* Posts by Greg 16

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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

Greg 16

Re: Creating

When the population is increasing by several hundred thousand a year and the economy is improving every year, I think it's fair to assume that retail sales are expanding. Though I take your point that new jobs for created by one company are often at the expense of the jobs of their competitors.

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Sony phone chief vows to keep losing money forever and ever

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Re: Would be a shame too

I've had a Z1C for a couple of years and it's so good I'm not sure i can justify an upgrade. Which is probably one of the reasons that the market for smartphones is nosediving - they're too good to replace!

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

Greg 16

"Today it is clear to many that Nation States do not exist for citizens. Citizens are seen as expenses. Resources belong to corporations, who graciously share some of their value with citizens via jobs and even by paying a small overall tax rate."

What are corporations and who owns them? Do you have a pension?

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Re: off-topic article request - Grexit

"I might also not be quite, exactly, the right person, as I'm an extremist even by Ukipper standards. Thinking as I do that the EU itself is a bad idea, let alone the euro. So my conclusion is pretty much ordained."

An article on the supposed 'costs' of us leaving the EU would be amusing. The Europhile view that every single job related to EU exports will be lost if we leave, is on about the same level of absurdity as the Guardian article.

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Greg 16

Re: Let's see..

"What if the family were treated as guests of the company or were perpetually loaned the use of facilities etc or even paid a loan they never had to pay back?"

There was a similar tax loophole that has recently been closed:

http://www.accaglobal.com/za/en/technical-activities/technical-resources-search/2014/october/offshore-loan-schemes.html

Basically a 'business' could set up an offshore 'employee loan scheme' - which gave 'loans' that were never intended to be paid back.

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Greg 16

Re: Facilitating Evasion - correction

Levying VAT is a requirement of being a member of the EU. Even more annoying is that the EU take a percentage cut of it. They also impose all kind of rules about how it is applied - for example, the UK wanted to make ECO products VAT free, by the EU said no.

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Greg 16

Ten out of ten for trying, but....

Tim, I can understand your frustration, but it's best to just ignore them and let them live in their weird little world. They don't even understand the difference between profit and turnover, so despite how well you explained your point, their eyes will just glaze over and you'll be accused of being an evil racist kipper or something like that.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Re: ASA - clearly muppets

They obviously don't seem to have a problem with gold plated 'high end' optical cables either.

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Re: Religion

My friends Father owns a few high end horn gramophones. In the 90's he made quite a bit of money by renting them to a specialist CD company who were recording old 78 records. Surely the thing that your friends Father found pleasing was the fact that it was using a horn rather than speakers?

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EU geo-blocking: Ansip's crusade liable to disappear through 'unjustifiable' loophole

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Re: Sorry

"As Mage points out, they control the distribution, the EPG, the STBs, and do their own content/channels - that's one hell of a cliff to climb for any would be competitor."

That was one hell of a cliff to climb for Sky as well. Same with Virgin media. It's also the same cliff that BT is currently climbing. Anyone else with pockets deep enough is free to do the same.

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I think you've totally misunderstood him and that he is in fact a Europhilian.

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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Re: Flay Otters

I do a lot of driving. Other than the occasional quiet residential street (where a top speed of 20mph is appropriate anyway), I can't remember the last time I drove over a pothole in the UK.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: I hate pylons

And what does economic theory say about digging holes and filling them in again?

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Greg 16

Re: I hate pylons

It's extremely difficult to build on green built nowadays, despite our desperate need for housing. Strangely the 'environmentalists' actively encourage wind turbines and the transmission lines required, which are often in the most beautiful areas of the country and yet they cry if a new housing estate is built on the edge of a town as 'it's destroying beautiful countryside'.

With some housing I would support a system of offset, where areas such as the Welsh valleys are 'depopulated' (I'm thinking rehoused, not gas chambers!) and new housing built in areas where they are needed and where they are jobs, even if it is greenbelt.

Going back to pylons, if it keeps the pylon fanatics happy I'd even go so far as to say that 25-50% of the total pylons could stay, for example in heavily industrialised areas. But across a ridge line in open countryside? No thanks.

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Greg 16

Re: I hate pylons

A one off cost of £7.2 billion for removing a blight from massive areas of the UK as well as providing a more reliable system and creating a serious number of jobs?

Sounds like a better deal than the £20 billion cost of fitting smart meters to every UK home. Or the 30-40% added to every customers energy bill due to the various "green" schemes such as burning trees imported from the US, or the ludicrous wind turbine subsidies, or the fields of diesel generators paid to back up the wind turbines.

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Greg 16
Flame

I hate pylons

I hate pylons with a passion. I don't care what it costs or how inefficient it is, I would vote for a political party based purely on a policy of burying the cables. And don't get me started on wind turbines!

I'm amazed by how few people have an appreciation of the beautiful British countryside and that we allow these damn things to be planted across pretty much any and every area of the UK.

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UberPop granted temporary reprieve in France

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Re: Funny isn't it?

I don't think he's trolling, because in the UK it's a commonly held belief that you can only have one insurance policy on each car.

In fact there's no law stopping you having as many policies as you like, but some companies have their own rules in place which prevent multiple policies and if you have a claim, then obvviously you can only claim on one policy.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

Greg 16

Re: are you sure ?

But how many TV's do most people have in their houses now? I'm sure I've read that it's 3 or 4, so presumably people have several smaller TV's in their bedrooms and then one large TV in the living room.

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Crackdown on eBay sellers 'failing to display' VAT numbers

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Re: Imports from outside the EU

Yeah course they do

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

Greg 16

Re: Flappy Bird Syndrome

That's not quite true. It's only really in the last 18 months, than I could buy a phone that can run a sat-nav app smoothly at the same time as receiving e-mails/texts/calls.

What we're seeing is exactly what happened with digital cameras - rapid annual progress where it was worth upgrading almost every year, until they got so good that it's very difficult to justify upgrading at all.

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Greg 16

Re: Shock! People on 24 month contract don't upgrade every 8 months

Sony released the Z1, Z2 and the Z3 in the space of 12 months!

I have a Z1 Compact and I love it - but it's so good that Sony will probably be up to the Z101 by the time I feel the need to replace it.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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How much are they paying for ink?

I strongly suspect that the UK public sector pays more for it's ink that anywhere else on this planet, so maybe that should be looked at first?

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Three expat Brits explain their move to Australia

Greg 16

Re: Grass always greener

Never knew that! I've travelled a bit and I know where most places are on the globe, but I was always under the impression that Bali to Aus was kind of like UK to Spain!

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

Greg 16

Great phones

I have a Z1 compact - for my needs it's almost the perfect phone.

The Z3 seems very similar except for screen res and PS4 remote play, so if you aren't bothered about those things, it might be worth looking at a Z1. You can pick them up brand new for under £150 unlocked at the moment if you shop around.

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

Greg 16

Re: World, get over yourself

So it;s okay because he's a scientist? I'm not in the slightest bothered by the shirt, but I'm highly concerned by the double standards shown by Register commentards. If a UKIP candidate wore the shirt, would there be a similar outpouring of sympathy for the person in question to wear what they like?

I'm not a scientist or a UKIP supporter, but when it comes to "political correctness" the rules should apply to everyone equally. Isn't that the essence of equality?

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

Greg 16

Re: Cameron talking crap again

Tapeador, sorry dude but you need to understand the world view of the average Register commentard. Many of them live in a fluffy world of highly educated IT professionals and academics. They have little exposure to the kind of people who are susceptible to extremist material and little understanding of of the thought processes involved. Even if they do have exposure to these people, they still see everything through their own educated world view and therefore don't understand the risks. I'm not talking about someone watching a 2 minute voyeuristic beheading video on Liveleak, I'm talking about the extremist videos who feed off the mindset where women are worthless, democracy is weakness and "the west" (ie white and non Muslim) is the enemy.

I haven't a problem if another countries population decides they want to live in a society like that, that's their own shit to sort out, but unfortunately many of these people are very much embedded in OUR society. If these people are allowed a free rein, then either ourselves or our children are in for a big lesson on appeasement.

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India’s Karbonn launches £26 Android phone

Greg 16

Even cheaper

Thats the price after tax, delivery, online seller fees and retailers profit!

Kabonn is presumably making a profit too, so manufacturing cost is probably almost half the £26!

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NAO: £4bn of gov work doled out to just 4 outsourcing giants

Greg 16

Re: So 25% profit on turnover, of which 8.1% comes back as tax.

Thats their total global profits from all work throughout the world. So no it's not 25% profit on the UK government work, and much of their global work will have been taxed overseas so will not be shown as part of the £81 million they paid on UK profits.

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

Greg 16

Re: That's incredibly muscular specs.

A very hefty price indeed. I can't see much of a market for this as it's going to cost a lot more then the next gen consoles and most hardcore PC gamers are happy to build their own PC's.

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Kim Dotcom quits Mega to head new political party, fight extradition

Greg 16

Re: Not a citizen

He's not that nutty. He's a self made multimillionaire and if you hear him in interviews, he comes across as being very intelligent.

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Torched £30 server switch costs phone firm millions in lost sales

Greg 16

meant for someone else in the company

Surely you mean "meant for another internal resource in the company"

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

Greg 16

Built in NSA connectivity

NSA connectivity plus a large HD camera in my living room?

I read about that in a book once - I'll pass.

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Wow! British Gas bungs a million remote-controlled sales-droids in UK homes

Greg 16

Re: not sure how accurate this is

I'd be surprised if it was that much. I had a temporary job as a meter reader about 15 years ago and back then the company was charging less than £10 per reading.

Also regarding the savings, bear in mind that the mobile companies are going to be making quite a large amount of money out of this, plus your meter will still be physically read every 2 years.

The EU law which is causing these meters to be fitted actually contained the phrase "if economical". Almost all of Europe has decided that it is in no way economical, and therefore they're not fitting the meters.

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Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble

Greg 16

Re: Nothing going on here really

I agree.

From what I understand a large part of Be's market was reliable hi speed connections for power users. With the spread of FTTC that market is now mainstream and available very cheaply.

O2 customers got cheap BB through their mobile phone contracts and the service was provided for customer retention, but their BB had a seriously bad reputation so I'm not surprised about falling numbers. I suspect they were falling well before the spread of FTTC and before the purchase by Sky.

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Greg 16

Re: Left months ago

" It sounded like they already had a pre-prepared and well used script to handle the situation. "

It sounds like those cunning devils have a retentions department with staff trained to try and make you stay. Thanks for the tip off.

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Greg 16

The package via your sister is a staff benefit which helps with staff retention, so I wouldn't read into that too much. Many companies do the same.

Regarding Sky being in trouble, I recommend reading the article, in particular the section covering turnover and profits.

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AMD fools Wall Street, posts smaller loss than expected

Greg 16

They should increase prices.

I'm no fanboy, but I've bought £300 of AMD products in the last 12 months and if the same products had been priced at £400, they would still have been the best option. Many of their products more than hold their own against Nvidia/Intel and yet AMD are often significantly cheaper.

No wonder the company is worth so little when they needlessly make a loss on their sales - the market cap of the whole company is just £2 Billion - almost half the value of a company such as Sports Direct!

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BBC's Digital Moneypit Initiative known to be 'pile of dung' for years

Greg 16

Re: exceeds the annual budget of BBC4 and CBeebies put together

Surely the biggest chunk of BBC4's budget, is sending a temp down to the archives to collect the tapes of old programmes they constantly show. (Nothing wrong with that, as some of the old programmes they show are great, but it's not exactly expensive is it)

It would be interesting to see the overall cost of Cbeebies - they sell their programmes around the world, with some being very successful.

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

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Surface RT

1 Surface RT device sold for every 20 iPads sold is actually quite impressive considering how bad they are.

I'd have thought it would be more like 1 for every 100!

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Hey, O2 punters: Kiss goodbye to 4 MEELLION* Openzone hotspots

Greg 16

Re: UK's low data price not...

I'm sure the foreign network is paying the UK networks a low rate - what your network then decides to charge you when you get home is a different matter.

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Review: Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Ultrabook

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Re: Have I missed something?

"Until Windows 8.1 appears, having a touchscreen is a huge advantage to straddle the new Windows 8 user interface dichotomy."

A huge advantage? I have to agree with the other comments on here. I have Windows 8 on my desktop, with a large touchscreen monitor (bought due to a deal, rather than wanting a touch screen)..... I think I've touched the screen less than 10 times since I bought it and that was only to show the touch features to interested friends! Maybe it's down to habit, but I find a mouse and keyboard much easier to use than touch.

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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

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Mushroom

Re: Why do people get upset at Apple for this?

DJO, you're wrong - they do pay what is due. They break no laws and they have a legal obligation to their shareholders to minimise their costs (within the law). NOBODY pays more tax than they have to.

I'm as angry as anybody else is about the low rates and financial gymnastics these companies manage to get away with, but the bottom line is that it is the line of responsibility goes like this

LAW > GOVERNMENT > (AS A DEMOCRACY) - YOU AND ME!

There are reasons that the tax rules are the way they are, and it's partly because the tax laws had good intentions. The idea was to stop double taxation, but then those clever accounts found legal ways of making that "no or low taxation" and the authorities did nothing about it, because basically every country has large companies taking advantage of it, and they are competing against other large companies in other countries, who are also taking advantage of it. If we changed our laws unilaterally then all we would achieve is ultimately putting companies like Vodafone and Rolls Royce out of business.

The laws need to be changed globally and I think thats what you are going to finally see happen in the next few years.

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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

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Re: Not good

3 is the worst company ever to try and cancel with. Pro tip to save time - be aggressive and abusive from the start, because that is where it will end anyway! Even then it will take a minimum of 30 minutes before they will let you cancel.

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I said ‘no’ to a million-pound Tech City empire

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Go

Re: Carpe diem

It could "ruin" a few years, but it could only ruin "the rest of your life" if you let it. And don't forget that one good business decision can also make you for life.

It's hard to see a bad business decision without the benefit of hindsight, and even if things go "tits up", the experience invariably leads to other things.

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BlackBerry and Apple pie this summer. Or BBM-onna-Droid

Greg 16
WTF?

For Free?

Seems pretty nuts to me, especially as they're doing it for free. All the kidz buy Blackberrys for BBM and nothing else.

Will many people buy a Blackberry just to have a keyboard?

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Virgin Media revs up for Liberty Global merger

Greg 16
WTF?

"Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation and other one-time charges rose from £376.5m last year to £398.5m.

"Virgin Media boss Neil Berkett, who will exit the telco with £42m"

So after Virgin pay their taxes and other costs, the boss will be taking almost 20% of the entire comapnies profit. Nice work if you can get it.

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Euro states stick fingers in ears to Huawei, ZTE tech 'dump' claims

Greg 16

Re: Not sure about dumping.....

"Oh, and the kit is good. While Ericsson and NSN sat on their hands, the Chinese learned how to build a first class 3G/4G network."

Yes, but did they teach themselves?

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Eerie satnav boffinry claims it can predict THE FUTURE

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Re: Audi drivers

So in your worldview, anyone with a nice car is an arse.

The main reason that some people with nice cars are arses, is that they think that their car defines them in some way - and it appears that you are just like them.

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Greg 16
Alert

Potential downsides

Risky drivers who have an increased chance of crashing might pay more for their insurance?

Is that a downside?

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Germany's RTL pulls free-to-air channels off terrestrial TV

Greg 16

Re: @ JetSetJim

"You seem to be equating "popular" with "good"."

Erm no, I'm equating "good" with "subjective".

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