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* Posts by gskr

10 posts • joined 20 Mar 2012

Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

gskr

No problem with ebuyer returns personally, had a motherboard that went bad after about 10 months, contacted them and explained what I'd tested, they took it back, saying they would test it themselves, and a few days later confirmed faulty and sent me a slightly higher model replacement, as they had no stock of the original. That was a few years ago mind!

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Samsung's squillionaire supremo scuttles siblings' shares snatch

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Pint

Didn't even read the article - but had to post a kudos for the alliteration overload in the title.

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Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto

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Managed to snag a 16Gb one last night @5:10. 1 - 2 weeks away it says - just hoping before Christmas!

The un-expandable memory is a slight downer - but I figure I can scrape by with 16Gb, and everything else about it is awesome. The killer feature though is that its a pure google phone (sim free) so will get all the future updates from google. Any other android handset has a limited lifespan (without resorting to custom ROMs of course)

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Brit retailers tell Amazon and Google to pay their taxes

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As I see it one of the common tax avoidance techniques works like:

Company A is based in the UK - and has a parent (company B) in Luxembourg or something.

Money that would normally remain in company' A's accounts as profits is transferred to company B as a "brand licensing fee" or something - so appears as a cost on company A's accounts.

Because its that money that's transferred from A to B that you are missing the tax on that's where you need to focus the reforms.

Introduce a new tax that applies whenever a company pays a parent company (or another company owned by the parent) that is outside the country of company A, and not covered by another form of tax (eg import duty on physical goods bought from a parent company would make it ineligible for this). Tax is 27% (ie same as corporation tax). Add some checks so that company B isn't doing something like charging £1M per cardboard box that company A buys. Problem solved.

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Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013

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I imagine with a curvy screen you could end up having it fold in half in a flip phone, but when unfolded it rests against a rigid back. Thereby you'd have a big screen phone that would actually fit in a pocket again.

I'd buy that!

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Affected by ebook price-fixing? Amazon has a few shiny pennies for you

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Agreed - You can't lend,sell,or donate an ebook after it's first obtained. Therefore it is not as valuable as a physical book.

If the publishers wish consumers to value ebooks on the same level as physical books then there needs to be a right of transference.

Logically that only means anything if there is a 1-instance thing to transfer. So the license or whatever would need to be held centrally (not by the e-tailer - because they can go under) This central registry should be paid for by the publishers or e-tailers (obviously you'd need some EU law or something to force them to pay up & licence in this way) This should logically also extend to other forms of digital only media (films, music, software etc). I think there we are still a long way from this kind of thing, and there would be a lot of problems to overcome (not least of which the privacy concern). Still something to think about...

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BT to fibre up another 163 exchanges, coy on exactly where

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Well looks like the 2 remaining exchanges inside the M60 ring (Greater Manchester) are now on the map as "Future Exchanges" - including mine (yay!)

No guarantee they'll do my cab though.

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Booksellers club calls in Kobo to aid indies

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Whilst it does appear everything is going digital you would have thought there could still be a way for physical booksellers to remain relevant.

For one thing you can't wrap up an e-book and leave it under a Christmas tree.

Physical bookstores could just have a bunch of e-book readers about the store that people could preview books on. - put a couple of ebook readers at the end of each row with ebooks of all the physical books in that row preloaded. (chained to the shelf to stop people walking off with it of course!)

If you want to buy an e-book they just sell you a scratchcard with the book cover picture & a code to download the e-book.

Easy!

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Queen unveils draft internet super-snoop bill - with clauses

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FAIL

There seems to be some misunderstanding:

E-mail contents are not going to be logged.

However a record of each e-mail sent/received will be logged.

If we only consider e-mail comms for a moment...

I'm guessing they want to be able to go to an ISP and say give me all the records sent to/from an IP address (that represents an ISP subscriber) (or a physical installation address)

Presumably they are expecting said ISPs to install DPI hardware to do this given that e-mail could be sent or received through any server - often not the ISP's e-mail server.

How then does this cope with SSL encrypted comms - which are widespread even for home users using POP3 / SMTP, not to mention HTTPS webmail portals (eg g-mail)!

All they would be able to log in these cases is user X communicated with an e-mail server at IP address Y at time Z. (not the actual sender or recipient) That's only any use if the owner of the e-mail server also falls under the jurisdiction of this law. Presumably you'd only be guessing that its e-mail comms based upon the port used. If it used a non-standard port you wouldn't know that, and hence wouldn't log the communication as it would fall outside the scope of the law.

Anyway this is all speculation until details emerge, but it seems very difficult to achieve what they want - even ignoring the use of VPNs (which are widely used for legitimate purposes!)

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Cable Guy

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Superman Returns

The Day After Tomorrow

Garfield the Movie

Transformers 2

All extremely bad films - but if I had to nominate the film I think is the worst I've ever seen it would be this one:

Vantage Point - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443274/

Was trying to be clever with the same 20 mins of action shown from multiple viewpoints - it succeeded in being the most annoying film I've ever seen - in fact I think this was the only one I have ever been close to walking out of (I have a REALLY high tolerance for bad films) - so many people were walking out - an audible groan every time it reset to another viewpoint.

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