* Posts by katrinab

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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

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100% of revenue calculated using money laundering rules, so each owner / director of the company is treated as having received all the money individually.

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US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast

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Re: Anyone seen the The Wire?

If you can trace the movements of a burner phone, you can probably figure out who owns it, especially if you can combine it with information obtained from elsewhere.

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Maybe, but the phone company doesn't get that info

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Wisconsin advances $3bn bribe incentives package for Foxconn

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Re: Er.... But.... Isn't LCD a thing of the past?

I've seen that before. The British government paid Chunghwa Picture Tubes £20m in 1996 to open a factory in Scotland to produce CRT monitors, just as LCD screens were coming on to the market. It opened in 1997 and closed down in 2002.

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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There's a cover version of John Cage's 4'33 for 59p. I don't know what that is in US$, but I believe 79p is the equivalent price point to $0.99.

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Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

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Re: But

or supply of tampons etc. Doesn't apply to all employees obviously, so could count as sex discrimination.

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Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

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Re: Facepalm....

Or, in this case, alexwhursyertroosers would be a better guess.

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Months after breach at the 'UnBank' Ffrees, customers complain: No one told us

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"If you've got nothing to hide, you have nothing to be afraid of"

I do have stuff I want / need to hide, but that doesn't mean I've done anything wrong.

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Oh, boy! Uber investors behind CEO sueball say Travis Kalanick won't let the company grow up

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And will Über be a market leader in self-driving cars? Their technology isn't that good compared to the alternatives, their current business model is based on them not owning any cars, so they've got no experience of maintaining them, and they would be up against car hire companies that do know how to do that.

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Re: So, let me count the ways . .

It's popular because it is cheap, but they are making a loss at current prices, and would make even more of a loss if they paid the minimum wage, employers NI, VAT and so on. Other companies have apps that enable you to order taxis, it's not a difficult thing to replicate.

So, what does Über have that is worth investing in?

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If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

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Re: Genetics

Everyone has black ancestors if you go back far enough surely?

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Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

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Re: Backups?

You are required to keep details of sales invoices for 8 years or so [1], but that doesn't mean you can use the data for any purpose other than to calculate your tax liability.

[1] the actual requirement is 6 years after the deadline for the tax return to which they relate, or 6 years after the relevant tax return was filed if later. If you are a company, and sold something on 1st April 2017, and your company year end is 31st March 2018, the tax return deadline is 31st March 2019 (tax is due 1st January, Companies House deadline is 31st December), and 6 years after that would be 31st March 2025.

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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Re: It's 2017

Given that it is due to 'elf 'n' safety red tape designed to stop construction workers going deaf, that would also apply to pre-recorded bongs if they were loud enough to be heard from the ground.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Re: if people block them...

For the likes of Outbrain and Taboola clickbait links, what are they actually trying to sell anyway?

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US border cops must get warrants to search phones, devices – EFF

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Put the data on "the cloud", delete the app, then reinstall it once you are past border control? That's certainly what experienced criminals will be doing.

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Manchester firm shut down for pretending to be Google

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No, on the last set of accounts they filed, they claimed the only thing the company had was £1 of unpaid share capital.

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Jocks' USO block shock: BT's 10Mbps proposals risk 'rural monopoly'

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The majority of Scotland's population lives within about 15km of the M8, so the urban population in Scotland is actually higher than in the UK as a whole - 82.7% for Scotland vs 81.5% for the UK as a whole. Another 11% are "accessible rural" and 6.3% remote rural. Would wiring up these remote rural households be any more expensive in the Highlands than in the Lake District?

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Re: Natzionalism At It's Worst!

Well they are not so happy with the fact that Deutsche Bahn, Nederlandse Spoorwegen and SNCF can bid for Scotrail services but Directly Operated Railways can't.

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Britons ambivalent about driverless car tech, survey finds

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Re: The only way it can work

Or even take it from England to Scotland, where there are a few subtle differences in road signs, eg (70) instead of ( / ) in some places.

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Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering

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Re: Probably play the "We are too big to fail" to defense as usual.

Yes, but two sequential $5,000 deposits is still reportable.

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It’s 2017 and Hayes AT modem commands can hack luxury cars

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Re: EOL

Which suppliers are dropping support for 486 chips?

Microsoft dropped support for them with Windows 2000 and ME

Apple never supported them, they were using PowerPC chips back then

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Developing world hits 98.7 per cent mobile phone adoption

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There are loads of countries with a penetration rate of more than 100%. Macau is about 300%. So I think they are well aware that some people have more than one phone.

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Small biz breaks out pen, paper after Brit tax collectors' Digital Form Service goes down

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Re: More to the point....

Excellent idea

1 micro brewery = 31 litres per second.

1 brewery = 31,000 cubic metres per second.

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Re: More to the point....

Micro-brewery = fewer than 6 million barrels of beer per year. Nano presumably is < 6000 barrels per year. A barrel is 287 pints, so 6000 barrels per year is 33115 pints per week.

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To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

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"Make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine"

So, I will appropriately recaptiualise synergistic schemas to intrinsically pursue transparent technology by appropriately re-architecting cloud-ready testing procedures to leverage progressively benchmark focused products delivering seamlessly matrix value-added sprints with distinctively architectured diverse fungibility while assertively supplying robust meta-services which dynamically synergise intuitive bandwidth.

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Another day, another British Airways systems screwup causes chaos

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Re: "If you know why BA's shonky IT keeps going to sleep in the mornings...."

I guess the smartest Indians get jobs in countries that pay higher salaries, or start their own companies. If you are paying Rs10lk (£11,875 or $15,700) per year, you are not going to get the best people.

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Brit voucher biz's signup page blabbed families' details via URL tweak

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Re: Bah!

Tax documents are not public

Most people do not opt to appear on the "edited" electoral register, so the details are only available to election candidates in the district in question, credit reference agencies, and law enforcement

Almost everyone chooses to be ex-directory. My local phone book has practically no entries in it, and most of the ones that are in it are business phone numbers

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Wallet-snatch hack: ApplePay 'vulnerable to attack', claim researchers

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I think this is Apple Pay for in-app purchases rather than contactless Apple Pay, which can be done without a network connection.

Typical use case would be ordering a taxi on an app and paying the fare by Apple Pay. Addison Lee has this facility, I guess Über also does this, but I've never used them.

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Strong and stable, my arse. UK wobbles when coping with ransomware

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Re: Never mind a CEO

Remember that the default is to hide file extensions. I know the first thing we do is to re-enable them, but most people don't, so if the get a "secure-message.exe" file with a program icon that looks the same as the word document icon, they don't know any better.

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Re: Dear Adobe

When Flash Video became popular, the alternative it replaced was Real Player, and that was much worse.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

However Picasa has also been retired

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Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

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Re: Ahhhh..

Well obviously you keep that on your phone and use Apple Pay.

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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

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Re: It's a mistake

Three is trademarked as a telephone company. Also Orange, no longer around in the UK, but they still exist in France.

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Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

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Re: Why not do this if you get a monopoly at the end?

Microsoft has a monopoly because you can't easily create another operating system that is compatible with all the software out there that people use.

Walmart has a monopoly of sorts because you can't easily acquire all the real estate with planning permission for supermarkets to have a national store chain. Having said that, I don't think they are in a position to do monopoly pricing, certainly not in the UK.

What does Über have that a competitor couldn't replicate? People use them because they are cheaper than the competition. There's threats to their cost base from potentially having to charge VAT and pay minimum wage, and they aren't making profits at the moment, when at this stage in the business lifecycle, they should be. I don't see them expanding much in the markets they are already in. Expanding to new markets will increase costs, and they probably picked the most profitable / least loss-making ones first. I don't see them making as much money in Aberdeen for example as they do in London.

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Re: Fantastic use of Godwins law

He already has found a way round it, and he's so good at covering his tracks that you don't notice.

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Re: Fantastic use of Godwins law

Children tend to know more about computers than their parents.

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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Re: Concierge Service

Sure, but there are loads of concierge services around, and people will want to pick one that works best for them, not one that is bundled with their phone; and call them on their iPhone.

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"In the meantime, those who want to boost their own self-esteem by paying out the nose for a smartphone can take solace in the reports that Apple's next iPhone will come with a price tag of more than $1,200 (£916)."

Which is about 1/10th of the price of a dumbphone from Vertu, and you can do a lot more with it.

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

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Re: An alternative

Money deposited at Bitcoin exchanges has vanished, that's the same as what happened in Cyprus.

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: Government staff: need I say more?

Sure, but the connection between my router and the local exchange is definitely not multiply redundant, and my local mobile phone mast is connected to the same street cabinet as my landline.

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Ker-ching! NotPetya hackers cash out, demand 100 BTC for master decrypt key

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Re: initial attack vector

Microsoft Dynamics seems to be the only other option. They sit somewhere between the likes of Sage and SAP in terms of market positioning. Large companies that are too complex for Dynamics will use something like SAP to get the numbers and put them in MeDoc to file the return. Small companies will likely use MeDoc for everything.

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Watch: Armed Ukrainian cyber-cops raid MeDoc in NotPetya probe

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Re: Hmm

Microsoft Dynamics is the only other one I can find that actually does tax filing. SAP will probably give you the numbers but require you to input them elsewhere.

While Microsoft do have a history of less than stellar business methods, I don't think they would do that, and they are not in the small business accounts/tax market anyway.

It is more likely to be action by Russia to stop the Ukranian Government from collecting taxes to run their affairs.

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MH370 researchers refine their prediction of the place nobody looked

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Re: What can be learned of the crash at this late stage?

"Why would anyone blame pilots"

Because a flight from Malaysia to China shouldn't have been anywhere near the Indian Ocean.

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For all the chaos it sows, fewer than 1% of threats are actually ransomware

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Re: iOS is seeing attacks decline

Macs have XProtect which is a very rudimentary virus scanner, but AV on windows isn't actually that good at picking things up.

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Re: fewer than 1%

"Fewer than" if you are counting discrete items, "less than" if you are looking at a measurement of something that cound be any value, such as length. You can't have half a vulnerability, though 0.5% of the total population of vulnerabilities is possible.

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"Surely Linux didnt get 50x as much as apple?"

Things like Wordpress have a lot of vulnerabilities, and they often run on Linux machines.

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

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I tried to do the maths, and came up with a division by zero error.

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Tick-tick... boom: Germany gives social media giants 24 hours to tear down hate speech

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Hating the trains is OK, but saying you want to attack the railway staff probably isn't.

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AWS Summit London queues caused by security, not snafu

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Re: Okay...

Also, this is in response to the Manchester Arena bombing, The bomber was as far as I can gather, just outside the secure area, and hit them as they were leaving the arena.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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The photo showed XP Professional, not XP Embedded.

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