I wonder how many of those 235k accounts were Whack-a-Mole accounts?
384 posts • joined 9 Nov 2011
The DVLA is clinging on to calendar month taxation so that it can charge double VED when a vehicle changes hands during the month. You pay for the new vehicle from the beginning of the month but you only get a refund from the start of the next month. That still applies if a car changes hands between family members at one address.
They could easily modify the software to charge VED by the day. A day's overlap would be acceptable.
The way to avoid double taxation is to sell the old vehicle at the end of the month, and SORN it to be on the safe side, then become the registered keeper of the new vehicle on the first of the next month. If you have to acquire the new vehicle at the end of the month then SORN it and don't use it until the new month.
Wouldn't it be much simpler...
to pay the licence fee out of general taxation, on the basis of the existing fee times number of households? That would eliminate all the costs associated with administering, collecting and enforcing the licence fee as well as the complications with free over-75s licences. Tax threshholds would be reduced slightly to compensate.
That would automatically cover all UK citizens watching any BBC content on any device at any time in any place. It would only leave out overseas visitors, and special arrangements could be made for large hotels e.g. through a tourist tax. Small B&Bs could be disregarded.
Of course people will cry "why should I pay the licence fee if I don't watch the BBC?". They always do. But commercial tv costs us far more than the BBC licence fee and we don't have any say. And with commercial tv we have to pay for not just the programmes (mostly trash) but also the cost of making the ads (mostly annoying trash). I can't ask Sainsbury's for a discount because I don't watch their adverts or those of any brands they sell. Ditto any other shop.
Btw there is no longer any such thing as "live tv". It's all at lease two seconds old by the time we see it - more for HD.
When will ad pushers realise that if they interrupt me while I'm reading a post/article/whatever with pop-up windows, or interrupt the tv programme I'm watching and scream at me for 30 seconds, I'M NOT GOING TO BUY THEIR SILLY LITTLE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES,
It's good advice
When I was working we had to change passwords every 45 days so of course I had to write them down. Also you weren't allowed to have any dictionary words or permutations of dictionary words or numeric or alphabetic sequences or repetitions of the same character etc. It strikes me that the more rules you make the easier it becomes to crack the password by brute force, because so many combinations can be ruled out. You can discover the rules by trying to create or change a password because the system will tell you why your password can't be used!.
On the other hand I have a feww critical passwords which aren't recorded anywhere. I can remember them but it's very difficult if you're asked to enter the 7th, 12th and 15th characters for example. And they are completely meaningless character strings so there is no easy way to remember them. On the other hand knowing my interests isn't going help you.
Get it right!
Please learn the difference between "Sporadically" (here and there) and "Spasmodically" (now and then).
One more thing
Why can't the Govt just pay the licence fee out of general taxation and reduce the income tax thresholds to compensate. That would abolish the costs of administering, collecting and enforcing the licence fee at a stroke.
And is the licence fee enforceable anyway? We used to have detector vans which could pick up what you were watching on CRT TVs. With LCD screens, tablets and smartphnes it's not quite so easy.
Also there's no such thing as live tv anymore. With digital encoding, compresing, multiplexing and buffering it's several seconds old by the time you see it.
Youtube etc aren't free
They push ads at you all the time, and ad blockers don't stop them.
Why should advertisers object to ad blockers? The people who use them are likely to be so annoyed by ads that they wouldn't buy the stupid products and services anyway. A panel at one side is fine, but if you stick a pop-up window in my face a) I'll kill it straight away, and b) if I happen to notice what it's for I'll go out of my way to avoid buying the stuff at any cost. By all means make product information available - when I need it I'll look for it.
Re: Jim'll fix it and you
Not allowed to advertise? The BBC is advertising all the time - totally irrelevant trails in the middle of specialist music programmes, other trails with gratuitous background music in between programmes, ads for "digital radio" (the initials DAB are too toxic to use), ads for the licence fees ... the list goes on.
Don't use the tv speakers ...
Feed the sound output to your stereo system via a low pass filter to cut out anything over 16kHz.
Yes, but not just the excchange server. I remember somebody sending me a snottygram at work and then sending three or four recall messages, all of which I received. I was using Netscape Communicator on my PC and not the approved Outlook. I had a good chuckle.
My usual reaction to a recall message was to reply saying "Yes of course you can have it back. Here it is." with the offending message attached.
Re: People who use adblockers...
"Some of [advertising], a great deal of it in fact, really is information about what's available out there."
True, but the essential difference is that if I need information I'll go and look for it. Unwanted ads are those that are stuck in my face when I'm trying read something else, or distract me. Those ad-slingers aren't doing themselves any favours. At best I'll just close the pop-up window; at worst I'll make sure that I never consider buying the offending product or service.
Why would anyone want to take their car in for the recall? They'd only get it detuned. And how many buyers actually give a damn how much NOx it chucks out the back? Unless there's a whiff of compensation of course!
Ts & Cs
So Terms and Conditions are meant to protect our privacy? Yes, well that just about sums up Facebooks attitude to privacy and security.
Not so easy to switch ...
If you have a web site in the ISP's domain. I don't see any provision for the old ISP to forward web requests or email for that matter to the new ISP.
To avoid this problem register your own domain and point it to your web site. You may also get mail forwarding from your personal domain, or use hotmail, gmail etc.
The way to do it is pay the BBC out of general taxation on the basis of the agreed licence fee per household. That gets rid of all the overheads for administration, enforcement and annoyung ads. We need more money for the health service so National Insurance should be increased to cover that.
Smut-phobic? The Government?
Noooooooo. They just want to keep it for themselves. Can't have the plebs seeing this sort of stuff can we?
Re: It makes you despair
Yes, it's a shame he had to bring god into it.
A Dyson doesn't Hoover...
'Last year PM David Cameron called for “more emphasis on modern methods of computing like coding”.'
What planet is Cameron on? Since when has coding not been an essential part of operating digital computers?
'Last year PM David Cameron called for “more emphasis on modern methods of computing like coding”.'
What planet is Cameron on? Since when has coding not been an essential part of operating digital computers? Btw Mr, Cameron, writing html is not coding (and it's not new either).
264 x 323 volts = ~85kV (unlikely)
"All this is powered by 264 lithium-ion cells rated at 323 volts and 24.2 kWh. "
I suspect you mean the cells are rated at 1.2 volts and the battery as a whole provides 323 volts. Usually the capacity of a battery is rated in amp-hours at a specified rate (e.g. the one hour rate).
No, so-called "3D" TVs are merely binoccular. Move your head and the image doesn't change. You'd need holographic tv for real 3D.
Wide area juggling act
"We coordinate with local air traffic control authorities and have a team dedicated to recovering the balloons when they land."
I just have this vision of lots of blokes charging around on quadbikes trying to catch the next baloon as it comes down and belt it back into the air.
Re: going forward...
Or they could design user interfaces that are non-intuitive and don't do what you want them to do, so that customers never come back again.
It's about time
that intercept evidence was allowed in court, since how it's obtained is hardly a secret any more.
Right clickimg disabled - LOL
This assumes that you are using a computer and browser that
a) has a right hand mouse button, not just one button
b) has the menu on the right button, not the middle button
c) doesn't have any alternative keyboard shortcuts
e) has a built-in function to disable right clicking
f) doesn't have a "full save" option that saves all components.
Re: Good Thing (TM)
4) Reintroduce early morning off-peak fares for trains arriving before 7am like the old workmen's tickets but without the other restrictions. That way the working day could be staggered in either direction.
Re: Non-Passenger information?
realtimetrains, in detailed mode, shows you freight trains, ecs workings, charters, trains passing through a station, etc. You can't query level crossings so you'd have to use a nearby station on the same line. I don't think you can check freight only lines because you have to enter a station name or CRS code.
Re: Ruh Roh
Realtimetrains is an excellent source of train running (TRUST) data, agregated with WTT, public TT and other stuff. It can tell you the right platform before it gets announced at the station. What we need is a web site that gives you an IECC overview screen for a particular area.
I've had problems with hotmail and various blacklists used by ISPs. I use forwarders and mailing lists on a shared server so I don't have the option to change the IP address. Also I don't have control over other users of the server. Blocking an IP address or range of addresses is a scattergun approach which causes more problems than it solves. I have three levels of spam filtering in addition to my own eyes, so I don't need these blacklists. If you handle email in plain text it's much easier to spot spams, scams and trojans.
Pedantic grammar alert
Heaven help us
if we disasterously sleep-walk out of the EU.
"People from outside the EU were worst affected by the glitch "
This looks like incredibly bad system design. Obviously the scanners were OK but they wouldn't work because some central IT system was down. You'd think they would switch to local mode and just store the data until they could be processed when the system was back up.
Resilience? What's resilience?
Re: Cue the bus fans complaining...
"How about a Deltic railway loco? That's a classic engine noise!"
Absolutely! And of course a Rolls-Royce Merlin, or preferably four of them on a Lancaster.
"Underground railways often arrange the tunnels so that tracks dip down on leaving a station (to help the train accelerate) and then back up approaching the next station (to help the train to slow down)."
Yes, that's known as the hump principle, iirc. It puzzles me why the DLR has done exactly the opposite on the Beckton line by dipping down to stations under roundabouts instead of going over the top.
And for that matter, why isn't it being used for rail vehicles? I can remember "Booster Electric" locos in the 1950s which used big flywheels to store energy. They were later converted to electro-diesels.
Re: Cue the bus fans complaining...
Nothing beats the sound of an AEC diesel engine ticking over. Now please can we have a picture of a bus? Preferably a 75 year old RT.
The new LT (aka Boris Bus) is just plain noisy when the engine is running full tilt under the back stairs.
You'd think ...
people would know how to make a charger by now.
Re: "Kristoffer received...
What does he want games for? Hacking the security is much more fun.
Crafting inclusive policies
'Last week, Eich blogged that he was working with "LGBT individuals and allies" to craft inclusive policies at Mozilla'
Why is it necessary to craft inclusive policies? JUST DON'T DISCRIMINATE.
We've had a 3d building in Croydon for decades (not printed though).
Keeping data in their own country
"By contrast, only 16 per cent of US respondents, and 17 per cent in Hong Kong took the same view."
I would have thought USA would be the last place US respondents now wanted to store their data!
Re: Don't have a telly here either.
I find it easier to record programmes off air and watch them later because you can then fast forward or edit out all the ads and other crap. That's a lot harder if you use catch-up tv services on the web. A typical one hour Channel 5 programme comes down to 40 minutes when you delete the dross.
Re: The pound in your pocket
I think I was getting 6d a week pocket money.
Re: ... and a fitting tribute this is.
"the shops would then also be able to double the price of all goods over night."
No, it could be beneficial on balance because shops like to round prices up to the next multiple of £10 and then take 1p off to make silly shoppers think it's cheaper. €9.99 is less than £9.99.
"So he's saying wired ethernet is slower than wireless? Not in my experience. The point about all those jack being kind of useless if everyone is using tablets is a fair on though."
Well they're probably still using 10baseT. Otherwise why not just plug in a few wireless access points?
Re: Happy to report
My RiscPC is not running Windows XP.