*the* Reg response of 2019. Top bloke.
33 posts • joined 7 Feb 2017
I have personal experience of this. I as a classic case of passing off, it was obvious but Nominet made me jump through some very expensive hoops to secure the name. It had been registered by a Panamanian company. The most recent event was much more simple, a very similar name was taken by a UK competitor, a simple letter from our solicitor put the fear of God into them, the company name, website and limited company had been taken down within a week.
Nominet are hugely unethical, they should never issue a trademarked domain name to anyone other than the tradmark owner.
HMRC are heartless, vindictive and believe themselves to be above the law. Many years ago I had a long running fight with them. They'd decided that as I'd earnt 100k one year and paid tax on it voluntarily I'd earn the same the following year. Without any checking, form filling or request for information they issued a bill for 36k which they insisted I paid. Long story short, it took a year to sort out, massive accountants fees, endless meetings and one hell of a lot of stress. I think is cost me personally 5k in professional fees overall.
It ended in a final meeting at the Accountants office where they settled for a 150 quid liability. This wasn't really owed but was agreed so they could save face and say they'd got a positive result from an investigation. Agreeing this went against the grain but it got them off my my back for a few years. Arrogant doesn't begin to cover it.
I've just switched from Android back to WM10 as I was sick to the back teeth of Android and its tracking crap amateur apps. I purchased a "refurbished" (new) Lumia 950, 32Gb for under a £100. This appears to be considerably better built than the Sony it replaced - even if the Sony was considerably tougher than than anything that Samsung produces. Performance is pretty good too.
Banking apps I can live with, it's one thing less to worry about if the phone gets nicked. Which reminds me, the Lumia facial recognition is PDG.
I have just done a tiny bit of reading up on IPV6 - delayed because I don't research until I really need too. Could they have actually made it any more complex? It's akin to jumping from a 1950's car that is perfectly functional into some Dan Dare vehicle that is equally capable of queueing in a traffic jam down the Marylebone Road or nipping over to Alpha Centauri for lunch, via the Marianas Trench. This must have been defined by the committee normally responsible for creating tech European legislation. The fact that it's so hard to understand must have been a factor in the low uptake.
Speaking from personal experience, their treatment of companies using their services is dire. It’s expensive and painful but great for the consumer. The on costs and commissions charged are extortionate.
We have introduced product that wasn’t on their site that once it proved to be be a good seller, Amazon started selling the same thing, bypassing us. Unethical gits.
This subject needs a reality check.
We run windows servers of various types and will do so for as long as we need to support legacy software. There is no way on Gods good earth are we going to change a stack of perfectly good software that works day in and day out without problem just to get down with the freebie kids.
It'll be a waste of time and money.
Google are just weird, hypocritical extortionists who pay lip service to safety. On our Google shopping data feed, we cannot list sailing knives, liferafts (because they contain flares), pyrotechnics and anything else slightly pointy. We can however list aluminium powder which can be used as the basis of a very effective explosive device.
OT - we now cannot have copyright notices on product graphics. Having one on the image will result in a ban.
I fucking hate Google and all their works.
The licence fee should be scrapped and the BBC made to use subscriptions and/or advertising to generate cash. It seems unreasonable that you cannot view any broadcast TV without it, bearing in mind all other broadcasters have to raise their income from advertising.
I gave up on Broadcast TV and the BBC licence a few years ago as I spend six months a year out of the country. The Numpties enforcing the fee (Crapita?) could not understand my reluctance to pay for a service I was not receiving, so I abandoned negotiation and told them to poke their licence where the sun doesn't shine. This has lead to a series of interesting, yet threatening letters which stop just short of a delivering plague of boils.
I now subscribe to Netflix and use radio and internet as a news source. I cannot say I miss BBC TV (or the others) one little bit and I get the added benefit of a monthly enforcement letter from the goons. This month, it features a threat to turn up with a search warrant. They never give up, they just recycle the letter series.
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