If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology.
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If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology.
You can tax companies, but they never pay the tax, because they're a book-keeping fiction and the books have to balance. They have to get that tax money from somewhere, and ultimately that is always people: customers, employees or shareholders - there's nowhere else it can come from. Passing legislation doesn't change facts about the real world, sorry.
Welcome back to our very own (kinda) AI.
You can't tax companies, since they're a legal fiction. You can only tax people - which may be employees, shareholders (that would be my and your savings) or customers. There is no magic money tree, sorry.
But on the more positive side, two centuries ago 30% of the population of the West worked in the fields and had a nasty brutal life. Today agriculture employs less than 1%, but there aren't pitchfork waving mobs roaming in search of work - they've gone on to do more productive things. There's no reason why AI (if it ever happens, colour me doubtful if we're talking about the next century) couldn't have a similarly liberating effect.
Or £100 less and go with a phone that will rarely or never receive updates.
How are S7 owners finding updates (early days, I realise)? My experience with an S3 was that they were always several months late (because there was a lot of own-brand Samsung software at the front end - some of which was very useful, but none of which was very reliable) and petered out altogether after about 18 months.
Yes, the correct description is: "rice-based, beer-flavored beverage".
it's certainly possible to get a tiny car safety-certified today
I'm happy to accept that, but I wonder how much fun it would be to drive?
Gartner forecasters are very like economists - famously defined as: "An expert, who will be able to tell you tomorrow why the prediction he made yesterday didn't come true today."
You're broadly correct, but there are a couple of caveats. The first is that these transfers are subject to 'fair and reasonable' tests, you can't just charge a billion for 'supply of paperclips'. Starbucks took a lot of stick other this, but it turns out they charge their own (fully owned) shops exactly the same as their franchised operations (which must, by definition, make it a commercial rate).
Secondly, these profits do tend to end up parked in low tax states. The reason for this is that, under US tax law, companies pay no tax until the profits are repatriated, when they're subject to a fairly punitive (by international standards) tax of up to 40% (there's a small element of state tax, so it can vary). Hence US companies tend to stash their cash in tax havens in the hope that tax rates will come down. Note that this means they can't distribute the profits - Apple have a 12-digit sum squirrelled away.
AFAIK UK companies have to deposit their annual reports with Companies House, where anyone can see them for a small fee. Most of the FTSE ones publish them on the web.
Anyway, her argument isn't with FTSE businesses, it's with foreign-owned multinationals who have the ability to move profits around the world and reduce Corporation Tax payable in the UK (although they still have to pay VAT, rates, employer's NI etc etc). But it's a fundamental principal of the global tax system that profits should be taxed in the country where they're generated. And it's difficult to argue that the bulk of (say) Apple's or Uber's profits are generated anywhere other than California.
It's also often conveniently forgotten that businesses are taxed on profits, not revenue - Amazon (last time I checked) have never made a global profit, preferring to invest any surplus in their business. So the fact that Megacorp had a billion pounds in revenue in the UK and only paid a million in CT does not imply a tax rate of 0.1%. Margaret Hodge understands this perfectly well, as her own family business - Stemcor, a global steel erector - paid very little UK tax on its worldwide revenues of c $10 billion, for the simple reason that they made a loss.
DC has its own 'State' Attorney - it's not a state, but District Attorney is a different thing.
My thoughts, too. You do see them on TV shows (e.g. Beck) with the distinctive 'broken infinity' logo - I assume this is product placement.
The main driver for PCI-DSS adoption is that if you want to accept credit card payments, you're liable for any problems unless you're (independently audited to be) certified. If you can't be bothered jumping through all the hoops, you can use a PCI-DSS certified service, such as Paypal or WorldPay or Sage, to handle your card transactions.
Nexus (if we want to be pedantic, and who doesn't?) is 4th declension, so the plural of Nexus is ... Nexūs. See me after class, boy!
I don't think gennies are run on DERV, presumably red diesel?
If you think there's a significant pool of untapped female ability in IT, there's a great opportunity. Start your own company and hire some of this underpaid quality talent. Back in the 60s when such a pool really existed, Steve (Stephanie) Shirley did precisely this, founded F International (now Xansa) and made rather a lot of money. Come on, what's stopping you?
Check out Debrecen in eastern Hungary. Not only is it good academically (often thought of as Hungary's Cambridge), but many courses are entirely in English (understandably, there's a restricted audience for ones in Hungarian). And the cost of living is low, too.
That plus the fact you can often get it for free rather than incurring a £50,000 student loan. Many EU unis offer courses entirely in English in order to attract foreign (not just British) students.
And that's also why the tax year ends on 5th April instead of the Feast of the Annuciation (Lady Day), as God intended.
The Europeans have steadfastly hung onto a billion as 1012. There was (still is) a perfectly good word for 109 - milliard*, an ancient text book in my possession describes a light-year as "six thousand milliard miles". The French press describe Bill Gates as un milliardaire.
* Would that make 1015 a billiard?
@JustNiz - it was Flagstaff, AZ (as you say, a manned area at the back of the store, you couldn't just pick up a rifle and put it in your trolley). I had a good chat with the knowledgeable guys manning the area - they were bewildered that we couldn't buy this stuff in the UK :)
Quite. It's a subsidiary - but the last Asda I went in didn't have a gun aisle, unlike the last Walmart I visited.
No, there's been a bit of confusion in the press generally about this. The ones found in Tetbury are Asian Hornets, but not Asian Giant Hornets, which are a different species (and bigger, obvs - they're the ones that can grow up to two inches long). The Asian Hornets have been introduced and are fairly widespread across continental Europe, although they don't like cold winters so are more common in the south. They are actually slightly smaller than the native British Hornet, but they do have a taste for honey bees, which can make them a bit of a problem for beekeepers.
A friend tried one of these products. He turned prematurely ginger.
Step 1 - incorporate in the US
Step 2 - earn the bulk of your profits outside the US
Step 3 - stash any profits in an offshore acccount.
A peculiarity of US tax law is that you don't (as a corporation) pay any tax until the profits are repatriated. When (if) you do, you'll get stung for US CT which is a whopping (by most international standards) ~40%. That it's so high explains why many US multinationals are keeping their international profits offshore in hopes that the rate will come down.
Note that when you do repatriate, you can legitimately offset any foreign tax already paid. That's why Uncle Sam is unhappy at the EU's land grab - an extra €12 bn (or whatever it turns out to be when the legal party ends) paid to Eire is €12 bn less for the US.
International tax law is founded on the principle that profits are due in the country in which they are earned. It's hard to argue that the great bulk of Apple's profits are 'earned' anywhere other than California, so that's where most of the tax is due. Apple can defer this tax by holding it offshore, but the shareholders can't get their hands on it.
And even if the Swedes withdraw their charges (or they expire), the British authorities will want to talk to Assange about breaking his bail conditions - a serious offence.
Round here the traffic wombles take a photo of the car before issuing the ticket. I assume they send a copy with the demand for money (or will do if you query it), but luckily I don't have any first-hand experience.
That would be approx 1 teenage-year's worth.
What exactly does that mean? presumably it doesn't mean "having an FTTP connection" or that's what they'd say. I already have 'access' to FTTP - I'd just need to pay BT to string a fibre line from me to the exchange - it would only cost me a few grand. (I fully appreciate that not everyone has even this level of access.)
So, MicroFocus will be able to benefit from the geniuses who have so successfully destroyed HP? Sell your MF stock now.
Adding water to a lithium battery is a very bad move. My EV manual is plastered with warnings telling you not to let untrained personnel near the internal electrics. Since they can deliver 200A at 300V, that's understandable (and I'm sure a Tesla is capable of a significant multiple of the amperage figures).
I'll do it $120 (not million) ...
Can we look forward to a revamped version of BackOrifice?
The problem is that the current ISP model is like an all you can eat buffet, where one in 10 customers eats all the food, one in 100 takes his chair home too, and one in 1,000 unscrews all the fixtures and fittings and loads them into a van as well.
This was written in 2008 about fixed line ISP offerings, but nothing really changes ...
I too drive a PHEV (if you're in the UK, it's very likely to be the same model as yours). It takes 5 hours to recharge the 10kWh battery from a domestic 13A socket, so that means doing the same for a Tesla with the full 100kWh would take two days, not very practical! You could pay several hundred pounds (a trivial sum if you can afford a Tesla) to get a higher power outlet, which would reduce that to about 36 hours, but there's a limit to how much power you can draw from a UK domestic setup (25kVA is usual), and you'll probably want to do some cooking or wash your clothes at some point.
I don't doubt that Tesla have increased the battery capacity from 90Kwh (?) to 100kWh, which will have increased the all-up weight by ~50kg. This will certainly extend the range, but how does it improve the acceleration? I assume they must have upped the power rating of the drive motors, but the article doesn't mention it.
They'll also need to be aware that if the other car at a 4-way stop (or a roundabout in the UK) is a Mercedes*, they are unlikely to be stopping for anything, regardless of road conditions.
Can they also detect drivers wearing a hat?
* Substitute your own 'favourite' manufacturer as necessary.
True, or alternatively one where people build their own home one storey at a time (as they get enough money together). You need a less rainy climate than the UK for this to work :)
Did you think there was a direct mechanical linkage between the steering wheel and the front wheels (or between the accelerator and engine)? How very last millennium!
RR Trent engines >50MW, so a 747 is >200MW max power. Solar cells produce ~200W/m2, so you'd need a square km to power a 747. If you could achieve 100% efficiency at the equator, there's 1300W/m2 of sunlight available compared to just over 500m2 wing area on a 747 and you're still over two orders of magnitude short. Now, about these trans-polar routes ...
PS Hybrids work in cars, where the additional weight of the battery isn't too crucial to performance - add 20% to the weight of a car and it will still drive (possibly a bit more slowly). On an aircraft every kilo of extra weight is vital - add 20% to the weight of an airliner and it could never leave the ground. Even so, very few pure hybrids achieve better fuel efficiency than an equivalent-sized diesel powered vehicle.
I don't think many people are saying that it shouldn't be tried. Like the Gossamer Albatross, it's an impressive piece of technology. It's all the idiots (including many journos) saying "in 20/50/100 years time all passenger aircraft will fly on solar power" in utter defiance of the laws of arithmetic, never mind physics, that are annoying.
Nice story, but solar cells are not about to follow some version of Moore's Law. Even if you could capture 100% of the solar energy falling on the surface area of an aircraft, you could hardly keep a small Cessna in the air, let alone anything like a 737.
It's not just the disposal, Sebastian. The EROEI (energy return on energy invested) of solar cells operating at temperate latitudes (like the UK) is negative - that is, the energy generated during their working life is only ~83 % of the energy consumed during their manufacture.
You can think of solar cells in the UK as giant batteries, charged up (most probably in China, using coal and oil) and then gradually releasing their stored energy as the sun shines. So not very good at reducing CO2 emissions, but very effective at transferring money to wealthy landowners from those in fuel poverty.
The incapacitation theory needs to account for the known facts that all the active location systems were disabled and the aircraft then flew a course that appears carefully chosen to avoid passive radar detection followed by a final course change to take it to the middle of the Indian ocean.
Have we reached peak mainframe?
The new team sport.
Nurse! The mind bleach!!
Unlike hornets or yellow jackets, paper wasps are not particularly aggressive by nature.
Obviously a US study, from the use of "yellow jackets", and I can't speak about US hornets, but European hornets are not aggressive. They look fearsome (like a wasp on steroids), but are very effective predators of small (pest) insects, have no interest in your picnic food, and are unlikely to sting unless you do something daft, like poking a nest with a stick.
If we get a wasps' nest near the house, it (reluctantly) has to go; but I leave hornets alone to do their thing.
PS I hear that (Japanese) giant hornets are building colonies in southern Europe - they really are fearsome (and very bad news for honey bee colonies, which they can destroy in a few hours).
That's absolutely a problem for anyone buying computer boxes one or two (or even a hundred) at a time. But for large enterprises buying thousands of standard PCs a year, it's common practice for the supplier to commit to building identical machines from identical components for a minimum period. This can never be entirely guaranteed - events such as the 2011 Thai floods may disrupt component manufacturers - but as a major customer you should get preferential treatment, at least to the point where the software build (drivers etc) doesn't have to change.