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Google says it paid TOO MUCH tax, wants $83.5m refund

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Re: Governments moral right to the money?

"... get away with contributing the least..."

contributing?

CONTRIBUTING??

"Contributing" has an inherent suggestion of a voluntary deed. I most certainly do NOT "contribute" my PAYE every month. It is extracted by threat/force from my earnings before I ever see them. And with what is left, I am paying import duties, VAT, a share of the salesperson's own PAYE, so if I, in despair, decide to console myself with a nice pint, the amount of duty & VAT I'm paying on that is definitely extortionate.

I already have to work for the first half of every year just to satisfy the state's insatiable appetite for MY money, so when everything is taken into account, in terms or REAL spending power (net of taxes & duties) I doubt that I'm left with as much as 25% of my actual earnings.

In times gone by, levying extortionate taxes at even a quarter of that rate would have seen the extortionist's head on a pole at the city gates...

Ah, the good old days...

Beer - a rare luxury, these days.

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@ Rampant Spaniel

Or you could do the logical, sensible and even moral thing and put the blame squarely where it belongs:- with the egocentric and hypocritical incompetents who claim that they can rule us all, set our laws, and everything will be hunky-dory: it will, by the way, but only for them and their chosen cronies.

Democracy my arse!

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The perfect gift for the pistol-packing 'Merkin: a handgun iPhone case

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Stupid is as stupid does...

"...If you are stupid enough to 1) buy an iphone..."

If you are stupid enough to think that anyone whose thoughts or tastes are different to yours is deserving of execution, then you're not exactly humanity's greatest asset, are you?

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Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play CRICKET

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Re: Cricket vs Baseball

Our rebel colonial cousins have, interestingly, taken two traditional British girlie games - netball and rounders - and have turned them into a national religion, having renamed them as (respectively) basketball and baseball...

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'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

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Re: Define 'pirate'...

Ditto:- in fact I can't believe some of the risks I've taken by using Handbrake on my own legally-purchased DVDs, so I can put the resulting .mp4's on my iPhone/iPad.

Apparently, I am risking the rest of my life being spent as a galley slave, the slaying of my first-born, the rest of my family being seized and sold into the slave trade, all my livestock (pets) being slaughtered and my house being burnt down and bulldozed into rubble...

And that's just for the DVDs I DO own...

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Re: That's the spirit - we want to see more of this

Then can I report approximately 650 expense-fiddlers who are also guilty of "Obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretences" (pre-election claims), fraud (ditto and misuse of public funds), iffy tax/overseas trust arrangements etc. They're ALL guilty of at least one of 'em.

yes, Inspector Knacker - I can tell you where to find them:- It's a big building called "The Palace of Westminster"...

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Korean doctors: Smartphones really ARE doing your head in

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Re: Still remember

Listening to the 'well-meaning' advice of others id definitely bad for you.

Have a beer instead - and cheer up.

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Re: TBH

"I'll probably be in jail by then for murder >.>"

Defence of 'Pesticide'?

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

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Re: NSA Snoops on YOU

"...MS are just as responsible for their actions as Google, Apple, etc. Disproportionately focusing on Microsoft only serves to let the others off easy..."

Yup, and all this squabbling from Macfans & Winfans is giving an effective smokescreen diverting attention away from the real villains.

Yep, those deranged egomaniac self-serving arrogant bastards called "Politicians"...

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KEEP CALM and Carry On: PRISM itself is not a big deal

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Re: The scary thing...

"...many ministers are corrupt, lying and are taking backhanders not to mention falsifying expense claims..."

You mean you believe there are some who AIN'T???

Do you still believe in the Tooth Fairy, too?

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Vodafone puts in multi-billion euro bid for German cable giant

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Whatever...

...I bet the German tax authorities aren't too chuffed at the prospect...

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Curtain drops on Apple Store ahead of WWDC: What lies behind?

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Re: The big reveal

Geez,

I've been using multiple displays for well over 12 years - in fact since OS9 days. It works, and works well.

To say they are to FINALLY support something and then say they are horrid to use with it suggests a) an incomplete command of English - or b) an incomplete idea of WTF we're on about.

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Paul Allen buys lovingly restored vintage V-2 Nazi ballistic missile

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Re: A question for rocket scientists on El Reg...

'Cos the NORKs use Windows 95...

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The iWatch is coming! The iWatch is coming!

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@dougal83

Hmmm

Owen thinks differently to dougal83.

Dougal83 responds with a diatribe of spittle-laden invective mocking anyone who doesn't toe the dougal line and calls them morons.

What a wonderfully reasoned discourse:- obviously proves that poor Owen should tremble before Dougal's mighty discerning intellect.

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Adobe's Creative Cloud fails at being a cloud

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Not quite so...

I moved from Freehand to Illustrator and found it much better.

I moved from Xpress to InDesign and also found it much better.

However, Adobe's move to the cloud is not a good idea on their part, and is just an excuse to milk users and reduce or eradicate illicit usage - or piracy, if you want to use the vernacular.

Creative Suite components are, IMHO, good solid products - but the marketing/financial "genius" who came up with cloud subscription should be forced to move in with Simon Cowell for a month!

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Apple chief Cook: You - senators. Get in here and redo this tax law

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Charity chief: Get with it, gov - kids shouldn't have to write by hand

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What?

"I think the most impactful thing you could in education is to be clear"

Well, that sure as hell isn't.

And this guy's recommending ideas in education?

That's a bit like Dr Shipman advising The Samaritans...

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German court: 'Nein' to Apple 'global consent' on fanbois' privacy

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Re: So much for the EU

We have in fact not hand over power "to people other people voted less for".

We have handed over power to people that no-one has voted for and who are therefore totally unaccountable.

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Peak Apple: Foxconn contemplating life after Cupertino

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Re: Morons of the world, unite!

I'll echo my comment (above) to Steve...

And send you a beer as consolation.

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Re: Lets add a little sanity

Steve, you fool.

Don't you realise that any comment on El Reg which doesn't heap vitriol on Apple will attract large numbers of downvotes from those of a certain mindset...

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NORKS powers down whole towns to find pirates

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Re: Surely that's untrue?

"... i'm pretty sure Mr Kim already knows that they're all dissidents..."

Probably true, but the NORK paranoia is spreading, inasmuch as they're beginning to fear their own downtrodden as much as they fear the outside world.

Read "Nothing to envy", and you will see that a populace exposed to external media cannot continue to swallow the "We have nothing to envy" propaganda. Mr Kim & his élite's position is slowly becoming just a little more precarious every year.

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So long, Hotmail: Remaining users migrated to Outlook.com

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Re: down with the cloud, send software as a service to the guillotine

"...clod based anything..."

Freudian slip?

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Re: OOPS!

Yup! My favourite was screwed-up newspaper (yes I know they're all screwed up these days) shoved into the bottom of a cast-iron drainpipe and set alight.

The organ-pipe type deep roar & resonance had to be experienced to be believed.

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

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Re: Most accurate watch in the world?

Mine would, too. However, she'd still be late...

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Apple to end support for original iPhone: report

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Re: 4S

I suppose it depends on what you're trying to do with it.

My 4 needed rebooting maybe two or three times in two and a half years of ownership. Found one app that crashed a few times and removed it. No more crashes! Now got a 64GB iPhone 5 (had it for four months) - haven't needed to reboot it at all and it has never crashed.

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Is the IT industry short on Cobolers? This could be your lucky day

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Curses, foiled again! (apparently)

Damn. I have Cobol, RPGII, 360 Assembler and so on in my repertoire. Or rather, I had Cobol....

Haven't used any of 'em for 30 years or so, so I'd be at best a little rusty...

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CLIMATE CHANGE forces women into PROSTITUTION - US politicians

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Climate change...

...leads politicians into insanity - at least, those few who weren't already there.

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Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

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It's a known fact...

...that 87% of statistics are made up on the spot.

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Extrapolating...

There are two kinds of people in the world; those who can extrapolate from incomplete data

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You hear that, Mr Cook? Samsung's profits have gone UP

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Plain & Simple

"...but warned cheaper kit flooding the market may "dampen" its next quarterly numbers..."

In other words, someone else will affect Samsung in the same way Samsung affected Apple.

Poetic and ironic...

PS

The style and general "Sun/NoTW" approach to writing headlines suggests that 'Kunert' is a pseudonym for the late, unlamented Ms Leach. Either that or an acolyte...

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Reddit: So very sorry for naming innocent man as Boston bomber

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@Ralph B - Re: The wisdom of the crowd!

"...Except that is demonstrably not true..."

Then how do you account for Blair's general election wins?

or people STILL voting for Balls, Harman...

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PC floggers scavenge for crumbs as Apple hoovers up profits

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Re: The preferred computer.

Until they become aware of the difference and make their own minds up:- apart from a hardcore of geeks in their Mum's basement running Linux on skeletal FrankenPC towers, the (continuing) growth of Apple sales to the consumer market is exponential...

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My, My.

Such incisive foresight must mean you're more astute than any business analyst, and will be the next CEO of HP, DELL or similar.

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Re: Idiots tax?

It would appear that there are many commenters who would buy the sandpaper undies, and in between brushing the tears from their eyes and testing their new soprano vocals, would be telling the world and his dog how cool they were to buy what they've bought, and how all those with dry eyes and still-baritone vocals were, in fact, deluded manipulated idiots.

Oh, the irony!

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Facebook struggling to find 'immersive' Home on Apple's iPhone

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Re: The 'User Experience'...

"...a broken screen one-day out of warranty..."

Don't know what sort of warranty you hard, but I believe that under EU legislation, a 2-yr warranty is mandatory - but I'm not familiar with all the fine print & legal cobblers.

Might be worth checking upon, and telling your supplier or HP that it's up to them to fix it or swap it...

Do check first, though.

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Re: But, but....

I agree.

My new iPhone (64GB) is half full (films, apps & music) - I spend 5 hrs each day commuting (by rail) and it's well used. i spend all my time using it and damn all time tweaking, configuring, re-configuring or rebooting it. As I've been a Mac techie for getting on for 30 years (and a software engineer since the mid-70's) I'm not averse to a bit of tinkering here and there, but it's nice to have one item I just use.

Can't think of any app I could need or want that isn't available through iTunes - but I differ from Lallabalalla in that I don't have a FB app. Rational or not, I feel rather uneasy about a site which demands registration before I can even look at an acquaintance's FB entry, and whose pervasiveness has spread to many competitions being based upon "Liking us on Facebook".

I don't like - and so I forego competition entry. There's just something rather creepy about MZ & FB.

Awaits inevitable rush of down votes from rabid anti-Apple hats who don't think anyone should be permitted to hold other views...

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Brit cops blow £14m on software - then just flush it down the bogs

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Why are these public sector idiots allowed...

to spend vast sums of public (i.e. yours & mine) money, scrap it thus achieving bugger all, and then continue to spend loads more elsewhere - and all without any form of responsibility, culpability or facing the consequences.

Try that in the private sector (The REAL world) and you'd be rapidly fired - or at least your remains would be since you would have been totally eviscerated by that stage.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth: Plane plummet plod probe phone

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Re: Flash (ahhhaaa)

t probably isn't beyond the wit of 'experts' and GCHQ spooks to decode such items much quicker than a reported seven months.

They're not going to tell us plebs what they can do, are they?

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Want to know if that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD player

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Not needed...

...for married couples.

The favoured position for married couples is "Doggy style"

Husband - sits up and begs...

Wife - rolls over and plays dead...

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Tax man to take a bite of tech employees' free meals?

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I bet...

...the meal(s) provided for one D Hartnett by Vodafone inter alia were never taxed as benefit in kind...

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Office for Mac 2008 support umbilical chopped off

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NeoOffice...

...works pretty well on my Macs. (FWIW)

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

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Thank God...

"...The system only breaks down into two particles once entanglement is disrupted by the environment (an "observation")..."

Thank God it only occurs at a Quantum scale; - just imagine if seeing Harman, Miliband or Balls meant there were two of 'em..

come to think of it, with the Millipedes....

Scary thought

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Bank card-slurp nasty 'infects tills, ATMs', corrupt staff fingered

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Re: Common denominator....

"...lUsers and Windoze..."??

WTF have users of Apple products got to do with Windows on ATMs?

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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And of course...

..any post - no matter how reasonable or sensible - which DOESN'T heap vitriol on Apple & Jobs collects a mass of downvotes.

A clear sign that the teenies are not at school...

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Rocket boffinry in pictures: Gulp the Devil's venom and light a match

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@hplasm - Re: I aim for the stars 02/04/13 0804

Spot on, old lad.

Couldn't agree more. And I don't think I could have put it so clearly and succinctly (albeit it a little generous).

Politics is definitely a world-wide job creation scheme for the terminally incompetent.

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Giant solar-powered aircraft to begin cross-country flight

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Re: I love stuff like this..

What I love most is the thought of all those twisted little goblins in HM Treasury trying to work out how the hell they can quantifiably tax sunlight.

HeHeHe...

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

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Re: Ugh

"No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

H.L. Mencken

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Re: and que the eletists that know it all....

Que (in French) means "That".

An interrogative - ¿Qué? - is Spanish.

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Re: @M Gale (29/03 23:57)

" If I wanted a Facebook account, I'd get a Facebook account."

Likewise - but I'd expect my family to have me sectioned well before I actually did it.

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