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Worldwide tax crackdown planned against tech globocorps

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Re: Hmmm... loot!

Oh... "profitable" and "government owned".

Care to show the numbers?

Additional hint: "50% of GDP" does not mean "generated". It means "outlays that go on the credit card"

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Re: And Russia will be the first to sign up!

Taxation is the way to make sure that you won't find a job.

Neither will you find the service that is supposed to be provided by the income generated by taxation.

However, your minister will have a brand-new shiny car.

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Hmmm... loot!

French ministers talking about the titsup "french economy" by taxation... Why is it titsup? Look at taxation and the cancer of government control and spending ... 50% of GDP generated by government farts, quite a lot of them fueled by the printing press, means DEATH any way you slice it.

Then you hear them say "social contract" and you picture a fat mafiosi talking about the good of "our community". Or you think about what happened when you last invoked that "contract" and tried to find a hospital on a weekend.

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Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

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But... This is unfair to the gnomes!

A more charitable interpretation of what the gnomes are about can be found at Cartman Shrugged: The Invisible Gnomes and the Invisible Hand in South Park. They are mysterious, vaguely menacing, and may not know what they are doing. With 20/20 hindsight their antics are laughable, but they could have been a contender...

But what about the gnomes, who, after all, give the episode its title? Where do they fit in? I never could understand how the subplot in "Gnomes" relates to the main plot until I was lecturing on the episode at a summer institute, and my colleague Michael Valdez Moses made a breakthrough that allowed us to put together the episode as a whole. In the subplot, Tweek complains to anybody who will listen that every night at 3:30 a.m. gnomes sneak into his bedroom and steal his underpants. Nobody else can see this remarkable phenomenon happening, not even when the other boys stay up late with Tweek to observe it, not even when the emboldened gnomes start robbing underpants in broad daylight in the mayor’s office. We know two things about these strange beings: (1) they are gnomes; (2) they are normally invisible. Both facts point in the direction of capitalism. As in the phrase "gnomes of Zurich," which refers to bankers, gnomes are often associated with the world of finance. In the first opera of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold, the gnome Alberich serves as a symbol of the capitalist exploiter—and he forges the Tarnhelm, a cap of invisibility. The idea of invisibility calls to mind Adam Smith’s famous notion of the "invisible hand" that guides the free market....

Even the gnomes do not understand what they themselves are doing. Perhaps South Park is suggesting that the real problem is that people in business themselves lack the economic knowledge that they would need to explain their activity to the public and justify their profits. When the boys ask the gnomes to tell them about corporations, all they can offer is this enigmatic diagram of the stages of their business:

Phase 1: Collect Underpants

Phase 2: ?

Phase 3: Profit

This chart encapsulates the economic illiteracy of the American public. They can see no connection between the activities entrepreneurs undertake and the profits they make. What those in business actually contribute to the economy is a big question mark to them. The fact that entrepreneurs are rewarded for taking risks, correctly anticipating consumer demand, and efficiently financing, organizing, and managing production is lost on most people. They would rather complain about the obscene profits of corporations and condemn their power in the marketplace.

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Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, world+dog urge NSA transparency

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"No Mr. Bond. I expect you to rat."

It goes on....

Journalist James Risen ordered to testify in CIA leaker trial

A federal appeals court has delivered a blow to investigative journalism in America by ruling that reporters have no first amendment protection that would safeguard the confidentiality of their sources in the event of a criminal trial.

In a two-to-one ruling from the fourth circuit appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, two judges ruled that a New York Times reporter, James Risen, must give evidence at the criminal trial of a former CIA agent who is being prosecuted for unauthorised leaking of state secrets. [The authorised leaking is of course fully encouraged]

The timing of the appeal court ruling is ironic as it comes just days after the new Justice Department guidelines were published. Those guidelines were drawn up at the request of President Obama following the controversy over surveillance of the phone lines of Associated Press.

Lucy Dalglish, co-chair of the First Amendment Committee of the American Society of News Editors, said the decision would add to the chill that was rapidly taking hold in America as a result of the aggressive pursuit of leakers by the Obama administration. "It has really got bad, and not just in national security reporting. Every official now knows that if they talk to a reporter they are potentially in a world of hurt."

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Re: Transparency?!

No because the "tech companies" can be controlled by law or the customers' purses. Whereas the bureaucracy is evidently above any law, even above the constitution and takes its sustenance by sending armed people to your house to collect the protection money.

I will trust the techs. If I could trust the framework.

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Meanwhile, deep in the dark woods of bureaucracy, not far away.,,

The Obama Administration's Hostility to Whistleblowers Is Both Immoral and Illegal

That's where the Insider Threat program comes in. Detailed by McClatchy newspapers in recent weeks, the new scheme encourages all agencies of the federal government to come up with their own disparate anti-whistleblower rules, at the center of which will be a threat to punish anybody who even suspects a potential whistleblower and doesn't turn them in. The details of the initiative get more terrifying the deeper one delves into them, with the conclusion that recent divorcees and people with perceived money troubles have to be turned in, and will face preemptive action against them, likely ending their careers on mere suspicion that they couldn't be trusted, when the chips are down, to continue betraying the public trust in the name of secrecy.

Yeah. "More Transparency". You want a pony with that, faggot? Medium rare, slightly hellfired? Certainly, sir.

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Still not getting that Nazi smell, I see

'More disclosures on secret data gathering, please'

Followed by an IRS bullet to the head of those companies.

"Dear Apple. Our tax records show...."

What's that? Ok, that's better. Now shut up. You know the president can kill you at his pleasure?

Talking about bullets, any news on the explodo-car "accident" of Michael Hastings?

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FCC votes to bring faster internet to US schools

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Re: More Obama and his meaningless bullshit.

> But by 2017 100% of Americans will be employed in surveillance of other Americans

Truly, A Scanner Darkly. You can watch yourself on camera, via high-speed Internet.

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Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

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Dear fandom...

Finally a good link

Unfortunately it is marred somewhat by the second link to WiseGeek where the author is terminally confused about the Northern Basin and Vallis Marineris not being the same thing at all. Not-so-WiseGeek also says "Moon-sized object nearly hit Mars, but instead scraped a deep scar in the planet".

NO! The MIT article says

"We knew there must be impacts between these size ranges," Zuber says. "But nobody had identified one." Analysis in the theoretical papers accompanying this one show that the impacting object that produced the huge basin on Mars must have been about 2,000 km across - larger than Pluto -- and struck at an angle of about 45 degrees, creating the oval shape of the basin.

I would say that's a "full absorbtion impact". Masses of that size do not behave like billard balls. They behave like very liquid droplets.

Must have been a slow-motion impact though so that the southern half of Mars is even retaining any trace of the before-impact era.

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Re: so that's what it was......who knows? Ah, nobody!

It doesn't know whether to turn clockwise or anticlockwise, so it's still hesitating.

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Re: You don't need to think, you can look it up

My life experience says that it's too late anyway.

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Re: "how did Mars get its atmosphere and water in the first place"

> Millions and millions of eyars ago billions even....

EPIC STORY BRO!

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Re: Impact? Isn't lower G and solid core sufficient?

> stolen atmosphere

But can it be found on Pirate Bay? Quick, call the RIAA.

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Never call a planet "hemor"

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Re: "how did Mars get its atmosphere and water in the first place"

And we know from Half Life 2 that the Combine actually portaled away a whole 3-5 m of sealevel in water mass. That's some serious thirst.

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Re: so that's what it was......who knows? Ah, nobody!

> debris from one humungous collision maybe?

Asteroid belt mass: 4% of the mass of the Moon.

NO. It was in "Captain Future" though.

> Didn't someone once speculate that the Moon was ejected from the hole in the Pacific?

Words fail.

> Perhaps a coalescence of planetary objects that ended up on collision course?

Perhaps an ensemble of neurons firing randomly, forming sounds vaguely resembling a phrase?

> Maybe the Earth (and Mars) were moons of Jupiter at one time.

Maybe the Moon is made of cheese.

NO.

> Who really and honestly knows or will ever know?

Spouting CRAP and ending with PSEUDO-OPEN-MINDED PHILOSOPHY will win you friends.

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Re: Re. Martian evolution

> It's the oil companies keeping quiet about their alternative resource

You now picture Weyland-Yutani ferrying in enough hydrocarbon to suck all the oxygen out of the atmosphere.

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I thought this was by Ron Hubbard?

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It is evident that Mars looks like the icon on the right.

And for linking to "http://electric-cosmos.org/" ... WTF man? Bizarro stuff some guy makes up in his basement ahoi!

Anything else?

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Re: not much

You don't need to think, you can look it up. See the link in above post.

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Re: Maybe it was just one impact

Nah it's the public "health" budget cuts (coupled to salary increases for state employees to give full-spectrum austerity) and companies buying up all the lithium for batteries...

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You can get to photosynthesis, but Mars is smaller and colder, so the laboratory needs more time.

Now, if Pluto rammed Mars, wouldn't that have zeroed the surface of the whole ball and be evident??

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

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Re: Turing is a national hero ... but I don't agree

"a return to such repressive days"

What RETURN are you talking about?

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Legal eagles pit Apple v. Samsung in thievery test

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"Together, we are working to ensure that the industry imbeds persistent technology that is effective, ubiquitous and free to consumers in every smartphone introduced to the market by next year"

Of course they are. Retards.

Why are they even dealing with this in the first place? What they should do is make sure that one can install such a switch without going through "app store" shenanigans or that network operators get off their fat arse and offer a blocking service.

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UK discovers Huawei UK staff auditing Huawei kit: Govt orders probe

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Re: snigger

In truth you would have to build everything from scratch to be sure.

Ermm.... call our engineering department in Vietnam, sir?

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'It's GOOD we stopped selling the iPhone'

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That's right.

The nazified white house and the "coloured" petulant gangster therein don't recognize "sovereign nations". It's all Amurrica.

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PEAK APPLE: 'iPhone sales STALL' at first sniff of fresh droid competition

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Re: "[A]n 'astounding' number of smartphones hit the market this year (...)"

Obama fought Evil and won, he was then elected president "for life". Everything changed! Old Posters using the then in-vogue "Obamification" style can still be found.

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Like Jehova's Witnesses pushing iPhones on every corner, forever.

True. A cult is one step beyond.

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Peak Apple == Pear

Seriously, we are into Conspiracy Theories now?

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Re: @ Joerg

You know that, if a JesusPhone is involved, only HEALING can occur.

Praise Be!

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No.

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Re: 150million over 134million is a huge increase... what stall ?

It is not difficult to distinguish between relative share and absolute units sold.

Try to keep up!

iFonnery seems to be stuck at 20% of the total market. So it shall be.

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The news said that differently beautiful girls are safe from malfunctioning electrical appliances?

Paris because .... you know you are unsure whether she would be endangered.

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Hackers crippled HALF of world's financial exchanges - report

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Oh quant shitters are reading El Reg?

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> destabilising markets

I'm sorry? That door is already open.

Like trying to destabilise a casino full of retards doing quant shit fuelled by easy money from government presses.

Close the doors, let in the gas.

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Re: @Antonymous Coward

He just said something about marching and fighting. He didn't say anything about survival rates.

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Paypal makes man 1000x as rich as the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE

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You have been handed the Fief Of Arrakis by PayPalian Decree. Members of the Landsraat are starting to mumble.

Do you accept [Y/N]

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Now you can be the NSA: Snoop on a Google Glass hipster with a QR code

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Re: Bah!

Stevie.

Schoolyard-level-cool negativists with a thesaurus they can't handle are not welcome here.

Fuck off.

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Tumblr's iOS fix for clear-text password login howler was WEEKS LATE

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Re: I don't believe it!

No, but is that cat

1) Being electrocuted

2) Yawning in front of the latest episode of Itchy & Scratchy

3) Issuing a clear command to nuke the site from the orbit it's the only way to be sure

I'm not sure which.

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GitHub to devs: pick a license, we dare you

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Re: MIT

1) There is only one "MIT license". There is no "X11 license". Look it up. Wait, I 'll do it for you: http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT

2) No licence guards against patents. Work on your IP basics.

3) GPL a "better choice"? Opinions, my dear. Which GPL, btw? 2 or 3? Or maybe LGPL?

4) Thank you for the attempt at complexifferoizing the IP horror.

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Wi-Lan loses 3GPP patent suit

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Not happy about the failure of renewables, the absence of imminent warming geogeddon or the relative unimportance of the Fukushima nucular blowout?

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IBM, Accenture play blame game over $1bn project blowout

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Both fail equally hard.

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Re: So 7 *decades* after people first started running payroll and accounts apps

The *Requirements* have become a bit baroque though.

And if you interface with State, all the rules that politicians can come up with will cover you in complexity vomit.

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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

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Re: In a word........ Why?

Isn't that "being instrumented by the recording industry to make....."

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Look out, Lenovo! HP: We're not happy with being a 'number two'

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Re: Oblox

Windows 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. One after the other. Couldn't be more true.

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

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Re: Different people respond to different things

1) If you pay him (via taxes) - "dark sarcasm in the schoolroom"

2) If you pay him (via money transfer) - not very often

3) If he pays you (via paycheck) - it happens

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Re: A tool?

He can do the build phase BY HAND!

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Re: People have no self respect

Do this only if you are sure you can evaluate your work quality correctly.

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The IT crowd: Fiercely loyal geeks or 'inflexible, budget-padding' creeps?

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Re: Working notice

That sounds bad.

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