* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

7597 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Re: Didn't realise it was so long ago!

>The level of evasion (in percentage terms) is actually the same.

But their level of evasion would have payed for teachers, nurses, etc

Your level of evasion would only have paid for an MP's lunch

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Re: Politcally created issue

"Alternate comedian" hides money in complex off shore tax scam = man bites dog = news

Millionaire rock star doesn't pay tax = dog bites man = not news

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Re: In Monaco he had installed computers and software designed to detect fraudulent transactions

No, detecting fraud in Monaco is like shooting dairy cattle with a machine gun and managing to miss all the cows.

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Swiss banking industry

>In the past, the Swiss private banking industry operated very differently to the way it does today.

They no longer have a box on the deposit slip for "Gold Teeth"?

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UK chip champ ARM flexes muscle: Shows strong profit and sales

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Re: How long can this go on for?

ARM are (or were) in a race for the bottom with themselves. If you were looking at >100,000 chips it might be cheaper to just design your own core. So ARM's royalty has to drop on large volumes (at least at the low end).

It's a little different at the high end where the cost of support and development of development tools gets important.

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Re: Good or Bad?

Which is why Britain's world leading chip company gets less of the price of your iPhone than the person selling the plastic screen protector.

It's worth remembering when you hear about innovation led industry and the value of licensing.

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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A good corporate metric

Our west coast startup = 12 people 8 different countries of birth. Only 1 "native"

Dev team 3 different N. European countries + Isreal + Russian + China

QA Indian + Chinese. CFO our only "native"

Strangely our customers in the city seem to have "picked the best of the best" management teams from people who all went to the same public school. the same university and the have same accent. Isn't statistical clustering strange?

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Re: Ethnic Origin:

Likewise under "place of birth" I always put "sprang fully formed form the forehead of Zeus", and wait for the resulting religous discrimination

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Death knell for Windows with Bing, licences carved up

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Price Samsung chromebook in US = $200

Price Samsung chromebook in UK £200

For some smarter consumers, less capable is good. I've had to reboot it about twice in 2 years.

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IBM drops patent bomb on Priceline.com

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Re: Invention versus Description of the Bleedingly Obvious

That's perfectly legal in US patents.

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

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It does have laser beams

That's the spinning lidar unit on it's "head"

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Re: It's the result of 2 things comming together

They get together all the time, that's why we have jet engines (and aeroplanes in general), radar, computers, GPS, integrated circuits, rockets etc etc

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RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

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Radioshack survived until now ?

Looks like the ceo figured it out

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Android Patent Dispute: Microsoft, Samsung hug it out

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Times have changed

Negotiations with MSFT used to be them saying "nice little PC business you have here, be a shame if you didn't get any OEM licenses". They even managed to do this to IBM.

Now after they had stopped laughing, Samsung's execs asked if MSFT planned on using any flash in those Surface Pro? Well you can always explain to Intel that you can't buy from anyone else ...

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NASA plots methane-detecting laser in SPAAACE

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Politics

And depending who wins in 2 years it will be moth balled

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Mein Volks Gott.

VW dealer here is advertising new VWs on finance with $10,000 cash back - to people who need the money.

The ad literally says; "if you need $10,000, whatever you need the money for, come in and buy a new VW and walk away with $10,000" Presumably they need the $10K to get their head examined !

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Re: HiFi Power cords

Knew one electronics "cough" engineer "cough" who replaced all the switched PSUs in our labs computers with massive 12V/5V linear supplies - to reduce noise.

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Re: Speed of electrons

are you still using electrons?

I use positrons for all my interconnects - of course you have to reverse the 1s and 0s

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BEHOLD the magnificent lunar backside in our MOON VIDEO

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Re: Wrong Units

3.38 according to http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=%28area+Ireland%29%2F%28area+wales%29&dataset=&equal=Submit

ps. how the fsck do you enter a link ?

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Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

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Re: I forget

I think you meant is the nation a Capita subsidiary ?

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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Re: Passenger count

Only 10,000 passengers were affected enough to get compensation claims - the others don't cout

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Re: Skimped on IT?

Their idea of resilient was a perfectly safe manual system which they switched to which worked but at a reduced capacity.

Obviously they could have spent more to reduce the risk of this very rare event - in the same way that we always build 3 identical motorways in parallel so we can switch traffic to a backup in the much more common occurrence of an RTA.

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France enacts law to block terror and child sexual abuse sites

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Re: What a waste of time...

No this is France, if you block something (like a motorway a Channel Tunnel or a port) the Police will turn up and assist you because they are in the same union.

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In Britain an 18 year old man could be thrown in prison for having pictures of his 17 year old wife giving birth.

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Terrorist sites

like Greenpeace ?

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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Trollface

http://www.xckd.com/416/

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Re: coming soon?

Would't publishing such a list be a DMCA violation?

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Re: It's for the DRM...

Why the joke icon?

I'm sure this will end up as being prior art in some future patent case - unless the patent has already been filed.

"Watch 2001"

"I'm sorry Dave I can't do that - you bought it in region 2 and you are trying to watch it on a region 1 TV in a month with an R in it"

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We'll ask GCHQ to DELETE records of 'MILLIONS' of people – Privacy International

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Re: Catch-22

Until they also pass a law putting you in prison for 5years if you don't decrypt it.

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Shy, retiring British spies come out as MEGA HACKERS

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I think you will find that the safeguards protecting the police and the security and intelligence agencies have proved very robust

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Google mouthpieces: 'Right to be Forgotten' should NOT apply on google.com

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Re: The google.com thing

Well they could drag BBC employees off flights and arrest them, like the American's do for anyone running an online gambling site outside the USA

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Re: Straw man

The point is precisely that domains don't limit countries.

Google is saying that they removed it from google.es but continue to display the results in europe from google.com.

If they show Google.com in europe then it is a european site as far as european law is concerned. That it is hosted outside europe doesn't make it immune any more than pirate radio did or broadcasting illegal content from a Russian owned satelite would.

I assume Google is happy to take ad money when people outside the US click on google.com.

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Re: The google.com thing

Does this extend? Does a British news site have to ensue that viewers in China don't see anything about <...> square? Does bbc.co.uk have to ensue that Clarkson isn't seen by people on Earth?

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Elon Musk: Hover rocket? Check. Hover ship? Check. Let's DO THIS

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Re: Who picks up the 'tab' when these things crash?

Not sure about that. Would you pay more for a flight on a plane that has made a successful test flight or is just being towed out of the factory?

We got a very good discount for Cluster to fly on the first Ariane V - that didn't work out too well.

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Re: Soft land test

The water landing also lets you land a rocket anywhere, you don't have to constrain your launches so that your return will be in the right place, or carry extra fuel to get there.

Eventually they will land back at base once the saving by retrieving them is enough and the customer can be more flexible on launch and payload - at the moment Nasa is their only, and inflexible, customer.

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Biltong, braais, being an 'IT bitch': A UK woman on working in Africa

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Re: If I met a woman at a bar..

It's easy; kiwis hiv no vwls. Saffas have vowels but only use them in maaaaaaaaaaan

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She's an IT worker in Jo'burg.

The South African mining engineers I work with don't have a clue what it's like to be an unemployed teen in Belfast or a crofter in Orkney - why should they ?

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Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

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Overly simplistic?

So you pay everyone the same benefit ( your tax-free allowance is basically benefits) and you make a huge saving by not having all the admin and economic incentive problems.

What about people who need extra help, do they still get more for disability, do people who need nursing care get it or does it all come out of their 15k year?

It's the same argument with flat tax. If we all paid a flat rate with no allowances, bands and loopholes you would raise the same amount paying 13% as we do now with 20%/40%. Except that assumes the billionaires would pay their 13%, which they wouldn't

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Re: Working through the numbers

Was made redundant after our company was bought by an asset stripper.

After paying 40% tax my dole claim was rejected (after 8 weeks) because I had started work on the 2nd of Jan so I didn't have enough full years. I applied for income support but didn't get it because I owned a house (or rather the bank did) so was asset-rich.

So I voted with my feet - it's nice here on the pacific coast.

I hope all those Russian billionaires you are attracting to live tax free in London make up for all the scientists and engineers you are losing.

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Re: re: doesn't work as planned

32 years ago we 'destroyed' well paid jobs in mining, steel, shipbuilding and have 'created' may more zero-hour part-time minimum wage jobs.

(well if new jobs are "created" by politicians surely old jobs aren't merely "lost")

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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Re: where I art be ?

Depends where in the country you are.

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

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Re: Carbonates are how the Earth deals with excess CO2

Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the concept of open pit? Hint the clue is in the name.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Although they are happy to show huge blank areas that are secret.

Like the undetectable top secret cylindrical tower in the center of London

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Slurping air passengers' private details not great for privacy, concede EU data bods

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>You would just put them in the back of the car

I think I saw a terrorist instruction video on extremist ITV which suggested you had to put them in barrels of oil and get very nervous when the gendarmes poke in the back of the van.

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Re: Selective amnesia

Invade Belgium .....

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Who's the auto tycoon that makes Apple employees swoon? It's ... MUSK!

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because a few years ago it might not have been allowed to happen.

Surely a few years ago it was even MORE likely to happen.

If Apple (allegedly) had deals with other silicon valley computer companies not to hire then the only place a disillusioned Apple insider (a pip?) could go would be outside the industry to someone like Tesla.

Now that the (alleged) deal is (allegedly) off - they can presumably get a job offer from all the other software companies so Telsa has to compete more strongly for hires.

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China demands real names online, bans parody accounts and news article comments

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How unlike the home life of our own dear prime minister

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NSA raided hackers' troves of stolen data: report

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Unreliable, uncorroborated, untrustworthy would be other terms.

"We have stolen files from KGB hackers and they reveal that Mr Obama is a North Korean agent....."

Remember the "we found a document on the internet that said Iraq had WMD"?

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