* Posts by Mark 65

2296 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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Re: Just Anal

@AC: You sir are a deluded fool.

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Re: Exactly what problem does this solve?

You are mistaken T.F.M., the device is there purely for the potential future abuse scenarios. That there may be some benefit in a small set of circumstances is merely the current sales pitch to the masses. This will be abused, first by insurance companies (who are no doubt ready to go with it as are the TLAs) then by the local council investigating some dog shitting issue or other nonsense. It is just a matter of when not if. The data will exist, so why not?

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Re: You're screwed.com

If I'm stationary and a lorry drives into me, I think I'd still like the emergency services to come!

Even if you're at home watching the TV?

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Re: Will it be easy to disable ?

I don't think it will be engineered very deeply otherwise they then either have to export the useless technology to markets where it is of zero use because they don't have the system or they need to maintain even more inter-market differentiations of the vehicle componentry - something that for cost/margin purposes they typically don't want to do. My guess is that it will be bolt on at best - they are legally obliged to provide it but frankly couldn't give a shit if you remove it.

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OpenSSL preps fix for mystery high severity hole

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Re: The real question...

Arsebleed? After all the NSA have likely been giving everyone a good back-dooring.

I'll get me coat.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Re: That mailing list

I'd argue they have more money than sense, it really doesn't matter whether it is extreme wealth or complete lack of intelligence to the salesman.

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Re: Jaques Cousteau

Indeed I have always considered Rolex to be like the BMW of luxury watches. They market their brand in a shouty look-at-me fashion and that attracts a similar minded customer. Not to mention if it is an aphrodisiac as implied by Mr Worstall it will also attract a certain type of mate - generally the more paddling-pool shallow rattly-headed type. The likes of your real luxury watch - Patek, Vacheron, Audemars etc - would, as previously stated, not even be noticed by such types but would be admired in the right circles and be handed down as heirlooms. Doesn't one of them advertise that you don't so much own their watch but merely look after it for the next generation? Personally I just use them to tell the time so couldn't give a shit.

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Re: The beginning of the end for Windows

Yeah, because in a theoretical future where even just 25% of workstations run (say, Linux), the NSA will just go "Oh well, we had a good run" and give up.

True, but given the Windows centric bent of those module listings I'd be happier to make more work for them than offer it up on a plate.

To anyone who says "Why would they be interested in you?" I offer "Who knows who they are interested in, it seems like they want to tap everything everywhere?". Mass surveillance is, after all, designed to prevent you getting any big ideas on non-conformity.

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Re: EU dispute

It's actually more worthy of note that if they were to win the election and offer the referendum then the public may vote to leave EU law and thus take the EU and its overriding laws out of the equation.

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Australians! Let us all rise up against data retention

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Re: re. Panic much?

@Lysenko: dude, you're jinxed.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: Welcome to the wireless world

OK I am no Apple fan, but...we are at the start of a new revolution.....

My Mouse Bluetooth, headphones Bluetooth, keyboard Bluetooth, PowerPoint presentation cast of a wireless display, printer WiFi, file transfer from my phone and camera are wifi.

Repeat after me...electromagnetic interference. Your home is gradually becoming filled with more and more devices that will interfere with each other. That they need to use unlicensed spectrum guarantees this.

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Stop press! NHS trust finds G-Cloud, BUYS SOMETHING with it

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Re: Value?

Indeed, £450 per year per seat seems very high, what exactly are they getting for that price?

Fucked-over.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: This is a trivial 'software requirements' problem

Although not terribly convenient, just perform a device reset before entering country then after you've passed through customs and out the other side just enter your cloud account details and re-sync. Upside is they get a blank device, downside is you need to spend ages in McDonalds or Starbucks.

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

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Re: A Question

@Brewster: Thanks, that's an important missing point.

On my previous comment and responses, that $100 is easy to come by is irrelevant as that implies a targeted attack on the client end or else you need to be able to afford to MITM however many clients to pursue the necessary pot of gold.

The fact that this missing (in the article) information states you can target a server which is using a single (per uptime) key gives rise to a much better use of a $100 once-off outlay and opens the attack up to all and sundry.

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A Question

The list of how to use items has something along the lines of: convince to use crap key, factor key, then can inject what they want into the stream. Now, given we are also told that to factor the key would require about $100 of processing on AWS would I be right in suggesting this is more of a TLA flaw or highly targeted spear-fishing exercise toolkit rather than something your average pleb should fear? i.e. for the man on the street it is more of a theoretical exercise than a reality if we ignore for a moment those special folks at the NSA and GCHQ?

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Re: DJV @ Matt Bryant

The moronic part would seem to be your attempt at a reply. I notice you seem completely unable to counter the points I raised (honest, this is my surprised face).....

Matt, nobody bothers because they cannot be arsed playing reply-to-post-ping-pong with someone capable of arguing with themselves.

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National Rugby League boots 'metadata' right into Australia's face

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Hmmm

It merely states they'd need to provide phone records. Now, the only record I have after the fact (depending upon how long after the fact, of a phone interaction is merely date, number, duration as provided by my carrier. Hardly going to provide much of anything really. Given we're talking NRL here, a 2 hour call at 3am could be a drunken redial that happened in the process of passing out with the recipient already in the target state.

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Tony Abbott says food importers deserve help denied to telcos

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Instead, the government's line has been that as the implementation costs of metadata retention “is less than 1 per cent of the $43 billion in revenue generated by the telecommunications industry annually” it can easily carry the burden after an initial cash grant.

Revenue is not the same as profit. If that's a low margin business, which is likely, then that 1% cost might be nearer 20, 30, 40 etc.

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