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ICT globalisation survey: UK's tops - 'cos we don't care who buys our firms

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R&D globalisation - no

Canada and Australia score highly on business surveys R&D only because of the tax advantages of doing R&D here rather than the UK.

Pretty much anything that can be counted as R&D gets a tax rebate. The result is that every activity that doesn't involve chopping down trees or digging up coal is R&D. But finding skilled people, access to world class universities and innovative companies? Lets just say that even Alberta doesn't quite compete with the area around Cambridge or Stamford.

Saying it leads the world in R&D is like saying that Ireland leads the world in internet search or operating system development because Microsoft and Google have the eu HQ there.

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EU probe into Apple's taxes: It's NOT to do with double-Dutch-Irish anything sandwiches

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Re: Selling apple kit is a loss leader, almost

So ironically it is legal for Apple to do these tax dodges so long as they effectively ban anyone else from selling their kit profitably. But an HP or IBM or Lenovo couldn't

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Re: So is this similar to what Starbucks do?

Yes and it's totally legal for a monopoly.

What would be illegal, and what Apple are accused of doing, would be if Starbucks sold the coffee to supermarkets at 1.00 allowing the supermarket to make a profit but sold it to it's own stores for 2.00 so they didn't.

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

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It gets really, really old

And no 60myr older than we originally thought !

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Ireland accused of giving Apple 'selective advantage'

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Re: Scandal

> How can an EU company compete in such a system!?

By doing exactly the same, and in many cases much worse.

That's why the UK lets vodaphone pay no tax because it would be bad for their business.

Rolls-RoyCe and Boots, those well known Bahamanian companies, pay little tax here

The worst is probably the Dutch Antiles charity Ikea

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Which is more serious than what Apple/Google/MSFT/etc have done to the tax man.

If eu countries are allowed to compete on who allows the most favourable interpretation of tax law, others will compete with other laws.

Imagine if some penurious eu state offered a deal to pharma companies - open a HQ here and we will approve all your drugs in 24hours, or you could get cross-eu safety approval for a new car import by just having a dealership there that employed the president's nephew.

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Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

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Re: One not given to forget Allies...

It was more a comment on the Hollywood fondness for re-branding a historical event to involve only Americans.

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> World War II in the Japanese mass media, to be identical to what you would find in the United States.

That only the US took part, they won the battle of Britain while cracking the enigma and inventing radar and the jet engine?

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Egghead dragged over coals for mining Bitcoin on uni supercomputer

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Re: fail....

Plus the 100-150% overhead the University charges on NSF grants.

Those $5M/ear soccer coach salaries have to come from somewhere

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HP has Chromeboxes with Intel Core i7 chips, but they'll cost you

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Meh

About the same price as a Gigabyte Brix, Zotac or any other Intel NUC format machine - all of which you know will run Windows/Linux and have driver support.

A chromebook (aka tablet with a keyboard) or a chromestick makes sense - but these ??>

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One EURO PATENT COURT ruling for all from 'early 2015'

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Although still better than the East Texas - which lawyer has the biggest belt buckle - system

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: The man is correct

Everyone should have the opportunity to learn programming, just like they should have the opportunity to learn a foreign language or to play an instrument.

It doesn't mean that must learn to program becomes a key school requirement. All that leads to is a watered down defn of "programming" so that 100% of kids can do it. So we have a Computer Science GCSE that consists of changing a font in word.

Imagine if must play a musical instrument was a requirement, the schools would be full of compulsory triangle practice - which would reduce the number of kids playing the violin - in the same way that compulsory HTML would reduce the number of future programmers.

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

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Re: Driverless car

>The Docklands Light Railway?

Is it the Victoria line that has drivers only because computers can't strike?

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UBER UBER ALLES: Investors value ride app at $17 BEEELLION

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Re: Holland, Tulips, early/mid 1600s ...

>Did you get burned?

Yes but fortunately I also invested in a company making longevity potions

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Re: Unter

>perhaps that is the way it supposed to be? True competition needs to have a fair market....

Yes but that is little comfort to the shareholders who just spent $19Bn building the level playing field.

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Re: Unter

And that's their big weakness - which they would have to disclose if this were an SEC filing rather than a private round.

Uber put these billions into buying politicians to make this legal and fight the cabbies and building awareness among non-geeks. Then a 100 other companies simply clone it and benefit from the law changes.

The drivers will simply have an app for each and pickup whichever customers are paying most. There will then be a series of startups with apps which do arbitrage and pick the best service for drivers and passengers.

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Bechtolsheim's baby Arista Networks soars in stock market debut

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A new paradign

A staff of experts in the particular field of engineering actually building a high quality product with a strong demand from real customers who will rely on it for real work - and are willing to pay for it.

Is this an entirely new business method ?

Could we patent it ?

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: Took ages to convince my parents...

>that an electronic engineering degree was not a qualification for fixing Christmas tree lights.

Have the standards for EEng degrees dropped that much ?

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

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re: 3D Holographic display

>Since our brightest minds have yet to figure out how to make an arbitrary part of open space look solid

You can make a real holographic display with programmable diffraction gratings.

At the moment it can only do small volumes and it takes all day to calculate the rendering of a frame.

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Devs get first look at next Visual Studio

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Re: Compiler as a service?

So us real programmers(tm) finally get intelisense, refactoring and a compiler that all use the same engine?

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We present to you: 840 fine, upstanding young disks stuffed into a rack cabinet – DDN

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Re: How do they keep all those buggers cool?

The optional RB211 cooling fan (it is important to position the rack IN FRONT of the fan for optimal cooling)

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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Re: License smicense

Patent trolls will sue over copyrights and trademarks as well.

The point being that "they are good guys don't worry" doesn't work when they sell to bad guys

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Re: License smicense

Until they, or their heirs, or the bank if they default on their mortgage - sell the rights to a patent troll who go after every Linux distribution and corporation using Truecrypt.

Either pick some name like TPFKAT or just hit the dictionary and call it something else.

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

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Re: While THE PATRIOT Act is in force so what?

>To quote: "data encrypted locally in a user's browser and decrypted by the recipient using OpenPGP"

Using a key entered into and stored by a browser (and on chromebook, an OS) that Google control and you know nothing about.

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Pixar frees its production-grade RenderMan software

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The economics

>With RenderMan selling for just $US495 it's hard to see why Pixar cares

> can you explain what's afoot here?

Pixar aren't in the software selling business, they are in the movie making business

Renderman operators are expensive.

If every highschool kid and every art college start using Renderman there will be a lot of potential recruits. A glut reduces prices

It's the same reason ATT made C free, they needed to hire programmers.

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CSIRO claims milestone in solar-powered steam turbines

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Re: How well does it ramp?

Not necessarily, big power demand in Oz is for AC which tends to correlate quite well with sunshine, and desalination plants which don't need to be always on

Not all power sources need to be 24x7

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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I find it doubtful that you can copyright a programming language's syntax

That's not what Oracle say about Java,

Apple could sell Swift to some evil supervillian years down the road who could claim that they own your independent implementation

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: I dont understand why everyone is acting so surprised that this is going on

That GCHQ would bother spying on potential enemies in a part of the world that has more than its fair share of wars.

Rather than its proper job of making sure it has dirt on any potential opponents of the current government, local council or PTA.

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You've got two weeks to beat off Cryptolocker, GameoverZeus nasties

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Re: Clicking links ...

QR codes are like telephone numbers.

You might not like what you hear when you call them - but it shouldn't be able to blow up your phone

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Toshiba's CB30-102 13.3in Chromebook – imagine a tablet with a keyboard

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Nice but

Other then the Pixel there isn't a lot of difference in Chromebooks.

You can pickup the original Samsung ARM one for $200 ($150 returns on Amazon) so why should I pay more for a more powerful dual core Intel CPU with a fan and shorter battery life?

Because I need to do some protein folding or CFD on the bus?

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FAA: All systems GO for Virgin Galactic space plane to launch from US

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Re: Comparison with SpaceX

>However, VG is a space *plane*: both modules take off and land from a runway, and land for re-use.

Plane yes, space almost, orbit - NO.

Getting to space is easy, just fly 60miles straight up

Staying in space involves then turning left and accelerating to 21,000mph - this is trickier

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USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant

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Re: Gracias

> closing the operation is the very last thing a company wants to do

True, right upto the point where the tax breaks or "inward investment incentive

runs out. I'm betting that a local of state tax money went into this operation and the deal just finished

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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Re: Get well soon

Surely he should be undergoing the patented beer and bacon diet at the el'reg own private clinic

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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Re: Whoa there

Hint - it's like bronzy or goldy but made of iron

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Re: Bruce Schneier *doesn't* reveal what he'll use

When Bruce Schneier uses double ROT13 encryption, the ciphertext is totally unbreakable.

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Re: Whoa there

If you can't trust Microsoft to stand up for the little guy who can you trust ?

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London officials declare cabbie-bothering Uber is legal – for now

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Re: Interested in the logic

> The intent and result of the device is the same

Then the same could be said of anything that charged you a fare based on the distance between the endpoints - like a train ?

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Re: Predictable outrage

Yes but it's the only High Court the UK has got

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TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'

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Re: If you were the NSA...

>Or it's a red herring for you think it couldn't possibly be them

Or that's what they want you to think !

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Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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Yes - rather better than on a baking Californian or Texan day when you need AC

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Spanish village of 'Kill the Jews' votes for rebrand

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Re: Next renaming project...

I think Waterloo station and Trafalgar Square are next

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ARG! A GHOST SHIP! Pirates sunk by UK cops return from watery grave

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Re: Another strong arm tactic based on lack of knowledge

> If making a request solves the "crime" rather than getting a court order, it seems like a fine use of taxpayers money to me.

Like "requesting" that somebody doesn't send tweets ridiculing UKIP policies?

Or "requesting" that UK ISPs block terrorist propaganda, like Al-Jazeera or SinnFein or CND or Greenpeace or the SNP

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Re: Errrm...

>Courts actually consider all the evidence.

That's why the police dislike them - much better to "request" that the site be pulled, or its DNS blocked because they failed to engage - than have to go to the trouble of collecting evidence and going to court.

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Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC

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Well it can't be that there is a revolving door between BT, BBC and Government for senior managers - so best to keep all your chums sweet - definitely not that

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Employees grab Apple and Google's $325 MEEELLION olive branch in hiring suit

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Re: Another sad day for the rule of law.

>Corporations broke the law, employees sued them, corporations are paying up.

Shouldn't the state be responsible for enforcing the law?

If you rob a bank, can you wait until all the account holders get together to bring a class action lawsuit to get their money back and then pay them a fraction of the amount they lost ?

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SKA under budget cloud in the Great Oz Science Brain Drain

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Ironically

When Oz and SA were competing for the site there was a lot of thinly veiled statements about the need for "stability and reliable organisation and government" in the choice.

Generally the people drafting these treaties have been caught like this before and there will be a Concorde Clause - so Oz science will end up paying for it's end even if it doesn't build it.

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Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

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Re: OUT-SOURCED PROFITS – THE CORNERSTONE OF SUCCESSFUL SUBCONTRACTING

Like car makers, GE and IBM, Boeing is now really a hedge fund that happens to make stuff.

When you can make more profit in a year from switching your corporate leasing contracts to the right tax treaty on the right day - than you do from making the things with your name on it, then it makes sense to not bother with the boring aircraft stuff

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The statement was to reassure shareholders that there isn't going to be another planned disaster anytime soon. That probably doesn't matter, the shares are actually held by high frequency trading algorithms in hedge funds - who don't listen to calming CEO words.

It does mean that it will be impossible to hire any decent employees in Seattle. Come and work for Boeing - and you will do routine boring work for 30years, or go to a commercial space flight startup?

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