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China announces giant military hackathon at SECRET Mongolian base

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Re: The USA can't care really...

The navy has been doing rather badly in the war on terror.

It's difficult to show that building another 12 carrier battle fleets will substantially reduce the risk form Al Queda

They really need a distant enemy - and a pacific one is best for the publicity photos.

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A cunning plan

If you could persuade the Chinese to steal the plans for the F35 and then spend $$Bn building a pointless fleet of air superiority fighters while at the same time devaluing their own R&D and distracting their manufacturing from developing it's own high tech products you could destroy their entire economic and political system.

Worked on the other lot.

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May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

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Re: Pro-Freedom

So completely unlike our own government process then ?

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Re: Won't be able to post hate comments

Sometimes you aren't allowed to hate Nazis. That's what the FBI got Chaplin for, "premature anti-fascism"

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Re: Police state

Although to be fair - she didn't say this would be a bad thing.

I risk become irresistible to women by going to the gym, growing 6 inches and getting my hair back - but i'm managing to resist the impulse.

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Re: Daily Mail crowd is on the warpath again...

I don't think reading the Daily Mail should be a crime as such - more a symptom of a notifiable disease.

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Re: May on the Andrew Marr Show

Seems rather unfair to call the IRA 's efforts 'improvised'

As Official Suppliers of Terrorism to the Monarchy for almost 100 years they surely deserve some sort of official recognition - perhaps a royal warrant?

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Australia's de-facto net filter has ZERO regulation

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Re: “I doubt that an individual citizen can walk into a police station.”

Instead a concerned citizen would have to tell their MP who would have the site (and any others in the same netmask) banned

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@Bootnote

Fortunately all the law enforcement operatives understand this distinction when they log you accessing an illegal IP address.

Remember there is no need to worry because they are only logging public traffic data, not anything private so no need for any warrants or protection

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Who did Apple LIE TO: Australia or America?

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Re: Localized Market Rate

It's not the pricing - it's what Apple singapore (or Apple Ireland) does.

They claimed to the US that Apple Singapore is a real company that markets and sells apple computers, buys Apple products at wholesale from the US, runs it's own operations and makes it's own profits and so all the profits made by Apple Singapore don't go back to the US and don't get taxed.

If in fact Apple Singapore is simply a brass plaque on a wall somewhere and Apple US make all the decisions and sales it' s a little harder to claim that all the profit should be taxed in Singapore or Ireland

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SEC slams NASDAQ with $10m fine for Facebook IPOcalypse

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you can say that again

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Facebook bows to pressure, vows to rid itself of sexist hate speech

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Re: Venables?

I did think it was a rather severe reaction to someone who wasn't even the England manager

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Re: Let's call this what it really is...

So long as you make it clear that Neanderthals were peace loving people who lived in harmony with nature before being oppressed by white male Homo Sapiens

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Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place

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Re: Does it need Linux drivers?

For reasons I completely fail to understand - most of the component makers have deals with the laptops where the official drivers are locked out.

I bought some very expensive Asus laptops for work which had out of date graphics drivers. But the NVidia official ones wouldn't load. There was actually a deliberately coded check - something like "you must use manufacturer supported drivers with this product"

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Re: Does it need Linux drivers?

No it's a reference Intel H61 motherboard design, basically the same as the Shuttle DS61/HS61 which works perfectly out of the box with Linux.

The only issue might be the mini-PCI wifi card. The model fitted will probably depends on your region and how picky your local FCC is. But linux can use the windows driver stubs now for most of the proprietry cards

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OKPay suspends payment processing to all Bitcoin exchanges

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Re: Mining indeed

These days you should picture somebody staring at a computer screen while an automated scoop loads ore into an automated tram which drives to dump it in an automated crusher.

Sometimes these are 1000km away, sometimes just a few 100m below you.

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Re: Bitcoin is a reaction

Not necessarily. The point of money is to turn it into goods and services.

I might be quite happy to have some part of my wealth in a form that I can convert into books/music/computers/airline tickets etc without it ever being changed into dollar/euros or pounds

It used to be a common trick here in the frozen north. You contract for a US company but are resident in Canada and pay taxes in Canada on any money your bring back. Of course any money you leave in your US bank account and then use your US visa card to buy groceries in Canada doesn't get taxed. Just an unofficial version of the Jimmy Carr scheme

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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Re: We're in trouble...

The previous biggest benefactor was Andrew Carnegie, who built a steel empire by ignoring patents on the foreign plants he copied and hired a private army to kill striking workers - so there is at least some progress.

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Re: Yup he's right y'know...

"best interests of the shareholders" is different from minimize tax this year.

If the result of these tax games was a ban on government contracts, a monopolies commission investigation into your advertising business or a boycott of your coffee shops by consumers - then your shareholders might decide that you haven't done your best fiduciary duty.

If maximum profit was the only driver then drug smuggling would seem to be the best business plan. A few of your employees might end up in Singapore jails but the shareholders would do very nicely.

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Re: We're in trouble...

>Just take some time to look at what his foundation is achieving, then jump off your high horse.

Money which was 'earned' by running a monopoly that invented a lot of these tax scams.

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Re: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

So by the same token, if it was cheaper to pay the fines they should remove any safety procedures?

Redundancy payments were very expensive so we sent all the managers on a training course to the arctic on a Liberian freighter - the freighter met the minimum Liberian safety requirements and it's not our fault that it sank.

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Re: But they are required

>If the makers of Star Wars made the film here but then claimed everyone was actually doing the work in Ireland then that's obviously a lie and that's the sort of trick Google and others are pulling.

That's almost what they did - Star Wars still hasn't made a profit, so some of the English actors involved still haven't received any royalties

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'Chinese hack' scoops plan to Oz spook HQ

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Re: Credibility factor missing - as usual

or that's what they want you to think !

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But they won't need to - now that they have the plans they can abseil down from the roof avoiding the (strangely visible) laser defence network

But since all the australian spy agency does is spy on other branches of the australian government while failing to notice the large number of foreign spies generally working for it (ie they are exactly like every other intelligence agency) - this isn't going to do much harm

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Tennis pro serves up pic of bad French Open line call

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Re: He lost the match

>In most sports there is also a rule that the umpire or referee's decision is final even when wrong.

Presumably there is no need to even start cricket matches anymore - just ask the umpire which bookies paid most

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Lenovo planning US smartphone push as PC sales stall

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Re: Whodda thunk?

And yet sales of $600 iPhones and iPads have gone through the roof.

I think it's more accurate to say, sales of horse buggies have declined in the 21st century

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Unknown brand

Outside the rarified world of discerning el'reg readers and a few spotty teens who read FHM for the product reviews there are two types of phone, iPhone and "other".

If you can't afford an iPhone or your local provider offers a great deal on brand X you will buy brand X, nobody cares if it is an HTC running Android or an XYZ running Android.

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Iran fingered for attacks on US power firms

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Re: Wank

Do you really expect us to believe that politicians would exaggerated the threat from a foreign country for their own political gains and to justify a war?

Surely we stopped doing that 45mins ago

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BBC suspends CTO after £100m is WASTED on doomed IT system

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Re: Bad management

Because you generally do research on ideas you want to implement before you write a cheque for the servers.

BBC techie poeple had been into the idea of making everything remote and digital for years, this is just the latest actual implementation to cost a lot of money

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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.

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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

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AT&T adds 61¢ 'Mobility Administrative Fee' for users

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Fido Canada

Adveritise a $30/month plan

Then 99c 911 fee (probably fair enough)

Then $7.95/month for caller id - well it's expensive to write to each caller asking them their phone number

Then $7.95/month for voice mail - plus the minute used to retrieve it

Then a $7.95/month "system access fee" - for access to the system presumably

But at least it's better than the rival's $50/month plan

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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

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Re: 100% legal, yet so easy to fix...

The law in Ireland isn't accidentally out of date - it's deliberately designed so that companies making sales in the UK, Germany, France etc using the public services of all those countries don't pay any tax to them but Ireland does manage to take a small percentage.

It's basically a parasite on the rest of Europe and the way to deal with it is to make sure that no eu money for nice expensive roads in the middle of nowhere goes to them - or just throw them out.

Suppose Middlesbrough council declared that anybody who visited the place and bought a T-shirt would be able to claim a special Middlesbrough investor status and not pay any income tax in the rest of the UK. It would bring more money into the 'brough and be perfectly legal - but London might object.

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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.

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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

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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 ?

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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

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Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio

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Ban everything

Senator Hughes said some Ohio gas stations had been linked to money laundering, fraud, drug sales, and even human trafficking.

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Paul Allen buys lovingly restored vintage V-2 Nazi ballistic missile

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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.

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Re: A question for rocket scientists on El Reg...

Obviously the quality of the beer

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Hey, you, dev. What do you mean, storage is BORING?

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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

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Feds slam hacker-friendly backdoors in jalopy, grub factories

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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

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Re: @Andrew Jones 2

Money

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

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'Google IS a capitalist country... er, company'

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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

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Daft tweet by Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife DID libel lord

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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.

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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.

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4G LTE: Good for tweets and watching Dr Who. Crap at saving lives

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Re: Imagine

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,

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