3963 posts • joined Thursday 31st December 2009 17:37 GMT
Inspired by the coffee cart on platform 3 of St Pancras
Re: If they are clever...
Unless you are renting the building from yourself and billing the UK operations $1000/day for each of the staff who are actually employed by Google-Venus, their new off-planet tax haven.
It was one of the few tax scams for small businesses. You were allowed to invest in real estate tax free as part of your pension. So you built a factory and rented it to your own company for well above market rates. The company paid less tax because it made less profit and all the extra money went into your real estate company which you got tax back on because it was a pension fund investment
Didn't Maggie brag about how MI5 had bugged the Eu commisioner Mr Fischler when they were negotiating some UK deal on agriculture or something tedious?
Re: Actually there *is* a use for this register.
You're think of chair legs
Re: “We are in a situation not of our making,” said Chf Supt Odell
Well they fired the one with glasses who could read.
Since then they have tried kicking, punching, truncheoning and even dropping the machine down the stairs but can't get it to say anything.
Re: Oh well...
Although it may appear to be in Camden, for tax purposes the building is actually in another dimension.
Also due to Google's advanced inter-dimensional engineering, the interior of the building is actually smaller than the outside - so they will only be liable for tax on the 1sq ft inside space
They will fill the desktop, start menu and icon tray with so many add-ins to; order supplies, connect your HP whatever to facebook and download updates that a user will never be able to find any classified documents
Re: Hollywood sucks
Friends in the industry claim it's due to the death of DVD.
To approve funding on a film you need guaranteed money upfront. DVD sales with a 50% (to the studio) margin were enough to cover the cost, cinema audience with 5% profit are really just advertising.
With no DVD on the spreadsheet the only upfront money is foreign sales. So Hollywood is green-lighting pictures on what they know will sell to Australian TV or S.E Asian theatres - which means familiar titles/franchises/stars
Re: Windows 7?
"If I made what my customers wanted, I'd be making faster horses.""
Instead he makes a car but only 2% of them have wheels
And the only way to buy a horse is to buy a wheel-less car and then trade it in
The dial came first, 999 was selected because it sent 9 pulses so was unlikely to be sent by a short
If the phone dials went the other way 111 would be the emergency number
So any Brits or Canadians called Snowden better watch
If it really was Obama's volunteer IT ninjas that won it over the Republicans disasterous big business consultants. Then after Aaron Schwartz and Snowden he's going to have a hard job finding developers to help the democrats next time - in fact he may have a hard job paying anybody who is any good
Re: empathy and feelings of a cold blooded lizard
That's a very hurtful thing to say.
Just because some of choose to be environmentally sensitive and use the sun's heat to naturally warm our bodies - rather than waste 90% of our food trying to heat our surroundings to 37C all you mammals get all superior
re: What’s gone wrong with my country?
At least you started with Ben Franklin and honorable intentions
We started worse than we are now and need the Germans to force us to obey a human rights act - and half our 'leaders' are campaigning to get out of that
Re: But, but, but....
If you look at the map, most of it is well above sea level -except for Lincolnshire .
A petrochemical rich independant Yorkshire and a rising sea level flooded south east doesn't look to bad.
Re: Sinking houses
Coal is what we call a rock. Remove rock and the roof falls in. Especially with the mining techniques used in shallow coal mines. Gas is a gas, most of the rock isn't held up by pressure - remove the gas and the rock doesn't change much.
Didn't we used to have 300years reserve of fossil fuels under the north before?
RIAA are you listening?
0.13c per track for Apple - $250,000 per track for pirates
Those are all in GSO so are also over the equator. You can put a geo-synchronous orbit at any other inclinition but then it only passes over a fixed point once per day
Re: Yet Another Anonymous coward Pen-y-gors I would be very worried...
I meant if the UK decided to force down a civil Russian airline.
We might have jet fighters but we don't have any coal mines
Re: Pen-y-gors I would be very worried...
In which case Moscow just turns a tap and all the lights and heat go off in Britain
We might be a US client state politically - but the USSR (sorry Gasprom) owns our energy.
Yes, and in addition the US doesn't have transit lounges - so if your plane needs to refuel in Miami going from S America to Europe you need to have a US visa.
It's one of the selling points of the new Boeing 7E7 that it can do most of S America to europe/middle east without going through the US.
It's had to consider yourself part of the new BRIC economy if you have to ask the old economy's permission to travel.
HR still wanted 5years experience of LEO55 before hiring them
They were managed by somebody who couldn't work a slide rule and kept asking them for help to change a typewriter ribbon
The whole project was cancelled by a board that couldn't see any future in this computer stuff and were putting their money into a new Broccoli flavoured cream cake that marketing said would be a hit with the children
Advertisers like colour.
Magazine publishing is all about ads.
Magazine publishing is where the money is (what little there is left of it)
Re: I call bullshit .
Well now everytime I go to download and expenses claim from our sharepoint site I get little popups asking if I want to join/share/fondle this site with all my friends.
The only explanations I have is that they know filling in expense claims is boring and they believe Facebook is fun - so they want to make filing an expense claim more like Facebook.
Or they are "a bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes,
We made lots of money in the past with a monopoly on desktop OS and Office.
So if we don't change we will continue to make lots of money with a monopoly on desktop OS and Office.
After all, the same logic worked for DEC, Tandem, SGI, IBM ....
Good job he wasn't Japanese and wasn't guilty of "several MILLION counts of conspiracy to do an unauthorised act with intent to impair the operation of a computer" - then he would have faced ... nothing
Or perhaps a fine that could be paid in vouchers to buy more stuff from Sony
Re: FFS - It's a development kit, not a prototype or manufacturing sample
Yes, The years of development going into openGL were mostly comittees trying to balance the needs of CAD makers on existing Unix workstations with games makers.
It's quite easy to produce libs that are faster for a typical 2d shooter on your own custom hardware than a general purpose graphics library.
Most games engines will spit out whatever you want on the back end anyway.
Re: Does this mean....
No - but economic forecasts do
Not an 'entirely' stupid concept
There was a series of fonts developed at the computer lab in Cambridge to stop electronic eavesdropping on monitors http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/teaching/0910/R08/work/slides-ykrt2-videorf.pdf
Of course it doesn't help if the evil boffins at the milk marketing board are tapping your internet rather than hiding in the bushes
Should have flown to Britain
Then Aeroflot could have refused the police permission to enter the plane to arrest him and Jack Straw would have apologised to them for trying
Re: New Laws
Can we have new laws to control the police then?
And what about insisting that juries in police corruption trials consist only of ex-miners and black teenagers - that should add some unpredicatability to the normal "medical leave on full pay" outcome of any investigation.
The classics are the best.
Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that phone-hacking is going on in here!
[a croupier hands Renault a pile of disks]
Croupier: Your IMP records sir
Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.
Re: Hard to get excited
Since they are vital to the nation's economy ( the city would grind to a halt if people couldn't get their espresso) and yet they lose money they should be nationalised
The shop in the Caymans doesn't even need to sell you the bananas - it can just hold the trademark on your greengrocer's misuse of the apostrophe.
Re: I never pay at Starbucks
They claim a net outflow of money from the country - I claim a net outflow of liquid at Starbucks.
The amount I take in from a cup is less than the amount I flush down their toilet.
I never pay at Starbucks
By also having a pee every time I go in I make a net loss and so don't have to pay for the coffee.
Shoplifiting is illegal but "advantageous purchase planning" is all part of my duty as a Yorkshireman to pay nowt.
A lawyer as chief TECHNOLOGY officer?
Well at least it's an improvement on putting Baptist preachers in charge of the science and technology committee
Re: Google lightens the image to reduce detail
Further complicated by the fact that Scotland only appears once every 100years
Re: Uses of intelligence data ..
Presumably, one who can read, one who can write and 848,998 to keep an eye on the two dangerous intellectuals.
Nice to have an opportunity to recycle an old stasi joke.
Re: Obama is due to meet Mandela soon
That's a ridiculous comparison to draw.
Mandela was actually the leader of a genuine terrorist/freedom organisation, he had a civil trial in public for and wasn't tortured.
Re: Yorkshire Gold! - Hard or Soft blend of bags?
But do they do a version for soft-southerner water?
Re: In other electric car news...
Almost every other car company only makes a profit on their investment arm and car financing deals.
Others like GM have only ever made money by threatening to go bust if the government doesn't bail them out regularly.
Just about every airline has been in chapter11 since it was founded - that doesn't mean flying is impractical
Nice Botticelli alterpecee you've got there - you're knicked you perv
Re: No bureaucracy
But they do keep us safe from tigers.
Since the introduction of this program there have been very few tiger attacks on Britain's streets
No they have ernie - the fastest milkman in the west
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