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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

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Re: There is no such thing as AQ

Hmmm. I think that you are wrong.

On the evening of September 11, I remember colleagues in the pub surmising that Al Qaeda were to blame. My guess is that Al Qaeda groups were not organised in the same way, say, that the IRA was organised.

I'll have to go watch said documentary though.

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The NSA vs Ebola, IS etc.

The NSA is a chronic problem for us all and, for most of us not an acute problem. God help us should NSA and friends become an acute problem and the spectre of 1984 becomes reality.

Ebola and IS are very acute problems for some and, for most of us not an acute problem. Like the NSA and friends, they have the potential to make the lives of all of us a misery (and short at that).

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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Re: On a similar note.....

Here's a link to FU.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=%22house+of+Cards%22+BBC&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=64D2901F086BC65F5674506CFE4D045F21398571&selectedIndex=1

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: Picking the nit...

It's the difference between quality and quantity, if I remember my WWII history correctly.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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scold

'Scold' is such a lovely word. I have heard it used in a long while. It brings back memories of wicked masters scolding miserable slaves in Latin class.

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On being slowly boiled alive with video standards

Most people who use Windows XP are happy with it. In their opinion, it is good enough for them. It's a security nightmare, but that is another problem.

Most people who have a DVD-player and a DVD collection are happy with it. The quality is not at all bad, even on big screens. They have forked out once to have their video collection replaced by DVDs and the last thing that they want to do is to replace the whole bloody lot with 4K.

The entire industry has to leave a gap with technology so that one can appreciate the leap. Blu-ray was a mistake because it came too soon after the introduction of DVD. We are being metaphorically boiled alive in video standards. Now, DVD was so measurely better than VHS that moving up to DVD was an obvious thing to do (what the leftpondians refer to as a 'no-brainer'). Likewise 4K has to be so much better than DVD that upgrading is worth their while, rather than just worth the industry's while.

It seems to me that the likes of NetFlix and video-streaming is the way that people have chosen. Consumers pay a regular fee (not often, just regularly) and get whatever standard they wish. No need to replace the DVD collection because it is all available online. If they want to buy a new 4K telly, then let them do that.

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4K in 1993

I remember 1993. Powerful machines then had, maybe, 64MB of RAM and a 40MHz 68040 Motorola processor or a 33MHz 486. High-end machines could hold around 128MB which cost more than the computer running it. High-end hard drives were in the 1-4GB range. Put 10 4GB drives in a RAID-5 and get 36GB space.Added to that is the fact that 16-bit SCSI hadn't yet been introduced.

How in Heaven's name did they manage to digitize a move like 'Snow White' in 4K? I can see why they didn't keep it. You need a lot of DLT tapes to keep a 100GB+ file for machines that came with 160MB hard drives.

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Was Earth once covered in HELLFIRE? No – more like a wet Sunday night in Iceland

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Re: 4 billion year old zircons?

Fool! They were planted there to test you.

Now Hell (or Hades, in this case) awaits you along with the Fake Christians, Abortionists, Jesus Mockers, Rebellious Women, Muslims, Disobedient Children, Masturbators, Sport Nuts, The Prideful, Hypocrites, Buddhists, Good People, thieves, Inventors of evil, Homosexuals, Party Animals, Idolators, Adulterers, Liars, Anarchists, Catholics, Murderers, Atheists, Pornofreaks, Liberals, Satanists, Cowards, False Teachers, Hindus and Money Lovers.

The gun nuts are missing, but I suspect that the committee who drew up the contents of this wonderful poster reckoned that they would be covered by 'The Prideful'

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Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

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All-Caps are annoying

Hi Malagabay,

I have a favour to ask of you: Would you please cut down on the use of all-caps please?

Apart from the fact that it is very annoying to read, it also has the unpleasant effect of giving one the impression that you are mentally unbalanced.

Kind regards

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New Snowden leak: US and Brit spooks 'tap into German telco networks to map end devices'

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September 11, 2001

Wasn't it a windfall for the various spying agencies that, after a couple of weeks' training in Texas, those 19 Saudis were able to learn to fly commercial aircraft well enough that they were able to hit two skyscrapers?

Without their successful attack, President Bush would have received much more resistance when signing PRISM into force, Congress would have debated the massive sums demanded by aforementioned spying agencies and we all might have been aware earlier of their plans.

And furthermore, anyone who doesn't tow the official line is derided as a 'conspiracy nut' and belittled, partly because those who follow conspiracies don't do themselves or their causes any favours. Oh well, the War on Terror® has been, for some, a great success.

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iPhone NFC: 'Apple, photos and security ... WHAT could go WRONG?'

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Re: Smart meters are great

The person featured is a real customer and has received a gratuity for appearing in this commercial.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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Re: Not Paul the Octopus

The cube (like the Macintosh and the Mac 512K) was great if you didn't live in a hot country, and was, like many other Apple products, horribly overpriced. I would've loved to have one. In the end, I upgraded my Performa 6400.

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Re: If Steve wanted it...

LucreLout» However, Apple don't innovate - they never did. What Apple excelled at was looking at tech which hadn't caught on, could be significantly slicker, easier to use, and prettier, and they rebuilt that.

Which of these products were widely available and used before Apple got their greedy paws on them?

• Expandable & affordable personal computer (Apple ][)

• GUI (Lisa & Macintosh)

• Laser Printer with PostScript

• Personal Digital Assistant (Newton)

• 32-bit OS in a home computer (Mac OS 7 onwards)

• USB (iMac onwards)

• FireWire

• very light powerful laptops (MacBook Air — although I do prefer Netbooks)

• really small computers (Mac Mini)

That's not a bad list for innovation.

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Boffins: Searching for ALIENS is like looking for PIZZA among students

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Geological Sources

Esteemed Author» Therefore, you know the methane is being replenished. The best way to replenish methane in the presence of oxygen is with life.”

Is a geological source of methane also not likely?

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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Every year the same thing

Suggestion for El Reg:

Create a scheduled article. It just needs the launch date, current iOS version and current Mac OS as parameters.

'Apple launched iPhone x+1 today and fans have been queuing since last week to get the first glimpse. Star designer Jonathan Ive stated that by staying different they were staying the same. The Apple community were also impressed by the new version of Mac OS X y+1. It's our most stable release yet said Apple CEO Tim Cook in his understated way.'

The same scheduled article could also fill in the first 120 responses to save the outraged and overjoyed readers from their predictable response. For a bit of variation, you could activate YouTube-Response mode, which would include appalling grammar, lamentable spelling, blatant name-calling, some racism (for good measure) and the same answer 100 times to the simple question asked as well as overall lack of respect for one another.

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15 MEEELLION malware-infested mobiles worldwide – report

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That's crazy talk

Subhead» Hide your iPads, folks

*Everyone* knows that Apple products don't get viruses and tings because they are shiny and happy.

You are just doing this to stir up trouble, aren't you?

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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Re: When Your Opponent Refuses Reason....Resort to Ridicule

Self praise is no praise?

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New helpful prefixes for El Reg

I think only fair that we get more helpful prefixes along the lines mentioned in the article at El Reg.

Some suggestions:

[Real actual news]

[Apple news]

[Wanton celeb gossip]

[Gossip about wanton celebs]

[Salacious gossip]

[Probably real, actual news but we can't agree]

[It's really happening, Reg, it's actually happening!! (Scream in frustration)]

[Apparently satire actually scathing social commentary]

[News fit for pinko commies]

[News fit for rightwing bastards]

[News approved of by the 1%]

and so on

In passing I would like to say, that as a teenager, I found the warning labels on CDs and videos very helpful when it came to making purchasing decisions. I never thought I'd approve of the American Moral Majority, but they saved me a lot of time when it came to looking for the sort of stuff that 16 year olds look for.

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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

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Prior Art

HP would want to be careful. Apple already has prior art on laptops bursting into their flames with their much maligned Powerbook 5300 series.

That being said, poorly engineered power cables trumps poorly engineered batteries when it comes to computer companies (and Apple was a computer company back then).

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Weekend reads to tickle your intellectual palate: From Nazis to Invisibility

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Re: Not just me then?

The ignored, perceived insignificant and the invisible look very alike too. It is the plot of many a book and film where the protagonist is able to wander where (s)he will on account of their ignored status.

The author of this book could also have asked the many women in their 50's who complain that they are more or less invisible as to how it feels to be treated as (to all intents and purposes) not there.

But then again, when it comes to decision-making on important technical matters, many technies might as well be invisible to those who are more easily swayed by the likes of Gartner and other accountants.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: The "LAW"

There is no justice, just us...

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Re: Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance

Seconded.

Indeed, Jasper, I suggest that you get yourself a t-shirt with the logo 'foreign-looking gentleman' printed upon one side.

The link is here, btw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO8EpfyCG2Y

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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spelling

AC» Really? You are a moron.

Sir (or possibly Madam *)

If you are going to call people morons, would you at least misspell it properly please?

There should be an 'a' in there somewhere.

Kind regards

* Is there an accepted greeting for asexuals, other-sexuals as well as the other combinations of sex that have recently come to light?

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Race

Dear Mr. Cook,

If you are so concerned about the percentage of non-Caucasians working for Apple, why don't you find a country which is populated by non-Caucasians, Botswana, for example, and set up Apple Africa there? Assist in training the local youth in programming by sponsoring Computer Science degrees from the local university if not enough expertise is available. God knows, Apple is awash in cash. It would be a win-win situation for all.

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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This is Sparta

BHH» The Israelis are a proud and magnificent people. A warrior race of heros.

:-)

Methinks that your downvoters took you literally.

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Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses

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Re: Oh ffs...

You forgot the 'International' part...

YAAC» Campaign to Liberate International Terrorist Organisations and Rehabilitate them Into Society

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Blighty will be BIGGER and BETTER than Germany, confirm beancounters

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And coming up to the anniversary of The Great War

How fitting.

You could have put in somthing about the German Hun as well.

Did little Belgium ever say thanks, by the way?

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HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs

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Big Businesses *do* create jobs

Big Business *does* create jobs — usually lots of them in one go — and in a very politician-friendly way, which is a big reason why politicians love Big Business and FDI (Foreign Direct Investment).

Politicians need votes and what better way to get them other than by bringing a factory with 2000 jobs, especially if the factory comes to a place with social problems and high unemployment. Never mind that the government will pay millions for this placement and never mind that this factory will be gone once a much more cost-effective location overseas is found.

Foreign Direct Investment is the cocaine-hit for lazy government. Cultivating small- and medium-sized businesses and the promotion of the necessary attitude required for entrepreneurs is hard, time-consuming and expensive, which is contraproductive when politicians need to show results before each election. You can't have other politicians claiming the credit for your initaitive and hard work.

You also need a system of capital dispension and many banking systems just aren't equipped in either mindset, experience or capital to allow new business to flourish.

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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sigh

title says it all really.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Oh dear

I gave up watching TV almost a decade ago.

I just buy boxsets when I see something that interests me.

It seems that I've missed something called Simon Cowell and Sheryl Cole and my children haven't yet realised that they are missing something called 'Peppa Pig'. A tragedy on a national scale.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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Re: Why Latin?

There are a million of so Welsh speakers, aren't there?

I'm not sure they'd be happy to have their language classified as dead.

Maybe you had Manx in mind.

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We, who are about to fly, salute thee

I haven't done Latin for 25 years, so I open to correction on my future participles:

We, who are about to fly, salute thee!

Volaturi te salutant

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Trick-cyclists defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

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Power

My understanding of Facebook's actions is that they did it because they could.

And that it would make them richer than Croesus, or possibly even Apple, if they would be able to manipulate the emotions of their users as posited. It would take advertising to a new level and really, really stick it to Google.

Just think of implications in the political sphere if Facebook had a preferred candidate.

Just what is the cost of political mood?

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British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal

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Re: If I was a Facebook engineer...

A.C.» I'd wake up and ask myself: What am I doing with my life...???

Answer» Pulling in a handsome salary while exploiting all of the resources at my disposal, including you, if you don't stop me.

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Hey, remember the iPod Touch? Apple just did

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Re: zune killer

Dammit, you beat me to it.

Have an upvote.

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

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Re: Only a lawyer

Wouldn't a troll icon have been better?

Or don't those accused of terrorism deserve a lawyer?

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How Microsoft's cloud aims to cover the world

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As usual security

Until Microsoft et al. can convince us that they won't drop their knickers to whatever state agency that wants them to, I won't trust them with my data in their public cloud.

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Elon Musk: Just watch me – I'll put HUMAN BOOTS on Mars by 2026

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Grammar Nazi

I have to admit that I'm not happy with the phrase 'Grammar Nazi'.

It conjures up the metaphor of someone collecting together double negatives and split infinitives and then gassing them alive until they are no more.

It reduces the horror of what the Nazis did by making the term commonplace for something relatively petty.

The word 'pedant' is defined at dictionary.com as:

1. a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning.

2. a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details.

3. a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense.

And this seems to fit the bill quite nicely.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: So women deserve higher pay

Alas, I don't have any figures offhand.

In the spirit of compromise, I was talking about the big picture, wherein women as a whole are paid less than men as whole. If that means more women in senior positions and more men in junior positions, then that is the price to be paid for the compromise. However, this won't change drastically without major social upheaval.

My guess is that in most organisations those who are less pushy get paid less than those who are more pushy. Or rather, lal start out more or less the same and the pushier or more ambitious ones get pay rises more often because they are an arse about it. And women tend to be in the less pushy category.

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Re: makehuman

Tom7» you can knock up women just as easily as men

Are men easily knocked up? I thought that that was a peculiarly female complaint.

Boom, tish.

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Re: So women deserve higher pay

Zane» So consequently, women need higher pay than men.

Let us compromise and say broadly that they ought to get paid better than what they are getting at the moment.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Boffin

My nomination for archetypal boffin would the doc from 'Back to the Future'.

In reality, though, anyone who willingly reads academic journals that require a degree in one of the sciences or applied sciences to understand is, in my mind, a boffin. The white lab coat helps.

Ah, the happy, carefree days of 'Trends in Toxicological Sciences'...

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Porn

Just think of the fun to be had, when women come to ask you to fix their computers.

'It's probably all of the porn that's on there', you reply, knowing full well that her husband, sons, lover have spent the last 10 years looking at sites that have not been good for the system.

'I don't look at porn!' she will reply indignantly. If she is really certain that it's clean, she'll press you to come have a look at it. If she's not, she'll probably let it drop.

If she's clever, she mutter that she's going to kill «male relative of her who also uses her computer» and ask you to come and perform an exorcism on her machine.

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The Strippers, Unicorn Computers and Martian Watches of Computex

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Re: Manga

Manga is from Japan and this event took place in Taiwan.

Are Raidmax a Japanese company perhaps?

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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The perfect game

I came across Tetris first on the Mac Plus and I became addicted. Unlike games like Civ where a full game lasts many days (or not, if you can get by without sleep), Tetris can be played for 10 minutes in the middle of some necessary but dull work (like reading academic journals).

With Tetris you can set the level of your perfection, want it faster? start at a higher level, want it to solve it in style? then only eliminate 4 rows at a time and then strive to have no more than 4 rows at any one time, want it trickier? then start with a board already incompletely filled.

It is no surprise that it finds itself installed on or available to every new iteration of hardware.

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

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Simple Question

I am not an economist, which is why I pose a simple question:

What would be valid reasons not to have a very simple taxation policy based on income (and nothing else) with a tax-free base to spare those on low incomes. If say, all of one's income above the tax-free base rate was taxed at, say, 20%, would this be enough to fund government? And by income, I mean all forms of income: salary, interest, dividends, inheritance, rent, pension, corporation tax (yes, Ireland, I'm looking at you) and so on. It would mean the removal of all other taxes.

I am thinking about this theoretically. The European Union would be less than happy if a member state reduced VAT down to 0%. It might even get people spending more. Those who consume more would not be penalised for doing so. The Apples and Googles of this world would not be happy.

Those with valuable assets would be only taxed on realisation to income.

Would it hit the middle classes disportionately?

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Apple's steamy OS XXX picture leak riddle: Blurry snaps deleted

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Yosemite

Article»Partially redacted pictures of OS X 10.10, which we're calling OS XXX but Apple is calling Yosemite...

In that case, we can expect a bondi-blue and white colour scheme coupled with radically new technologies. Well that's what happened the last time they used the code name Yosemite. With any luck, they'll bring back ADB as well, although ADB may still be supported in OS X.

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

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Re: Japan

It is just my experience. Most of the women whom I've met so far who work in the technical end of IT have been Russian or Indian.

My guess is that in India, interest in IT is more class-based. If the family is wealthy enough and the girls interested enough, there are few barriers to young women going to college and studying computer science. I am further guessing that the best and brightest of these are more than welcome in Google India. I am open to correction on this.

My point is that societal norms play a big role, but not necessarily a dominant one, in the choice of women entering IT. If a woman in France or America wishes to become a programmer or sysadmin, there is little to stop her, assuming that she has the means to do so.

What is more of a problem to women is the fact that their husbands rarely can or will work part time and share the burden of housework and childcare, but this problem is not at all unique to women programmers.

If Google wants its share of the female cream of the IT world, they should offer creche facilities on campus. Let the parents bring their child there. If Google can make the life of the parents easier by greatly helping with creche and schooling provisioning, then they will be very desirable to employees who are parents of small children.

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Re: Japan

You are correct. I was being lazy.

Japanese people, in my experience, have skin colour that ranges from sallow to very dark brown. I should used the term «East Asian» instead.

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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eBay

That Walkman does look valuable.

Why don't you put it onto eBay for a £100 and see if anyone bites.

It would justify your hoarding and both annoy and please the missus simultaneously.

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