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1922 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Anons: We milked Norks dry of missile secrets, now we'll spaff it online

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Re: Incoming!

If it shows that he doesn't have missile capacity beyond the estimates of the US, it could start a war.

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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Re: So use TOR or VPN's _more_

Well given that they have been laundering trillions of dollars of money for Mexican drug cartels, that's maybe not such a daft idea.

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Apple's $17bn bond sale not such a good deal for investors

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There is something to report here, but it has got nothing to do with Apple. It is the fact that the bond bubble is bursting, and it belongs in the financial press, not here.

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New cheapo iPhone ain't gonna be that cheap, says non-Foxconn CEO

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Re: Build in China?

The iMac is made in USA, or at least some of them are. The new Mac Pro will also be made in USA. However laptops and iDevices are still made in China.

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Microsoft lures buy-curious vixens, corduroys with a cheap fondle

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Re: same old routine

A student will be doing lots of typing, and possibly drawing some diagrams / charts etc. They will need something with a decent keyboard, and a decent sized screen, and that isn't a tablet.

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Apple's screw-up leaves tethered iPhones easily crackable

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Re: You'd think after maybe the 10,000th incorrect password attempt...

I don't think it is trying the passwords out on the system. There is no way you could do that many log-on attempts in 24 seconds, and additional GPUs wouldn't help you.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

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Re: Remember windows tabs?

I don't "need" a stylus on my Galaxy Note 2, but it can sometimes be useful. I only ever use it for writing and drawing pictures, not for poking at UI elements like on my old Windows Mobile 6 and earlier devices.

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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

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Re: Oh you gotta be kidding....

Well I moved one of my servers from OpenSuSE to FreeBSD. They have a lot more in common than the differences between them. ZFS is a difference, and the reason why I switched. There is ZFS for Linux, but it isn't mature enough for me at the moment. The kernels are obviously different, but most of the stuff running on top of the kernels seems to be the same on both.

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Re: Oh you gotta be kidding....

I can't really understand how anyone thinks this has a chance.

Hurdle No. 1: SCO does not own the copyright to Unix, Novell owns it.

Hurdle No. 2: Linux did not copy from Unix, both copied from BSD, and both are entitled to do that.

Hurdle No. 3: SCO published the code in question as part of Caldera Open Linux, and licenced it under the terms of the GPL, which gives people permission to copy it. Novell did the same as part of SuSE Linux.

If you fall at any one of those hurdles, the case fails. They fell at hurdle no. 1 last time round. Even if they get over that hurdle this time, they still have hurdles 2 and 3.

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Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

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Re: One less worry

Or Berring Strait bridge. The most difficult bit would actually be the roads either side of it to link it to the civilised world.

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Don't wait to check your parachute until you're out of the plane

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Re: Almost all work is credit these days

We have similar laws about late payments. However there is no law that says that companies must continue to purchase things from companies that enforce those laws, so most people don't.

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Re: Sounds like good advice.

Quite a few do in my experience, certainly the ones that have survived the recession.

In my experience, the insurance company will require pre-approval of all credit sales, and if you follow their procedures by doing all the required credit checks, using the recommended credit limits and freezing the account and reporting to them in the event of late payments, you won't actually need to make any claims.

When the credit insurers withdraw cover for a particular company, they immediately find themselves unable to purchase any supplies except on COD terms, so that would suggest pretty much everyone follows the advice in this article.

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It's official: 'tweet' an English word – not just in the avian sense

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Re: Thing is, OED ...

"Twit" is the adjective used to describe the sort of people who "tweet" using twitter.

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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Well for example, if you are working on video, you probably need lots and lots of fast local storage. Solid state is obviously fast, but no where near big enough to store many hours of uncompressed video from which you will put together your movie. Would you rather get a load of external Thunderbolt drives and plug them into the back of your machine, or get a load of the fastest 3 or 4 TB internal drives you can find and put them inside?

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Who's the daddy of Virgin Media now? That would be Liberty Global

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Re: Ummm do try to keep up eh?

NTL Telewest merged with Virgin Mobile, which was owned by Beardie, so that's where they got the rights to use the name from, and Beardie does/(did) own some shares in the combined entity.

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Microsoft tops list of software piracy nailed in UK by FAST

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Re: Got your receipt?

Remember also that FAST have no more powers than any other type of door to door salesman. If it goes to court they have to prove that a.) they are the copyright holder of Office 95 or that they have exclusive distribution rights and b.) that you infringed the copyright

Saying that you haven't provided them with sufficient evidence that you didn't make an illegal copy isn't good enough. They have to prove it. Should you get a visit from FAST, the best approach is to give them the Arkell vs Pressdram response.

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Ecuador: Let's talk about not having Julian Assange on our sofa

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Re: A lotta donuts

170 policemen on site per day, but they don't work 24 hour shifts so maybe about a third of that number at any one time.

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Firefox OS: Go away fanbois, fandroids - you wouldn't understand

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Re: I do understand.

Is there any particular reason why a Firefox phone should be any cheaper than a budget Android?

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Hey, O2 punters: Kiss goodbye to 4 MEELLION* Openzone hotspots

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I found The Cloud to be pretty good, and was disappointed to lose it as an option. BT Openzone however never worked for me, so in practice it won't make any difference not having it. I do have an old contract with "unlimited" data, so I will probably stick with them.

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A Bluetooth door lock that puts the kettle on? NOW we're in the future

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Solution looking for a problem?

That sort of thing sounds like it might be useful for hotel bedrooms, except it already exists and is in widespread use, though usually in the form of magnetic swipe cards rather than anything more fancy.

Otherwise, what it is easier? Take a bit of metal out your pocket, stick it in a hole in the door, rotate 360°, remove and open door. Alternatively, take phone out of pocket, enter passcode or swipe gesture, fire up lock app, press appropriate button, open door.

I don't always want to switch on the kettle when I return home. If it is hot, I'd rather have a cold drink from the fridge, and sometimes I don't feel thirsty and don't want a drink at all. If I do, flipping the switch on the kettle itself isn't that difficult.

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Daft tweet by Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife DID libel lord

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Re: The Law is an Ass

It drew peoples' attention to the libelous tweets accusing him of being a paediatrician, and therefore it was effectively republishing them.

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Orange customer clobbered with SIX-FIGURE phone bill

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Hours/minutes of iPlayer HD

I prefer to use iPlayer HD streaming as my measure of data usage. For example, "EE's cheapest tarriff offers 500MB of data per month, which would be used up in only 25 minutes of iPlayer HD streaming."

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Pakistan signs up for China's GPS rival

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Re: Combine them all?

GPS or GLONASS on its own gives you about 10 meters accuracy. Both of them together give you about 5 meters accuracy. All four, maybe 2 - 3 meters?

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Re: Nothing wrong

The accuracy of GLONASS on its own is around the same as GPS, slightly better in polar regions, not quite so good near the equator. However if you use both together, it is about twice as accurate as using just one of them. Also, you have twice as many birds in the sky to look at, so you will get a fix more quickly.

Certainly, I notice a huge improvement in my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which uses both GPS and GLONASS vs my old first generation Galaxy S which uses only GPS.

Most smartphones now support both because if they do, they avoid a higher import duty when selling them to the Russian market.

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'Untidy' Shoreditch just CONFUSES American techies - Olympic hub team

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Re: "There is no reason why this area shouldn't be the home of a new boom..

I probably wouldn't set up a business requiring lots of highly skilled people in Middlesborough. Two reasons for that, firstly, anyone who leaves school there with any sort of qualifications will have found a job somewhere else in the country, and secondly, people who can afford to decide where they want to live don't want to live there.

However, Cambridge for example is much cheaper than London, and there are plenty of highly skilled people attending the local university there, the same can be said for places near Oxford.

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Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

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Re: Understandable

I had a look, it is actually cheaper for a 17 year old to buy a brand new car and insure it than to buy a 15 year old banger and insure it; and that is before you consider the savings on maintenance, and the fact the car will still have a greater than nominal value in a few years time.

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Google 'DOES DO EVIL', thunders British politician

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Re: "You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms"

If you look (I haven't), you may well find that Morrisons has a subsidiary in Gibraltar, a well known tax haven. The reason I think they might have a subsidiary there is because I know they have a store there.

There is nothing wrong with setting up shops in other countries, and if those countries don't want to collect tax on the profits made there, that is up to them.

As far as UK tax is concerned, a UK resident owner of an offshore company has to demonstrate that they have a legitimate business reason for setting up a company in that country, otherwise the profits of that company are taxable in the UK. In the Morrisons scenario, setting up a company in Gibraltar because you have a shop there is a legitimate business reason, so no UK tax would be payable on Gibraltarian profits.

Richard Branson has a hotel in the British Virgin Islands, the same rules apply there. He has a cable internet/TV company registered in New York, USA and an NHS Walk-in Centre business registered in Jersey. In both cases they were registered there because that's where the previous owners (NTL and Assura) set them up. There is no legitimate business reason for those companies to be registered there, so they do file UK tax returns.

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Re: @jonathanb Is it so easy?

If the frogs phone up the UK sales office and ask them to send some widgets to France, then they are buying from the UK division, and only UK taxes are payable on the sale. The possible exception is that if the UK division sells more than €10,000 of widgets to non TVA(VAT) registered frogs per year, then they have to register for TVA in France . If they do that, then they won't have to charge UK VAT any more. Both countries charge 20% on their respective sales taxes so there is no difference in the amount payable.

If they contact the French sales office, then the trade takes place in France, and French taxes are payable.

A UK Ltd company can trade in France in exactly the same way as French SA. You don't need to set up a local company, but either way, the tax rules are the same.

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Re: Is it so easy?

No, but if Super Widgets UK Ltd is trading in France, they have to pay French taxes on the profits they make there. The French division of the company would "buy" the widgets at factory gate prices, pay for shipping to France, pay for the French staff, get money from selling them, and pay tax on the profit. You would have to negotiate a factory gate price if you don't also sell the widgets in bulk to other distributors.

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Re: An open letter

Or, thank you for purchasing our ad program, I will walk you through the process of logging onto google.ie to set up your google wallet and agree to the contract.

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Acorn founder: SIXTH WAVE of tech will wash away Apple, Intel

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Re: Whats all this crap about looms and music boxes being digital?

Cloth has a certain number of threads per inch depending on the thickness of the thread used, so the punched cards would need to reflect that. Essentially you have an uncompressed bitmap image stored on the card.

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Re: Eadon's theory of Techie "Waves" - TWO types

Jaquard looms probably weren't computers, but it sounds to me like they were digital.

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BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

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Not sure about this

Everyone I know who has a Blackberry has a Blackberry because they want Blackberry Messenger, so although I haven't tried it myself, presumably it must be good.

At the moment, people have to make a decision when buying a phone. Do they want Blackberry Messenger, or do they want a shiny new iPhone / Android that can do all sorts of other things. They won't have to make that decision any more, as they can have both.

That leaves the qwerty keyboard as the only reason to buy a Blackberry, and there are a few Androids out there that have keyboards with physical buttons.

Given that, I can't think why anyone would want to buy a Blackberry after BBM is released on Android.

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Senators: You - Cook. Apple guy. Get in here and bring your tax books

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Re: Good to see

It is worth mentioning that if they were a British company, they wouldn't have to worry about that because we don't charge corporation tax on dividend income.

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

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Not the full picture

If you work as a reporter for El-Reg, then you can do everything from wherever there is an internet connection. One of your colleagues does his work from a house in rural Spain. There are a few other jobs like that, working as a translator is one such job.

However, most people work in jobs where they have to physically do something or fix something, and that can't be done over the internet. They need to be on site. So they need transport facilities.

Secondly, HS2 isn't primarily about shaving a few minutes off the London to Birmingham journey. It is mostly about moving intercity trains off the West Coast Mainline so that there is more space for commuter services between Milton Keynes, North London and Euston. In this respect it is the same idea as building motorways to take long distance traffic off the A roads so that there is more room on them for local traffic. Adding a pair of extra tracks to the WCML would probably cost more than building a new line given all the stuff that is built alongside it, and if you are going to build a new line, you may as well make it a high speed line.

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Feds stamp on cash pipeline to Mt Gox, Bitcoin's Wall Street

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Re: A non-merkin writes....

The second largest use of Bitcoins, after speculation, appears to be the sale of drugs on Silk Road. If you are buying Bitcoins, there is a good chance that you are buying them off drug dealers, as the speculators aren't selling, and thus indirectly and without realising it, helping them to cash out. That's why Homeland Security is involved. What I describe may not be true, but they think it is, which is what matters.

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Apple seeks techies, designers to revive iWork office suite

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Re: they don't get it

You can't add attachments other than photos and videos from the mail app, but you from pages, numbers and presumably keynote, I don't have keynote, there is an option to send the file by email.

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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

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Re: Look before you leap

There's Plusnet, it is owned by BT, but run by a completely different customer service team and is actually pretty good.

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EU wants the Swiss and pals to cough up IT giants' hidden bank info

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Google Ireland sells advertising to UK customers, therefore it comes under Irish sales tax rules. Google Ireland pays Google UK a small amount of money to identify and refer potential customers to them so they can close the sale.

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Vodafone gets surprise £2.1bn dividend from Verizon Wireless

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No. Companies don't pay tax on dividend income.

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Who is Samsung trying to kid? There will NEVER be a 5G network

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I'm going to stick my neck out here

There *will* be a 5G mobile technology at some point in the future.

It probably won't look much like what Samsung recently demonstrated, though maybe some of the ideas will be incorporated into the final standard. This is a very initial first attempt at it, and I'm sure there is still a lot of tweaking to be done. Probably it will use spectum vacated by older technologies, but Samsung can't demonstrate on that at the moment, because those slots are still in use.

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You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

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Not the full story

Vodafone operates a phone service in Ireland and Cable & Wireless operates phone services in many of the offshore Islands. That is a legitimate reason for having companies in theses countries. Of course they have a subsidiary in Switzerland where they don't operate a phone service so they are clearly involved in tax planning as well.

We need to look at why they have those companies, many of may have legitimate reasons for doing so, and if the local government chooses not to charge tax on their genuine activities there, that is their prerogative.

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Brits' phone tracking, web history touted to cops: The TRUTH

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Re: Simple solution

If that anonymous SIM stays overnight at a particular place, spends its working hours at another place, visits particular shops and so on, it can be correlated with other information to figure out who you are.

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

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Re: Not just Apple

Only if you buy €15,000 of stuff and pay cash for it. If you pay by card, cheque or bank transfer, it doesn't trigger the money laundering rules.

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If you are buying direct from Apple, it isn't a subsidised phone. Subsidised phones come from the telephone companies like O2, Vodafone and so on.

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China: Online predator or hapless host?

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Re: Oh yes?

How many computers have pirated copies of Windows, with Windows Update disabled to stop Microsoft from deactivating them? That is where the inadequate law enforcement is.

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UK MPs tell Google: Get back here and bring your auditors with you

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Re: the trouble with auditors

Auditor's answer, it depends. Seriously, 2 + 2 doesn't always = 4. Usually it is a number between 0 and 4. Sometimes it can be more than 4. It depends what you are counting. There are many good reason why it could come to something different, but more importantly you should be looking at whether or not it is appropriate to add those two numbers together.

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Re: Weird

If you buy in Regent Street, you pay 20% UK VAT, no way round that. If they import from another EU country, there is no VAT payable on the import, and nothing to claim back, so HMRC will get pretty much the whole of the 20% on the sale. Apple will claim back the VAT on their electricity bill, shop maintenance and stuff like that.

If they import from outside the EU, then they have to pay 20% of the wholesale price as VAT before HMRC will release it from the dock, but they can claim that against the VAT from selling it.

Rules for online sales are different. Luxembourg has the lowest VAT rate in the EU which I'm sure was not a factor at all in their decision to locate the iTunes Store there.

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Re: Weird

If you buy an iDevice from an Apple shop in the UK, the sale takes place in the UK. Apple UK will buy their stock at wholesale prices from another Apple subsidiary somewhere else in the world. Possibly Apple Ireland might handle distribution for Europe and sell them to Apple UK for not much less than retail price.

If you buy it on the website, then the website may be located in another country, and that country's Apple division would pay Apple UK a shipping fee to fulfil the order. Certainly their downloadable material, Apps, Music etc is handled by iTunes Luxembourg.

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Re: Here we go again...

They can't change the law because the place of supply rules are covered by EU law, and parliament has no more right challenge Google's decision to put their sales through Ireland than Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has to challenge their decision to have their sales support office in Westminster.

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