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You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

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We need to be careful we don't get what we want ...

As things are, publicly traded companies are *required* to deliver the maximum possible profit for their shareholders. Which is why they are *obliged* to minimise their tax bill.

If we start meddling, we will end up where companies are NOT required to deliver maximum profit for their shareholders, but to deliver maximum tax take for the government of the day.

Which would *you* prefer ?

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Google abruptly shuts down search-by-SMS portal

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Re: So THAT is what they mean by "it's complicated"…!

Wasn't there a (UK) story a few years back where some guy got thrown in chokey because he signed up to Facebook who slurped his contacts and generated an email to his ex-missis who had an injunction against him ?

Which once again makes me ask: What part of Hotmail, GMail et als T&Cs allows you to give a 3rd party your password ?

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El Reg drills into Office 365: What's under the hood?

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Re: Muuuusssttt.... reeemmmmemmmbbberr

Amen ...

can we add to that:

SMS is an inherently unreliable medium and should never be used for critical applications

please ?

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Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

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Re: Fixed it for you

And if it's the first time ?

Don't forget, with great power, comes responsibility (c) Debian 2013 ...

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Identity cards: How Labour lost power in a case of mistaken ID

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Re: If all they wanted was a usable ID card,

And so, you can infer they didn't want a usable ID card.

So what *did* they want ?

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Brit adventurer all set to assault ex-Reg haunt Rockall

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Washed off

fnarr fnarr

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Snoopers' charter rests in shallow grave - likely to rise again

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Remember what happened last time IP addresses were used to "identify" criminals ?

Operation Ore.

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Google's Schmidt calls for 'DELETE from INTERWEBS' button

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On a serious note ...

Where will the internet end ? YouTube just recently announced that every second 8 hours worth of content[1] is being uploaded.

There is more and more historic data coming online, plus the growing number of world citizens with access to the internet, busy generating content.

No matter how much storage you have, eventually something has to give

There's also the matter of the more that's out there, the less it's worth. A little like speeding points now. So many drivers have them most insurers ignore the first 3. In the future, it might be so common to have some indiscretion on the interwebs it means nothing.

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Queen's Speech: 'Problem of matching IP addresses' to be probed

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This from a government that can't move on from IE6 ?

I really wouldn't worry about it, I really wouldn't.

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How did something so small and pink cause so much trouble?

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Drifting slightly OT ....

Anyone catch this story about a man with no arms being denied entry to the UK as his biometrics (fingerprints) were not "of sufficient quality" ?

BBC Article

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack in bullet-hard chickpea drama

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Smug alert ...

I did say you'd need a lot of cooking (and hence fuel ££££) ....

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Another negative climate feedback: Warmer plants cool the planet

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Also, don't forget

the Earth itself is pumping masses of heat out - without any solar radiation. And given the news last week that the Earths core is much hotter than previously thought ...

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Next Xbox to be called ‘Xbox Infinity’... er... ‘Xbox’

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I wonder how much

BT, Virgin, et all would pay someone like (say) Microsoft to release a new games console that required a permanent internet connections to work.

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Does this £1/day include energy costs ?

Because I image some of those ingredients will take a lot of cooking.

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Pirate Party wins seats in Icelandic election

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Three MPs to free MP3s

sorry - had to register my approval of such a succinct strapline

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

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Why am I reminded of ...

transputers .....

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Boffins KALQ-u-late the ultimate 'board for two-thumb tablet tappers

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reinventing the wheel ?

Whatever happened to that weird gizmo which was shown on Tomorrows World in the early 80s. It looked like a telephone handset, and you only needed 5 fingers to input data. It worked by combinations (2^5 gave 64 possibilities). It was aimed at people who were unaccustomed to typing (yes kids, in 1982 there was a subject called "typing" on the syllabus).

When I started using computers (ITT 2020 !) I could managed 60+ wpm, which would have won awards in school, if I had been a girl.

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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

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and there you have it.

Why nothing will be done.

A scary thought is how much Google have on public officials. How many emails pass through Google servers, how much dirt can an internal-to-Google search throw up ?

Imagine the power Google have to skew search results to sway public opinion ... search for "David Cameron" and you get pages of results detailing every negative story from the past 10 years. Search for "Ed Miliband" and you get pages of stories with him kissing babies and posing with puppies .....

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WTF?

"A functioning transparent system"

Did she mean transport ? In which case she's wrong.

Oh, and if she didn't, she's still wrong.

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BadNews, fandroids: MILLIONS of Google Play downloads riddled with malware

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@Andy

Not on that phone, you can't :(

Anyway - why "disable" ? She doesn't want the bloody thing at all - especially as it sits there taking up precious storage space on the phone (*not* the SD card).

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Don't need to download dodgy apps

Wifes WildfireS came preloaded with a Facebook app, which you can't remove, nor stop running (she hasn't got a Facebook account).

When you try and access settings, it lists all the permissions it has "Access my call data", "Access my contacts" etc etc (pretty much all from what I can see) with no option to deselect them.

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Securing the Internet of Things - or how light bulbs can spy on you

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Sigh

never underestimate the banality of evil.

If history has shown us anything, it's that it's pathetically easy to get 80% of the public to willingly give up any and everything for some shiny - or the promise of some shiny.

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Blogger, activist pals answer Anons' CISPA website blackout call

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Surely T&Cs cover this ?

"An amendment to the law which would ban employers asking their minions to hand over Facebook or Twitter passwords has already been blocked"

anyone who *did* hand over their details would be breaching Facebook/Twitters T&Cs.

Anyone any idea what the UK position would be here, if a candidate declined to provide these details ?

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Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill

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@AC 9:08

Ah, found it. It was the *High* court that ruled.

A small error of fact,

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YouTube beats off $1bn Viacom copyright case once AGAIN

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very simple question

as time goes buy are you

a) more likely to buy Viacom stock, and less likely to buy Google stock

or

b) less likely to buy Viacom stock, and more likely to buy Google stock

I think the answer might be illuminating - if bleeding obvious.

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British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

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Re: Amazon is more than e-books

It's nice that when searching for individual books, Amazon list secondhand copies available.

It's a shame it doesn't aggregate, so you can search for several books, and then see if there's a *single* secondhand source.

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Once again, people miss the point ...

arguing over *which* eReader you like diverts attention from the facts.

1) Publishers often set eBook prices to be the same (or more) than the dead-tree version

2) We have to pay VAT on eBooks.

Why not put the same effort into addressing those as to a bunfight over Kindle/Nook/Kobo ?

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: I'm confused...

Didn't they say you need a Google Wallet account linked to the glasses ? In which case it's trivial - simply have a complicated procedure for changing accounts, where you verify it's a gift.

Presumably the glasses won't work if they can't access a valid Wallet account.

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Ofcom fines TalkTalk AGAIN - a whopping £750k over 'abandoned calls' gaffe

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Distress

there's nothing preventing a victim pursuing a claim in civil court. Talk Talk can hardly deny it. The only tricky thing might be to demonstrate that it happened. However, since you are only working on the balance of probabilities, I wonder if the court would accept it happened *unless* TalkTalk could disprove it ... would make for very interesting times ...

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

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And the Windows Phone version

No mention of that ... anyone want to big up WP here ?

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Gov.uk named THE BEST THING Britain has made all year

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http://archive.org

Is that accepted evidence in court - particularly a criminal one ?

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On a more serious note

if the UK gov does insist on "digital by default" then presumably web pages become primary sources of information. Has anyone developed a mechanism for keeping track of websites so that you can prove what version was displayed when ?

Otherwise, I can see pages with incorrect information being put up, that people act on, and when they have to defend themselves ("the government website said this...") they find the page has mysteriously changed.

Or are they not *that* serious about DBD ?

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Move over, Mythbusters: Was Archimedes an ancient STEVE JOBS?

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Re: water power

Indeed ... the recent excavations in London have demonstrated that the Romans management of water was not to be equalled until Victorian London.

If you like your history and engineering, there's a cracking Time Team special about an experiment to recreate an amazing piece of machinery found in London - unknown anywhere else in the Roman Empire. It was a conveyor belt of buckets powered by animals.

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TalkTalk ads banned by watchdog over 'misleading' YouView offer

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What kind of installation is needed?

The kind that costs £50

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Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

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Starting to be excited about this ...

although not in a boys toys way.

Mrs JP has MS, and it's knackered her vision (optic neuritis) making it hard to see at a distance. It's not a lens issue, so specs don't help. If these gadgets can be used to project a TV picture so it's viewable as if it were a foot from the eye as opposed to the 6-8 feet in real space, it could be a godsend.

So bring it on.

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Dell tried gobbling doomed Brit IT giant 2e2 for £350m, say insiders

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Smile of the day ...

"The negotiations collapsed after 2e2's venture-capital backers Duke Street Capital held out for more."

Overweening greed ....

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Anonymous squirts all over NORKS in birthday surprise outrage

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Re: News from NK

you read Korean ?

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Brussels clears Liberty Global's £15bn Virgin Media takeover

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Joke

What does it mean for the end user ?

Better service.

Lower prices.

More choice.

Exciting innovations.

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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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From HHGTTG

England no longer existed. He'd got that - somehow he'd got it. He tried again. America, he thought, has gone. He couldn't grasp it. He decided to start smaller again. New York has gone. No reaction. He'd never seriously believed it existed anyway. The dollar, he thought, had sunk for ever. Slight tremor there. Every Bogart movie has been wiped, he said to himself, and that gave him a nasty knock. McDonalds, he thought. There is no longer any such thing as a McDonald's hamburger.

He passed out.

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Re: To be fair...

How do you measure ?

Go to Victoria embankment - see how many times it's been raised in the last 100 years. No because of rising sea levels, but the sinking south east ...

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Wow - quicker than you can say "judgemental"

I couldn't quite see the bit in the OP where it said the new owners *knew* they had received stolen goods.

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Hey Intel, Microsoft: Share those profits with your PC pals, eh? - analyst

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@AC 14:43

I wasn't saying there has been a slump of sales because *I* don't need a new PC. I was pointing out that if you extrapolate my situation, you can work out why PC sales are nosediving. All I was doing was using my personal situation to inform my professional view - with the appropriate level of caution.

There was a Samsung stand in my local shopping mall last week. Despite their being loads of phones, the few times I walked past it in a 2 hour period, the only things people were eyeballing were the tablets.

Hardly scientific, but it would cause me to want to know more before I invested in selling Samsung phones.

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Why is there such a disconnect

between the industry, and the market ? It's painful to see, and certainly isn't great PR for capitalism and the free market.

PC sales have tanked, because nobody needs a new PC right now. I'm working on a 3 year laptop supplied by work. My wife and sons PCs are 4 year old boxes I put Win7 on. I see absolutely no need to upgrade. Possibly replace in the event of a failure, but even then, I have some older XP boxes in the loft that would probably do.

Now, Win2000 ran software that people (especially in business) needed to run. Therefore NT4->Win2000 was a big event.

XP ran software that Win2000 couldn't. So there was a push to that. The first crack in the dam occurred when Vista didn't really add anything to XP.

Win 7 came along at a lucky point in the cycle, and drove a few upgrades, but given I am working on a Win7->XP machine, it wasn't essential

So here we are today. Win8 just doesn't add anything people *need*.

It's like mobile phones ... in our household (we've not drunk the Apple kool-aid) we're all happy with 2+ year old phones.

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

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ITYM

"Green" ?

And it's not so much a nugget, more of a splat.

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Finance bods probe RBS over bank-crippling IT cock-up

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Re: Moving away slighly

not really - T&Cs are subject to civil law, and can be struck out if unreasonable or unfair.

Anyway, RBS T&Cs only apply to RBS customers.

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Moving away slighly

does anyone know how far the consequential losses claimed can go ? ISTR at the time there were stories of house purchases falling through, and businesses being forced into bankruptcy.

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Microsoft: Here's some cash, channel. PLEASE sell Office 365

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EU hosting makes no difference

People still don't get it. MS are a US company. MS have to abide by US law. US law (PATRIOT act) means that Uncle Sam can ask MS to cough up data from *anywhere* it controls it - and to hell with any other arrangements they may have promised. Uncle Sam can also require MS to shut down any server they control - again irrespective of location. MS admitted last year that wherever they hold data, it's available to the US government if requested.

Also, (or so our Information Security guys tell me) if this were to happen, any person whose data was snatched would have a case for suing the company that lost it.

Two reasons for being *very* careful where your cloudy data goes.

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Hard luck lads, todger size DOES matter: Official

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Did no one notice ...

the subtle shadow of the todger in the pictures ? Perhaps they should have used examples lit from the front, not side ....

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US Air Force reclassifies 6 cyber tools as weapons

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Nothing to see here

don't forget encryption was also classified as "munitions" to control it's export.

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Sadly, the under 40s

will think we're making it all up.

*If* you were lucky, you could get a phone in less than 2 months. And as for a *second* phone ....

One of my first paying jobs in electronics was (illegally) fitting extensions for neighbours - because in those days only GPO engineers could do that (phones were hardwired - no plugs and sockets) AND you only rented the handset.

Anyone remember party lines ?

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