* Posts by katrinab

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Tesla inches toward GPL compliance in low gear: Source code forcibly ejected into public

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Re: Green, like Swiss Chard

Actual knobs and switches are better because you can operate them without looking once you know where they are, whereas you can't do that with a touch screen.

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Re: "we offer IPv6 and nobody except Googlebot uses it."

An IPv6-only mail server is not likely to be able to receive mail from most of the world, so what's the difference?

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Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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Re: Ignorance of the law is not a defence...

You are confusing two things here.

The tax tribunal will determine whether or not the tax is due.

The crown court will determine whether or not tax evasion has taken place.

It is possible, and very common, for the tax tribunal to decide that the tax is due in situations where tax evasion has not taken place. Harry Redknapp is one example. He didn't evade tax by hiding money in an offshore account in Monaco, but he did have an underpayment of tax that he had to pay.

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Re: Did you ever notice...

I think you will find there is a lot more dodgy stuff involving Crown Dependencies, British Overseas Territories, and Scotland[1].

[1]Scottish Limited Partnerships. Scotland is now the only country in the world where you can own a business structure that is completely anonymous. While the law that allows this only applies to Scotland, it is the responsibility of the Westminster Government, not the Scottish Government.

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Re: Ignorance of the law is not a defence...

He's not claiming ignorance of the law. He is claiming that his ignorance is evidence of lack of intent; and intent is required for most criminal offences.

Essentially he is claiming that he is an innocent victim who was conned into getting involved in these fraudulent claims.

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10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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Re: Pray tell us

Probably. Can you name fourteen social networks? I don't think I could.

Facebook (also owns Instagram and Whatsapp)

Twitter

Oath (owns AOL, Tumblr, and Yahoo!)

Bebo

Snap Chat

Blackberry Messenger

Google Plus

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Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

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Re: 2G (GSM, not USA CDMA)

It wouldn't surprise me if 2G survives longer than 3G

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No, it hasn't improved, nevertheless, they are now the third worst out of the big four whereas previously they were the worst.

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TalkTalk ups the (dis)satisfaction ante as UK folk wake up to borked email

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My lineone.net address still works[sometimes], and I haven't used them since ntl cabled the street I was living in at the time, about 17 years ago.

You don't get any adverts if you access it using imap.

Having said that, my main email server is located under my desk.

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Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

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Re: cost of real money?

It is 8.5x the electricity used for *everything*, so if you buy a coffee in Ireland using your laser card, I am even including the electricity used to boil the water, heat the shop, grind the coffee beans.

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Re: cost of real money?

I have done this study:

Bitcoin uses about the same amount of electricity as the entire country of Ireland uses for everything.

Transaction volume on the bitcoin network is equivalent to everyone in Ireland doing two transactions per month.

The EU average is that everyone does 17 transactions per month.

So even if every single kWh of electricity in Ireland was used to support the currency / banking network, it would be 8.5x more efficient than Bitcoin.

In reality, the proportion used by banks is so small, that it is included in the "other" category.

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Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session

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They could issue a European Arrest Warrant. It will be valid for the next 10 months at least.

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People like convenience more than privacy – so no, blockchain will not 'decentralise the web'

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What problem is this solving?

Before looking for a solution to the problem that everyone uses Google to find their way around the web, you need to ask why people use Google.

Nobody is required to use Google, other search engines exist, and you can type websites manually into the address bar.

People use Google because it works. Would a blockchain replace Google? No, but I suppose if you could run any other website on a blockchain, you could run Google on it.

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Scrap London cops' 'racially biased' gang database – campaigners

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Re: Sadly

That may be true, but it does not mean that all black men under the age of 25 are gang members. Most of them are very decent law-abiding people.

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Uber says it's changed and is now ever-so ShinyHappy™

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MinicabIT is one such app. There are others. Über wasn't even the first in the country.

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Re: Do they ensure

No. My local paper has reports about every two weeks on average of an Über driver being prosecuted for driving without a licence or insurance.

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Actually I'd say that the figure is a lot more than 100%.

As an example, from my house to the town centre costs about £10 on Über, and about £12 from a licenced mini-cab operator via MinicabIT.

That £2 difference in price is the VAT they are not paying. But in addition to that, they don't pay minimum wage or Employer's NI, and the don't comply with my local council's requirements to provide accessible vehicles for disabled people, or training for all drivers in how to deal with different types of disability, not all of which require an accessible vehicle.

They are also making a huge loss, so even with all that, they are still not cheaper than local minicab firms.

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You've got pr0n: Yes, smut by email is latest workaround for UK's looming cock block

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Re: Probably mentioned already but

But when the likes of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre gets blocked as a porn site, then there is a problem. If a child wants to visit a site like that, you definitely don't want to stop them.

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App devs bewildered by last-minute Google GDPR klaxon

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Re: list the price of the ad-free version on the consent dialog

No, unless advertising is the purpose of the app and I install it because I want to see those ads; eg Vouchercloud.

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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You northerners know nothing of rail misery. Us southerners have to travel on something like this.

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What I do know is that the trains I travel on were built before ethernet was invented.

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Aegon conquered by UK bank holiday IT upgrade: Some users can't log on

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No, as of 2 minutes ago. Error when trying to log in to the phone app. Fortunately I only have £1 in there.

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Facebook misses Brit MPs' deadline, promises answers on Monday

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Yes, he has a dog, and it has its own facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/beast.the.dog/

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FCC sets a record breaking $120m fine for rude robocalls

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Re: So, I assume

Nope. Guess who wrote the laws, and guess who they exempted from them.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Re: It's not for everyone but for most it could be good

So when you take a new server out of its box, and you need to install an operating system on it, what do you use? I've never seen a server with a "boot from OneDrive" option on it.

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T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

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Do they still own the claimed trademark?

I thought they merged it with their French neighbour's favourite colour to form EE, then sold it to BT.

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Windows app makers told to think different – you're Microsoft 365 developers, now

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Re: "Our mission is to make Windows the best dev box for you"

"It's the same filesystem shared between Windows and Linux so its easy to share files. There are no filesystem corruption issues."

Not really. Windows applications can't access /home/ /etc/ /usr/ and so on.

Or rather, it is hidden in somewhere like

C:\Users\Katrina\AppData\Local\Packages\CanonicalGroupLimited.UbuntuonWindows_69fjdk2skdjru\LocalState\rootfs and accessing stuff there is not recommended.

I can do mount -t drvfs c: /mnt/c , then Linux applications can access the windows stuff with whatever permissions bash is running under, with no possibility to elevate those permissions.

If I want to access samba shares, I have to mount them in Windows and access them using -t drvfs, I can't mount as -t cifs.

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Yes, people see straight through male displays of bling (they're only after a fling)

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Re: Gender bias...

My bag contains a lot more than the typical male pocket contents of keys, wallet, travel card + phone.

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Re: Gender bias...

Just in, men wouldn't notice a £3,000 if it slapped them in the face [1], and it is no more important than the day of the week it's owner was born in determining whether or not to ask her out.

[1] They would notice that they had been slapped in the face by a handbag, but they wouldn't know the difference between a £3,000 designer bag and a £5 Primark bag.

BTW my bag cost about £60. That's the sort of money you need to spend to get something that doesn't fall to bits.

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Flashy Dan will have a much higher insurance bill, and is going to be a regular visitor at his local garage getting it repaired.

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UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics

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Re: Blank Sheet

"will I still get to Fist and Piss Latex Lezzers?"

You can fist all you like, but you can't watch videos of it, as it is considered extreme. 4 fingers is totally fine. 4 fingers + a thumb, totally obscene.

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Re: Sex Education

'What about these things called "parents"'

My parents don't know much [anything] about lesbian sex. That's why people end up turning to the likes of LesbianSpankInferno.co.uk for guidance, and the problem is that you don't get very good guidance there.

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Warren Buffett says cryptocurrency attracts charlatans, AI won’t change investing

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Re: ROFLMAO

The first thing I thought when I read that was, I wonder if there is a TurdCoin.

A quick Google later, of course there is.

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Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers

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Re: I am not sure but...

They don't have details your income, which is kind of important if you want to complete a tax return. National Hunter (owned by Experian under a separate ICO registration) has details of whatever you put in credit application forms, which often includes income, but that isn't necessarily accurate enough for a tax return.

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Re: And how...

"necessary for the performance of a contract"

is not the same as it's in the contract.

In order for them to collect your mortgage payments, and hand back the title deeds when you finish paying it, is it necessary for the bank to tell Equifax every month that you made your mortgage payment on time, or not as the case may be?

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Heir to SMS finally excites carriers, by making Google grovel

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Re: Doubled?

Previously the number of users was zero, because it didn't exist. It is now double that.

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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

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Re: Microsoft will truly endorse Linux...

While most people only use 10% of the features, they don't all use the same 10%, so it is very likely that in a cut-down product, there will be a missing feature that you need.

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Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

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Re: it's using dialup in some form while NFC is perhaps always online

I find an Amex contactless transaction usually takes less than a second, and I get the notification on my phone within 2 seconds of doing the transaction, so definitely online; except for TfL where the notification comes through at about 3:30 the following morning.

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I've got a separate card holder with a single card in it, that sits in my pocket next to my phone.

While using the phone requires minimal effort, using the card requires zero effort, so the card wins.

Also, I find that Amex Apple Pay works almost nowhere, the only places I've found it works are TfL and Waitrose. Amex gives me 1% cashback, so I prefer to use it wherever possible.

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Re: As for mobile wallets...

My now-retired Galaxy Note 2 has NFC. I brought it out of retirement for a month when TfL had their travel free Friday promotion with Mastercard / Android Pay, and it worked, even without a SIM in it. No fingerprint reader, so I had to enter a PIN on the phone before using it. Not something I would do if I wasn't getting paid to do it.

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Re: It is a lot more complicated, and isn't about * Pay type services

"So restaurants will need portable readers they can hand to the customer to do their thing, and if the customer wants a printed receipt either a portable printer"

That's exactly what happens in the UK and France, and presumably lots of other countries. The portable terminal has a built-in printer for printing out receipts.

In the UK, we have had this for about 12 years now; in France, for about 25 years.

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I have Apple Pay. I use it for in-app purchases, eg buying clothes from Asos, as it is a bit more convenient than getting the card out.

However, for piint of sale transactions, getting the phone out and getting the card out require the same amount of effort. Using the card requires slightly less effort than using the phone, so I use the card.

I might actually use Google Pay on the desktop as an alternative to Apple Pay on the iPad. I don’t think my ancient but still working MacBook supports Apple Pay.

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Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more

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Re: Dumb drivers

We have already done trains. The Victoria Line in London was self-driving 50 years ago.

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BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

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Re: I've been there

No, HPE have the sheets of paper individually bubble-wrapped, placed in very large boxes, then attached to a pallet with cling film.

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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Re: The promote discrimination while claiming to fight it

"How do churches promote discrimination?"

If I went to a catholic church with my girlfriend and said we wanted to get married, how do you think it would go?

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Trans women don’t have vaginas unless they have gad surgery to create one, and most don’t. Genderqueer individuals don’t necessarily have vaginas either.

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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

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You have to plan for peak load + a margin over and above that.

Peak load times would be end / beginning of month when people receive their salaries and pay their bills, the end / beginning of the tax year when lots of people put money in pensions and ISAs, and around Christmas, when people spend lots of money on things.

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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The Labour Participation Rate in the US is 62.9%, compared with 78.8% in the UK, where unemployment rate is 4.2%.

That means that in the US, in addition to the 4.1% who are unemployed, there are another 37.1% who don't have a job, but aren't classified as unemployed for one reason or another, compared with "only" 21.2% in the UK.

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Re: I disagree...

Do you want to live in a planet where Jeff Bezos is the supreme emperor?

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Re: "Upgrading users should be able to ignore the viewer as before."

At home, both lead to the same green cabinet at the end of the street, so if there is a problem between there and the exchange, neither option is going to work.

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