Feeds

* Posts by jonathanb

1900 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

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

jonathanb
Silver badge

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

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

1
0

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

jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Can I opt out?

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

2
0

GoDaddy kicks off gTLD land rush with first domain sales

jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

2
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Uno

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

0
0

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

jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

1
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

0
0

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

jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

8
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

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

Jail time would be more appropriate.

15
0

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

jonathanb
Silver badge

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

0
0

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

jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

0
0

Virgin Media suffers growing pains as Cable Cowboy daddy settles in

jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

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

or

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.

22
0

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

jonathanb
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

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.

4
0

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

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: MicroSD slot?

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

8
0

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

jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

0
0

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

jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

2
0

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

jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

1
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

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.

3
0

iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?

To replace the battery? About once a year, though in my case, the only tools I need are a couple of fingernails.

3
0

'It's a joke!' ... Bill Gates slams Mark Zuckerberg's web-for-the-poor dream

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: I'm Bill Gates...

I don't agree. Look at China, an example of a country that has done a pretty good job of reducing poverty. Don't you think the fact that people are able to make things and list them for sale on Ali-Baba and EBay might possibly have helped in someway towards reducing poverty?

1
4

HP wants to help you mount a Moonshot

jonathanb
Silver badge

Solution looking for a problem?

"We're turning the development model upside-down, and we're starting with the solution,"

That generally doesn't work out well.

2
1

Adobe exec puffs cloud shop: Online features are so 'compelling'... What are they again?

jonathanb
Silver badge

The big problem I guess is camera shake in low light / long exposure photos rather than people not using autofocus.

0
0

Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: 500GB

Lots of laptops come with less than 750GB, but it is usually in the form of a solid state disk.

2
0

Google and Samsung bare teeth in battle for LANDFILL ANDROID™

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Comparison of openness

I don't know about the Nexus 5, but on most Android devices, you can side-load apps from outside the Play Store, and that can include apps that let you buy stuff from other competing App stores such as Amazon's. That alone makes it much more open than iOS.

6
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Why Android?

Microsoft has ported Windows 8 to ARM. It is called Windows RT. The main problem with it is that there are approximately 4 apps available for it, Outlook (new in RT 8.1), Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

2
0

UK.gov forks out £250k to rescue EROTIC novelists and pals from PIRATES

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Good work!

It is just you. It is the same size for me as it always has been.

1
0

Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: latency

There are some people who live in the Southern Hemisphere

11
0

Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Edge Snapping == Fail

Mavericks doesn't do edge snapping, and I don't remember it any previous version either. I've used Tiger, Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: file type reassignment?

In other words, it is exactly the same as in Windows, which is not anything like as difficult as how the grandparent poster describes it.

1
0

Big Content says Pirates of the Caribbean do their worst in Australia

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Why not treat us like China then?

Remember that "pirating" probably includes parallel imports of stuff from other English speaking countries where prices are cheaper than Australia. 1 Australian Dollar is approximately equal to 1 US Dollar, but from the prices they charge in Australia, you would think it was more like 40 US cents.

5
0

Do Not Track W3C murder plot fails by handful of votes

jonathanb
Silver badge

Google wasn't listed as a browser maker on the pro-DNT side or as an ad-broker on the anti-DNT side. Which are they?

1
0

Payday loan firms are the WORST. Ugh, my mobe's FILLED with filthy SPAM

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: @#$!!

You need an address to send them an invoice, and asking these people to identify themselves is a very good way to make them hang up on you.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge
Headmaster

Re: They did what?

You put [sic] in a quote to point out to pedantic grammar nazis that you are aware there is an error, but it is not you that made the error, you are quoting an error made by someone else.

In this case they mis typed "sign up for lots more spam" as "opt-out".

2
0

Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

The Chinese government did go to various American companies and ask that back doors be placed in their systems. Google said no, and decided to pull out of the country. Yahoo and Microsoft presumably decided they would comply with local laws and continue trading in the country. Chinese companies like Baidu, Renren and Sina Weibo will obviously comply with local laws and provide Chinese authorities with the information they ask for.

1
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Who polices the police? Maybe the police police police the police. In that case, who polices the police police? Ultimately you need to have someone at the top you can trust.

0
0

They've taken my storage hostage ... now what?

jonathanb
Silver badge

I believe you have to pay using Western Union or some similarly untraceable service, in which case it is cash or card at your local Western Union shop, it doesn't really matter as Western Union won't misuse your card information.

1
0

PC addict RM finally quits its building habit, plans to axe 300 jobs

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Maybe they could learn something from the Raspberry Pi back-to-basics approach

I was quite happy with the BBC Masters (and Acorn Electon at home) back in the days.

1
0

Google fires fresh salvo in war on FILTH: Chrome Supervised Users

jonathanb
Silver badge

And with physical access to the machine so they can run a live DVD or live USB operating system?

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

Only if you remember to block the download pages for every single other browser out there, including all the obscure ones, and you block access to all other methods of downloading things, such as ftp and sneakernet.

Lynx for example may not be that good at displaying pictures and videos but if you can download it using chrome, you can then use it to visit mozilla.org and download firefox.

0
0

Pirate Bay captain pleads with Swedes: Don't make me walk Danish plank

jonathanb
Silver badge

I think his argument is that he has already served his time for that offence in Sweden, and therefore it would be a breach of his human rights if he was jailed for it again.

2
1

Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy

No, in the UK the age of consent is 16, however photos or videos of the activity are child porn if the people involved are under 18.

2
0

UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

jonathanb
Silver badge

Actually, Microsoft's campus is technically in Sonning, still part of Wokingham Borough, not sure about the rest of Thames Valley Park.

0
0
jonathanb
Silver badge

They are in Woodley, which is part of Wokingham Borough Council, although in reality a suburb of Reading, so technically in Wokingham rather than most definitely not.

1
0

MacBook Air fanbois! Your flash drive may be a data-nuking TIME BOMB

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: Not possible.

I'm sure I read at the time that it was a Toshiba part.

0
0

Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

jonathanb
Silver badge

I don't know about that, but I do know that it is very very obese. I was looking at some WinRT slabs in PC World this morning. The 32GB models only had something 4GB of free space left on them.

2
0

Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

jonathanb
Silver badge

Re: modern life is rubbish

iOS struggled with the change between Summer time and Winter time twice a year. I'm not entirely sure they have fixed it yet.

I have had two Android phones now, the original Samsung Galaxy S, and the Galaxy Note 2. I haven't had any problems with the alarm clock on either of them.

1
0

Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

jonathanb
Silver badge

This is already law in the EU

There is the same requirement to keep such records in the EU if you sell mobile phones or a few other things, such as memory chips. However this was done to crack down on VAT fraud rather than to stop people selling stolen phones. There is a blacklist of stolen IEMI numbers, and it does seem to work quite well, however that just means that stolen phones get exported elsewhere to countries that don't use the same blacklist.

2
0