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Senator Hughes said some Ohio gas stations had been linked to money laundering, fraud, drug sales, and even human trafficking.
Because none of their sales were in the UK.
The 2300 people in the London office talking to customers asking them to buy advertising were all just "advisers" - the sales were all made by one very very busy employee in Ireland.
Re: "tax resident nowhere in the world"
It doesn't work for US citizens - you pay tax on your worldwide income.
You then get to deduct the tax you already paid abroad, which is often more than the US tax would be, so you don't actually pay any more to the US.
but although US corporations are citizens this somehow doesn't apply to them
Re: US Corporation tax
Because nobody pays it - well nobody that matters
Instead of reducing it down to a reasonable level it stays high but farmers lobby for a tax exemption for farming - because it's vital to the national interest. Boeing lobbies for a tax exemption for aircraft builders because they are vital to the national interest, Ford because they are vital to Detroit etc
Modern high tech companies prefer to pay tax lawyers than lobbyists and just hide the money offshore
So lots of politicians get vital campaign contributions from lobbyists, they can tell their voters that they fought for the exemptions for whichever industry is in their state and the only people that suffer is small business that can't afford lobbyists - but who cares about them ?
Research is needed
It used to be thought that a warm sunny beach and relaxed CFOs was the reason that companies in the Cayman islands and Dutch Antilles were so profitable.
Or perhaps the mountain air and triangular chocolate led Switzerland and Lichtenstein to be world leaders in corporate affairs.
Now we also have to factor in rain and Guinness.
Presumably if somewhere could be found that had mountains, hot sunny beaches and taste-free whiskey (with an e) it would lead to such managerial brilliance that all worlds problems could be solved
Re: I can recommend La Coupole
I always thought that would be a good tactic (for the opposition)
Pretend to build some super secret weapon in a mountain, leak lots of details about how dangerous it is and watch as the good guys spend all their time and effort of their premium bomber crews trying to destroy it.
For a bonus surround it with lots of anti-aircraft defences so bombing it is almost suicide.
Re: A question for rocket scientists on El Reg...
Obviously the quality of the beer
Re: Bad management
Our CS department got a research grant to work on this in the early 2000s
It was insane - the idea was that a BBC person in any BBC office in the country could use any machine to edit any bit of content from anywhere in the BBC.
Asked why anybody would need to do this - why would somebody in BBC Belfast suddenly need to edit the raw camera footage for a BBC wildlife unit documentary in Bristol?
The answer as that staff could move around to make better use of resources. So if you are in London and all the edit suites are booked, you can fly to Belfast and use an editing machine there and the wonderful iCloudy goodness would give you full access to the data store
The assumption was that internet bandwidth would increase at the same rate it had done in the 90s and that there was no issues of access or control because everybody in the BBC as one big happy family - and presumably there was no outside content, no content being sold to other broadcasters and no rivalry between programmes.
Director of future media?
Simple way to cut costs - go through an organisation and fire anybody called "a creative consultant visionary" or a "director of social media inclusiveness"
Not only will you save their inflated salaries, you will improve morale and reduce the overall level of stupidity
I want storage to be boring
Like I want internet connectivity to be boring.
The last thing I want is for anything my works relies on to be at the white heat of the cutting edge of technological metaphor
Even worse - every country in the world then demands the same facility.
So you have to either design 178 different secure backdoors and ensure that you sell the correct model to each country. Or you create a single law enforcement backdoor and give the same access to everyone.
So the radios you are supplying to the police in the USA have a backdoor and you tell the security services of the "enemy country of the day" the code, because they bought the same radio
Re: @Andrew Jones 2
Customers demanded remote access so they didn't to send a truck and a service person out to drive miles to change a setting on a traffic light, storm sewer or air quality monitor
Then they demanded that they use regular wifi/gsm etc so that they could dump the fixed phone line.
At no point did they say they would pay extra for milpec security and so the suppliers didn't fit it
You might as well ask why your home isn't fireproof or your car isn't theft proof - because the costs outweigh the risks
In a historical context
Slavery cannot be about morality – there are no absolutes. It is about responsible judgment, finding the balance between shareholder fiduciary duty, stakeholder responsibility, controlling labour costs and and delivering cotton at a price the market find acceptable
Re: The part I dont understand
Because ITV could legitimately claim that nobody watches the program, those that do watch it don't understand it, and even if they did nobody cares what they think.
Re: The Law is an Ass
In other words the day after a Ripper murder, to print a headline asking "why is the prince of wales buying so many razors?" isn't that different from printing "the prince of wales is Jack the Ripper" - smiley face or not.
But at least digital isn't as susceptible to interference.
A 500khz AM pirate radio ship off East Anglia can apparently knock out every vital communication system from lifeboats in Cornwall to the RAF in Scotland - or at least that's what's claimed when they are shutting them down,
Only by the standards of some very "Hollywood accounting".
Some car companies paid back their TARP "loan" only by not including the majority of the TARP that was paid to cover debts and losses by divisions and pension funds that were turned into separate companies and spun off to the government.
According to the TARP inspector general "The most recent cost estimate for TARP is a loss of $60 billion. Taxpayers are still owed $118.5 billion (including $14 billion written off or otherwise lost)."
It's a bit like the UK government claiming to make a profit on Northern Rock if you don't count the billions in bad debt that weren't part of the sell off.
If only people stopped wasting money on all this technological research we could get on with the job of harvesting nuts and berries and hunting bison
Re: The Military governor of Guantanamo is pre-empting...
If only they had thought of using that excuse rather than the "only following orders" the last lot would have got off
Re: The Military governor of Guantanamo is pre-empting...
Building "holiday" camps in another country so that your laws don't apply and they are then completely legal?
That didn't work out so well last time
We need Gitmo to counter the growing threat of home grown American terrorists http://cms.fightforthefuture.org/teenager/
Does it have a calculator?
That's what I really want in a watch
Save me carrying an HP48G around everyday
OK got my update this morning.
I've never seen the "app is not responding, wait, cancel etc" box before on Android.
Managed to reinstall opera mini - but can't find opera mobile anymore
Opera mini doesn't handle the accept conditions redirect page on the free wifi here.
And this is different from the Opera Mobile and Opera Mini I've been using since Android 2.1 ?
Except presumably before launching their nuclear war on the west the Soviet high command might have decided to move to a little place in the country. So targetting everything on Moscow is a little bit "operation stable door"
What a brave and principled politician
Now go to one of your safe seats in Derby and tell the workers that Rolls Royce is evil for not only paying no UK tax but claiming a multi-million tax refund for "training"
Or it could be a double bluff by the Norwegians.
Just look at the statistics.
1st millenium, no internet, lots of viking attacks
2nd millenium, limited internet, reduced viking attacks
3rd millenium, universal internet, no viking attacks
The vikings have obviously moved into cyberwarfare.
Re: The lesson is stealth
The problem with keeping it secret, is that the US will inevitably make a movie claiming it was all their work
Time to invade Holland ?
Re: Closed the door
I'm pretty sure the click-through Eula prohibits it's use by any other inteligence agencies
That's generally considered sufficient evidence to start a war - at least in that part of the world
Re: What precisely was this guy responding to?
It helps if the other country is in the Eu so there is no import duty.
So Mr Romanian president, lower the rate to 10% and we will pretend to invest billions of $ and create 1000s of jobs in your country. Or at least put up a few brass plaques outside lawyers offices
Re: What precisely was this guy responding to?
Right upto the point where some other European country decides to make it 10% or 5%
It used to be that Ireland did very well with US corporations: between the language, golf courses, whiskey and the "Mr Obama - come and meet your ancestors, the O'bamas" angle.
But with $$$bn at stake I'm sure a few CFOs can face having their euro-headquarters in Luxembourg or Romania.
Re: I got an interesting idea
To be fair that wasn't just tax - Bono's ego was getting too large for Ireland, people were being pushed into the sea off Galway.
Ireland is short of money
It appears to have one of the worlds most profitable companies in it's backyard.
Why not just nationalise it?
It could even pay compensation - although since the company is mostly irish and most of their business is in Ireland - you wouldn't allow them to repatriate the money to any other tax haven.
Re: The accepted wisdom
Yes they do help get over the crap handwriting = thick hurdle. So much so that schools have "allegedly" been classifying lots of kids as Dyslexic/Autistic/etc so they can use word processors in exams.
But that's a long way from deciding that if you can write a story and use different fonts you are not only doing better at the story but you are learning computers as well
The accepted wisdom
from anybody who has even the least justification for an opinion - ie anybody who has been in a school.
Is that computers are mostly a complete waste of time. From the days when we had a BBC micro and a laser disk to learn about the UK in the doomsday project - to today's make a web page in Word showing why you didn't do your maths homework.
By all means put some computers in a library, along with some books, in the hope that some student discovers them and learns something (very much like the books) - but don't think that a power point replaces a teacher
Or we should mandate a federal law enforcement back door
Re: Wasn't it DECtalk?
It's DEC - that explains why he is still working 50years after he was supposed to croak
>But not in Canberra, they can't hack the cold winters.
Or the politicians
Did you see the list of states affected?
Any research into the evolutionary behavior would have to conclude that Jesus did it.
Re: Who mentioned Windows?
I think he has a trained penguin to do the W*ND*WS
Re: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
I recommend that we surround the entire planet with several miles of protective gas which will convert the meteor's energy into heat and dissipate it safely.
We should also arrange that large areas of land in big countries along an east-west axis are mostly uninhabited or filled with people we don't really care about.
The same state allows stores to install cameras, including hidden cameras, in changing rooms
It also allows employers to put cameras in staff toilets to catch them taking drugs http://articles.latimes.com/2000/apr/27/business/fi-23822
Re: Why legs.
"If there were a better way to get around, something would have evolved it."
Evolution only works if it benefits an individual - the problem with wheels is that they need roads, it's hard to evolve a gene for building roads that other individuals use. Social insects might manage it
Re: Of course, we could just leave the EU
I thought UKIP's policy was not only to leave the eu but define a new continent
Unlike the more sensible Conservative/NewLabour policy of redfining it to be America (possibly Texas in Blair's case)
In which case 100x that number of astronomers, geologists, geophysicists etc would be saying it was natural to keep their jobs
Re: Anti-fraud measure?
IIRC the reason for the charge was a nominal sum to cover the pharmacists cost of handling the prescription. Since this new computer system will reduce the cost dramatically (all computerised systems do ) the fee can be abolished.
Alternatively anybody who doesn't have to pay can prove that by registering a 90quid e-passport in the new system on every visit
You wont have a choice of pharmacists because your doctor (or semi-autonomous grant holding patient acquisation unit as he is now known) - is signed up to GooglePreScript which has an exclusive contract with
Easypharm, who unfortunately only have branches in London and the Caymens (for tax reasons)
They will deliver the drugs to your home, for a moderate extra fee, and in only 28 days.
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