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* Posts by Chad H.

2334 posts • joined 23 Jan 2007

Super Cali so litigious, Uber is the focus. Even German judges say it's something quite atrocious

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Re: Supercaliawesomeheadline

I hope the subeditor, or whoever does the headlines recieved a suitable bonus.

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EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass

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What Customers?

P4U was an agent of EE and Vodaphone. They put customers together with EE/Voda contracts, making them an EE/Voda Customer.

They had quite a bad reputation, and this ultimately gets knocked on to whichever network the Customer gets paired with. They got sick of their brand being tarnished by a bad customer experience.

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Re: Why do we keep trying to add another middleman?

Neither Visa, nor Mastercard, issue cards.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: Try searching on an ATV

I never really found it any more of a hassle than on a console... or TV.

And cutting out all of those useless buttons that make remotes look more complicated than the starship enterprise was well overdue.

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Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say

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Re: I'm not in opposition to Apple's fee.

>>>>Don't kid yourself that paying in cash doesn't also involve paying a fee. A lot of the cash a business receives will get banked and, here in the UK at least (and I'd imagine elsewhere), most banks charge a small percentage on business accounts for paying in cash. It may not be as much as the fees charged for handling plastic, but it's still a fee nonetheless.

Not just that, theres also the cost of potential employee fraud skimming from the top. Transactions not run up, notes going missing, etc.

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Re: 15%!?!?!?!?! Are they out of their minds!!!

>>>>The merchant pays the clearinghouse, sure. Apple's 0.15% will never affect us, the ultimate customers of the merchant, right? After all, the merchant already pays the supplier, the utility companies, the rent on their building space, taxes and all that sort of stuff out of the price we pay for the merchandise. None of these costs apply to the clearinghouse, since they don't have to pay rent, labor or any other costs, right? They are just middlemen who move something from point A to point B and keep a bit for themselves. So of course, they would never need to raise prices to cover increases in any of those costs. Since no one would ever raise the price to their customer, it will never matter what Apple takes out for themselves.

None of these costs are significantly effected by Apple's system. The cost to the Merchant is exactly the same as it would be if they didn't accept apple pay at 2.5% or so.

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Re: "Tidy" Payday?

My understanding is the thumbprint sensor authorises the payment on the phone. Thats the difference between me being a refusnick, and taking it up. I want all my payments explicitly authorised by me either by PIN or some other fashion like a thumbprint.

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>>>> funding comes from a coffee-break whip-round amongst employees, topped up by generous donations by shareholders?

>>>>Well, that's much more enlightened than the usual practice of adding any charges straight onto the amounts charged to punters.

The Punter in this case is the store (not the iPhone user), and they're just paying what they'd pay anyway to have the card machine.

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Re: 15%!?!?!?!?! Are they out of their minds!!!

its not 15%.

Its 0.15% of the total price, taken from the 2.5% the merchant already pays.

Sounds like you're overpaying something serious for your processing rates.

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There is no charge to the user.

The "charge" is paid by the merchant processor, who is already charging the merchant about 2.5% of your purchase price.

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European Court of Justice allows digitisation of library books

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Re: Dedicated Terminal?

No, they mean some sort of fixed kiosk. The kindle would have to be attached to something, not one you can take home

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NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

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Re: This deal would not cause less competition!

Except they are, for content and other deals.

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

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I really don't see the issue here.

Someone has raised an issue, EE take that and fix it.

It is just right that they get into the nitty-gritty in private, I wouldn't want then shouting my account details across the street.

This is basic professionalism and data protection.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Wikimedia isnt against the creator. There is no legal creator to be against. He didnt give the monkey the camera, he didnt intend for the monkey to take pictures. He didn't own the monkey. Ownership of a device doesnt make you a creator.

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

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I liked her voice. Good work guys.

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Your Bitcoins aren't money – but it is barter, so we'll tax it, ta ... says Australia's taxman

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Can't really compain though. If your goal was to dodge tax, you're 1) Immoral 2) Still bucks in, after $AU18k the tax rate is 19%, going up as high as 45% on a sliding scale. Even at the lower rate you're still roughly halving the tax on that portion.

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

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Breathe people.

Read it all. The increase is for BB only customers.

Clearly this is more about getting people onto their bundles, you can probably get one at the same price as standalone now.

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

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So, any chance I can invite you guys to Glasgow for a Clockwork orange* CRAWL?

*Backronym to come.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Given a Sidewinder is Air to Air... wouldn't a Air to Ground missile, like a Maverick be a better choice?

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Snowden leaks show that terrorists are JUST LIKE US

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Re: Removable batteries

>>>Could this be part of the reason for the recent requirement to switch on such devices when passing through airports ... most people will then just leave the battery in the device.

I flew from EDI-LHR-JFK-YUL and back, and wasn't asked once to demonstrate it worked.

i'm wondering exactly how true this demand is.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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USB isn't turning out to be that... Universal is it. You've got to have the right socket, and the right gender, and then every few years they invent a new socket that doesn't work with the old ones, so you have to go and buy more adaptors and cables....

Now there's another one. Woo.....

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America's hot and cold spots for broadband revealed in new map

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I'm going to go right ahead and guess all those Congressfolks are staying in places like Langley, Virginia, when they're "at work".

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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

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Re: Game Theory

Which is why you dont disable FON, but disable the wireless. It worked for me.

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When I was with Bloody Terrible, I mean BT (as they were the only ones who'd remove the dreadful sky LLU line for free), I enabled FON (to get the free access), then prompty disabled Wireless, letting another device handle it.

Best of both worlds.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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>>>>Which? found that US punters were paying around 30 per cent less for a MacBook Pro - £1499 in Blighty against £1144.

Going to go on a limb and guess they didn't compare apples with apples... Specifically including our 20% VAT but excluding US sales tax.

That leaves the difference not very much at all.

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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There was a guy in the US charged with supplying military matrerials to terrorists.

The materials: Waterproof socks.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Not really a surprise. The problem never was, and still isn't, the handheld bit, its the distracted from your phone conversation bit.

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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I hate to say it, but its becoming very hard to vote no in September.

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WinPhone iView app flap: Microsoft to pull 'unauthorised' app... coded by STAFFER

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Re: I think this quote sums it all up...

Ralph is adorable and cute. Windows Phone is neither.

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Re: just another case of MS flogging their dead platform...

"so there is no reason why a vodafone user with an iPhone should be able to view the content where as a winphone user on the same network can't."

Except the value in spending money to test on that platform to ensure comaptibility...

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>>>>>He added: “My only motivation has been to ensure that Australians have access to the content they’ve already paid for as taxpayers on the devices and platforms *they own and love*.”

Which would make sense if it wasn't a win mobile app....

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BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies

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I hope for you sake you don't have Sky's phone service. If so you'll probably find BT is the only viable option for you - everyone else will want to charge you a stupid installation fee for taking it of Sky MPF

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O2 and 'leccy firm's MNVO bid flops as £25m glugs down the drain

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Manx

I did email the correction, but Manx Telecom was sold by O2 in 2010.

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BlackBerry knocks Google's KNOX LOCK PICK for Android

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Meanwhile

In a return statement, the CEO of Samsung said "While we applaud Blackberry and RIM for their plans, we don’t think it’s enough to cover their costs. Instead look to just about any other business where they actually make money."

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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What a well reasoned response to the chicken-littling.

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

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Re: "I KNOW HOW THE INTERNET WORKS"

I'm glad there is one person on the internet that knows how it works. Now if only we could get you into BT, Verizon, et al....

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Surprise! NSA's first ever 'transparency' 'report' is anything but

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Re: I wonder if, given that their world-wide data is stored in the USA, ...

Go to the command line and type Tracert (host name).

This is a technology news website for computer people. If you can't work out how to use google to understand the things you dont understand... I'm afraid we cannot help you.

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Send Bitcoin or we'll hate-spam you on Yelp, say crims

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>>>>>The solution is simple: The affected business owners notify Yelp of the extortion letters and the threats,

And then Yelp suggest the business owner signs up to the UltimatePlatinumDiamondDeLuxe (tm) package where Yelp will remove those negative reviews....

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

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Re: ok.. who sets the base reference for prices?

G2, the solution is even easier. Amazon simply stick on a redirect on Amazon.fr that says "Amazon France is closed, but good news, Amazon Luxemburg is still open, and thanks to the free movement of goods and services in the EU, we ship to France".

Job done.

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Verizon to turn LTE faucet back on for Chromebook Pixel users

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We understand that a very small number of Chromebook Pixel customers

An admission that chromebook Pixel customers steered clear of them?

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

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Re: Only a lawyer

No, a lawyer attempts to defend the people.

The defence lawyer is the last person standing against the powerful state... Saying "no, you will not take this person unless you can show to all of us, beyond any reasonable doubt, that he did the things you say he did"

He is the last person standing who says to the state "No, you don't get to act like a criminal. You too must play by the same very laws you say you're here to enforce"

Yes, in a case like this it may be tilting a bit at a windmill, but no matter the circumstances he dusts off his jacket, and goes back into the arena, demanding again the State account for itself every time before stripping someones liberties.

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Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

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Re: jail sentence

Whom did he betray?

Let's stop blaming the witness for the crime. That crap went out with the godfather.

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Web moguls ask YOU to stump up big money to STOP big money from winning in Washington

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John Oliver had a good example of why this is needed - Big Money has resisted and thrown out regulations on the "Complementary "Medicines"" (Double quote on medicines intentional) industry, with scary advertisements staring Mel Gibson about "government taking away your vitamins" generating more letters to congresspeople than the vietnam war did.

Meanwhile, one third of the products sold dont contain what the container says it does. Good job Democracy.

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iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

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Re: Next project

I'd be skeptical about that. The Android and WinMob versions failed to locate any clues at all. Just cluelessness.

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EFF wants you to open your Wi-Fi to IMPROVE privacy

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The EFF wants us all to use the OpenWireless initiative's free router firmware, which allows users to create open guest networks that anyone in range can use.

the firmware would separate the private network from the public and limit freeloader bandwidth to about five percent of a subscriber's allocation.

"EFF is currently working on router technology that supports open wireless in an elegant and secure fashion," the group wrote.

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So Basically, they want to do what BT have been doing with FON for years

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Which would make sense if there was some barrier stoping extradition from the UK to the US.

There isn't - it's actually quite easy.

If the US had wanted him , they would have made it direct, or kidnapped him direct here, where they have US airbases to run off to.

It's a fairy story he is spinning to avoid charges, nothing more.

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Re: Who cost the taxpayer £6M?

Except he has potentially commited a crime in Sweeden (saying he hasn't commited a crime is not true) and in any case he has now committed a crime in the UK - contempt of court, bail jumping, call it what you will.

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>>>>>The WikiLeaker-in-chief has always denied any accusations of wrongdoing, and has said that he fears being extradited to the US via Sweden.

Which is utter bullshit as whilst in Sweeden both the Sweedish and UK governments would be required to ascent to his extraditions, as opposed to just the UK government whilst he sits here.

Now ask yourself, what kind of man turns down an opportunity to make extradition to the US harder and instead decides to become a fugitive.

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Huawei WILL make a comeback to US market, policy wonk predicts

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If I was Huweii, I'd play the US ban as a strength "the reason why they blocked us is because we refused to put their back doors in it."

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YouView loses YourView trademark fight, may have to pick new name

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>>>>The £100m BT and TalkTalk-backed set-top box venture YouView™

Yet last week El Reg couldnt understand why the broadcasters had felt like they lost control of the platform to the ISPs...

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