Note to self -
... put coffee down
" the infinite patience of the mentally deficient."
121 posts • joined 20 Dec 2007
... put coffee down
" the infinite patience of the mentally deficient."
Not quite so clear cut. Ireland was already attractive to many multinationals due to the low corporation tax. Bit of history.
It used to be 10% for the multinationals. somewhat higher for the Irish companies - all with the aim of attracting investment from the tech companies. Europe said that that was unfair and must be rectified - expecting the Irish government to raise the tax level applicable to the multinationals.
That would also have made it much closer to French levels - the chief moaning entity if memory serves correctly.
Instead - they lowered the rate for the national companies so that everyone paid 10% - the French had an apoplectic fit but could do nothing as the rate of taxation is a national matter not a European one.
The Irish even defended this to the death during the bailout - it was the one thing that they wouldn't give way on.
That Apple managed to drive it even lower to 2% would suggest that they have behaved aggressively so I call both sides at fault with the balance to be determined by someone else.
€17bn - that's gotta go somewhere.
I know that one should always be careful about killing the goose that lays the golden eggs but if it has to go then I bet the Irish Finance minister is thinking that this is one hell of a way to go.
In the first instance, it would seem logical that it goes to the Irish Exchequer - but thereafter I suppose the EU will sharpen its talons and claim that Ireland's GDP has been understated for a number of years so there's a large settlement figure required.
And then you have every other country trying to claim a cut based on where turnover rather than profit is recorded.
Pull up some seats and make some popcorn - this one is going to run and run.
One example of one approach ..... from the Alcatel-Lucent web site.
"Part of a complete end-to-end portfolio of Alcatel-Lucent ultra-broadband solutions, the new G.fast residential gateway also provides a more efficient way to power the growing number of distribution point units essential for delivering on the G.fast standard. With an integrated reverse power feed capability that powers the remote G.fast distribution point unit, operators no longer need to connect the distribution points locally to the power grid."
Doubtless some will scream about powering a utility providers network - but it's a choice. Provide power for faster service or choose not to and settle for VDSL2 at best.
Ultimately as FTTH is just too expensive and unlikely to happen, anything that offers the chance to push the bandwidth levels higher is worth consideration.
Little bit of searching turned up....
G.fast distribution points are placed within 250 metres of premises For example, it could be in a manhole, on a pole, in a mini-cabinet at a relatively close distance (within about 250 metres) to the premises to be served. It could also be located at the entrance (inside or outside) of a building.
The obvious is on the pole for the final drop to the premises - OpenReach owns the pole (at a guess) and if the distribution point is not unduly large, I can't imagine there's any planning permission issue with what they put up there.
While they have their failings, I'll give Three their due. It took all of about 30 minutes to agree that the signal indoors was non-existent - it didn't even have enough ummph to qualify as pants. Once that was agreed, it was a quick hop and a skip to securing their Home signal which backhauls over the broadband - and as the rest of the family are on Three as well, they can all be registered on the same device. Result - 4 bars indoors.
Changed SIM recently - and when that didn't sign on, a quick call to Three support and 5 minutes later it was sorted - the registration on the Home signal is via the SIM ID.
All in all - it makes them usable.
Tried this morning - with some mainstream and some slightly more esoteric music choices. There was only a subset of the mainstream artists' material available via the Prime subscription.
Times like this my Luddite tendencies come to the fore and I think that streaming will be an option when you prise the album from my cold fingers...... There's still something nice about having the physical media
....The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.
Anyone else think that this is a really bad idea - what about those who have just walked into the office in winter, hands cold. Anyone who sustained an injury playing sport over a week end.
Even an ouchy paper cut.
Anything that changes your standard typing practice - an interruption to your train of thought in the middle of typing. The fact that you have slowed your typing down to make sure you are hitting the right keys - which is self defeating as the algorithm is looking for you to do it at speed.
Hopefully this as an idea will die a fast and permanent death.
A company delivers a profit that would make the eyes of Croesus water. To the layman - even those who are bemused by the cult of iThings, this is impressive.
To the analyst who has wet his finger and made a guess, it's a failure as it did not live up to the (un)educated guess.
Being a stock market analyst now seems to have levels of accuracy associated with forecasting the weather - the only time it is truly accurate is when describing what has already happened - the rest of it is glorified gambling/guesswork. And still, people listen to these guessmongers.
Time to go find a quiet dark corner......
"all options at its disposal
That will be lying on the floor drumming its heels like a two year old then.
My but we don't give a toss about our privacy do we..... One of the first things turned of when I launched the camera on my phone.
Besides - they can pull geo info from the cell towers if you're on a mobile - at least good enough to get within a meaningful radius
Why anyone would want to use a connectionless mode of data transfer (on a macro level at least) to transfer life and death information beggars belief
All about penetration (Wash your minds out!)
With solid stone walls, 3G signals die within inches of being inside.
Most of the providers that do provide femtocells (Home Signal/Sure signal devices) seem to stipulate one per customer.
Thankfully, with all of the family on the same network, we can get more than one femtocell and place them strategically where needed to provide a useful signal coverage.
Just one reason why if we change network, we will all end up changing en-masse
You can see it won't stop yet - until one day someone can say of the mobile networks....
... "these go to eleven"
Let's call pavement by it's other name - it's a footpath
The clue is in the name - you want your bicycle on the footpath then you can - provided that you dismount.
I'll happily cut kids some slack when I see them cycling on the footpath - but adults? nah! I become a belligerent pedestrian (clue in the origin of the work - pede meaning foot) and I don't give way.
Perhaps it's something to do with the complete cock who sent my kid flying one day - thankfully without serious injury but certainly with plenty of fear on their part.
"Severity of injuries"
Fair enough - I'll accept it as a nuance of translation -
"The impact of any injuries would be mitigated...."
“Quicker response from the emergency services to accidents on roads across Europe could save about 2,500 lives in the EU every year. The severity of injuries will also be considerably reduced in tens of thousands of cases.”
How will the system determine that emergency services are actually required? Or is it a case in the political heads that airbag deployment automatically equals serious enough to call the services.?
As for the "Severity of injuries" .... can someone with a command of logic please step up to the podium and explain that one.
Evan Davis: For a year or so you have been introducing the unconvicted into the database as I understand it and using facial recognition software knowing that a court has asked you not to do that
Chief Constable Mike Barton: Well no! I am unashamed about keeping unconvicted photographs in this because we need them for different purposes than DNA and fingerprints and they are not covered by the same legislation.
Essentially that amounted to a Chief Constable saying "Judges? Pah! I don't care what they order!"
There should be alarm bells ringing on so many levels!
Surely this is just the latest iteration of "Round Corners"
<Irony>Outlook IS an amazing piece of work. Anyone who dismisses it has never ventured into the more hidden features. </Irony>
As there are Apps out there that can allow you to selectively dial back the rights that an App can exploit, this multiple user/profile needs to also factor this into any implementation.
More than happy for the kids to pick up the phone for a game, but it would be nice to dial back any rights on a per user basis such that when they are using it, it is a glorified games console. when I use it, its full potential is available.
Otherwise - this falls short of being truly useful.
Of course, this will mean that the people need to be as thoughtful about their phones/tablets as they are about the home PC.... Oh well, queue the arguments.
"it's becoming increasingly clear that our politicians have no idea what they're proposing."
Or... they are counting on the fact that they can blag their way through this, knowing full well exactly what it is that they are proposing. Using a fine balance of ignorance and apathy, they get acceptance from a percentage of the electorate. The remainder they will seek to discount in some way.
Sometimes feels that it's happening in a lot of other countries as well.
Conspiracy theory fails under mild scrutiny
The debate was broadcast on STV – a free to air service that is available to that part of the country where those of the electorate with a vote actually live.
It was not available (reliably in real time at least) outside of this area
So friggin what.
Those living in rUK don't have a vote – and while they may have an interest in the issue and may feel that they want to see wee Eck or bushy eyebrows, it doesn't change the fact that no one in rUK is materially disadvantaged by having missed the live debate.
It was a technology failure – they happen. Life goes on.
When they recently hiked Prime to include film here in the UK, it provoked a "Let's Review at renewal" flag.
If Prime and Unlimited were bundled at a fraction over the Unlimited price then it becomes interesting again.
For example, there are books that I possess which would be nice to have on Kindle to reread for the commute - Unlimited would make that a simple process
Only heavy readers are likely to spend more than $10/month on books.
Teenagers bust this easily - certainly would here in the UK where a teenage fiction book might go for £5 or more and last less than a week. Even with daily deals and public domain which I have urged my teenager to consider, for some parents, knowing that they can get the years reading for a fixed fee is a blessing.
Every bank that has every been fined for facilitating bank trades on behalf of citizens of Iran or Syria or Cuba or Libya or <insert country that the USA [did, does, will go on to] not like> can not argue that those silly banking rules constitute a hindrance to their profits.
So they can go and sue the US Government. :-)
Money Laundering - yeah! that hits profits if you stop that so can HSBC have their Mexican money back please.
Or does this rule only works in one direction?
.... as the time honoured sentiment would put it.
It's a treaty, a negotiation, a consensus of minds. In what version of insanity to the Brussels Bureaucrats possibly believe that this ability to sue due to adverse regulations is benicicial to the European side of the cause?
EU: Aircraft manufacturers - we'd rather that you didn't fall out of the sky - so much so that we will put some of the rules into law.
US Air plane Corp: Mwaaaaaah! Uncle Sam! They being mean to me!
UK: we really don't think our citizenry should have assault rifles. We have banned them by law.
US Armaments Corp: Mwaaaaaah! Uncle Sam! They being mean to me!
Please - tell me there is some sanity left in this poxxed empire called Europe and that someone with the balls to do so with tell them to go take a flying fuck! - Subject to the appropriate health and safety rules of course.
First name Gaz
za by any chance?
A wallet/Credit card that suffers far less abuse.
Will admit - I just don't get the fascination with uber expensive audio kit!
Sometimes it is easier (cheaper) to just "make do" with something that still allows one to enjoy the music/artist and not get so wound up in determining if the sound has been clipped/distorted in one of the many rooms that it could be conceivably be piped into.
...... Unless it has a volume knob that goes to 11 - then I might just be tempted :-)
"it's a no-brainer, there's a clear public interest in that information remaining available."
Google hasn't removed the original article. Google is also not paid (at least not directely) to provide some form of library service as you would get from a public body.
It is a private entity that, based on some some and mirrors arcane algoritm, decides where an article appears in a search result. But I don't see how they can be obligated to make sure that a particular result is displayed - unless one decides to drag in the regulators with their "Fairness" definitions.
Publicity gaff - most certainly.
Looking like kids who spat the dummy Yep! got that one covered.
Showing that the EU law is poorly conceived - I'll grant them that.
Breaking the law - don't quite see it.
IANAL - but hey that's never stopped Reg Commentards offering opinions.
Not only a terrorist - but also damaging the commercial interests of all those media outlets that would like to use your photos without attribution or payment. Just think of all the images that they could "fail to identify the suthor of" if such Deep Web practices were forbidden.
All hail the media overlords!
Whose damn language is it anyway?
Following the usual level of due diligence carried out by the US Patent Office, they were unable to find any prior art.
Accordingly they have issued a patent on the language assigning ownership to the 'merkins.
Ah! That "Listening (a)round Corners" technology.
Lovely idea - but....
The US refuses to become subject to the jurisdiction of an international body such as the International Criminal Court. What makes you think that they would ever respect any sort of Internet Governance body that issued rules on data protection that were inconvenient.
Surely the point about an organ donor card is that it represents what you want to have done with some or all of the body that you leave behind. While I carry a card, I for example have excluded some organs - it's a personal choice.
While I can understand the need to be sensitive with next of kin, they won't own the body when I die - it's not as if I've left it to them in my will....
Perhaps it helps being married to someone with a similar mindset - it means we've discussed it in advance of any such eventuality - and that's probably the real key aspect.
@wolfetone - Last time I checked, it was not correct to use the term "The Republic of Ireland" to refer to the 26 county state. The name of the state that is
fecked up governed from Dublin is just Ireland; a name that is now accepted by the government of The United Knigdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
It's a bit of reciprocal arrangement where they each agreed to call the other by their chosen names.
Oh! I know I shouldn't feed the troll...
It's as dynamic as a set of Labour policies....
Were you asleep/away for the Starbucks bit....
Tax is paid on profit - not income and when the likes of Starbucks spend several millions to "Licence the use of marketing materials" (i.e use the logo) then the profit is erroded - legally if somewhat imorally.
I call fake on this - lovely idea which will not be implmented this side of several general elections.
Before 6.x, most companies I've worked in had to resort to far too regular use of dsrepair.
In which case, they were doing it wrong. DSREPAIR became something akin to the modern antibiotic. Regardless of the disease, regardless of how it should be treated, chuck them into the mix - after all what harm can they do.
Want to make a Novell Support Engineer wince - tell them you've just run an unattended full repair - 'cos it seemed like a good idea.
The number of Sys Admins that have been chastised over the years for running needless DSREPAIRS is quite scary. Now that in itself raises another question? Why weren't they properly trained to use the proper utilities in the proper circumstances.
I used Netware 3.x in several jobs at large and small companies. I never really had the chance to try Netware 4 or 5 because everyone
upgraded migrated from 3.12 to Windows NT 4.
There - fixed that for you.
Remember doing it back in about 1986 when there were still some old A - B button phones available.
As I recall 1s, 9s and 0s could be dialled directly - the numbers from 2 to 8 had to be tapped.
Which raises a further question. 999 was picked to avoid the accidental dialling of 111 through the contacting of lines - essentially the same result as tapping or dialling a 1.
Wonder how many phantom calls the new non-emergency NHS number gets these days. Sometimes it pays to remember the old history.
Statistically speaking, that Kzzzerrrt is imminent.
As I zoom in, I can see the builders vans that filled the site in 2011. Another level of zoom and zap! they are gone, the extension is gone...
Out again. Oooo it's back.
Feels like I have my own personal cloaking system :-)
Just waiting for the manufacturing cock up which will see the polarity in the stand and polarity in the iPad results in a N-N or S-S attempt at docking. Will they patent this as a fast eject mechanism?
Ah! That explains how a shop that I last visited 15 years ago managed to address mail directly to me at my current address some three house moves later.
Post Office service described here http://postoffice.mobi/marketing-services-regular/choose-your-audience/data-management/ncoa-suppress
If they are still editing .doc files then odds are they have not gotten past Office 2003.
Wonder if they just don't like the ribbon - in which case introduce them to LO.
Interesting that he used the unit of "Programmes". So of ten arbitrary programmes, the nine that cost £1m each are OK and the one that cost £2b is over budget and delayed.
All in the interpretation of the
The idea is that we have countries undercutting each other in giving tax
brakes breaks to big multinationals. It they stop doing this, every country would have a larger income from taxes.
If only it were that simple. On a level tax playing field, companies will increasingly be driven by cost of labour - it's still one of the largest expenses that any enterprise must bear. When the EU went through the expansions of 2004 and 2007, the multinationals didn't relocate to eastern Europe out of a sense of altruism. Skilled and cheap labour is a compelling motivator.
A lesser corporate tax rate acts as a counter balance and for the likes of Ireland, it's probably the most important factor in ensuring inward investment.
Is that really 100% accurate.
Normal salaried employees are allowed claim for expenses related to their employment - e.g. mileage up to the HMRC approved levels; professional fees; subscriptions.
All of these lower their tax liabilities.
On that basis you could argue that they are being taxed on profits not revenue.
but they are still putting vehicles on our roads, employing people educated in our education system and creating rubbish for our landfill sites,
Vehicles on roads - Vehicle Excise Duty, Excise Duty on Fuel, (Can't count VAT on fuel as that can be reclaimed). Let's not forget the vehicle manufacturers who benefit by selling these - a further economic benefit that it's convenient to ignore.
Employing People Educated in the system. : NI; PAYE; not to mention the fact that the employees are not a drain on state resources.
Rubbish for Landfill... Some of that responsibility lies with the end user and how they dispose of and/or recycle their rubbish. Some of it is covered by payment of business rates - I believe that they are not inconsequential.
In short - any discussion has to focus on PROFITS and whether or not profits should be taxed in the country of origin or else where.