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1829 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

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Re: I use VI! ;-)

If your system is a bit b0rked, you sometimes need to use vi to get it back into a state where it can run emacs. That is the only use for vi.

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US House and Senate push patent troll bills

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Re: Pig, lipstick, head, sand, bury.

The USPTO is certainly one of the problems, but not the only one.

We have patent trolls that write to companies telling them they are violating one of their patents, but won't tell them which one. They ask for a licence to cover all the patents in their portfolio, and if the company asks for more details about the patent they are allegedly violating, then the demand increases.

In many cases, the company isn't violating any of the troll's patents, but it costs more to fight them than it does to pay the licence fee, so basically they are engaging in blackmail.

Probably to solve this problem, the USA needs to move to a loser pay system for court cases like what happens in the rest of the world.

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Rogue trader gets 2½ years for BILLION-dollar Apple share plot

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They didn't have the money to pay for the shares they had ordered. They were hoping to sell them for a profit before settlement day.

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Data of 42 MILLION seekers for love plundered from Aussie dating site

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Re: Ummm

Because Cupid is full of fake profiles, even if their auditors can't find them.

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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

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Re: For shame

Well you are given the opportunity to say no, but they still collect the data anyway.

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MILEY CYRUS in JUST HER PANTIES would LOVE a smartwatch: Samsung

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Picture required

I was expecting to see a photo to illustrate how such a chanteuse might use this watch while wearing only a single item of clothing.

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Google deletes Maps satellite photos of 14-year-old's unsolved murder

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Re: I would have thought

Maybe you didn't see him being shot, but maybe you did see a blood-stained madman a few blocks away getting into a car.

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#ALERT! There'll be EMERGENCIES on TWITTER for UK, Ireland

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My grandmother's sister-in-law made $28tn in 3 nanoseconds by working on the internet #alert scamurl.example/dhj2893

Also, as other people have pointed out, I only want alerts for things in my area. SMS is probably the best way to do that.

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Gov mulls making it easier for ICO to squash marketing pests

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"for example, calls from telecoms or energy companies advising on better deals or tariffs potentially save consumers money"

No they do not. The calls from such companies invariably end up with you spending more money than you did before, as the prosecutions from OFGEM have shown.

Also, fines are not good enough as they are not acting as a deterrent. We need prison sentences and criminal asset recovery as well.

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Fukushima fearmongers: It's YOUR FAULT Japan DUMPED CO2 targets

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Re: Not looking at the full picture

OK, you have taken all the radioactive stuff off-site. Where has it gone? Has it disappeared, or do you need to look after it somewhere else?

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Not looking at the full picture

Most of the Chernobyl and Fukushima victims are still alive and in good health. However they have been evacuated from their homes and they are never going to return. Is that not something that should be taken into consideration.

Also, a very big problem with nuclear is the amount of expenditure required on the plant after it reaches the end of its useful life. That isn't something we can rely on the private sector to do. Why would they spend money on something that doesn't bring in sales revenue? The great civilisations of 200 years ago aren't always the great civilisations of today. Some of them are now war zones, or have been at some time in the last 200 years. So we can't rely on the government to do it either.

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True fact: Britain is losing its brains

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http://www.kpmg.com/global/en/services/tax/tax-tools-and-resources/pages/corporate-tax-rates-table.aspx

"The corporate tax rate is 40%. The marginal federal corporate income tax rate on the highest income bracket of corporations (currently USD 18,333,333 and above) is 35%. State and local governments may also impose income taxes ranging from 0% to 12%, the top marginal rates averaging approximately 7.5%. A corporation may deduct its state and local income tax expense when computing its federal taxable income, generally resulting in a net effective rate of approximately 40%. The effective rate may vary significantly depending on the locality in which a corporation conducts business. The United States also has a parallel alternative minimum tax (AMT) system, which is generally characterized by a lower tax rate (20%) but a broader tax base."

So, 40% up to $18,333,333; 35% on anything above that. State income tax is extra, and can be claimed as an expense against your Federal tax bill. In Delaware, the State income tax is zero, and that is where 90% of larger US businesses are based.

The expenses you can claim against your income are more generous than in the UK, so you will be paying 40% or 35% of a smaller number, however, you will most of the time pay more tax in the US than in the UK.

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Corporate tax in the USA is actually higher than here, which is why Ireland, Luxembourg and Bermuda are very popular places to set up a company.

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Google bigs up iOS Gmail app, leaves room for fat fingers of iPad-fondlers

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Review?

Any reason why I should use this instead of the stock email client?

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We've found it – the ULTIMATE man-cave accessory

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Very expensive for what it is

22" TV - £130 - http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-dvd-blu-ray/televisions/small-screen-tvs-up-to-32/logik-l22fed13-22-led-tv-with-built-in-dvd-player-20374552-pdt.html

Mini fridge - £100 - http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/household-appliances/refrigeration/wine-cooling-mini-refrigeration/husky-el202-budweiser-mini-fridge-red-13828284-pdt.html

Home cinema system - £110 http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-dvd-blu-ray/dvd-blu-ray-home-cinema/home-cinema-systems/sony-davtz140-cek-5-1-dvd-home-cinema-system-12716783-pdt.html

Then you just need to find some sort of drawer unit, £200 at most.

You don't have to get the ones I linked to from Currys. Other suppliers exist and some of them are cheaper. But still you are looking at a maximum of £540.

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SourceForge responds to GIMP grump with crowdsourcing caper

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Re: Crowdsourcing common sense?

You need to disable adblock first. Even Internet Explorer has adblock available for it these days.

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Hackers steal 'FULL credit card details' of 376,000 people from Irish loyalty programme firm

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Re: parent company

They will receive a letter telling them that they are very naughty, and asking that they try not to do it again.

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El avión Buitre 2 rinde homenaje a nuestros amigos españoles

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Ayudar

¿Puedo tener una traducción en Inglés por favor?

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BROADBAND will SAVE THE ECONOMY, shriek UK.gov bods

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Superfast broadband is 24Mbps. The other target is that everyone in the country should be able to get 2Mbps broadband.

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Is it all up for LANDFILL ANDROID? BEHOLD, the Moto G

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Re: Confusing

Or an Apple Store employee called Sam Sung - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/21/sam_sung_the_apple_store_employee/

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Facebook makes Adobe fans change their horrible, horrible passwords

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Password strength

Everyone knows that you can't have a lowercase word as a password anymore, it must be mixed case and numbers. But that is easy, instead of having "password" as your password, you now have "Password1".

I do something very similar for sites where I do not care if someone manages to break in and find my password.

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Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

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Re: Over it, stop the click baiting!

You can get a Samsung Galaxy Y on pay as you go from Carphone Warehouse for £30. That runs Android. I've no idea how well it does it, but at that price point, they are competing with dumb phones as well as feature phones.

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Re: unhelpful review

People looking at it think it looks like an iPad, and expect it to work like one. That is the point the article was making.

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Re: Wrong comparison

For the Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2, anything that works on Windows 8.1 works on it. Maybe there are a few things that need more memory, a bigger hard drive or a better graphics card, but other than that, you have an Intel i5 PC with 4 or 8GB of RAM, intel graphics, and whatever sized SSD hard drive you choose. Anything that works on that spec PC will work on it.

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Docking it

There is a mini displayport socket that can be used with the appropriate adapter to connect it to a monitor. The adapters will presumably be the same ones that work with all recent Macs.

There is also a USB port that can be used to attach a keyboard and mouse, or bluetooth if you want to use wireless versions of them.

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

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They target my area heavily as well, possibly because there are very few Virgin Media Customers nearby.

The reason there are very few customers is because they don't offer a service here.

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Re: here we go...

I'm going to bet that they do declare taxable profits in this country if possible.

The reason is that they have massive brought forward losses from the NTL days, and they can offset them against those and not pay any tax. That will be cheaper than paying American Corporate Income Tax.

By the way, they have always been an American owned company. It was a couple of Americans who set up National Transcommunications Ltd and started looking for opportunities to set up cable services. They found an opportunity in the UK, but not in their home country.

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

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No arithmetic?

Obviously they don't want them to learn arithmetic any more because they they would discover that their "calucations" of "losses" arising from "piracy" are complete rubbish, saying as they assume that every "pirate" would pay full price for every single item they "pirated" if they weren't able to get a copy by the means they did obtain it, and that the money they didn't spend on their CDs and DVDs didn't get spent on anything else either.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Re: Honest question...

With digital, you have to convert from analogue to digital and back to analogue, which takes time, depends on the codec, but possibly as much as a second.

With satellite, you have the time it takes for the signal to get to up to the bird and back down to the ground again, about another 0.3 seconds.

With internet, you have to buffer the stream to allow for the fact that speed can vary and packets can get lost in transit. That can add up to 30 seconds.

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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Google didn't dump flash support on Android. Adobe dumped flash support on Android.

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Given that everyone uses chrome these days, except for the few people like me that use firefox, yes it is unthinkable that Microsoft could try that.

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

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Re: To be Fair

BT beat a joint Sky / ITV bid. The free matches went on ITV and there will be less free matches on BT than there were on ITV.

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Re: Can I opt out?

Plusnet (owned by BT) is cheaper, but doesn't come with BT Sport. That is your deduction for unsubscribing.

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GoDaddy kicks off gTLD land rush with first domain sales

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Re: I'm baffled by this...

Most people don't even know that you can type in domains directly. They type things like "facebook.com" into the google search box.

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Re: Uno

I would generally look to .es sites for Spanish language content, or of course the domains from the other Spanish speaking countries.

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IT finance bod coughs to slurping £130k from customers' accounts

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Re: I thought CISCO only leaked data, not cash

What I don't understand is firstly, why was the person tasked with collecting direct debits from customers allowed to make payments out of the bank account. Secondly, the only payments going out of the collections account should be to the main current account, and that should be managed by the payables department, not the receivables department.

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One of the things auditors look for is accounts staff that never take holidays. The fact that he was caught while on holiday is significant.

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Smut-spreading copyright trolls told to return cash extracted from victims

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Re: Fraud, and the only punishment is paying court costs for the defendants?

I don't agree about 6 decades in prison. You put people in jail for one of two reasons, to deter others from doing the same thing, or for public safety, because if they are locked up, they can't harm the public with their crimes.

You can deal with the public safety aspect by banning them from practicing as lawyers ever again. 3 months with early release after 6 weeks if they behave themselves inside probably is enough of a deterrent for most lawyers who are thinking of doing the same thing, provided it is combined with criminal asset recovery and the lifetime ban on practicing as a lawyer I referred to earlier. You would leave them inside for longer if they don't reveal where all their assets are, that is pretty normal in these sorts of cases.

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Re: Fraud, and the only punishment is paying court costs for the defendants?

Jail time would be more appropriate.

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Lavabit, secure email? Hardly, says infosec wizard Moxie Marlinspike

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Re: This Annoyed the Hell out of Me

My timings are for downloading https://www.google.co.uk are as follows:

On Windows 7

Firefox - 1 second

IE 11 - 1 second

Chrome - 2 seconds

Opera (with turbo mode) 3 seconds

Opera (without turbo mode) 5 seconds

On Mavericks

Safari - considerably less than 1 second, but it seems to be preloaded, other sites aren't as quick

Chrome - 1 second

Firefox - 1 second

Opera (with turbo mode) 5 seconds

Opera (without turbo mode) 8 seconds

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Twitter co-founder chats to banks about floating ANOTHER profitless firm

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Re: Competition

In the UK, you do go to your bank if you want a card processing account.

Either way, there is an established mechanism out there to allow customers to pay retailers electronically using some sort of plastic card. Those people have an advantage over everyone else should they want to add the facility to pay using your phone to that.

As someone who sometimes pays using plastic cards, I would trust a bank supplied app for phone based payments more than I would trust some tech startup I've never heard of.

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Virgin Media suffers growing pains as Cable Cowboy daddy settles in

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Re: What this really means...

Depreciation and amortisation are not allowable expenses for tax purposes. Instead you get capital allowances and an annual investment allowance.

Share based payments are not allowable for tax purposes except in circumstances where they are taxable income in the hands of the recipient - http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/budget2013/ct-relief-employee-shares.pdf

Virgin Media has massive historical losses going back to the NTL days. These can be carried forward and set off against future profits, so they are not going to be paying any tax any time soon. Any company that makes those sorts of losses and somehow manages to survive gets the same benefits.

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Cost saving idea

Here's a cost saving idea for anyone at Virgin Media who wants to listen

Either

1. Stop bombarding my street with junk mail advertising your products

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2. Put some actual cables along the street so that people who want your products can actually sign up for them.

What the point of advertising to people who can't buy your product because you won't sell it to them? I just don't get it.

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I survived Spiceworld 2013, heat and all: Here's how I did it

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Re: tl;dr

I was going to say exactly the same thing. To be fair, even google's first thought on the word "spiceworld" is the 1997 film about the girl band.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: MicroSD slot?

It doesn't have one, and the article did say that.

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New US Apple factory will make INVINCIBLE sapphire glass for SHINY iThings

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Re: Beginning of the end?

Lots of companies are reshoring their manufacturing, not just Apple. There are two reasons for that. Firstly, thanks to fracking, energy prices are now much cheaper in the US than in China, so that makes the USA more competitive for energy intensive processes. Secondly, wage rises in China mean that the difference in salaries between Chinese and American workers isn't as high as it used to be.

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Re: Never send a computer guy to do a material scientists job

They use it for the camera lenses, or at least the class the covers the lense, rather than the touch screen.

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Microsoft's Windows Azure Plan B: A hard drive, a courier and a data-centre monkey

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Re: The old classic....

I recon you could get about 60 petabytes of 4TB hard drives in a Ford Transit. A bit less than that if you pack them to avoid damage en route. If you say 15PB and you can get it to its destination next day, that is a lot of bandwidth.

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

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Re: I suppose...

If you want to play around with 150 slide powerpoint presentations, then obviously you would use a laptop, not an iPad. You use the right tool for the job.

How long does it take to reach out to your bedside table in the morning, pick up your HP slab, and check emails and news websites on it? From putting my hand round the iPad to having El-Reg's homepage open on it takes me probably somewhere between 1 and 2 seconds. On a laptop, it would take a lot longer.

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Re: I suppose...

I'm quite happy with my iPad 2. In a couple of years time I will probably replace it with the iPad 7 or whatever is out then, but the fact I don't need to buy a new one every year is for me a good thing about Apple kit.

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