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* Posts by frank ly

3221 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

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@John Colman Re: It's Political Grandstanding, that's all

"By calling in the big firms and identifying their practices, the MPs can then start to close the loopholes starting with the biggest ones through proper legislation."

I fully agree with your sentiments John but I'd say the following:

These MPs are there for the opportunity to look good and tough and hard talking. You don't identify the practices of these firms by modern gladiatorial interrogation in a public arena, (that's just to impress the party bigwigs and the people who might vote for them at the next election.

Any accountant worthy of the job title can figure out exactly how these companies perform their accountancy tricks. Hint: they use opportunities provided by the tax legislation and the standard accountancy practices.

The legislation and accepted practices have been set in place, and in legislation, by Parliament which is the group of all MPs. The legislation and resulting 'loopholes' were deliberately constructed to be of great benefit to those 'traditional' companies who gave lots of money to political parties and gave directorships to MPs and senior civil servants. I'm thinking banks, large accountancy firms, etc.

Nowadays, there are many new rich companies who are using these loopholes but don't form part of the traditional pig trough for MPs and senior civil servants. That is why the politicians are annoyed.

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Plastic screen outfit teams with Epson to offer screen on your plastic

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Re: Popular with consumers? Yes

I'm sure you're right about the 'user experience' with a credit card but we can consider other forms of personal card that might benefit from similar psychology.

Consider supermarket or shop chain loyalty/points cards. If the shopper had a card with a displayed balance that increased after every shopping experience, that would make them feel good about having just spent money. (Yes, I know it's pathetic but many people are like that and they look forward to using their points to buy Christmas gifts, etc. I can cite most of my family as examples.)

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'Perfect' INVISIBLE SHED stuns boffinry world

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Re: Be careful where you leave it

If you could afford an invisible shed, you could afford GPS.

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Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

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For an alternative analysis ....

... see South Park season: 16 episode:14; available from 'various sources' since last Thursday morning.

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BBC places news chief and her deputy beyond use in Savile row

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"Why was the chief of BBC TV called "Head of Vision" ....?"

It seems obvious to me, but I've always been very literal-minded. (I'm assuming that the chief of BBC Radio is called "Head of Sound".)

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Man, 19, cuffed after burning Remembrance poppy pic is Facebooked

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Logical progression:

Senior politicians and senior police officers have often made public comments that offend me. Can have them arrested and charged from now on?

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Teen project sparks WORLD-WIDE PEE-POWERED HYPEGASM!

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@Dan

" ...use the hydrogen to drive a vehicle or in other areas where batteries are less practical."

Compressing and then storing hydrogen under pressure takes energy and infrastructure. It also takes maintenance effort on the compressor and storage containers to prevent them from becoming extremely dangerous, instead of just very dangerous. I'd prefer batteries if at all possible.

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IBM begs Britain's new top cops: C'mon, set up pre-crime units

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Predictions

"Fellows said it had reduced crime by 30 per cent by predicting where a crime would happen."

This is, of course, impossible. What they actually did was put more plods on the street in areas where there was a high level of crime. They also did the 'community liaison and outreach ' thing in a sensible manner. Apparently, the marvellous computerised system was able to predict that areas with a historically high level of crime would have lots of crimes committed in the near future. It sounds like old fashioned and sensible policing to me. It's a pity they'd lost those skills and needed computers and consultants to teach them about it.

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Facebook's IPO was a disaster? RUBBISH, you FOOLS

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Re: Buy a turd

I see what you did there. Or do I?

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SEC staffers slammed for serious security snafus

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Pirate

A simple way to ensure security ....

If you must take a laptop (for notetaking, e-mail, websurfing, etc), take a brand new one, or one with a brand new hard drive, set up with minimum needs and only communicate from a disposable webmail address to other disposable webmail addresses. Scrub the hard drive after you've taken any needed .txt files off it.

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Apple-v-Samsung $1bn iPhone fine: 'Jury foreman was biased'

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How long before ....

.... a drama-documentary is made, based on all this (and more to come)?

I could put together a rough and generic script, have it registered with the appropriate organisations, then sit back and wait to sue anybody who makes a successful product.

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US condom rules 'will cause nasty RED RINGS on porn stars' todgers'

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Re: Not that readily

You should try getting them via mail order from internet based suppliers. A rainbow of choices is out there.

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The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux

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Re: And your point is?

"... you only have to offer your code to the people who end up with the end product of your derivative work, which is probably just you."

As far as my understanding goes, (please correct me or give other opinions if you can), this also extends to in-house corporate use. If a company decides to use Linux, or any GPL software, for purely in-house use as part of its internal operations (e.g. process monitoring/control, networking, e-mail, etc), and they develop clever modifications and add-ons; then that corporation does not have to make their new source code available. In asking their employees to operate the clever machines and systems they have developed, they are not actually 'distributing' the code (as specified in the GPL license), they are simply making tools for employees to use.

There are some people who argue against corporate use of GPL code by saying, " .. if we develop anything useful and clever, we have to give it away to the rest of the world, according to the license." I believe this is not true. They also say, " .. at least with Microsoft, we'll get years of product support." Hahaha.

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ALIEN DETECTION was SUPPRESSED by the BBC - top boffin

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Beaurocracies:

They can't handle change, or anything new.

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Bald? Looking old before your time? Don't panic, but you might DIE

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Unhappy

Oh dear,

I'd better contact a solicitor and start making my will.

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President Obama declares VICTORY over JUSTIN BIEBER

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re. sex doll likeness

I'd feel secretly flattered, but go to court in a huff and demand a percentage of sales to compensate for my hurt feelings.

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Apple tries to add Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean to patent slapfest

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Cruel and unusual punishment?

If I were Judge Koh, I'd ask to be excused, because one trial already with Apple and Samsung is more than anybody should have to experience during their career.

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Snake-fondling blonde nude punts Polish coffins

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Re: Elvens Afety

You're getting confused between 'risky' and 'risqué, which is perfectly understandable in this situation.

I'm not an expert, but if you run your eyes along the sinuous and slender body of the python, you will notice the gently undulating curves of its slender body, which may indicate that it has been regularly fed in the recent past, to make it calm and languid.

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Prudential cops £50k ICO slap for giving customer's life savings away

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Retraining?

"The insurance firm also said that it would be improving staff training and updating its processes."

I think that staff replacement is called for. No amount of training can cure stupidity and complacency. (I don't mean the front-end people who took the complaint reports, I mean the managers who make the decisions.)

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Kyocera boffins make on-screen buttons feel real

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@Craig Re: Moor accurate tiepin ...

Yes, there is, but I'm not telling you where.

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NASA snaps revealing pix of visiting near-Earth asteroid

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"...1.6 kilometer girth ..."

It's not the girth, it's the radar cross sectional size, which is roughly the diameter of a very roughly spherical object.

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Ohio voting machines have 'backdoor', lawsuit claims

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Re: US Civics 101

Thank you for that cogent explanation David. The only point I'd make is in respect of point 1); if UK voters were voting for a *European president*, it would seem reasonable to expect the Germans (etc) to have a say in the mechanics of the UK voting process. In such an election, then as a UK citizen, I'd be concerned about reports of flaws in the German voting process.

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China tries for 2012 WORLD cluster compo DOMINATION

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Re: Footnote

Was that 2nd April (UK convention) or February 4th (US convention), or 4th February or April 2nd ?

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Firm-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's tax dodge profit shift? Totally legit

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"the one we're not allowed to talk about"

WTF is this pussyfooting around for? When individuals are investigated for 'wrongdoing', their names are splashed all over the papers and they get doorsteped by reporters. Why are the big corporations cosseted in this way?

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Mystery robot-bringing UFOs sighted by Indian troops on Tibet border

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Wet blanket time:

The Tibetan statue was _not_ of extraterrestrial origin. The material it was made from was.

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Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

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Will you be able to take on assassination contracts?

You never forget your first assassination :)

(Note: I only accepted contracts on politicians and Mafia bosses; I have principles.)

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Apple to ditch Intel – report

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Re: @ M Gale

I feel that you have an outdated and quite biased view of us Rolls Royce owners. I shall enquire of my butler if he encounters many people like you on his weekly shopping expeditions.

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Facebook Phone rumours are back: And probably true this time

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call it the FaceFone from now on

Just an idea; it's easier to remember than TIFKAM and others.

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Verizon staff arrested for stealing customer's nude pics

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Up to a point

I used to develop my own colour slides, because it was an interesting techie thing to do (stereoscopic views using two small viewers stuck together; try it, it works). Once you start printing, that's a big step up. You're right in that it's not 'rocket science', but I'd suggest that it's beyond the immediate capabilities and interest of the majority of people.

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Asteroid belts could be key to finding intelligent life

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Re: Pay attention to the axis of time...

They are not saying that life started on the asteroids. They are saying that a stable planetary/asteroid system is required and that the stability is linked to the history of how asteroid quantity and distribution was affected by the planets in a system.

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Elephant which speaks: Rare. One which speaks Korean: Even Rarer

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Re: Yes and No

In that case, I'd suggest:

"As the last remaining members of the order Proboscidea ... the elephantidae can use their sizeable larynx ..."

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Is it Hadoop?

First thing I thought of.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Souse versus scrapple

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Re: BRAAAAINS!!

It's a long time since I had one of Mr Brain's Faggots in my mouth. (I'd better stop now.)

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Virgin offers unlimited action on the cheap

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From Virgin Media T&Cs

"For customers on the Big Data & Texts tariff excessive use over 10GB of data per calendar month will result in their maximum bandwidth being restricted to 3G speeds (384kbit/s) on our network between midday and midnight."

That's not bad actually. Tethering not allowed, as to be expected.

I'm wondering, if I tether my Asus Transformer (running Android) will they notice the difference from my Android phone?

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Facebook trial: Tell everyone where you are, have a Wi-Fi peanut

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'Check In' on Facebook, .....

.... open up new browser tab, surf for free?

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Sony Xperia T Android smartphone review

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" .. but it lacks Jelly Bean ..."

Can anyone tell me what improvements would be noticeable if an Android phone was upgraded to Jelly Bean from ICS?

When my HTC Incredible went from Gingerbread to ICS, all I noticed was some changes in the UI and definite sluggishness in some operations. I'm very wary of updating the software on working systems that I'm used to.

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Analyst slams Apple innovation FAIL

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Re: Simply becuase

I've got an Asus Transformer and I have it docked all the time, using the keyboard and a USB mouse. The tablet thing is fine for e-books and videos but a bit heavy for long term use in the hand/s.

Reaching over the keyboard to touch the screen feels weird and awkward when I can use the mouse from my hand's 'natural rest position'.

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Felix Baumgartner sadly turns out to be blinkered FOOL

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Re: Bit harsh

Possibly. He certainly ain't Spartacus.

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Uh-oh! Kim Dotcom is back with a brand new Megaupload site

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Re: Far enough the USA were Tards

"He was also moving money about in an attempt to not pay taxes."

Google, Vodaphone, Starbucks, .......etc. It's what legitimate organisations do :)

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SMARTPHONES make TEENS have SEX with STRANGERS

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Genius!

" ... it wasn't the network packet flow itself that was encouraging sexual behaviour in the youngsters, but rather that the phone acted as a tool to enable the behaviour."

What an incredible insight.

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El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)

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Is it waterproof?

And is there an ornamental pond nearby with some large Koi in it? Start small and work your way up.

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FaceTime now on patent troll list

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Re: Seriously???

Many years ago, I got a fax from the USA delivered to the fax machine where I worked in the UK. I wonder how that happened?

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Sandy takes out NYC colo facility

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Re: wow...

I'm sure 'lessons have been learned' so that this will never happen again.

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Japanese toilet can save penalty kicks

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Re: Motion analyser?

There is a high-tech Japanese toilet that does medical analysis on the 'motion'. They are becoming more and more capable as time goes by. I for one welcome ....etc.

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Publishing giants borg into Random Penguin ... But can it see off Amazon?

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Re: +1 for Random Penguin

It would be a great name for an Ubuntu release, even if it's not the standard structure; but they can't use it now :(

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LARGEST BELCH EVER SEEN devastates gassy GIANT Saturn

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" ..the (odourless) gas ethylene."

According to Wikipedia, it has a faint sweet and musky odour. Maybe that is at normal earth temperatures though and it has no odour at 220 K. Has this been tested on a human subject?

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Amazon ships Kindle Fire HD, Paperwhite to Brits

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@Andrew and Alan Re: More details needed

I got a Kobo Glo this lunchtime. I have about 75% mobi and 25% epub on my existing (badly organised) collection, usually read using a laptop based reader. So, I'll be organising my collection and converting mobi to epub using Calibre. I've found that some of my epub books cannot have the line spacing/fonts/margins adjusted and will freeze the device if you play around with the adjustment controls.

The way to deal with this is to reconvert them in Calibre with the Look and Feel -> Filter Style Information -> Fonts/Margins checkboxes ticked. This gives you a 'fresh' epub file that can have adjustments made to it, no problem. I'm sure there are all sorts of other practical details that I have yet to learn.

In general, the review sites, even the 'technical' ones, are useless for practical details of real life use of e-book readers; which is why the El Reg commentard community is so useful :)

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Re: More details needed

More research is what I did .....

"Amazon restricts you to only reading books that you download via its own shop. You can squeeze .pdf or Word files onto the Kindle by email, but the popular .epub file format used by many websites and public libraries is not supported."

Looks like the Kobo Glo then.

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More details needed

At £109, the basic model is £9 more than the Kobo Glo (from WH Smith), but the Glo has WiFi .......the Glo doesn't support mobi ........ you can't turn the Paperwhite illumination off ....... Christmas is coming..... need to do more research ......etc.

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