* Posts by katrinab

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It's paydaygeddon! NatWest account transfers 'disappearing' (not really)

katrinab

How slow is slow?

The SLA for faster payments is 2 working hours. Usually it is much faster than that - in the time it takes to log out of one bank and log into the other, the money has usually arrived.

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A switch with just 49 ns latency? What strange magic is this?

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Re: The future...

Your box is inside the exchange, and every machine is connected by the same length of cable regardless of what length is actually needed to reach it.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Re: Chromecast

Or upgrade a £50 set-top box. HDMI is likely to be around for a while.

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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Re: Er????

8 of the 10 most overcrowded journeys are Reading to Paddington, one is Henley to Paddington, and one is a Transpennine service from Glasgow to Manchester.

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Re: Great News!@ wolfetone

The car dealer has to arrange the road tax[1] on it before you can collect the keys, and you need proof of insurance to get it taxed.

[1] Note to pedants, it is once again road tax, George Osborne changed it back.

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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Re: No Windows Phone Version?

Remember that there is password or biometric security on your phone before you can open the app, or at least there should be.

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Fixing your oven can cook your computer

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Re: Firewall

Yes, that company is Hotpoint / Indesit / Creda, same company, different brands.

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

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Re: Hydrogen fuel cells

Right now, it is better to sell the solar electricity to the grid to reduce demand from fossil power stations, and put petrol/diesel in the car.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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Re: EFF Lawyers are EFF'n Stupid

I remember the progress bar when installing Windows 95 back in the day which went up to 90% in a couple of seconds then took about half an hour to get to 91%. That was a count-up timer rather than count-down, but the same idea.

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Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

katrinab

Re: Tor on GNU/Linux with systemwide trusted VPN

Not really. It will stop them knowing which country you are browsing from and which ISP you use, but other than that, no.

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Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

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Re: Please Sir?

Doubling down :- When you lose a bet, you place another bet for double the amount you lost in the hope of winning it back.

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Payday lender Wonga admits to data breach

katrinab

Re: Sound security advice

TBF I do tell people to piss off if they accuse me of being a man.

Even more so if they ask to speak to my husband.

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katrinab

Re: APR! = interest

At HSBC the charge is £0 if you go overdrawn by less than £10

https://www.hsbc.co.uk/1/2/overdrafts/overdrafts-charges

Other banks have similar charges, HSBC is not the cheapest.

The maximum charge is £80, if you are overdrawn for 21 or more days and make payments on 12 separate days out of the account while overdrawn.

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katrinab

Re: APR! = interest

Borrow £200 for 14 days

One repayment of £222.40

Representative 1,509% APR

Would you offering loans as a commercial service really do it for much less?

An overdraft with HSBC - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/1/2/overdrafts

Borrow £200 for 14 days

One repayment of £201.40

Representative 19.9% APR.

£22.40 is a lot more than £1.40. the APR of 1509% vs 19.9% reflects that much higher charge.

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katrinab

Re: Clarification

And the mere act of using Wonga kills of any credit score you might have had.

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

katrinab

Re: But seriously though folks.... @Seajay

A 100% survival rate doesn't mean that 100% of patients survive, it means the survival rate is the same as general population who didn't have that disease.

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Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

katrinab

You are forgetting the fact that due to the legal fiction created by Über states that the driver works directly for the passenger, and Über collects the money as agent on their behalf, and deducts a commission charge.

So, following that legal fiction, all of the money collected by Über from the passenger is the driver's income, and Über are under-reporting it.

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ICO fines 11 big charities over dirty data donor-squeezing deeds

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Re: Pleas for extra

No, expentiture for the offices that the counsellors work in is booked as Charitable Support Costs. Here is one Samaritans branch, look at page 8

http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends52/0000278552_AC_20160331_E_C.PDF

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UK gov draws driverless car test zone around M40 corridor

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Re: Technology to save lives

Yes, but how far is it from that road to the next closest road that buses drive along? About half that distance plus 50 meters is maximum distance you have to walk to get to a bus stop.

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katrinab

Re: Technology to save lives

"How far away is bus stop for it to be regarded as out of walking distance?"

In Northern Ireland and Greater Manchester, 400 meters, in California, 300 meters.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Palm Oil is fine

They need about 2 litres of the stuff for the entire print run. They can go to some artisan palm-oil maker, observe and film the entire harvesting and production process, and take the bottle back to Threadneedle Street in their suitcase, remembering of course to pay the appropriate import duties on it as it isn't going to be used for food.

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As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

katrinab

Re: Is Google pro-Islamist?

For now, yes, but if the Jihadis realise it is getting filtered, they won't show it on their videos.

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katrinab

Re: Excellent

Are people who watch jihadi videos likely to subscribe to The Guardian?

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

katrinab

Strange priorities

Jihadis and white supremacists spreading hate, totally OK.

A lesbian geek posting videos about things you can do with Arduino boards, make the entire channel adult-only because she occasionally mentions her girlfriend.

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

katrinab

Re: Why does anybody treat passwords as ASCII FFS

Or by typing Alt + 3 or 4 digit number.

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katrinab

Re: It only makes it easier to crack...

Password1! if it requires a symbol.

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MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

katrinab

Re: Since the phone can be tracked anyway, why bother?

Pretty much every phone supports both GPS and GLONASS these days. They avoid a much higher import tax in Russia if they support GLONASS, and if they configure the chip to support GLONASS in Russia, it is cheaper for them to use the same chip everywhere else.

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Road accident nuisance callers fined £270,000 for being absolute sh*tbags

katrinab

If you are putting your address in a group of boxes labeled delivery address, then obviously you are consenting to that being passed to the courier for the purpose of making the delivery.

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1.37bn records from somewhere to leak on Monday

katrinab

Re: 1.47 billion?

How many of them will be accurate?

When I register for public wifi, they get [randomletters]@theirdomain as the email address, and more random letters for my name. If they want an address, they get the address of the council dump. They may as well send the junk mail directly there rather than me directing it there via the bin.

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COP BLOCKED: Uber app thwarted arrests of its drivers by fooling police with 'ghost cars'

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Re: An alternate perspective

But the problem is this: If I want to find people going the same way as me when I drive to work in the morning, Über is of no use at all. Über is not a ride sharing service. BlaBlaCar is.

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katrinab

Re: I'm sure this will look good in front of the judge

Things like, if it is the cheapest landfill Android you can buy in the local phone shop, near me that is the Alcatel Pixi 3 - £25 + £15 PAYG credit, the credit card you use to register your Über account, and if the location data shows that you often spend time near the police station or transport commissioner office.

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katrinab

Re: An alternate perspective

Über were banned where I live because they don't meet the requirements for mobility impaired passengers. If they drive the other minicab firms out of business then we will be taking that away.

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katrinab

Re: I'm sure this will look good in front of the judge

Their software detects the use of burner phones etc.

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katrinab

Re: tbh, Uber has a point

Doing test purchases is the "old fashioned" way of investigating this sort of crime.

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katrinab

Re: That would explain

Well yes, that is what Greyball is designed to defeat.

If I load up my Addison Lee app, they will quite happily let me book a cab to Heathrow. I have to wait 47 mins for it to arrive though. If I try to book it to the local town centre, it won't even let me enter the address. Über will presumably behave like that if they think I am a cop or council official, however they evidently don't think so, so they quote me £8-£11 to get there. Minicabit, who use properly licenced cabs, gives me quotes from two different firms, one for £12.96 and one for £13.01. Unlike Über, if I chose one of those quotes, that is the price I will pay regardless of how long the journey takes, though they will have a good idea what traffic conditions are like at the moment, and they will have taken that into consideration when calculating their quote.

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katrinab

That would explain

why my local council has only managed to prosecute one Über driver when they are literally everywhere, about 50 of them loitering around the shopping centre at any one time.

Anyone here can set up a minicab firm if they comply with the licencing requirements. Über were refused a licence because they did not comply with the requirements. They decided to start operating anyway using their London licence. London registered cabs can pick people up here if they are going to London, and firms that specialise in the Airport market quite often do that. For that reason, the police can't arrest them just for having a TfL licence sticker on their rear window, as they might be waiting for a booking to go to Heathrow, or I suppose people from London might go shopping here and want to take a cab back home.

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Uber loses court fight over London drivers' English language tests

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Re: No pass, no drive!!

The practice exam paper is here - https://www.scribd.com/document/340828185/ISE-I-Sample-Paper-1-With-Notes#fullscreen&from_embed

It is not a difficult exam to pass.

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katrinab

The rule hasn't been introduced yet, it will apply from September this year.

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katrinab

Re: Talking of Language

Über is a German word as in Über über alles.

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katrinab

Correction:

The requirement isn't a GCSE in English, it is a GCSE or equivalent in a subject that was examined in English, so if you have a GCSE in Chemistry, then that is fine.

The exam you have to sit if you don't meet that requirement is much easier than a GCSE. You have to write a 130 word essay. I can't remember how long my GCSE essays were, but certainly a lot more than that.

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

katrinab

Re: TV

Employment rate for women is 70%, for men it is 79.3% - https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/uklabourmarket/feb2017

Unemployment is slightly lower for women than for men. Most of the increase in employment rate over the last few years is attributable to women joining the workforce.

If you turn up at a house during working hours, you would expect to find 3 women for every two men, so women are still over represented even when you adjust for that.

I personally never watch linear TV, everything is downloaded or on-demand streaming.

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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Re: "Uber UK holds a private-hire vehicle operator's license,"

'Oh wait "We're not in London, we're on the internet. That does not count."'

That's fine if they want to drive people round "the internet". However if they want to drive people round London, then they need to abide by London rules.

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katrinab

Re: @Prst. V.Jeltz

GCSE isn't "advanced English", it is what everyone does at school.

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Engineer who blew lid on Uber's toxic sexist culture now menaced by creepy 'smear campaign'

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Re: Why does Uber even exist?

That's not the case in the UK where anyone who meets the requirements can get a licence. The only reason they can manage to be cheaper is because they ignore employment and tax laws, or, in some towns / cities, the requirements they are have to follow to get a licence.

Where I live for example, they were refused a licence due to not providing cars that are accessible for disabled people. They decided to start operating anyway, using cars registered in London. London registered cars are allowed to operate here if they are taking people to/from London, and mostly it is cab firms that serve the airport market that operate under those rules, but Über have decided to use them for local journeys as well.

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Finally proof that Apple copies Samsung: iPhone 7 Plus halts, catches fire like a Galaxy Note 7

katrinab

Re: Water damage

Please tell me where you can find women's jeans with pockets big enough to take an iPhone.

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Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

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Re: eh?

Take Kabee for example. If you search for a cab via them, you will get a list of quotes from different local minicab companies, and you can pick the one you want. Kabee doesn't set the prices, the cab companies decide what they want to charge. Über however decide on a price and decide which driver to allocate the job to.

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katrinab

In the UK, the employer pays 13.8% of salary as NI contributions, employee pays 12%. If you are self-employed, you pay 9% of profit, after deduction of expenses.

In situations where expenses are allowable as a deduction for tax purposes for an employee, they are not allowable as a deduction for NI purposes.

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Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

katrinab

The one I had to reauthenticate is linked to an Android phone. The one I didn't is used on iDevices.

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katrinab

Re: Happened to me.

Same here, on one of my accounts.

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

katrinab

Re: failed to "install software updates to the vehicle’s operating system - hmm

That is just 5 mini roundabouts arranged in a circle, so shouldn't be too difficult for a computer.

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