* Posts by Craigness

1488 posts • joined 23 Mar 2010

Multinationals hiding more than half a trillion from G20 tax collectors

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Re: Worstall

No need for corporation tax, as you imply.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/11/tax_systems_the_good_the_bad_and_the_completely_loopy/

"So, in terms of efficiency, it's not that difficult to design a taxation system. Start with land taxation, add on any Pigou Taxes we want (carbon, baccy, booze, pollution etc, we want these precisely because they do destroy certain economic activity), as much VAT as we can get away with and if we still need more to feed the ravening maw of government, income taxes and on up the list."

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In other words...

"how multinationals are avoiding having their pockets picking by G20 nations"

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Re: Well this answers one question

BND is taxpayer funded. You think they want to help people pay less tax?

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Google takes old Chrome versions on that long drive in the country

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Coat

Not A Problem

Windows XP comes with Internet Explorer 6 preinstalled so why is this even news?

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We're not killing Chrome OS ... not until 2020, anyway – says Google

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Re: create an image on a USB stick

Any old OS will have problems with certain newer software or API releases, and should not be exposed to the internet if it's not getting security updates. Whatever OS you're using, if the newer version has features you don't like, and the old one is not being updated, then you are out of luck. This is not just a Chrome thing, but you can install Linux on a Chromebook so Chromebook users have the same options as XP users. Using this as a criticism of Chrome OS is a fail. Ubuntu, Mac and Windows suffer exactly the same "problem".

"Google cloud services on your usb stick?"

No, it installs the OS on the laptop and you can access the internet if you want. The APIs which could fail if old APIs are dropped are the bookmarks and settings sync, and integrated Google Drive. Bookmarks and settings would still work on the device.

Google updated its Youtube apps so Smart TVs were not affected unless they were on old OSs which did not allow for updates to apps, which is what you're advocating.

Yes, restoring from USB does work.

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Re: and all your data is there!

The data remains your own. They have a license to access it on their servers for the purpose of sending it to you, which some people misinterpret as ownership on the part of the cloud service.

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Re: And you definitely won't get a Chrome Vista!

"If you didn't like vista"

Not sure what you mean by "didn't like" and "Vista"!?!?!?!

If you want to go back to an old version of Chrome it's easy: they supply an app which lets you create an image on a USB stick, so you just need to run that for a version you like, and you can return to it at any time. No security updates though, like with XP.

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Re: Wow apologists/deniers are out in force

They have stated "there's no plan to phase out Chrome OS". That's more than updating current devices.

The install base of android is irrelevant. If they create a single OS for laptops and phones which can run Android apps then they can roll it out to the android install base on new devices or as upgrades. This is basically what they did between Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich. They already have an android runtime for Chrome, so it's a fair bet that this could be on the cards.

OEM apps are not related to fragmentations, OEM skins are. They can preload their own stuff onto a non-skinned Google Android phone and have zero fragmentation issues.

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Re: Better late than never?

Google unifies in the cloud. Move from your laptop to your phone and all your data is there!

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Re: 5 years

"In short: end of all development for the platform."

The life support for Chrome devices is for the hardware, not the OS. The OS hits a new version every 6 weeks and is a gradual development, so you won't get a Chrome XP followed by a Chrome 7/10 several years later and be stuck without updates.

You *will* have no updates after 5 years, but there is no indication that development of the OS will end, and newer devices on the same OS version number will continue to be updated.

And you definitely won't get a Chrome Vista!

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5 years

The "guaranteed auto-updates for five years" remark relates to the support cycle for individual devices, which have a minimum 5-year support. It has no relevance whatsoever to their long-term plans for Chrome OS

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

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Re: Never had this problem...

It's not a problem. You can just add as much storage as you want for YOUR data.

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

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Re: It's the Viking thing

"For once"

Really, just one time? Do you realise that another time was the Sarah Sharp incident, where she made a personal attack, swore at him and in return he offered cookies?

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Re: God help linux...

There will be people checking to see if the work was done by someone from a protected class so they can ask Linus to resign for offences against social justice. All POC pull requests must be accepted.

https://archive.is/kLKc0

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Big mistake, Google. Big mistake: Chrome OS to be 'folded into Android'

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Re: Well, it worked for Windows

Hiding a desktop under a tablet UI didn't work, but adding a touch UI to the desktop seems to be going down well. I hope Google noticed that.

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> Chrome OS is a glorified browser with a linux kernel.

No, it's a full OS with "an actual app ecosystem, broad vendor support, etc" as you claim for Android. Dell, Toshiba, Acer, Asus and Lenovo make Chromebooks.

> Android...ships with Chrome. So anything that can run on Chrome OS can be quite

> trivially supported on Android as well.

No, because they would have to port the API and find a way to get extensions to fit into the UI. Chrome on Android is a very inferior product from a user perspective. Android laptops exist, and they don't sell well.

> Which is why Chrome OS never made sense from the very day it launched.

It made sense then and even more so now, with more support and management capabilities.

> ...you can get a similarly priced laptop that is not crippled.

No, because a $200 Windows laptop cannot be relied on to anything that you couldn't do better on a Chromebook.

> This is why Google's latest hybrid laptop and tablet, pixel c, already ships with android.

I doubt it. You can already get Android laptops, but very few actually do.

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Re: Wow, plenty of morons here!

That article doesn't shed any more light on the matter, it says the number of platforms will be decreased, and not decreased.

From the Verge:

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The move marks an effort at Google to reduce the number of independent platforms it has to maintain, sources said.

A Google spokesperson has confirmed to The Verge that both Chrome OS and Android will continue to exist; Chrome OS is not being "killed."

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The Verge opposes ethics in journalism. Don't give them clicks.

https://archive.is/2GQSU

Those guys deserved their downvotes. Not knowing Chrome has an API and repeating the tired old (and wrong) "spyware" comment are not useful to anyone!

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Re: How could be an OS designed to keep your data away from you "secure"?

You don't need to give any data to Google, or even to visit any of their domains, in order to use a Chromebook. Other than automatic updates, you could block them at your router and have no problems.

Using a Chromebook means you don't need to give any data whatsoever to any website, ever.

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Re: The end result will be an all-encompassing OS for mobile devices and notebooks,

Ubuntu?

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Re: One less ...

> The "less" is this case is connected to the one thing, a singular, not all the remaining things.

"Less" here is related to the number of things we stared with, compared with the number which remain. There is 1 fewer (or 14% less, which makes no sense because Chromes are whole things).

> A thing cannot be fewer.

There are to be fewer Chromes. It refers to the remainder not what was taken away.

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

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Gendered abuse

"Bro" should be recognised as a gendered term of abuse and is not appropriate for a file extension, like the N-word. But asking a feminist, as the guy on the Mozilla forum did, if Bro was allowed, is like asking the KKK if the N-word is suitable as a product name. They should have asked a men's rights group instead. We can use Bro between Bros, but feminists should refrain from using it.

Tech does indeed have a sexism problem, and it will remain until the feminists leave us alone.

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Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse

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Re: Probably not going to help increase the tiny percentage of female kernel contributors

Linux would lose more if the SJW movement starts attacking the men, claiming women are oppressed, and demanding equal representation in commits. Just having women come in and demand Linux development become a more female space would be detrimental, because the way they make a space female is to institute "harassment policies" which are always used to harass people in the dominant race and gender groups when they refuse to bow to further demands.

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Re: It's fine...

"her apparent squeamishness about swearing" was not apparent in the thread where she entered the conversation by mischaracterising what was going on in the conversation as "violence" and complaining the behaviour was "Not *fucking* cool," which was apparently the first f-bomb in the thread.

http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=8123533&cid=50664697

To her credit, she didn't "seriously think everyone else should change" at this point:

> Yeah, just try yelling at me about this. I'll roar right back, louder

Linus...that MONSTER...ignored the abuse and praised her fortitude. What an awful manager!

> Come to the dark side, Sarah. We have cookies.

https://lkml.org/lkml/2013/7/15/374

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Re: Torvalds is a dinosaur (personally)

> One can only wonder...

The product would be awful but the mailing lists would be a welcoming, inclusive hugbox with puppies and ball pits.

> Linux would have 65% market share...

That's down to the marketing and the UI of the desktop environment. Blame GNOME and Debian, not Linus.

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Re: all moot

> When confronted he would produce reams of documentation of minor infarctions by others

Microaggressions! For when you're not being victimised but it would be convenient if you were.

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Re: It's called "hospital humor"

Nobody would deny that it's possible to be mean on the internet. Problem is, it was Sarah herself that was mean, rude and wrong.

http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=8123533&cid=50664697

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Re: to quote from Bill and Ted

It's better than github's "be excellent to each other but if they're white you don't have to be" code of conduct.

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Re: /. dug up some interesting dirt

So she's abusive and supports abusers (block bot and Adria Richards). Exactly what I would have expected to see. Women In Tech (TM) are toxic, but women in tech are cool.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Re: It's not real

I'm not sure they'd get far with the sexism card for a couple of reasons, primarily because this is already too big and criticism has come from all sides and all genders. But it's interesting that people on twitter who highlight the groups they think will get targeted by users of the app will only cite protected groups - women, minorities, LGBT etc - and never men. When Lulu was launched (an app for women to rate their dates) there was an outcry because women worried "what if guys had an app like this" rather than "what if guys get bullied and abused by users of this app". It's like we live in a society where misandry is just background radiation and men are disposable!

Never mind that men are the group most likely to receive abuse online, and most people who target women are women! The UN recently launched a program to prevent the online victimisation of women by men (the least prevalent form of abuse, but the most important because it fits with their sexist ideology) which demands governments force websites to be responsible for the content they carry, even if it is created by users. Peeple cannot use the sexism and abuse cards because the latest idea to protect the poor little vulnerable women would out them out of business!

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Re: generally i don't like to see businesses fail

They got a $50,000 government grant.

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Re: Irony

IVF is not so much like GMO. It's more like buying a carrot which has been planter by a farmer instead of one which grew naturally.

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Re: What was the business model here?

They said they got $50000 from "the government". Someone on Twitter asked which government, and which department. They claimed not to be able to tell them, then accused them of bullying.

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Re: only one suitable comment

"And that is exactly why you should never join such a website"

The beauty of this website is that you don't even have to join it! Your worst enemy can create a profile for you*, add a story about how you lost your job because of allegations of abuse, give a fake phone number so you never find out about it**, give you 3 stars so the review goes live instead of into your inbox for 48 hours***, and thereby make your life a lot more difficult.

It's a bully's wet dream.

* they'd need to create a fake facebook profile (or use their real name) but this is not difficult

** unless facebook has an API which verifies profiles, names and phone numbers, and Peeple use that API (for safety, never give facebook your phone number - or use their apps, because that gives them permission to know your phone number)

*** you'd obviously have to say something nice as well, or people with think you gave an abuser a positive rating

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Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

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Priv buttons genius

If Blackberry's side-button configuration on the Priv is their only legacy it will be worth it, just so I don't have to accidentally turn my tablet off when I'm fumbling in the dark round the back of the device trying to turn the volume up. Or when I'm walking with my phone in my pocket and have to feel for the off button, then slide down a bit for the volume, but not too far or it will go quiet. Changing the volume when you're trying to turn it off is a lot less of a hassle than turning it off when you're trying to change the volume.

And the keyboard is good too. Reminds me of my Zaurus. So does their recent success (or lack of it).

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Patreon patrons: It's password-reset time

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Re: Can't even bolt the stable door

"putting your account into a private mode, not deleting your data."

Seen that before, on a err...dating site... a friend of mine frequents. Hope nothing bad happens to my friend.

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Pixel C: Google has a crack at the fondleslab-with-keyboard game

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Pricey keyboard

The keyboard costs only a little less than a (low-end or 2nd hand) Chromebook, so if you need to do some typing you may as well get one of those. The "C" is cheaper than a MaxiPad but you can bet the apps will be worse, and it's cheaper than a Surface but much less functional.

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

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Sexy shirts

Who cares about the groundbreaking scientific discovery, what's important is will the announcer's shirt will be sexist and ostracising.

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Re: while

"If you add up the number of people involved with all the various conspiracies, there is no way any of them could be kept secret and what you have, if you believe in them, is paranoia"

They've not been kept secret; people still don't believe them.

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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Re: wha?

experts exchange

mole station nursery

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Crash Google Chrome with one tiny URL: We cram a probe in this bug

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Re: Let me be the first one to

For the record, it crashes Chrome OS.

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Global warming stopped in 1998? No it didn't. If you say that, you're going to PRISON

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Re: So if I understand this correctly...

"Wake me up when something science-like happens."

There is some science-like stuff going on, but there is a lot of politics-like stuff attached to it. I think what would wake people up is if the people telling us there is an emergency behaved as if there were an emergency.

I have no car, holiday in the UK and am too cheap to turn on the heating in the winter (the flat below can heat mine, I'll just wear a jumper!). I bet I use a tiny fraction of the CO2 which climate lobbyists use. And unlike them I'd not come out in hives if RICO was shone in my direction.

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Microsoft to splurge $75m on computer training for kids

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Re: Maybe they need to quit hiring all of those H1-B visa people

The talent is there, but H1-B is cheaper. Do you realise what you did there?

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More discrimination

With Y-combinator introducing a racist policy for "office hours" events, Intel and various other tech giants introducing racist and sexist hiring (and firing?) policies, and Github adopting a racist and sexist community policy, wouldn't Microsoft be doing more good by funding people who have a difficult time getting acceptance within the industry rather than those who the industry already prefers?

Consider this: 2 people from the same town, fathers absent, mothers work the same job. One is black, the other white. Both have the same access to education and extracurricular activities, one is more likely to be hired by the "progressive" racist tech industry. Someone from Microsoft says to the privileged one "here's some money and training" and to the one facing discrimination "there are enough people who look like you, so you get nothing". How is this even legal? Why do people think it is moral? What sort of a racist can actually face these kids and purposely exclude them on racial grounds and why does Microsoft want that sort of person representing them?

For moral reasons I do not use Microsoft, Intel or Github products (whenever possible).

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Ich nicht bin Charlie: Facebook must crack down on racists, says Germany's Merkel

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I'll get the tippex...

German chancellor Angela Merkel has laid into Facebook for not doing more to censor citizens critical of her plan to turn Germany into Syria.

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Apple hypegasm countdown. What will the new, big iPad ACTUALLY be called?

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Diversicide

One recent Apple release is their self-congratulatory report into how few men and white people they've hired lately. Why don't white people just die off already? And when will Julie Bindel get her concentration camps?

Until I die off myself, I'll not buy anything Apple.

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Russian regulator bans PornHub for its ‘illegal pornography’

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#RussianFappersWelcome

We're not much better - some of the stuff on that site may not be created nor viewed in the UK. Refugees should probably not head for Sweden either.

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‘Dumb pipe’ Twitter should sell up and quit, says tech banking chap

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Re: I had bacon for breakfast

hundreds of militant vegans have just threatened to kill your family and contacted your employer demanding you be sacked.

says even more really.

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Small wonder, little competition: Asus Chromebook Flip

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Re: keep it

My music is in the cloud and it doesn't cut out when I'm in a tunnel. To people sufficiently old and boring any new technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Does anyone actually stream music over 4g?

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Perfect middle ground

"why not just buy a 10.1-inch Android tablet and a Bluetooth keyboard?"

I bought an Asus Transformer and loved it for a while but eventually got rid of it because Chrome on Android is just not as good as on other OSes, Apps are not designed with the expectation you will do a lot of writing, and the multi-tasking is not suited to people who want to get stuff done. If you want a keyboard you probably want something more serious than Android.

Chromebooks, being light and cheap and having no/few moving parts, are perfect laptops for the coffee table or carrying room to room. It's true that they're not as versatile as Windows, but if you want versatility you'll probably want to do more with it than you realistically could with a cheap laptop like the Stream. If you want a laptop which is always close by, simple to maintain and ready to use in a second, you probably want something less serious than Windows.

Because Chromebooks are so cheap you can get one and have cash left over for a desktop PC to do the things you need versatility and power for - there's no need to spend loads on a Windows laptop which can compete with a Chromebook on speed! Hopefully Google's Android-on-Chrome system will eventually be good enough for games, which is just about the only thing I use my tablet for these days.

Chromebook + Desktop > Tablet + Windows Laptop

(except for the guy who needs to travel and there's no wifi on his train so lets just scrap the whole idea of chrome os and the cloud is bad mmkay)

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

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Re: re: Bootnote, in fairness to Google

downvoted because you didn't read the "best practice"

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