* Posts by jonathanb

2533 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

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I'm not familiar with the systems at Hilton US, and my knowledge of Hilton UK systems is quite a few years out of date; but in the UK, the central reservation system is, or was, separate to the front of house system.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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America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

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Re: i guess...

Does your modified router transmit wifi signals any differently to the $30 original, or are the changes related to the UI or the way it routes network packets? If you increased the signal strength or transmitted on different frequencies, that would be a problem, but having more control over packet filtering and forwarding should not be a problem.

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BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

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Re: Only me

Every electric heater is 100% efficient, except for some heat pumps that can be more than 100% efficient.

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

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Re: How about...

Amazon lives in your aforementioned Ivory Towers, and it is trivial for them. It is also trivial compared to what most of their customers spend, who tend to be companies rather than individuals.

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Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

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So that's where Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf (former Iraq information minister) is working now, as ther PR head.

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Wow, Barcelona really has a problem with tech disruptors. Watch out Airbnb

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Re: What is a tourist?

In the UK, it is a rental for a period of less than 6 months, in this case VAT has to be charged for the first 30 days of any rental.

Someone from the suburbs who wants a city centre flat for 1 night would almost certainly be a tourist in Barcelona.

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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

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Re: In the mean time...

The problem is that Über doesn't specify a price for a trip, they give an estimate, but the actual charge is based in time taken and km/miles driven.

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Mass redundancy marathon nearly over at HP

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Re: Ordering from HP

I ordered some things from their website many years ago. The ordering process was OK, but they put an iPaq in a box big enough to take a Proliant server. The delivery man thought the box was empty and he would need to take it back, I opened it in front of him, and he was surprised when I told him the little thing taped to the bottom of the box was indeed what I ordered and everything was OK.

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Spaniard claims WWII WAR HERO pigeon code crack. Explain please

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Re: Howt to heap shit on your own head

Yes, signing the official secrets act makes no difference, you are bound by it anyway. The government only asks people to sign it to make them aware that they are dealing with official secrets.

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Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares

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Well why would you want to control your alarm clock from your phone when your phone already has a perfectly functional alarm clock app?

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Apple will reveal new iPhone on Sept 9 – this is what it may look like

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Re: Some exclusive features

I think it will be the same price as the iPhone 6 is currently, but other than that, I agree.

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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Taking the road analogy, you can have things like traffic lights which switch between roads on a junction, giving each one a chance to access the junction in turn, but apply equally to all types of traffic on that road. That's net neutrality. You could also have things like bus lanes which give one type of traffic, buses, priority over other types of traffic. That's not net neutrality.

Today, when driving home, I was delayed for about 20 minutes because a lorry ignored a "no HGVs" sign and went down a narrow road towards a single track bridge that it couldn't get across, when it should have gone about 3 miles upstream to the next bridge. That is an example of where net neutrality would be a bad thing.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Re: Proof, (if it were needed)

Some people watch the football in BBC Alba with the volume turned down and listen to the commentary on an English-speaking radio station as it is cheaper than Sky. Apart from that, does anyone watch it at all?

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SMEs in the firing line as fake invoice scams skyrocket

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Re: Invoices, thousands of em

Those ones are viruses, which is a different thing altogether.

In this scam, they contact the company pretending to be a supplier, and they will make sure it is a real actual supplier to the company, and tell them that their bank details have changed, so that when they do pay the real invoices, they pay them to the wrong bank account.

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Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

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Re: @Twilkins - yup, me too...

O2 has TuGo. One of the benefits of that one is you can use it over wifi abroad and pay as if you were in the UK.

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If you bought them at Carphone Warehouse, they will be unlocked. I believe Phones4U was the same, but they aren't around any more.

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Geeks on quest for world's most pointless YouTube video

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Re: A big "plus one" to you...

Some of the tutorials are actually very useful.

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Imation now fully under activist investor's control

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Re: Is it possible....

I remember the days when Imation were the market leader in floppy disks. Maybe they still are, but the last time I saw a floppy disk was when I was having a clear-out of old junk. When technology moves on, there is no reason why the leading company in the old technology should be anything special in the replacement technology, in fact, they almost certainly won't be.

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