* Posts by jonathanb

2543 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

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It is generally easier to get unlimited minutes than unlimited data, so VOIP is only really useful for international calls, for use on wifi when abroad, and on wifi when you have no phone signal.

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Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

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And of those 11%, most of them will probably want something that tells them what time it is rather than a smart watch.

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Not convinced it will sell

Saw them in the Apple Store yesterday. Not that many people looking at it, certainly not compared to the 5k iMac when it came out. I had a quick look at it, and found it unusable.

I was sceptical about the iPad when it first came out, but I'm using one to type this comment. However, unless there is some really radical change to the watch, I will continue to use my iPhone as my timekeeping device.

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Re: Let me get this straight

The gives more opportunities to high frequency traders by taking advantage of developments in between each of those minutes.

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: So....

Yes, because every operating system these days ships with a web browser, and it would be very difficult to download Firefox without one.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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I think is is, but buy your smart TV box and your screen separately. You can replace a £80 to £100 smart TV box every couple of years to get the latest features and keep the screen for 5-10 years.

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Re: Horse has bolted

1920 x 1080 on a 5" phone screen is not the same as 1920 x 1080 on a 27" desktop monitor, and websites need to present themselves differently on the them.

However, they don't need to present the phone version on a 9" iPad, the desktop layout may be more appropriate there.

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BLAM! Valve slams brakes on Steam flimflam with $5 spam scram plan

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Re: it's foolproof

The minimum wage would be nearer to 45 Rupees per hour than $15, but your point is valid.

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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

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Re: The position of the constitutional court of Germany is worthy of note

You don't have millions of people at an individual voting district, you have maybe 5000 people.

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Re: Bottom line

Open USB ports and default admin passwords were never acceptable. WEP encryption, I might be generous and give you that one.

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Labour policy review tells EU where to stuff its geo-blocking ban

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Re: "should" ?

Maybe the BBC could sell you a licence to watch their stuff. I've no idea if you would take them up on the offer, but some people certainly would pay it.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Re: So.....

"as soon as practicable" means "never" in politician-speak.

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Re: CO2?

You are comparing real life energy usage on the electric car with laboratory emissions on the Porsche. Real life fuel economy is typically about 1/2 to 1/3 of the lab figures.

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Extensive 3D NAND drives very expensive to make

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Have you factored in marketing and distribution costs? Getting the part from the factory gate to your reception desk costs the same regardless of whether it is flash or spinning rust.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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The television receiver isn't "installed" if you only use it as a computer monitor. That is a long established principle since the days when people were hooking up their Acorn Electrons to TVs. Of course, nowadays, you can use your computer to watch the live streams on iPlayer, and you need a TV licence for that. You don't however need a TV licence to watch the on-demand streams.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Strange

No, they are set by default to install automatically. I changed it to manual because I don't want my computer rebooting itself overnight when I've left it doing something.

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Re: Really?

That was advertised on the App Store as a new free thing you could download and install, not in the update section.

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EE springs Wi-Fi phone calls on not-spot sufferers, Tube riders

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Re: "Seamless?"

As I understand it, you use the normal phone app to make the call, rather than for example O2's ToGo app, but it doesn't hand-over between mobile and wifi networks, or even between different wifi access points on the same network, Same as Skype or any other VOIP service I've tried.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

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Re: I'm not convinced...

My commute is about 43 miles each way. The first 40 miles take about 40 minutes, and the remaining 3 miles take anything between 20-80 minutes, usually about 40 minutes. I don't have charging facilities at home, nor is it possible for me to install them, so a fully electric car is a non-starter. For those last three miles, a hybrid could make a difference.

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Re: I'm not convinced...

If you are in really busy city traffic, it could take half an hour to drive one mile. With a normal car, the engine will be idling most of the time, burning fuel and not doing anything with it. In a hybrid, it will come on occasionally to charge up the battery, and the rest of the time, it will run on electric power. Electric cars are always more efficient than petrol at 0 mph.

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522 days of congestion charge over those 3 years would cover it. Some people will do that.

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But no congestion charge, which could make a difference.

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Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X

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Re: Ewwwwww

99% of the software available in your preferred distro's application repository is probably crap as well. What matters is not the percentage of crap, but whether there are sufficient non-crap applications to do all the things you want to do with your hardware.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: HiFi vs Premium

Must be useless if it only costs $1000. I give you http://www.futureshop.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=7383#.VSBqOhikqrU , an absolute bargain at only £7,599.95 (approx $11,340). It features "Composilex 2 insulation technology, which minimizes the triboelectric noise produced by conventional insulation material", whatever that is.

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Digital pathology and the big Cs (that’s ‘cancer’ and ‘cloud’)

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Re: Why is it cloud-based?

The advantage is that it allows them to say it is cloud based, a very important word in the buzzword bingo, and nobody will take you seriously if you don't use clouds.

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Bigotry posted by your Facebook account? Use this, Mister UKIP MP wannabe: 'I was hacked'

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Chorleywood white bread, lots of butter and bacon. Absolutely no sauce whatsoever.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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What the fuck do you think it means? Read a bloody dictionary.

You can't expect them to understand something when their livelihood depends on them not understanding it.

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You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

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Re: illegal software...

"Clouds" are located in real physical data centres with actual human beings running them, many of them readers of this website.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: "rubbish lorry"

Yes but El-Reg isn't going to miss the opportunity to put a double-entendre in there.

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Re: Just because the US still have an outstanding number of wires on poles...

But more problems with earthquakes if you are in a part of the world where that is something you need to consider.

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RAGING Google SLAPS naughty Chinese root cert kingpins CNNIC

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Re: over reaction?

Diginotar were bankrupted in similar circumstances, so yes.

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'Oh great Commission, save us from the French' pleads Uber

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Re: Stupid, stupid people

And if BA doesn't supply the flight you paid for because they went bust, you get compensation from Expedia, if you bought a hotel stay at the same time.

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Re: Stupid, stupid people

Expedia is regulated as a travel agent, and the airlines they sell tickets for are regulated as airlines.

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Re: odd legislation

There will be Dublin rules, Limerick rules and so on, not a single set of Irish rules, and certainly not a single set of EU rules.

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Why on earth should it be a technology company?

Most taxi firms let you book cabs over the phone by making a voice call. Why should it be any different if this one lets you book cabs over the phone by using an app?

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Halifax's '24/7' online banking service is down YET AGAIN

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Re: BoS too

Halifax and Bank of Scotland is the same website with a different logo. My login details work on both and it shows both my Halifax account and my Bank of Scotland account.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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Re: Election Time

My statement is that standing for parliament on an anti-BST platform isn't going to help, because they don't have any control over the matter.

As it happens, when the EU harmonised the rules, the adopted the British rules across Europe.

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Re: Not on your life!

British pints are bigger, 568ml, but the American ones are smaller, only 473ml of refreshment.

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Re: Election Time

Summertime rules are set by the EU, not Westminster, and the next Euro elections are in 2019.

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Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

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Re: So give them the boot - use open source

=ROUND([xxx],2) deals with that.

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Re: So, give them the boot - use open source.

Council Tax is basically the same in every council except for the rate set by the councillors. Slightly different in Wales because they have more bands, slightly different in Scotland because the valuation bands are at different levels and the charge includes a water precept, and completely different in Northern Ireland.

You could write a Council Tax program and sell it to every council in England, and in Wales and Scotland with minor adjustments. I don't know whether that does happen, but having every council develop their own one in-house seems very wasteful.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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Re: Product localisation?

Sure, but there are people in this country who would prefer to have everything inscribed in a language other than English, because that's the language they speak; and there are loads of people in Spain who would prefer to have their product inscribed in English rather than Spanish.

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According to the FT, they are going after broadcaster and media providers. There is no reason why someone in another European country shouldn't be able to subscribe to NowTV, other than the fact that Sky would have to complete a MOSS return every 3 months.

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You could try opening a UK bank account. Most banks won't let you, but I believe Barclays do allow it. I wouldn't recommend Barclays unless it is your only choice, but in this case I believe it is your only choice.

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Re: Amazon

The VAT rules are:

They charge VAT in their home country (Luxembourg), unless their sales to the EU country in question are above the distance selling threshold for that country, which can be set at either €100,000 or €35,000, or the approximate equivalent in local currency. It is £70,000 for the UK and Isle of Man. For digital goods (apps, kindle books, mp3s etc), they must charge VAT in the customer's country regardless of sales level, and it is the same for goods subject to excise duty such as alcohol and tobacco, though I don't think Amazon sells them.

As Amazon likely sells more than £70,000 of stuff every hour, never mind every year, they do have to charge UK VAT.

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I see you have the gTLD that goes .ping!

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Correct. ecb.int (European Central Bank), is the .int I visit most often, to get official exchange rates, though it has now moved to ecb.europa.eu

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Apart from the usual country level domains, and obviously .org, .gov and .int, the only "alternative" domain I see in regular use is .tv, and that is actually a country level domain, but often used by television stations.

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

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Re: Eh?

More people are on fibre rather than copper, so on average, speeds will be faster. On mobile internet, more people have switched from 3G to 4G. People who haven't upgraded their connection probably won't notice any difference in speeds, but some people have upgraded.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Wait for 15 inch update or buy existing one

Depends how long you think you can hold out. The existing model will be reduced in price shorty before the new model comes out, so it is always better to wait if you can.

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I've got the mid-2010 model, and I'm not planning to replace it any time soon. One of the good things about Macs is that they do tend to last a lot longer than PCs.

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