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Re: How are Apple (or Amazon) acting illigally
TAX laws haven't kept pace with companies that exist in the crevices between jurisdictions. Apply, Google, Amazon, and the rest only make a profit because they benefit from society. They benefit from insurance systems, transportation systems, financial systems, from health care systems, and a whole host of other systems. They could not make any profit if they were working within a Somalian government system.
At some point they need to stop freeloading on the rest of us, and pay their fair share.
Send HMRC in to do their job. Sequester the servers, financial docs, and shut the fuckers down like they'd do to any high street biz.
Re: So what is the difference between No. 10 and 1600 Pennsylvania
Google are equal opportunity employers they 've bought the repubs too. They spunked out $18 million on US lobbying last year.
but hey they'll offer you a bag of sweets, and you'll climb into their cars.
Last year someone from talktalk ...
... phoned me about BB. I said I'd never heard of them which sort of threw him. Told me they could get me a faster BB to which I said that would be a neat trick as the BB came into the house down a crappy BT copper cable across miles of fields and bogs. Muttered something about 'unlimited' but by that time I was just checking whether I could beat my record of keeping them on the call for 25 minutes.
Here the snoopy bastards are the Google's and Facebook's that the EFF shills for. What one sees here is the guy shouting LOOK OVER THERE whilst their colleagues pick your pockets.
Re: copyright != human right
Article 27 of the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Re: 55 percent?
It doesn't matter how tougher sites are at password mandating, I'll use the same strong one for all of the bastards. The more sites feck about with passwords the more likely it is that we'll stick them in the plain text file. And there is nothing wrong with fido282 for most of the useless websites we access.
Re: Hmm... @ AC no 1
"How many people does she employ that are paying NI etc?"
Fiddling is a way of life. If they are fiddling the tax its odds on they'll be fiddling the NI too. Probably deducting at source and not passing it on to the taxman. In years to come their employees may find they don't have quite as much NI credit as they thought they did.
Who gives a shit ...
... about something one isn't going to spend money on anyway.
Re: Not hacking...
Its a bit like walking down the street and trying every car door until you find an open one, then pissing on the seats and leaving a not saying thank me for just pissing and not talking a dump.
Cue smart alec responses ...
... about how it would never have happened to some competent person like the commentard. Fact is it can happen to anyone and we often see people complain about lost data being the fault of the system, because the data owner is so 1337 they'd never be hacked or phished ... oh wait a minute.
On the systems here Chrome will NOT be installed.
Re: iPad app
Some of us don't give a shit about business and competitors. It ain't all about money.
Re: iPad app
Some of us block Androids from accessing our sites anyway.
Re: Ok here we go again
"Because poor people and scumbags don't have a very good memory "
And neither it appears do fuckwits on web forums. NHS targets were first introduced by John Major as part of the 1991 Patient’s Charter.
Re: "genuine culture of equality"
Its the asses you need to worry about.
Dunno about bugs but ...
... having been forced not to make money over illegal pharma adverts, they've switched to coining it over adverts for ivory sales.
Re: re. John Lilburne
The adverts pay for the content, if the single bit of content is being spread about a dozen or more outlets only one of which is creating the content, and in addition there is a 10th or more drop in the revenue per paying advertiser on the content creator website, then there is no business for creating the content. The content creator might just as well scrape the content from other sites.
What you end up with is a contraction in voices. You see it everywhere, where a company press release is simply recast and then copied across 20 or 30 other sites. When was the last time you saw any original content on HuffingtonPost, content that wasn't simply cribbed from elsewhere or a regurgitated press release?
The hivemind in tech journalism has reached the point where any negative press or critical opinion is viewed as either an aberration, or heresy.
The company forum had 153 spammers signup over the weekend the favoured email suppliers for these spammers are gmail.com, mail.ru, and nokiamail.com, of the three gmail is way out in front, though come to think about it I've yet to see a legitimate signup from nokiamail.com
Re: ..just lying around..
"if a book comes out as hard-copy and e-book at or about the same time, then there is no excuse for the e-book costing the same as the hard-copy."
Today the cost of printing and paper distribution may account for a couple of quid if that. Hardback books I bought in the 1970s cost about £10-15, now some 35 years on and the price hasn't changed much at all.
Google promising much, whilst dragging their feet and doing little. I seem to recall it took them several years to hand over the details of the paedophiles infesting their Orkut site.
Looks like they were still defending their right to push ads on child porn until the US legal system started to move in on them.
Re: re. John Lilburne
There is no revenue from big search engines linking to content on creators websites. The price of an ad impression is a about 1000th of a penny. Revenue accrues to sites that have 1000s pages containing the most popular content, normally aggregating sites that simple scrape or pirate content and wrap ads around the content.
For newspapers the ad revenue is less than 1/10th of the revenue that they would have got from a print advert. Then what views there may be are syphoned off by scrapping and aggregating sites.
Re: robots.txt is bollocks
Regardless of robots.txt Google spiders the pages. Whether it displays the pages is another thing. For that you have to be adept at regexp and have covered each and every way by which a page 'might' be seen by a spider. Example I have a site with a page at example.com/private/mypage if I have a German translation of that page then it will be example.com/de/private/mypage if not then the url redirects to the untranslated page. For robots.txt to work, despite have the cannonical URL set, I have to make sure that every conceivable URL that might redirect to example.com/private/mypage is covered. For a drupal based site that will also mean that you've covered the non friendly URL example.com/node/1234 in wordpress that example.com/p=1234 is covered plus any variations of extra arguments etc, etc. On any reasonably complex site keeping Google out is impossible.
Just sat NO to freeloading
I for one welcome any democratic government's attempts to curtail the thieving, tax avoiding, and criminal activitoes of Google. The web is NOT Google's private property, adding information to the web does not give Google an automatic right to steal it.
The days of freeloading by aggregators who provide very little content of their own should come to an end.
Re: Do no Evil
I disabled the bypass filters in Adblocker which allowed Google ads through, and I redirect all Android devices to a "SCREW GOOGLE" image. Lets turn the web dark to Google and its customers. Fuck all tax avoiding criminals.
Do try to keep up. Mr Airport was given the all clear, and plod has been told to lighten the fuck up.
Which just goes to show that the denizens of hobby computer forums are dumber than the average SUN reader. May Inspector Knacker arrest them all.
Re: No brakes?
The electronic parking brake on my car won't work whilst the vehicle is moving. It only works when the car is stopped.
BT should do a Frenchie and block access to google search.
Re: Awww Poor Old Micwosawft
Lets see the Google tax-avoiding thieves pay Mozilla $300 million a year to keep Google as the default search engine. Its not such that Google are particularly good at search in fact they happen to be as useless as all the rest. The issue is that it is the default and most people change the default browser search engine as often as they change Utility suppliers.
This WMUK gravy train
does it start out from Constantinople perchance? Cos it seems like Poirot would discover that they are all guilty.
I thought that back in 1998 or so too. It was only an impression, I never actually tested it out. It was cool back then to point people at this new search engine. And we all said it provided better results, but maybe that was because we'd read it somewhere, and as we now know Google pay a lot of people a lot of money to talk them up. I still recall having to wade into page 50 or so to find relevant stuff, and maybe it would have been on page 55 on Yahoo, or page 45 on Jeeves. I don't know, because I never tried, because Google provided better search results.
Then around 2005 or so I found that it was just another search engine, it didn't provide anything greatly more relevant than any of the other search engines. Except that it was now more likely to have searched through your gmail archives and browser history to select stuff you liked. Which if you think about it for a minute is pretty crap, unless you want your internet to be an echo chamber. Turn all that targeted stuff off and its no better than anything else.
How does it go we skip the ads, we torrent down the shows, there is nothing new on TV its all repeats.
Anhd where were ...
... the ad agencies like Google that were still profiting from all this click fraud? Setting up new tax avoidance schemes no doubt.
All I can say is that bought a wacom bamboo tablet for general computer use about 2 years ago and it has become my preferred pointing input device, and the joints on my index finger are no longer throbbing.
""We’re a law-abiding company, and we don’t want our services to be used in harmful ways."
Had some fool cold call me from TalkTalk last year saying they could give me a better BB speed. Neat trick I said, how are you going to speed that up given that the nearest BY exchange is clapped out and 2 miles away? On the plus side I no longer get BT sales people phoning asking me to switch providers, not since I had one of them trying to explain to me for 30 minutes how switching to BT would give me a better service given that it was their clapped out equipment that was responsible for the slow connection anyway.
Re: It was of his own choosing
*blink* Dead is dead. and you don't get to fight another day. As for 'national news' well in a months time it will be "Aaron who? Oh yeah him. Yeah sad, pour another beer will you."
Jail the bastards next time they get off a plane anywhere in the world. If they want to be in the cloud let the fuckers live there.
Re: Expect more of this...
Are you completely bonkers?
Swartz was into collectivising works, he has a manifesto out that calls for the collectivisation of all culture, which was pretty much a Soviet ideology.
Perhaps he could have got off due to lack of maturity.
The issue is interference with a property right. If I come around and dig up your garden I've not deprived you of anything as you still have your garden all be it strewn about the place.
And besides everyone knows that IP is property.
Hackers and "News of the World" readers not much sense between any of them paediatrician->paedophile Egyptology->Egyptian state.
If you can't do the time don't do the crime.
Re: 2 Questions
Who cares if it phones the communist party intelligence headquarters? The last I heard they aren't some criminal company, and besides them communist party intelligenciers need to learn the real radical stuff from somewhere.
Re: "Google receives no signalling information from these devices"
Google is the frying pan and the fire. As I just want a phone to ... well ... phone from time to time, I'd buy one as well to replace by 8 year old nokia whatsit.
Re: 'We were big softies all the way' - Yeah, right
Some years ago the maximum penalty for burglary is 14 years, which was also the maximum sentence for possession of pot. But we know that hardly anyone got hit that hard. £25 fine plus costs, or probation. Maybe if the rozzers caught someone burgling multiple times they'd get a short custody sentence. The maximum is never what a first timer gets.
My impression is that this is mostly the middle classes not thinking that the law applies to them.
Re: Corporate And Open source, What's The Problem ?
Depends. We release maintenance builds every month, and we have two major release a year. Some years ago we had 4 major releases a year. Often our customers report that the updates are too frequent, and most are several major release behind.
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