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Clap Google, Amazon in irons to end tax shenanigans - MPs

Nick G
Pint

"There is also a risk that some of the big players will simply shift their operations out of the UK altogether and run them entirely from a "tax friendly" location."

That old chestnut...

It's basically not true. If Starbucks leave the country, are people going to suddenly stop buying coffee? Nope - the gap in the market will be filled by somebody else. And they'll probably pay their taxes...

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Assange needs to get some sunlight and fresh air, say Ecuadoreans

Nick G
Holmes

So his health "could get worse at any moment".

So could mine - can I get a trip somewhere warm please?

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

Nick G
Mushroom

MOST people??

"most people in advanced countries, in their mid-forties or something like that, could put together enough money to make the trip"

$500k??

Is he planning on visiting Earth at some point?

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Fanbois: The Next Generation. YOUR CHILDREN belong to Apple now

Nick G
Devil

Re: And in another survey

At that age they pretty much want anything they see...

Mine wants a Wii and a Nintendo DS and a Xbox and a phone and a chemistry set and a dog and a lizard and a TV and a Keyboard and a guitar and keyboards and a....

All paid for by somebody else of course.

He'll make a briiliant MP when he grows up

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Certain people rejoice! AC/DC finally available on iTunes

Nick G
Devil

Re: Disappointed...?

Oh... you're all such Riff Raff...

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'iPhone 5S' said to begin trial production next month

Nick G
Devil

Re: iTV

They'll have to change it for the US too, as ITV have an active presence in the US making programmes for the US networks.

They're also in Australia, France, Germany & Sweden. That's some fairly hefty markets where 'ITV' is already taken...

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Apple removes apology-hiding JavaScript from UK website

Nick G
Stop

Er...

I may have misunderstood something, but I thought that this was a EU court verdict, therefore shouldn't this apology be on all EU Apple pages?

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In the loop: how Halo defined a new decade of first-person shooters

Nick G
Joke

Re: What he said

"It didn't merely 'just scrape' previously seen elements, it carefully combined and polished them"

So...

It's the Apple of games then?

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Australian volcano starts to blow

Nick G
Trollface

Re: why does this island have a web page

"Would you prefer a Facebook page with bryophytes bragging about the success of their colony and insulting low income lichens?"

More likely to be endless pictures of Cats & dinners...

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Apple loses UK 'Samsung copied us' appeal: Must publicly GROVEL

Nick G
Facepalm

Re: ^^^ That ^^^

And, of course, we all know that judges are the arbiters of cool...

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Inside the mind of a Bond supervillain: Psychotic, autistic - or neither?

Nick G

the repurposing of an airliner...

"the repurposing of an airliner as a weapon would definitely have been seen as movie-plot stuff until it actually happened"

IIRC, the Pilot episode of the X-Files spinoff, The Lone Gunmen had that very idea & had to be shelved for a while due to 9/11...

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Teachers get earful of racy XXX chat in Capita IT cock-up

Nick G
Holmes

Re: Crossed lines?

A shock that Crapita are still using outmoded technology? You must not have worked for them...

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EU, US edge closer to mega-transatlantic patent system

Nick G

Re: God no

My thoughts exactly when I read the headline...

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Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps

Nick G
Black Helicopters

on the subject of Funnel Web Anti-Venom

Don't panic Mr Mainwaring:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-02/anti-venom-shortage-sparks-call-to-catch-deadly-spider/4239024

'Copter because it sorrt of looks like a spider...

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Apple TV: Rubbish, you don't like documentaries – I'll just flick to porn

Nick G

Can we deduce therefore...

That the people likely to buy this product won't have families? I'd love to see how it would work out preferences from our TV...

'my viewer is watching Top Gear...QI...Er Tree Fu Tom...Horrid Henry...For Boyard...er... QVC...Bid TV.. Pick TV... er Russia Today.. Oh bollocks to that, I'm switching off'

Wonder if you could get a job a la Douglas Adams only instead of analysing neurotic lifts in basements it'll be TV's...

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Samsung's Wang was up 22 hours a day, had no time to copy Apple

Nick G
Facepalm

"Look up the samsung Tocco , looked nothing like the iPhone yet was full touchscreen and had its own style of icons, totally dropped in favour of the Galaxy ripoff."

I'm looking at mine right now & it's rectangular with rounded edges...

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Apple pounces on Samsung doc as proof of 'slavish copy' claims

Nick G
Holmes

Re: What I don't get

"Wouldn't it be faster, and make more sense to confirm the patents are valid first?"

Well...yes, but that would derail the legal gravy train...

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Cameron: We'll turn NHS patients into real-time drugs lab rats

Nick G
Mushroom

Re: Oh Danny Boy(le)

Did you even read all of that article?

The very last paragraph states:

"All of the reports above are extremely detailed and extensive, with data covering a wide range of diseases and health issues, in which the UK's performance is variable – from very good to very bad. Focusing solely on the negative outcomes may therefore be a bit of a selective analysis."

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TMS puts the boot into flash

Nick G
Pint

Re: Baffled now.

I scan read the article & didn't see a single mention of cakes - what's going on?

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RBS collapse details revealed: Arrow points to defective part

Nick G
Flame

And another thing...

Whilst it's all very fascinating hearing about peoples issues with outsourcing (& I have my own experiences...) nobody seems to have touched on the other major show of incompetence, namely - who, in the name of all that's holy, schedules an upgrade to a major finance system in the middle of the week?

I'd love to hear the reasoning behind that!

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Nick G
Joke

Re: indian call centres fail our children and our banks!

It could have some bearing on the Lady Di conspiracy too!

There - that's the Torygraph taken care of...

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Dinosaurs on a diet shed tonnes

Nick G
Coffee/keyboard

Hmmm

Will this new methodology soon be available in Bathroom Scales? I could do with losing a few pounds...

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NHS fights record £325k ICO fine after clap records appear on eBay

Nick G

Re: Asking for it

Or at least encrypt them...

At the trust I work at, any pc with Patient Identifiable Data has to be encrypted - not only for safety when finally disposing of them, but in case a patient nicks them...

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NHS's chances of getting world's best IT: 80% ... maybe*

Nick G

Re: Disunity

"Oh, and sack the manager of every IT department which does not support and will not install any modern software that meets the interoperability specs."

Unfortunately, this doesn't account for the oodles of software purchased by the various departments without IT's involvement who then have to try & make work with what they have.

(And this isn't just an NHS issue - had exactly the same problem in the private sector...

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NHS IT fiasco workers threaten lunch-hour revolt over job cuts

Nick G

Re: Govt IT - Don't work for it

You've obviously never worked for Crapita then...

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Half of Apple fanbois would bank with the iPad titan

Nick G
Mushroom

Adding more validity to the old phrase 'A fool & his money...'

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

Nick G

Re: The Matrix 2

Any film with Monica Bellucci in a translucent rubber dress can't be all bad...

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Galaxy is teeming with homeless planets

Nick G
Coat

Re: Re: No reference to Flash Gordon???

Mongo only pawn in game of life...

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UK cops cuff suspect after RnBXclusive takedown

Nick G
Mushroom

Re: Re: Duh!

According to the SOCA image on that article the music files were STOLEN from the artists. I, for one, hope that if anything by Justin Bieber et al is included that the rozzers do the decent thing & burn them so we don't have to hear them again...

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Suicidal Foxconn workers talked down from factory roof

Nick G
Facepalm

"The fact that some accepted a termination of employment with a months pay as severance is probably better than they would have been offered say 2 years ago"

I may have misunderstood something, but I thought the protest was because the Management reneged on the severance pay after workers had resigned...

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Steven Moffat fumes over Doctor Who plot leak

Nick G
FAIL

Yep

You obviously did...

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White House warns El Reg over kitten-killing content

Nick G
Thumb Up

Aha!

I believe the correct phrase is: " Can I haz ur stuff?"

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New top-secret stealth choppers used on bin Laden raid

Nick G

Type something witty here...

and nice green uniforms..

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Feds indict poker sites, seize domains

Nick G

You are Free..

"Also so much for freedom of choice for the American people. So much for the "Land of the Free", because they are proving once again its a lie. Being told what choices you are allowed to make isn't freedom, because your master has already chosen what they don't want you to do."

As Bill Hicks said: " You are free to do what we tell you... Go back to bed America..."

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Ten... fantasy swords you wish you owned

Nick G

ooh!

Love the special edition with Mournblade as well! The price however...

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Doctor Who co-star Nicholas Courtney dies at 81

Nick G
Pint

I'm Fairly sure that's Cromer...

A sad loss... I echo the comment about him not getting a proper send off. Thanks for the memories. Some Brig related fun on the DVD tonight Methinks...

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BBC apologises for Top Gear outrage

Nick G
Joke

Is it too late?

I'm just wondering - is it too late for me to sue Fox over the Simpsons Book of British Smiles? I've been offended by it many times...

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Gatwick Airport security swoops on 3-inch rifle

Nick G
Grenade

Perhaps

he should've packed it in with a load of Glocks - they'd have let it through then...

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Who are the biggest electric car liars - the BBC, or Tesla Motors?

Nick G
Grenade

Hmm

maybe the Scalextric route?

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DWP will make feuding parents pay

Nick G
Grenade

Ooh Good!

Another government IT project - they always work, right?

Also, didn't the CSA etc tend to ignore private settlements & impose their own levies?

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PARIS joins the 17-mile-high club

Nick G
Pint

Yes indeedy do...

"Just superb. A bunch of tech journos and backroom geeks put a paper aeroplane into space. That's an outstanding achievement, and all the better for being almost entirely pointless; it's great to do something this significant just for the fun of it."

Hear! Hear!

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Apple iPhone exec falls on sword

Nick G

Watergate

Actually, as Mitchell & Webb pointed out, it should now be referred to as Watergategate...

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Should we be encrypting backups?

Nick G
Coffee/keyboard

a single random tape...

If it's anything like our backup system, you'd be lucky if it's just one. I restored an Excel spreadsheet last week that had, for reasons best known to our backup solution, been saved across five LTO-2 tapes...

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Too fat to fly: Kevin Smith and OpenOffice

Nick G

Kevin Smith...

Disagrees on pretty much every point:

He was actually EARLY for his flight & asked to be bumped up to an earlier flight.

He could sit in the seat, without using an extender & could get both arms down (the SWA litmus test exactly...)

And it happened on the plane...

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Angels can't fly: Official

Nick G
Flame

Perhaps

They're helped by Bumble Bees?

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'Alien spies live among us' says Bulgarian gov space boffin

Nick G
Welcome

I wondered

what David Icke had been up to.

Anyway, I for one etc...

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Mandy declares 'three strikes' war on illegal file sharers

Nick G
Grenade

Possibly illegal anyway?

Hmm - What's their stand on Collective Punishment then?

Why should I be punished for what my wife does on her computer or vice-versa?

Last time I looked the families of convicted burglars aren't jailed or fined as well as those who actually committed the crime...

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Video games linked to ADD? Say it ain't ooh butterfly

Nick G
Coffee/keyboard

Eh?

Sorry, mind wandered off - what was the article about??

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Doctor Who fans name best episode ever

Nick G
Coat

@KorSha

It's interesting to note that 4 of those 5 Baker eps are from the Hinchcliff era.

Also Davisons Doctor lost his Sonic Screwdriver way before Caves...

Mine's the anorak with the bottle of Clearasil...

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Shock jock blames Britain for hack attack

Nick G
Pint

Well Done!

I, for one, am pleased that an IT project in this country has been co-ordinated to such an extent & brought about a successful conclusion!

Drinks all round chaps!

/sarcasm

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