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* Posts by katrinab

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Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

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Re: Office 2016?

In my office, everyone uses Excel for everything, except receiving emails.

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Re: Windows programs on Windows.

If it works on Windows Subsystem for Linux, then it could do that.

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Cyber-coin crackdown continues: Commission charges couple crypto-currency company chiefs concerning 'conned' customers

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Re: Aren't all Crypto Currencies

When you buy a beef future, it is matched by someone selling a beef future to a bank. This could be a farmer who wants to guarantee a price for a baby calf that’s on the farm, a perfectly legitimate hedging strategy, or someone who wants to place a bet on the movement of beef prices.

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Re: Swisscoin

And all the “we’re launching a new currency to buy x” ICOs:

Do we really want a whole load of different currencies to buy different things rather than a £, €, $ or whatever that can be used to buy everything?

At least with the dot.com bubble, the concept was fine even if the individual business plans were not, and the valuations were way off.

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Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

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Re: A simpler solution? Even if naive.

You annual pay increase is included in the average earnings index, which is not an inflation index, but economists look at it as one of the guides to future inflation. It is currently 2.5%, or 2.3% excluding bonuses, which is less than inflation.

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Possible error?

"The BT scheme's other sections, "A" and "B", are for staff who joined the company after 1984. Those members are already on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) – which is usually around one percentage point higher than the RPI as an inflation measure."

CPI is usually about 1% lower than RPI. Currently RPI is 4.1%, CPI is 3.0% and CPIH is 2.7%.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices#timeseries

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Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so

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Re: Cloud access

Back-up 4G connection is the answer they give, except that in my case, they are both wired up to the same street cabinet.

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Software that predicts whether crims will break the law again is no better than you or me

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60% accuracy is not very accurate at all. When the vast majority of people don't commit crimes, it means that almost everyone who is identified by a system with this level of accuracy, or even a system that is 99% accurate, isn't actually a criminal.

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The thing is that police are racist when they choose who to stop / search etc. They stop & search a lot more black people, but when they do stop & search a white person, they are more likely to find something. However the fact that black people are stoped & searched more often means that they are more likely to get caught, and therefore more likely to have a previous criminal record.

Also, it means that black people are more likely to get caught again in future, even if they might not be more likely to commit crimes in future.

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How many Routemaster bus seats would it take to fill Wembley Stadium?

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Re: African or European?

For concerts, they let people stand on the pitch, but the close off a load of the seating area, so the capacity is still 90,000. That's the number of people they can evacuate safely in the event of an emergency.

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Re: Pointing out the obvious

Well the seating capacity, if you want to watch a load of overpaid drama queens fall over while attempting to kick a ball, is 90,000, but I think that is more to do with how quickly they can get people out of through fire exits than the actual amount of space for seats.

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Re: That's what Magic Leaip is working on.

Probably not, because most of that is the delay between the light hitting your eyes, and your brain doing all the processing to figure out what it is. That takes about 0.1 seconds.

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PPI-pusher makes 75 MEEELLION nuisance calls, lands £350k fine

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Re: No Collection?

Because the company has no money in the bank account by the time the bailiffs arrive, and there is no mechanism for getting it from the owners.

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Re: Fair fine?

Who cares what the number on the fine is, they never collect the money anyway.

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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Re: A single case of a creepy...

String him from a lamp post and re-route the power supply via his nuts.

Then maybe it will stop happening all the time.

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Customers reporting credit card fraud after using OnePlus webstore

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Not Zopa, but I get a huge amount of junk mail from Funding Circle offering loans at what they claim to be a rate of 4.5%, but when I do the sums, is actually an APR of about 13%.

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Re: t Tiggity, re: CC#'s & trust.

If you are in the UK / EU, then prepaid credit cards aren't such a good idea.

The biggest threat is not actually your credit card details being stolen in transit, which this guards against, but the vendor not supplying what you paid for. In the case, The Consumer Credit Act covers you if you use a real credit card, but not if you use a prepaid one.

Also, my card gives me 1% cashback. I would need to lose a lot of money and have the bank not refund it for some reason, before I would end up worse off than the cashback I've earned over the years.

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UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses

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"Maybe HMRC / government should advise that if it isn't .gov.uk then it isn't them."

nhs.uk, police.uk and mod.uk are also government sites.

parliament.uk also existed as a special case long before nominet offered similar names to holders of .co.uk domains.

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Re: Turning down the transfer offer

"What exactly is the point of typo-squatting"

We are approaching tax return season, where lots of people will be filing tax returns, and paying the corresponding tax. They hope to divert some of that tax from HMRC.

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Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

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"the Facebook page announcing the deal has gone viral. Just like KFC does if undercooked."

Or, just like their kitchens. The Environmental Health Department has shut down two of them near me for having filthy kitchens

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Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

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Re: GSM Gateway Usage

It also used to cost the local currency equivalent of about £5 per minute to call from overseas to a UK mobile, when the overseas leg of the call was basically too cheap to meter.

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Celebgate latest: Fourth dirtbag 'fesses up to pillaging iCloud for stars' X-rated selfies

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Re: Why are people storing naked piccies on the internet?

Because iCloud automatically backs up any photos you take on your phone.

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Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat

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Re: It's a weird world...

"Sadly, history has shown that the human female sometimes lie about these things."

Yes, but it is less likely than in relation to any other offence.

Also, based on his own description of what he did, he is a rapist.

Yes, the previous session that happened a couple of hours before the rape probably was consensual, but that does not allow him to rape her while she's sleeping with him.

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Re: It's a weird world...

I hold a grudge against him because he is a rapist on the run. Nothing to do with his wikileaking.

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Cryptocurrencies to end in tears, says investor wizard Warren Buffet

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That's not an investment, because they don't buy them in the hope of being able to sell them on at a profit, except in 1636-1637, and that didn't work out well.

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Re: Anyone know of anyone who specialises in Bitcoin property sales in the UK?

No, but given there is a mortgage to be paid off, they will want paying in pounds, and the sale proceeds will need to go through a solicitors' client account. So I don't see how you can do that with bitcoin.

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Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

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Re: and inevitably

"Furthermore, the blockchain could be programmed to only allow access to work once proof of payment is recorded."

How is that any different to literally every online store out there that sells digital products?

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Re: Professor of Cunning

"Could the blockchain (I hate there KodaKKrypto - KKK?) be encoded within the .jpg? That would serve a couple of important aspects of identification."

Would that work any better than a pgp signature?

Photographers generally use digimarc, which has been around for about 20 years now.

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Oracle WebLogic hole primed to pump Monero

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Re: "Imaginary money"

I too have not been swept up in this mania.

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MPs sceptical of plan for IT to save the day after UK quits customs union

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Re: There are no specs because the UK's trade agreement hasn't been negotiated with the EU yet

"Message to MPs: IT is not magic, you do have to tell computers what to do first."

Alexa, write me a Brexit compatible Customs system.

There, what's the problem?

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UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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Re: “UK”?

Some private schools in Scotland do English exams, so presumably they would be covered by the edict?

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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

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Re: "consumer device manufacturers"

Unless you've discovered that your local ATM has a vulnerability that can be exploited with McDonalds cups, then no, I wouldn't suggest that.

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Cool disk drive actuator pillar, Seagate – how about two of them?

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Re: SSD wins! Who cares if HDDs have 16 actuators?!

I bought a 6TB WD Red for £180 earlier this week. Where can I get 6TB of SSD for less than that?

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UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

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Re: "blocking ... between 1 and 50 sites a year"

"I think Damian Green has been doing some research into this"

And also Toby Young - http://archive.spectator.co.uk/article/10th-november-2001/34/confessions-of-a-porn-addict

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Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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Re: Whats in a name

It would be HMS Shippy McShipfaced. Just don't replace the last p with a t.

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Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

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Re: Prioritising the priorites

However, if you buy a debenture, essentially a 5 year season ticket, then you can legally resell the tickets for whatever price you want.

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Shopped in Forever 21? There was bank-card-slurping malware in it for, like, forever

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Re: What data are we talking about?

Amazon doesn't require a CVV number. I have no idea how they get away with that.

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Re: Still a bit of click bait here

Indeed, because I have shopped in Forever 21, though it was in mid December, and in the UK. Amex had, (and still have) a 5% cashback offer which I used.

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Braking news: Nissan Canada hacked, up to 1.1m Canucks exposed

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But this is Nissan Finance, who provide loans for cars bought from these dealers, so they would have bank details to collect the loan repayments.

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Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi

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Re: The 2 heads of Worzel ..Slurping WiFI/Daily location data to enforce the BBC Licence Fee?

No, Crapita are nowhere near competent enough to gather actual evidence of TV licence infringement.

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Virgin Hyperloop pulls up the biggest chair for Branson, bags $50m, new speed record

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Re: Sad

Remember that Eurostar on a test track is a lot faster than Eurostar on a timetabled service between London and Paris. So the Eurostar is actually a lot faster.

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Re: "boasted about its latest speed record, which stands at 387kmph"

The TGV managed 574.8 km/h in testing, which translates into a real-world speed of 320 km/h on timetabled services.

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"Advice : If you are at work at the mo, dont search for DP World. Big mistake....."

I'm not at work, so I did search. Seems totally work-safe to me, unless your boss hates container ships and pictures of cranes lifting containers off them.

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European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

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The drivers generally hire the cars from specialist leasing companies that provide fully insured and maintained cars for the private hire trade.

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UK reaches peak Bitcoin as bin firm accepts cryptocurrency

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Bitcoin is not a commodity.

A barrel of oil is a commodity, you can, after refining, put that in your car and burn it.

A pork belly is a commodity, you can eat it.

What can you do with bitcoin other than sell it to someone else?

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One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics

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Re: Last of it's kind?

You could say your business name is Heyrick SAS. I don’t think they will check at the Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés, and lots of small business owners pay by personal credit card anyway and get the company to pay the credit card bill.

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Re: The wagons are also circling

Toy r Us is another one that is having its last rites read to it at them moment.

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New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: How many battery "breakthroughs" is that this year?

Yes, if the chocolate bar is pure sugar, then it is 17MJ/kg.

If it is pure fat, then it is 37MJ/kg

Nitroglycerin is 6.38MJ/kg.

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Re: How many battery "breakthroughs" is that this year?

My petrol car with a 30l tank, which is small as cars go, has the equivalent of 223kg of TNT.

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Re: Phone Batteries

My first phone ran on 3 AA batteries.

It had many great features, including

an Alarm Clock

Text Messages

the ability to make phone calls

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That's it.

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