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5519 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Reg hack to starve on £1 a day for science

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"By living off just £1 per day for food for 5 days, you will be bringing to life the direct experiences of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty and helping to make real change."

In many of the poorest countries, £1 would buy you 3 meals... hell in some countries you could buy 3 beers with £1!

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Mobes' pay-by-bonk just isn't cool enough, sniffs Tesco bod

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Re: Why does it have to be in a phone?

Maybe that's how you treat your pets, but not the rest of us.

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Re: Revolutionary small payment method

Don't be silly. He has such an important life, those 20s could be used posting a sarcastic comment on the internet. People need to live more relaxed lives...

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Taking a card out of my wallet is ... quicker than loading a phone app

Isn't the point that you don't have to load an app?

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Re: The kids won't use it??? WTF

How often do you see people paying with their phones? I never saw anyone... barely see anyone using NFC on their CC either although it's handy in MCDonald since small payments need no pin.

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Amazon's cloud on track for $2bn in revenue in 2013

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I never really understood why Amazon have their own branded credit card. It doesn't seem to fit in with their other products and they seem relatively focused on their target markets (unlike Tesco for example). Other than a bit of extra cash, is there some good business logic for doing this?

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Re: Wandering lonely

You mean shifting from crummy local Windows infrastructure to scalable, efficient open-source stack?

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Google's Euro antitrust offer: Fine! We'll link to our search rivals

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Re: Will they also force...

When Ford buy all the showrooms and prevent any builders buying new ones, wait and see.

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Re: Oh no!

Might is right eh?

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High-rollers’ shop pitches wallet-pounding, wall-pummelling MONSTER TV

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Re: The frame comes off

String/rope/wire routinely hold hundreds of Kg and things costing far more - the mast on a yacht for instance.

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Nick Clegg: Snooper's Charter 'isn't going to happen'

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Re: I would sell my mum for votes

Eunuchs have historically been employed in brothels and harems, since they can be trusted not to touch the merchandise.

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Apple slips Antennagate victims $15 each. The lawyers get $16m

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Re: The Microsoft Tax

I think they're both equally asinine.

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Great objective reporting...

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Amazon: Hard luck Microsoft, AWS will always be cheaper

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Re: Lock-in

Easy to say, harder to do when you're talking about big amounts of data. Even if you have a copy, getting it into another setup is a big job because data volume has increased far faster than upload speeds.

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Re: @JDX

They could but they make tons of money from AWS as well. It would not do MS any good if their AWS customers got huge price hikes because migrating to Azure might be no easier than porting to Linux and staying on AWS without needing to migrate data.

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Re: Always cheaper?

It's anti-competitive to lower their prices?

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Want a coffee with Tim Cook? Better start saving now

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$5000 for Piers Morgan?

It's a bit low but I could do with the cash if he promises not to talk too much.

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

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Re: Its not a mistake

Maybe he doesn't think it's right he should kow-tow to other's customs, that is hardly an unusual view amongst nerds - as is general contempt for social convention.

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Twitter signs ad deal for MEELLIONS with marketing bods

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Re: There some cool possibilities

I never said it was perfect, only that there are possibilities here. In theory clever software could detect things with some degree of usefulness, it doesn't have to be perfect.

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There some cool possibilities

(in a techy marketing way at least)

Like seeing what you're watching based on your hashtags and tailoring ads for stuff in the show or deemed likely to be of interest. Advertising tailored to you based on what you're doing RIGHT NOW is pretty powerful potentially.

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Make cool shows, make money: Netflix's SHOCKING TV strategy

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Re: Nice, if you can watch it

£5.99 is the monthly subscription, HoC just became available like every other show.

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Re: @Steve Knox

They make it easy to cancel though. You don't have to phone some pushy salesman to get them to allow you to cancel, which is my pet peeve for free trials. Not as good as those trials who let you pre-select not to pay when you sign up, but not bad.

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Before people feel the need to tell us how streaming doesn't suit their needs, can I just jump in and say we already know that, and you can save your time.

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Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

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Re: SSD is a problem

Laptops seem the ideal place for hybrid drives, which appear to work wonderfully well.

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Re: Too expensive

Yes I wasn't being sarcastic... if you are happy with cheap bulky laptops then good for you but there's no need to tell the world you don't like slimline versions. I would rather spend £500 than £1500 myself but so what, both are available.

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Re: Still only 4GB ?!

Maybe because you still only need 4Gb for a well-performing system for most peoples' uses.

I was more surprised none of these are higher than HD-res though, after Apple & Google upped the stakes in that department.

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Re: Too expensive

Then you can continue to buy 4Kg 2" thick laptops that meet your needs.

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How long will it take Facebook Home to hit 1bn downloads? 76 years

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Re: How many of Facebook's "one billion" are …

FB is compatible with playing outside and using emails but it would be a pretty crap parent who deliberately tried to stop their kid being up to speed with this decade's technology. Just because you don't get it... your parents probably thought having a personal stereo was equally terrible.

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Re: What is, and what should be

Is this just the same old "only stupid people use FB" dross that you felt compelled to spew, or a specific critique on Home?

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Re: Facebook Home?

If I was a big FB user - it was the main thing I did on my phone - I'd probably welcome better integration.

As for iOS, you are right BUT sometimes big players get special rules/exceptions, for instance WP has built-in Twitter/FB/etc functionality (which you can ignore). It is unlikely IMO though.

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Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

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Re: Who to blame?

Sorry Dave but it's a good job you are a wage slave rather than an entrepreneur. You just have no clue

a)You get to earn about £10k tax-free. That could cover your expenses to work like travel and clothes, meaning you are then taxed on 'profit'.

b)Equating a job and a company is asinine in the first place.

c)"A billion dollar company IS making massive profits, or it is on the way out anyway." Balls it is. A $1bn company making profits of $100m is not any more profitable than a £1m company making profits of £100k.

d)Some companies run on a margin of say 10% - they manufacture and sell on so they have vast costs and thus very high turnover without that big profits. Others have margins of 70% or more if they are a service company. If you tax on turnover, you kill any company which actually makes anything.

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I am taxed (pretty much) on my gross; why should a company be any different?

Because a company IS completely different. A company might bring in $1bn but spend $900m. Your 'margin' is ridiculously high in comparison.

In fact the personal tax-free allowance of £10k you get covers things like transport and other expenses so you effectively ARE being taxed on your 'profit'.

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Re: The tax laws are open to all...

Only when "people" in question are over-privileged nerds who think shady tax strategy equates with being evil.

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Re: Hmm...

If you want to be a contractor, running a Ltd company is the only really sensible option because many companies will NOT hire sole traders. Contractors go Ltd for other reasons than tax efficiency, that is simply a bonus once they are set up.

Also, if you don't avoid NI, you end up paying both employee AND employer NI as you are the employer - how is THAT fair?

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Why do you possibly think he would be upset by that?

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Re: Who to blame?

A a tax on turnover is a stupid idea designed to appease stupid people who think that because a company is "a billion dollar company" they must be making vast profits.

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By not using Google you impact on their business and thus their profits.

And of course you shoot yourself in the foot, but then socialists are happy to ruin it for tehmselves as long as they can bask in the warmth of spoiling it for others.

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Re: Starbucks

Do you really think Starbucks are simply going to pay full tax on all UK earnings? Of course not, they will simply divert a few £m to the UK as a peace-offering... there is no legal obligation so it's basically a donation to appease the masses.

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Re: The tax laws are open to all...

Is "don't be evil" the new "Hitler" of online discussion?

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Re: Hmm... @ AC no 1

"it is not moral and it is not right." Based on what exactly?

You're also ignorant because this is not true: "she 'earns' a minimal wage to avoid paying tax and has a personal income of around 4x the average. She doesn't pay tax on her income"

Any money she takes from the company has been taxed corporation tax (what Google are avoiding paying). You don't pay personal (income) tax on this income up to the upper threshold because it's already been taxed. If you take income above the upper threshold (about £40k) then you pay some additional income tax on it (about 12% I think) so the income is double-taxed.

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Re: You don't

"a UK business tax based purely on transactions in the UK"

What a stupid idea. Any company which imports goods from outside the UK is now not able to offset valid expenses against sales. Kill what remains of manufacturing in one swoop.

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Re: Crap argument

They aren't claiming no profit, they are moving which country it is charged in. Hard to stop this without blocking entirely legitimate cases where Google UK pays Google US for services and so on which reduce Google UK's profits.

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Dark matter researchers think they've got a signal

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Re: Missing matter

I didn't say they were. It was a hypothetical comment.

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Missing matter

Just because WIMPs are shown to exist, does not imply they make up all the "missing matter", it only means they might make up part of it. There would have to be an awful lot of them after all.

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US Senate vote to add internet sales tax this week

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Re: unfair burdens?

$10m in REVENUE is pretty small fry really, that is not a big company by any stretch of the imagination.

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iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock

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In a nod to the iPhone’s color scheme, the new iBeetle can be ordered in...

black or white, surely?

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Kepler continues exoplanet bonanza

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Re: If we can detect these planets...

If they're super-intelligent they wouldn't be setting off H-bombs. We have H-bombs and we're not super-intelligent :)

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Google's Page drops the A-bomb: Google Glass runs Android

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Re: anyone..

Don't worry, pewpie I'm sure everyone will continue to ignore you just as they do now, other than teenagers mocking you on the bus.

In reality we all know you would never punch anyone or even speak up to them for fear of confrontation.

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Re: Worthless

Hitler was evil. Saddam was evil. Leasing a piece of luxury tech kit is not evil - get out of your arse and take a look at the world around you.

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Re: It runs Android?

Of course it was not going to run Linux. There could have been an outside shout for ChromeOS, just maybe.

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