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3028 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

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So...

...are the MPs stating they have evidence of Google committing a criminal act? i.e. breaking tax law? yes? To the courts!

Oh wait, they're not. They are flapping their gums and trying to sound good.

Who wrote the laws?

Not me, not you; but the muppets who are now engaged in damage limitation.

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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Re: Follow the science

"I find the third outcome interesting, as it seems to indicate that the sick badgers are the ones slow/ill enough to get culled."

I don't like where that could lead...TB-immune super-badgers. They'll take over!

Are those three summary points from Krebs? I thought Krebs was meant to be bunk (comments above).

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Re: I'm on the fence on this one

"I have found it amusing how many people have been shocked at the idea of people being out in the countryside shooting"

And they'll complain about it as they tuck into venison, pheasant or rabbit!

I'm just not convinced nuking the badgers will solve the issue. I think (and I am prepared to be wrong) the main issue is a human one - dodgy farming practises.

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Re: "townie" here

> "Edit Post" function plz?

There is one, but it's only available for a short time. I'm also not sure id Bronze badge holders get it.

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Re: Bas-asses

> They are the Chuck Norris of the animal kingdom.

There is no chin under Chuck Norris' beard, just a honey badger.

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Re: I'm on the fence on this one

"Deer immediately spring to mind as an example."

Bring back wolves, problem solved.

Sometimes people go off one because the animal is "cute" or because of an ideological stance (take the culling of hedgehogs on the islands where they are not native - that got turned into a rescue operation :-S).

Agriculture has screwed the natural order of things (because agriculture is a unnatural) and this means that we (humans) sometimes have to do things that nature would normally do for itself (like wolves reducing deer numbers,but we killed all the wolves to protect our agriculture).

Will killing badgers help TB in cattle? I'm not so sure. Will it be a massive cost? Yes. Will it be a total bugger? Yes. Would I trust DEFRA to find its own arse with both hands and a copy of Gray's Anatomy? No*.

But if the (unbiased, peer-reviewed, publicly available) science says a cull is the answer, then a cull is the answer (in a test area at least).

* I think we can all remember the cluster-fuck that was the cull when dealing with BSE.

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Re: As ocassionally happens.....

Eh? It's clearly comprehensible comrade.

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Follow the science

Is the science clear-cut? Or does it vary by region? i.e. in some badgers are the problem, in others not really.

Are badgers actually the main issue though, or is their being infected a symptom of a deeper issue?

I thought the biggest issue would have been framing practices like "cottaging" (e.g. move cattle to one area for a few nights in order to dupe the consumer).

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Not just rural either, NFU are expanding. I found them to be a bit pricey, but not by a heck of a lot.

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Eurogeddon? Pah. UK banks are more terrified of hackers - big banker

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Re: Banks are rewarded for failure

"Cost externalisation" is the name of the game.

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Re: Banks are rewarded for failure

Open standards enable direct competition and foster a free market (or capitalist, if you prefer) system. GNU/Linux is not a single operation of a single controlling mind (as Windows and OS X are). Whilst it does have a the concept of community; those communities often compete.

If one community isn't doing the job well enough, it will atrophy and die. e.g. Mandriva. Or the migration from Ubuntu to Linux Mint, or....

In a way, the most communal of development systems fosters the most competitive of development systems.

There is nothing stopping anyone, right now, taking the entire Linux kernel stack and forking to enter direct competition. In fact, that's pretty much what Google did for a bit.

If you are used to the Windows/OS X diktat environment, actual competition comes as something of a shock and often gets F/OSS given a "socialist" label. It may will be "social", but is as far as from "socialist". Only the fittest survives.

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I thought they'd mostly fear...

...actual regulation and the closing to tax evasion loopholes.

Oh wait...Tory and Labour....not going to happen.

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Re: Banks are rewarded for failure

Actually, GNU/Linux is a capitalist (or, at least, free market) system. Because it is based on open standards, if you don't provide the best quality/service, user can drop you pretty quickly. Can't do that with Windows or OS X due to lock-in.

Which is why they have the lock-in!

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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Re: Same as Xbox?

About £35.

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Re: On the flip side

I only use those two when there is no other option and outside the major airports there is no option. These airlines have form for threatening to abandon an airport should it dare allow any competition.

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Re: Why captialism hates the free market

And I'll add - this is why region-locks etc are bad for the consumer - the restrict freedom of trade.

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Re: Not just Australia

USA$399 ~ UK£254

Add 20% and that gives us an on-the-street price of about UK£305. I don't think anyone would moan about a few pounds here or there (transport costs, slightly different regs etc). But £45 (13%)?

In the past I have bought bike parts from the USA for a Japanese bike. Including courier and import duties it still works out about 33% cheaper. Madness. Utter madness.

And why does it happen? Grey imports are often blocked at the EU level. Competition and free trade are not permitted.

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Why captialism hates the free market

So I'm Sony and I am going to import the PS4 @ Oz$550 (inc taxes).

I say "Tough tits chumps, you want it, show me the money."

Company X spots a market and grey imports (PS4 has not region lock apparently) @ Oz$545 (inc. taxes).

They say "Don't be robbed! Buy from us!"

Company Y spots a market and grey imports @ Oz$540 (inc. taxes).

They say "Don't be robbed by X and Sony! Buy from us!"

Repeat until I scream "Strewth!" and lower my prices. The free market works.

All that assumes there is enough wiggle room in the margins (there may or may not be for any given example). But is there actually a free market? Or, like the EU, does Australia legally endorse the operation of cartels and price fixing? e.g. CD-Wow, Levi jeans et al.

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BBC lied to Parliament about doomed £100m IT monster, thunder MPs

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And MPs lied...

...about their expenses yet faced no real censure or further control.

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Google to punish sloppy mobile webmasters

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Re: Great!

The desktop sites do work, but the touch optimised one are usually better. What I hate is when you try to zoom a page on mobile (too see a pic better, or find a button) and some Z-layer banner shite insists on always being at the top and visible so when you zoom, it takes over the entire page and you can't see anything.

I also hate when internal links don't detect that you are on mobile and you get dropped back to the desktop site (reddit, I'm looking at you. Get your shit together).

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: Waiting for "Kinect: PRISM"

I'll type this slowly: Turn. It. Off. At. The. Wall.

Seriously, just how hard is that? You can even get power-strips/surge-protectors with remote off switches.

All my consumer devices are off (at the switch) or even unplugged unless in active use.

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Re: Waiting for "Kinect: PRISM"

I can't rebut everything just now, but you can turn it off. Even if MS hard-wired it to be always on, you could STILL turn it off (switch on the wall).

IR works in darkness...no shit!

Emotions? Heart rate.

Seriously, these are trivial to look up. If I wasn't on the mobile I'd consider doing it. I assume you are semi-tech literate and capable of using a search engine.

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Patch Tuesday: And EVERY version of IE needs fixing AGAIN

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So...

....what would you prefer? MS to not patch bugs?

And this isn't an MS-specific issue, look at all the Java patches of late.

My GNU/Linux system gets updates every other day - although the repository system (when folks bother to package their wares correctly) makes this process much easier when compared to the random, slap-dash, every application needs its own update mechanism, approach on Windows or OS X.

This reminds me, must really look into Puppet/Chef/Salt/Something to keep all the systems up to date in a oner.

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Report: Cloud could slash biz software energy use by 87%

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Re: Up, down?

No. They are thinking of people who use their mailbox as a database. Data is data and a lot of data is STILL a lot of data.

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Re: Energy savings directly proportional to an efficient OS kernel - e.g. Linux

Speaking as a GNU/Linux user...do shut up. GNU/Linux has a lot of baggage too.

If you choose your tech on dogma, you are doomed to fail.

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Stats

Customer power use : down 87%

NSA power use : [redacted]%

GCHQ power use : [redacted]%

There is nothing to see here...that is not an intercept data centre...it's...err...a LAN party for rich kids. Yeah.

Who is going to use the public cloud now? Specifically any cloud run by a USA company, hosted there or in an USA subservient state (e.g. UK).

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NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

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Something...

...doesn't sit right with me here.

Dude is apparently smart.

Dude works for CIA (well, a CIA contractor anyway).

Dude flees to a country with an extradition treating with the USA? WTF? If he wanted sanctuary in Iceland, why not just fly there?

So is dude actually a patriotic whistle-blower, standing up for the all-American public?

Or a foreign agent? Or a fool? Or something else?

It just doesn't seem quite right...

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Who's the daddy of Virgin Media now? That would be Liberty Global

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Re: So...

"I believe they now use Gmail"

They do, and Google has always been reading you mail (NSA or no) so they can profile and advertise at you.

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So...

...when do the DNS look-ups get moved to the NSA bunker?

And what, if anything, does this actually mean for VM customers?

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Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

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IIRC

A valid defences is that one committed a crime in order to prevent a greater crime. Obviously the crime in this case has already been committed, but would a defence of "I committed the crime to prevent a greater injustice" not hold?

Of course, there's every chance he was more grey-hat than white-hat and has been up to some other shenanigans.

Or maybe he should have waited until hired by the NSA before attacking computer systems?

Then again the police (in many nations, not just the USA) have a long tradition of attacking anyone who dares to try and bring them to heel (e.g. by videoing tasering incidents etc).

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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Re: Edward Snowden should get 2 Four Freedoms Medals

Do you work for the NHS?

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Nicked unencrypted PC with 6,000 bank details lands council fat fine

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I did not cost the council one penny

It cost the TAX PAYER £150,000.

Who was responsible? Did they follow procedure? No? Fire them.

Was there no procedure? Who should have written it? Fire them.

They were blocked from writing it? Who did that? Fire them.

They were blocked from implementation? Who did that? Fire them.

Repeat until you reach the top.

Unless we start sacking the idiots in the civil service, we will keep getting crap like this. In the private sector this would almost certainly be grounds for summary dismissal. Of course, this is Glesga council with a vainglorious history of incompetence, corruption and utter disregard for the will of the Glaswegian people (which is pretty typical for Labour). I give you the previous (and planned) destruction of George Square as but one example.

More importantly....I wonder how I find out if I am affected?

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Microsoft video preview shows Windows 8.1 tablet UI options

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FAIL

So we getto choose...

...the colour of UI vomit?

Nice.

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It's a fiddle! Funnyman's Irish tax flashmob floods Apple flagship store

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What video?

It's been removed.

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Cameron eyes 'non legislative options' for more spook snoop powers

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"The the cost of the DPI equipment"

I wonder what that will be, plus the add-on costs from slower connections etc.

I wonder what the effect would if, instead of treating one's own citizen's as suspects, one took that money invested it in outreach, education etc.

Which would, if you could somehow run the country as a double-blind, save more lives and lead to a higher standard of living for everyone?

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FEAR!

CITIZENS OF BRITAIN! BE AFRAID! BE VERY AFRAID! FEAR EVERYTHING!

FEAR YOUR OWN FREEDOM!

(now give it all to us....)

Queue a bit rise the F/OSS systems for encryption and obfuscation of traffic.

All this does is force citizens to enter the arms race against their own state.

It's short-sighted, it's stupid. I'd like to see a list of which MPs support this, and which MPs have certain...umm..."friendships" (or who's spouses/relatives do) with the providers. I'm betting there is going to be a strong correlation.

95% of crimes involve communications data. NO SHIT! 100% involve h2o as well, let's monitor the use of that. No, let's ban that and only allow people to have it under license. IDIOTS!

Creating a population of prisoners does NOT stop terrorists, it's breeds a whole new set of locally based and highly motivated ones.

Lee Rigby's death was a tragedy, however I do not think it should be used as an excuse for a bunch of Old Etonian Good Boys to rob people of their freedom or privacy.

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Relax, Hollywood, ARM's got your back: New chip 'thwarts' video pirates

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Re: "ARM's TrustZone" - abuse of ENGLISH!

Same with "SecureBoot". After all, only ne'erdowells would disable security. It's not like anyone else would ever want to do that and use their property in the way they see fit, not mandated by a freedom hating corporate.

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Unhappy

And it the W3C get their way...

...you'll soon need a CPU like this to be allowed to browse the Internet.

Fuck Digital Repression Mechanisms in all their forms with the flaming stick!

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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

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Re: Oh FFS

"Far too often I see religious folks saying horrific things about the LGBT community and when people try to call them to account, they claim religious persecution and oppression."

Yes. But ideas are not people. Their ideas can be slammed and ground into the dirt (under weight of evidence one would hope), ridiculed, mocked and derided. The people still need to be treated with respect (as in, basic courtesy) OR one becomes just like the EDL. And I for one certainly wish to hold myself to higher standards than that crowd.

"Freedom of speech allows you to say hateful and bigoted things. It does not grant you the right to *act* as hateful bigot."

Quite right. Which is why I said that if the EDL (or whomever) break the law with ABH or whatever, they should be dealt with by the correct authorities.

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"even 'moderate' muslims have fairly dodgy right wing views, concerning things like homosexuals and [women's] rights"

So do many Christians. I give, as one example, gay marriage (still rumbling through the process). As a further example, I give you "Intelligent Design". If you want to see real Christian extremists, go look at the USA with the Westboro Baptists etc.

This isn't a Muslim problem, this is a "fuckwit" problem (or a "lacking in education and societal enlightenment" if you prefer). But "fuckwit" covers all bases nicely (EDL, sky-fairy zealots et al).

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Re: Irony

"If you don't know, that's an awful lot of Diet Cokes, given that Islam forbids alcohol."

So does Christianity.

"Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. [Romans 13:13-14]"

There are other quotes.

And in point of fact, I know Muslims who drink. Much less common than drinking Christians, I grant you that.

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Re: Irony

I had the unfortunate occasion to be at a motorway services when they arrived. At first I thought it was a biker's outing as the uniforms looked the same (and there is a massive amount of racism in UK biking, most bikers* IME are xenophobes). Then I noticed the buses and paid more attention to the slogans on their clothing.

I left. Quickly. As I think many others did.

*I said "bikers" not "motorcyclists". Difference.

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Anonymous are probably worse than the EDL. The Anons can read and write for starters....

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Oh FFS

The EDL are a bunch of hate-filled, knuckle-dragging troglodytes who think all their ills are caused by someone else (I suggest they try looking in the mirror to discern the cause of any problems they may have).

However

They have every right to be a bunch of hate-filled, knuckle-dragging troglodytes and publishing their names is just encouraging some other hate-filled, knuckle-dragging troglodyte to do something stupid.

If the EDL break the law (e.g. ABH, incitement to riot etc etc) then let the police deal with them.

If you meet a member of the EDL and they try to engage you in debate, remember that they still deserve respect and it's their ideas that do not. (I strongly suggest that you only do this with an escape plan as their concept of "debate" is often "he who punches hardest and fastest, wins").

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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

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Re: Easy answer then

1. Good. Hopefully they close a few loopholes and we can see an end to PFI etc as well.

2. I never said it did, but Apple (like any company) has no requirement to be ethical; merely legal and hopefully profitable for their shareholders.

(And for the avoidance of doubt, the "shut up" in my comment was aimed at our gum-flapping, elected officials).

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Re: Easy answer then

Have Apple (or Google or Starbucks...) broken the law? [Yes/No]

Yes - Fine the companies and prosecute those involved.

No - Tough. Either shut up or change the law.

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Woolwich beheading sparks call to REVIVE UK Snoopers' Charter

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Re: The police already knew about these guys

Simple. If they don't use the powers they have, they can claim they don't work and that they need more powers.

All increasing surveillance does is force people into using strong encryption which makes the situation worse.

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Or...

...educate people that one sky fairy is no better than another sky fairy because their (probably) is no sky fairy at all.

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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

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Re: And...

All that is needed are parental/block controls on the account settings on-line. Default to off.

Or are UK parents too cretinous for that and we must all now be censored "for the children"?

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