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1888 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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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?

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HP wants to help you mount a Moonshot

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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.

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

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

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

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Re: 500GB

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

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Google and Samsung bare teeth in battle for LANDFILL ANDROID™

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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.

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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.

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

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Re: Good work!

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

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

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Re: latency

There are some people who live in the Southern Hemisphere

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Do Not Track W3C murder plot fails by handful of votes

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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?

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

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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.

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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".

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Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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Re: Not possible.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

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Re: Most annoying thing for me

If it is "taking care" of all the crapware HP shovels onto their computers, then I have no objections.

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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Re: Is it just me?

Out of interest, what is your problem with Office 2013? The only real differences between it and 2010 I've noticed is that

1. in Excel, spreadsheets open in different windows by default, enabling you to have two open side by side. You could do that in earlier versions of Excel, but you had to remember to open a separate instance of Excel for each sheet. They did the same thing for Word a while back, certainly it was the case in 2003, and I think before that as well.

2. in Outlook, you can have multiple exchange accounts set up at the same time. It was possible in the Mac version of Outlook, and Entourage before that for as long as I've used it.

The one slight problem is the default white-only colour scheme, but you can change that.

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Re: Still not enough

In OSX, Applications opens up either a menu or a resizable folder window. Launchpad is a relatively new addition, and it is full screen. Like the iPad, and unlike Windows 8, you can arrange programs into folders, so all the stuff you open once in a blue moon such as the printer settings prog from your printer manufacturer can be shoved into a System folder out of the way of everything else.

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Send dosh (insecurely) via email, Jack Dorsey's Square tells punters

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Re: not quite

Sometimes. relay.o2broadband.co.uk doesn't require a password if I connect to it from within the O2/BE network, and will let me put anything I like in the From: field. Most ISPs have something similar.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: sim locking

No this is a different thing. Even if you buy an unlocked Note, it will only accept a European SIM, so you can put a local French SIM in it, but not for example a local Japanese or American SIM. In a couple of years time, there won't be any reason to put a local SIM in when travelling around Europe. You will need an unlocked phone if you want to switch UK providers, but region locking will prevent you from putting in a local SIM outside of Europe.

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All cool kids' phones run ALTERNATIVE alternative custom Android ROM

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Re: Not like Skype then

Skype was never open source as far as I'm aware.

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

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Re: Cost effective .....

They will make a synthetic version of the active ingredient if it is useful as a medicine. That way there would be no risk of junkies stealing things to get their next fix.

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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I thought they already did

If I call 999, I want the authorities to know where I am, and anything that makes that easier is a good thing.

I can't think of any situation where you would want to call 999 and not want them to know where you are, other than if you are making a hoax call, and that is not something that should be encouraged. There are other numbers for when people want to contact the authorities anonymously, and obviously tracking should not be used when calling them.

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Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

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Re: Can someone explain

It is easier to use the remote than to get up and change the channel on the telly itself. It probably isn't easier tp use a smartphone app to do the same thing. This isn't about laziness, if it helps lazy people be more lazy, then there is a market for it. My concern is that using a smartphone or smartwatch requires more effort than doing it the traditional way.

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Can someone explain

What is the problem with the current design of light switches, heating switches and so on that home automation intends to solve?

until someone can figure out what is wrong with the current toggle switches and dials on the wall, nobody is going to come up with anything better.

Whether it is fumbling with a smartphone app, or fumbling with a watch app, pressing a button on the wall next to you is always going to be quicker and easier, and I've never felt the urge to turn things on and off at home while I'm somewhere else.

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

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Re: Gee Plus Only (for now)

Everyone with a Gmail or Youtube account has a G+ account, though the probably don't use it.

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Do-it-yourself Dropbox: Western Digital's My Cloud 2TB NAS box

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I have a couple of old ones with Green drives, but they hadn't invented Red drives at that point.

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