4320 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Re: Any chance of a significant increase in the taxes they pay?
>why would it be to the UK
Because they expect to hire UK workers who can read and write, from schools funded by UK tax payers.
They expect those workers to get free medical care, rather than having to pay $1000/month as they do for their workers in the US.
They expect UK police to guard their premises. They expect the UK's armed forces to stop bands of guerrilla pirates sweeping out of the hills and raiding their stores (not applicable in Scotland)
They expect roads and streeet signs and other infrastructure to deliver their goods.
As I explained to the man that wanted to collect the council tax - I may live in this house but I'm legally incorporated in Narnia. So unless you send a talking lion around I'm not paying
Re: Any chance of a significant increase in the taxes they pay?
All these extra jobs are a cost to Amazon, so they will make a bigger "loss" in the UK and probably get a tax rebate.
Re: Burn the life preservers for warmth!
On the other hand it's always nice to have some stupid foreigners to laugh at - especially with the cold winter months approaching.
Re: Great timing
>In fact, the more I think about it the more likely it is I'll sneak off early.
Have we discovered the root cause of the Greek economic situation?
Re: My sky daddy can beat up yours
To be fair they do have a reason to be cautious.
The last time the Greeks pissed off the Gods lots of people got chained to rocks, impregnated by swans and spent a hell of a long time trying to sail back from turkey.
Re: Oh clever.
Show a Greece that is bankrupt now a German charity case and highlight it on international media to be the same 3rd world dictatorship with corrupt police and politicians that it was in the 70s
I would say he had done this rather effectively
You might be interested in a new prouct me and some friends at IBM are working on.
It's a small cheap standalone computer that can operate without a connection to a corporate mainframe, but just sit on your desk, and do your work, when you need it, rather than just be a terminal.
We are thinking of calling it personal computer.
We are having a public enquiry here into how the police failed to catch a serial killer for 10years:
"You know that man we keep arresting for violence to women?"
"The one with van we keep seeing in the redlight district ?"
"Should we interview him?"
"No need - we went out to his pig farm and there were no sign of lots of murdered prostitutes"
Re: For a while it was even more popular than LPs...
But that's perfectly justified by the cost of converting all the studio equipment for digital - the EU said so.
They still have to pay back the costs of the CD mastering for Dark SIde of the Moon - that's why it's perfectly justified to charge 25quid for it.
Re: Is there any truth
Shouldn't be a problem
As we are constantly told we didn't buy a CD we bought a non-transferable license to listen to the music.
So simply go into HMV with the proof of purchase mark from the inlay and take a fresh CD out of a box for free
Re: Not a bad idea
The problem is that disk space is cheap
A small company has 10-20PCs with 200Gb spare on each so 1-2 Tb of distributed capacity. So rather than go and buy a $100 2Tb USB drive (and a spare so they have an offsite backup) they run this?
So the market is a company with 10,000 PCs sitting around, eg banks, who have data that isn't important enough to justify some proper sort of server.
Although there have been Telsas written off because they were parked in garages without a charger while their owners were away for a few months, and the battery was depleted to the point it needed to be replaced.
Re: Drive anywhere for free...
I can do this using RFID technology called an Oyster card.
There is an up-front cost, but it's a lot less than a Tesla
Re: How did they score those patents
You've read and analysed all the claims then?
Or just read the reg headline?
They don't the, patent probably includes somewhere in clause 87, some novel step about eg. adding a hash of the SSID and approx location to the database to speed up the search of possible nearby wifis
Patents are very rarely about the headline use, it's almost always about one tiny step in the implementation.
You can't I have a business method patent on doing precisely that
Perhaps if you read some print journalism you would have a richer and more diverse vocabulary to eloquently express your dissatisfaction of the scheme?
Or you could just download our new Stephen Fry comment generator app.
Re: back again!
They succeeded in Canada - we pay 30cents on each blank CD.
There was a $1/Gb tax proposal on MP3 players but it was defeated
Unfortunately the scheme doesn't actually cover it's own costs, so no money actually goes to Celine Dion.
But it does mean that small bands selling their own CDs at gigs pay the levy on their blanks.
Re: This is serious
Wouldn't it be easier to simply give SKY a tax exemption?
If the idea is simply to transfer lots of money from the pockets of taxpayer to pockets of an australian media baron.
Re: Why stop at news?
I propose a 1 pound ISP tax to pay for all the free porn on the internet.
The money will be distributed by some formula based on Brazilian funbags and 1/number of cups - determined by reg readers.
Although if you go into the supermarket and explain that you don't watch ITV they will knock 2p off a mars bar.
Re: No problems will be incurred by air traffic control
Or another way to look at it - there are 6000 people supporting those actually doing any work.
How many actual air traffic controller desks are there compared to all these managers, HR, publicity etc ?
Re: Extreme Capitalism
Fortunately the process is reversible.
Under the "Great Leader" Sheffield was transformed from a noisy grimy industrial city into a landscape of open spaces and green (well brown) fields - pretty soon it will just be a small fishing village.
Re: Love that place..
>. Isn't it a good job we've never built aircraft carriers.
Quote from the BBC article - "For now the carrier has no operational aircraft "
Once more china is just producing blatant copies of UK inventions
He is loud, well known and slightly rotund.
So for distracting the public and hiding behind if a disgruntled employee starts shooting he is the obvious choice.
Although making him fly on the corporate jet everytime they go to the Andes, and giving him his own barbecue sauce hot tub, is a bit tasteless.
You're forgetting the power of backward compatibility !
If the DoD was involved we would still be publishing data in Trilobite compatible formats
Re: Fool Me Once Shame on You...
i think there should be annual tax holidays, just for a week or so around the middle of April
Re: Tax shouldn't be taxing
That's exactly what happens now - all the money Microsoft make in the USA they pay tax on in the USA.
But Microsoft USA make almost no money because they have to pay Microsoft Grand-Cayman for the rights to the Microsoft name and pay Microsoft Lichtenstein for the license to the software.
Re: Plug in cars ain't green.
>Large scale power generation is always more efficient than small local sources,
Multiplied by transmission losses, multiplied by charger efficency, multiplied by motor efficency
Then that's only true for the same sort of power generation. Ultimately power generation efficency depends on the temperature of the combustion cycle.
A diesel engine in a car could be more efficent than burning coal in a power station 1000km away
Re: How I would program it...
I assume that nay car with a complex and vital component made by Lucas already has a pretty effective immobiliser
Bikes are still a bit vulnerable to a sophisticated "putting it in the back of a van" attack.
>Guess they could just ring your doorbell - you answer - they poke knife at you and ask for your keys -
No - even car thieves don't want to risk getting any bodily fluids from a BMW driver on them, it might be contagious
Re: My Vauxhall (Opel)..
So you didn't buy a Landie because they are vulnerable to being lifted out of a carpark by a crane - and you consider this a security failing !
Isn't that a bit like complaining to the landlord is someone crashes a plane into your office ?
Re: put a lock on the OBD port
>- program keys from nothing = main dealer
IIRC Merc did this for their super-ninja-laser-cut-kryptonite keys.
Unfortunately they allowed any dealer to order the keys - and didn't get suspicious when some dealer in Borat-istan was requesting new key codes for 1000s of cars.
Re: Certain criminal threats - do not exist when cars are designed
>I don't recall Beemers being particularly cheap to begin with?!
But imagine if BMW managed to get the legislation overturned so that they could only be serviced by a BMW dealer and only MOT'ed/smogged by a dealer.
"I'm sorry sir your 1 year old car's ashtray is full and we don't service that model anymore" - "would sir like to buy a new one"?
Whats the betting....
They buy Nokia ?
And then decide to invent their own OS.......
Re: Not breaking the law
So it was you !
How did the pictures come out ?
Not breaking the law
>only passively listening to Wi-Fi network requests, rather than complete interception, making it legal under UK law.
It does seem an odd way around. My wifi asking to connect is equivalent to me going house-house trying the door to see if it's unlocked. Yet the person who invites me in is the one who is acting illegally?
Given some of the root CA that common browsers include you wouldn't have to do much.
I'm sure there is Russian/Liberian/etc CA that would issue you a cert for google.com with no questions asked.
Re: There is some logic ...
Well BT should just jolly well write to these chaps and get them to change the name of their road.
One day of course they will be able to talk on the new fangled telephone - as soon as the exchange is ready.
What if you could genetically engineer celery to taste of bacon?
Re: Two words....
Or just feed people to pigs then eat the pigs.
That way nobody will object
Paul Graham thinks Silicon Valley started because of rich individuals? You don't think this is a rich individual pleading for special treatment?
Silicon valley started because of large companies like HP luring techies there. HP went because there was a market for lab equipment for aircraft factories that moved there because they could build things outdoors and land was cheap.
So Silicon valley is there because of orange groves.
Not really a solution though is it?
You seize 3322.org, the virus dials home to 3323.org, you seize that... - what's the maximum length of a domain name?
The real problem is:
You have to buy a computer with a pre-loaded Windows OS.
Your only guarantee of security is the MS hologram, but all this means is that a chain of lowest bidder Chinese suppliers actually paid Redmond for a license.
You do your "security updates" but on a computer that's already compromised.
The only solution would be to buy a retail copy of the OS - for more than the price of the machine - and wipe the installed OEM OS. Perhaps OEM machines should actually only come with a license sticker and MS mails you a genuine install disk for free?
Re: IIRC the Hawaiians didn't have names for some things
Like there's no Scots word for vegetable ?
Then you just breed blue ringed tree octopuses to deal with the wasps, then vampire koalas to deal with the octopuses (octopodes?), then zombie mutant kangaroos to deal with the Koalas.
Then finally you have sharks with laser beams and reverse scuba suits......
Lewis has obviously been hired to promote the new BAe-Thales-vickers-EADS euroPhone.
Weighing in at a mere 117 euro-Kg and with a wrist mounted keypad that weighs a mere 20kg - the phone will include an internet app to strengthen the right wrist.
Although the first generation isn't capable of making or receiving calls until the new PhoneUser2000 specifications are finally agreed. Internet connectivity is available with the optional add-on module (specially reinforced Landrover required)
It will have user interchangeable batteries and the UK govt has ordered 5 sets of the batteries to be distributed among all UK users.
Unit costs is a mere million quid but subsidies will be available to qualified users (qualification include owning an oil rich country)
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