* Posts by jonathanb

2292 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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Re: Aldi

They had barcode scanners in 1996 when the first one opened near me.

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Intuit halts TurboTax filings after states spot mass tax fraud scheme

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It is not the browser or software per se that is the attack vector. It is the fact that they accept returns from anyone without verifying who they are.

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HMRC had the same problem in the UK, on their own website, with people filing bogus tax credit applications. Now you have to ask for a claim form to be posted to your home address. It seems the state governments in the US are thinking the same way.

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Microsoft's Nadella: Congratulations on 12 months of not being Steve Ballmer

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Just like we are all using Windows 8?

Microsoft does have competition in the operating system market, it is called Windows 7, and costs nothing because it is already [probably] on your computer.

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Dixons Carphone clings to EE, Three in Phones 4U bullet dodge

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Re: Mobile Contracts for what things?

You could still communicate with them over Wifi on the LAN without an internet connection. Burglar alarm, I can understand why you would want it to display an alert on your phone while you are out. Heating, why on earth would anyone want to change their heating settings when they aren't around. Yes I know there is the idea that you can turn it on half an hour before you go home, and if you are going to be late, you can change that, provided of course that your delay is of a type that allows you to know exactly how late you are going to be with 30 minutes notice, and also that you are going to be in a position where you can get on your phone and do something about it.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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In that scenario, they are not moving from Android. Though it could the case that they are moving from Chinese landfill Android to iPhone.

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

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Re: Tragedy of the commons

In London, Über are just another minicab operator. There are loads of them around. Addison Lee is the biggest, they are cheaper than Über, and they also have a mobile app to book their cars.

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Fact Hunt!

Depends, if you use an offensive word in English, then it should probably translate it into an equivalently offensive word in the other language, and if you use a politically correct word, it should.

However, Google is nowhere near as good as a skilled human translator, and it works by examining already translated texts, so maybe I'm asking too much.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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One reason, the Mifi has a bigger battery and you can leave it in your bag. Also, if you are abroad, it is probably easier to buy a PAYG Mifi and load it with credit than put a new SIM in your phone and end up with a different phone number.

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Re: Other pre-existing infrastructure that could be used ...

That's fine for running fibre between cities. There is already quite a bit of that. This is for more local connections.

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Kim Dotcom flails desperately, launches chat service

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Re: MegaChat is in-browser, that's not very practical

With a web-based chat service, you need to contact the other person off-band to get them to visit the web page before you can call them. Chat services need to run in the background all the time if they are to be of any use.

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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I'm going to call it O3.

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Re: So the UK once had the most competitive mobile markets..

We get lots of manhole cover explosions in London because UK Power Networks doesn't maintain them properly. That didn't happen when Électricité de France owned them.

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Chunky Swedish ice maiden: Volvo XC60 D4 Manual EE Lux Nav

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Re: So, just how big is this car?

If you are comparing it to American cars, anything for sale in Britain is going to be small or very small.

As an example, the smallest car Volkswagen sell in the US is the Golf. Here, the smallest is the Up!, the next size up is the Polo, then there is the Golf.

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Re: Wrong kind of snow...

If snow on the windscreen was the only problem, then why didn't he just pull over somewhere safe and clear the snow off the bonnet?

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Dot-com is dead. Long live dot-com

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Re: "internationalized domain names"

You would have another domain pointing to the English language website.

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Not completely automated, but take the actual monthly mortgage payments for example. In the past, the homeowner would have gone to the bank counter with a pile of cash, it would be counted and put in the safe, and all the ledger cards would be updated manually and new balances added up. Now a computer requests payment from another computer, and those computers update the ledger tables in the database automatically. Things like working out the interest were really complicated for a human to do, but no trouble at all for a computer.

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Re: Fiduciary Duty

Unless the fact that you paid taxes was a USP that encouraged more customers to buy from you. Companies do sometimes spend more money than the minimum necessary for that reason, for example by buying Fair Traded goods, or signing up to the Living Wage.

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ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

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Re: dot-inc

That still leaves the problem of companies in different countries that have the same name. You could solve that by having for example .de.us.inc for Delaware, .ph.inc for Phillipines.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: COULD BE LETHAL

I would have had no problem in paying $25 to upgrade to Windows 8 if it was an improvement on Windows 7, but it is more of a downgrade than an upgrade, so even if it was free, and as I had a Technet subscription at the time, there was no marginal cost anyway.

One of the great things about Windows 2 back in the days was overlapping, resizable Windows. We seem to have somehow lost that in the TIFKAM side of Windows 8.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Re: The unasked question

Does anyone dual-boot these days? I'm sure it will work fine in a virtual machine.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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Re: iPlayer

But they could sell a subscription for maybe £145.50 per year and make quite a bit of money out of it.

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Citrix goes into the mouse business

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Microsoft's remote desktop app works quite well on the iPad. You can use the screen as a trackpad to move the mouse pointer around, and use much the same gestures for clicking, right clicking and so on that you would use on a laptop trackpad.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Build the test track between Houston and Dallas

He is basically comparing the track-laying cost of his project with the entire cost of a TGV or Shinkansen type line. The track-laying cost is I suspect, a fairly small proportion of the total cost.

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Re: Build the test track between Houston and Dallas

That's roughly the same distance as between London and Paris, which takes 2h 15m by Eurostar. Would the benefits of an unproven technology in terms of reduced journey times outweigh the additional costs and uncertainties, when compared to a technology that is well established and widely used throughout Europe, Japan and a few other countries?

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Re: Pure Genius

But the lines that already exist are running at full capacity, and the trains are seriously overcrowded. That's why we need a new line, and if you are going to build a new line, you may as well make it a high speed line.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Re: Not bad

Lots of people do run Linux these days, on smart TVs and similar, not so much on desktop computers.

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: I wonder

Indeed there is, but the point is that most of them could be avoided if there was a reason to avoid them.

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Re: I wonder

I pay for stuff with my credit card, a taxable transaction, then at the beginning of the following month, pay of the credit card, another taxable transaction. I could half my tax bill by paying by debit card instead.

Lots of companies in other countries have money in UK banks, so much so that more Euro denominated transactions take place in the UK than in the rest of the world put together, and more US Dollar transactions take place in the UK than in any other country. Those companies could reduce their tax bills by not using British banks.

Then I don't think you will find that 0.35% is anything like enough to cover the government's budget.

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Re: I wonder - North London commuters

It would cost more to upgrade an existing line to take double decker trains than build a brand new line. HS2 will be built to continental loading gauge so will be able to take double decker trains.

Another problem with double deckers is that it takes a lot longer for people to get on and off, so they have to wait longer at each station.

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Re: I wonder - North London commuters

No actually, it isn't, because that requires longer platforms, which depending on the layout of the station, and other stuff round about it, ranges in price from moderately expensive to virtually impossible.

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Re: I wonder

Tax destroys economic activity. Government spending creates it, and some forms of spending create more than others.

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Re: I wonder

HS2 frees up capacity on the West Coast Mainline for more local train services, so that the commuter trains for people who live to the north of London are less overcrowded.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Which is great when the bus stops at the bus stop, and not a few meters behind it, because there is already another bus there.

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Users shun UK.gov flagship digital service

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Re: on both a 28k modem and a 56k modem

Provided your tax affairs are straightforward. If you have anything remotely out of the ordinary in your income, then you have to revert to a paper return.

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Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

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Re: Single Volume?

What I like about the Seagate is that it can be used as a plug-in replacement, and it gave my older Apple laptop, which doesn't understand fusion drives, a new lease of life.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: Nobel gas bag

The Financial Reporting Council covers Ireland as well as the UK, and a lot of the accountants in Malaysia are registered with one of the UK accountancy bodies.

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German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods

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If it is a library, and there is somebody watching you use the fingerprint scanner, then it is probably a bit more secure. They will likely notice if you have a bit of balloon attached to your finger.

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T-Mobile US CEO on wearables: 'Apple Watch is the tipping point'

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Re: Time accuracy

When I'm at work I can see the time on the bottom right hand corner of my computer screen.

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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Re: 2 year release cycle

You don't have to buy the latest model every year, and I suspect most people don't. However, when they do buy a new phone, they probably do want to buy the latest model, or have last year's model as the budget option.

So no, I don't think that would be a good idea. Next year, people who want to buy a phablet would have the option of last years iPhone 6+, or the Galaxy Note 5.

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Would they be able to make a 4" phone as thin as the iPhone 6 and still have a tolerable battery life?

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Metrics house hails Apple DOMINANCE of X-Mas phone 'n' slab sales

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Same with the iPad. But does activation mean setting it up with a mobile data plan, or connecting it to the relevant app store?

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Google gives Microsoft office an awkward hug with new plugin

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Re: Confused

Dropbox and Google Drive sync the entire folder. I believe the OneDrive feature he's referring to is something where you can selectively chose which documents you wish to cache, but still have all the documents appearing in the folder. Not available on my Windows 7 copy of OneDrive, but I read about it here.

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

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It involved buying up all the bags of sugar in the local supermarkets and putting it into the concrete. That stopped it setting and gave them time to remove it all while still wet.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: Her choice

The only time you buy an ironing board as a present for a woman is if she is your daughter, and she's moving out to her own place for the first time. Laptops aren't in the same category at all.

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In dot we trust: If you keep to this 124-page security rulebook, you can own yourname.trust

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Re: The rest of the story

But does it address the main security risk, that people are willing to visit a site like 例子.cn/saajkshkj/www.barclays.co.uk/ajsdklfjaksdjflkj and enter their bank login details.

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

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Re: Amen brother!

If there are tractors or some other form of machinery on the paddy fields rather than (mostly) women, and those women are instead making something else, then we will still have the same amount of rice, or possibly more, and we have the other things they make as well.

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Re: Reality Distortion Field

Apple don't claim to be the ethical choice. They claim that their products are better quality and easier to use than the competition, which you may or may not agree with, but has nothing to do with whether they are ethically sourced.

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Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge

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On the desktop, Bing is usually the default and most people do change it to Google. Often they have to ask someone who knows about computers to do it for them, but they do make the effort to do it.

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Amazon workers in Germany stage CHRISTMAS STRIKE

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Re: Frequently-revolting staff stomp off for three days

Amazon's mail order company is located in Luxembourg, and pays various logistics company divisions around Europe to fulfil the orders. That is how they manage to not pay any tax.

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