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Xiaomi: It really ISN'T a biz-miracle idiot tax like Apple

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Apple sold most of those devices in the USA and all of them to people who don't care about a $100/month cell phone contract and on carriers who have a margin to bundle phones.

It is going to be tricky selling to the next billion people who think $10/month is a lot of money. It's going to be very tricky doing it in a way which doesn't reduce the value to the $100/month crowd

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"Only Apple can be Apple"

Exactly, if there was an exact mircon-perfect Chinese named copy of a BMW for 10K nobody would buy it.

Although VW did prove that if you made a 1/2 price version of an Audi with a less desirable badge, some people would buy it

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Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

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Re: Will we (the US) now invade Ireland?

Microsoft Ireland is already a separate company in order to meet Eu data protection laws. The US court decided that since it was ultimately under Microsoft's control it could be ordered around by a US court.

It's like a court in Switzerland deciding that since a swiss bank is in ultimate control of the loans to the local bank that has your mortgage then Swiss police have a right to enter your home without a warrant.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: come on GCHQ, which is it...

Wasn't it GCQ that was turning a blind eye to the child prostitution running out of that boys home in Northern Ireland?

Even if it was being run by the army/special branch/RUC etc then the all-seeing GCHQ must have known about it before Private Eye - otherwise what's the point of them ?

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: I for one.....

And goes to find somewhere to plug itself in and charge.

A car2go style rental fleet of self-driving cars is the answer to the plug in electric vehicle.

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Re: Car Insurance is a scam that can die with this device

So insurance on cars with ABS or power steering was exorbitant until those technologies proved themselves?

The biggest risk with self-driving cars is that it is going to be impossible to get insurance for regular cars within a few years because only people who like to drive "entertainingly" are going to drive manual cars

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Re: No just no

>Personal transport ownership has been entrenched in our psyche since we first jumped on horses.

Car2Go is taking it out for a lot of people here, especially those that live in downtown.

Car lease $500/month, parking in the city $300/month, Insurance $200/month - car2go 44c/min and can park anywhere.

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Re: The beginning of the end of driver as an occupation.

>And if this isn't a broadside against Uber's business idea, I don't know what is.

Except Google owns a large chunk of Uber.

So in a few years you get the option of clicking on Uber and having a car with a perfect driver who won't beat you up or rape you. You pay the same, Google doesn't pay a driver, Profit.

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But the Engine Management Unit doesn't decide which of the people in identical hi-vis jackets and white hard hats is the one waving you on through the roadworks or telling you to stop.

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Re: As today's Glasgow tragedy has shown

Or owning a Rover/Volvo

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Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

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Yes the secret plan known as "German Economic Miracle Version2"...

Declare war on DPRK, Bomb your own factories, Rebuild them - and then produce decent cars

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Re: Any fule knows its the music

Started getting good in the 50s, peaked in the 60s, then began the slide in the 70s and 80s, crap by the 90s.

Then Pop idol is the obvious cause of the 2008 Recession/Slump/banking fsck-up/mildly disruptive natural business cycle (delete as appropriate)

It is only by the hunting down and complete destruction of anybody involved in pop-idol-x-factor-challenge-in-the-attic that we can hope for economic recovery.

That and explaining correlation != causing to a bunch of economists and politicians

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Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace

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Invade Poland

With no evidence, the FBI have blamed Poland for the attack and intend to invade.

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Brit thesp Kate Winslet eyes lead female role in Steve Jobs biopic – report

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Who is playing the iPhone

The skinny women from ally McBeal - or doesn't she have rounded corners?

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Why the chemistry between Hollywood, physics and maths is so hot right now

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Re: B.C.

But this way he only ever needs to do about an hour of acting and they can just CGI different clothes to do the different roles.

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Woz moves to Oz

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Re: Ah Tassie...

I understand being your own son is less of a mystery in Tasmania,

Or at least being your own brother-in-law is quite common.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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Re: I didn't think this would worry Starbucks...

It only affects sales of digital products.

Starbucks-Switzerland charging 2.50/cup for the Starbucks name or Microsoft-GrandCaymen charging $100/seat for the manuals doesn't change.

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Re: Amazon Seller Account

>Remember IR35?

An attempt to block exactly the same sort of tax loopholes that people complain about Amazon/Google/Starbucks using?

Or was it totally reasonable that on Monday you were sitting in the same desk, doing the same job as you were on friday, but now you were working for your Channel Island registered holding company and paying 10% tax on the dividends you were paying yourself and no NI?

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Re: This is entirely UNreasonable

>But for a couple of quid why not make your business UK only?

But how would you know?

If all you get is an email/paypal address how do you know if the visitor to your site is British?

Your foreigner can be quite tricky, some of them even speak English.

You could insist that they explain how to bowl a Yorker or play a few rounds of Mornington crescent, that should catch Jerry out.

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Screwball ruble closes Apple's Russia store, whole kit and caboodle

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Re: On a more serious note...

It's cheaper to fill the tank ?

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Re: If it works, don't fix it.

>It doesn't just apply to safety critical systems.

Yes it does, you just have to test them. Remember that test-driven-development part of agile?

>It's not OK to agilely develop the benefits system

Yes it is. Have the system do one simple part, roll it out, check it works, then move more and more functionality to the new system until you can turn off the old one. The existing model consists of gather all the requirements, spend 10years and umpteen billion developing a system, discover you have missed a case where somebody with more than one married partner changes sex and name in the same financial period - abandon entire system and start again.

>It's not OK to agilely develop the tax system

Again develop a a system that allows looking up the status of your current return, then adding returns for simple cases, then add more and more complex cases, If necessary. it might make sense to have some very weird cases done entirely manually or kept on a small part of the legacy system. That's the point of agile - have something working all the time.

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: But the universities have great athletic departments!

Well if "a little learning is a dangerous thing" think how much damage a lot could do - we havwe to keep the children safe.

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Come to Vancouver

It rains everyday so we are used to it and can cope (although in true "British" Columbia style it grinds to a halt with 1/4" of snow)

Rents are only slightly outrageous, the secret is to build high rises at transit stations and in the downtown core, although house price are eye-watering to anyone not from London.

Lots of smart people, the city is majority ethnic groups that stereo-typically do well in school, and the country is prepared to let more skilled workers in. Best scenery in North America and food that is the natural result of taking everything UKIP hate and putting them in one city.

Only drawback is that the pay is 1/2 that of silicon valley because everyone wants to live here and Canadians are too polite to ask for a raise.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Re: So now the Hobbit is finished

Apparently a film about a bombing raid which was actually designed to drown as many civilian workers as possible under the guise of attacking a strategic target ( which was back in operation within a couple of months ) is delayed by concerns over offence caused by the use of latin in a dog's name.

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Ms Blanchett or the guy from Pirates of the Caribbean ?

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Re: no more Tolkein movies? really?

The battle of the shire is the whole point of the book.

The childish aristocrat Merry Pippin come back as soldiers and lead the stout yeomen of the shire against the threat of the communists ( Tolkien wasn't exactly a trendy lefty).

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Re: one film edit

>Or you could always just actually read the book.

But it doesn't have lens flare...

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Re: Coming Fall 2016

Rear cover notes of The Silmarillion: an epic mini-series coming to HBO

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Ok I will cover our millions of clients for $10K/copy for any losses - the cost of the software will of course have to go up by $10K seat.

Unless you know of a way of writing bug free software?

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Re: MP

Well only a small proportion of them will ave voted for the minister in question, and if he has a safe seat even that wouldn't matter

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Re: User submissions need pre-check

>It's just they're heading to somewhere different to where they said they would.

>How do you fix that in your submission systems ?

Lasers (flying sharks optional)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Mobile

He was promising to make a site which responds in 5mins - shouldn't be difficult to acheive that whatever your skill level.

( probably with a mixture of perl,Access-VB and ftp-ing changed pages to a server on each request )

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GCHQ, police to team up to hunt down child abuse on the darknet

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Re: Can't be too careful

I think you are worrying unnecessarily.

if you are taking pictures in public, at least in London, you are obliviously a terrorist and will be dealt with by an armed response unit - or possibly an air strike.

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Re: Can't be too careful

I cycle to work everyday and I have ignored a crying kid who fell off their bike for the same reason.

If they were crying I assume they were breathing - if they had been completely still I might have stopped. It's become one of the rules of modern life in the UK - you don't talk to the police + you cross the road if you see a young child alone.

Glad I left.

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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Re: Is David Blunkett a commentard?

But all the upvotes were by his giude dog - which is quite tricky if you only have paws

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Re: Oh dear

>It's not like terrorism is a new thing, and we handled it perfectly well in the '70s and '80s when the IRA were blowing things up, without any of these new laws.

Although we did have laws allowing us to round up and intern people without charge or trail based on their ethnicity.

We also took the same uncharged presumed-innocent people up in helicopters, put hoods over their heads and threw them out. They were only a few feet off the ground so it was classsified as "enhanced questioning" rather than torture by the inquiry, although the eu and Irish govts disagree.

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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It's also because the BBC doesn't make programs it buys them.

I make pop-idol-bake-off-challenge-in-the-attic-on-ice and I offer ti to the BBC for X pounds and Canada for $Y and Australia for $Z - if the BBC says it is going to charge people in Australia and Canada to watch it on iPlayer then I'm going to charge the BBC X+Y+Z to make up for my lost revenue.

But it does get silly - I can't download an episode of some 30year old radio comedy because there is a bit of music in the background that the BBC don't have international rights to - or they don't want to spend a year of lawyers and 1000s to find out who owns it, played on it, arranged it, etc etc

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Re: Oh, you mean

The TV company wants it to be a common market when it comes to basing its head office in Ireland or declaring VAT in Luxemburg but wants to charge different customers in different Eu countries.

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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Amazon will start lobbying for online taxes

Imagine if every little craft shoppe with a web store HAD to deal with 9600 tax codes and submit payments - the only peoplw who could afford to build the system would be Amazon/Ebay.

So they would have a monopoly on online commerce.

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Re: Common sense

It's not trivial even for a bricks and mortar store.

Not only is there a different tax rate for each state/city/town/municiplailty - different things are taxed.

Imagine if every hamlet in europe had totally different VATregs on what was a cookie vs a cake.

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Re: Common sense

So the same should happen for bricks and mortar stores.

When I buy petrol the transaction could be with Shell Holdings in the Dutch Antilles and so I don't pay any local sales or environmental taxes. just ask Google how it works.

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

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Funny how the standard policy under 30years of tory+labour governments (pre Blair) is now a fringe party policy

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Re: Very poor rhetoric

Success in the modern world comes from going to Eton and knowing lots of people in government, the law and at the top of big companies who can help an old friend.

Or is that just the UK ?

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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

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Re: MAC address whitelist filter

But somewhat pointless if the router handed out by the millions by your cable co can be hacked by a simple buffer overflow on the public side anyway.

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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

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Or claiming the govt funded Space shuttle as public transport.

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For profit isn't necessarily inefficient and government isn't necessarily cheaper.

Here car insurance is a govt monopoly - everybody pays the same irrespective of what car you drive or how old you are. The only weighting is years of no-claims.

The result is that with max no-claims I pay >$1500 vs <$300 in the UK. Partly this subsidizes 17year olds being given Ferraris on their birthday but mostly it subsidizes the large "transfer payments" the government makes from the coffers of the insurance corporation to the treasury.

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Re: But the elephant in the room...

One claim was that if the US introduced free-at-point health care for everyone as in the NHS or Canada it would actually save money - because it covers so much of the healthcare anyway but does it at $50/aspirin hospital rates.

There was a bill to allow the VA and DoD to act together and use their buying power to force down the price of drugs they buy as you might do in a free market capitalist country. But it was blocked, seems the army don't pay as many lobbyists as the drug companies.

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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A long way away and a long way down

Worked for a company making environmental monitoring.

We had a call from a mine in Canada that needed a blast effects monitor urgently - so urgently they needed the manual scanning and emailing so they could learn to use it in advance.n

Got a call at 2 in the morning.

>It won't turn on.

Did you charge the battery for 24 hours like it says in the manual (we can't ship the internal battery charged)?

>No as soon as it arrived we took it underground to use.

Try connecting the charger it should run anyway.

> No there is no power - I need you to fix it now. We need to blast in the next hour.

So you are 5000 miles away, a mile underground, no power and the battery isn't charged - exactly what do you expect me to do ?

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