* Posts by Random Handle

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Beauty site lets anyone read customers' personal information

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Re: This happens far too often

>> "In this country, it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others."

>There's a reason why the Napoleonic French fleet regularly got shot to pieces by the British Navy.....but at least we didn't shoot commanders on a whim

'this country' was England and we absolutely did shoot them on the whim of the pathetic George II - Voltaire was referring to the execution of Admiral Byng who made the reasonable decision not to sacrifice his fleet to a (numerically) superior French force as he knew reinforcement was pending.

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Watch hot 'stars' shower ... again. It's Perseid meteor showtime

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Re: Any money

>that the sky is cloudy throughout the entire spectacle.

>Only in the UK though....

Yep - was the fatal flaw in John Wyndham's thinking too.

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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Re: Can't see how this has anything to do with Brexit

>Can't see how this has anything to do with Brexit

It doesn't - the Pound crashing made it a lot cheaper, but the Softbank CEO said they were already committed to acquiring it either way....

>Luckily for us, the politicians aren't very good at spotting and 'protecting' (i.e. suffocating) the next ARM

UK politicians maybe - pretty sure the German Chancellor could rattle on at length about any technology you care to pick. The next ARM won't be developed in the UK - the company was a throwback to an era of British innovation which is gone forever - even in the 80s it was as anachronistic as it was wonderful.

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Re: Is this the double size already announced or double the double size...

>The engineers with the skills (which are NOT easily transferable) are not going to just up and move somewhere else.

Absolutely - ubergeeks given the choice of living through the recession in post-Brexit UK adjacent an imploding EU or getting a funded relocation to Tokyo with A1 healthcare and education for their families are going to think carefully about this for seconds - possibly even minutes.

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Hackers: Ditch the malware, we're in... Just act like a normal network admin. *Whistles*

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Re: Laser sharp techncal analysis from LightCyber.

>DOH! I would nave have figured that and get a load of the logo :)

Is it a huge bear shitting in the woods?

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Re: Yes but ...

>But how many of those miles were on autopilot?

All of them - last time they released figures (AFAIK) was when customer autopilot activated miles hit 100 million in May. Probably higher as not all owners choose to share their logs with Tesla.

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Grim-faced 'naut Malenchenko prepares to return home

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Re: Russian

>That's just how Russians are. It's not that they're grim faced, it's a cultural thing that means they tend not to smile much in public.

It's a formal portrait photo too which adds another dimension - I've got my (British) family photos going back to the 1880s - people didn't start smiling for portraits until the late 1970s - seriously grim until then - even weddings, school photos etc

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'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

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Re: UnaPhone?

> UnaPhone? Seriously? With all the connotations that prefix carries?

Until I clicked your link I really was thinking 'Aunt Sally...????'

(and am over 40 - obviously)

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Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica

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Re: My misunderstanding?

>The software merges the two images and you can alter the focus afterwards.

Partly true - though bad reporting all round I think - the mono sensor improves low light performance - the 300% more light is as much down to coating/filter difference - IR I would presume - but details are not-specified in the release.

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Re: My misunderstanding?

>I believe they're going for noise averaging.

More to it than that only one sensor is colour - in the press release they say it's colourblind Ernie which is letting in 300% more light than full RGB Eric. Don't think it's a reference to the pixel size at all.

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Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

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Re: HOGWASH!

>Valhalla sounds like more fun than heaven where there is only harp playing

But heavenly harping is eternal - Valhalla is only temporary respite while you wait for another final glorious death and cold oblivion. Some versions have an Earth reboot, but only for two survivors - imagine how annoying Jehovah's Witnesses would be with those odds.

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Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

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Re: Hang on, is Ballmer starting to have a vision ?

>Microsoft made hand-over-fist during Ballmer's tenure. As a sales guy he really understood revenue and how to maximise it.

Short memory. They're still paying the price of his last 10 or 15 years - or maybe have paid the price. Android probably wouldn't exist were it not for Mr B - probably good for the masses but from an MS PoV it's sitting in their seat. Likewise Google's position in general owes much to his absolute failure to grasp fairly basic trends and concepts.

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If NatWest texts you about online banking fraud, don't click the link

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Re: OT: NatWest again

>Get your facts right.

>The BBC report DOES NOT say money was paid away - only that someone accessed an account of a colleague.

Your facts are wrong I heard this go out - she added new payee and made a payment to her account (she just needed to click 'I've lost my card reader' and the new payee process was reset by SMS). The other journo checked her account and the payment was received a few seconds later.

Natwest have made changes in response but there have already been several other cases with much larger sums being lost - the piece was a response to this as Natwest had told other victims that they were at fault since the system was secure.

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Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

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Re: Hmm, the usual comments.

>The software was written by Rare in the UK. Microsoft bought them, too.

No idea where you got that from, this paper was widely publicised and details the MS Research Labs work the tracking system was built on.

http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/145347/BodyPartRecognition.pdf

MS' problems are legion, but they aren't down to lack of original research and mind-boggling engineering talent.

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Re: Hmm, the usual comments.

>They bought the Israeli company that developed Kinect, kit and kaboodle. MS practically did nothing but limit that device's utility to a single platform.

They licensed the sensor but the SDK was all them and roundly caned PrimeSense's (since bought kit and kaboodle by Apple BTW). MS have won pretty much every prize in computer vision research over the past few years - but they do a little bit of other stuff too:

http://research.microsoft.com/apps/catalog/default.aspx?t=publications

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

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Re: I think it *will* be a ghastly mess

>Speaking as somebody working for a company obligated to install millions of these meters, I can confirm that they often don't work.

What does this mean for consumers...is the only issue that they need to send a reader round? - or will it eventually nobble the power if it can't phone home?

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Man faces 37 years for sarcastic post insulting royal dog

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Re: This sounds like an excerpt from a Neal Stephenson novel

>I can't imagine it will be long before "our" duhmucratic "leaders" decide to take a page or two from that particular book..

Too late. 10 years ago in the UK a student was charged for calling a police horse 'gay' - granted the cops were only hoping for a few days in prison (non-payment of fine) rather than years.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/4606022.stm

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Hacked TalkTalk CEO: Dead as a Dido? Nope, she refuses to quit

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Re: isn't she connected?

Some work history - Thomas Cook, Woolworths, Tesco, Talk Talk :)

Should say 'Corporate Nemesis' on her business card....

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As US$12bn is wiped off Apple's value in one day, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and Watch OS 2 dates set

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Re: Sell on good news, idiots

>Do any of you at Vulture droppings central actually have degrees in journalism?

God I hope not - STEM should be mandatory - else anything but journalism, media studies and their ilk.

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This box beams cafes' Wi-Fi over 4kms so you can surf in obscurity

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Re: Fail of fails.

>In the UK librarians (as opposed to volunteers) are increasingly rare in libraries

In the UK libraries are increasingly rare.

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Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

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Re: eco-friendly lead-free solder, heh?

>Not sure why a big company like Apple still uses a solder that means people will have to buy replacement computers every 2 years. Oh wait a minute...

In England and Wales we have the Sale of Goods Act which is rather more generous than EU minimums....Apple computers (also iPhones & iPads) have a Statutory Warranty of 6 years in respect of hardware failure - except batteries which they can charge you to replace after a 'reasonable' period.

In a true masterpiece of jujitsu marketing they point this out to UK consumers (the law requires it) before going on to sell them AppleCare anyway: http://www.apple.com/uk/legal/statutory-warranty/

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Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

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Re: I have just one thing to say to Mr Comey

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's two things....

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: And who hasn't had to indulge in an orgy of gold contact cleaning

>Do you spit on your SIM before you install it?

Are you implying he is remiss for not doing so? ...or that this could be the underlying cause?

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Google AXES AndroidScript app used by 20,000 STEM coders WITHOUT WARNING

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>No human approval needed.

True for vanilla Google Play, but Google Play for Education has a human review process..... in-house technical review App Store style with the educational value assessed and metadata written by some kind of co-opted teacher panel.

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Bash bug flung against NAS boxes

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Re: Miscreants?

>If not, why not?

They may as well have a bash?

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Re: Time to say you're looking at those RedHat/SUSE/Ubuntu install DVDs?

>The NHS is the 4th largest employer in the world,

It employs 1.3 million currently and is not even in the top 10 if you count other public sectors - it's less than half the size of the US DoD for instance.

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

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Re: Prime service, which includes ... free two-day shipping

>I think whether you get 1 or 2 day delivery with prime depends

I use it a lot in the NW UK - it's very fast - orders at 6PM turn up at 9AM - I've done this with RAM, cables & books.... they also deliver on Sundays here, so it really is next-day.

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Re: Humbug

>The official position is that you should not wear medals other than your own.

...... the official position is that they should be worn on the right.

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Boffins tag Android app privacy fails

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..and which Android Stores?

>randomly selected from the Google Play store as well other third-party markets

> only a dozen apps out of the 3,000 tested actually revealed privacy leaks

How many of these 12 apps were actually sourced from Google Play?

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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Re: RCJ misses the point, again.

>Why add the C to IT? Information implies communication

Stevenson - another self-confessed technical illiterate who was charged with fixing what was IT in schools until the late 1990s....largely forgotten here, but they have statues of him all over Bangalore (probably).

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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Re: He does understand it

>this means that no other applications, lets say a map application will have the same prominence as the Google app. It's a clever yet subtle way to ensure that Google remains top in other markets.

How prominent was the Google Maps App on the iPhone's home screen?

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'Eventful but positive' year for RM as it quits the PC-making world

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>The well-signalled decline in the BSF programme.......but was equally a valuable source of profit and cash

I wonder if that's why the previous Labour Government's Schools' Minister responsible for BSF is now a Director of RM......probably just coincidence.

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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>and that he'd accidentally got cyanide from his home laboratory

IIRC they called it a lab @ inquest - but he'd actually been gold plating his cutlery in the spare bedroom.

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Rogue US-Israeli cyberwar weapon 'infected Russian nuclear plant'

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Is nothing compared to the epidemic of tcpip.sys - which is everywhere it seems....thankfully Kaspersky is well on top of it...

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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

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Re: Permanent 4 wheel drive

>this is from page 17 of the A3 brochure that's on the Audi website which would seem to contradict what you're saying, either that or Audi can be had up for false advertising...

Mr Hill is correct, sort of, S3 lacks a quattro drivetrain which you might expect from a S/RS car and does indeed 'sport' VWs dogful haldex, in fact it is to all intents and purposes a VW - their engineers, designers, production .

That said, its also much cheaper than Audi built S cars and (not even vaguely) aimed at petrol heads.

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Sharp whispers its vital statistics: 15.6in 3840 × 2160 IGZO screen for next MacLap Pro?

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Re: I would love to have a UHD or 4K monitor

>Actually monitors grew to 1920x1200

...the power of marketing.

QXGA (2048×1536) was typical on bog standard workstations when I started out a couple of decades ago - and the gamut was better too....

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Apple's liquid-crystal screen pusher mulls $2bn IPO – report

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Re: I wonder if....

>Apple will help with financing of new/additional production line capacity for their suppliers

According to their CEO - in the press release to Reuters - it was the Apple contract which nearly sunk them [much higher volumes had been assumed] - he also said they were only able to recover from a 1% margin by getting other (non-Apple) work.

Not sure why everyone assumes it's such a Golden Chalice - many, if not most, of Apple OEMs have struggled rather than profited.

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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth: Microsoft no longer dominates PC biz

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Re: Surprised...

>An Ubuntu article and NO comments trashing Unity yet.

Pointless really, the migrating Ubuntu desktop userbase speaks for itself.....Ubuntu users on the whole aren't that vocal - most just sigh and move on - for most it was a free lunch not a lifestyle choice..

To me his comments confirm Canonical are betting on hardware and users that don't exist - as with Vista it's another huge lost opportunity while MS tread water for a year painting Win 8 blue.

Competing with Android? Persuading manufacturers to ship Ubuntu TVs? a phone OS? That's a Lost plot if ever I saw one...

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

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Re: mint is really doing things no linux has done before

>Caja is an 'improved' version of Nautilus but I fail to see how it could be.

....they're aiming for more user-friendly rather than improved per se - it feels simpler and has some nice (possibly even vaguely safe) features for folk who need a gui for administrative file management.

.... the issue list is legion, so I think it's disingenuous to imply they are not hammering this - it's also kind of a tricky undertaking - cf Windows explorer which still can't keep directory listings fresh, estimate transfer time or prompt for conflict intervention in advance despite several million hours of developer time.

>'Normal people', who are used to Windows 7, etc, will not be impressed and will think it is clunky and amateurish and definitely not ready for the desktop.

Probably true, it feels minimalist and lacks the 'Aero' gloss of recent Windows, but the vast majority of new Mint users are escaping Unity/Ubuntu - and it really is exactly what they want.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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no static at all

>Donald Fagan's "The Nightfly" on 180g vinyl via my hot-rodded Pro-Ject Debut III turntable through a Creek Evolution 2 amp into the AKG cans

These days I couldn't tell the difference - 25 years of headphone use probably a serious factor.

....... does the vinyl really compare favourably to the digi remastered Nightfly - it's in 5:1 DTS - existence of which is a further reason to eschew headphones.

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Lenovo offers Chrome OS ThinkPad for well-heeled schools

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Re: Variety is the spice of life...

>I remember when I was at school (a long while back now) - all our machines ran Win3.0

When I was at school we had a Pet - total time I spent on it was probably about an hour, and most of that was copying out listings.....similarily a book with a solution took a week to arrive and couldn't leave the reference library. These days I somehow struggle by.

>To gamble everything on Microsoft in the current environment is crazy.

It's not a gamble, it doesn't matter. Buy the cheapest thing that works, doesn't fall to bits in a month or when you drop it - and spend the money you save on Maths and English teachers so kids are equipped to handle an O'Reilly text or Stack Overflow.

Young developers and engineers are moulded through hours of slog in bedrooms not in 40 minute weekly ICT lessons or ten minutes of data handling and WP bolted on to other subjects here and there.

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iPhone 5 launches in China, late and expensive. Chinese say 'meh'

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Re: Why the subtitle?

>Oh well that's it then if 20 minutes on BBC radio have the impact you suggest.

.... wasn't refering to sales - that's next year's story - rather the polar shift in the position of public & media on Apple - both of which increasingly define iPhone in terms of iOS6 Maps, SIRI, iPhone signal drops etc

I think the 2 or 3 minute TNS sketch was a quite accurate summary of current real world view of Apple - and it was written by group of largely iPhone owners - being R4 I'd expect a high rate of ownershp in the studio audience too and they were laughing not booing.

>20 minutes on BBC radio have the impact you suggest

I think a lot of people underestimate the impact of R4 - its not so much how many listen, but who listens.

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Re: Why the subtitle?

>I can understand fanboyism from commenters but the sour grapes doesn't look very good coming from a supposedly professional IT journo.

Tonight's Now Show - BBC R4 [20 mins or so in] - just demolished the iPhone and iOS6 - not exactly a hot bed of technical evangelism. Apple's free ride in the media is definitely over, don't kid yourself it's a Register thing.

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Apple loses iPhone patent lawsuit

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Re: Let me get this right

>Unless that company is already doing the right thing and paying the licence fee.

>Not every company has the morals of Apple you know!!!

Doubtless many do or reach agreements - but this if this is the same Larry Horn of MPEG_LA, Apple are also using him to play the other side of the coin when it suits.

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Amazon makes BEELLIONS from British customers, pays pennies in tax

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Re: hmmm

>@Random Handle, it is pretty easily verifiable that Starbucks stores are virtually never run as franchises anywhere in the world...

Really? I thought a third of UK Starbucks outlets were now run by Euro Garages? ...also know that Magic Johnson owned over a hundred Starbucks franchises at one point.....and my local Starbucks is owned by a guy called Phil, who thinks he's going to go bust.

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Re: hmmm

>Costa doesn't charge any more than Starbucks, but they are paying their taxes.

Trifling detail, but Starbucks are usually run as franchises, so it is the coffee shop owner (not Starbucks) who pays tax on a particular shop's profits.

Got to feel kind of sorry for the poor sods who put up a few hundred K of their cash to open one, only to find they are now being boycotted by people who don't understand the business model.

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iPhone maker Foxconn hatching US factory expansion plan?

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"Terry Guo is in talks with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a program in which US engineers would travel to Taiwan or China to study design and manufacturing techniques"

How times have changed......

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Asus: we ship a million Google's Nexus 7s monthly

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Re: I've got two 7's and no fruit

>All the other kids laughed and filmed it on their iPhones.

Take it you don't know many teenagers - owning an iPhone has attracted derision since at least version 4.....kind of a bit like a technological zimmer.

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Apple to drop chip-baking partnership with Samsung?

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Re: Something Does Not Add UP

>A few months back Samsung plunked down a few Billions for either New or Expanded facilities in Texas. We were told that this was to build Apple chips

They put in another $4 billion in August, tripling investment to-date - journo's made the leap to Apple, but it's memory they're focussed on.

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