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Oh noes. My life is at an end.
I think you may be confusing 'profit' and 'turnover'. It's quite difficult to massage turnover figures (although if you're selling to customers in country A using a web server in country B to buy goods made in country C, things can certainly get complicated), whereas 'profit' (for a multinational) is pretty much what some clever beancounter chooses to make it (i.e. that value which minimises tax liabilities). That's why it's more sensible to tax businesses on turnover rather than profit.
Re: This "annual turnover" business is really stupid
Toga sounds really tiny (bedsheet sized?) But if some microstate wanted to extract billions from a megacorp, they'd be faced with the problem of how to collect it. Seizing their assets in your tiny country wouldn't work very well.
Horses for courses
A Palm would be an inappropriate choice if you were writing your latest novel, or even an 800 word article. But as a genuinely portable (shirt-pocket sized) device for jotting quick notes it had few equals.
No mention of the Toshiba Libretto range? A full Windows PC that you could fit into a pocket*.
* For sufficiently large values of 'pocket'.
AFAIK the first series hasn't been available for broadcast, because it wasn't all written by Adams (who suffered a major case of writer's block at around Fit the Fourth). Which is why the book, LP, film etc had to diverge from the original radio series at that point.
I am Nakamoto!
No, I am Nakamoto!
[continues ad nauseam]
Re: Doesn't the GWPF take
Since you're not a real professor*, you can be forgiven for not understanding how science works. In so far as climate science is a real science (capable of falsification, etc) its findings are unrelated to the personal views of the investigators. Just because you may disagree with Heisenberg's politics doesn't make the uncertainty principle wrong.
In any case, the GWPF have not published the scientific research, they've asked its author to comment and have published his thoughts in order to draw attention to it, as it has unaccountably been overlooked in most MSM.
* +1 for the Marvel Comics reference, though.
Sadly, this discussion is long past the point where rational debate can have much effect. True believers in the thermapocalypse aren't going to pay any attention to a paper, no matter how scientifically sound and well argued, issued by the GWPF who are ALL IN THE PAY OF BIG OIL. They tend to foam at the mouth and fall over when anything associated with Lord Lawson comes into view.
Re: While I agree with the sentiment of most of the above posts...
And I agree with you (up to a point, Lord Copper). But, like it or not (and I don't), 90% of shares in publicly traded companies are held not by individuals, but by faceless corporate investment operations. Unless you're Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, individual shareholders have about as much control over the management of a company as the average Catholic does over the running of the RC church. If you don't like it, you can leave, and that's about it.
Directors, on the other hand, have a direct say in the appointment and remuneration of senior officers and are in a position to dictate policy. They get well paid for their responsibilities, and it's about time they faced up to them.
It does away with personal liability for shareholders. Directors already assume personal liability for certain types of malfeasance, such as trading while insolvent.
If you fine governmental bodies, you're just moving numbers from one column to another, or (at best) fining taxpayers. If you fine corporate bodies, you're really fining employees/customers/shareholders - there are no other options - none of which are likely to have had any direct responsibility for the breach.
If you want to do something effective, make directors (or their equivalent for government bodies) personally liable. Confiscate their Bentleys, make them sell their agreeable second homes in Cornwall/the Algarve. That will get people's attention, I guarantee. Of course, the fact that our legislators are all looking forward to such cushy numbers means this is very unlikely to happen.
Re: The DG speaks
The vast majority of Sky's budget is spent on sport. I'll bet they have only a fraction as many managers as the BBC.
The DG speaks
When you've only got £3.6bn annual licence fee income, tough choices must be made. This saving could only otherwise be achieved by sacking my personal chef.
Maybe it's just me, but if you were running a giant technology company, wouldn't you want the person in charge of your corporate strategy to know something about technology? [I know, I know, I'm a dinosaur - I'll be off now.]
Re: Vectored thrust...
No, you want the thrust vector to be upwards. If the engines were jets, you might say they were directed downwards, but they're turbo-diesel props.
What sort of idiot?
A green idiot.
There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.
Edward Abbey (1927-89)
As Bruce Schneier put it
(at The Register - Live 2011 event at Millbank) I paraphrase:
Cyberwar is like an invading army landing on your shores; fighting their way up the beaches; and then pushing in front of the queue at the Post Office.
Where have all the bitcoins gone?
Into the bit-bucket?
Re: "... chaired by ex-MI6 chief (or "C") Sir John Scarlett "
Scarlett had his arm twisted by that lovely Campbell chap to 'sex up' his original, factual document. His reward for fawning obeisance was to be made head of MI6.
["C" used to get an honorary naval rank (cf. Commander Bond), so he could have become Captain Scarlett]
Re: Sir John Scarlett, famous for overseeing production of the dossier
Tony's busy earning £20 million a year on the rubber chicken circuit, while taking time off to establish peace in the Middle East.
Re: Informed consent
Chrome has 'only' 50 entries for Root Certificates (which are the same ones as IE), which are all effectively self-signed (which is, of course, what 'Root' means). This thread is about ISPs installing a root certificate, so they can spoof certificates for Google, Microsoft etc. and act as a MITM that can read all your encrypted traffic. AFAIK any additional Root Certificates will require authorisation from a SysAdm (which, as I pointed out, might not be the user).
Re: Informed consent
In order to do this, you would need to add a Trusted Root Certification Authority to your browser. That's probably not how your ISP would express it (if only because few would understand it), but a 'good' browser will at least prompt you along the lines of: Do you want to do this? It means that if the issuer can see your traffic, then it can also see all your secure traffic.
If you don't have control over your system (e.g. if it's a 'company' machine) this could all happen without any visible sign.
Re: There's no pope in Islam.
Depends which flavour. The Shi'a are more hierarchical and the Grand Ayatollahs could be thought of as analogous to the College of Cardinals, if not Pope-lite.
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. [2 Kings 2:11]
If that wasn't a bronze age alien abduction, I'd like to know what was!
He was only following the rules
In Britain, everything that is not prohibited by law is permitted.
In Germany, everything that is not permitted by law is prohibited.
In Russia, everything is prohibited, even if permitted by law.
In France, everything is permitted, even if prohibited by law.
In Switzerland, everything that is not prohibited by law is obligatory.
You make a good point. IM(NV)HO, the time to start the migration is when your existing systems are still reasonably hale and hearty. Free prediction: within the next 5 years, a major financial institution will crash and burn because they will suffer a catastrophic systems failure from which they're unable to recover. That should focus the minds of the risk managers.
The logical action would be to migrate these systems onto a modern platform (probably rewriting them from the ground up). But this will never happen because: (a) it requires thinking over a timescale longer than 6 months; and (b) it involves spending money over the next few years (i.e reducing this year's bonus) to avert inevitable catastrophe later on.
You're right that Pauli doesn't apply to neutrinos, but the physics is a lot more than handwaving - that's what the supercomputers were crunching in this simulation. In a supernova, neutrinos are one of the main ways of transferring the energy generated in the core collapse to the surrounding material. Although they're capable of passing through several light-years thickness of lead, the densities (in the core) are so great and the numbers released (as most of the protons in the core are converted to neutrons) so vast* that huge amounts of energy are transferred causing the explosion that we see.
* An interesting exercise: 19 of the neutrinos emitted by SN1987A were captured in detectors on Earth. Assuming equal emission in all directions, you can estimate the total number involved, by dividing the surface area of a sphere 168,000 light-years in radius by the cross sectional area of the detectors and multiplying by the probability of any given neutrino being captured. The answer is a lot.
Offers their 'Feel at home' service, where you pay the same rates in a variety of countries (currently: Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Indonesia, Macau, Republic of Ireland, Sri Lanka, Sweden & USA) as in the UK. This includes PAYG plans and packages. It's great to be able to use (say) Google Maps without having to worry about bills. You have to be a bit careful if you're near the border of a country that doesn't support this service, but if you've bought a cheap package, the damage can't be more than a few quid.
adopt the one that both works and is cheaper
I suppose it's possible that the EU might do something sensible (even a stopped clock is right twice a day). But given the hideously incestuous relationships between NGOs and governments (particularly EU governments), I wouldn't bet on it.
As Paul Staines (Guido Fawkes) so astutely observed: "A charity that gets most of its funding from the government is no more a charity than a prostitute is your girlfriend."
Re: "This topic is closed for new posts"
I suspect interference from the EU-Stazi (but, I doubt we'll ever know).
ElReg is, of course, using the word in its po-mo, ironic form.
Re: Can anybody point me at ANYTHING that is not GMO?
I agree that GMO is a silly label and too often used as an all-purpose boo-word, like noo-coo-lar. But there is a distinction that can be made between cross-breeding and modern gene manipulation. All the genes in your poodle can be found in wild dogs - try cross-breeding a dog with a jellyfish to produce one that's bioluminescent and see how far you get.
Before we had the ability to transfer genetic material from one species (or even kingdom) to another, scientists tried to develop similarly resistant species by exposing developing organisms to gamma rays in the hope of producing a favourable mutation. This is a bit like throwing a bucketful of spare parts into the air and hoping they will fall to the ground in the form of an internal combustion engine, but since with genes it's relatively easy to do this a billion times, some progress was made. Modern techniques of genetic manipulation are simply much more efficient and effective.
No need to leave your smartphone at home
Just move out of central London. I play in the local pub quiz league - nationally there are concerns that Google* and smartphones will destroy this type of competition. Round here it isn't a problem, because none of the village pubs we play at has decent reception (often to the point of struggling to get a voice connection). And no, we're not playing in the Inner Hebrides (where the signal's actually quite good), but within 25 miles of Piccadilly Circus.
* Although an intelligent question setter shouldn't find it too difficult to come up with questions that can't be resolved by use of Google.
Re: One more sign that microsoft ...
I don't necessarily disagree with your 'death spiral' thesis, but how does this particular news item confirm it? For many years, Microsoft have developed versions of Office (occasionally more advanced* ones) for Apple platforms.
* For some sufficiently small value of 'more advanced'.
Someone's been reading Gulliver
Bigender? I'm sorry, I was raised a Littleender, and will die a Littleender!
Just like the Bermuda Triangle
But without the associated degree of scientific rigour.
Helping your (relatively) poorer neighbours may be all very commendable, but there surely aren't many children in Los Gatos dying from malaria or inadequate sanitation.
We may be arguing about semantics, but still. Businesses pay VAT on things they buy and collect it on the things they sell. If you sell things for more than it costs to buy the constituent parts, you end up making a net payment to HMRC (that's where the 'value added' comes in). I don't know about you, but when I write my quarterly cheque, it feels a lot like a tax to me.
If we accept your view that companies are merely 'collecting' tax for the revenue, you could equally apply the same argument to show that income tax doesn't really exist, you're just 'collecting' it from the people that pay your income.
No wonder you're AC - I'd be too if I was as ignorant as you. Companies pay VAT on the Value Added (the clue is in the name). Of course, at the end of the day, consumers end up paying more - but that is equally true of any tax levied on companies - they either increase costs to their customers or reduce prices paid to their suppliers (which, ultimately, are employees, who are the same people as the ultimate consumers) or reduce profits paid to shareholders (which ultimately is the public again, in the form of investments, pensions etc.).
There is no magic money tree - how many times does it take before reality sinks in to thick skulls?
UK's notoriously tight-fisted Inland Revenue
True if you're small fry, but if you're a corporation that can afford to wine and dine senior Revenue staff, then it's: "You owe us £9 billion, but we'll settle for £1 billion."
Are you sure all 500 million read the 10-page privacy document? And while not using a 'free' email service may be simple for you or me (and probably many bad guys, too); it's not always simple for an average user.
Google handed over user data for 9,000-9,999 customers between January and June last year
And Google read the emails of 500 million customers in order to target them with adverts.
Don't mention the war between BP and TNMOC
I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it.
The Sun is more important - a 1% change in solar output (well within the range of observed variability) would have a much greater effect on global temperatures than a 1% change in any other climate parameter. It doesn't appear, however, that the increase in global temperature during the second half of the 20th century has been caused by changes in solar output.
The fact that some opponents of global warming are scientifically clueless has no more bearing on the argument than the fact that many environmentalists, who wholeheartedly support AGW, are similarly in the dark. It's wonderfully bracing to hear HRH Prince Charles demanding that people should 'listen to the science' - which is great coming from such a proponent of homoeopathy and countless other fruit-loop topics.
Top Gear phone
had an external aerial, so could have been a 3110 or more likely a 2110i - I guess they were trying to keep the 80s vibe going (although those phones are from the 90s).
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