* Posts by jonathanb

2064 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: I wonder

I pay for stuff with my credit card, a taxable transaction, then at the beginning of the following month, pay of the credit card, another taxable transaction. I could half my tax bill by paying by debit card instead.

Lots of companies in other countries have money in UK banks, so much so that more Euro denominated transactions take place in the UK than in the rest of the world put together, and more US Dollar transactions take place in the UK than in any other country. Those companies could reduce their tax bills by not using British banks.

Then I don't think you will find that 0.35% is anything like enough to cover the government's budget.

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Re: I wonder - North London commuters

It would cost more to upgrade an existing line to take double decker trains than build a brand new line. HS2 will be built to continental loading gauge so will be able to take double decker trains.

Another problem with double deckers is that it takes a lot longer for people to get on and off, so they have to wait longer at each station.

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Re: I wonder - North London commuters

No actually, it isn't, because that requires longer platforms, which depending on the layout of the station, and other stuff round about it, ranges in price from moderately expensive to virtually impossible.

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Re: I wonder

Tax destroys economic activity. Government spending creates it, and some forms of spending create more than others.

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Re: I wonder

HS2 frees up capacity on the West Coast Mainline for more local train services, so that the commuter trains for people who live to the north of London are less overcrowded.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Which is great when the bus stops at the bus stop, and not a few meters behind it, because there is already another bus there.

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Users shun UK.gov flagship digital service

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Re: on both a 28k modem and a 56k modem

Provided your tax affairs are straightforward. If you have anything remotely out of the ordinary in your income, then you have to revert to a paper return.

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Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

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Re: Single Volume?

What I like about the Seagate is that it can be used as a plug-in replacement, and it gave my older Apple laptop, which doesn't understand fusion drives, a new lease of life.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: Nobel gas bag

The Financial Reporting Council covers Ireland as well as the UK, and a lot of the accountants in Malaysia are registered with one of the UK accountancy bodies.

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German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods

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If it is a library, and there is somebody watching you use the fingerprint scanner, then it is probably a bit more secure. They will likely notice if you have a bit of balloon attached to your finger.

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T-Mobile US CEO on wearables: 'Apple Watch is the tipping point'

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Re: Time accuracy

When I'm at work I can see the time on the bottom right hand corner of my computer screen.

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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Re: 2 year release cycle

You don't have to buy the latest model every year, and I suspect most people don't. However, when they do buy a new phone, they probably do want to buy the latest model, or have last year's model as the budget option.

So no, I don't think that would be a good idea. Next year, people who want to buy a phablet would have the option of last years iPhone 6+, or the Galaxy Note 5.

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Would they be able to make a 4" phone as thin as the iPhone 6 and still have a tolerable battery life?

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Metrics house hails Apple DOMINANCE of X-Mas phone 'n' slab sales

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Same with the iPad. But does activation mean setting it up with a mobile data plan, or connecting it to the relevant app store?

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Google gives Microsoft office an awkward hug with new plugin

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Re: Confused

Dropbox and Google Drive sync the entire folder. I believe the OneDrive feature he's referring to is something where you can selectively chose which documents you wish to cache, but still have all the documents appearing in the folder. Not available on my Windows 7 copy of OneDrive, but I read about it here.

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

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It involved buying up all the bags of sugar in the local supermarkets and putting it into the concrete. That stopped it setting and gave them time to remove it all while still wet.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: Her choice

The only time you buy an ironing board as a present for a woman is if she is your daughter, and she's moving out to her own place for the first time. Laptops aren't in the same category at all.

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In dot we trust: If you keep to this 124-page security rulebook, you can own yourname.trust

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Re: The rest of the story

But does it address the main security risk, that people are willing to visit a site like 例子.cn/saajkshkj/www.barclays.co.uk/ajsdklfjaksdjflkj and enter their bank login details.

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

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Re: Amen brother!

If there are tractors or some other form of machinery on the paddy fields rather than (mostly) women, and those women are instead making something else, then we will still have the same amount of rice, or possibly more, and we have the other things they make as well.

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Re: Reality Distortion Field

Apple don't claim to be the ethical choice. They claim that their products are better quality and easier to use than the competition, which you may or may not agree with, but has nothing to do with whether they are ethically sourced.

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Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge

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On the desktop, Bing is usually the default and most people do change it to Google. Often they have to ask someone who knows about computers to do it for them, but they do make the effort to do it.

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Amazon workers in Germany stage CHRISTMAS STRIKE

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Re: Frequently-revolting staff stomp off for three days

Amazon's mail order company is located in Luxembourg, and pays various logistics company divisions around Europe to fulfil the orders. That is how they manage to not pay any tax.

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Plusnet could face DATA BREACH probe over SPAM HELL gripes

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Re: none for me...

90% is actually quite low. Mine blocks about 97%, and if it was working effectively, it would probably be more like 99%.

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Re: Never really understood

People have supplied something along the lines of plusnet@mydomain.example as the billing email address for Plusnet. They only use that email address for Plusnet, and have other email addresses for other suppliers that send them emails. That is the email address that is receiving the spam.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: Hang on

I did once buy a load of stuff from Tesco at 1p each. It was late on a Sunday afternoon, and they had a load of meat that was dated that day, and their choice was to either sell it for a penny, or pay someone to collect it from their bin.

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Re: @voland

Not if the money has been collected from the credit card, and the item is in a box with your name on it.

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It's nearly 2015 – and your Windows PC can still be owned by a Visual Basic script

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Re: Automation and freedom or not?@AC

Steganography would normally use features of the actual photo itself to transmit the message. It might be as simple as "a picture of a cat means 'yes'", "a picture of a dog means 'no'", or you could or you could change a few pixels in an inconspicuous part of the photo to send a coded message.

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Do you even know who your customers ARE?

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Re: From a customer's PoV

On the other hand, if you go to the local branch of your bank, they do need to know who you are.

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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

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Re: Oh boo-hoo, Chas Roy-Chowdhury

They do have a lot of cash stuffed under several shed loads of mattresses. $25.16bn of the stuff as of 27 Sept 2014 when they filed their most recent set of accounts - https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q/ks?s=AAPL

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Re: They just don't get it

There are franchise and IP costs, charged to the Irish company, to move the profits even further offshore, so they don't pay anything like 12.5% tax on their profits. The Irish authorities are generally happy to allow 95% of the profits to be shifted in this manner.

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

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And of course for things like Skype and Facetime, the limiting factor is the upload speed on both ends of the line, not the download speed.

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Re: Typical households need 10Mbps

I think you will find that more people can get a BT (or Kingston) connection of some description than can get access to mains water and sewerage.

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The internet is less free than last year. Thanks a bunch, Snowden

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Re: @Khaptain

You are right, we read loads of reports that terrorists have been arrested, but apart from the 7/7, 21/7 and Glasgow Airport bombings, which were actual real terrorist incidents, has anyone actually been convicted. It usually goes very quiet after the initial arrest. One exception was the Castle Quay Shopping Centre plot, which was laughed out of court. That was widely reported.

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VCs say Uber is worth $41bn... but don't worry, we're not in a bubble

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It could buy 137061 Enviro 400s (non hybrid version), which if stacked on top of each other would reach a height of 589km which is 0.15% of the way to the moon.

The bus fleet in London is 8765 buses, most of them are Enviro 400s or similar. Some are more expensive Boris Buses, and some are cheaper single deckers.

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Wheels fall off bid to sue Apple over iTunes anti-piracy shenanigans

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Re: The damage is done anyway

Well the RIAA have got it in that respect now. Unfortunately the MPAA have not, and there is still DRM on videos, despite the fact that videos are more difficult to share than mp3s because they are so much bigger.

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

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MOSS a success?

The first MOSS returns will be filed on 1st April next year. At the moment, all you can do is sign up for it, so it is a bit premature to declare it a success.

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Oi, UK.gov. WHERE'S THE DETAIL on your Google Tax?

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Re: Stop taxing profits

So if Apple Ireland advertises its latest Jesus Phone on Google Ireland, and British people see those ads and order the phone from Carphone Warehouse, who in turn get them shipped over from Ireland, how much tax does George Osbourne get from the advertising revenue.

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Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

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Re: Security disaster in the making

I guess the .net libraries could be deployed via the Mac App store and the linux distro repositories. That would work the same way as Windows Update.

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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They have one photo where they know the answer, and another where they don't know the answer. You only have to get one of them right, but you don't know which one it is.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Re: Just popping over to Calais ...

The other part of the deal is that calls to numbers all over Europe will cost the same as a call to another phone in the same country, ie included in the monthly bundled minutes for most people so no marginal cost.

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Assets is not the correct figure to look at

For a charity, the number you need to look at is "free reserves", which isn't a number on the balance sheet, but may be in the Trustee's report, or you can work it out yourself.

Assets that the charity needs in order to carry out its activities, such as the servers the site is hosted on are not free reserves. The cash is, provided it isn't restricted funds, but you need to deduct the liabilities and commitments[1] from that.

[1] Commitments are also not shown on the balance sheet, but should be in the notes to the accounts somewhere. Where you have a contract with someone to provide services, and the money isn't due yet, because the service has not yet been provided, that is a commitment.

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Re: Straight into a special account

Swiss bank accounts are no longer secret. They have information sharing agreements with the IRS and with the tax authorities of EU countries.

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BlackBerry's turnaround relies on a secret weapon: Its own network

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Re: Not a great network track reord ....

If Blackberry goes down, your phone becomes a dumbphone. If iCloud goes down, most features of the iPhone will still work. So yes, nobody is really using iCloud in the sense that most of the time, they don't need to.

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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

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Re: Can't trust the survey

And London, population 7375, is the smallest city in England.

Like London, Greater Manchester is much bigger than just the Manchester City Council area, it has a population of 2.7 million, making it the second largest city after Greater London with a population of 8.2 million.

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Anti-download biz sued for 'abusive' robo-call demands for money

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He now works at this place - http://www.rodneywarren.co.uk/our-legal-team/andrew-crossley/

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Amazon’s CHRISTMAS QUEUEING bonanza!

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Re: A joke surely

It is on the card that they put through the door without bothering to ring the bell.

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Re: Even the regular 6 is too big

The fact is that the Galaxy Note was launched at a higher price point than the iPhone, and they managed to sell in reasonable numbers. It is normally very difficult to break the Apple price ceiling. That is why it was necessary for Apple to move into the Phablet market.

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Most of the terrorist incidents come from animal rights groups, not Islamists or Irish Republicans.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: I seem to remember

I live in a flat (en_US: apartment), therefore ground source heat pumps and rooftop solar panels are not an option for me.

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Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you, er, snap off your search engine? Pretty please

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Re: It's the search verticals like hotels, cinema

If you search for hotels in New York, do you want details of hotels in New York, or do you want a list if websites that may or may not contain details of hotels in New York?

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