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40 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

Margaret Hodge, PAC are scaring off new biz: Treasury source

Merchman

Re: How on earth can this happen ...

You mean the baseless accusations that the Telegraph have already had to apologise to Margaret Hodge over this story:

An item posted on the Telegraph website last night said: ‘Margaret Hodge MP – Contrary to our report “Hodge faces challenge over family firm’s taxes” (Nov 20), Stemcor, in which Ms Hodge has a small shareholding, has not abused transfer pricing to avoid tax. We accept that there is no inconsistency or hypocrisy in Ms Hodge criticising other companies for tax avoidance and apologise to her for any contrary impression.’

http://www.taxjournal.com/tj/articles/telegraph-apologises-margaret-hodge-over-stemcor%E2%80%99s-tax-affairs-13122012

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

Merchman
Facepalm

Re: Well hello ducky...

Well I was thinking it would make it easier to hit them with something blunt and heavy, but then I remembered the TARDIS is bigger on the inside.

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Oh My GOD! Have the TORIES ERASED THE INTERNET?*

Merchman
Flame

Exactly. These are some of the things that were promised, that have been broken and they are now trying to remove the evidence:

1. No frontline cuts

2. Protecting the NHS budget

3. 3,000 more police officers

4. Keeping VAT at 17.5%

5. Keeping the Future Jobs Fund

6. Keeping Education Maintenance Allowances

7. Preserving tax credits for middle earners

8. Removing the “couple penalty”

9. Scrapping tuition fees

10. No bonuses for bank directors

11. 3,000 more midwives

12. Three more army battalions

13. Pupil Premium additional to the schools budget

14. Keeping Child Benefit universal

15. Stopping A&E and maternity closures

16. A Post Office Bank

17. No new nuclear power stations

18. Removing high marginal tax rates

19. No cuts to the Royal Navy

20. Automatic prison sentence for carrying a knife

21. Cutting rail fares each year

22. Keeping the Child Trust Fund for the poorest families

23. No more top down NHS reorganisations

24. No cuts to public spending this year

25. Increase teachers by 30%

26. Reducing 'special advisors'

27. Flood defence spending

28. Flat rate pensions

29. BBC World Servic

30. Post Office Bank.

31. Extra child care allowance

32. Inheritance Tax.

33. Increase front line budget for schools.

Fortunately the Conservative party have all the technical ability of a tuna sandwich and people have already scraped and saved huge amounts of the site.

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Merchman

It looks like a lot of the old Labour speeches are still there, just not easy to find. Here is Ed Balls' speech on child poverty from 2007.

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Announcement of 'churnalism detector' gets furiously churned

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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

Merchman
FAIL

Re: Can we check one thing?

The Telegraph have already had to apologise to Margaret Hodge over this story:

An item posted on the Telegraph website last night said: ‘Margaret Hodge MP – Contrary to our report “Hodge faces challenge over family firm’s taxes” (Nov 20), Stemcor, in which Ms Hodge has a small shareholding, has not abused transfer pricing to avoid tax. We accept that there is no inconsistency or hypocrisy in Ms Hodge criticising other companies for tax avoidance and apologise to her for any contrary impression.’

http://www.taxjournal.com/tj/articles/telegraph-apologises-margaret-hodge-over-stemcor%E2%80%99s-tax-affairs-13122012

I wouldn't expect a little thing like facts to get in the way of Paul Staines attacking someone.

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Ten Windows tablets

Merchman

Prices!

Well, at least they're all competitive on price.

/sarcasm

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Official: More than 7 million Brits have NEVER accessed the interwebs

Merchman

Access to the internet

And yet, the government are looking to make it mandatory for ALL benefit claimants to use the internet to manage their benefits under the new Universal Credit scheme (which is thankfully starting to fall apart).

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N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

Merchman
Facepalm

Re: Now I hate Win 8 as much as the next man

Am I the only person who managed to read the part at the start of the article that said: 'The Apple command key maps to the Windows key in VMware Fusion'. I would assume that they also told the testers that they had done this.

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Battlefield Earth ruled worst film EVER

Merchman

Re: Am I the only person that quite enjoyed

Personally I prefer Jeff Wayne's musical version. Particularly for Richard Burton's narration.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2

Merchman
Facepalm

I don't believe it was the intro movie per-say that was Lucy's problem. It was the fact that it played a 20 min movie prior to beginning the game, and then when she started the game it played the exact same movie again (only this time it had some additional voice acting).

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Digital UK names date for end of analogue TV era

Merchman

Re: Is the digital TV system in Northern Ireland

Nope. The NI and UK system runs on MPEG-2 and ROI runs on H.264

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MPs blast dole-office-online plans

Merchman
Facepalm

Libraries

It would be, except the government cuts have/will close a lot of libraries. I believe that this is what is called 'joined up thinking'.

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Got a buck to send M Night Shyamalan to film school?

Merchman

XKCD

Obligatory XKCD strip: http://xkcd.com/566/

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Berlusconi calls George Clooney to his defence

Merchman

Re: Talk darfur to me, honey.

He actually claimed Ruby was Hosni Mubarak's (then president of Egypt) niece.

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Flickr flap illuminates cloud concerns

Merchman
Stop

Re: Always 3-2-1

If you read the original article, he did have back-ups of all the photos uploaded to Flickr. This issue was with all the meta-data and links to the photos from other people. If you have some mystica, magical way to backup that lot as well, I'm sure we'd all like to hear it.

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Yahoo! unfurls revamped Yahoo! mail beta

Merchman
FAIL

Screen resolution

Looks like they have managed to alienate anyone using a netbook or similar:

"Your screen resolution is set below our minimum recommendation of 1024 x 768 pixels"

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Jobsian fondle-slab in SEXY FILTHGRAM CRACKDOWN

Merchman
Coffee/keyboard

Keyboard...

..El Reg owes me a new one!

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IT engineer fights spider with improvised flamethrower

Merchman
Welcome

I for one...

...welcome our flame retardant arachnid overlords.

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Firefox 3.6.9 release candidate rocks up for sturdy testers

Merchman
Coat

STOP!

(See sub heading)

Mines the one with matching parachute pants

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Apple 'stunned' by iProduct demand

Merchman
Headmaster

@Narg

*Ahem*, PT Barnum.

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Creative World of Warcraft headphones

Merchman
FAIL

@Inachu

Took me all of 30 seconds to find the drivers on the Creative website and if you actually read the description of what you are going to download, it explicitly states:

'This download contains the latest driver and application(s) for use with your Sound Blaster® World of Warcraft® Wireless Headset'

I don't think it can be much clearer than that.

Also, regarding things being written in English, pot calling the kettle black ring a bell?

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Steve Jobs death-grips iPhone 4 reality

Merchman
WTF?

Re: D. Rumsfeld said something about ......

I believe this it the clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RpSv3HjpEw

(my god he's a shifty looking sod)

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Blog service shut down by order of US law enforcement

Merchman
Grenade

Re: Agreed

It appears, from the report on the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10692501) that there was Al-Qaeda and bomb-making related materials on posted. There is more at cnet (http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20010923-261.html?tag=topTechContentWrap;trendingNow).

(Grenade for obvious reasons)

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Opera Mini de-betas on Android

Merchman

Zoom

It would be nice to have a zoom in/zoom out function, it would probably then become my default browser. At the moment I am stuck between scrolling all over the place to find what I want (especially with the new BBC News site - don't get me started), and constantly going in, and out of the settings.

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Martha Lane Fox to clone 10m copies of self

Merchman
FAIL

The goggles, they do nothing!

Good god, the formatting in that document is terrifying. I suppose that's one way to pad ~20 pages of plain text up to a 65 page document. How are people meant to take her seriously in her advocating of all things digital when it is clear she (or at least someone under her control) cannot create a simple Word document.

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ID cards poster girl laments her £30

Merchman
FAIL

Facebook

There are 2 groups set up on facebook - muppets!

http://www.facebook.com/search/?init=srp&sfxp=&q=id+card&o=69&c1=4#!/group.php?gid=118593128172936&v=info&ref=search

http://www.facebook.com/search/?init=srp&sfxp=&q=id+card&o=69&c1=4#!/group.php?gid=123582937674980&v=wall&ref=search

The wall comments on the 2nd link are particularly amusing.

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Merchman

Re: off topic

The irony of the situation is, if he had declared his relationship, he would have been entitled to a greater allowance over the same period of time:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/may/30/david-laws-commons-guidelines

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World Cup magic captured in Microsoft Paint

Merchman
Happy

Nice video...

...but what it's missing The Gallery music from Hartbeat

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Google blames developers for lousy Android battery life

Merchman
FAIL

replace iphone battery

A-ha, ha ha, hahahahaha.

Dude you're hilarious. Replace, ha, iphone, giggle, battery. It's just too funny.

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Facebook faces Home Sec over lack of 'panic button'

Merchman
FAIL

re: Close social networking sites

You forgot:

4) Profit!

(at least for the idiots thinking up these ideas).

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'The LHC will implode the Moon or PUT OUT THE SUN'

Merchman
Joke

re: Ahh tinfoilers... funny buggers they are...

Ah, but the thing about space is, it's black. And the thing about black holes is...they're black...I think you can see where I'm going with this.

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Hold onto your pants it's iPad pre-order day

Merchman

re: Pre-order y'say?

Careful now!

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iPad Mini/Nano beta-tester: Of course it's real

Merchman
FAIL

Whoosh

That sound you can hear - that's a joke soaring majestically over your head.

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Nokia switches direction and gives away maps

Merchman
FAIL

Re: not really free

you can download it and install directly on the phone - just go to maps.nokia.com from your phone browser, or you can send the phone a link to download it directly

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Trouser-bomb clown attacks - how much should we laugh?

Merchman
Coffee/keyboard

What do you mean 'Title required?'

You sir owe me a new keyboard!

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Oregon profs plan giant robotic space cockroach warriors

Merchman
Welcome

Kent Brockman

Well I for one welcome our giant, robotic, unthinking cockroach overlords!

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Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Merchman
Flame

KDE

The problems I encountered, upgrading and then clean installing, onto a netbook seem to stem from adding KDE to the system. On all occasions, upgrade and install, full ubuntu and NBR, the installation (and re-boots into) Gnome are all fine and dandy. It is only when I convert the system to KDE and then reboot do I get a black screen and hang on boot. And to make matters worse, with Grub2, I now have no access to a recovery menu, with the grub menu hidden by default, and you have to access the system to enable it - whoever thought of that needs a slap!

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Metallica sticksman gloats over Napster downfall

Merchman
Grenade

Lars Ulrich is a cock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS6udST6lbE

'Nuff said

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Barclays IT systems have a strop

Merchman

want my money

17:45 - couldn't get money from the machines at tesco. At least it's the bank, not me!

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