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If you run an image server on Amazon CloudFront, as I do, here's a top tip that I've just learnt... you can set a .jpg as a 404 error. So you'll always have an image appearing. Hurray! :)
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Moving house? Hive will bite you

I like Hive. Indeed, for a while (and who knows, even now) Hive was linking to my mostly positive review from their website homepage.

I'm selling my house. I need to leave my Hive stuff in the house I'm leaving. But here's the advice Hive give on their FAQ to the people who've bought my house...

Firstly unplug the hub from your broadband router but keep it plugged in at the power socket, this help maintain the thermostat’s range in the home. If there is a SmartPlug in the home switch this on too. You’ll be able to control your heating and hot water manually from the thermostat on the wall but you won't be able to control your heating remotely from the Hive app, online dashboard or by text.If you’d like to use Hive Active Heating™ to control your heating remotely, _you’ll need to buy a new Hive hub,__ just call the Hive team on 0800 980 0649 for further details._

So. I need to leave my hub. The new owners need to throw it away and buy a new one. For some kind of hidden price (the £249 new installation price includes everything, and I can't quite believe it's going to be that much).

And I need to buy a new Hive at the full price in my new house.

Seems a waste of physical material to me - why can't the old hub be reprogrammed? Strange. Could Hive offer service to the new owner for a nominal fee (£49 setup?) without sending a new hub, which presumably requires installation by someone too? And is there really no saving to be made for an old Hive customer at house a) to sign up in house b)? Not even Sky are that mean...

In my case, I'll not be getting Hive in the new house because Hive won't work there (for reasons I'd love to explain but can't quite). But if I were the person moving in, I'd be a bit peeved.
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Elvin, yes please as the original install was done by BG and indont think hes left the diagram. An image would help in case the boiler guy gets overwhwlemed!! Cheers. 
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Using Stripe for credit card payments, and you use the stripe.js library? Based in the UK or taking a lot of UK payments?

Stripe doesn't support 3D Secure (aka Verified by VISA), and doesn't support AVS (Address Verification) by default. The UK is one of the highest users of these systems to combat fraud. So, many of your users' attempts to pay will be rejected.

The lack of 3D Secure is fine, so long as you enable AVS. You do so by setting data-billing-address to 'true' in the Stripe.js call. (Not 'data-address' as Stripe's AVS documentation says.)

That appears to get the banks to check both the first-line of the address, the postcode, and correctly check the CVC, and... accept the payment.

I've just tested it with someone who's ccard was initially rejected.

So, now you know.
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Yep. That's exactly how it works.
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Not sure that anyone at Google understands cricket. 287 for how many wickets?
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Wow 287 to nil! They've got this wrapped up!!
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Google Now, where "no change" is a big green 'up' arrow.
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No news is good news?
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Strange. +Neville Hobson brags about using an ad-blocker, highlighting a quote from +Marco Arment where Marco says "Modern web ads and trackers are far over the line for many people today".

Neville does so on his own blog page, which is served via http rather than https, allowing ISPs and wifi hotspot operators globally to track his visitors; and a blog page where Neville has made the decision to contain the following:

a) embedded code from Google Analytics, allowing Google to snoop on visitors
b) embedded code from Twitter, allowing Twitter to snoop on visitors (and who they are if logged-in)
c) a beacon from RebelMouse, letting them snoop on visitors
d) embedded code from Google+, allowing Google to snoop on logged-in visitors
e) a beacon from CreativeCommons, letting them snoop on visitors
f) embedded code from statcounter.com, allowing them to snoop on visitors (is Google Analytics not enough?!)
g) embedded code from Pinterest, allowing them to snoop on visitors
h) a number of beacons from Gravatar
i) embedded code from a ‘send to Kindle’ widget hosted by an anonymous operator at the end of a Cloudfront server address
j) embedded code from WordPress’s own stats package (because statcounter and Google Analytics is not enough) which monitors every click made on the page and knows who I am when logged-in, as well as multiple other WordPress elements
h) calls to CSS stylesheets on jsdelivr and google, which also allow limited snooping

Far be it for me to point a big waggy finger, but.... POINT
I run ad blocking software in the browser on my computer that prevents ads appearing on most web sites I visit. Chrome is my default browser; as I sign in to my Google account in Chrome, and have it sync across all my devices, I have the ad blocker available to me on all those …
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+James Cridland I see. I thought affiliate ads can pay quite well for certain niches but haven't done much with it.
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Amazing news. Apparently Google is now called Alphabet, and... what? You've had to wade through thirty five posts all saying the same thing in Google+ and you're desperate for something else? Anything else? Okay then. Here's a picture of some apples. What do you think of them apples? (And look who grew them)
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It's clearly a ploy to change their stock ticker to AALP so they can rank alphabetically above AAPL and confuse the whole world.
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Sounds like everyone in the UK gets this on Android Wear's new weather app. 
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The weather is usually about the same as yesterday.
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Thing I really wish my Chromebook had - a better, less fugly, Arial/Helvetica font clone. It makes me a bit sad every time I look at it.
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No; there is an Arial/Helvetica used on the web, for example, which looks fugly. Can't quite say why.
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Thing I would really like in Google Now

Currency alerts. If the AUD changes rapidly against my home currency (which Google Now knows already), could I be alerted, just like stocks?

I've added CURRENCY:AUD into the widget, but it doesn't appear to do anything (but is accepted).
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+Larry Page, do you guys love +Google Plus Daily?

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Good news everyone, Larry Page still loves Google+. +Larry Page replied to the question of whether Google still loves Google+ on his Alphabet announcement post a few days ago. Larry's reply in the comments of his Google+ po...
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I prefer to turn my stock into alphabet soup.
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I know Google Calendar on desktop is unloved by Google, but this doesn't look good. (It lies, too; it has imported some appointments, but seemingly not all.)
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+Walter Huijten Yep. Conflicts regarding appointments that had been deleted in the main calendar, but were the same as the ones I was reimporting...
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I concentrate on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business across the world.

As a conference speaker, I speak in radio events across the world - on radio's multiplatform future, the effect of smartphones on radio listening, and radio's place in social media.

As a writer, I write about what happens when radio and new platforms collide - for media.info and other websites and magazines.

As a consultant, I work with the brightest brains to ensure radio remains relevant.

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Won both Webby Awards for Virgin Radio's website when I ran it (public and judges' choice). Launched radio's first ever mobile phone app.
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Radio futurologist, and Managing Director, media.info
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  • media.info
    Managing Director, 1994 - present
    media.info is the new name for Media UK
  • Virgin Radio
    Director of Digital Media, 2001 - 2007
  • BBC
    Head of FM&T, A&Mi, 2007 - 2009
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Deathly quiet on a Thursday night. Large place with some humour in the decoration. Real ale limited to London Pride.
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Strange place. A Turkish attempt at a UK pub; no ale was on when I was there, beer is served in random Mediterranean branded beer glasses (even a German wheat beer), and the place feels unfinished and a little unloved.
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Was looking forward to coming here. First time for a while that I've walked into a pub and people stopped talking, though. Musty, dark, tatty pub, with three real ales on - one Greene King IPA, one some rebadged "Orange Tree" ale, leaving only one of any interest. Quiet old men sit at the bar, staring at pints. For a pint of real ale and a packet of crisps, was charged an eye-watering £5.10. I'll not be back.
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As long as you aren't expecting haute cuisine or decent beer, it isn't a bad place.
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Great coffee, in a spacious store next to an organic grocery. If you can get to it, it's definitely worth a try.
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A set of good people and a great vibe from those who work here.
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Genuinely, I once took an MRT from the airport to here for breakfast. Proper Singaporean experience. In a strange mall which mostly isn't open in the early morning though.
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