* Posts by Kevin Johnston

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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

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They just don't get it

Currently these 'diverted profits' are written down as Franchise costs or IP costs etc etc. Why on earth does HMRC* think that they can produce a piece of legislation which achieves what they think they want? They have never managed it before and the multi-nationals have a lot more reasons to side-step the laws than HMRC* have to write them.

Can't wait for the first company to report every single purchase and salary payment they make throughout the year as diverted profit and drown HMRC in paperwork.

*OK, yes I know that technically it is not HMRC that write the laws but...

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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Re: you would have got Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, and Office 2013

@Pascal...I think you missed it but @Dan was sharing the joys that you would have had with the rental version where you would never know until you launched it each day what extra functionality had been shoe-horned in FOR NO EXTRA CHARGE!!!!

This contrasts with the boring plodding of your 'owned' copy where everything is in the same place day after day and you don't get to spend hours exploring a twisty maze of passages all the same to find that obscure 'set line spacing to 2' option.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Just a guess

You know, one of those wild 'stab in the dark' things....but could this analysis in any way have been sponsored or supported by Microsoft?

Odd thought I know but it does kind of suggest that Microsoft are about to beat how Apple took on the consumer market when they released the iPhone. The Windows Phone OS may be good but I would like to see how much he would stake on his claims for it.

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CERN's 2014 Xmas gift from the Large Hadron Collider: Two new baryons

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Critical checks

I presume everyone involved made a sanity check saving throw didn't they?

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What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant

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But if your main customer encourages you to stretch your goals to a new technology (maybe even sharing costs) to enable them to expand their range and then dumps you when it proves to be too much too soon, who bears the responsibility?

Especially when said main customer buys up the carcass for a song....

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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Re: The enemy..

Taking that one step further.....

If the US Government do win here does it then give them a lever to pry open the box holding the 'off-shored' profits from those same 'US' Companies?

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Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command

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Excuse me?

' but if you're familiar with the process on Linux, you should have no trouble'

If you have been using the process on Linux then why on earth would you be looking to run a limited version on Windows, especially when two articles across from this was how you need to put on a patch to stop users getting full Admin rights in Windows.

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So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

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and fails to mention...

that BYOD is only one leg of the tripod. To go with it you have hardware that is totally owed and controlled by the business (currently the norm) and also owned by the business with a personal area (the inverse of BYOD).

If you start offering BYOD you need to balance it with the other options too or you are letting the tail wag the dog.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Joke

Just hope they didn't get too bent out of shape.

Yeah, I was going anyway

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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W00h00

I cried when I read this...

and it took ages before I could stop laughing/cheering long enough to start typing.

From it's very first day I could never see this as anything other than an MitM vector waiting to be re-purposed

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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Except that if people are buying it through a comparison web-site you are missing the chance to have them accidentally buy all sorts of other services where they didn't notice that a tick in one place meant No while elsewhere it meant Yes.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Curious

Not a single mention in the article of Opera which may be a niche player these days but it played a significant part in pushing features now considered standard (tabs anyone?) but also kicked off the EU review of Microsoft bundling IE in the OS.

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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Monitoring

I have always said that MPs should be required to work to the HMRC Rules and Regs for Directors of Limited Companies. That would give very clear limits on what can be claimed and accountability.

Remind me...If someone chooses to be an MP where part of their job requires them to be in London, why does that permit them to buy a family home in London and charge the mortgage payments to the Tax-payer? All they are supposed to claim is expenses necessary to perform their job as an MP so why do they need more than a one bedroom flat for their time in London?

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: The lesson of the LS120

Ummm....#3 here. One drive, one disc, never really worked out why i let heart over-rule head.

Oh yeah, and I have (possibly had, we did some clearing recently) 8" floppy drive and discs too

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Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer

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Re: lol

I blame the Advertising watchdogs for letting them get away with this to the point of encouraging them. In the UK the watchdog (aka ASA-The Toothless Puppy) specifically permitted the use of words with a cvontradictory meaning. I seem to recall it related to 'traffic shaping' which was allowed even when they advertised 'we will not slow you down'.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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eloquently answered...

Those tax practices were intended so that multi-national companies could take advantage of areas of expertise and share the output across divisions in the other countries. It is still used that way by the majority of companies (how many data-centres do you really want to have running?) but is being 'abused' by a small number. Is it really practical to change the laws and penalise everyone because the 'bad-guys' accountants are better at finding loopholes than the Governments are at closing them?

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Luscious LOHAN t-shirts fly into Vulture Central

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Re: What's the O in LOHAN?

Not so, especially in light of the L being Low. A Low Orbit could technically be just a few feet above ground for the whole orbit assuming you could maintain thrust although there are generally assumed values for the varying categories of orbital 'height'

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Re: "we promised that these rewards would be exclusive to our Kickstarter campaign"

Only if pried from......etc etc etc

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: LED lighting

Ah, that's because the regulations quote wattage and not lux/lumens/candelas per m2.

This means your 7 watts for a side light which gives you an incandesant bulb like a glow-worm allows you some LEDs which almost outperform halogen headlamps. Certainly the 50 Watt GU10 bulbs at home have been replaced with LEDs of the same brightness but rated at 5 watts

Always thought this was something which needed some attention.

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Re: Cruise control

The poor timing of your CC is a classic example of the diffence that extra inputs can make to predictive actions. You can see the brow of the hill approaching but the car cannot.

It has been said by people who know about these things that a really good driver can out-perfomr ABS as well, but we are talking about properly good drivers as in licensed race/rally type people.

As the article notes, a lot of the systems in cars both ancient and modern are average at best but hold to the 'good enough' theory of engineering. You could make it better but it would cost more unless you wait until next decade when a new thrugglewasher will be invented.

The one part which did catch my eye was the digitial wiring loom. As far as I am aware even the latest eco-warrior cars have central control boxes and long copper runs. At the best part of 60lb of weight saved from changing to a digital loom in his project this is an appreciable saving and if taken with changing to LED lighting then I could see this being a nice little earner for some Auto-Electric shops.

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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

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I am amazed that no-one has so far suggested an added feature with Press 1 for #1 and 2 for #2

It's the weekend, I can't leave as I'm at home

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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Re: The US isn't actually forbidding the export of crypto...

The point of the article is that the handling has changed from a slapped wrist if you made an after-the-fact revalation to a penalty. This raises a number of questions which have relevance due to the nature of the items in question.

Are all businesses now being fined for exporting without a license and admitting it later?

Are all other fines in line with the level of this one?

Does the treatment match any documented process to handle companies which export with no license?

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Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

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Joke

So LOHAN has another tattoo....where's the story?

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Hacker-hunters finger 'Keyser Soze' of Russian underground card sales

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WTF?

So...

Let me see if I got this right......a person using an alias has actually been identified as the same person using a completely different alias...

Wow....someone online who uses multiple identities, groundbreaking stuff here

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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Re: I'm still mystified how...

Simple....he's training for the PFY slot by being as irritating as possible suggesting something in IT is straightforward and you, the user, are doing it all wrong.

He has no connection, no conversation, just a smirk as he wins another round.....PFY 10, (l)users 0

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Re: Follow the money

Not so much who profits if it succeeds as who loses if it gets killed off?

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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I used to string them along and my favourite went on for over twenty minutes before I got bored and hung up telling them there was a good advert on TV I wanted to watch. My wife has now banned me from this game but my son has gamely picked up the baton and now critiques their script.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Re: What's the problem with this?

Alternatively pour them from lightest to densest using a thin funnel/tube set to the bottom of the glass (normally not a flat-bottom glass). This allows you to slowly raise the less dense fluids and reduces the eddy currents which are your main problem. With practise you can just pour direct to the edge of the glass and have the nectar sink but my hands are not steady enough due to a love of coffee :)

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I blame Mother Nature

We all know that women are prone to changing their minds at regular intervals for no apparent reason....maybe she was getting hot and needed some ice 'down under'

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Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

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Forced to use their real name?

So how do you go about differentiating between the various people called John Smith (or for our colleagues over the water John Doe)?

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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Re: As we all know...

Oh how true. I know some of my comments crash and burn to beat any failed rocketry example but this just reminds me that I don't actually know everything and some people have a different opinion to me. The amazing thing is that is actually allowed in most countries and governing by Whiskas commercial* can lead to the Oozalum bird**

* if 8 out of 10 want it then let's make it compulsory

** flies in ever decreasing circles until it disappears up it's own backside

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Be nice to the public, PC Plod. Especially if you're trying to stop terrorists

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Re: Toblerone & Cuckoo Clocks.

National service is still a requirement there and they get to take their rifles home with them but only in recent years did they stop them also taking ammunition. They do have a small problem with misplaced firearms though, last count I saw was over 10,000 but not sure what timescale that covers.

Scared yet?

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Well there you go

Apple finally join the party only to morph into an MS-style 'embrace-extinguish' party-pooper. It is a real shame that NFC never really got going but I guess the mobile world is almost evolving too fast for it's own good.

Maybe in 30 years or so when it stabilises and the whole financial world uses the Cayman Conch shell as it's currency we could have another crack at this.

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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

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Re: I thought America was all about the free market?

This type of legislation is proof that 'temporary measures' never include a graceful exit plan.

As long as there are 'old school' dealerships then this is needed (look at Phones4U to see what could happen otherwise) but new manufacturers should be automatically exempt unless they choose to franchise at which point they would be caught by it.

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Re: The Longest Yard

Yep, Burt was the quarterback.....this was re-made as Mean Machine in an British setting with Vinnie Jones in Burt's role forming a team of prisoners to take on the guard's football team.

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Sad news

Really liked the way he played the role in both films and his conversion from the dark side was nicely scripted.

All in all it was a good role to get your teeth into

Yes...I've gone now

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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Re: Is the default for apps to want everything?

Had the same experience with a spirit-level app. I would say that while some of this may be malicious, the vast majority is going to be down to incompetence and an inability to write minimalist code as in the old Windows Xp days when every game needed Admin level access to run.

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Welcome your new digital.. commissioners? Likely pair could fill Steelie Neelie's shoes

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Wow...generate HOW MUCH?

I just love how they come up with these figures and expect people to actually believe them. So a single Digital market will generate €250billion will it? Where from and what will it have to replace and how much will that cost?

I could see it having a value in that ballpark but this would not be new money, just existing value re-assigned.

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Use home networking kit? DDoS bot is BACK... and it has EVOLVED

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OK, I'll bite (and may get flamed for this)

If there are no default passwords, how does it get automatic updates? Surely any process to allow them is a potential hole?

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TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

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Am I missing the point here?

How far away from a 55" screen do you need to sit to take it all in without moving your head?

Oh yes, and how many modern houses have a room big enough to even get that monster in, never mind sitting far enough from it to watch.

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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Re: Remembering the bloke who was Admin for the PDP11...

I got severely chastised for setting passwords to 'Changed'

Seems users didn't know what I meant when I said "Your password is Changed"....maybe it lost something in translation

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Firefox 32 moves to kill MITM attacks

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Ah but..

Does this kill off my most hated MITM vector also known as 'Verified by Visa'?

That is such a secure model that as long as you know some basic trivia about a person you can reset the password. I no longer bother trying to remember it and do my best to avoid sites that inflict it on me.

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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Re: Breach or not?

How true, perhaps a more penetrating question in these situations would be..

'Does your default security system prevent brute-force style attacks?'

We all know that no security model is perfect but as many commentors abovce have said, there is an assumption from the public that you have a limited number of guesses since they see that on their bank cards etc etc etc.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Prior art?

So did they steal the idea from MassEffect with it's same-sex/different race seduction naughtiness possibility which caused a handbags at dawn moment in Singapore?

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LOHAN gets laughing gear round promotional mug

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Complaints

That's what I see here, nothing but complaints...

I for one am overjoyed to see the offerings and I would be willing to pay double, nay treble the cost to support such a well-meaning body.

Oh, not actually got any prices yet. Must have fallen into a Python moment there, apologies all

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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The USCO say what?

Just wondering what relevance the US Copyright Office have here as the photographer is not a US citizen and the photograph in question was not taken in the US...

Are they trying to jump on the Google Book Scan bandwagon?

If the US want to declare that you have to be able to prove a human took the photo in the US then that is their problem, I would say in response to @Joylon above though that this means your meat tripod DOES own the copyright.

Meanwhile. in the real world we can still continue using common sense (although it is getting less common by the day).

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US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale

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Damned good thinking but it is probably a result of the early auctions where spectrum went for stupid money that I struggle to believe the companies could recover. All governments now see big pound/dollar signs in their time in office obscuring the option of, as you suggest, leasing it which means the other mob may get some benefit from it when you get kicked out of office.

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

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Re: Let them feel

I think you forgot to add the Joke icon....

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Marvell: NO WAY should we have to pay jumbo $1.54bn patent judgment

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USPTO liability?

Is there anything in the rules under which the USPTO is governed/runs to exempt them from liabiity when they issue these patents which can be shown to ignore a library of prior-art?

It would be interesting to see if the lawyers could be set on the USPTO instead to try to make them do the job they are supposed to do. Plus that would keep the lawyers too busy to interfere in real life.

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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Whatever the final name,

just keep taking the Tree/Air Boundary Location/Evasion Tactics

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