* Posts by disgruntled yank

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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Re: American bacon... What's wrong with it?

My impression always was that the English complaint about American sausage was that it actually contained a fair proportion of meat. English visitors bothered by this can look for soft-core vegetarian restaurants offering what looks like sausage but isn't.

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NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

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Re: The NYT, a frank necon propeller (not to mention Krugman conduit) says...

Aaron Sorkin called someone that. NY Times reporters and editorial staff did not. But then I suppose he used the same spot, the Op Ed page, that Krugman uses, which must be evidence of something.

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GOP?

The Republican Party is out to get Hollywood? Usually I thought it sent committees with subpoenas.

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Finland ditches copyright levy on digital kit, pays artists directly

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Re: Absurdity? We don't need no steenkin' absurdity.

Right. I've paid for my CD of Handel's "Water Music" and just listened to it on the surround-sound system. Should I pay again if I want to listen to it while a taking a bath and leave the door open to the bathroom?

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: Come to Vancouver

I've never been to Vancouver, but the US NW weather pattern is for a lot of days with a little rain. I think that the residents of Seattle and Portland would be running hard uphill after a 4" rain.

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Question

Does this count as learning in the school of hard Norks?

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Devs: Barack Obama's gunning for your job!

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Re: Let me guess: "Hello, World!"

In a litigious society like ours, I would not want to teach #HourOfWiring. However, in #HourOfPlumbing one could probably teach the beginner how to change the washer or cartridge in a faucet, and maybe how to do basic toilet repairs. As such it might be more useful than the others.

Do I expect #HourOfCode to make a great difference in the world? No. Is writing a bit of Javascript sillier than various other stunts presidents are expected to take on, say pardoning a turkey in November or throwing it out the first baseball in the spring? Not really.

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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hmm

A researcher I knew from the US National Institutes of Health was said to have lost a dozen or so male organs being shipped to her from Asia. I think that they were frozen, but it has been quite a while since I heard the story. And I never heard what the actual recipients thought when they found that package on the porch.

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Internet gossip has NOWT to do with data protection, EU Commish

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internet

Apparently you do not regard "internet" as substitutable for "web". What about the expression "internet meme"? I don't much care for it, but I don't remember The Register complaining about it.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Interesting

I have to say that such men as Alexander Hamilton and John Marshall, who took a very expansive view of the federal government's powers, would have been astonished at this breadth of construction.

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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Re: Good to know what offends him

So can I stop by and spray-paint graffiti on your house? That falls substantially short of any of the offenses you name.

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Not here to make money?

I thought that was Amazon.

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Amazon: DROP DATABASE Oracle; INSERT our new fast cheap MySQL clone

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Re: Nice

" employing people that know stuff is simply not in their interest"

Does the stuff these people know have to be true?

I see many uses for FOSS in big business. I don't see a lot of FOSS accounting systems out there making noise. The two with which I am slightly acquainted are Deltek's CostPoint (which gives you a choice of Oracle or SQL Server on the back end) and Microsoft's Dynamics (which lets you choose SQL Server).

An FOSS accounting system would I suppose continue to work under the conditions for which it was developed. Tax laws and accounting regulations change. Are the FOSSers going to find the creation of tax updates as engaging as the development of Drupal modules or yet another CMS?

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'Chinese hackers' pop US weather bureau, flatten forecast feeds

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Actually

Actually, Frank Wolf is retiring from Congress. He has also, as a representative for the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, generally been an advocate for federal government employees.

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

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Re: Would you use an airline?

Then what is the alternative for CEOs, professional athletes, and so on? Use a company jet where the pilots make substantially less than you?

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

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Re: Clearly MS read Elop's memo...

'"Fair play to MS for providing a life-raft for developers deserting the legacy Windows platform"

.Net already runs on more recent Windows versions than XP.'

Ah, but this is the salesman's definition of "legacy": that which we don't sell or support. (Or the developer's: that which I can't stand to maintain.)

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Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

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Oh?

i. I don't know what you mean by "candid portrayal". Somebody who had worked with Zuckerberg might offer a candid account, i.e. one going beyond the PR. Somebody without direct knowledge might give an accurate account, but why call it candid? For that matter, given the movie's representation of what programming is all about, why assume that it is accurate?

ii. "Kinda"? If he said "like, you know" would you construe that as a subtle advertisement to hop on Facebook and like something?

iii. "Boydroid"? As you remark, he is 30. From my present age that looks pretty young, but not at all boyish.

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We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

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Surely it was Robert Graves, or maybe Robert Bridges who said that about books. Most of us remember Sir John Bejteman for "April is the cruelest month".

As for the offspring's name, I think that you should also take into account the great American educationist John Dewey in preference to the Dalai Lama. This would allow you to name the child Dewey Rand Rand D'wey Rand Rand Dewey Rand Rand.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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@Passive smoking: see Stuart Castle's comment above, first.

"then maybe you should have tried harder in school and got a proper job"

There was a joking going around Calgary in the early 1980s:

Q. How do you get a geologist's attention?

A. Hey, waiter!

But I'm glad your education, night school or not, is working out for you.

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

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Re: RE : Jobs is not God, Apple is not heaven.

TSN was amusing. But it had essentially nothing to do with technology, except by making programming appear to be a party game like Beer Pong, played at high blood alcohol levels. Mostly it was about shady business deals, a subject that Hollywood knows all about, and which makes for much better drama than writing virtual machines for PHP. (Yes, I know that came later.)

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Re: Jobs is not God, Apple is not heaven.

I would not cross the room to get the remote to switch to such a movie, but come on. Maybe the Khaptain can fill us in on the redeeming virtues of Tamerlane, Coriolanus, etc. etc.

(Of course, if was Tamerlane written by Aaron Sorkin, probably I wouldn't watch that either.)

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Rich techbro CEOs told to SLEEP ROUGH before slamming the poor

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Playground

Recreation areas in the US often require reservations, and I think that the techies were not wholly at fault, though they were imprudent, in the matter of that dispute. I do think that the HR departments at Twuftlebnb might want to announce a policy of "Don't Be Evil in Tee Shirts Bearing the Company Name."

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A long reign indeed

I knew that QV had one of the longer reigns of European history, but not that it dated back to the 1st Century AD. Google gives Matthew 26:11 as the source of "the poor you will have with you always."

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Re: Buck passing 101

With all due respect, and maybe a dollop extra for lagniappe, El Reg is not an American publication.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Oh?

Many a man might honestly confess that it was mostly for pity's sake that women slept with him.

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Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

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NML

I have been impressed with the MPAA ever since the days that it tried to impose a royalty on video tape, back about 1982. But the name "Notorious Markets List" suggests that they're drawing on the screen writing talent in Hollywood, not just the bankrolls. Does anyone else envision Marlene Dietrich, Peter Lorre, and Orson Welles behind the counters of the Notorious Markets?

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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No, for a couple of reasons

'Social media is something you would think your "future minister" is active on.'

First, I never heard of such a thing as a "future minister". I'd have taken it to mean "member of a shadow cabinet." Second, does social media comprise such a large part of the future? Facebook seems to be fine for keeping up with old friends. Twitter seems to serve variously as a modern game of "telephone", transmitting headlines with some degree of garbling, and as a tool for the many to demonstrate how few have the gift of a delivering short, pithy sayings.

The title "Minister for Strategy, Future Issues, and Nordic Cooperation" does not suggest to me that there is any real job. Strategy concerning what? Future issues of bonds? I don't think that Ms. Persson's abstention from social media deprives the public of vital information.

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

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The view from here

"Britain doesn’t do ideology (as Orwell noted) and it doesn’t really have intellectuals – and maybe it isn’t poorer for the absence of either."

Britain didn't do the ideologies that Orwell had in mind, much; or, Britain had the good fortune not to lose WW I and put those ideologists in a position to take over. Britain has always had as much ideology as any country you care to name. The lumpen commentariat of The Register tempts one now and then to joke about the "intellectual" bit; but Britain has, and has had, intellectuals in large numbers. I've got books by a fair number of them.*

As for gamification, is "gammon" to obsolete as slang to allow us to speak of "gammonfication"?

*About 40 years ago, somebody did a poll to identify the 100 most respected intellectuals in the US. I remember hardly any names from the list, but I do remember a Harvard dean's definition of intellectual: "A scholar living beyond his scholarly means." I would be content to say a person of intellectual interests, able to pursue them with some success, and I would leave it at that.

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Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries

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hipster

No doubt the hipster of 2014 is aware of the latest and best in indie bands (if there still are such). I'm not sure that the hipsters of the 1950s were better judges of the arts or less self-conscious in their rejection of middle class traits.

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Guns don't scare people, hackers do: Americans fear identity theft more than shooting sprees

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well

People are notoriously bad at estimating risks. As other commenters have remarked, the media have a good deal to do with this, with the "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality.

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FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers

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Are you sure it was FedEx?

Did the truck park in a drive lane while the message was delivered?

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: Slackware?

Upvoted for iptables. Who knew how much one could come to love, and then miss, cryptic little text files?

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Re: Such hatred

I don't know why you get the feeling. I've pored through a number, and written one or two, and I am far from a hard-core sort.

As for trying to figure out why the service isn't starting, /var/log/messages usually had a hint or two.

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That's PROFESSOR Woz to you from now on, young whippersnapper

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Architecture etc.

Was the design committee in the bag?

It's actually good to see an adjunct hired who seriously doesn't need the money.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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On the economic side

"That's like Barack Obama asking me for a loan."

I take it he hasn't purchased any T-Bills, or doesn't remember doing so.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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vote early and often?

"I would argue immediately that voting should be mandatory and it should be online. Of course, we can cover for all the fraud and I don’t think it makes the procedure any less robust, in fact quite the opposite.”

She should perhaps have a look at the work of Rebecca Mercuri (who I gather by the name is not male).

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Of course I can evaluate the biomedical evidence

I work with computers!

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U2? 81 million Apple iThing-strokers know a place where the Beats have no shame

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Should we prescribe some lithium for the music business?

The musicians emote and their lawyers roar.

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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A few of may favorite things

1. Baby boomers (I am one) abusing the millenials--whom the brought up and educated according to rules they themselves set.

2. Wild generalizations about US schools. as to quality of education. Are we talking about the Bronx High School of Science, which probably compares pretty well with Switzerland for Nobels, or are we talking about Boondocks High in most desperate end of the outback?

3. Wild generalizations about US schools as to, well, pretty much everything: discipline, grading, etc. etc.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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Oh?

I don't doubt that the gap has been talked up somewhat beyond its merits, but illegality is very different from non-existence.

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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It must be true!

It has a colored chart, after all.

That being said, I'm not sure whether this comment comes from the Machiavellian or the sadistic side of my personality.

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The Geek Chorus: 'Give MARK ZUCKERBERG all the DATA he wants!'

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unseen maybe, unknown no

"we never see the data collected by our supermarket loyalty cards, our credit cards, our public transport passes, our access passes, the location data constantly being transmitted by our mobiles to our carriers, on and on, world without end."

Presumably the data on my public transport pass says that I stepped onto the S1 bus at 7:35 this morning. Perhaps collating the location data for the bus would say at what stop I did so. But guess what, I know where I got on the bus, and off the bus, though I dare say the transit authority will remember a lot longer than I shall. The carrier could track me on my lunch hour walk, but probably I have a much clearer picture of it.

If you mean that most of us do not often reflect on the amount of data we generate, true enough. If you mean that Faceborg knows better than I do that I like beer and pizza, I have to disagree.

Let me add that my preferred way to purchase books (apart from beer and food, almost the only product I like to purchase) is with cash, both to sustain local bookstores and to let the industry do its own damn market research.

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Lots of luck

Chuck Daly, once head coach of the Detroit Pistons, said that coaching an NBA team was like dealing with 10 CEOs every day. And NBA players do have a union, which might well have stuff in the contract about these situations.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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I guess I'll unpack

Here I thought it was a new and progressive utility, not simply a way to get beer to the bottling plant.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Re: Did you ever notice -- punish them?

By taking away some more of their money and giving them tight clothes, or how?

And for heavens' sake don't give them bathtubs, they'll only keep coal in it, and so contribute eventually to global warming.

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"Being a fat teenager is not pleasant. Your school chums will bully you, adults and kids will fat-shame you and you’ll live in a perpetual nightmare of sweaty guilt and impotent rage, punctuated by periodic beatings and ritual humiliation. And to make things even worse, you’ll earn less than everyone else when you grow up."

1. Take out the two occurrences of "fat", and you've pretty much described the teenage years for a large percentage of the population.

2. In the US, childhood weight is negatively correlated with family income--the poorer the family, the likelier the kid is to be overweight. If I were to go to the three or four richest high schools in the city, I'd expect to see most kids in fair shape. At the poorest, you'll find a lot of kids overweight. Guess who's getting the better education, the step up to a better (or any) university, and so on. Are things that much different in Europe?

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Oh?

"Has Putin realised that for a lot of Americans (those who are not moon-landing deniers) the Moon is somehow considered to belong to them in some way,"

a. I will leave you to define "somehow considered" and "in some way". Heck, go ahead and define "a lot".

b. Undoubtedly there are "moon-landing deniers", but they are a vanishingly small part of the population.

"(even though that isn't actually the case)"

c. Do tell.

", and for Russia to say they are going to set up a permanent base there will really annoy the Americans?"

d. I don't see that setting it up will really annoy the US. I really don't see that saying they will set it up will provoke more than a "Huh. Wow."

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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Re: And they said I was crazy

My impression is that it inherits the bad qualities of standard *NIX shells and adds a bunch of its own. I'm not sure what led Microsoft to create its own shell rather than jazzing up JScript or Python.

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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consumers

"A consumer is an entity that is either brainless or brain-washed who works so he can pay tax and uses his net pay to buy brand new commoditised rubbish (oxymoronically called goods) on which he will pay VAT, that allows a manufacturer to make a profit that will be taxed."

Perhaps The Register's journalists can live on pure self-esteem, in which case they must live very luxuriously indeed. But though not the humblest guy, I do find that some food and drink come in handy, also a roof over my head. All these do require payment and taxes.

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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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Mini prices start at £3,600 (including VAT)

Remind me what value was added.

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