* Posts by jonathanb

2521 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Union confirms two-day strike over Universal Credit's pisspoor IT

jonathanb
Silver badge

It will be more profitable because every £ you earn will always mean extra money in your pocket after paying tax/NI on it, and taking into account the reduction in your benefit entitlements.

1
2
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Did I read this right?

"Could they not just take 20+ each and phone them up?"

I think that is pretty much what's happening. And they have to calculate the claim manually (or at any rate on a Spreadsheet).

0
0

Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Does anyone trust Ofcom to handling any IP addressing?

Reading for example went from 0734 to 01734, then about a year later to 01189. London went from 01 to 071 and 081, then to 0171 and 0181, and after that to 0207 and 0208.

0
0

What? EMEA PC sales dropped by HOW much?

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: I'm curious...

The Macbook Air is a premium ultra mobile. The HP Stream is a non-premium ultra mobile.

0
0

What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Call me a cab . . .

Or "at the roundabout, take the first exit", which happens to be a farm track that isn't on the Satnav map. OK, you might notice something wrong there very quickly. How about when it asks you to take the second exit, which is a plausible road, but it actually means the third exit, because the farm track isn't on the map.

7
0

Google says its AI will jetwash all traces of malodorous spam from your box

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: hmmm

I would be surprised if the % of email that is spam is anything like as low as 75%. More like the high 90s% spam.

0
0

A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: What about the rest?

Hotmail is definitely a cloud service, and that has been around for 19 years.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

It means the same as using the internet, or, in the case of a "private cloud", using the local area network, or "personal cloud" - using things over bluetooth.

0
0

Osbo PRINTS first Tory budget in 19 years with his BARE HANDS

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: No mnetion of...

Unchanged as far as I'm aware. He didn't mention it.

0
0

Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

jonathanb
Silver badge

Typing in a 4 digit number isn't hard, but it does take time. A contactless card transaction on Transport for London services takes 0.5 seconds to complete, 0.3 seconds if it is Oyster. A PIN transaction would probably take about 5 seconds. 4.5 seconds may not sound like a major inconvenience, but multiply it by the hundreds or thousands of people in queue waiting to get into the station, and it makes a huge difference.

2
1

North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: value of class A network on resale market

Sure, but you need to persuade me why I should upgrade now rather than wait until these unspecified new services are available. If I'm going to spend money and effort on it, there needs to be a tangible benefit that I get in return. That's why I'm proposing a new thing that is in the pipeline be available only on IPv6.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: value of class A network on resale market

The average person doesn't know what "multicast-based services" means.

The most common use-case of multicast is live video streaming to lots of people at the same time, eg internet TV or video conferencing. But you can do that over IPv4, and lots of people already do.

If you are to persuade people to upgrade to a new technology, then you have to demonstrate that it can do something they can't do already, or it is better in some way, eg faster, more reliable or whatever. "Upgrade to IPv6 to get Ultra-HD video" is a simple, easy to understand proposition. They already understand for example that Netflix isn't going to work on a dial-up connection, they need something a bit better, and you need the best connection for the best video quality. Of course there are many people who are perfectly happy with normal HD, or even Standard Definition video, but it is something to run with. At the moment we have nothing.

1
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: value of class A network on resale market

The problem is that until everyone else converts over to IPv6, there's no point, because there are no benefits from doing so.

One thing Google, Nextflix et al could do is make Ultra HD video available only on IPv6. Then people would have a reason to switch, and ISPs could sell it as a premium service.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Another scare tactic to charge more money

That may actually be a better idea than IPv6, though the problem, as with IPv6, is getting all the hardware manufacturers to add support for this. The IP address is a 32 digit binary number, so while the extra binary digits could be represented as a letter, that might not be the best way to do it.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

I have devices on my local network that I do not want to be routeable from outside. NAT means I don't have to worry about them. Also, if I switch ISPs, the external IP address changes, by my LAN setup stays the same.

1
0

Another day, ANOTHER Windows 10 build for us Insiders

jonathanb
Silver badge

El Reg readers will know what an ISO file is, but the average member of the public will not.

1
1

Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Even if..

And anyway, the European Arrest Warrant is equally valid in France, so he would still end up in Sweden.

5
0

It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!

The local councils that give them their licences do vet them.

6
1

Cash-strapped Chicago slaps CLOUD TAX on Netflix, Spotify etc users

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Chicago-based hosting

The EU has a similar tax, called MOSS, you may have read about it here at the end of last year/beginning of this year. In the case of the EU, the answer is no, if you supply to someone outside the EU, you don't charge MOSS VAT, but you may have local taxes you are required to collect, such as the Japanese consumption tax or this Chicago tax.

0
0

Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

jonathanb
Silver badge

So maybe 5G needs to focus on getting better performance in marginal signal areas?

0
0

Hey, Sand Hill Exchange. Shouting 'blockchain!' won't stop the Feds

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Who stands to gain from such an Exchange being created?

The problem is that while there almost certainly would be a market for products based on for example the Halifax house price index, there would be for a product based on the price of your house. That is made of of several components. The general market condition as reflected by the index is one of those. Then there are regional and local factors, based on changes in local facilities and pollution sources, and factors specific to your house, such as its state of repair, and any improvements you make to it.

0
0

Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Windows Update is a nightmare

I set Windows Update to download and notify, then I can plan the update for when my computer isn't doing something.

55
2

THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Bloody Neanderthals...

I thought the Neanderthals were here first, and the modern humans came over from Africa.

0
0

RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Consequence

Most send a status code every month, so your record should read - 0 0 0 [repeat 36 times] to show that you have been on time every month for the last year. If the payment doesn't arrive one month, then they will automatically send a '1' to say you are 1 month late.

1
0

Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Pricing Structure...

OSX is only supposed to work on Apple hardware, so they get the money that way. While you can by Microsoft branded computers, most people install windows on computers made by other companies, so Microsoft only get the the money from Windows licences.

0
0

Uber app will soon maybe track you 24/7, cry privacy warriors

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Price

Über are not particularly cheap compared to other minicab firms in London, some of which have their own apps that work in a similar way to Über's. The big difference with other minicab firms is that they will quote a price before sending the car to you, and that is the price you pay regardless of what happens on the roads afterwards. There are also apps that will give you quotes from a selection of different minicab firms along with an ETA, and you can pick the one you want.

0
0

Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: I'm with Ms. Swift

No they are not forcing her to take part, and she is telling everyone why she has chosen not to get involved.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: historically progressive and generous company

What profit margin do HMV and similar record stores make? That's the offline equivalent of iTunes, not the record company. The record company still does the same work as before up to preparing the master copy. Instead of pressing it to a load of CDs and sending them to record stores, they encode it in mp3 and aac format and upload it to online stores such as iTunes.

4
0

Take that NATS! Jocko IT is also totally rubbish. BOOM!

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Who's crap at IT?

Transport for London isn't that bad compared to some. Oyster Cards and Congestion Charging work reasonably well.

0
0

Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

jonathanb
Silver badge

What about cable reviews?

I rather enjoy reading the reviews for $10,000 audiophile grade ethernet cables, before buying the cheapest available cable in the length/colour I'm looking for.

19
0

MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

jonathanb
Silver badge

The only things our desktops need to be able to do is connect to an RDP server, and run Skype. Pretty much anything made in the last decade can do that.

1
0

California über alles? Is MEP Reda flushing Euro copyright tradition down the pan?

jonathanb
Silver badge

I guess you can still grant an exclusive distribution licence for the length of the copyright which is basically the same thing as selling it in economic terms.

1
0

UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Hang on a minute

Yes, but they are supposed to purchase a licence from the PRS to do that. The cost works out at about 10p per track copied, and you can buy them in packs of 1000, so £100 for the cheapest licence.

4
0

Super Cali goes ballistic – Uber says it's bogus (even though its contract is something quite atrocious)

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Kudos

And the Sun headline was a rip-off of a Liverpool Echo headline from the 1970s.

5
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: The repurcussions could be major

Also, Über would have to pay minimum wage. Apparently many drivers earn less than that at the moment.

10
0

Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: " write to us"?

He's talking more along the lines of being able type the letter on the Royal Mail website, pay them so money and have them print it out and deliver it.

4
0

Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Cheques vs cash

If I received cash, I would skip a visit to the ATM, and leave more of my salary in the bank account.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Spending money

There is a benefit to the country from having decent roads over and above the money paid out to tarmac layers. There is no such benefit to be had from increased awareness of the existence of ethnic minority disabled lesbian single mothers.

1
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: What spare capacity?!

Productivity has stopped increasing, but I don't think it is "way down". In my field of business, productivity increased in the past due to the introduction of computers into the business, and people figuring out how to make the best use of them. I left college at the time when most of them were getting their first computers at the end of the 20th century. I'm not really seeing anything new coming onto the market now that would improve our productivity any further.

1
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: @BB- What the...?

The SNP vote outside Scotland was zero because they don't have candidates in other parts of the UK.

0
0

Poison résumé attack gives ransomware a gig on the desktop

jonathanb
Silver badge

It is also used to for example send all the invoices for the month to the accountant. They will be saved in a folder along the lines of sales/2015/06, zip up the folder and send 06.zip to the accountant.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Not huge amounts of sympathy.

Even so, how many HR drones would open a cv.pdf.scr file? Remember that the .scr is usually hidden, and as an executable, it can have a PDF document icon.

0
0

DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: People you may know, or know of, or something

I quite often get LinkedIn requests to my work email address shortly after emailing someone, and my LinkedIn account is registered to a personal email address.

Also, I don't think there is an API for Exchange Autodiscover, which is one of the options, I think they actually take the password and log in with it.

1
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: People you may know, or know of, or something

They ask everyone for their email password and use it to look through their emails and address book, so if you are in their address book, or if you have exchanged emails with them, then they know that you know them.

3
1

Activist shareholder Elliott spotted lurking on Citrix parade route with rain cannon

jonathanb
Silver badge

Yahoo finance quotes a price of 71.91 at the time of writing. As it is quoted on Nasdaq, not London, the unit of currency is likely to be the US Dollar rather than the British Penny.

0
0

Cheaper Apple iStuff? Foxconn eyes costs-busting Indian move

jonathanb
Silver badge

In Hong Kong, they seem to always land on a price point of x88, no sales tax there to worry about.

1
0

FTC lunges at Kickstarter bloke who raised $120,000 – and delivered sweet FA

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Why did the FTC spend your money on this?

They take action because it will discourage other people from trying it on.

5
0

The watts in a box that kept West London's lights on

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: How do you know?

Do UK Power Networks operate outside of London? 40 miles down the road in Reading, Scottish and Southern Energy is our local grid operator.

0
0

New US bill aims to zap patent trolls with transparency demands

jonathanb
Silver badge

If for example Nortel were to sell the patents along with the bit of the business that makes those inventions, would you be happy with that? People might be less willing to buy that bit of the business if they didn't get the associated patents.

0
0

Kaspersky says air-gap industrial systems: why not baby monitors, too?

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: VPN looks like a good path

Most people are behind a NAT router with no access from outside, and have a dynamic IP address, so no easy way to get direct access anyway. These sorts of devices tend to phone home to their manufacturer's server, and you can connect to that from outside and get access to the device.

1
0

Forums