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1967 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

RISC OS comes to Raspberry Pi

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Alternatively just download http://www.mkw.me.uk/beebem/

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Firm-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's tax dodge profit shift? Totally legit

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Re: Do you remember the good old days...

Because a lot of the tax havens are already British colonies, eg Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Jersey, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, British Virgin Islands.

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Re: Nope

When you make a particular example of tax avoidance illegal, it becomes tax evasion.

Many people here, me included, put savings money in an ISA to avoid tax on bank interest. That is tax avoidance, and it is perfectly legal.

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Re: Ban international companies.

That is exactly what happens now. And even if it doesn't, profits from the UK division are taxed here.

If I set up a coffee shop next door to Starbucks and started selling brown coffee flavoured drink at £3.50 per cup, nobody would buy it from me, even though it was the same price as the £3.50 cup of coffee flavoured drink next door. The reason for that is that I don't have the Starbucks name above my door. At £3.00, £2.50 etc, people would probably still pay extra to have the Starbucks branded variety rather than mine. Maybe at about 50p, people would start buying from me.

If this Starbucks trade mark allows the UK company to charge £3.00 more than me per cup of coffee flavoured drink, then clearly it something worth paying the owner of that trademark some royalties for. Maybe £2.90 per cup sold would be reasonable? That means that out of the £3.50 selling price, only 60p is available to buy the beans, pay the staff, etc, etc. They may be very special beans sourced by another company in the group that employs lots of staff to sniff out the best possible beans all over the world. You can surely justify paying a premium price for these beans.

What you describe is already what is done, and yes it really is that difficult.

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Additional hint, they are all in either Ireland or Luxembourg.

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Re: Sales are income to corps, so what about salary.

Companies can't just declare that all their profits are earned in for example Ireland. They have to employ staff in Ireland to earn that bit of profit. You could possibly move to another country, find a job there and pay tax in that country, and that is perfectly legal.

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Re: So cancel corporation tax

Shareholders are subject to inheritance tax on the value of the shares. If the company also paid inheritance tax, then you would have double taxation.

Individuals who trade on their own account pay tax on profits calculated in much the same way as companies. There are a couple of differences related to motoring expenses and expenses with a dual private/business use but other than that, it is pretty much exactly the same.

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Monitors to grow half an inch in 2013

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Re: I'd like a square monitor

I can see it without scrolling my Galaxy Note 2 if held in portrait orentation.

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Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

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Re: Couldn't Happen To A Nicer Company

Apple Maps may be a significant advance over Google Maps if you live in North Korea, but for the rest of us, it is a major step backwards.

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Files aren’t property, says US government

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They are official secrets, not property. You almost certainly won't see theft on the charge sheet, but there are plenty of other things they can nail you for.

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Re: If files are not property...

You are not sued for intellectual property violation. You are sued for copyright infringement. The term "intellectual property" does not exist in law, because copyright, patents etc are not property.

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Mobile operators have another go at killing IM and Skype

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Re: Once upon a time they might have been able to kill Skype

It's not so much that Microsoft owns it. People use Skype because everyone else uses Skype. Being the first customer of a new messaging network isn't much fun because there isn't anyone to talk to.

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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Re: Contempt yet?

You don't contact the judge, you contact Samsung's legal team.

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You know who else hates Windows 8? Hackers

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Re: Anti-virus

I generally go about 4-5 weeks between reboots, as patch tuesday usually requires a reboot to install the updates.

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British judge: Say you're sorry Apple... this time like you MEAN it

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Re: Europe =! UK

I agree with your line of thinking, but that's not what the court order says.

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Re: Good.

They are not modifying the original judgment. The original judgement told them to put what they put as paragraphs 1 and 5 of their 6 paragraph ramble. They added another 4 paragraphs that contradicted it, which is a clear violation of the judgement.

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New York tech firms form 'bucket brigade' to fuel flagging servers

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Re: Use the cloud

The idea is that you have a backup set of servers with exactly the same data etc on them somewhere else that wasn't affected by the hurricane. Maybe the West coast, or Australia or something like that. Then it doesn't matter that your New York servers are down due to lack of power.

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'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

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Re: Oh FFS - patent - ideas

I guess the idea is that you come up with some amazing new idea in your garden shed. You get the patent for it. Then you can go to investors to put it into production. You can do that without worrying about them stealing the idea because you have the patent.

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EC tells Euro rebels: Hike up your ebook tax to 15%, or else

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Import duties are specified by the EU. VAT is subject to EU rules. Other taxes are the responsibility of member states.

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Re: Or

Amazon are already registered for VAT in the UK, for the sale of dead tree books where the UK has one of the lowest VAT rates - 0%, so it would just be a case of putting ebook sales on that VAT return rather than the Luxembourg return.

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ICO fines council £120,000 for crypto email fail

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Re: Email Encryption would have helped (if your using one that can revoke a message)

How do you set up a system that allows you to access my Exchange Server and revoke an unopened message that is sitting in my Inbox, without my co-operation? And if I am not the intended recipient of your emails, you probably won't even think to ask me for it.

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Re: A tricky one really

I think the punishment should be written on a P45, or whatever the thing that replaces it from next April is.

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Yahoo! will! ignore! 'Do! Not! Track!' from! IE10!

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Re: Yah-boo!

Not as a search engine. There are still a lot of people who use Yahoo Mail, last time I saw figures, they were the market leader with 26% of the market, just ahead of Hotmail on 25%.

I use Yahoo Finance for checking share prices, and Flickr to look for photographs.

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Well when my gf borrows my iPad, I get a pretty good idea of what sort of shoes she has been looking at it from all the shoe shop ads that appear afterwards.

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You can still serve ads, and the ads can be related to the search keyword. For example, I wanted to hire a van next week, so I went to Google, typed "van hire in [my town]", looked through the Adwords ads for van hire companies, selected one of them, phoned them up and booked the van. I have absolutely no problem with that sort of advertising. But if Google then start telling all the other websites I visit that I'm interested in van hire, then I'm not going to be so happy.

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Re: Choice?

I don't know how a pre-installed computer works because I always reformat the disk and replace it with a Technet copy of Windows, or a Linux distro; but I believe you still have to set up a user account, and setting up ie preferences is part of that stage of the installation.

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Re: No surprise here

And that is exactly what Windows 8 does. You are presented with the settings to approve, and the Do Not Track option is selected by default.

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In the EU, advertisers are not allowed to track people unless they give their explicit informed consent to tracking. So it would appear to me that having DNT on by default is exactly what the EU requires.

If people want to be tracked, they can go into settings and select the "please stalk me and record my web browsing activity" option. Very few people will do that because very few people want to be tracked.

I can't imagine there are many people out there who what to be stalked by advertisers but don't know how to enable it.

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EDF: We'll raise bills 11% - but only 2% is due to energy costs!

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Re: Yes, lets focus on @localzuk

The barrage would provide baseload except for about half an hour twice a day when the tide turns, and as we know exactly when that will happen, we don't need fast start generators to cover it. Also interruptible supplies such as stored heat and cooling could be switched off during that half hour period to reduce demand.

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APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

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Re: Called it

The court told them to put paragraphs 1 and 5 up. The reason was that the initial Samsung ban got a lot of publicity, so this requirement was put in place so that people would know that it is safe to buy a Samsung slab, it will continue to be supported to normal Samsung standards and they won't risk any legal liabilities in using one.

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Tumblr and Google App Engine down as US traffic plummets

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Yes, but sometimes we have a couple of millimetres of snow, and then the country grinds to a halt.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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Re: Long overdue

If you are copying a large amount of stuff which is saturating your disk/network IO, slowing everything down; you might want to pause it for a couple of minutes to do something else.

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Re: "countless more jobs would be created and more wealth generated"

If Microsoft went bust, another company would buy the copyrights from the liquidators. There is a good chance that that company would be even worse then MS.

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

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Re: Apple use the GPS/GLONAS decoder in the 3G baseband chip

Well if you tether an iPod touch or iPad to an Android phone, the wifi location service will give you a very accurate location fix. It doesn't update quite as frequently as using GPS directly, so if you are on a train for example, the location will update maybe every 30 seconds or so. That may not be good enough for turn by turn navigation, but good enough for getting walking or public transport directions. However, what with the new Apple maps and the fact that wifi tethering will most likely drain your Android's battery faster than you can recharge it, you are as well just getting that from the Android directly

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Microsoft's 'official' Windows 8 Survival Guide leaks

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Re: "News"?

I don't see "news", however I do se "Biting the hand that feeds IT". Anyway, it does explain, in a very humourous way, exactly what is wrong with Windows 8.

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Australian volcano starts to blow

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Re: why does this island have a web page

Rockall used to have a web page, and it used to be rather good. El Reg still own the domain, but they don't seem to be doing anything with it.

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Panel production problems may stop iPad Minis getting into fans' mitts

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"So says DisplaySearch, a market watcher, which reckons supply will be constrained by LCD panel makers’ inability to sent enough 8.9in, 1024 x 768 screens to Apple."

Well if they do supply Apple with 8.9in screens, that will be a problem because they won't fit in the iPad mini.

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iPad Mini: Why is Apple SO SCARED of the Kindle?

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Re: I will laugh so much...

I have it on good authority that they have finally sorted out the trademark issues with the British TV Station and are going to launch their long rumoured iTV product. Jeremy Kyle will be the guest of honour to launch it.

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Re: eh?

Before the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus came out, the only real competition in the slab market was the Galaxy Tab, which was the same price as the iPad, and the Asus Transformer.

There's two possibilities, either it is a magical new revolutionary iGadget that will create a completely new market. Alternatively it is to compete with the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus.

Of course at the time of writing this, we don't actually know that it is an iPad mini, it could be something completely different. We will find out in just over an hour. If it is an iPad mini, I can't think of anything magical and revolutionary they could do with it, but that's why I'm not earning millions of dollars working for their product design team.

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Windows 8 'bad' analyst says Store is a weakness

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Re: @h4rm0ny: Office RT edition licence restrictions

So I can't use it to send my CV to recruitment agents?

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Windows 8: Microsoft will declare victory, but will anyone believe it?

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Re: On the other hand...

As far as I'm aware, most people use Macs for music production. Will Windows 8 be good enough to encourage them to switch to Windows? I doubt it.

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Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

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Re: Uh...

In France, UK, and any other country I've been to, the ground floor is called the ground floor, and the first floor is called the first floor. Why on earth would you call the first floor the ground floor? The ground floor is the one at ground level.

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Re: The other first

No, the first floor above the ground is the first floor. The second floor is the second above the ground. How could it be any other way?

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Re: Uh...

Well the floor would be about 2.5 to 3 meters off the ground, and the window maybe another 1.5 meters above the floor. Not quite 30 feet but certainly enough for a fall to cause injury.

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US accused of hypocrisy over cyber warfare

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Re: excuses

The national grid has a control room where they monitor demand for electricity and the output from all the various power stations, wind turbines and so on. They use this information combined with things like weather forecasts, TV schedules and so on to switch things on and off as needed. Eg, if the World Cup final goes into extra time, then all the nations's kettles will be switched on a bit later than previously predicted. How do they get this information in and out of the control centre? My guess is the internet is involved somewhere.

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SanDisk jolted out of flatline after Q3 flash storage shock

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Re: U3

They were, but they don't do it any more.

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US climate-change skeptics LOSING SUPPORT

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Actually it would lead to a nuclear winter as all the dust thrown up from the nuke would block out the sun.

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Apple loses UK 'Samsung copied us' appeal: Must publicly GROVEL

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Re: Will never happen

It can still go to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. If it does, it could be some time before we see the apology, and by that time, peoples obsolete iPad3s and Galaxy Tabs will be gathering dust at the bottom of a cupboard while they enjoy their iPad21 or Galaxy Tab XIX

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Re: slab-fondlers would ignore trademarks.

I bought my iPad rather than a Galaxy Tab largely because it was cheaper (Black Friday 2011, iDevices were reduced, Droids were not, otherwise they were the same price).

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Re: Appleology

No, they have told them what they have to say. It is as follows:

"On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited's Galaxy Tablet Computers, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple's registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the High court is available on the following link [link given].

"That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on .. A copy of the Court of Appeal's judgment is available on the following link []. There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe."

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