* Posts by jonathanb

2533 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

128GB DDR4 DIMMs have landed so double your RAM cram plan

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Re: Consumer version soon please

8 is definitely faster than 7. That is the only good thing it has going for it.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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Hand washing guide

The NHS already has a website that gives you full details, including a demonstration video, on how to wash your hands - http://www.wash-hands.com/

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Uber wants UK gov intervention over TfL’s '5-minute wait' rule

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Private hire operators include things like stretch limos and wedding cars, and they will charge a lot more than a black cab for the same journey. They are also generally booked months in advance.

[edit] Stretch limos sometimes are classified as mini-bus hire if they have enough seats, but you get the idea.

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Re: Wrong target

Apparently they don't check the insurance very carefully - http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/12/uber-whistleblower-exposes-breach-driver-approval-process

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Re: Eh?

Try any of the other private hire apps, for example Addison Lee or Kabee. You will get a price before you confirm the booking, so you know where you stand.

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There isn't any restriction on the number of taxi licences that can be issued. Anyone who passes the very difficult exam can get one, and you can't sell it or rent it out to anyone else. It takes longer to study for it and is more difficult to pass than a university degree, but the restriction is based on ability, not numbers.

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There are loads of apps you can use to book private hire vehicles in London. Über is not unique, and it wasn't the first. With other apps, you get quoted a price for the journey, or in some cases, you get a selection of quotes from different hire companies that you can pick from. That's how private hire is supposed to be different to taxis. Über have this thing-that-is-not-a-meter to calculate the cost of the journey as it is in progress.

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North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

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Just one thing

Brilliance and technical sophistication are not qualities I usually associate with government IT projects. They are usually late, over-budget and don't work.

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Malvertising: How the ad model makes crime pay

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Re: They do what?

In theory so that you don't advertise Norton AV to someone who already has it

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Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

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Re: Optimal solution

I think if you sent for example some child porn for classification, they would report you to the police as well as ban it.

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Re: Maybe the *cinemas* should pay

They pay for distribution rights for the film, which includes the cost of classification, so ultimately they are paying, and we pay them when we buy a ticket.

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Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner

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Re: When has Gartner ever been wrong

There is in relation to line-of-business applications used by some customer-facing staff who don't work at desks or could move away from a desk if they were able to carry their computer with them.

Things like field engineers who work at customer premises. Also sales staff who could work out on the shop floor rather than a sales desk if they could carry their till / booking system with them.

In many cases though, this could be done on an iPhone or iPhone+ sized device, or at most an iPad mini or equivalent rather than a surface pro, and it doesn't particularly need to run Windows if all you have is a data entry form, some sort of information retrieval and maybe the need to print some things.

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World needs 252,288,000 seconds to decide fate of leap seconds

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Re: @Kevin 6 (wasting time?)

Financial institutions generally take GPS time as their reference point and adjust that to local time or GMT.

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Re: Why the high degree of granularity?

He wasn't born on Christmas day, he was born in the spring - lambing season in that part of the world. We appropriated the Pagan Winter Solstice Festival as a celebration of his birth because we reckoned that telling people to stop having celebrations on that day wouldn't be very popular.

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Re: Why the high degree of granularity?

Our current calendar counts forward from when Jesus was born. We are about 6 years out with that[1], and nobody has bothered to change it, so what are the chances of anyone updating for more accurate information about the Big Bang?

[1] The Bible says he was born during the reign of King Herod, and King Herod died in 4BC.

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Malware caught checking out credit cards in 54 luxury hotels

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Re: Replacement card policy

Normally what happens is that the bank gets loads of complaints about fraudulent transactions. They notice that all the people complaining have used their card at one particular place - Heathrow Express was one example from a few years back. Once they figure that out, they will probably replace the cards of everyone who used that outlet within the suspected period of time regardless of whether there have been any suspicious transactions on that account.

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Uber Australia is broke: 'We don't pay tax because we don't generate revenue'

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Re: Hmmm

They are advertising companies, same as yellow pages, local newspapers, people who put leaflets through your door and so on.

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Re: "Blaming companies for doing what the law allows is both futile and foolish."

Technically we choose to give money to the government because we vote for a government that wants to collect tax to spend money on things. A candidate that promised to completely shut down the government and stop collecting tax probably wouldn't get very many votes. People do want the government to spend money on some things, the argument is about how much, and on what.

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Re: It beggars belief...

I'm guessing Australia hasn't introduced MOSS returns yet so the place of supply is Holland. The only country outside the EU I'm aware of that has introduced an equivalent to MOSS is Japan.

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Re: It beggars belief...

So Über drivers don't pay GST on the money they receive from Über. I'm fine with that. [edit after reading comments below, I'm not fine with that because there is a $0 registration threshold on taxi drivers] However Über themselves should pay GST on the money they receive, you can argue whether that is the full amount of the fare or their 25% commission, but they should be paying something.

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FTC fells four tech-support operations in scammer crackdown

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By telling them not to do it again. Not much of a deterrent, they will set up another company and continue as before.

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Merseyside DDoS daddy given eight months behind bars

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"So who's been DDoSsing ProtonMail then?"

Possibly someone who has a couple of braincells between their ears. It is possible to cover your tracks, but you do need to think about what you are doing.

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BBC encourages rebellious Welsh town to move offshore

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Re: Will it work?

I guess sarcasm doesn't come across very well in text communication; but this is argument Starbucks would run with HMRC.

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Re: Will it work?

There is 20% withholding tax on royalty payments to the Cayman Islands. 25% tax on the loan you receive back. This is going to cost you more in tax than doing nothing.

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Re: Will it work?

You buy stuff from a local farm, and sell it in your shop. That is taxable in the UK, because the activity takes place there. What is your head office or HQ going to do for the UK established business that it can bill it for, and more importantly, make a profit on?

By the way, the Irish loophole has now been closed. Existing companies get to continue using it for another couple of years.

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Re: Will it work?

I'm not. Avoiding UK corporation tax is not as simple as registering a company in another country.

If it is controlled by persons resident in the UK, you need to pass an economic justification test to avoid UK corporation tax. Richard Branson for example owns a hotel in the British Virgin Islands, so there is a good reason for having that in a BVI registered company. If the hotel was in another country, then it wouldn't pass the test.

The other problem is the place of establishment test. If you are selling stuff in a shop in the UK, that is always taxable in the UK. You can try and move bits of the business not related to the selling activity elsewhere, thus reducing the profit made in the UK. Starbucks for example has an office in Switzerland that deals with importing coffee beans. Their coffee buyers are highly skilled people, so they can command a very good profit margin on selling these beans onto the UK stores. The reliable, high quality of the beans these people secure is absolutely fundamental in getting people through the door to pay premium prices for their coffee. The important thing though is that you do need to have the people that do this in Switzerland, otherwise you don't pass the economic justification test, or the place of establishment test.

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Will it work?

I would be interested to see what these tax arrangements are. Off-shore structures generally only work when the owner is non-resident, or non-domiciled and doesn't need to bring the money back into the UK for living expenses.

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Hypervisor headaches: Hosts hosed by x86 exception bugs

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Re: I'd expect more of The Register...

So if I run only x64 guests, do I need to worry about this?

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California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY

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In the UK, driving too slowly generally carries a higher penalty than driving too fast. There aren't many prosecutions for driving too slowly, but it does happen.

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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You can, but the parameters are different - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/bb491003.aspx

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Re: Why fucking green and fucking orange Arrrggghhh!!!!

A girl has to inherit colour blindness from both her parents, so it is much less likely to happen.

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

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Re: Wonderful :\

Mothers usually ask their kids for help with these things.

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Microsoft is about to launch a UK store within a store

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Re: Samsung stores are also

And the Google Shop is in PC World, which is also part of the Dixons Carphone Group.

However my guess would be the John Lewis store in Oxford St. John Lewis was the first to sell the Suface fondleslab.

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E.ON fined £7m for smart meter fail

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Steel works use coal for their power requirements, and also because there is a chemical reaction between the coal and the iron ore. Aluminium smelters use lots of electricity, because their process uses electrolisys to extract the aluminium from the ore.

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Re: Successful government IT projects

The Congestion Charge and Oyster Card systems worked without too many problems. However Manchester's equivalent of the Oyster Card has been a complete disaster.

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Re: What *customer* wants this?

Renewables are not an alternative to building fossil fuel power stations because the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine. However they do mean that when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining, you don't have to burn so much fuel, so they are still worth having.

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UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020

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Re: What use is a "right to request"?

BT, or Kingston Communications if you live in Hull, will be obliged to say yes.

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TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500

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Re: 6 or 12 months

There is no jury in the County Court where this case would be heard. It is nowhere near big enough for the High Court.

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BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

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But at least with iOS, you will get updates to fix them, whereas with most Android phone manufacturers, their approach to updating is to suggest you buy a new phone.

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

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There are way more ARM chips out there than Intel chips. When Intel shipped their billionth chip a few years back, ARM licences were shipping 1 billion chips every year.

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Startup founder taken hostage by laid-off workers

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I think "enhance stakeholder value" would be better than "leverage significant concessions".

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Top FBI lawyer: You win, we've given up on encryption backdoors

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Re: Condescending git

2001 was an outlier, because of the 7/7 bombings, in most years, terrorism deaths are 0 or 1. The last one I'm aware of is Lee Rigby, and before that, the Glasgow Airport bombers which I'm not sure really count as the only deaths were the terrorists themselves.

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HMRC 'reluctant' to crack down on VAT fraudsters – tax ace

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It's a lot easier for companies to do their VAT return than for example their Corporation Tax return.

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Re: This is a road to a bigger issue

And if they were bought to be sold on, the 2nd hand margin scheme applies and the buyer can't reclaim the VAT on the purchase.

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Re: (amazon) we don't have the authority to review their tax affairs.

VAT numbers can be checked here - http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/

If a customer from another EU country gives you a VAT number to claim exemption from being charged VAT, you are required to check it there before zero rating the sale.

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VAT actually works very well in terms of collection cost vs amount collected.

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Has Voyager 1 escaped the Sun yet? Yes, but also no, say boffins

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Re: replacement

It's the kind of job you would want to continue doing even if you had dictate the commands to someone else because you could no longer tap a keyboard.

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Get 'em out for the... readers: The Sun scraps its online paywall

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Re: "The Sun scraps its online paywall"

If they take it down today, they have to refund all the subscriptions, take it down next month and they can collect next month's subscription up to the day the wall comes down. Processing all the refunds, putting negative sales figures on the MOSS return and trying to get VAT refunds from all the EU countries they sell to would be a major hassle.

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The main criteria is whether or not you can claim the subscription on company expenses. That is why the Financial Times's paywall works.

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Teenage boy bailed until November over TalkTalk incident

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Re: 'Ang on.....

He's British, not Irish, from Northern Ireland, and from a neighbourhood where most people vote for Unionist parties.

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