* Posts by Mark 65

2314 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Australia forces UberX drivers to become tax collectors

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Re: Here comes the drill...

Thing is, you have to go around proving each person is an Uber driver in order to check they need to be registered and then work out what they've taken and it isn't like Uber will be giving you the details.

Cost of enforcement >>>> cash obtained.

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Why Joe Hockey's Oz tax proposals only get five out of 10

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Re: Not to mention

You answered your own question dude. You essentially threaten, or do, kick the shit out of them. Whether that be physically or by entirely removing them from the financial system and physical trade through sanctions.

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Re: GST/VAT Rates for International Sales

The biggest issue is not the applicable rate but the enforcement. A company in the EU selling into the EU (France to UK etc) is easy for enforcement as there is overarching EU law. A non-resident company in say Hong Kong selling digital goods into Australia, what then? Hockey says "add GST". Company says "Get fucked fat boy, your move". What then? He's screwed. Although Tim might consider it an entirely logical thing to do that is only from the theory of application side. The practical part in the real world tends to be a right bitch. I would argue that GST on digital goods is one of the easiest thing in the world to avoid. I buy my Adobe licenses from wherever gives me the best price. I see no reason why Australia should clip that particular ticket. It is a lazy tax.

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Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband

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Re: Not totally free of the big guys

Speaking of which the following line popped out...

Links from the Gigaclear cabinets to the backbone are 10Gb

I may be missing something but there'd presumably be a fair few customer lines headed into a cabinet hence I get the distinct impression they'd be desperately hoping people "buy but don't use" when it comes to those gigabit connections.

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According to Netflix, Australia's slowest ISP owns half of Foxtel

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Although it's the slowest they are all still pissy rates in general given peering/appliance boosts. Might be interesting to slice and dice the data differently i.e. average speed by telco and technology (ADSL, Cable etc).

Chances are you'll find that Telstra is still running most of the ADSL that nobody else is interested in. It would also be interesting to see it compared to link speed i.e. if a user can normally connect/utilise at 8Mb/s and they get Netflix at 2Mb/s then there would seem to be a peering or "acting a shit" problem. Likely Netflix may not have access to this. Telstra's Netflix speed on their Cable Broadband network would be interesting.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Re: "how stupid will British economic policy be if it does leave the EU?"

Not sure I agree with your assertion that the Government are profiting from RBS having bought low and sold high given recent stories highlighting George Osbourne sounding out the prospect of selling the holding at a loss. I'm not even sure that you could call either RBS or Northern Rock viable businesses - I believe they were swimming naked the whole time and got caught short when the tide suddenly went out. Banks that lend over 100% of a property value are destined to fail at some point.

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Re: The UK can leave

And imposing controls at the City, which were always opposed by the UK

If we're no longer in the EU you'll find it bloody hard to rein in the City buddy. When the US put controls around certain instruments in the 70's (I believe) it lead directly to a creation of a market in the UK which thrived. Only the Govt. can control that beast.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics to get AU$250m tech boost

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Cue Oracle sniffing around in 3..2..1

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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The design of the new MacBook is world class.

With one solitary port primarily used for charging, the necessity of buying an adaptor that the cheap fucks can't be arsed throwing in for free less it dampen the 40% margin, and having 1/10 repairability I think I can safely say this is not World class design. Shiny yes, World class? Certainly not.

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Accused Aussie game hacker flees to Europe ahead of trial

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Re: Moron...

Northern Cyprus?

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Why OH WHY is economics so bleedin' awful, then?

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Re: Sitting Ducks

To be perfectly honest, if I were up shit creek and having to rely on Government handouts I'd want a bloody drink. I don't begrudge them that and I'd hope the ones that piss all their benefits up the wall are, as I suspect, an absolute minority.

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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

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In most companies the largest bill, after cost of goods, is wages. Those come with a massive tax take.

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Third is often pensions. You got it - taxed!

Apple does most of the manufacturing in China as stated in the article. Often under contract. These people may or may not be paid well compared to other companies but by Western standards it will be fuck all. That is what makes the margin so large. Employing countless knowledgeless meat-sacks poncing around stores asking if they can help you then knowing jack-shit about the product line is not likely to produce a massive tax take. Going by what I have seen plenty will be students and hence pay little or no tax based on income and thresholds. There will be some payroll taxes but nothing compared to what gets avoided.

Most corporations - like most individuals - pay a third to a half of their income in tax.

Companies like Apple and Google make huge profits compared with their staffing levels and have averaged/harmonised corporation tax rates below 15%. I sincerely doubt that payroll tax is going to take them up to 33% let alone 50%. That statement is simply nonsense. Small businesses and those unable to profit shift certainly do pay higher rates and get properly screwed.

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Re: Taxing the wrong thing

All taxes are paid by the buyer...am I the only person who understands this?

And the shareholders no? I mean, how much you can pass on to the buyer depends on the competitiveness of the market in which you operate. If it is highly competitive then more "cost" is born by the shareholders.

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Re: Taxing the wrong thing

Turnover cannot work as it'll just fuck over low margin businesses. It always seems like a good quick fix but it just doesn't work. You need to tax profits. It's just that, at the present time, we have a rather large problem with their definition.

My issue is that for all this transfer pricing to be legal it has to be arms-length does it not? It sure doesn't seem arms length but a major planned and smoothly run operation to me.

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Ahhh, so the corporation tax should be paid at the address of their head tax accountant? I assume he/she lives in the Caymans then.

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Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty of code theft … again

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Re: *Whose* code?

It's also only enforceable in the US. In the EU any work you did in your own time not using employer resources certainly could not fall under their ownership. Not that they wouldn't still write it in your contract but it wouldn't pass muster in a court.

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Comments considered harmful: WordPress web hijack bug revealed

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Re: About time

Wordpress seems to be the Bloggers' variant of flash - full of holes and patched every week.

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: How many new cars don't have airbags in Europe?

My guess would be some of the cheap Chinese brands perhaps (Cherry, Great Wall) or kit cars.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: "The things that actually seem to work in making the poor richer."

@DaveDaveDave: I've always viewed minimum wage as a guilt payment by the Government to those they've fucked over. Whether that be through open borders driving down wages at the bottom or a lack of genuine training opportunities and/or a shit education system that teaches to the test rather than providing people with the skills to get on in life. Of course their (all Governments) failure to deal with real price inflation plays a part too by allowing costs to soar. That failure may take the form of blowing bubbles (no M Jackson jokes please) in housing to general failure to invest in critical infrastructure which leaves the country importing ever more energy from overseas. Like I said - it is a guilt payment.

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Find something that isn't measured by Government directly or at arm's length. CPI is a case in point of a hugely manipulated index. The Chinese certainly learned from the West on that front and unemployment numbers.

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Re: If every comment could end up like this

The problem is that although you remove the income tax you need to up the VAT/consumption/transaction rate to avoid losing "Government income" or "other people's money" as I prefer to refer to it. This seems good at first until you realise that at the point at which the workers retire you've likely made everyone poorer in their final years as they weren't paying income tax before but now they're getting striped by your new taxes. Can't see you ever getting that one off the ground especially seeing as they've already had the parasites in fund management clipping the ticket on their money pot for the last 40+ years.

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Re: "The things that actually seem to work in making the poor richer."

I certainly agree that it makes no sense to say "here you go son, here's a minimum wage to stop you getting fucked over" one moment before adding "and now hand over the tax man's take". Still, the whole realm of Government revolves around clipping the ticket and getting in the bloody way of everything.

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Hmmm

I like the idea Tim but, correct me if I'm wrong, doesn't it still require that we have sorted out the profit shifting that goes on? I mean, you could create the most equitable efficient system going but if you can profit shift then they will all still be at it moving profits to the race-to-the-bottom tax locale de jeur. If it does require that the profit shifting issue is solved then, once that is achieved, who would give a shit about changing the system?

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Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi

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Re: What Stores....

Who cares what stores, just turn off your wi-fi. When you're not in range of a known point it is just an attack vector and battery drain.

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Business plans, good ideas, and 8 other myths about startups – by Indiegogo's CEO

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Re: And what about chance

Never ceases to amaze me the number of "successful" people who spout shit about their success being down to getting up early, yoga, diet, or some other shit when in the end the biggest part is chance or simple plain old good luck. Nicholas Nasim Taleb's Fooled by Randomness should be compulsory reading for these people before they start on the sermon circuit.

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No, Optus: don't try US-style net neutrality arguments in Oz

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Those will be the plans you see today. There are plenty of people out there that would have connected with Telstra and never moved house. As such they would be on a shitty plan that includes lovely per MB data charges. Up until recently I knew people that still had such plans - Telstra won't prompt you to update - until I got them to switch.

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but in reality we have always consumed less than quota.

To my mind that is, historically speaking, more related to the fear of what you'd be charged when breaching the quota rather than the lack of need for the data. ADSL per MB charges being a case in point.

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Re: Really?

Sudden changes in personal circumstances? Errr, go read the companies house filings for his futures business - they've already been posted on the internet. I believe someone has already looked into it at noted that on the years where losses were reported they arose due to large unexplained withdrawals from the company. There's also apparently a company setup in a shadier tax realm with "Market Milking" in its name. I'm not so sure that living in Hounslow flies under the radar given the filings already made to the authorities.

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Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

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Re: But what will become of the other "creative" reviews?

This one still makes me laugh

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B000KKNQBK/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_summary?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=byRankDescending

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Oz energy company AGL promises to decarbonise by 2050

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Re: carbon capture

Given AGL's attempt to get rid of CSG waste water by using it to irrigate farmland (how did that ever get approved)

It's called "having politicians in your pocket". The building industry has been doing it for years.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: "Sir Jony's juice"

It's not borderline immoral, it is immoral... The amount of electrical waste we create is high enough already without manufacturers adding to it by shortening their lifespan and making them unserviceable even by themselves.

I thought there was some EU mandate somewhere that stated the minimum level of recycle-ability of products? Or is that the problem, it is highly recycle-able - you just need to do it for any single component failure?

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Taxes

However, Brussels isn’t Washington, and despite a huge lobbying effort here, the idea that Google has harmed European startups has proved to be a most persuasive argument.

The fact they haven't been paying any taxes won't do them any favours either.

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Learn yourself hireable: Top tips for improving your tech appeal

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Re: ITIL??? Sweet lord NO.

Reading the article gave me my first example of ITIL and great being used in the same sentence without "big pile of steaming shite" being present.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: 9mm Pistol at 100yds?

Given it's America I'm surprised he settled for something so puny. I'd have thought he'd have gone OTT and used a .50 Cal

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Dallas Buyers Club doubles down on Oz Torrenters

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Re: And there confirmation of the approaching sunami

Not entirely. El Judge wants to inspect the communiques first.

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

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Re: It's all just OS 10

The hardware requirements for 10.10 are no different to 10.7

What, other than the 64-bit requirement meaning a 2008 Macbook will not run it?

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Re: Another epic Apple EOL fail

A better statement would be that they don't inform of software lifecycles as it may affect hardware sales as most people will upgrade the hardware and get the OS pre-installed.

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Re: Great

Or are they going to persist with having me register on their site and babysit a GUI app all weekend?

softwareupdate -h

Don't forget to sudo before running the actual install.

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'We STRONGLY DISAGREE' that we done WRONG, says Google

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Re: Competition Violation?

When you access a site that includes Google Analytics, is it you, or the site, that is using them

Neither. Both of you are being used by Google.

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Re: I google for "Webmail" on my Nexus 5

Nice argument. Did you read the article? The case relates to a complaint over 5 years ago with a subsequent 5 year period of evidence gathering and case building. What they do and what you witness now are utterly irrelevant to the case at hand. Jeezuz.

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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Re: Political correctness

No, bollocks would definitely be an issue as they certainly are categorisable as genitals.

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Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

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But then, if that really is the case, this is then an interesting statement...

Remote shortcomings aside, the Mobi Pro is a seriously useful piece of kit that should speed up the workflow of any photographer, particularly those producing a lot of studio-based work

It simply will not speed up the workflow. Macs and most laptops have SD card slots and USB3 capable readers should be readily available. These should all be far quicker than wi-fi from a little card. Removing a card and placing it in a reader to transfer the contents whilst a replacement card is then in the camera for continued shooting is more practical. Anyone doing proper studio work will likely do a tethered shoot or use their camera's wi-fi capability, whether that is in-body or via a hot-shoe accessory for techno-laggards like Canon.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

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Re: MS is trapped

iPads and tablets can generally be used to do stuff, but that stuff is mainly email and browse. At home I still gravitate back to the desktop for most things. Photo processing - yep, video - yep, spreadsheet - yep, most things - yep. It's the fact it has a big screen, craploads of storage, a mouse, a keyboard (both of which are highly accurate) and is incredibly fast.

I don't shop on a tablet and most sites are still crap to use in this regard and password managers are a pain in the arse. I have much more faith in my PC with firefox, adblock, betterprivacy, lastpass etc added in.

I read emails on it, maybe do some light browsing, and maybe look through photos I have been arsed to sync to it. Used to use it for movies when flying. The kids get much more use out of it these days. Some apps are useful but given most will be on my PC I'm not keen on paying twice.

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Re: MS is trapped

Apple deprecates code faster than most people change their underwear, so old applications either adapt or die. If MS had allowed legacy x86 cruft to run on ARMs or Itanics [sic], perhaps the x86 would have sunk to it's most richly deserved place on the bottom of the ocean.

One key point is that MS is used in the enterprise and big organisations will not tolerate "everything breaks from version 1 to version 2 so best upgrade all your apps". Apple operates mainly in the consumer space where you can just tell people to suck it up.

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Harper review: break up ACCC, free up IP*, let freedom reign

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Although it may go against international trends to split out functionality from the ACCC it will likely benefit the taxpayer in the long run from perhaps having someone who will prosecute people rather than an organisation that cannot see a problem with petrol prices changing independently of the wholesale fuel cost and in and around holiday periods or that there's a problem with Woolies and Coles representing around 80% of the grocery market. Frankly the current bunch under SIms are as useful as tits on a boar.

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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Re: Of course it's all about sex...

More like it's all about onanism

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Thanks for the data retention, tech sector

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Shrugs shoulders, pays for VPN. Done.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Correction

At the end of page 2 is the statement "Online, everyone is angry". I'd change that to "Online, it's real easy to be a c*nt" as it would be far more accurate when it comes to the general discourse of some posters on forums.

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Australian online voting system may have FREAK bug

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Re: Man in the middle?

ASIO, now there's someone that could MITM this. What, don't you think they would if it suited them?

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Re: Wipeout!

@Mondo: I've been a Mac user for decades and much prefer OS X to Windows' offerings at every level..

Good thing is now you don't even need to buy a Mac as you can build your own. Laptops you're stuck with though to some extent.

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