* Posts by Barry Mahon

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

Barry Mahon

Wrong Universe

I have fallen in to an other Universe, haven't I?

What is UKIP? don't bother to explain.

Why is the reference to a paywalled article, never heard of Open Access??

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

Barry Mahon

EPG is slow to load

.... especially if your trying to get the Cheltenham races in December.... ;)

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

Barry Mahon

FFS, could you not find anything MORE (eye wateringly) expensive and BIG??

I noticed most of the comments are from nerds, what the f do they ever watch? Aren't they too busy adding on new pieces of kit?

Anyway, TVs are past their prime, aren't they?

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

Barry Mahon

Couple or three of things:-

1. Rodez, have a look at the map, yes NE of Toulouse but.... 'near' ??

2. Fixed cameras in France are marked about 200m before by a triangle with an R in it.

3. Speed limit warnings are fitted in French GPS units, about 500m round the location.

Slow down and, better, rostbifs, don't drive in France, vote UKIP.

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How many telecoms firms left in Europe? Another mega-billion deal slated in France

Barry Mahon

Has to happen

Quite, but, the original method of deregulation in France means the basic network of France Telecom was opened to competition, so, rural areas, for example, didn't have the problem of being uninteresting to the big players. The use of 'adsl nude' as a method of making copper wire available to all operators has created a proper environment. Inevitably, the marketplace will reduce, thats the Thatcher legacy. It has happened elsewhere, look at the beer market.

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Breaking records: Google exec in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA

Barry Mahon

Roswell eh?

Now, are we sure of this story? Did he really go up in a balloon or.... did he arrive from space? after all he is announced as a Google Veep....

He's now in site 39 or wherever, with the other aliens, holding a board meeting with other Google veeps.

Next, google extraterr, a method of selling ads to people in outer space, first clients, the ISS, then Voyager.

BTW, my comment posting page says I can stay visible with google ads, so, The Reg is signed up...

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Snowden leaks latest: BT, Vodafone, Verizon jack GCHQ into undersea fiber

Barry Mahon

Presumably BT et al are paid to provide the links, its business. The law that governs them makes it obligatory for them to do what they are told in the name of state security. At the time of the famous Falklands BT, the then monopoly, supplied a complete private exchange service to the military within 72 hours. Nothing has changed.

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Barry Mahon

Yes we did, Duncan Cambell then writing for the Specator, I think, exposed the whole GCHQ/Menwith/satellite scanning, stuff years ago and still does, Google him... it will probably mean you are on a black list somewhere, like our friend the "don't care" poster, you're innocent, aren't you?

Of course Menwith was part of a programme to listen in the the IRA, that was justified, wasn't it? Probably served to catch the Birmingham 4.

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Snowden's "company" is the gov., they make up the laws, so they decide what is a crime. The NSA's ass is well covered.

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Snowden journo's partner wins partial injunction on seized data

Barry Mahon
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Re: Irony strangely uncommented upon

My very first reaction, equally confused at the lack of comment, put it down to the average age of Reg readers?

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Irish watchdog won't probe Apple, Facebook over PRISM... but COULD IT?

Barry Mahon
FAIL

....like politicians in other countries don't??

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Barry Mahon
Happy

Re: not only Apple

Don't disagree with your sentiments, but be aware that Eire is the gaelic version of Ireland, i.e the whole island.

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Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless Plus: Triple-tech connectivity for the home

Barry Mahon

An article in The Oldie recommended it, and an (old) person of my acquaintance bought one for use in his "man shed" in the garden, where (he said) "my Mac won't connect, my pc will". I was asked to rescue him 'cos he was lost!! Pity he didn't have access to your excellent review, he might have realised a) he didn't need all its functionality b) Devolo's documentation is pathetic and c) he could have bought a cheaper and easier piece of Devolo kit.

Slight problem of more money than sense (PC & Mac) and who the hell writes the reviews in The Oldie and assumes tec knowledge.

B

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Brutally efficient galaxy SPITS OUT STARS at 'maximum rate'

Barry Mahon
Angel

Re: Time Reference

My brain is too tired to work it out, but I think it is all over, we are seeing it as it was, when?? Its some calculation of the speed of light, with lots of 0s.....isn't it?

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

Barry Mahon

Re: Thank the stars she privatised BT...

Yes, in principle, but in practise? They should have privatised the access services and made the network a common good. That way we wouldn't have BT 'engineers' still doing the servicing on the ground, but a band of competent people providing the best possible access using the best possible technology - universally, as opposed to cherry picking the 'best' areas.

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UK's 'Nobel prize for engineering' given to 'inventors of the interwebs'

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Re: Standing on the shoulders of giants

Don't altogether disagree, there were plenty of networks around. However, the PTTs as they were collectively known, dragged their collecitve feet, and defended, in Europe anyway, their monopolies. They tried to impose the CCITT solution, the infamous X-series of standards and the ISDN concept.

OTOH whom would you suggest as the recipients from the telecommunications professionala??

Not to be too unchivalerous. Berners-Lee fits strangely with Cerf et al, true telecomm people. Of course, he is British, had to be at least one.

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'Brit Bill Gates' was powerless to stop HP's Autonomy acquisition

Barry Mahon
FAIL

Re: Here's a thing...

Yep, unless you need money. Lynch needed to sell the co in order to get the money to keep the show on the road.

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Britain's Bill Gates - my a*se

+1

No wonder he and the HP CEO at the time got on well, they were both in the numbers boosting business - as seen in SAP. In the information retrieval business Autonomy's numbers were always treated with suspicion, buyers had to buy (unspecified) consultancy in order to make the software work. The whole (potential) cost was booked as income. As to the 'diligence' (an oxymoron if ever there was one, when applied to auditors) the technique of pricing in future income is 'acceptable' in the books. Of course you need to know what the real potential for income is, somethng I wouldn't expect from yer average PWC or Deloitte moron.

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Autonomy to HP: bollocks

Barry Mahon

Re: In the beginning....

I note you said "in previous deals" does that mean previous software or just documents from "deals" - cos if it is the former maybe you'd been trying others??

I wonder was it after Autonomy bought Verity which, like many others, was a good search engine before Google, that you found Autonomy useful for general searching?.

Google got there because they used a distributed model, still do, where the searching is paralleled, cutting down the time it takes. Google were also in the right place, the explosion of cheap server farms coupled with (relatively) lower priced comms.

As I said in a previous post Autonomy required, as you noted, (paid for) training, You sound like an experienced information person. IMO, Lynch copped on that it was a lot easier to sell to people who didn't understand the information business, or worse, thought that the information business was crap and 'computers' could do it.....

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Re: Based on what I know of Autonomy...

As someone who often had to go into organisations who had bought Autonomy and then discovered it didn't do what was on the tin, my major surprise is that took this long.

Autonomy were well known in the information business as an outfit who sold gullible senior management the idea that funneling all your 'information' into Autonomy got you a lovely indexed and organised result. NO!

What you got was a piece of expensive software and the requirement to buy sufficient paid for consultancy to make it seem to work. Sounds familiar? recognise the scam?? How many other software packs can you name that fit the bill??

Autonomy was touted about for quite a while before HP bit it. The 'due diligence' would have looked at what Autonomy booked the revenues as, the sum of the software sale plus the counsultancy plus the addons, then added a sum for 'goodwill' leading to a $ big number and then add 'cloud' 'new market opening for HP' etc., etc. and your in the $bn stuff before you can draw breath.

Finally, bear in mind that our friends in the banking community, those paragons of business acumen, lent HP the necessary funds..... and bingo.

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Consumer VPN service could be popular as regional paywalls go up

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advertorial....

....yep, careful reg.... if you even made a small effort to test it, ok.

worry is that the publicity will wake a few sleeping content owners.

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New York tech firms form 'bucket brigade' to fuel flagging servers

Barry Mahon
Facepalm

I suspect the problem is partly because the building is OLD. If you look closely at the street view of the building there is a sign in stone saying "international telephone building" probably a former Ma Bell facility. So, not strong enough for stuff on the roof?

The real question is no redundency? amazing lack of risk assessment, lower Manhatten is below sea level isn't it?

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Sandy takes out NYC colo facility

Barry Mahon

Re: NY = poor location choice

+1, probably the most intelligent comment on this thread. OTOH the original decisions were probably based on the (lack of?) availability of (secure?) circuits to a further away facility. OK for the NSA, they can spend and spend.

OOTOH the military/nsa/cia etc., have poor form on this sort of thing too.

Maybe the best comment is $=refer upwards=careful=justify it=unlikely?=reduce budget.

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WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

Barry Mahon
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Waste of time

Could you PLEASE add some sort of (this is a joke) icon to headlines of this type?? I wasted time looking to see what the topic was....

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Facebook given 4 weeks to FULLY SATISFY Irish data commissioner

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WTF has this guff about Fb got to do with WHISKEY?? It sounds to me like a typical British attitude to the Oirish.

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Mega French operator SFR prepares to slash another €500m in costs

Barry Mahon
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I've had SFR (takeover of Neuf) for about 6/7 years, and since early on had free national and international landline calls, what's this 'overdue' thing?

I now have (for €29 a month) 2Mb BB, phone with no extra charge national/international, and tv, including HD. from SFR. (I paid €40 for the box). I've also got a mobile for free with 10 mins a month credit, although this is no longer on offer. I could have no charge to French mobiles for €3 a month.

No monthly rental, I have what the French call "ADSL nu" (nude ADSL), where they take over the FT line and link me to the SFR net at a regional point.

Not bad, and now that we have even more competition, the latest SFR offer is fibre for €39/month.

The customer service is so-so, not much personal service, and it costs €0.35 a min.

Not sure where the savings will be.

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CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

Barry Mahon
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Re: Or, in plain English...

....and compare that to what has been spent on the banks..... which would you suggest is better value for money?

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Alan Turing 100: Visionary, war winner ... game maker?

Barry Mahon
Unhappy

Ironical that the ideas Turing launched have led to the sort of crap banks get up to; millions of transactions per second to what effect??

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Apple applies to patent a SIM you can't remove

Barry Mahon
Stop

apple pressie to the telcos

+100 The telcos will be delighted, they'll roll over and have their tummies rubbed by the the pomme. Never mind the bull we'll get about competitive pricing, thus a license to print money. Barry, France

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Ingram Micro or Ireland - who would you bet on?

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ingram v ireland

AAha, but don't let Intra near a bankeryt

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List-makers battle to keep football fixture lists protection

Barry Mahon
Unhappy

Fixtures and money

Just another example that football is about money, not sport.

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UK.gov sacks lead e-Borders contractor

Barry Mahon
WTF?

Will the UK now join Schengen?

If they did they'd get access to a system already in place. I'm not saying it works, only that it is there. Also, most continental EU countries have a system of ID, which I'm sure the UK could have a butchers at.

Come to think of it, doesn't everyone who is 'legit' in UK have a Nat Ins ID?? Whats the problem, if you don't have one, your not legit.....

Anyway the whole thing is a post 9/11 and 7/7 reaction, on Newsnight last night they poo-pooed the whole thing as a waste of resources for what it actually achieves.

Finally, I don't trust any public or private body with my data..... but wtf can I do about it??

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Ireland to block EU-Israel data hoover

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Quite...

The US does get the data, under the same system that Ahern is questioning, so, Israel will get it. This whole fiasco is a pretence that Israel doesn't have it, and a piece of pr fluff by Dermot, since ehis party is in the shit.

BTW, anyone got a link to the Russian spy having an Irish passport thing??

Bye, Barry

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Irealnd is neutral??

Maybe, on paper, we are in effect signed up to NATO/European common defence stuff, and US troops on the way to war stop over in Shannon.

Yea, maybe having an Irish passport helps in getting in to Islamic countries, but not if you have an Israeli stamp in it....I had to carry two passports for years, no problem, the Dept of Foreign Affairs in Dublin were in full agreement. Handy too in apartheid SA days for getting in to other African countries.

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Wikileaks founder relieved of passport in Oz

Barry Mahon
Black Helicopters

Is Oz overzealous??

A friend of mine was stopped last wek in Mb on a flight from Saigon, 'cos he was an "illegal" 'cos he had overstayed his previous visit by one day, wasn't stopped on exit and and was never informed. My niece, who is married to an Oz, was only allowed back in with her kids 'on sympathy grounds' 'cos her resident visa was out of date, all though she had never been informed it had to be renewed every five years and it had no date on it...

One gets the impression that in recent times the law in Oz is overzealous in general and in respect of immmigration in particular.

OTOH there is obviously a sensitivity to criticism....

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Identity & Passport Service in suicide bid?

Barry Mahon
Big Brother

Will the UK now join Schengen?

If the UK joined the Schengen open border arrangements then the e-borders thing would never have been necessary. In fact if they had they'd probably have got EU money to implement it.

Typically, the money it costs to keep UK passport people in Paris and their French equivalents in Folkstone could be save straight away.

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Virgin hails 'free' landline-to-mobe calls

Barry Mahon
Paris Hilton

Is this news??

In what used to be known as 'backward' France almost all operators offer a deal like this. Many offer 'free' mobiles with an ADSL contract, often with a monthly minutes allowance and free calls from the mob to home.... sells well to the Mummy's.....Of course they make money when the teenager uses the phone to call their friends..... simple really

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Palm Prē lands in France

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French Arrogance?

What's all that guff about French arrogance?? I suppose it gets people (like me!!) to read the item... Less bias please, Reg does a fine job without it....

OTOH I have a SFR 3G key, it is rubbish.... I cannot even recover my billing password....

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Mozilla lights fire under Thunderbird

Barry Mahon

Thunderbored 3.0 RC2

Yea, it's OK, but it still hellish slow to load and the 'write' function takes an age to wake up.... They were like that in 2.x n times. Why not deal with them??

Bye, Barry

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French cheer on €11.6m heist security guard

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Good on him....

French news and tv have reported -

Only three years if he is caught; 9 million has been found in a lockup garage; the notes were not recorded by the Bank de France. I know that Sky is cr*p but they sometimes get it right....

M. Muselin had obviously planned carefully, left his apt; closed his bank a/cs; volunteered to train new workers (who would go to collect the coffee, if asked....), etc. He packed 2m in his bag. The lockup was discovered because another of the renters of garages in the block remembered that he had cobbled the electricity of the site and was 'working' in the garage..... how she worked out it might have been him we weren't told, just a good citizen.....

Good on ye M.M..... Serves the Bank of France right, they obviously don't give a f*** about what happens to the money; unfortunately they have 9m back.... they'll say, 'move on, nothing to see' Wonder if the transport co will have their contract renewed...

Bye, Barry

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Google-fixated EC chiefs ask Europe to revise copyright law

Barry Mahon
WTF?

As usual the EU are miles behind

Where have these people been?? For the last five years if not more, Google and others have been digitising books, with permission, from libraries, including libraries in rhe EU.

As usual they are miles behind, they don't seem to have noticed that, in many subject areas, digital is the preferred format for distribution. In case they think that this development is a 'bad thing' they should ask historians, for example, if having access to older material in digital form is an improvement.

Bye, Barry

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Ofcom rules on Clarkson strumpet gag

Barry Mahon

Why compare Clarkson to a real tv show?

IMO, anyone who relates Have I Got News For You and Clarkson and Co's antics deserves to be condemned to watch Clarkson re-runs for a year......

There is no comparison, HIGNFY has intelligent interaction between the participants and clever joke creation. TG has none of this. In addition I understand that those sad people who stand in that hanger actually pay...... It says everything about the show and its audience....

As to the remarks, what the hell to you expect? He is a moron and his comments were moronic.

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Secret docs loser to appear in court

Barry Mahon
Alert

Protect the docs??

Isn't there a way of actually ensuring the docs are kept secure? Docs with RFIDs and a security scan on the doors?

OTOH the actual information in the docs is probably the usual MIx rubbish, a loose collection of rumours.....

Bye, Barry

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SMS used to land plane

Barry Mahon

ATC and TXT... RTFM....

Hi,

Not even the Reg is that trustworthy, certainly not the Irish Times... so read the whole story here.

http://www.aaiu.ie/upload/general/10887-0.pdf

It was more complex than it seems, power out was intermittent, gear down was not obvious, weather was poor.....

Bye, Barry

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Rugby lock gets early bath for YouTube punch

Barry Mahon

Reported.....

Was a BRISTOL fan..... anyway, rugby is or maybe was a good game until thugs like this one got loose in it, good for whoever posted it and better that the RFU actually bothered to sanction the player. I wonder what would have happened if it had been a 'high profile' player.....??

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Messenger reveals Mercury's hidden side

Barry Mahon
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Whoa!

It is fantastic, it does help, just look at GPS for finding your way, indirectly, or possibly directly derived from this kind of research.

Anyway, it is peanuts compared to Citi losing $9Bn and then asking for a handout!!!

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UK spooks deliberately leaked 'Squidgygate' tapes

Barry Mahon
Stop

Remember when....

"Second, listening in on AMPS/TACS mobiles was meat and potatoes for bored journos, hackers and hams throughout the '80s. It was very easy. Shame on the Royal household for being so wet when it comes to privacy. And thank the lord for the eventual arrival of GSM"

...and other comments...

Finally, somebody actually looked at the time it is supposed to have happened and the technology. There were loads of wanabees at that time and there still are, who eavesdropped, so that they could earn money or just have their 15 mins....

It is obvious that the ex-spook bodyguard has scores to settle....

Bye, Barry

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Darling plays wait and see on HMRC disc loss

Barry Mahon

What perception!!

"The disabling of the download function on all personal and laptop computers

in use across HMRC to prevent their use to download data onto removable

media"

Wow!! What a perceptive suggestion, I must remember to use PLC in future....

I assume it means that such a capability was not already disabled??

Bye, Barry

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How HMRC gave away the UK's national identity

Barry Mahon

And this is what we will not do.....

In OUT LAW (produced by Masons...) the following -

"A data breach notification law was recommended in a recent report by the House of Lords' Science and Technology Committee. Last month the Government responded (16-page / 90KB PDF) that it was "not so convinced as the Committee that this would immediately lead to an improvement in performance by business in regard to protecting personal information and we do not see that it would have any significant impact on other elements of personal internet safety."

The Government said it would "continue to observe the US experience and consider whether we need to find more formal ways of ensuring that companies do – as a matter of routine – contact the Office of the Information Commissioner when problems arise."

Aha, we can feel happy in our beds, the gov is watching what the US is doing......

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VAT fraudsters 'laughing all the way to their offshore tax haven'

Barry Mahon

Cash....

Of course, it is widely used.....

First question from many (especially service) suppliers.... are you registered for VAT? If not than it will be €x if I invoice you it will be €+vat....

Most of the suggestions above (if not all) for 'improvements' are open to all sorts of abuse.

The real value of VAT is that, from a tax collectors viewpoint, it is cheap to impose and collect, the payee does most of the work.

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