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Like your iPhone, but not enough to touch it? This patent's for you

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Re: WTF is this article talking about?

The paragraph from the reg does seem a bit strange...

"The firm pioneered touch for the masses with the iPhone, kicking to the curb earlier puny efforts from Microsoft with its tablets. However, touch on the iPhone is not multi-touch – that is, capable of taking input from more than one source, or person. Pinching and resizing a screen using just your fingertips doesn’t count as multi-touch."

Who says multi-touch has to be more than one scource. Multi-touch is defined by pretty much everyone as more than one point of contact, as DougS said. You can redefine to whatever you want such as saying "normal websites are not true websites, only theregister.co.uk is a true website", doesn't make it real until everyone else agrees with you.

Also, of course, the iPhone didn't pioneer touch for the masses. You could say that the iPhone pioneered a version of multi-touch that was used by 'the masses'*

*depending on your description of masses

However, in regards to DougS I would see that being able to distinguish between two different sources (people) is the claim. If two people point their fingers at a large ipad and move them apart the ipad will interpret that as "pinch to zoom", the same on android. Whereas detecting two different people would interpret it as two sources sliding their finger around independently. I'm guessing multiplayer gaming on a large surface is where it would help, although it could be simulated in software if each player controlled their own specific piece or were only able to play in a defined area of the board.

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Mall owner lays blame at Apple's door for dragging down sales

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Re: Oh FFS !

I don't think you need to read an article or hack anything, F12 has always been available!

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Re: Mall landlords DO know tenant stores' sales

"...on insuring the reported sales are accurate"

Wow you can get insurance for anything nowadays.

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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Especially in finance and accounts, use Excel for everything (I've even seen it suggested that it could be used for a location map, with all the cells reduced right down each of the hundreds of houses in an individual cell!)

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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Re: Random someone....

Not sure you could be, unless you knew the intention was to rob your friend in which case there could be an aiding and abetting charge. Otherwise the person who would be held liable in law would be the robber, as they should be.

However that does raise an interesting law analogy. If the links are held in the same regard as aiding and abetting - i.e. if you knew, beyond reasonable doubt, they were pointing to 'illegal' material then you are aiding and abetting the 'criminal'. However if you would not reasonably know that or you had legitimate journalistic reasons (in the public interest) then you wouldn't.

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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Re: customized codebases

"Then the salesman persuaded Z that it would be a drop-in replacement for their existing system..."

No way, can't believe it. An honest, knowledgeable salesman promising the earth to get a sale and then letting the tech team/customer sort it out afterwards. Scandalous, never happened in the history of the earth.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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Re: Old IT joke

Yes, I've heard this joke many, many times...

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ICO says TalkTalk customers need to get themselves a lawyer

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@Terry Re: Hold on a moment

"If I get pickpocketed in M&S I wouldn't expect them to reimburse me unless they could be somehow shown to have been less than diligent."

A better analogy... If you have to leave your wallet with M&S staff to shop at their store and then they put it in an unlocked and unguarded cupboard and someone steals it, would you expect them to reimburse you?

I know I would.

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Is this the one starring Mark Wallberg?

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Retailers urged to create 'CCTV-like' symbol to inform customers of mobile tracking

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"Can Apps override it? Does the OS override so as to check for updates etc?"

You think a standard app or the OS would override it and down the plane* just so it can check if there is any updates available?

"... is it tracking offline via GPS and/or other means (though very rare and too hard to do outside of the spooks/University experiments)."

Not hard at all, absolutely simple. I could put an app together to do that in about 15 minutes.

*yes, yes I know but those arguments aren't part of this post.

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Airbus, Boeing aero parts maker loses $54m in cyber-stick-up

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Re: No surpirse...

You can't vet an employee for something they haven't done yet.

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Sainsbury's Bank web pages stuck on crappy 20th century crypto

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EH? That report shows www.tescobank.com gets an 'A' rating. That is their banking domain.

Without the www they get an F but that just redirects you to the more secure www.tescobank.com.

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Unsolicited email?

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Re: Unsolicited email?

Hmm, it could possibly be an e-mail I sent regarding corrections or in relation to the Register that I sent which went directly to his PC rather than bulk copying the El Reg DB.

I can't find one but I delete a lot of old mail.

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Unsolicited email?

So Lewis Page has left The Register?

I find out through an unsolicited group e-mail message from him. Not a massive deal but should individual authors (whether they were management/owner or not) have access to the e-mail database of El Reg users?

This seems like a DPA breach to me...

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Eight-billion-dollar Irish tax bill looms over Apple

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Re: The cash

"Will the impact be seen by the citizens of Ireland?"

Yes, probably as all the tech companies close down and move to out-of-the-EU tax havens and all the staff lose their jobs.

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SlemBunk slamdunk: Mobile banking Trojans found worldwide

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Re: Explain to me again...

This same attack could work equally well on a PC, in fact it would be easier on a PC.

The only difference is that 2FA could not be intercepted, however this wouldn't stop it happening. The banking app could stop this quite easily with different information for each customer presented on the login screen.

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Boffins switch on pinchfist incandescent bulb

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Re: 'ere we go

But you could just use a low watt electric heater in the winter for the same effect but better efficiency. You then choose exactly when to have heat and when to have light and not have to compromise for the times you want one but not the other.

The light bulb is more likely to be radiating heat to parts of the ceiling than a ground level heater which will have a more convective airflow.

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Re: TCO?

Stronger LEDs (not 6w!) might have the "equivalent" in a narrow field underneath the bulb (they are very directional unless diffused), but the total amount of light given off will not be equivalent.

They are good at replacing GU10s or under cupboard lighting, less so for a single bulb in a lamp to light up a room.

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Re: TCO?

Efficiency is lumens per watt. Therefore a more efficient bulb either requires less power for the same light output or you get more light for the same output.

A bulb that is three times more efficient therefore needs a 1/3 of the power for the same light output. You now only need a 20w bulb to replace your existing 60w bulb.

The key is also "the same amount if light" - a regular 6w LED bulb will not produce the same amount of dispersed light as a 60w incandescent bulb at the moment.

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Open Web Application Security Project issues new secure coding bible

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Re: Eureka

It is also rather easier to fix issues in code afterwards than fix a critical flaw with a bridge or a high-rise.

It's also easier to spot flaws in code as it doesn't have three layers of reinforced concrete poured over it.

(Not that I'm condoning post build security reviews, I believe all programmers should program securely at all times, the same way they're expected to write good, or efficient code)

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T-Mobile US boss John Legere calls bulls*** on video throttling claims

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Re: It's not throttling

T-mobile throttle the bandwidth themselves. That is why you get buffering on the Hi Res video from YouTube when you start to play them and makes the experience a mess.

You connect at full bandwidth to YouTube and start getting a 1080p res video for instance. T-Mobile then decides to optimise this video and it does this using YouTube's bandwidth sensing system by throttling the link down to the level which forces Youtube to downgrade your video to 480p.

However during this process there is a time where Youtube is sending at 1080p and T-Mobile has throttled the bandwidth right down. Youtube keeps buffering as it thinks it is a blip (you started on a high bandwidth connection) and keeps trying before deciding that your pipe can't support it and so reduces the quality. It's a bad user experience.

This happens for everyone despite Youtube not being a partner and you possibly having unmetered bandwidth if you have' binge on' turned on.

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Re: Pink?

That is exactly what they do, see my post above.

"You connect at full bandwidth to YouTube and start getting a 1080p res video for instance. T-Mobile then decides to optimise this video and it does this using YouTube's bandwidth sensing system by throttling the link down to the level which forces Youtube to downgrade your video to 480p."

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Mozilla warns Firefox fans its SHA-1 ban could bork their security

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Re: Isn't The Reg one Firefox iteration late?

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1236975

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Brian Krebs criticises PayPal’s security as authentication flaws exposed

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Re: The problem with entirely online companies....

Why could they not do one of the following:

Ask for the 2FA code

Call him back on his registered phone number

Ask for the last x Pay Pal transaction

Ask for his last login time/date

Mark his account as supervisor changes only with extra verification required

etc etc

Basically things that aren't public record.

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Google brews a fresh pot of Oracle's OpenJDK Java for future Android

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Re: non-harmonious Harmony

It came down to copyright (and still is ongoing regarding copyright). Google were within their rights to use a derivative of an open source Java, Sun praised them for it. Oracle tried to sue for patent infringement and lost, they then turned to API copyright infringement and lost (with a pretty knowledgeable judge who happened to do a bit of programming so knew more than most judges). However on appeal it was sent back for review where it stands today - is using a public API a breach of copyright even if the software itself is open source?

Nearly everyone with any clue would say - in practical terms, of course not. However in the strictest definition of copyright, with no special exception written in for APIs then it comes down to the defence of fair use.

It's just a sham IBM didn't sue Oracle for SQL copyright infringement shortly after they used this defence.

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Until they can crack down on overseas call centres being used by British companies then they will continue.

If a British company uses an overseas call centre to get leads then they should be liable for prosecution - the same way that if you use customer data without confirming that it is legally obtained you can be fined.

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ICO slaps HIV support group with £250 fine following email blunder

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The article states "We are in the process of blowing the whistle on ourselves to the ICO over the matter."

That doesn't mean they necessarily did contact the ICO, just that they were in the process of doing it.

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"We need to send a clear message: no matter how small your organisation, you must make sure staff and volunteers are trained to protect personal data,”

By the way El Reg how did your ICO investigation go?

El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

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Adobe: We locked our customers in the cloud and out poured money

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Re: "things have clearly settled down"

Quark Xpress was defacto in the industry. It was impossible to prise it out of the designer/printer/page layout person's hands.

Indesign came along and bam - within a few years it had unsurped Quark.

If it could happen once, it can easily happen again.

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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It's called a Lockout Hasp

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'Personalised BBC' can algorithmically pander to your prejudices

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Re: Do I need a tv license?

"Do you need" or "will you need"? It hasn't happened yet, so I presume you are asking "Will I need?". At the present time you only need a TV licence if you are watch or record live TV (not the ability to watch or record!).

By the time this comes out you may well find that the TV licence requirement is extended to accessing any of the BBC streaming services on iPlayer (which is most likely where this technology would appear). This was mentioned as part of the agreement to the BBC 'becoming responsible' for over 74 year olds TV licences.

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Per-core licences coming to Windows Server and System Center 2016

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"Yeah and in Windows land, the odds are that the bigger the server, the more users (the "number of people you broadcast the music to" (to use a ridiculously flawed analogy)."

Erm, they have CALs to cover the number of users you have. Are you saying you should be charged twice for the same thing?

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

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Re: What can go wrong?

Oh come on, you can't really expect anyone to trust a root CA if it handed out any domain certificate to anyone? This isn't a back street operation.

If it is going to get allowed onto the trust list of all the major vendors then it has obviously got domain validation. It won't have EV where it checks your company, just that the domain is authorised.

See here if you want the technical details: https://letsencrypt.org/howitworks/technology/

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Part of the world's IT brought down by Azure Active Directory issue

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"...and are developing a mitigation strategy"

Usually you would expect that step to be taken before the service is made available to paying customers, or is that just "old skool"?

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UK will pay EU £180m in fines due to botched CAP IT system – NAO

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Re: The same old sh1t eh?

"No we are paying it on behalf of piss poor software engineers that can't specify or deliver the systems they're contracted to for."

It is not up to a software engineer to specify a system and ...

"Many fundamental changes were made to the programme, significantly increasing the level of innovation* and risk"

...means that the system they were contracted for kept changing. It's hard to kick a ball into moving goalposts.

*innovation or bloat?

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If a picture tells a 1000 words about latency, Google won't load it

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Re: So far you rarely wait for images

"...some idiot thought it would make sense to use some bloated Javascript from some other domain."

Hmm, swings and roundabouts really. You load jquery, google analytics etc from a well known defined third party as many sites do and it gets cached under that domain so doesn't need to load on each site you go to, therefore overall it should speed up your browsing experience.

As so many sites use jquery for instance, hosting them on each individual web server means your cache has hundreds of copies of exactly the same file, each having been downloaded individually. Also the standard per host connection limit that a browser may enforce (based on HTTP standards) can block further requests from downloading additional content, whereas serving some content from a different domain can allow it to be downloaded in parallel - especially if catered for to make sure it is downloaded non-blocking/synchronously.

However the site owner is then putting their visitors at the mercy of a third party, with the risk of malware injections, dns timeouts, third party failure etc. But on average you would expect that a large third party cdn could deliver the scripts quicker than your site can and probably has better security engineers than you.

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All hail Firefox Dev Edition 44 – animations, memory and all

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In my new voluntary el reg sub-editor role

To download the aforementioned browser click here -> https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/developer/.

You're welcome.

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RAF web survey asks for bank details via unencrypted email

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Re: call me naive, but....

To an extent but it works similar to credit/debit cards. They rely on the organisation setting up the direct debit to do the security checks as they are the ones who will lose out if the DD is cancelled or revoked.

If you send your debit card and expiry date to anyone (which you do all the time in petrol stations, shops etc) then anyone can buy something using those details. The rely on the merchant to do address, cvv checking etc.

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Android on Windows is disruptive because neither Microsoft nor Google can stop it

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Re: An OS is 'just' SW...

Not exactly a stellar prediction, Vmware has been doing it for quite some time...

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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"Microsoft aren't in the advertising business so don't have the need or the inclination to mine personal data."

Eh? http://choice.microsoft.com/en-GB/opt-out

Kinda undermines your whole post?

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Nest defends web CCTV Cam amid unstoppable 24/7 surveillance fears

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Re: Yet more unsubstantiated clickbait

"All we know is that the camera is active when it's supposed to be inactive. That's a real concern."

Why is that a real concern? If it is connected to the internet, which it needs to be to be turned back on via an app then even if it was almost fully powered down it could still be woken WOL style for nefarious purposes if required by a secret organisation. They'd just have to start it up about 30-60 seconds before they wanted to capture the action, not usually a problem in surveillance operations.

Other than that streaming video takes a fair bit of bandwidth in the upload direction. A rarely used direction for most households other than torrenters. You could easily use your ISPs bandwidth stats, a free netflow product (PRTG for instance) and see anytime it tries to upload and alert you.

If you really want to make sure it can't transmit then pull the plug. Every IP cam has exactly the same issue when plugged in.

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Android Studio 2.0 preview gives developers instant preview of code changes

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Re: I haven't dabbled in Android development

If you happen to have 20 Android devices covering tablets, phones, watches, a car stereo etc lying around on your desk, then it's pretty easy. If you happen to want to try lots of different screen sizes and configurations then the emulator is required.

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Researchers say they've cracked the secret of the Sony Pictures hack

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Re: Welcome back the WORM drive

Run it air-gapped. Have a CCTV pointing at the screen of your log server, run that through an image processing system to *easily* search for the timestamp of the data you're looking for. Also make sure you send the video up to a cloud service like youtube to ensure you don't run out of space and allow for peer to peer analysis of any intrusions. Reward the successful spotter of the misdeed with a cookie.

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A font farewell to Fontdeck as website service closes

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Re: Cloud = Vapour

"... if no-one else provides an exact replica of a particular font they currently supply, then designers, developers and clients will all have to start again picking a replacement ..."

Couldn't they have offered to sell a perpetual licence to the font in question on a per website basis to all existing customers? It may not have the browser switching but would be better than reverting back to Times New Roman. The webmaster* could host locally then.

*RE: Webmaster Is that word in use any more seems ages since I saw it written down and now i've used it twice.

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Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

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Re: Is there any legitimate reason to choose Oracle?

"They got them free, bundled as a more-or-less unwanted part of Sun Microsystems."

Citation? That's not the view of most analysts at the time.

http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/20/mysql-marten-mickos-technology-enterprise-tech-mysql.html

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Tesla recalls every single Model S car in seatbelt safety probe

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"If it has failed an MOT you are still permitted a single trip to a point where it can be repaired. If memory serves that is actually more lenient than it is for testing case: that requires you to take it to the nearest test point for the class of vehicle. You can take it to any point of repair after the failure."

Not true. As long as the MOT is pre-booked you can take it to any MOT testing station. It has been reported that some people have driven hundreds of miles "to an MOT testing station". The police may stop you they may even try to charge you if they feel the distance was unreasonable, doesn't make it illegal though and if you went to court you would most likely win as there as the law is quite clear. Wither way if you aren't driving hundreds of mile no police will attempt to prosecute for taking to an MOT station even if it isn't the closest.

With regards to taking a vehicle for repair - if your vehicle fails its MOT you can only drive it to a place to repair it or another MOT test station with a booked MOT. However there is regulation with regards to construction and use and an unroadworthy vehicle which may supercede that exemption. That exemption is only based upon the need for an MOT certificate but does not invalidate other legislation.

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Looking for a council house in Sheffield City? Meet your fellow tenants

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A spokesperson from Sheffield City Council said: “... We noticed immediately and recalled the email and alerted data protection officers."

Just replace the word "recalled the email" with "highlighted our mistake to everyone to make sure they had noticed that we had made a serious boo boo" in every occasion that you see it.

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The Register? The bastion of good IT practice? Surely not?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/24/email_blunder/

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Amazon: Just to let you know, Oracle's cloud is so 2011. That's all

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Re: Looks to me as if Oracle is rolling on the business as usual train

"Microsoft is already significantly ahead of AWS in cloud revenue"

Depends on what Microsoft includes in Cloud Revenue - these figures are quite easy to manipulate by any party.

Either way I would suggest that they were talking about feature set, availability and reliability rather than revenue to a nebulous product category.

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