* Posts by Ian Tresman

57 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Nov 2007


Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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£32m Income tax on £72m salary

If I earned £72m, I'd have to pay £32m in income tax.

Revised 'Broadband 2.0' report: 6.7m Brits suffer 'sub-10Mbps' speeds

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10M may have been acceptable a decade ago, but they government should be looking at making Gigabit broadband available to 100% of the population. Putting fibre-optics into the home is both affordable and future-proofed. It would also provide good competition to satellite and cable TV.

Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

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Facebook moderation is useless

Facebook moderation is useless. There are regularly fraudulent adverts, and it is not even possible to report them.

Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

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Re: Is it not possible?

The dynamics of galaxies does not work because it omits electromagnetic forces and the fact that 99.999% of the universe is in the plasma state.

Nearly a million retail jobs will be destroyed by the march of tech, warns trade body

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Jobs change

Jobs are not just destroyed, they change. If we have Internet-based shopping, people are still needed to work along the delivery chain.

Institute of Directors: Make broadband speeds 1000x faster than today's puny 2020 target

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Re: Gigabit broadband please!

4K looks better on my puny 26" monitor, than HD. I don't need a huge screen. I am sure that technology will catch up, and huge screens and projectors will cost much less that they do now.

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Gigabit broadband please!

Gigabit broadband would allow the deliver of multiple 4K UHD TV now, and give Sky a run for their money.

That way the kids can watch their own 4K TV shows while I watch mine, and cloud backup would be nice and fast.

Free science journal library gains notoriety, lands injunctions

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Re: Will it be enough to change Elsevier's business practices?

I would argue that authors are buying prestige. Conflict of interest?

Shall we Drupal 8? Hint: it's not a verb, but the 8th version of Drupal

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No update

You can not "update" Drupal 6 or 7 to Drupal 8, but have to do a clean install, and then attempt to migrate the data. Forcing people to update from Drupal 6 to 7 first is an unnecessary hurdle.

Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Nice one Jack

Jack loved his new pocket-sized smartphone... until he noticed the battery and charging dock.

Ex-BT boffin Cochrane blasts telco's 'wholly inadequate' broadband vision

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Re: Look into the future

Because you might want to watch your favourite movie, sporting event, or whatever in 4K, and your wife and kids might want to watch their favourites, at the same time, and then have the bandwidth to spare if your great aunt Nelly from Australia wants to video call at the forthcoming 8K.

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The cost of not laying fibre is greater

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Quite right

Quite right, BT's vision is a joke. We should be aiming for Gigabit connections across the country. How else will we get multiple 4K streams, so a family can watch what they want in high quality video? Build a better mousetrap, and they will come!

4K off, Google Fiber: Comcast, Broadcom tout 2Gbps cable

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Gigabit broadband require

We need Gigabit broadband, not the government's 2Mb joke. A typical family of 5 may each want a couple of their own 4K stream, each person watching their own programme of video, plus a separate screen for video conferencing, previewing etc.

Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Re: Who owns the copyright if you borrow my phone and take a selfie?

Copyright has nothing to do with who owns the equipment.

'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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Security framework

Isn't there a security framework that developers can use to help them build secure apps? How about a security test suite that developers can use to make sure they have done the job correctly?

4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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Gigabit fibre optic broadband

This is why we all need Gigabit fibre optic broadband.

Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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4K to show HD plus additional content

A 4K screen could be useful to show both an HD picture, plus additional content, such as a couple of thumbnail channel preview channels, a Skype video call, news headlines, and Twitter feed.

Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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No science

If climate change was decisive, scientists would point us to "smoking gun" evidence in peer-reviewed papers. Instead, they resort to insults, inconclusive papers, and bullying tactics. That is not science.

Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Everyone should contact Samsung UK and ask for confirmation, before telling them that you intend to buy elsewhere.

Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Re: Not really a U turn, more a wiggle in the road.

I've not heard one person complain if the Start button DOES include the Start Menu, because you can just ignore it. The rest of us may be set in our ways, but it is the way we work, and we use it daily. By all. means include better options, and I'll use them if they are better.

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No Start Menu?

Still no Start Menu? Then no Windows 8.1. I can't believe that a company can be so arrogant as to exclude something that is used by clients. If they have something better, then I'll use it, in my own time.

Sky News hack of Canoe Man's email in public interest, Ofcom says

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And how many hacks have retrieved nothing?

And how many email accounts have they hacked that have revealed nothing because the victims are completely innocent? Is there a public interest to hack Sky's own email, or only of it proves fruitful?

If anyone has suspicions of wrong-doing, then they should get a warrant. This is how the law works, and Sky should be fined.

Google erases G8 venue from Earth: Microsoft doesn't

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Outdated aerial imagery

I've found that much UK Google aerial imagery is over 5 years old, which is a great shame as there are many missing roads and developments, but on the other hand, it is completely free.

I'm surprised that Google doesn't create its own aerial imagery, and sell some of it to commercial interests.

Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

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One license for two devices

I'd let people run one copy of Windows 8 on two devices, a desktop and a mobile device, which lets them use the Windows they are use to (with Start button etc), and lets them try it on their mobiles, so they get use to it.

News scraper Meltwater loses US court case

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No more AP

I used to print the occasional news headline on my own site. I also thought that a headline was a permissible extract "for the reporting of current events", and that I was doing them a favour in driving traffic to their site.

At least it will save me visiting their site, and I'll send the traffic elsewhere.

WTF... should I pay to download BBC shows?

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Where there are no residual fees to pay performers per broadcast, programmes should be free to licence holders. The costs should be more than covered by non-license fee holders (ie, overseas viewers).

Where there are fees to be paid, lets estimate costs could be up to £10,000 (over estimate) for broadcasting to 100,000 viewers (under-estimate), which I calculate is no more than 10p per person per broadcast. I'd be happy to pay that, rather than the estimated £1-£5.

The cost is very important. 10p per programme is only about a £1 for an entire series, where as £2.95 per program is nearly £30 which is very unaffordable.

The plane story of galactic clusters

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The Big Bang is supposed to have begun as a 1-dimensional singularity. This does not imply a point, only that it is undefined, with no-where for anything to go. As soon as the Big Bang begun, we have three dimensions, with some particles free to move unconstrained. I'm not aware of any evidence for a fourth Cartesian dimension.

Apple sues NYC mom & pop shops

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Bag of Fruits

Soon you'll be required to pay a royalty on every golden delicious apple you buy, and kindergarden books will have to be changed to read: A is for iPod.

Police procurement deal means cops pay more

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Cheaper bulk purchasing

A single supplier should be able to offer cheaper prices than anyone else, due to bulk purchasing. At the very least, they should offer to refund the difference, if items can be found cheaper elsewhere, or double the difference, if they need an incentive to do so.

If they can't offer this simple and obvious guarantee, they contract should be given to a company who can, and I am sure there are many who would like to be given the opportunity to do so.

Cabinet Office ends website test

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£261,000 !!!

Who designed the site, the Russian Mafia? I would ask for a breakdown of how my tax was spent.

News of the World TO CLOSE

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Great news

This is not just about phone hacking, but a culture of muck-raking, muck-spreading, and pretending that invasion of privacy is in the public interest. Suggesting that all celebrities and politicians were fair game, is like shot-gunning a crowd of people, and justifying that you hit one bad person.

Let's hope that the rest of media doors-steps those responsible.

Nice try, Amazon: 'One-click' payment too obvious to patent

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Most software patents are "too obvious". Can you think of any software features that were new and innovative?

British Library hands 200 years of history to Google

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Good deal

If it costs the public nothing to scan, and nothing to access the scans, then it looks like a good deal. Google will offer the option to produce on-demand books, and if you don't like, print your own, or look at the originals. Looks good all round.

Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come

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No privacy issue

There is no privacy issue, cookies are stored on the users own machine, and usually contains no private information anyway.

I would be more concerned about the megabytes of HTML and scripts that a website runs on a user's machine, and are stored in the user's cache.

Seagate triples up heads/platter ratio

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Multiple heads per arm

I've always wondered why you can't have multiple heads per arm that read the data in parallel. Ideally you'd want a fixed solid-state "arm" bridged across the platter with one pick-up per track.

Your census data will be kept secret - except from MI5, police, courts etc

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Who cares?

100 years is too long anyway. In the USA, the length is 70 years, which seems fair, and a huge help to genealogists.

Of course all the other censuses that are released online, are sent off for scanning before the statutory time has expired.

UK.gov to miss another deadline on privacy

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Very poorly thought out

This is the worst Website law I have seen in a long while, based on a complete misunderstand of cookies and privacy.

My websites store NO personal information about visitors. On the other hand, a visitor's Browser may store some information in cookies, on their Browser, but it is not personal information, and no private information is involved.

For example, a cookie called "javascript" may contain the value "true", and be related to the Web site www.example.com. When you visit the site again, rather than go through a relatively length process of detecting whether you have Javascript, it simply checks the cookie for the site, giving your a smoother and quicker visit., But as can be seen, there is no private information stored, and the site www.example.com can not check cookies from other sites.

I checked through the 3000+ cookies stored by my Browser and found the number that contain personal information, such as my postcode: none. Or contain my telephone number: none. Or my name: 6 sites where I had provided my screen name.

In other words, there is no privacy issue. And anyone with a modern Browser can block cookies if they wish.

Portsmouth redefines the Olympic-sized swimming pool

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Ditch the touch boards

Ditch the 2-inch thick touch boards, and replace with zero-thickness infra-red beam sensors, or resistivity-sensitive mesh painted on the ends. This looks like a trivial problem with a trivial solution.

Kid spanks a grand on Xbox using Mum's bank card

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MS should be prosecuted

MS should be prosecuted for this "scam". I ordered my son's XBOX live account on our credit card, and did not give permission for any other purchases (regardless of terms and conditions) . Yet my son has "accidentally" made several purchases. I get no warning, no option, and no receipt. This is wrong.

While MS have been helpful in refunding the money, this is too little too late. A minor is not legally able to use a credit card, regardless of how the account is set up.

I recommend that people contact Financial Services Authority, to ensure that MS fix this problem.

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Kids NOT to blame

The child is NOT to blame. It is the fault of MS whose system set-up is inadequate. This can EASILY be circumvented if the system worked correctly. It doesn't. MS are liable in allowed a child to make a credit card purchase.

New NASA model: Doubled CO2 means just 1.64°C warming

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Water vapour is far worse

Water vapour is at least twice as bad a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

Drupal looks beyond open source zealots

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Great product, but no steering wheel

Drupal is great, and it can be made to do anything. But out of the box, you can't upload a couple of images, give them a caption, and place them where you want. That's the problem.

Romford coppers try to stopper young snapper

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Freedom (Great Repeal) Bill |

A great example of legislation that needs to be repealed, so that it is completely unambiguous as to what is legal. See:

The Freedom Bill


The Great Repeal Bill


Photographers slam British Library's mission creep

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It costs Brightsolid a fair bit of cash to digitize several million newspaper pages. Is there anyone else stepping forward with a better offer? The library told me that:

"When our 10-year contract with brightsolid expires the British Library will retain the digitised copies and be free to make them freely available online through the British Library website."

Not ideal, but you'll get free access in a decade, and it won't have cost the taxpayer a penny.

Wikileaks pledge drive hobbled by PayPal suspension

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Yeah but...

That's not for Paypal to decide, it's up to a court.

UK prosecutors drop 'tiger' sex video case

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Animated image

"The tiger, according to Mr Holland, was an animated image"

Are the police and prosecution blind too?

Google fined for book copyright

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Scanned but not available?

I didn't think that Google made scanned copyright book freely available, but just searchable and findable? People still have to buy the book to read it.

The solution is simple. Remove such publications from Google Books, and potential customers will never know that they exist.