* Posts by DavCrav

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Super Cali's futuristic Tesla batt swap focus – even though car tech test is an expected bonus

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This is the only reasonable way it works

You buy the car and have a rental agreement for the batteries. Saves the charging, saves the battery-replacement-once-it-dies issue. Some QC when the battery comes out removes the duff ones from the pool, and also your battery cost, which is significant, is amortized across the life of the battery, rather than being an up-front cost, so the car comes out cheaper.

Everyone's a winner.

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No Santa, no Irish boozers and no regrets: life in Qatar

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There will almost certainly be alcohol available, well, Budweiser anyway, in the stadia, as it's a condition of hosting the World Cup. Brazil had to overturn their own law banning alcohol in stadia because FIFA threatened to move if they didn't.

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Norks: FBI's Sony Pictures' hacking allegations are 'groundless slander'

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"The chances seem pretty small of NK being able to mount a physical attack, but what if you're wrong?"

I was going to say that I don't think even the pint-sized dictator wasn't that stupid, but maybe he is...

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"The country, which is led by Kim Jong Un, demanded a joint investigation with the US to further probe the incident."

Yeah, I'm sure that'll happen.

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Europe: Hold my wine glass, I've got an internet govt to build

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"Europe: Hold my wine glass, I've got an internet govt to build"

Hey! I resemble that remark!

Although I've found these wonderful things called coasters, which mean I can drink my wine, right now in fact, without someone needing to hold it.

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Heads up! If Tor VANISHES over the weekend, this is why

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Re: Hypothesis: butchering POTUS's name = complete lack of valid points

Micro$oft, Bliar, CrApple, Shamsung, etc. Not just POTUS.

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Re: They got a heads up?

"Chelsea Manning might disagree with that comparative assessment..."

Not really: Manning still has her head, all of her fingers, her toenails...

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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"I have also never heard of any colleague of mine taking excessive amounts of time off for anything other than the C word."

It took me a while to realize you meant cancer, and not that your colleagues were cunts.

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Re: Units, dear boy...

I always thought it was a metric fucktonne, actually. Is this like an ounce and a Troy ounce?

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Re: Apple gets the pip

"And there's no one else who offers these guarantees."

Nobody else offers them, and Apple doesn't follow them. See article.

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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"You have nothing to worry about, as long as you do not exceed the maximum allowable height limit for photographers in public places."

That guy was 5'11" and 12 stone. I'm 6'1" and 15 stone. Definitely fucked there.

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About the "More from the Register" below this article: do you only have one photo of a police car? I would offer you another, but I'd be worried I'd be arrested for photography legally.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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This is entirely reasonable. VAT is a tax on consumption, paid for by the consumer. Of course it should depend on where the consumer lives, not on where the business is based. The upshot is, of course, that if you want to be a "small business" that is also multinational, you cannot pretend that different countries don't have different laws.

Most people, on here as well as elsewhere, seem to think of the Internet, and all who sail in her, as being a separate entity, not subject to the laws of anywhere. But if I buy a printer from a company in France, whether I do it by phone or online is irrelevant. If I phoned them up I would be paying UK VAT, and why should online be any different?

Here's another way to think about it: when is the contract formed on a sale of a loaf of bread in Tesco? Not when I take it off the shelf: that's an invitation to treat. Not when it's rang up on the checkout: that's confirmation of the invitation. Not when the money is given over: that's an offer. The contract is formed when the goods are given to me, the acceptance of the offer.

This is important in the recent Amazon 1p case: the contract of sale is not formed until the customer has paid, AND the goods have been delivered to the customer. If the delivery driver gets a call at the end of your road to cancel the delivery, the contract has not been formed. Since VAT is applicable at the formation of contract, it is where the consumer has their goods delivered to that is the location for VAT. Amazon has been essentially committing fraud, and the rules have only been "changed" to clarify that Amazon (and others) are wrong.

All of this applies to digital delivery as well: the contract is only formed once the good has been downloaded onto the user's machine, and so VAT should be payable in the customer's location.

Edit: to clarify what others above have mentioned, Amazon will pay UK VAT on any deliveries to the UK, regardless of where they are from. See:

http://europa.eu/youreurope/business/vat-customs/cross-border/index_en.htm

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FCC to smack Sprint with $105m fine over 'cramming' – report

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"Why is is called cramming? Wouldn't most people just call it fraud?"

Phishing, double dipping, phreaking: fraud is just too boring, it needs to have a nice catchy name.

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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Re: Sony should stop whining

"Kim Jong Il can play himself."

Hmm... Talk about a wooden performance. The acting was stiff, etc. etc.

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European Commish asks for rivals' moans about Booking.com

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Re: except, of course: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!?!?one?!

"While we're busy loving god, "market dominance"? What happened to Kodak?, buggy whip manufacturers etc?

Then there's James Dyson and vacuum cleaners.

Look how the world is (slowly, admitly) moving away from Microsoft, previously IBM

People dominate markets because they are good, people abuse market dominance because they are bad in all senses of the word"

OK, how does that have any bearing on what I said? Market dominance is a concept that means you cannot screw people around once you have it.

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Re: except, of course: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!?!?one?!

Sorry for the shouting, but this:

"These hotels are not compelled to work with Booking.com Similarly they are not compelled to accept American Express with their higher charges. Many still do for other reasons."

For the love of God, how long is it going to take for the phrase "market dominance" to actually become something people understand, like "toaster" or "buy one get one free"? If all the customers are on Booking, you have to go there, or you die. See, for example, Amazon, Google, etc.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: If the software was any good hedgefunds would be using it

See the Porsche/VW hedge funds with massive losses. They sued Porsche for billions. And lost. Which is great news for the population of the world minus a few hundred bastards.

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Re: Variable pricing?

"So, sellers happy to profit on the way up, just not on the way down..."

Well, there is a difference: nobody is going to buy a million-dollar cookbook or whatever. It's clearly an algorithm going bonkers. When an algorithm plays a human, and the human knows the algorithm and its flaws, the (sufficiently clever) human will win.

For example, one of Kasparov's victories against one of the Deeps (Deep Blue, Deep Thought, Deep Throat, I don't know which) was because he recognized that the computer will beat him if he uses standard ("book") openings, but by doing something strange (going off book) he can confuse the computer and hope it does something wrong, which it did.

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Re: Shurely

"Don't know about Apple but emacs/GNU stuff pretty much starts with "This software is supplied for free and we make no guarantee, express or implied about it serviceability" etc.

I don't read much MS bumpf but I think it says "We charge money for this software (or 'This software is free - there is quite a lot of free stuff from MS'), and we don't warranty it at all""

EULAs aren't worth the paper they are written on. This is a business-to-business case, so things are less clear here, but if a piece of software trashed my computer I would be looking for compensation from them. With a copy of the Sale of Goods Act in my hand as I went to their office door.

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Re: Consumers to Sony

"Problem is, toerags like GeoHot have clearly shown that consumers can't be trusted with nice things."

You mean nice things like bans on grey importing, geolocking, DRM, and my personal favourite for the EU common market: charging wildly different prices for DVDs in different parts of the common market, and removing (for example) the German dub off the UK-released DVD so they can sell it for more there.

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Well, if the governments of the US and UK cannot go after newspapers for damaging Snowden stories, I'm going to guess Sony doesn't have a hope in hell.

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Chum's house burnt down? Facebook mulls 'DISLIKE' button for that

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Re: Baby photos

"If they did introduce a 'dislike' I'd probably get unfriended when I start disliking all of the baby photos on my news feed. [...] I don't give a shit what little Tabitha did at school today."

If a baby is at school, I think that's pretty newsworthy, to be honest.

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Re: The lack of negative feedback tapped the universal narcissist in us all

"Facebook is exhibitionism without fear of criticism. It monetizes the basic human craving for attention. It is not going to add a thumbs down."

Must...resist...urge to ironically hit down arrow.

Ah, that's better. It soon passes.

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Want disruption? We got disruption: Race protest halts VC Thiel's Q&A

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Re: It's very unfortunate

"It's very unfortunate that there are so many illiterate, uncivil, ignorant and disrespectful people in the world."

I personally think it's worse that a guy was murdered by authority for selling cigarettes from another state, than a Q&A with a billionaire was interrupted, but maybe my priorities are skewed.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Take this train to Luton, um, I mean Bedford

"Or take the X5 coach, which is rarely crowded and has free wifi."

And takes an age. Source: me.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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"Or, drop a tar bomb on any target which is silver / mirror painted. Then target the tar with the laser."

If you can drop a tar bomb on it, why not just drop a bomb on it?

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Alleged Silk Road boss's lawyers want murder-for-hire evidence blocked from trial

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"They're also seeking to suppress evidence that Ulbricht tried to order fake identification documents via Silk Road, which they claim could also unfairly prejudice their client."

Sure it might prejudice their client, but unfairly? If you try to have a witness bumped off, surely that's an important point in whether you are guilty of the original offence?

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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

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Re: Weird

"It sounds like this is not creating any new tax burden, is it? What is it exactly that would stop Google from just declaring all over the same thing: "We have an Irish company selling a lot of ads, and according to EU laws, you cannot tax that. We also have a UK company, which is just an intermediary and hardly making any money; go ahead and tax it.""

They are probably going to claim that it's the UK office that sells the ads and Google are lying.

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Re: It is only a draft law

"But isn't that essentially creating a "guilty until proven innocent" situation?"

Not really. If you are found by police standing over a dead body with a bloody knife, you would have to "justify yourself" as well.

Diverted profits should be considered tax evasion unless there's a reason for diverting them. I think that's an entirely reasonable position. By which I mean: you have definitely done something that looks like a crime (tax evasion). Unless you can provide an alibi (the justification above) you look guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Another way to think about it: if an unemployed person with no rich relatives turns up to the bank with a suitcase with £10m in it, they will definitely be arrested, and will have to come up with a good reason why they have £10m in a suitcase. The fact they possess it would probably be enough to go for handling stolen goods beyond reasonable doubt, because there is no reasonable way any person without a very high-paying job can lay their hands on £10m.

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

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Re: Prudes Rule

"British prudishness when it comes to sex."

No, just MPs prudishness.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: completely nuts!

"Suing for a few units of electricity and few kilobytes sounds amusingly justified when compared to how these big corps cheat by using their teeny weeny FINE prints in their megacount of characters of agreements."

It might be the only thing they can get the bastards on. See Al Capone and tax evasion.

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The Pirate Bay SUNK: It vanishes after Swedish data center raid

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Re: Disappointing

"Or maybe I'm spoiled by all the five nines services around."

How many of those are subject to continual police raids?

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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Re: Is David Blunkett a commentard?

"It's hard to determine whether it's astroturfing[...]"

It's rubbish astroturfing if it's a single, solitary vote.

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

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Re: is it not easier

"I can only presume you're engineering numbers to enhance your position rather than amending your position to reflect the numbers. The pension is worth very nearly half their base pay once spousal component and inflation linking are added. Alternatively I would have to posit that your "first-class degree in mathematics, or statistics" was recently obtained and from a regional poly at best."

Close, but no cigar. Doctorate from Oxford. But anyway, I've priced in the fact that I don't believe that any of these gold-plated pensions will exist in forty years' time; I myself am paying into the universities Superannuation Scheme, and right now our benefits are being eroded. The likelihood that there will be a gold-plated pension at the end of the scheme is low. In our case the university puts in 14% of salary and the employee puts in 7% (roughly) but they're killing off final salary, and defined benefit will go in a decade or two at the most. They will even kill off my accrued benefits by not inflation-proofing it properly. So think of the "gold-plated pension" as a promise not to mess about with it if it costs too much.

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Re: is it not easier

"23k is very nearly the UK annual average full time wage. So the graduate gets that, plus a gold plated pension, a job for life or as near as still exists, plus what amounts to a hell of a lot of holidays. I'm not saying they don't work hard for it, (my teachers certainly did ;-) but it is already a good wage in most of the country."

I'm going to guess you didn't get a first-class degree in mathematics, or certainly statistics. You should be comparing the £23k to the median wage among people who possess first-class degrees in maths or physics. Now it looks a lot worse. The pension is quite good, yes, worth a couple of grand a year, so let's say £25k. The holidays are not too good, actually. You spend half of them writing lesson plans. And they don't really compensate for the evenings and weekends that you lose during term. Just for extra kicks, when you do get your holiday from work any flights and hotel you might want to book to get away from things is really expensive because that's when other people take their holidays. Throw in disruptive little bastards and their dickish parents (strangely there's a correlation between the two) and it's a horrible job.

And no, I'm not a teacher. Neither is my partner.

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Re: is it not easier

Would £25k have got me into teaching, with my first-class maths degree? No. Small (in the grand scheme of things) financial inducements to do jobs you don't want to do only work in the short term. Without a continuing financial inducement I would leave, and so would anyone else smart enough to get a first-class degree in mathematics or physics.

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Grooveshark to sink its teeth again into Pandora (legally this time)

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"The word "legitimate" is key for Grooveshark, which for much of its existence has been squarely in the crosshairs of the recording industry – thanks it's shoot-first-talk-later approach."

1) It's 'its', not 'it's'. You also might want to throw in a 'to' as well.

2) Are you talking about Grooveshark's approach or the recording industry's?

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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Nope. From Wikipedia:

"It can only be issued for offences carrying a maximum penalty of 12 months or more in prison."

Edit: There are other criteria for refusal of an EAW, including the offence was committed outwith the issuing state's territory and would not be a crime in the executing state, which this is.

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I don't need to drive in France. Send this information to me by e-mail, and I can put it on Twitter.

Or something like this.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Re: I don't see how this could be true

"I've been assured, repeatedly, by readers of The Register, that not only are gamers all mature responsible adults, but that there is no religion-bashing going on here."

I think signing a sarcastic Change.org petition that highlights the hypocrisy of people who want to throw the ban-hammer at one particular thing they don't like but don't apply this consistently or with any thought, that is pretty much the way a mature, responsible adult behaves. They didn't hack Target or anything, but well, that's been done.

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Re: Not again!

"Why write two words when one will do."

Why use a question mark when a full stop (period) will do.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Re: Why would anyone bother

"The products mean nothing to me, but the quoted question suggests that they weren't asking what you thought of the stuff,or whether you in fact did want to buy it/thought it over priced/ or whatever.

In fact it's a beautiful example of a loaded question."

Or they are making merchandise and want to know what to make?

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Re: The machine is not designed to detect things. It is simply designed to go “bleep”.

"I suspect you are making things up."

I think he might be referring to the Crimea referendum.

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: Wouldn't this discourage companies from having a presence in the UK?

"Wow. So go on then donate 25% of your earnings then I am sure the gov can use it."

Dude. Over there is a clue. Maybe you should go find it. I said I don't want to. So I won't donate it. But if I'm required to do so, under pain of imprisonment, then I will.

"As for not quitting your job, good for you. So when it is no longer of value for you to go to work you will still do it. Even if you lose value going to work you will still do it? The welfare trap shows not everyone would be so self defeating."

For businesses the alternative is dying. Corporation welfare (sort of) doesn't exist, unless you're a bank. And the tax is on PROFIT, not revenue. A 25% tax on the money I have left over after I've spent everything would hurt a lot less than 25% on income. And in fact up to a 100% tax on profit as an individual is still better than quitting my job, probably even a 101% tax on profit, for a while anyway, would be preferable to quitting your job.

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Re: Wouldn't this discourage companies from having a presence in the UK?

"So your [sic] happy to have 25% more money taken off you in tax! And you will be happy about it because you get to keep the other 75%!

I dont know many people with that world view but you go ahead and demonstrate your commitment to the public coffers"

Well, if my tax rate went up by a few per cent, I would moan about it, but I wouldn't quit my job in protest.

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Re: Wouldn't this discourage companies from having a presence in the UK?

"What's their incentive to hire a single person or rent a single foot of space in the UK, if they're going to be subject to a 25% tax on the profits?"

If we assume that they are being taxes on their profits *somewhere*, then it's not such a big deal. If this is coupled by an international crackdown on bastards, I mean tax havens, then the incentives look better.

The website problem is actually deeper than this though, because with websites there's no need to have big shops and a physical presence at all, so not paying business rates, which are just as important. There are already enough incentives to get rid of your physical presence as it is.

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Re: They should pay tax here

"Taxation probably the biggest killer the world has ever known."

No. Just no. Stop being an idiot. Almost everyone killed in your ridiculous arguments was killed by something metal, so actually metal is the biggest killer the world has ever known. Because I get all road accidents as well.

Or, if you are going to make silly arguments, without money there couldn't be the kind of taxation you are talking about, so in fact money is the largest killer. You can also throw in all the money-related crime and suicide then, to do better.

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