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dogged: VAT is only zero sum if you receive the same or less in VAT on sales than you expend on VAT in purchasers. Companies that spend more than they sell don't tend to last that long. Therefore, successful companies do pay VAT.
VAT is a tax on consumption. Someone on £5k only pays the 'same tax' as someone on £500k if they consume the same amount. People on £500k do tend to consume more - the Jag uses more petrol than the Mini, but it is still a regressive tax, because even though the wealthy consume more, their proportion of the overall consumption is dwarfed by the (meagre) consumption of everyone else.
The main issue is the tax code, which has grown massively since the mid 90s. There are far too many loopholes and special conditions that the top few percent no longer pay their fair way, and companies (legally) avoid the majority of their taxes. Raising VAT would not help, simplifying and rewriting the tax code would.
Re: Try before you buy
Depends who you are working for out there. Last time I was in Shanghai, it was China Telecom in the hotel, then VPN to our Shanghai branch office, and from there, VPN to head office in London.
At that point, even iplayer worked.
Re: I'd have thought...
What a load of bollocks. A large majority of people on the tube use their phone/tablet/kindle on the tube, irrelevant of what phone they have. This morning, I saw iphones, a galaxy s, one guy with an ipad, and a whole mess of kindles and nooks.
Re: Cut the bullsh*te
And Obviously! has never said in the past that iphones are expensive tat.
Re: Hubba! Hubba!
Things like this don't go 'out of date', since you spec the iron for the project it will handle for the lifetime of the iron.
And yes, WANT. One of these in each of our DB servers, thanks muchly. (forwards to PHB)
Re: Whom to believe
So the DoJ was behind Watergate? Are you sure it wasn't a bunch of dirty crook politicians?
Re: The Battle for Hearts and Minds is Won with Smarter Intelligence Feed and Novel Cyber Seed.*
It's a bronze badge actually.
Another place where you could actually browse effectively lost.
I vehemently disagree. My (past and recent) memories of HMV are disorganized tat warehouses, where you can browse all you like, it's just they've sold out of the thing you wanted to buy. Looking for someone in particular from a back catalogue? Good luck even finding the artist.
We put up with this in the 90s, we'd pop along the high street, wandering between Woolworths, HMV and Virgin comparing prices, since usually at least two would be massively overpriced, and you'd hope that one of them was not.
Most recently, I wanted some DVD box sets for Christmas presents - nothing rare, new releases like The Wire, The Killing, Breaking Bad etc. I popped into the HMV at Westfield Stratford - presumably their most recent store. It was tiny, so crammed with people that you couldn't effectively move around, and none of the DVDs I wanted. I spent 30 minutes trying to look for them, and 10 minutes waiting to talk to someone only to be told "If you can't find it, we probably don't have it".
After that, I went home and did what I should have done in the first place - order it from Amazon. Services like Spotify mean I can browse and discover music on my phone whenever I choose, Amazon nearly always has the best price and everything in stock. Shops like HMV are an irrelevance that will disappear along with the box shifters like Currys and Best Buy.
Hmm, interesting. The whole point of the article however is about "pre-invention agreements", which are agreements about assigning ownership of works created prior to joining the company, where as your quote infers that the works were created after joining.
I don't know which is correct. If VMware did fund the creation and development of Vert.x, then what the fuck do pre invention agreements have to do with this story?
You haven't read it right at all.
He wrote the project initially, before he ever worked for VMware.
VMware then 'bought' the project, by employing him and making him sign over ownership of the project and his pre-existing contributions to it as a condition of employment.
VMware then employed him to work on the project.
He decides to leave the company, VMware assert their ownership of his works he previously assigned to them.
He should never have signed over his work to them, or have been aware that signing his work over to them meant it was no longer his.
It's better when you don't get caught, tbh.
Re: they were mavricks
Citation for the caps, throttling and shaping? I don't see any of that on Be.
Re: Just left BE as they no public FTTC plans
Presumably this sale will include Be, which makes me very sad. I've been with Be since before launch (I'm still on the introductory special offer rate!), and for me the service is beyond excellent. Whenever I rarely have technical issues, their support team has been excellent - I don't even mind the offshored Bulgarian call centre, they all seemed extremely polite, knowledgable, and better english than BT's "Steve" in Bengaluru.
I already take Sky TV, so I've had the option of cheaper broadband for some time. For me, Be is the service that I want, so it is worth paying extra for it.
Re: @ Tom 38
Nope, considered that one, I was listing current shows and cancelled shows. Sanctuary ended on schedule.
Pah, all ST and B5 is bobbins, the best sci fi in last 30 years has to have been the amazing Andromeda. Only kidding.
@Carl Williams: There is a bit of a dearth of "future" sci-fi at the moment, the tendency has been for more dramatic "near now" sci-fi, and for making it with very high production values. Shows have either had to be brilliant (BSG reboot) or long running (Dr Who reboot) to survive. We're missing a current show that has the appeal of an SG-1 though. Here are some current shows to look out for:
Alphas: Sci fi? It's 'Heroes' on the SyFy channel, with a little pseudo science thrown in. Bit too much magic, I wouldn't disagree with anyone who classes this as "fantasy" rather than "sci fi"
Continuum: Canadian time travel, eh? What's that aboot? It's not bad actually, but it's from cable, so only ten episodes a season, but not at the whim of Fox or NBC. I can't quite work out if it is paradoxical that the "good guys" in the future are actually right wing nutters, or if it is designed to appeal to Fox viewers. Hoping the former. Season 2 will be interesting as they delve into some of the paradoxes.
Falling Skies: Americans are loving these end of days kind of shows. This time, aliens invade, and for some reason want our kids to hook up their machines. Crazy.
Fringe: Coming to the end, definitely sci fi, but less believable as the series roll by. JJ Abrams designs shows that grab me for 5 years, I get to the end and the dénouement and think "WTF? What a crock." (see Alias, Lost). He's an evil evil fucker, and I love him for it.
Haven: Another SyFy show that has me asking "is this SF or fantasy?". Precious little science in the show.
Person of Interest: Is this Sci Fi? A computer that can track people around the world and predict if they are going to come to harm, and rings up a team of people to protect them. They don't go into the SF angle much until it's a plot device. JC is a badass.
Revolution: Ridiculous SF that I still watch. In the future, somehow electrons no longer flow, cue fall of civilisation. Some people have amulets that sometimes allow electricity to work. Add to that the dialogue is ropey and the acting (especially the lead character) is awful. I've not heard this getting cancelled yet, but it would not surprise me.
Red dwarf: Hah, still going. Don't like the new episodes though, give me "White Hole" any day.
Walking Dead: SF? Another near now apocalypse show, this time with zombies.
Warehouse 13: zomg, SyFy make some bad shows. I'll watch anything with Saul Rubinek in though.
Having said that, here's the recent sci-fi cancelled list:
Alcatraz - Interesting premise, too slow, cancelled. Could have gone somewhere, but got no viewers.
Dark Angel - I still can't forgive this being cancelled
Defying Gravity - liked it, it had promise, too slow (hence cancelled)
Dollhouse - Whedon lets another one get away
Eleventh Hour (US and UK versions) - both deserved to get canned
Eureka - ran it's course really, tea time SF
Firefly - Cap'n? Shiny.
Flashforward - cool show, but once you've done the flash forward once, what happens next season? Another flash? Please! (hence cancelled).
No Ordinary Family - Modern Family cross X-Men. Huge promise, ratings died on it, so it died.
Terminator: TSC - Good, but bleak. Could have had a third series if they'd tried.
Terra Nova - Can't spend that much per episode for that few viewers, hence cancelled
The Event - Aliens invade! I liked it, I think they were running out of ideas..
V - Hah. The first time I saw one of the lizard men pop out of a human skin, I almost wet myself laughing it was so ridiculous. I'm impressed this got a second series before being cancelled tbh.
Google for ``smashing the stack for fun and profit''.
How I learnt how to do buffer overrun exploits too :)
I concur, need line stats to see why. Is router plugged into master socket, have you considered installing a replacement NTE5 faceplate with integrated filter, is internal wiring correct, yadda yadda.
My old man lives in the real middle of nowhere, 6km as crow flies from the exchange, initially he got 512k download synch, I replaced the faceplate and he now gets 3.5Mb, plenty enough for iplayer.
Confused (was: Surprise)
Is this a really bad joke, or are you not aware RoR has nothing to do with MS?
Re: If only . . .
It's only £7k without the warranty - which is essential - so add another £2k to each one. We broke two of the machines within a month of moving here, simply by, as the engineer put it 'making too much coffee'. We didn't pay that much anyway, I think around £6k with warranty.
Before we had the machines, in our old offices, we had tubs of Nescafe, which no-one drank, and loads of people popping out each hour to get their fix. £36k over 3 years in capex, but it keeps employees in the office and working.
There should be some sort of coffee icon..
Re: Sweet Poison
No HFCS anywhere apart from the US and Japan. Even the Mexicans don't put it in their Coke.
Re: Workplace coffee sucks. Always.
Our workplace coffee comes from beans roasted and milled the second you press the espresso button. Coffee isn't meant to be a drink drunk in gallons, just small powerful shots that you neck - drink water if you're thirsty.
Depends upon the type of rice. Basmati rice takes about 12 minutes, brown rice takes about 30 minutes, long grain or wild rice is inbetween, depends how much it has been washed or polished.
Re: Once again, a reminder
More people have been to the moon than to the deepest ocean floor.
More living people, definitely.
My landlord is a useless dick who likes charging stupid fees, so that would make a lot of sense.
It would make even more sense for BT to say this themselves!
My exchange is done. All the cabinets in the area are done. People in the apartment block next to me can get infinity, people in my block cannot. BT won't say why, when or even if our block will get it.
Looking at this from the wrong perspective
What about all the Skype users now being asked to share a network with the plebs who use WLM. It's like a second eternal September.
Re: Human after all!
Oooh, you cynic you.
Whatever deficiencies our system has, it is miles better than the US system, where they have separate democrat and republican 'civil servants', every time the executive changes, so do a lot of the 'crats.
Re: Human after all!
A private secretary is a mid level civil servant assigned to a specific minister with a remit to express his ministers' views, manage the ministerial diary, prioritise and correspond with people who wish to talk to the minister, and most importantly, to record a non political factual notes of decisions and events.
Re: Verified by VISA is horrible
Phil, that sounds like a clever system. HSBC have a much more tighter control that apply to my account - not by my choice.
Every time in the past 12 months I've tried to buy anything significant online - over £100 - HSBC have refused my card, requiring a phone call to them to say that yes, I did order a bunch of computer kit today, filling in the VbV forms.. Verified by Visa, not trusted by HSBC.
Re: I wonder how much helium they waste
I actually mentioned it in the original post - alt.suicide.holiday FAQ.
It's not a monthly publication, somehow people only wanted the one issue, and after that all their mail was returned...
And it is quite interesting. Suicide was never 'sinful' until the god botherers got the idea that part of you - the soul - isn't yours, it's part of a cosmic godhood that you are just renting, and don't do anything bad with, or you go to the hot place. Greeks and Romans viewed suicide very differently.
There are lots of different methods documented in the FAQ, some are crazily efficient, some are crazily inefficient, and most suicide attempts use the inefficient ones - either they don't know better, or they don't really want to die.
Eg, hanging, you can hang yourself quite easily - and asphyxiate to death with a crushed windpipe. It's excruciatingly painful, and if discovered before you pop your clogs, unlikely to work. Alternatively, buy the right rope, tie the right knots, fall the right distance for your weight, and your neck will snap instantly, with almost no chance of failure.
Re: Hot Helium anyone
BTW you can make helium in a fusion reaction, the only problem is the radioactivity....
And the cost.
Re: I wonder how much helium they waste
Death by helium asphyxiation is the top recommended method in the alt.suicide.holiday faq-file. Simply get a canister of helium, rig up some breathing apparatus so that you are breathing almost pure helium. You get none of the 'omg I'm suffocating' gag reflex, since that is actually due to the build up of CO₂ in the blood, and you gradually lose consciousness as you lose oxygen in the blood. After about 20 minutes or so, you've had a comfortable, pain free death,
Downsides are that if discovered 'in time', you've typically suffered brain damage. Lots of it.
The other suicide method that has intrigued me is slashing the wrists and bleeding out in a warm bath, as favoured by the Romans, who saw 'patriotic suicide' as a way of dying with dignity in an impossible situation, eg Cato the Younger, who disembowelled himself - ripping out his own intestines rather than let a doctor tend him - rather than live under the despot Caesar.
This is almost the plot to 'The Tailor of Panama'
His 'operatives' continually find new and interesting things, because McAffee keeps paying them. "Oh, John, my cousin Jesus in immigration knows about these Hezbollah terrorists coming in to Belize, all he needs is some chatting (and $10k USD)".
OTOH, It is a life-long dream of mine to make enough money in technology that I can afford to go bat-shit insane on soft drugs in a tropical paradise with my friendly 19 year old bed warmer. Kudos JM.
Is there an easy way to sign up for this magical service that allows a computer to predict everything that you interested in and
sell that information to anyone interested keep you fully informed about the world.
Join my boycott of Ubisoft. No more issues with any of their shit.
Sure, if Mauro was in any way Linus' employee. Which he isn't. He can't take him aside and give him a talking to, or sack him. The only nuclear option he has is to beat on him in public, so that his employers take notice.
OTOH, there is no need for someone like Linus to take that sort of tone on-list. He could have just said something along the lines of "Mauro, please re-check this, as I am convinced you are wrong in this", which would be just as painful for a senior dev to receive.
Hi Obviously!, why you using AC?
New shiny! New shiny! Ignore the fact that you can no longer open any archived documents! New shiny! New shiny!
Free is still there
MSPs replace internal services with external ones, meaning you no longer need to manage those services, someone else does it for you.
Managing stuff isn't free, so when we moved from Notes to Google Apps, it freed up one Domino developer to do stuff that didn't make him sad all the time, 1 sysadmin whose job was keeping the global databases in sync and making sure the notes-blackberry bridge stayed working suddenly had time to work on some of the infrastructure backlog, and a bunch of rack space suddenly became free.
It's far cheaper to have google supply mail and calendaring tools than it is to do it ourselves.
For fucks sake what an idiotic comment. I'm now stuck at work with the irresistible urge to google Heather Brooke :/
Re: I'm shocked, SHOCKED
As an insider, can you explain why your operating costs are scheduled to triple in 4 years? Seems like you might need less money if you weren't planning to needlessly expand your organization.
Re: Typically American
It's really not simple though is it? There are hundreds of millions of guns and billions of rounds of ammo already in the hands of Americans, you could completely ban the sale of all guns and ammo for a 20 year period without massively affecting gun ownership.
I expect that some assault rifles will get banned for future sale as a result of this, but nothing else.
Biggest mistake ever in the history of the internet
I've no problem with IDNs, or TLDs in non roman script, but this is just a daft money grubbing exercise that will confuse and irritate people. www.coke? fuckoff.com.
Re: America's trade commission
Is Illinois no longer in America? Has Canada invaded the Great Lakes and I missed the article?
Interesting point ACx, but who the fuck is talking about your mail being opened?
I'm positing "email is secure as a postcard". A postcard does not need to be opened to be viewed. A postcard makes its way through many postal systems. In any of those systems, the operators of the system, could, if they so wanted, view the contents of that postcard. The postcard can then be delivered, and there is no indication that the postcard has or has not been read by anyone else.
You might think that posties would never do that, they have no purpose to look, that it would be a disciplinary action if they did.
Compare this to an email. An email does not need to be marked as "opened" to be read. An email makes its way through many postal systems. In any of those systems, the operators of the system, could, if they so wanted, view the contents of that email. The email can then be delivered, and there is no indication that the email has or has not been read by anyone else.
You might think that SMTP admins would never do that, they have no purpose to look, that it would be a disciplinary action if they did.
You can dislike it, you can down vote me as much as you like, email is demonstrably similar to a postcard in snail mail, whilst people use it as a secure person to person communication tool.
You should have a reasonable expectation that a postcard sent through the mail may be read by someone other than you. You should have the same expectation for email - it's as secure as a postcard.
Anything you wouldn't put on a postcard shouldn't be put in an email.
Re: People saying prices haven't increased?
If you think prices have increased and you're on an 18 month contract, then you're one of the morons subsidizing me (thx!). I have zero commitment to my phone provider, if they were to raise prices for 3G (they won't) I can just leave for elsewhere.
my £45 contract is now £47.56 a month due to 'inflation'
Play that game then - your £47.56 a month is only worth £45 in 2008.
@AC: Which operator do you think will raise their 2G/3G prices to absorb their 4G costs?
Which operators raised their 2G prices at all after spending 6 times as much on the 3G auction as they are anticipated to pay for the 4G auction?
I expect that the monthly cost of my 3G contract will continue to fall, as it has since I first got one in 2008.
I expect that a bunch of twats will pay over and beyond to get 4G now.
I expect that eventually I will get 4G when it is comparable to the cost of 3G and I need a new phone.
£22.4bn not £37bn. In USD it was $35bn.
Licence A: TIW £4.3847bn
Licence B: Vodafone Airtouch £5.964bn
Licence C: BT £4.03bn
Licence D: One2One £4.003bn
Licence E: Orange £4.095bn
The 3G auction in Germany raised £30bn.
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