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El Reg man: Too bad, China - I was RIGHT about hoarding rare earths

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We could probably knock a lot of it on the head with a Public Select Comittee - ie, a group of actual citizens, not MPs - going through all laws passed since 1900 and just striking off the ones that don't make any sense or are just pissing away money for no reason.

"Wars on drugs" do massive amounts of financial harm in terms of lost revenue (we should tax that shit), police expenditure, prison expenditure, courts expenditure, lost taxes of otherwise law abiding working folk...

To follow on, if regional independence is such a top plan, let the Welsh Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and Stormont raise their own taxes so that England can stop paying for every bugger's free prescriptions. And they'd no longer get MPs which is also a nice saving on salaries, pensions and those mad, mad expenses.

After that a genuine cost-benefit analysis on what Britain gains from the EU. And NOT the usual divel about "80% of our trade" because that's inbound trade so it's a cost, not a benefit. At that point, we need to get out of damaging and expensive treaties like the CAP and refuse to pay for two European parliaments (because Strasbourg exists only to appease the French anyway).

Then we need to start stripping away the layers of active handicapping in small businesses. A builder I know who employs ten men spend 7/10ths of his time doing paperwork and HSE mandated nonsense rather than building anything and this is pretty representative.

Finally, I'd like to see VAT abolished and put on income tax. This would show people how much tax they actually pay and cause the revolution almost instantly.

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Re: @Shell.user@AC 12:47

What fucking austerity? Public spending is still at such an epic level that out of every six quid the government spends one quid is borrowed. And that's now been going on for the better part of a decade.

While this is certainly true...

A large part of that is interest on acquired debt. Another large part is used to prop up industries with no feasible benefit except the enrichment of vested interests (wind power, anyone?) and one hell of a lot is spent pursuing private citizens and small businesses in order to squeeze tax out of them while ignoring, for example, Starbucks and Vodafone. And then there's the circle-jerk of employment and regulation which is used to ensure that government services operate as "businesses" and buy from each other - each thus requiring purchasing and accounts departments and HR and other services used only to maintain a fiction.

Oh, and finally, there's the biggest circle-jerk of all, to wit - why do government employees pay tax at all? Would it not be sensible to simply pay them a tax-free salary at a lower level and stop incessantly running around in circles taxing money which is already tax? How many HMRC hours are spent calculating the taxes of HMRC? And then who audits those? It's madness.

Meanwhile, what do we do? Kill investment, snatch money from working families who get benefits (this bit is great - working tax credit means by definition that you're not being paid enough to live on and yet this is viewed as a good thing?) and pretend everyone who isn't a billionaire tax-dodger is just lazy.

Fantastic.

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Google to scan Chrome extensions, bans auto-install

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Re: Good dog, bad master.

Now, apparently after letting the "Fox in the Henhouse", they want to smolder the fox's kettle.

what?

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"Try and design a good secure product from day one please."

You do it, if you're so clever.

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RIM writes Nokia a fat cheque as pair bury the patent hatchet

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Re: fat cheque

Robert Maxwell?

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Re: Oh no, not again

@Eadon - then presumably the arbitration service that RIM took Nokia to (not vice versa) are also patent trolling or perhaps it's an enormous conspiracy and only you and Barry Shitpeas know the truth?

You bore me.

Also, you forgot to call me a shill. That's rare.

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Oh no, not again

Do we have to recap this again or is it fun to insinuate that Nokia are patent trolls when they're clearly not?

The Timeline

Nokia & RIM agree licensing of Nokia patents

RIM, after a couple of years, hit financial issues

RIM decides Nokia patents (which they agreed to license at this cost) are overpriced.

RIM takes Nokia to arbitration

Arbitrator says "actually, you're not paying Nokia enough".

The Reg repeatedly makes Nokia out to be a patent troll.

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BT ordered to pay £95m to rivals it overcharged for FIVE years

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Please, don't ever publish

any article containing the phrase "BT are appealing". I'd lose my lunch.

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

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Re: The news will be a blow to users with hard drives full of Word docs...

If they're on your hard drive or server anyway, wouldn't it be better to view them in Word or Excel (or OpenOffice/LibreOffice if you insist!) instead of trying to preview them on an email program?

If this story was about previewing, possibly. It's not. It's about exporting emails to old formats or exporting address books to old formats. Previewing old formats still works without issue (or indeed, change).

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Re: Outlook?

It's exporting contacts as word/excel, Ken. Therefore, this is another non-story with another HUGE helping of Gavin Clarke FUD. Either that or he didn't know what the change was either.

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Re: Contacts

I have no idea why this was left out of the article.

Because Gavin Clarke wrote it to make Barry Shitpeas and Eadon happy.

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Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

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Re: Why do we like it ?

And because they sell this (normally) free ebook - Pay Your Taxes! for 77p more than smashwords do?

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Apple said to be testing 46, 55-inch big-screen TVs

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@jeremyjh - upvoted. I did have to go away and assure myself that you're not the former Culture Secretary before pressing the button, though.

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Take a number, says new social network

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Seems to be CompuServe, actually.

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There’s more to selling email than meets the eye

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There was absolutely no point in writing or publishing the article. It's awful.

I have to agree. It read like a briefing for a TV presenter, possibly Jeremy Kyle. No actual information was contained.

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Microsoft 'surprised' by Google Gmail 'winter cleaning'

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Re: I don't really see a problem

Your complaint about IMAP was that it doesn't support something it was never intended or designed to do.

Not a complaint, merely an observation. You asked for the advantage of EAS over IMAP, I gave it to you. I am neither wrong nor silly.

Further, I quite like IMAP. I don't like GMail because Google's implementation of IMAP is non-standard and seriously annoying.

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Re: I don't really see a problem

Your point is akin to saying SMTP doesn't stream video.

It would be, if Google's offering was limited to email and had no calendar or contact management functionality. Since it has both, my point is more akin to saying that a particular mobile phone OS can't do SMS.

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Re: I'm not arsed

And they both support forwarding, so you can use whichever one you prefer.

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Re: i have to use outlook.com

Then I apologize. The Hotmail app works just fine for me.

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Re: I don't really see a problem

Personally I don't really see a huge benefit in Activesync over IMAP.

Calendar entries and contacts. IMAP doesn't sync them, ActiveSync does.

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Google's is non-standard in several ways.

Embrace, extend....?

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Re: Fixed it for ya, Microsoft...

House rules, Eadon.

Unless Google are paying you to ignore those.

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Re: i have to use outlook.com

I don't believe you "installed" outlook.com on your Android tablet because outlook.com is a fucking website. You might have visited the website but that's a pretty inefficient way to use mail from a tablet.

If your hotmail client (the sensible way to use outlook.com email on an android tablet - I do on mine, for example) is bloated and performs badly, use a different one.

Honestly, the ignorance of the FUD on the Register's comment pages is depressing.

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Nasdaq's RIM shot: BlackBerry maker ejected from top 100

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Re: EA

I'm really sorry you bought into the hype. I considered myself interested but pre-release information and especially the Beta test confirmed clearly that EA/BioWare had fallen into the WoW trap.

I'll explain since I don't want anyone else to buy the hype of the next WoW-trap game, and the one after, and the one after that.

If you build a new game using the mechanics presented in World of Warcraft, those mechanics are 11 years old. The new game must by definition contain less content than the eleven year old game (which has been updated and expanded numerous times). The audience you are trying to attract is an audience that likes those mechanics, and therefore almost certainly already plays WoW. Your game has less content and is therefore by definition "worse".

Players will soon realize that gimmicks added to the core mechanics (voice acting, storyline quests) are finite and rapidly exhausted, leaving them with the WoW "grind for gear" system. But their WoW characters already did the tedious grind and so did those of all their gaming friends so they're unlikely to stay in your game beyond three payment cycles.

That core market will inevitably go back to WoW which leaves your game with no players. The one thing MMOs offer is other players to do stuff with, and your game no longer has those. Therefore, it cannot keep anyone who hasn't gone back to WoW (Star Wars fanbois, people who didn't already play WoW).

You simply can't make money by remaking WoW, regardless of how good your gimmick is.

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Electronic Arts has been pissing money into Star Wars: The Old Republic, but that project could reap dividends

No, it really couldn't.

Here's a Gamasutra take on exactly how badly EA have fucked up their chances of making any money back on this dead duck.

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Information teleportation goes large-scale

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Re: AFAIK

----------------------------------------> you

-> the point

What this means is that instantaneous reception of distant data is now feasible. That means no lag in data transmission. It's not about building a teleporter.

Kids today.....

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McDonalds fried for serving spam

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Re: Bad Parenting and Corporate Greed

Sometimes I'm tempted to eat McDonalds food. But then I think for a second about what it tastes like and what it actually feels like in my mouth. Remembering the tepid greasy texture and the taste of "vaguely sweet" is more than enough to put me off and also kill my appetite.

I do drink their coffee though.

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Yahoo!'s Mayer, Apple's Cook 'Person of the Year' finalists

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There is no Tim Cook.

That's a Paul O'Grady character.

Here's the proof.

Slap a Bet Lynch wig on him and you'd have Lily Savage.

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END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

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Re: christmas break, wait till Jan

I dunno. Orange really are vile.

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Google unlikely to get kid-glove treatment THIS side of pond - Euro biz players

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"copying material from search rivals"

Don't tell Bob Vistakin. He's convinced that's a Bing thing, even though it actually, er, wasn't.

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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Re: AltaVista.digital.com

And typos were dangerous back then. Anyone else remember webcralwer.com?

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It's official: Mac users are morally superior to Windows users

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Re: And the Lord said....

More likely, there are several orders of magnitude more Windows users (market share would appear to support this theory) which in turn means that donations are divided among a vastly bigger base, most of whom will be at work (Macs in the workplace are even rarer than Macs as consumer items) and thus wary of websites being tracked as well as more likely to contribute to an office pool.

/shrug

dull flamebait is dull.

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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Re: What a shame…

If he had, then attending an NRA meeting might have been interesting especially in light of that thing they say about guns making you safer.

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First Mac OS X fake installer pops up, racks up your mobe bill

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Re: A limited market?

" Crooks have been encouraged to migrate from cooking up fake Windows installers to creating fraudulent Mac OS X apps"

understandably so. A target market that by definition has a high disposable income (or they couldn't afford a Mac), has been encouraged by marketing liars and fanbois to believe that OSX "doesn't get viruses" and is deliberately marketed toward the ignorant and computer illiterate ("it just works" translates directly to "you may not be too stupid for this").

And Pravda's improved a great deal!

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The best smartphones for Christmas

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Re: Ahem

Worse how? Not purple enough? Not easily shit-toned for Instagram? Low-light too good? Not enough camera-shake?

Hard to think of any measure by which your statement is anywhere near accurate.

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UK.gov backs away from ISP level filtering plan to protect kids

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Re: UKG showing common sense? Surely not?

And fire Claire Perry.

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Sleepy North Yorkshire village is first to get gov-subsidised BT fibre

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Re: Fees

As much as they possibly can.

Bastards.

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Re: Doomsday eh?

It's probably that place in the PlusNet ad.

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Goldman Sachs: Windows' true market share is just 20%

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Re: Few use the "smart" features of smart TVs

Almost nobody uses a windows PC as a TV. They use XBoxes and other STBs to add value to TVs. Therefore, there's hardly any market share to lose.

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Apple TV demand may drive Samsung-sapping sales

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Re: A quick shareprice boost is all

@ac 13:28

The issue here is still how Apple is going to gouge the consumer for every last bit of data they download. As marketing slogans go "Would you like to pay $1.98* per hour to watch TV instead of that nasty free stuff from the BBC that you already get?" will probably not fly except to all but the most indoctrinated of cultists.

I agree that your proposal is workable but would like to point out that even TiVo needs seed data (your initial choices and what the box "notices" that you like to watch).

They can't lock it hard enough. So it probably isn't going to happen. Until they can.

*$1.98 is based on $0.99 for a half-hour TV show

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A quick shareprice boost is all

AAPL has sunk recently. Tim can't have that so a few quick interviews and nosetaps about some vapourware TV product is a cheap way to get idiot investors back on board and re-inflate that AAPL bubble.

I don't believe Apple will make an actual TV set because of the issue of content provision. If it were to have a RF antenna socket, the consumer could watch free-to-air broadcast TV and not pay Apple for the privilege of doing so, which would surely be unthinkable.

But likewise, there's no way to lock it down to a cable provider or satellite source because so many national regulators forbid this. Note, for example, the way Sky don't sell a telly that will only receive Sky.

And TV-purely-via-internet is simply not yet viable due to bandwidth and QoS restraints.

No, Apple won't be making a TV any time soon.

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Win8 Hate in context

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Here's another from 1998.

linkage

Of course, Win95 was a massive company-destroying failure so I can understand how some of you think that Win8 will destroy Microsoft exactly the same way.

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Win8 Hate in context

That specific context being a post to microsoft.public.win95.shellui from 1997.

Link to relevant thread

All this "EW I HATE TILES EW" stuff we see reminds me nothing so much as this diehard fan of progman.exe still bitching two whole years after Windows 3.11 went away.

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Microsoft Surface to hit third-party stores on Wednesday

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The hilarious bit is this -

and every one of its pop-up stores opened within a mile's distance of the nearest Apple Store, with most located just up the road – or down the mall corridor.

because obviously that's just a ripoff and MS should actually be opening stores up mountains or at the bottom of the sea in order to gain customers rather than where there's consumers who want to buy tech.

/snark

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The latest tech firm to be accused of tax dodging: Microsoft

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Re: If they won't pay tax, maybe they should pay for infrastructure

The things you mentioned are encompassed in the Business Rates which it's impossible to dodge unless you're a registered charity or illegally operating out of your shed.

Not even Starbucks can dodge that one.

I agree that the law needs a change. Companies have to act in obedience to the law whereas acting according to "morality" is often something their shareholders can actually sue for under "Best Interest" laws.

And they do. And the ones who sue are often pension funds, which also dodge as much tax as possible.

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The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

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Re: C# is dead

Eadon tells lies about C#.

Again.

Dead? Deserted? Abandoned? Or expanded, enhanced and built in to MS's latest operating systems as a fundamental piece which (with .NET 4.0) physically cannot be uninstalled or removed without trashing the OS

Eadon. You liar. The only problem is that your lies are always so stupid - nobody with a brain would ever think about believing them.

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