

I agree that Canada isn't a dodgy third world backwater. That means that Canadian pharmacies can only issue prescription medicines if supported by a prescription from a suitably qualified doctor. There are pharmacies in the UK that let you order prescription drugs online, but you have to send your prescription to them by post.

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'Why Digital?' Seriously? You plainly don't Get It enough. Or at all

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Re: tell me more

Their room full of servers is a "private cloud".

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

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Re: Bah!

That's fine, but the Social Security Number should be treated as a name, not a password.

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Acer enters Windows Phone fray with cheap Liquid M220 mobe

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Re: Seriously? Still on about apps?

Does here transit connect to the GPS trackers on my local buses, show me where they are on a map and tell me how long it will take to arrive at my stop? Or does it just do route planning based on the timetable which bears little relation to reality?

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Re: Seriously? Still on about apps?

Most people have a niche requirement that is served only by iPhone or Android. In my case it is the App for my local bus service. Most people in the UK for example, don't live in London, but that is the only city that has enough Windows Phone users for a local transport app.

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GAMIFY your FRIDAY with our Public Sector Innovation Bingo!

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Where are the clouds?

We can't possibly take it seriously if they don't have clouds.

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MEGA PATENT DUMP! Ericsson, Smartflash blitz Apple: iPhone, iPad menaced by sales block

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Re: Conspiracy theories...

Apple probably has a store there. Ericsson doesn't need to have a presence anywhere.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Re: But But...

Attach the watch to your key ring and put it in your pocket.

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Photoshop daddy: 'I’m not happy with body image issues it creates for a lot of women'

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Better, yes, but not far better, they are basically the same apart from colour balance.

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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"The public offering of Amalgamated Durables hit a peak of £2.79 at launch."

You need to reprogramme your robot to tell it that UK share prices are quoted as 279p unlike the rest of the world, unless of course you want to send the hedge funds' automomated trading bots into panic mode because they think it has crashed to 2.79p (£0.0279).

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Ministry of Fun tries again on mobile mast planning permission

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Re: huh

But as the different frequencies have different ranges, it may not always make sense to share. Three might want to put a mast in a place where Vodafone has decent coverage from other masts.

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SCC bags universal credit hosting contract

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And the disaster needs to be recovered from.

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Soz SMEs, we're not interested in your direct biz

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Re: Evidence

You can find out if they are a small or medium company from the accounts they file at Companies House. If they don't file accounts at Companies House because they are a sole trader or partnership, then they are almost certainly small.

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

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Re: Benefits of benefits

You get higher employment by removing the 100% effective tax rate that these people face at the moment, so there is a financial benefit to doing a few hours of work. For some people, the experience gained from these few hours of work per week will lead to more work in the future and eventually a full time job.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: bébé

For Chinese, they have a US English Keyboard and they type in Pinyin which gets transliterated into Chinese Characters.

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Re: Doesn't the mac

Is voice recognition any better than last time I tried it?

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Re: bébé

The Alt key to the right of the space bar serves as Alt-Gr in Parallels.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Re: Opex vs Capex

And the auditors. Components are only opex if they replace an existing broken one.

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El Reg chefs whip up Post-Pub Noshographic

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Re: The first step is missing

Do I really want to know what sort of wife you have if it is possible to collapse on her and the dog at the same time.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: Could this already be a problem ?

If you are 65 in 2039, you could well have taken out your first pension in 1992, so I would imagine that if there is a problem, someone would have spotted it by now. Most people these days taking out pension policies will be retiring after 2038.

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Samsung buys LoopPay ... to be better at bonking than Apple

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Re: Will work till the end of this year in the US

And when you swipe it, it tells you that you must use the chip, so basically the slot is there for American tourists to use.

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Mag stripe compatibility has more than twice the penetration?

In technologically backward countries like the USA maybe, but try presenting a mag-stripe card in a shop in Europe and you will get some strange looks.

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: "Branch" line

If all their employees worked in Bhutan, and their products were all sold from a Bhutanese hosted website, then yes that would work.

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Re: "Branch" line

They have a service company branch in the UK, and the Irish or Lux company pays the UK service company to do some work on their behalf, at the same rates that a third party outsourcing company such as Serco would charge.

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Re: What a load of rubbish...

That only works if you are non-domiciled or non-resident, otherwise if you take the money out of the company anywhere in the world, you have to pay UK tax on it. If you are non-resident in the UK, you are probably resident somewhere else and will have to pay tax there.

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Re: What a load of rubbish...

If you can justify your claim that an independent 3rd party would pay £30k per year for your logo, then yes you could do that. In reality, they might pay at most £300 as a one off fee for logo design. Starbucks has to pay lots of money in advertising and sponsorship to make their logo as valuable as it is.

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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If you work in tax, there was loads of very useful information on the hmrc.gov.uk website.

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Re: This or HP MicroServer

You can pick up an N54L for about £170. That's the model that was current about 2 years ago. I have the N40L, which is the previous model to that, and have absolutely no problems with performance.

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