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I came on to say the same: they made it very clear that looking up the case details online was a big no-no.
"Do you really think that Vodafone plc completely avoids paying all tax in the UK?"
Yes, because they happily admitted to doing it for years - putting aside the tax they legally owed in this country in offshore accounts so that they could "work" it until it was asked for. Off the top of my head, they did this for something like six years before HMRC got up the courage to approach them about it.
Where the tax was "earned" is irrelevant (most of it was on-shore anyway); the laws on this country required them to pay that tax.
"Do you believe that one man's decision to "let them off" would be vindicated by the Chancellor, the Treasury, and the Supreme Court, if they actually legally owed £4/5 billion?"
Again, yes, because no one looked in to the deal at the time. Dave Hartnett was forced to declare how cosy the deal had got /after it had all been signed off/ (it was a little more than a few lunches).
His job was to chase and close large tax avoidance schemes (to rhyme with scams) such as what Voda were doing. True, there's the possibility that the contract will be retrospectively annulled, but I won't hold my breath.
Voda ended up agreeing to pay less than a quarter of what they legally owed (and knew they did), but DH let them off the rest and considered it a "good deal" (his words).
They haven't covered it in a while, but the Private Eye did some very in-depth coverage in to what Vodafone owed, why, and how they got away with it.
Not that they are the exception, by any margin.
This is where I want to see games like TF2 heading (obviously, with different maps).
The 16/32-player limits were fine in the '90s, but devs need to be supporting more massive games now.
Looks like both your example and the one in the article suffer from the usual "have your cake and eat it" style of government maths.
On the one hand, they're touting the tax as a way to reduce people's consumption of bad_product_A; but on the other they're extolling the financial gains of such a tax based on the initial figures... go figure
But hopefully she has some evidence that this is what has happened and isn't spuriously throwing claims around.
Seeing as she is a registered actress, is it not also possible IMDb got the information from more public records? (I don't know)
"plugging in a microUSB charger in the dark"
Why, oh why, couldn't they have made the plug reversible?!
What Alex is getting at is that observers can obverse that your event is unobservered.
The article is describing a situation where observers are none-the-wise about not observing an event. However, they may observe the feck-off big machinary that is preventing them from observing said event.
You can remove it, you know?
It only appears as a link below my circles on the left.
I've always thought it was a part of what makes G+ not just another Fb - being able to share and converse with strangers that you don't want to "friend".
Well, ignoring the concept of "anonymising" data that needs to be specific enough to allow them to process it for useful statistics (which I'm a little skeptical of), this data is being offered to *private* companies.
I'm sure there are some well-meaning, private medicinal research companies out there, but I don't think it would be too unfair that a large number of them will be more than happy to cherry-pick/skew such data in order to bolster their own agenda.
Obviously, this already happens even without this data, but the idea that its being sold will benefit the greater good is (in my cynical mind) unlikely.
Too late now, but if you use Steam in off-line mode, it doesn't force the patches on you.
This is a reasonably hack for single-player games, but obviously won't work for online ones (though, arguably, everyone online needs to run the same version for fairness).
I'm waiting to buy Skyrim in the new year - principally because that's when my 3D monitor arrives, but also because historically Bethesda and v1.x are not a good mix.
I had far too many stress moments where Oblivion crashed and saves wouldn't load.
I was very impressed with OnLive when I play(ed) with it, but until it offers 7.1 surround and 1080p (and 3D), I can't see it replacing Steam. I was also surprised with some of the load times - I thought the idea of the cloud approach was to over-spec the server farms and make the whole experience feel faster.
Aside from "media hubs", I think the next step is for a phone with HDMI out (or wireless equivalent) and wireless controllers.
Go to a friend's house, plug it in, and play.
While I don't doubt some of what was said (insert 'shocked' face that Gmail is a marketing tool), some of it comes across as plain bonkers.
Maybe I'm wrong, but it just sounds like too much effort for any potential gain.
"products that will let them change the messages you write" - apart from spellcheckers, how would you not notice that your messages are not what you wrote?
As for the illicit sending of personally identifiable information (photos, recording sounds, etc.), if anyone ever put a proxy in the way and discovered the suspect data (and there are people out there that do this often enough), it would be a media storm to dwarf the current Leveson inquiry.
It really annoys me that American/British audiences always want remakes of good foreign films.
"Let Me In" (or whatever it called) was a cinematic abomination in that it was almost a scene-for-scene remake.
If people are really so scared of subtitles, dub the damned thing! The original is an amazing piece of work that didn't deserve to be sidelined like that.
At least The Ring added it's own twist, even if its idea of suspense was a hammer in your eye.
You must be in America as UK telcos either have no power over what we do on our phones or they just don't enforce.
Sure, if you get an Orange branded phone it will have some Orange branded software pre-installed (and probably unremovable), but buy an unbranded phone and you're good to go.
Even from digging through my gf's Orange San Fran, they only bunged some marketing rubbish on it; Vodafone used to try some awful stuff with their 360 abomination (pre-Android), but they've largely given up with that; and my friends O2 Android only had a light theme applied.
From all of the comments similar to yours, I have to assume it's different with telcos in the USA.
In the UK we have laws that allow us to unlock phones from carriers (they can only charge an admin cost) or bring a phone to an existing one.
Apart from fair-use policies (normally around tethering), I've never seen a telco here bother about what people do with their contract.
From that article: "Carrier IQ is a software package buried deep within Android by Samsung at the behest of Sprint"
But the video shows HTC, so presumably they got the same "behest". Does this only apply to Sprint?
My friend's HTC Sensation on T-Mobile (UK) doesn't appear to be running the service nor contain the IQ libraries listed.
How have you not mentioned a design that (allegedly) NASA have expressed actual interest in producing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfury#Real_world_interest
Can't find the relevant quote, but it was something to do with the design actually taking in to account the difference in how a spaceship would handle in and out of atmosphere.
Three hours a day
Is that over the whole day? i.e., supporting many on/off cycles in a day?
Even then, three hours is an interesting average when my lounge lamps are probably on for well over six right now; does this affect their lifetime? I realise that they'll be used less in the summer, but if they've not tested the bulbs for longer periods, it will affect their figures.
I can't help but notice...
but they seem to have completely overlooked the 90% of the population that /isn't/ on fb.
And while the majority of these are likely to be direct friends/family of people that are, I have a feeling that there's a fair portion of a small landmass known as Africa that will skew their result somewhat.
Except that, those are translations (mostly from Greek), and some of those uses aren't quite as clear-cut as they seem, when you start looking at the actual words and context.
It would be even weirder if "Hell" (not one of the many towns) was mentioned unambiguously.
So, the usual not-unlimited definition of "unlimited" that all telcoms seem to know
The bigger issue
is that Google didn't really consider the need for OTA security updates initially.
It would be a much safer platform if Google could push security fixes as separate updates, assuming the affected component was "standard".
I try to keep my Desire at the highest OS version, but Desire development is slowing in favour of newer handsets, so I may need to eventually upgrade.
I did, and I'm not bothered
Trusting a company to hold your CC info is always a risk, but at least Steam have stored it encrypted.
Normally this type of attack is followed by a "whoops, we store your info unencrypted", despite (in the UK) this being a massive DPA no-no.
The CC I used to use with Steam expired just one week ago coincidently, but even if it hadn't any fraudulent use would be completely covered by the fact it is a CC.
Minor hassle, yes, but not the end of the world.
I'm glad we've moved on from ~10 years ago when it was basically just finger-crossing time.
Nice to see some positive science on the subject. Though, hopefully there are other institutions performing the same research to confirm/dispute.
My first thought on the article was: did the release of gases reduce, or the production? Is it possible that the surface is drying and locking in growing bubbles of gas?
Ugh. Cynical Friday brain
It would be nice if the market had a way to more accurately describe what each app is doing with the listed permissions, so that less people were scared.
While I don't know Asphalt itself, "Read phone state and identity" /can/ be something as innocuous as checking whether you are currently connected to non-WiFi Internet (all the better to warn you of possible charges and speed issues).
Coupled with the "Change wifi status" and "Full Internet Access" permissions, sounds like Asphalt is going to download a ton of texture maps and wants to warn you if it'll take an age to do so and give you the option to enable WiFi without leaving the app.
I agree with you, the permissions can be a little too coarse and easy to fret over. The above, for example, could also be used by an app to track your exact location using WiFi APs as extra positioning info...
I found speaktoit to be very good, before realising that I couldn't think of many situations where I would prefer to dictate my phone to do something for me... I can't imagine doing it in a crowd of people (probably too noisy anyway).
Shock: World moves on, some jobs redundant
I've personally wondered at why this has taken so long and have always assumed it was a Union thing.
While I have sympathy for anyone who loses their job, especially when the job has effectively become unnecessary, it seems worse to me to follow a "job creation" agenda of purposefully not implementing changes in order to preserve otherwise pointless jobs...
That aside, the idea of most stations being completely unmanned might be taking it too far if it means that emergency response is impacted.
2. I can't find any setting for this specifically, but this is definitely not how it works for me. If I open a folder and fetch, it gets the most recent 25 emails. In addition, you can change this number (even to "all").
3. As per 2, I can't say I've personally had any issues on this front... do other apps with similar functionality perform correctly on your IMAP server?
I guess YMMV, but I tried a lot of mail apps before settling on K9. The beauty of IMAP being that I can switch at any time, but I can't think of anything I need that K9 doesn't do.
Banned... or not
This is an "interim injunction" - which basically means that the court isn't entirely sure that there's a case here, but they've taken the decision to block sales until the whole case can be presented.
Either way, it's a massive win for Apple, even if the court eventually decides that Samsung have breached anything legally.
Do we even know exactly what Apple's accused them of breaching? Last I heard almost all of the "patent" disputes were thrown out and it was just some copyright stuff around the style of the device.
It would be madness for Samsung to lose because of the "grid of icons" issue, considering that this is an Android construct that every other Android device uses (and not even as the Home screen as they original said). Plus, Win3.1 had such grids in Program Manager, and I'm sure 100s of other pieces of software of yore.
What do they mean by console?
Having played with OnLive, this seems the most logical way forward in an Apple-esque world - they're in complete control over what you can play and when.
Personally, I was very impressed with OnLive, but I can't see it pulling me away from Steam at the prices they charge. Partly because I have a powerful PC and I like to continually upgrade and tinker with it. I'm sure there's a massive market for something like OnLive.
Yes, but if it isn't official it looks like a grotesque tumor :(
I did this with my Hero, but didn't bother with the Desire. I can cope with 1 - 2 day battery, but would much prefer double that over a smaller/lighter phone.
Not a fan of Apple products/ethos, but massive respect for what Steve did with the company and what he helped do to the consumer tech market.
56 is far too young, and he clearly was very passionate about what he did.
As someone with an IT degree who regularly interviews to hire developers, I can say that I don't personally rate IT degrees much at all.
I agree that a degree should be more than just about learning a subject; a true degree teaches you how to solve problems, not how to solve *a* problem (that's the job of GCSE).
My biggest issue is that IT degrees seem to be simplifying and removing a lot of the deeper knowledge that I require in all of my developers. I don't care if you only work in Java/.NET, if you can't discuss the heap and the stack at a conceptual level and you don't know what an "abstract" function does, you're going to need to blow me away with your understanding of your chosen framework.
I'd much rather hire someone with 3 years of industry experience than a degree, because if they can talk about it, they've gone out to learn it themselves. But, as a lot of people have said, it's very rare a non-graduate gets passed the CV filter stage.