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2382 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Do you really want tech companies to pay more tax?

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Usain Bolt should pay UK taxes? Why?

For the same reason as Starbucks and Google should pay tax in the UK, they profit from economic activity they undertake in this country.

He earns money over here, advertising things, wearing fake beards and running very fast. He gets taxed on what he earns over here, advertising things, fake beards and running fast. He's OK with that.

The previous government also wanted to tax him on a percentage of his worldwide earnings, pro-rata with the number of days he spends in the UK. He wasn't OK with that, and that's why he didn't used to race in the UK. I think this was changed for the Olympics, which is why he ran here the other day.

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Re: Do you really want tech companies to pay more tax?

This entirely spurious argument - "Tech companies are in your retirement portfolio and therefore can't be taxed" - is so completely and obnoxiously slanted towards the baby boomer mindset. They own the country, their politicians have loaded us up with public debt, and now we can't tax profits because it upsets their final salary pension? Fuck off

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Bugs in beta weather model used to trash climate science

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Re: Lorenz, the Butterfly Effect and Chaos Theory

... and it was Lorenz who coined the term "Butterfly Effect".

Pretty sure it was Ashton Kutcher dude, I've seen the film.

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Google's new Chromecast spills its simplistic guts

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Re: You missed the point

it can sling absolutely any content […] including local video etc.

Citation needed, because from what I've read, this is explicitly the one thing it does not do.

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Been hacked? Don't dial 999: The plods are too dense, sniffs sec bigwig

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Amsterdam is famous for two things

Is it canals and Rembrandt, or tulips and Anne Frank?

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Keep calm and carry on spying on Americans, US politicos tell NSA

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Re: Score one for the good guys

Obvious troll is obvious.

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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I'd still be using my iphone 3G if I hadn't accidentally put it on a 40°C cotton cycle and tumble dry along with my very dark sheets. I think it was probably the 1 hr tumble drying that really killed it.

New phone is a white one, that ain't happening again.

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Virgin Media hangs from traffic lights, hands out free Wi-Fi to Brummies

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It's not free

It's never free. To use this, you either have to be a virgin customer, and tell them which one you are, or provide some other personal bit of information, like a mobile phone number. Virgin receive value from collecting this data, and this is paying for it.

I also like how they will add a 4G base station hooked up to fibre throughout most of the city, but will only be providing wifi (the carrot) in some undefined "city centre" location.

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Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

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Re: So...

100% legal battery not made by Samsung with a Samsung logo on it? Might want to re-check your definition of counterfeit.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: Please hurry up

This has very little to do with Tory views, and has everything to do with the growing power of those self righteous know-it-alls at mumsnet. When Labour were in power this very nearly happened, all politicians bow before the mumsnet lobby.

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That's like walking down the High Street saying "I'd like to buy some drugs".

Works in Camden and Brixton. Allegedly.

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Put the 3 Rs back in British Education: Infographics, Nextification, Chemicals

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Re: On actual education

Is Grammer Kramer's little brother?

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Re: Shoreditch

Why all the hating on infographics? Yes, they are a way to Fisher Price spreadsheets and numbers so that idiots who can't understand numbers can understand it, but they are a way to make idiots who can't understand numbers understand it!

Of course, all great things can be used for good or evil.

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BT slammed for FAILING to explain why its broadband investment has shrunk

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Re: Live in sticks

Utter bullshit. You used to have to wait six months just to get a phone line back then, on which you could only use the piece of shit phone that you were required to rent from BT. You have no clue, or just do not remember.

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Margaret Hodge is Amazing

She's so fierce and in our corner now she no longer has any hand in running the show.

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Re: Live in sticks

If you think you are getting a worse service now from BT plc than you were from BT (GPO), then you probably weren't alive back then. I can think of no scarier prospect than BT being nationalised.

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Sysadmins: Keep YOUR data away from NSA spooks

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Re: Head in the cloud's.....again.

"their" - unless you are implying that business users actually embody the solution.

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Hackers crippled HALF of world's financial exchanges - report

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Re: Laws

It's amusing you think exchanges are run by bankers.

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Virtualisation extremist? Put down that cable and step away slowly

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Re: There was technology max maximise hardware usage before virtualisation

Zones and Containers are a form of virtualisation - para-virtualisation, or OS level virtualisation, I suppose - but I take your point.

Most of us don't get a choice of using such tasty OS, though. We're in the process of ditching FreeBSD (sob) for Linux VMs running on Xen because FreeBSD jails (which are like Solaris Zones) don't support disk 'fairness' quotas (I'm pretty sure Zones do).

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Re: There was technology max maximise hardware usage before virtualisation

Using VMs allow you to allocate resources (and enforce thoise allocations) to particular VMs. Running multiple apps on a single OS instance does not.

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Admen's suggested tweaks to Do Not Track filed straight into the bin

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Re: I love W3C

DNT doesn't say "do not advertise to me", it says "do not track me".

I've got no problem being exposed to advertising, the only thing I care about is not advertising specifically to me, based upon what I do on other parts of the internet.

TV ads don't change what ads are shown to me because I'm watching, my magazine doesn't have ads tailored to me specifically, when I go to the movies they aren't showing different trailers to each viewer, and yet TV, print and movie advertising is hugely successful.

Targeted advertisements using tracking are naff anyway - the purpose is to make you buy something that you've already looked at. Spend a few minutes browsing the "Optical express" website, and all your google contextual ads will be about laser eye surgery.

Once you've expressed an interest, they cover your eyeballs with this ad until you give in and buy it. Actually, that's not true - there's no confirmation you buy it, so you continue to get the ads.

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

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Re: Dear Advertising Scum. STFU, GTFO, FOAD, & HAND.

There should only be one big naval base on the south coast beginning with 'P' - I bloody knew it went to Portsmouth, dunno why I wrote Plymouth :/

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Re: Dear Advertising Scum. STFU, GTFO, FOAD, & HAND.

STFU! GTFO! FOAD! and er .. .F4?

Is that Alt+F4 or Ctrl+F4? F4 yourself right up the A3. And it's not your A3, it's a road for anyone that wants to drive between London and Plymouth pal.

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Psssst: If you wanna be rich, make the next privacy Robocop app

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Re: Flash?

No-one uses lynx anymore, it's a bit pap. We all use links2, which is to lynx what vim is to vi.

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Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

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Re: Transformers

Million to one shots crop up nine times out of ten though, any fool knows that.

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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Re: Top 4 ISPs only

Did you not notice BT, Virgin, Sky and Talk Talk bought all the decent ISPs already? Yeah, it's fine, I'll go with PlusNet - no, its really BT? ok, BlueYonder - oh they gone too? - BeThere - gah, fuck Sky. Ok, I've been saving this choice for real disasters - Pipex. Wait, TalkTalk did what to Pipex??

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Re: Cameron's looking pretty stupid on this one. But he wants all Britains to feel like this->

a lube-greased flume

Exactly the stuff that I'm going to need to register for now.

Except that I'm not going to. Fuck them. I'm sticking all my internet traffic through a fat pipe to a dodgy ISP in Amsterdam.

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Apple needs help: iWatch, 'Retina' iPad mini delayed until 2014?

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@Homer 1

You make good points - however, if I think back to pre-iphone days, I didn't want a fucking SMARTPHONE, those things are shite, dire battery life, so slow and yet still so expensive to use the internet, apps are launched by using a stylus to navigate through WFW-style folders, and have ridiculous scroll bars on the side of its "windows".

I was much happier back then with a "really cool" clamshell phone, made me feel like Kirk. It had a 3 line alphanumeric screen and you could make calls on it.

The point is, sometimes things change. I don't even currently wear any watch, but a year before I bought an iphone, I didn't even use a smartphone.

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Re: @Greg J Preece

About time AMD and Nvidia put some leg work into getting their cards working.

What precise features are you missing from nvidia drivers, apart from the ability to read their source code?

More to the point, what features have you missed from nvidia drivers for the past 5 years, during which time every single nvidia graphics card going back to the geforce 2 has been fully supported on linux, BSD and solaris.

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Screw it, says NSA leaker Snowden: I'm applying for asylum in Russia

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Re: USA to world

Hello America, this is China, we're calling in the loans.

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

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Re: Microsoft FAIL

Not to mention, today's Linux is every bit as easy to use as Windows or Mac, and it doesn't pretend to be a smartphone when you really want a desktop.

Not used Unity then?

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Re: Mr Mainwaring

Don't tell him your name, Pike!

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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Re: I agree wholeheartedly - used cars

Have you seen the second hand price for a genuine, low mileage release date car?

Please get a clue, when the new cars can't be sold as new, they get 10 miles put on the clock for 'delivery' and are sold as second hand through partner garages for ~60% of price. This is for actual new cars, not really 2nd hand games.

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Dev bakes actual, edible raspberry pie with Raspberry Pi

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I don't really see the point of this

Most things that need to be microwaved for distinct periods need something happening at the end of those periods, something the microwave can't do itself - eg stir, add water etc, so you need to be involved throughout anyway

From the video, it looked like the multi part timing didn't even work anyway, he programmed in 180 seconds, it stopped after 158.

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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

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Re: Completely agree...

You cannot be serious! This application/system is a major point of failure, and by your own admission, if this box fails you have no hardware or software which can run this application!

Even though you are religiously backing up both the OS and the application, a single hardware failure could leave this system broken until you can urgently migrate it to a different host. If you can't restore a back up, it isn't a back up.

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Feds BANNED from DEF CON by founder (who is Obama's cyber-expert)

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Feds don't have super rights to enter private premises without a warrant. They can simply be asked to leave, and unless they have a warrant, they will have to obey.

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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

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Re: But did you damage

Stick decent tires on any car and snow is not a problem. The French police in the Alps use Fiat Pandas with snow tires.

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BT: Ofcom's planned wholesale price cap? Just a smidge too tight

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Re: Good joke

There used to be, they all went bust, apart from NTL who went super bust then somehow managed to buy everyone else anyway.

You can never "choose" from cable companies though, no cable company ever puts their kit in a street already with cable. I guess you want to have another layer, with a wholesale cable provisioning company and a bunch of resellers? Doesn't seem that useful tbh.

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How con men snatched £100,000+ in iPads and other kit from IT disties

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How do you figure? The crooks in this case would be selling pristine ipads, still shrink wrapped and ready for activation. Even if the buyer is super paranoid and insists that the boxes be opened and the ipad turned on before handing over money would see a perfect, brand new ipad. When turned on, the ipad would show the docking/activation logo, just like a genuine, unstolen ipad.

The mug then hands over his money, and the seller is gone. Only when the mug gets home and tries to activate his ipad does he get told "actually, this is a stolen ipad, and we aren't going to let you use it".

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The Three Amigos offer sanctuary to cornered NSA leaker Snowden

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Re: Truly a man without a country ...

"Third rate Commit hell"

Is that the limit of your intellect? Everyone who "offers asylum" is "third rate commie hell"?

Commit hell is actually what you get when your repo is out of date when you commit, and then when you do pull updates, you find you have retard colleague Bob's ridiculous changes to merge your own changes back into.

Commie Commit Hell is when you have to resolve the conflicts in a group meeting with Bob, your boss, your bosses boss, and three people who don't know the language, the project, or even your name, but have very strong views on "correct" code.

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Re: Martin Short cousin

Martin Short's (of 3 Amigo's fame) first cousin is Clare Short.

Jesus Fucking Christ, this is actually true!

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Re: Three Amigos

Forget Manning, how about the illegal treatment of prisoners of war. The US found time after 9/11 to pass laws allowing them to do whatever the fuck they want to anyone in the name of counter terrorism, but they can't find time in the 12 years to charge them, or even clarify if they are enemy combatants (and therefore now PoWs) or not.

The land that gave us the bill of rights is denying to it's prisoners the human rights that even the Nazis allowed their PoWs. The degree of civilisation in a society is revealed by entering its prisons.

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Radar gremlins GROUND FLIGHTS across southern Blighty

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Re: Good

The Evening Standard has had a multitude of articles on Heathrow expansion.

A couple of weeks ago it was a scare piece, saying how awful everyone's life is in West London due to all the flights, aircraft noise and so on, and how a Heathrow expansion would be a disaster.

Literally two days later, the local politicos in West London went apeshit at the idea of BoJo Island, which would DESTROY their local boroughs and lead to the collapse of civilisation in Hillingdon.

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Seven snazzy smartphones for seven sorts of shoppers

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Who said it was a value phone? From TFA:

I should make it clear: this round-up only concerns itself with top-end devices

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Brits: Give us £1m and we'll build a crack ALIEN-HUNTING TEAM

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Alien

For some reason, probably my "country" upbringing, the phrase "Alien Hunting" is conjuring an image of fat men with red faces and blazers on horses, drinking whiskey and shouting "Tallyho!" as they storm over fences, preceded by a couple of hundred squawking beagles, which sound an awful lot like seals when you get a lot of them together.

All this while, Roger the Alien is four fields away, disguised as an old lady.

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Microsoft offloads heap of critical fixes in 'ugly' Patch Tuesday

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Re: Surprise!

One truth, software is never perfect!

Well, there's Z. You'd hope that someone writing a nuclear power plant's systems isn't just firing up vim and going "Aha, what we going to write today!".

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

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Re: Now there is

Newton might have something to say... Throw a magnetic rock (whatever that is) out of a railgun in orbit and you just changed the orbit of the railgun.

Split rock in half. Fire one half towards the target, fire the other half in the opposite direction. Where is the railgun now? Action, reaction.

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US states: Google making ad money on illegal YouTube vids

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Re: What they SHOULD be doing??

Youtube gets something ridiculous like 100 hours of footage a minute uploaded. The staff required to check this footage for legality would be mind blowing.

Google's profits are mind-blowing. It's much easier to say "it's too expensive!", coin it in and pay off whomever comes to investigate.

Why is it when a kid from up north makes a website with dodgy user contributed links to content that has ads it is piracy, but when google do it it is safe harbour?

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Re: Ads for illegal pharmacies?

Google already got fined heftily for doing this;

Pedant-o-clock: No they didn't. They paid a half a billion dollars in bribe money to make people stop investigating.

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'Weev' appeals AT&T iPad hack conviction

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Re: Insecure server makes it OK?

Not random, sequential IDs.

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