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Re: Government Has No Reason To Complain
Absolutely. Tax planning to avoid tax is not illegal (evansion is). Tax avoidance is a perfectly normal thing to do, not just for large multi-nationals, but for individuals too. I'm an IT contractor and I see it my duty to myself to minimize my tax hit. I pay as much tax as the rules require me to pay. If you want more tax, vote into power a party that will raise tax rates. Otherwise people should just live with it.
Well done Google.
China is likely to ban Windows
It would be quite easy for China to ban Windows in favor of a homegrown OS, oh wait that's exactly the (long term) path they've started on already... Two can play at this game, USA.
Re: Mega Hurts
What makes you think it won't be the same. Users will still upload pirated content. The difference is now the secret keys will be passed around only to those who are in the right circles. And without the keys, no one can prove what is being hosted by a user.
Re: Ask Galaxy owners...
Except that Samsung is a major global component supplier. The LGs, the Asuses, the ZTEs, the Oppos, the HTCs, use Samsung's components. Losing Apple as a component customer is not that big a deal. Apple will just go to another component supplier and that supplier is probably using Samsung's components.
Almost zero cost to TV manufacturers
This is good news for display manufacturers. They can ask Netflix to pay them small fee to implement support for DIAL. If the leading names (Samsung, LG, etc) don't buy into it, then no reason for the smaller players to buy in and DIAL is dead before it gets started.
So I can buy Apple stock today and in 20 years time get myself an Audi? I can think of several stocks that would allow me to do the same, doesn't have to be Apple.
Purple tinted photos
Even with an oil spill, Exxon could spank Apple longer term. Exxon could weather two oil spills.
@AC Do you think the compiled byte code is Arabic too? Dumb ass.
Show some respect, Arabic has given more to computing than most cultures.
It's a good idea, one western economies should follow
If the ultra paranoid USA won't allow Chinese sons to come and marry their darling NASDAQ daughters, then this is a great way for China to force western economies to give consent to future marriage proposals, if not, hen China and rest of Asia can pretty much set the pace of technological development for the rest of the world and eventually the US and EU will have to play ball or be left out of next generation tech developments. Silicon Valley is not the hotbed of innovation it once was. Cambridge and MIT still do great work but it's he Asian tech giants that are taking new developments from R&D into the market.
Re: Stupid, Complex, Over-Theoretic
If a country wants to raise tax revenue it should develop an industry. If organizations are to be taxed for simply holding data, then the government should give individuals tax discounts for the data governments hold about the citizens they govern. Then what next? Do we tax wealthier people more because they have more assets and therefore more data needs to be stored about them? Do we at some point tax by the megabyte or even byte?
France is will end up being cut off from the digital revolution taking place around the globe. Corporations should take a stand against France. France has more to lose than the corporations.
Facebook.org is a non profit organization that does not store any data (except logon and password) and is funded by charitable donations from wealthy private individuals. Instead it uses open APIs provided by Facebook.com (a US company) to "only show data from Facebook.com".
Best alternative is a Chromebook
Cheaper, great battery life and actually more usable in classes in that you can type much faster than tap.
Samsung Youm was the most impressive tech of CES 2013
The possibilities that bendy OLED opens up makes this the coolest and most amazing tech of CES 2013. Samsung are so close to something truly groundbreaking here. If the prototypes are anything to go by, Samsung is not far off from a consumer product. A GS4 with double the battery hours thanks to a thinner screen and larger battery would be most welcome.
Project Shield will be DOA. What exactly is the point of it? They should pack all that power into a tablet or smartphone. Most people are happy to carry a smartphone and a tablet, but not a third device.
Re: "jack of all trades, master of none"
Jack of all trades = diversification, something that usually saves a business from going under when consumers eventually tire of the "master" product because something shinier comes along.
Re: Is it time for Apple...
You seem to be under the impression Samsung does only consumer electronics. Apple does ONLY consumer electronics. Samsung produces things that are even more tangible, like heavy industry machinery and plant. You know, stuff that really keeps the economy moving.
IM side of Skype sucks
The IM half of Skype is fine if you only use it once or twice a week for short chats. For frequent use it is AWFUL!
MSN/Window Live Messenger is/was great at IM because it started life as an IM client and so IM was the thing it did best. Custom fonts and custom font colors were features that I personally find very useful as it made the chat stream easier to read. The Skype IM chat window is an ugly mess. Microsoft says you can use your Windows Live ID. Yes you can, but it's an extra mouse click away and if you log out the damn Skype client does not remember it.
You'd have thought MS would have enhanced the Skype IM features before forcing people to switch. With the number of people now using Facebook's instant messaging I think fewer people with switch to Skype for IM than were using Live Messenger. I think MS will lose more users this way than it thought it would gain as Skype users.
Drop the names and version numbers
Follow the old CD and DVD idea, go back to using x2, x8, etc measured against USB 1.0. Consumers are used to this and know that the higher the xN number, the better the performance.
Or even simpler and a much better way to explain the benefits to the consumer: USB 5G, USB 10G, etc.
"Picking on someone in front of their co-workers, or worse on a public forum, is just bullying.."
Oh really? Then I was bullied to hell and back by all of my school teachers. I agree with all the comments that sometimes you have to call people out in public to get a point across. IT IS NOT BULLYING. Attacks on personality is bullying, attacks on shoddy work is not. If someone f&*ks up, a manager should have to right to point it out, even in front of their peers.
Re: Size isn't everything, but...
Googel Now came up with:
DoD: Largest employer on the planet
Microsoft: Largest software company on the planet
United States economy: WIN WIN
DoD IT jobs: WIN WIN
No one cares about the headline deal value. You have to be pretty naive to believe this is just another standard enterprise deal. The finer details will never become public. DoD will get special treatment.
As for the "my OS is better than your OS" crap; only geeks could give a crap. Get 90% of the business world onto a Linux and malware developers will shift focus. They are a tenacious lot, they will rapidly find security holes in Linux apps too.
Re: I/O Concerns
Fact of life: there will always be something better.
Re: Public sector
You seem to be implying free trade is a bad thing. Free trade is a good thing and is one of the ways that humans who are better off are able to help those that are worse off. We could give money to poorer nations or we can kick-start their self-sufficiency. Only a greedy non-capitalist would think of only themselves.
Re: Starting figures are well out
Upper 1%? Pony poop. You do realize that most of the workforce IS in the top 15%. The bottom 50% is made up of the MINORITY of lower paid workforce, not the MAJORITY who are well paid.
Tedious, maybe. But his thing looks more like the iPhone 5 than anything Samsung could do.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...
Just because *you* say HTC and Samsung can't do nice designs doesn't make it so for everybody else. Your world view is not shared by all.
"The threat from windows/nokia was cited as a threat? Really?"
Yes really. Market analysts and pundits try to take a long term view. While Windows 8 is not a threat today, it could well be a big threat in 2 or 3 years time. Anyone with a large position in AAPL might be thinking AAPL won't be worth as much in 2 or 3 years time and are cashing in now. Didn't Jony Ive sell most of his shares recently?
Sorry, but the "world" does not like Apple. Some parts of the world do. In Spain Apple's market share is less than 5%. In India it's less than 1%.
It's not a $34bn "loss". This is funny money reduction in Apple's market cap. Is Apple really worth $700bn?
Re: Better bargain still...
Why would anyone or any organization pay more tax than they legally need to?
Not needed if rhetorical.
"Not that our government is any better"
Really? Really??? Just stop and think for a minute. Christ on a stick, UK citizens have more freedoms than they know what to do with.
Re: SSL VPN through Port 443
Do you really think the Chinese politicians go about blocking the internet without consulting their own expertise, i.e. the likes of Huwei?
Trust me, they know what they are doing. If the attempts to block seem lame it's because the intention to instill fear rather than actual blocks that would hurt the Chinese economy.
I reckon Android smartphone users use the dedicated apps over the web sites for common activities like Facebook, eBay, Amazon.
I use Facebook, eBay, Amazon and The Register, of course, but I access these through their dedicated apps, it's a better experience than a browser on a small screen. Not that Chrome is a poor experience on a smartphone, it's just that it is a lot easier to use the apps.
If there is no app, I use a desktop or laptop.
As folks have mentioned, it is worth remembering that this data is US centric. Would be interesting to see the same graphs for China, India and Europe (especially Spain where Android has over 95% share).
Re: dumb argument
Actually, It IS unreasonable to expect anything in return for a free service. The data protection lobbyists can shout all they like, in the Facebook will always find a way around the regulators. Why? Because Facebook is a business, where there's a will, there's a way.
Re: Don't like it? Don't use it.
If you use it, pay the price. That's the choice. Nothing in life is free, nor should anything be free.
Don't like it? Don't use it.
The choice IS there.
Within the laws
Why on Earth should any individual or organization pay more tax than it is legally required to? Keep morality out of it. This is business. If there are legal mechanisms to minimize tax, everyone and anyone should use them.
For branch use
I've been in a modern branch (Canary Wharf). The floor walkers use these to organize visits with the personal bankers. Why they felt the need to develop a custom iOS appp for that over a web application is beyond me. But hey, it's a bank, money to burn I guess.
Google evil? Don't think so.
Give one example. Has Google killed anyone? Started any wars where civilians have died? Supported any murderous dictators?
Google is the enabler of global wealth re-distribution like no other company in human history.
Todays equivalent targets would probably be the tech zones of China. There are probably more a few hydro-electric power dams that can be taken out to cause Bond villain satisfying devastation.
Re: "Motorola won a ban on Xboxes that ended up blocked by a US court"
It's not FUD.
A US court does not have jurisdiction in Germany but it does have power over a US company headquartered gloablly in the US. If a US court tells a US company in a US court to play nice in the EU, then that caompnay has to comply or face the courts in he US. That side of it has nothing to do with the German courts.
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