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1922 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

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Well look at the claims in turn

He claims his device can read number plates. I don't know if that is true, but OCR does exist, and it is possible with current technology to do that. It could be true.

Lets look at the other claims:

It can detect speeding. Average speed cameras do exist that record number plates and the time taken to get from one camera to another. This claim could be true.

It can spot tax dodgers. If it was linked to DVLA's car tax database, then it could check that. Devices that do that are used. This claim could be true, but only in respect of car tax dodgers.

It can spot disabled people. Blue badges are issued to people, not cars. You can use it if the badge holder is in the car, or if you are going to pick up the badge holder. It is not possible for this claim to be true.

It can spot terrorists. There is no database of terrorists linked to registration numbers. MI5 and MI6 may have some terrorist-linked registration numbers on file, but there is no way you can make the claim that this devices will spot terrorists.

It can spot car theives and shop lifters. If a car is reported stolen, the registration number is forwarded to police and traffic wardens, and they will look out for it. In this respect, it might find stolen cars some of the time. There is no way it could find shop lifters.

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Why IBM's server sell-off is a lightbulb moment

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Re: Avoid the commodity

Maybe you should try doing word-processing on a 15-20 year old machine, just to remind yourself how slow and frustrating it was back then compared to now.

20 years ago, we had Windows 3.11 and Office 6. 15 years ago we had Windows 98 and Office 97. The computers would crash several times per day. Changing fonts meant waiting a few seconds for the dialog box to come up. Printing was the same, and you had to wait until the job was sent to the printer before you could start working again.

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ChewBacca point-of-sale keylogger SLURPS your CREDIT CARD data

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Re: Sir

Dial-up will add about 20-30 seconds to the transaction time. That may not sound like a lot, and it isn't if only one person waits that long, but when you have a whole queue of people at the till, it reduces the number of people that till can serve per day.

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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You need Adobe for some of HMRC's PDF forms.

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Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions

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Re: Hmmmm

Warrants could be for things like billing details for a particular account they are interested in.

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Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

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Re: new products

I have one, and it does what it is supposed to do quite well, but I have to switch to something else, and use a different remote to watch broadcast TV. An actual TV set, complete with screen, from Apple, could potentially be much better than what's out there at the moment.

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Re: new products

There may well be a smart TV in the pipeline, and by that I mean something where you can watch some actual TV, not like the current Apple TV and similar products from other suppliers.

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: What I suggest the unfortunate do

The only way to tell the difference between a phishing email and a legitimate email from a bank is whether or not the SPF record matches, and whether or not the url in the message is correct. As there is no practical way to get a list of valid urls for each bank, the only way is to look at SPF records.

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Re: The ISP is to blame not the sender

If Natwest has an SPF record for their domain, and an email arrives from outside the permitted range of addresses, then it is perfectly reasonable to assume it is a phishing email, of which there are many, and refuse to accept delivery of it.

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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Re: The Prince is Poor !

In the US, the procedure is to start a "Jon Doe" case, then get orders against Google and Facebook to reveal the IP addresses of the people you are interested in, then get the ISP that owns those addresses to reveal the subscriber, then proceed with the case against the subscriber.

In the UK, you would get Norwich Parmcal orders against Google, Facebook and the ISP, and then sue the subscriber when you know their name.

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Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

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Re: HP Servers?

They could be doing an HP agreement with Blackhorse Finance to shift profits elsewhere in the group.

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Microsoft loses grip on Christmas shoppers... despite XBox boost

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Re: My experience with Windows Phone

My Galaxy Note 2 has an excellent battery life, and reports suggest that the Note 3 has a similarly good battery life. It seems that a larger screen means more space for a bigger battery behind it, and the extra capacity on that battery more than offsets the additional power demands of the larger screen.

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Re: And still I have yet to see a Windows phone in the wild

Someone in our office has one. He uses it as a telephone only though, and I have no idea why he doesn't just get the cheapest Nokia dumb phone.

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Apple now spends more on chips than top three PC makers combined

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Re: Self supply

It matters because Apple has to buy in all the chips it uses, and many of them come from Samsung. Samsung also makes those chips for its own phones and slabs, and they don't appear in the sales stats because they are internal transfers.

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

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The remote control for a Roku is 5.5", and that is smaller than most TV remotes. Mine is 8", and I can't really see how you could fit the buttons on anything much smaller than that.

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UK.gov to Google: Kill impostor taxmen ADs hogging top spot in YOUR search results

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Re: I see nothing wrong with this.

I'd rather HMRC didn't have to pay lots of my money to Google to outbid scam websites.

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Re: Sorry, but tough

This particular scam site charges you £50 to send out the application form. You then have to pay another £50 to DVLA to get the actual licence.

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Re: Bing

taxreturngateway.com are the first listed advert on Bing as well. HMRC's own website is listed 5th in the list.

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If you reckon Google will never tap into Nest's Wi-Fi thermostats, guess again

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Re: Advertising!

Google can have some sort of idea where you are from your IP address. Certainly which country you are in, and in most cases they can narrow it down to approximately county level.

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Re: Advertising!

Google already knows where you are and what the weather is like outside, so Sammy's sweater shop can already target ads in this manner. The likes of Tesco already use weather forecasts to decide what to stock their shelves with.

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Pay-as-you-GONE: Help! T Mobile's swiped my phone credit – customers

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I take it you have never drived round Marble Arch at 3:30 am? Even a that time of the night, it is incredibly busy.

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The average speed of traffic in central London is something like 11 miles per hour, so 2 hours to drive 20 miles is very plausible.

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Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

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Re: Are there no prisons?

Apparently Indian prisons aren't particularly nice places. Throw them in one of them.

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Are there no prisons?

Put a few of these scumbags in jail for a reasonable length of time, and the rest will realise it isn't worth the risk.

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Two websites you should show your boss if you want to be paid in Bitcoin

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Re: Hmmm........

There is no capital gains tax for profits made from actual foreign currency, and also no tax relief if you make a loss on foreign currency.

Bitcoin however is not a foreign currency, so it is subject to capital gains, and also VAT if you sell more than £79,000 of them, or them + anything else in a year.

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Re: Hmmm........

Box C of the P11D, "Value of vouchers and payments made using credit cards or tokens".

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Re: Alternatively...

The employer has to buy Bitcoins with cash, so what difference does it make?

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Light, fast ... and pricey: Toshiba's Portégé Z30 – now THIS is an Ultrabook

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Re: £1,300?!??

£1339 will get you the equivalent spec MacBook Air. £1249 will get you the MacBook Pro you are referring to.

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EE and Voda subscribers to get 2G and 3G INSIDE the Channel Tunnel

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Re: This is very weird

That would be in the northbound tunnel. The northbound tunnel was allocated to the French networks, and the southbound tunnel to the English networks. The French networks were much quicker at getting their kit installed in the tunnel, even though Orange operated on both sides of the channel at the time.

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Southbound, you will be "roaming" as soon as you leave the tunnel and see the French sky. Northbound, you will continue to "roam" until you leave the tunnel and see the English sky.

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Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain

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Re: Absence of quality third party applications

Depends what you are looking for, but things like the app for your local buses, your train operator, shops that you like to check prices for, apps for local taxi companies, that sort of thing.

Anything that is of local or niche interest rather than global / mass market interest is generally only available for iOS and Android.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: WGAF

And why do they always show slow motion stuff on these demo screens? Is it because the pathetically low frame rate means that in faster moving stuff, you lose much of the benefit of the extra pixels?

The other problem I have that an 84" screen is way too big for my flat. Let me know when there is a 32" or smaller screen that I can put on my desk and attach a computer to.

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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Re: GP's Opening Hours

His golf-playing hours clash with my work hours as well.

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Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767

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Re: It wasn't terrorists...

Absolutely right there. There were almost certainly some children on the flight, and they would use the toilet, and the camera would snap inappropriate pictures of them, meaning the perpetrator would be guilty of child porn offences.

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Only iPhone fondling rose at Xmas: Were non-Apple fans in a turkey coma?

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How much time do Fanbois spend browsing on Apple's website? Yes probably more than the amount of time Fandroids spend on it, but in any case I don't think Apple has any third party advertising on their website.

They will be looking at newspaper websites, and shopping sites for all sorts of other kit, and that's where the third party advertising is.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

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Re: The Golden era

He is still trying to break into the electric bicycle market - http://www.sinclairzx.com/

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JAILBREAK! US smut spam king Kilbride flees minimum security prison

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Re: 2013 closes on a joyous news note!

"Why don't the big email providers fix the spam problem?"

The spam filters on my email server reject 96.5% of all incoming emails. Probably about 5% of what does get through is spam. So assuming no false positives, that means 96.5% of all email is spam that is blocked, 0.2% is spam that is not blocked, and 3.3% is non-spam and that my spam filter correctly identifies 99.8% of all spam.

The big email providers do put a lot of effort into blocking spam, but getting from 99.8% to 100% is very hard. They can possibly manage more than 99.8% because they have millions of users clicking on their "report spam" buttons" which I don't have, but even so, you aren't going to get to 100%.

Your email box may be bad, but I don't think you appreciate just how much worse it would be if your email service was completely unfiltered.

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Apple wants sales ban on Samsung smartphones nobody is selling

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Re: Apple utility patents?

A utility patent is a patent on an invention that actually does something, as opposed to a design patent which protects the distinctive look of a product, such as the three stripes on Adidas products, or allegedly the rounded corners on an iPhone.

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ICO to focus only on 'serious, repeat' data-protection offenders

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Re: Overwhelmed by complaints

If there were some actual meaningful punishments for breaking the law, like for example a few weeks in prison and criminal asset recovery procedures, combined with proper enforcement so that the criminals actually face these punishments, then maybe there wouldn't be so many people breaking the law, and therefore so many complaints.

The reason so many people break the law at the moment is because they know they can get away with it.

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Samsung: Men, our Gear smartwatch will make you a hit with the sexy ladies

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Re: UK Advertising

No, the ones that kick in about 6 months after the ad campaign is finished.

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

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Re: I don't get it

This is channel sales. Most people get their Apple kit direct from Apple.

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Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT

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Re: Rechargables

Panasonic Evolta batteries seem to be working fine for me.

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

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Re: Yet another stunning decision...

HP Sauce is made in Poland these days.

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

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Re: Disagree

If he had an iPhone since he was 7, he can't be any older than 14 now, and therefore too. young to appear on I'm a celebrity.

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

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Re: Drain cleaner

http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/ was a hate / violence site at a place where I used to work.

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Re: Drain cleaner

The question is more about what you can do if your site is blocked and as a result, people can't visit it. We already have the same situation with sites being blocked from mobile networks, so we know how mobile telcos respond to complaints about sites being wrongfully blocked.

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Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

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Re: Interest in debt is their own fault

"Tax turnover and eliminate the loopholes at a stroke"

Unfortunately, that won't work

You can avoid a lot of turnover tax by taking over your suppliers, so that there is only one sale to the end consumer rather than lots of sales along the supply chain.

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Re: Isn't this the same Vodafone...

Cars are classified as a wasting asset, and therefore exempt from CGT. Verizon shares are not so classified, so are subject to CGT.

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

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Re: Tulips ! @ Jonathan 29

This particular 50% downward swing is a bear trap. They do happen fairly frequently in the upward phase of a bubble.

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

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Re: @AndrueC

"Interestingly, El Reg were invited to our first industry meeting and we gave them tea, coffee and biscuits - this article is how they repay us? Ungrateful B@stards - no biscuits for you lot next time."

I for one commend El-Reg for not being bribed by tea and biscuits.

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