re:OT, but you never see many £2 coins these days.
Yes you do - I see loads of them. Which is good as I much prefer them.
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Yes you do - I see loads of them. Which is good as I much prefer them.
They've infiltrated the Mint!
If there are no other cars nearby, maybe nobody can call.
Or, maybe the fact it sends your GPS location rather than "um, we passed a pub a while back" and vague phone location which I assume is something they can track?
>>How long before NSA, GCHQ, police etc are turning on the microphones in these cars to listen into conversations?
Unlike when you dial 999, the police definitely don't listen to those calls.
If I'm stationary and a lorry drives into me, I think I'd still like the emergency services to come!
Well that's entirely legal and she is still paying tax. Company profits are taxed, and dividends which take your personal earnings into the higher-rate tax bracket then attract additional tax. It's probably more tax efficient BUT it's NOT allowed to simply quit your job and do the exact same thing through a Ltd company. Or rather, that is legal but then the dividend thing isn't - you can work through your company but lose the tax and NI advantages (IR35).
He didn't impose a tax cut. He partially reduced the TEMPORARY new tax band created by the previous government. That tax bracket was never supposed to be around long-term.
Not really. Avoiding tax means you are explicitly arranging your affairs in some more complicated way, for the primary purpose of reducing how much tax you pay - but that all of those mechanisms are legal. The issue is that some avoidance is just common sense and some is obviously devious.
What's that quote about "I can't define right and wrong but I know them when I see them"? Clearly, the legal system has to work to the letter of the law but that doesn't mean some cases aren't very obviously taking the mick - while others look fine to some and dodgy to others.
For instance an IT contractor working through a Ltd company (because agencies aren't happy if you work as a sole trader) can balance their income between company dividends and salary as they see fit. How can you possibly draw a line where that balance becomes 'wrong'?
So what? If I have a salary of £100k I can't say to HMRC "look, I pay my National Insurance contributions and that's quite a lot, so I won't bother with income tax as well"
Since when have Apple done solid-gold products for the luxury market?
Has anyone got any idea what weight of gold is actually used in a solid gold Watch, and it's raw value as gold?
It's a pretty thing, that car.
Surely someone's made one of those already?
So don't use it then. A bit like all the many varied kitchen appliances most of us see as unnecessary.
A few thoughts that crossed my head while reading...
- Run a bath remotely
- I want toast to pop up and the kettle to boil as the food in the oven is ready
- Turn the coffee machine/kettle on when my alarm goes off
- Turn off the TV/lights when I fall asleep
But these are all bits and pieces. Maybe living in a "connected home" you would naturally find yourself using it in lots of 'obvious' ways that aren't apparent.
You can already set a timer on your coffee machine, our washing machine lets you program the stop-time so it finishes the load as you get back from work, etc. Is it a case of many minimal gains rather than some revolution?
YOU sound like a hipster, bleating on about things.
Apple is the biggest company in the world and accounts for 80%+ of the smartphone market (by value) so anything they launch IS news, by definition.
Is there a site where people are saying what their comments are, that were censored, so we can see if it's bias rather than lots of childish Apple-haters posting "Apple are ****"?
All the 'stuff' in a regular £20 watch takes up space equivalent to a pea (or less). An iWatch is probably chock-full of stuff, does that make it harder to find space for better water-proofing perhaps?
You don't have to be that rich to afford $10k on a gadget... that's footballer money not Buffet money.
And it's not like they probably expect to sell a lot of them.
Because if you have that much money, you can afford it the same way most of us would a Raspberry Pi... a fun gadget.
Is the rubber band so you can wind it up?
Seriously though, these things are SO expensive. I don't mean the bling versions - that actually makes sense since there are some very rich people looking to differentiate themselves - but several hundred dollars when you have to have an iPhone as well?!
Sounds like if it were on Dragons' Den they'd say "great idea but it's not a big enough business to invest in".
They don't seem very discreet. They've got a bloody great sign on view.
Oh look, a man is in favour of prostitution. Stop the press.
You'd think in this age, they'd be trying to make paper books more expensive to promote environmentalism!
>>It's impossible for a tax like VAT to hurt a company, since it is always passed on to the end consumer. When it comes to VAT, Amazon and companies like it are simply the tax collectors for governments.
If it affects the end-price paid by the consumer, this can definitely affect sales.
No, I get free 3G anywhere in the world. It's one of the wonderful features that is not that widely known, especially since you can use the free 3G for emergency web-browsing.
Does Amazon actually charge users 3% VAT, or do they charge 20% UK VAT and then pay back 3%?
It's from 2 months ago...
Oops, I seem to have hit a nerve.
This WAS a UK website last time I checked.
Insurance companies work on some sort of margin. If their costs go down - less accidents - they can make the same profit by charging less.
Seems pretty bloated to me.
From a later post it sounds like this IS a filter coffee alternative, more like a "coffee bag" - so not the same as nespresso et al which claim to use the espresso coffee method?
Aren't decent espresso machines fairly pricey though?
Plus it is much more convenient to just stick in a pod and press a button. Granted you save maybe 30-60s but that's enough to make people not bother using the machine except as a luxury, versus there go-to coffee source.
Saying only espresso is 'proper' coffee is like saying only Earl Grey is 'proper' tea - idiotic and snobbish.
Totally different products.
Not everything is the fault of hipsters you know.
And surely, these products don't compete with drip-coffee but with espresso-based coffee? I though that was the whole point of all these pod machines. In that context them make sense, but I prefer regular filter coffee most of the time anyway.
I rather like the heat and light to be independent.
After all it's apparently a desolate wasteland. And we could do with the jobs.
I don't think he's suggesting they spent it on other projects... but saying they shouldn't have changed/re-thought the project after the KS was funded. As Haje says, if they had stuck to the slightly clunky initial version there's a good chance it could've got shipped.
Definitely worth reading. I'm sure to many of us who have been involved in managing/running software projects, it will resonate strongly!
Is El Reg supposed to be SFW? Shouldn't you be using your work time to... work?
I wasn't talking about school. Children shouldn't be using online dating.
But university and your twenties is the time when people are not yet married and tied down by children, so are able to socialise far more easily. Once you get to 30, your peers start staying in with the spouse and kid even if you don't. If you exit a serious relationship, you may know barely anybody who isn't part of your "smug marrieds" friendship group.
I actually thought the bulk of the online dating market WAS 30 and over, but I don't know where I got that idea from!
Don't over 30s form a massive part of the online dating market since they typically aren't mingling in big friendship groups as much?
I have my doubts. It's bad enough with my Lumia 1020, which has physical buttons on the right edge (lock, volume, camera).
One of those things you have to try in person, methinks.
You miss the point. Giving away 3% of £150k is easy. Giving away 3% of £50bn - in a way that you're happy all the recipients are deserving courses and will use it responsibility - is very different. He's using the money to fund the creation of new charitable projects, not just bunging cash at existing charities, as well.
I've had mixed Bluetooth success with my Lumia but in my experience BT is just unreliable full stop.
I really like the WP UI/UX (and I guess the OS by extension) and of course the 1020 is pretty amazing hardware - I got a 64Mb one for £240 which is just crazy.
It does still seem a bit rough somehow though. The browser is fine but just isn't quite right in some way I cannot fathom.
And some sites refuse to let me load the desktop version even if I tell the browser... which combined with shortage of decent apps means some sites I just cannot use. SoundCloud for example - I can't actually log in in the browser and rely on a 3rd-party app which lacks upload functionality.
Why isn't this something being done as standard? Surely there's enough space in a strap you can get a semi-decent amount of storage? It makes 3rd-party straps harder to do but with something like iWatch surely that's not a major thing anyway - and lots of 'real' watches have the strap and face integrated anyway.
New browsers pop up all the time. They're mostly either focused on some specific niche or do nothing new/interesting and are forgotten.
El Reg must have had stories on dozens of the things over the last few years?