* Posts by katrinab

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

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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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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

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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

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Re: Why does anybody treat passwords as ASCII FFS

Or by typing Alt + 3 or 4 digit number.

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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

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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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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

katrinab

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

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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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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

katrinab

Re: mostly Cupertino

Sure, but if Apple Ireland was an independent company with separate shareholders, how much would it have to pay for an exclusive license to the IP developed in Cupertino?

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katrinab

Re: mostly Cupertino

Yes, obviously some of the money is earned elsewhere, but look at why people pay premium prices for something with an Apple logo on it. It is because they consider it to be a better product than kit from other suppliers. Where is the work done to make it a superior product? Mostly it is in Cupertino.

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

katrinab

Re: Careful there...

It is possible to give the app fake GPS data. This allows developers to test their apps without having to leave the lab.

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katrinab

Re: Careful there...

Über pay their drivers in London £5 per hour rather than the minimum wage of £7.20 (£7.50 from 1st April), they don't pay Employer NI (13.8% or £1 per hour) or VAT (20%). Driver expenses work out at about £2.40 per hour, Über charge around 30% commission, so about £10.50 per hour in total, and VAT on that should be about £1.75.

This is about £5.25 per hour they are avoiding by breaking tax and minimum wage laws, which is more than the margin they are currently making, and that is why they are so cheap.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, HMRC confirms Verify can STFU

katrinab

Re: HMRC

Viagra is allowable, but it goes on the P11d as a healthcare benefit and is taxable on the individual. Depends on the line of business whether bondage equipment is allowed. If you are producing porn videos, it is absolutely OK.

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Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk

katrinab

Re: “and focus more on my activities in public service.”

A job at Ofcom is more likely?

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Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

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Re: nice!

I believe the previous ban Trump debate is available to watch somewhere.

They take place in Westminster Hall which is also where MPs go when they call other people to give evidence to the House.

They had a very civil discussion, and had a non-binding vote which decided that he shouldn't be banned. This petition doesn't ask for him to be banned, just that he shouldn't be invited on a state visit, and it is very rare for US Presidents to be invited on state visits.

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

katrinab

Re: Listen and Charge at same time

This lets you do it, though not much use if you want to charge from an external powerpack while on the move

http://www.apple.com/shop/product/ML8L2AM/A/iphone-lightning-dock-rose-gold?fnode=97

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UK.gov tells freelance techies to slap 20 per cent on fees as IR35 tax hike looms

katrinab

Re: Both feet, and the ankles

Dividends have to be paid out based on shareholdings, otherwise they get taxed as salary.

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katrinab

Re: Both feet, and the ankles

This already exists. It is called an umbrella company, and there is anti-avoidance legislation targeting them.

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

katrinab

Re: HOW???

Nescafe comes in jar sizes ranging from 100g to 300g. Woukd you put 1/3 of a small jar or 1/10 of a large jar in a single cup? And bear in mind that Nescafe contains other things apart from caffeine.

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Shocked, I tell you. BT to write off £530m over 'improper' Italian accounts practices

katrinab

Re: A corrupt Italian business

Yes, http://www.globalservices.bt.com/mea/en/whybt/contact-bt

I'm not sure why they have put Greece in their Middle East and Africa division.

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

katrinab

Re: For Once

They do make a profit. Under Irish tax law, they make their profit in Texas, USA. Under US law, they make their profit in Ireland. Therefore they pay no tax in either jurisdiction.

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katrinab

Re: For Once

Most companies hedge their foreign currency purchases. These hedge contracts typically expire at the end of March, June, September or December.

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

katrinab

Re: And BT wonder why WhatsApp became so popular.

They get most of their money from line rental these days rather than from call minutes.

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Ransomware sleazeballs target UK schools

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Re: sleazeballs target UK schools

Most primary schools have a headmistress rather than a headmaster.

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

katrinab

Re: Bah!

The ITV / Channel 4 etc apps offer stuff for free and are perfectly legitimate. People who aren't familiar with technology won't understand the difference, and if they are on an app store alongside the likes of Channel 4 and BBC which isn't free, they will think they have been vetted and approved by someone.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

katrinab

Re: Great to see.

I've seen Google translate "Macedonia" as "fruit salad". Macedonia is the Italian word for fruit salad, but if you see it in a list of countries, then it is probably not the meaning you are looking for, just like if you see "Turkey" in a list of countries, then it probably isn't an ingredient for your Christmas dinner.

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Yorkshire council hit with prolonged web outage

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Re: Forced to close?

"OK, IT services may be "down" but how come that stops the physical bin collection with old fashioned men and lorries?"

Maybe it doesn't, but it does mean that residents don't know when they are going to come round, as the schedule tends to change over Christmas.

Where I live, the bin men have iPads in their lorries which tell them which bins to empty that day. If that connects to the same place / server room as the public website, then that would cause problems and they would have to go back to sheets of dead tree paper on a clipboard.

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

katrinab

Re: Reality check

And of course a laptop with Wifi Analyser is standard issue kit on aircraft.

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Amateur radio fans drop the ham-mer on HRD's license key 'blacklist'

katrinab

Re: Except you've paid for it

Toyota aren't doing it, but the technology is being used elsewhere - http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/car_lenders_use_remote_kill_switch_to_disable_cars_when_borrowers_miss_payments.html

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