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Clap Google, Amazon in irons to end tax shenanigans - MPs

Peter R. 1

Could someone explain WHY...

I, as a company or private person, would pay X taxes when I an get away with X/2 taxes (insert any number you like) ?

Where do you think those 500£ 50" flatscreens come from ? Let me enlighten you : YOU can only buy that appliance (or any other you may want) at such a stupidly low price if it's made in a country with very low or no corporate tax by people making a buck a day with no health or dental plan, redundancy pay, unemployment benefits and/or other social protection.

So choose wisely.

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Tech titans lose our loyalty: Are fanbois a dying breed?

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Added value : more than downloadable apps.

Can't speak for anyone else. Just me.

I'm in the enviable position that when I consider a purchase I don't have to look at the price alone. 'Is it really necessary' is a relatively moot point. If our spending pattern was driven by necessity we would all be driving Fiestas, live in a chicken coop and survive on bread and water. Because, really, most of what we spend our hard-earned on is ultimately 'not necesary', as in 'if you don't you die'. YMMV. You get the point.

So we could argue that most of what we purchase is a luxury purchase. You don't 'need' a desktop if you own a half decent laptop, you can read books from you library, and you can sit down and make article notes on recycled paper. You don't 'need' a Galaxy S12 wit dropthings an speech recognition.

But we strive to make our lives more comfortable with all kinds of gadgets and stuff that fall in the 'not required for breathing" categories, and derive a certain amoint of entertainment and joie de vivre from all manner of gadgets.

When I buy these gadgets I generally son't mind paying over the odds because I find a phone 'nicer' than another one, or get a car with a bigger engine because of some very subjective notion of it 'driving better' than the Fiesta. Ultimately, my average speed over a year would be exactly the same in the Fiesta than in the big Benz, and believe it or not, the Fiesta is dry inside too.

Now, as I said, i don't mind baying OTT, I don't even mind gving in to my repressed 'fanboi' every once in a while, but when I do I expect to be treated accordingly. I don't mind paying for an iPhone, but when I go to their store I expect them to have all varieties in stock for me to take away, I expect to pe spoken to and not at by a salesperson with produt knowledge and an elementary notion of manners, and when something goes awry (and it inevitably will) I expect to be treated with the service onbe expects from a premium brand. I also expect said brand to be of better quality than something osting a quarter of the price.

(Note : I use the Apple brand as an example here. You may insert any vendor you wish)

But when I do pay a premium, and I am not listened too, lied to, the sales drone walks off in the middle of a demo, subsequently receive a product that is seriously flawed (AND I'm accused of 'holding it wrong), get dismal warranty coverage and am charged silly prices for repairs because 'I must've dropped it', there comes a point when I am no longer prepared to pay the premium.

And this, IMO, is what everyone is started to find out : the ads try to sell you the idea that you are an upmarket, valued customer, but one the sle is made it turnes out you're just an average slob parted with his/her money and no one has any further interest in you.

So, manufacturers of premium brands : premium does not mean 'more expensive'. It means 'better than everything else'. In EVERY department.

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Microsoft claims £3.6m piracy scalp in China

Peter R. 1

3.6 Million ?

A RETAILER has 3.6 MILLION quid in loose cash to pay out a settlement ? That must be one hell of a retailer. What sort of turnover does this guy generate ?

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Saucy Star Wars strip show - sorry, burlesque - to tour Down Under

Peter R. 1

This thread is useless...

Without pics ! Although I'll let the Thorne option pass me by.

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John McAfee 'captured'

Peter R. 1

Psst...

It is I, Leclerc, cleverly disguised as an onion salesman !

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Archaeologists uncover 'Unicorn's lair'

Peter R. 1

Catching one...

I believe involves the use of virgins. Or at least A virgin. Them NK's are always good for a larf. Whatever will they come up with next.

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Chinese buyers falling out of love with iPhones

Peter R. 1

Re: Are the Chinese exceptionally patriottic ?

What you say is of couse true, but it is easy to prefer Apple in the US or Sammy in SK because they make really good products. There's a lot to like.

What I'm wondering about is if the Chinese are preferring an 'inferior' (I can't seem to be able to come up with a better word for now) product. 'It may not be an iPhone or a Galaxy, but WE made it and OUR families make their living from it'. That kind of thing.

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Peter R. 1

Are the Chinese exceptionally patriottic ?

I am wondering if our Chinese friends are favouring their own brands. Maybe they are just finding their own products have come along far enough to be acceptable as alternatives to products sold by foreign companies.

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Microsoft halves Surface RT production orders - report

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Maybe they swapped something that didn't sell for something that might sell. Or something they make a bit of money on for something they hope to make more on.

Maybe Ballmer should just change his name to Baldrick. I honestly don't know. It was just a question.

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Peter R. 1

Straight Swap

Is it possible they just traded production volume for the Pro and we're getting only half the story?

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Far Cry 3 game review

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The verdict is in

I am saddened to have to report that unfortunately this one is just like number 2, with another story strapped to it. If you liked 2 you'll have a great time. Me ? Not so much.

Looking forward to Crysis 3 though.

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Motörheadphönes Motörizer rock 'phones review

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Re: If they're good enough for Herr Kilmister...

Every organism known to man probably dies once it enters his bloodstream He has been expressly forbidden to donor bloodtransfusions ever.

Imagine the jolt you'll get when someone hooks you up to this guy's metabolics.

Ace of spades indeed !

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Peter R. 1

If they're good enough for Herr Kilmister...

They're good enough for me.

This is the third or fourth review I've read about these phönes and every review has been amazingly favorable.

Think headmaster Lemmy had any say in them or is he just fattening up his retirement fünd ?

Nah, forget it...that was a stupid question.

Rock on Lemmy !

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Want to run your own Apple shop? Start with £70k of German chairs

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It's not uncommon

It's called franchising. It's been around for bloody ages. Anything from Mercedes Benz to MD and KFC, warehouses, plumbing supplies, Trek, Cannondale, you name it.

The only thing actually worrying about it is the franchiser setting the prices. Allowing rebates is always frowned upon, and often punished when discovered by the franchiser.

This is what's called price fixing, and it's illegal. But oddly no one seems to be bothered.

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Re: "But customers need choice, they want to be able to try products that work alongside Apple."

Yes. The chairs, f'rinstance !

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Oi, Apple, stick to phones, forget about TV - Time Warner CEO

Peter R. 1

TV is not music.

Apple has been able to convince big labels to sell through their iStore by selling them fear of losing even more marketshare.

TV is a different animal. I sicerely doubt if -at least at this time- they can get the large production houses to give them preference over the classic broadasting outfits. I don't think the production houses can afford to lose the support of the NBC's, ABC's Fox' and HBO's at this time.

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Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets laptop-level price

Peter R. 1

Battery life will make it or break it

If they can get decent battery life out of it (like 10-12 hours) I think they have a fighting chance. However, at those prices they are ogling the enterprise, and even if I had a very good reason to recommend these for my engineers and construction managers I would never get IT to support 8, so it would be a no-no. MAYBE if they could get 7 to work on it without a hassle I could get them to condone it, but otherwise it''ll be smallish laptops.

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iPod daddy: Ousted iOS chief Scott Forstall 'got what he deserved'

Peter R. 1

Re: >"Apple is better off without such autocracy"

A bit like a rotating dial, so to speak ?

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

Peter R. 1

Not in a movie..

But definitely the most worrying bit of hardware : Hex in the Unseen University's science department. It's administrator is Ponder Stibbons, and it proudly displays a sticker 'Anthill Inside'.

It's possibilities are endless !

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Apple's former retail boss spills magic beans on store strategy

Peter R. 1

I like their stores

Well, us Belgians do not merit a real Apple store, but we have premium resellers.

When I decided I may want to buy an iPad I went to their store. I was half expecting desinterested spotty yoofs, like the sales people you get in Mediamarkt, Saturn, FNAC (and things like Dixons i visite when I was in the uK)and other stores that sell electronics, the sort that don't really know what you're asking and know even less about the products they earn their crust with.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a store where everything was not only in stock bur available for actual physical contact (the products, people), the sales guy knew the differences between the models, knew what they did and what they didn't and how they worked together with other stuff. He even let le eat my icecream while he was explaining to me.

I don't know what monetary value I should put on the environment and how it equates to the price of the product, but I was happy that at least my mood didn't get totally ruined because I happened to need an electronics device.

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America planned to NUKE THE MOON

Peter R. 1

Re: Note on Sagan

You seem to be somewhat confused, and you are ignoring the logic of reasoning.

1. From a philosophical standpoint, believing does not enter into the equasion. My comment is about proof.

2. From a scientific standpoint, you believe someting to be the case, you can go about proving it.

In your case of oxygen, proving or disproving oxygen is toxic is proof in both cases. What Sagan seems to be postulating (from what I read about the man, I never met him) is that absence of proof of non-existance is proof of existance. This is pertinently untrue.

Again, this is not a matter of belief. It is cold hard logic. In the case of the existance of god, the fact that there is no(t yet) a unyfying theory of evolution in it's broadest sense does not equal proof of the existance of a deity.

I am sorry I can not make this clearer to you in a forum post, and I wil therefor shut up about the matter.

You may, of course, believe what you like.

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Peter R. 1

Re: Note on Sagan

Well, I screwed that one up didn't I ? It should've read 'unable to prove god DOESN'T exist'. I still don't like the argument though. Demanding proof of negatives is very unscientific.

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Peter R. 1

Note on Sagan

I've always found him to be a bit schizophrenic in his reasoning.

Especially his argument about atheists being unable to prove god exists due to the lack of evidence has somehow always rubbed me the wrong way. But maybe he was just trying to be funny.

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Apple manufacturers: ARRGH, pesky iThings are impossible to make

Peter R. 1

It makes me wonder...

on what basis the manufacturers compile their bid if both of them now find - and not for the first time - they're not making any money on the contract.

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Belgian finds missus was born a MAN after 19 YEARS of marriage

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Re: I've just looked at the original article...

Tiny top garments that leave very little to the imagination. Or, in this case, the wrong kind of imagination.

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Peter R. 1

Re: Eh?

Dunno about that. We'll never know the whole story and probably we don't need to. But maybe the bloke wanted kids or something. Thes may put a different complexion on the prejudice argument.

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Peter R. 1

Ah ! We are in the news !

You can always rely on us Belgians for a good tech scoop. Well done lads.

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Exec responsible for Apple iOS map fiasco walks the plank

Peter R. 1

I wonder...

Who's going to be held responsible for the slip in the new iMac delivery. They're pulling out all the stops to give the impression that the machines will be on the shelves this year, but my take is that it's just going to be a token presence. It may well be february before they get any volumes to marked.

Someone (or some more than one) better start going the job ads.

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Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

Peter R. 1

We were so disappointed.

OS/2 Was hyped as the new thing that was going to send Windoze to a well deserved grave. It didn't require DOS, it could address a decent amount of memory, It was going to be much faster. It was going to be a true graphical OS, not a shell stuck to a command prompt. It promised the arrival of new and great native versions of WP, 123 and Symphony, Paradox and so on.

When we finally got our hads on it, we had built custom machines for it. 8 megs of ram, a 200 mb HD, grahivs cards with 256K or 512K ram. They were so hot the guys supplying the parts thought we were building the starship Enterprise.

Then came the disappointment. It was horrid to install, crashed every time you went for a pee, and gave you grief if you wanted to install DOS software, which you had to, because the great new native apps never arrived.

After several months of trying to make these boxes work anywhere near reliable enough so we could demo them to clients we simply gave up and returned to MS.

For me, OS2 was the biggest let-down in computer history. I still think it's a shame because it had serious potential. But I guess IBM never saw it as something they could flog to PC users as a product. Triple shame.

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McAfee takes time off blogging to concentrate on being chased by police

Peter R. 1
Happy

Had a good larf...

Read about this disguise business and immediately thought of Clouseau !

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EINSTEIN'S BRAIN had unusual lobes and cortex

Peter R. 1

It is common knowledge...

that a wiz'(z)ar's staff has a knob on the end !

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Author of '80s classic The Hobbit didn't know game was a hit

Peter R. 1

Dragonworld anyone ?

I played something called 'Dragonworld' in what I remember as 1984, but IIRC it was on the Commodore 64. It had quite decent 320 graphics - on colour! - and I seem to remember the parser was quite good, although this might just be a fond memory now surrounded by the mists of time.

I think I'll start looking around for some emulators and dig up all those old classics.

Did you know the original Hawaii 5-0 and Mannix shows are now available on DVD ? I was amazed to discover they were actually in colour too !

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

Peter R. 1

What is never tested : warranty and service.

I've had a Buffalo BAs sitting on a shelf somewhere for over 2 years. It was bought in a pinh by a colleague in Japan and brought over on a project.

The power supply failed at some point. I have emailed and phoned with Buffalo in three continents, and with their main suppliers an dealers all around, AND I've even posted on their forum, asking to send me a replacement power supply. I have offered to pay for it and the shipping.

I have been given the run around from japan to the US to Europe, and ultimately I've been sent packing. They can not provide me with a replacement PS.

So before you part with your hard earned, take into consideration that there's some things that are never tested in a product review.

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Apple staff call Taiwanese filmmaker an 'idiot'

Peter R. 1

My brain hurts now

If I understand this correctly, Apple has placed an app of sorts on their iStore. A man is complaining that the stuff is HIS IP, but Apple won't remove it because is can not determine if the man is the IP owner.

It therefor follows that Apple can not determine if the person or persons that placed the content in the store are the IP owners either.

So Apple has put stuff in their store but they can not determine where it came from, and refuses to remove it for this very same reason.

Is it me or do they have it ass bakwards ? Does this now mean I can use any of Apples IP as long as I don't know it's their IP ? For instance, as long as I don't know Apple owns a patent for rectangular slab with rounded corners I can sell as many as I want, Ignorance is now an acceptable defene ?

And I'm not even trying to take the piss here. I'm dumbfounded.

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Windows boss Steve Sinofsky exits Microsoft

Peter R. 1

So when does Sinofsky start...

chez Apple ?

Pete

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Apple to ditch Intel – report

Peter R. 1

I wonder if it can be done.

It would possibly be a horrendously expensive undertaking to develop a new architecture chip that :

1. outperforms the Intel latest generation

2. delivers comparable performance at a comparable price point

3. does not infringe on AMD or Intel IP (at least not getting away with it)

4. produce it at anysignificant quantities

5. produce the relevant industrial strength compilers and cross platform the software at the time of release.

6. Alternatively, develop new software from scratch. This would truly be a can of worms, migrating to completely new hard- and software from the ground floor ?

I only have to refer to AMD who, although they make exellent products, and were even the originators of the 64 bit instruction sets as we know it, have never been able to make a sizeable dent in the Intel armour, not even when they had superior hardware (I'm conveniently ignoring the Opterons, which had a good run...for a bit). And et's not forget that even Big Blue did not have the stomach to go up against Intel at the time of the PowerPC's

I imagine that as soon as someone adds up the numbers at Fruity Towers the whole idea will be quickly relegated to 'bargaining chip' status.

But, admittedly stranger things have happened.

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Asus: we ship a million Google's Nexus 7s monthly

Peter R. 1

When I bought my iPad over a year ago it was really no contest between the available 'droids and the iPad. If I would have to make the same choice today I'm not so sure the iPad would ome out on top. the 'droid tablets have come a long way in a year, for sure.

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The new Mac mini eviscerated with ease

Peter R. 1
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Re: Oh dear...

I'm all for freedom of speech...but which idiot downvoted me for this LOL

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Peter R. 1

Oh dear...

It's not an 'A'elta, it's a 'D'elta, and my guess is it's a DC motor controller. For a fan, f'rinctance.

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US patent office prepares to kill off Apple's bounce-back patent

Peter R. 1

Re: This should never have been a problem

This is a brilliant idea, It could even keep the US patent system alive with only minor changes.

You can file anything you want, but when you want to start an infringment suit you have to pass a 'validaton check' first.

You could wait until the actual infringement suit starts, or you could decide to have any filing validated at the time of filing, or you could systematically validate your filings 'on the quiet' when you seem fit.

What would be the legal hurles ?

I'd upvote you 50 if I could.

Pete

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AMD uncloaks 4GHz-and-up FX Series 'enthusiast' chippery

Peter R. 1

Re: The one thing I hate on intel vs AMD comparisons

I would have to agree with you if the comparison is based on 'application benchmarks', i.e. does it offer me the same performance or better on the application I use at a price I am prepared to pay (this could be word processing or number crunching, but also 3D, or games).

However, if a product is marketed as a 'flagship' item, i.e. 'look what we're capable of' I think such comparison can indeed be made.

If I wanted to build a system and bragging rights were important to me, I would indeed wish to know if I had the fastest component installed, even if it was 3.5 times the price of the runner up. Well, for a week at least.

It's just information. What you do with it us up to you. But I would agree that the right to laugh at the slower unit should be reserved to the people who actually fork out the 700$.

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Nokia puts Symbian out to pasture ... why not release it into the wild?

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I don't think it would be advisable to cut loose Symbian in the current IP climate. Let's just imagine some IP litigation outfit gets to examine the source and claims all matter of copyright infringement.

Nokia has enough trouble right now. They don't need to expose themselves to infringement cases.

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Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

Peter R. 1

Mr. Bond is a Gentleman, and gentlemen do NOT drive Mustangs. And if , for reasons beyond their control, it IS necessery for them to drive one, the less it is mentioned and the sooner it is forgotten the better.

And I'm not sure about the E-type either

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The first Esprits weren't turbo's, and the 750 they started filming with was such a steaming pile of excrement that BMW snuck in a 740 8 cylinder for the rest of the recording. Although the 8 cylinder Beamers are just an ever so slightly less steaming pile of excrement, at least they kept going.

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Google shares dive as profits reported down 20%

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Is this a surprise ?

Really ?

This is what happens when people do not invest in the company and their product, but only in the hope that an idiot will pay more for their share than they paid for it.

There's simply nothing solid to hang a share value onto. No product. Just some bits flying about with a perceived dispersion measured in clicks. The whole predictability of the business model is based on vapor.

The sheer stupidity of these 'investors' and 'market analysts' is nothing short of baffling.

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Protestors target Google over that video

Peter R. 1

I always get confused listening to these folks...

First they leave their country and come to ours, and when they are here they want us to start doing things the same way they do in the place they farked off from.

It is very disorienting, not to mention bloody annoying.

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Microsoft Halo 4 launch countdown continues as game leaks online

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I, on the other hand...

Am still waiting for H3 on the PC.

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