22 posts • joined Thursday 30th June 2011 15:27 GMT
Pots and Kettles
I don't condone corporate 'tax planning' that avoids payment of due tax, but I can't take MP's seriously on this at all. Every time I hear a UK politician bleating on about the evils of corporate 'aggressive tax planning', I think of a couple of things.
Firstly, that they were perfectly happy to fleece the taxpayer for as much as they could through expenses before a spotlight was shone into some of the very dodgy practices that some of them were engaged in, home flipping, etc. They really do not have any moral high ground on this.
Secondly, where is the public transparency they demand of big business when it comes to MP's own tax affairs? When you have the likes of Cameron and Osbourne, millionaires in their own right, and all other MP's for that matter, publishing full and details accounts of their own tax dealings for public scrutiny, then I might, just might, give their 'indignation' a bit more credence.
MP's need to remember that they are public servants, paid from the public purse, and that accountability is a very double edged sword.
Re: Missing Link between humans and monkeys found
It's called alcohol, judging from the subhuman behavior seen in most town centres in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings. Gets progressively louder and more agressive, only understandable by the similarly pissed up, and mostly done to impress females?
I appreciate that it's an insulting comparison, and I'd like to apologise in advance to any monkeys reading this.
Beer, for obvious reasons.
If the wiring is placed close enough to the road surface and generates a bit of heat as part of the charging process, it could also help prevent the snow flake gridlock we always seem to see in the UK.
I appreciate that heat in electricity implies losses, but it's just a thought :)
So, she "hardly ate, usually skipping breakfast, eating only small lunches and seldom partaking in an evening meal. She would often vomit upon waking in the morning. She was also a 30-a-day smoker.", but they're blaming 10l of Coke a day for her death? Is the Coroner on a backhander from the family for whatever undeserved payout they think they're going to get?
It was probably only the sugar content in the coke that was keeping her going at all with that diet.
"a shed load of Delhi sandwiches"
That's taking outsourcing to a whole new level.....
Re: Lucky customers
"Makes you wonder whether any takeover should be subject to a public interest test, where the acquirer has to prove that the change will provide incremental benefits to the customers, instead of just being an opportunity to pillage and make the filthy rich of the private equity sector still richer."
I really like this idea :) Have an upvote
Re: who will give them credit @Andyf
"Except that leaves the staff open to legal action by the administrators..."
That's IF the administrators can pick individuals out of a mob of angry staffers...
I take your point though, company assets and all that. Boils my blood that people can be treated like this, though. Next report will probably be that any staff who haven't turned up for work following not getting paid will be fired for breach of contract and not get redundency pay, or somethign similar.
Re: who will give them credit
More to the point, who's going to turn up to work for a company that refuses to pay for work already done?
Except. of course, to take goods from the office to the resale value of the wages owed.....
"The potentially life-supporting world has a mass around five times the size of Earth, making it the smallest planet found in the habitable zone of any Sun-like star. "
Erm..... Aren't we on an earth like planet in the habitable zone of a sun like star, which makes this one the smallest planet?
Re: I wonder...
The permit is a free download from British waterways, but it's never checked.
I'll rephrase - in 30 or so years of using the canals on a fairly regular basis in one form or another, I've never been asked to produce my 'permit' by anyone. All it states is that you follow some common sense rules and show a bit of consideration to others.
"Mines the one with Win XP on it, because Win7 offers nothing to me that's worth paying for that I don't have with XP."
Win 8, damn it, Win 8. I've clearly had some of what Neil Marshall has been smoking....
"But sales people are optimists. "Yes, we're very excited about Windows 8 - there's a lot of anticipation," says Neil Marshall, MD of Acer UK"
There's optimism, and then there's deluded. I'm sure Neil Marshall is a nice enough bloke, but if he thinks that home users, let alone corporates, are going to spring for Windows 8 just for the possibility of using touch screen, then I'll have some of what he's smoking.
Mines the one with Win XP on it, because Win7 offers nothing to me that's worth paying for that I don't have with XP.
Re: Rules of investing
Re-read my post please, specifically the 2nd paragraph - "so unless there's some malpractice uncovered in the way the IPO was handled" etc... and actually take the time to understand it.
I'm not 'profraud', as someone else commented, far from it. If there has been some shifty business in the way the stock has been valued and investors have been misled, then I think they have reason to complain. If not, then they need to be pointing fingers at the nearest mirror.
Rules of investing
1) Shares can go down as well as up.
2) Don't invest what you can't afford to lose.
3) If it looks too good to be true, it is.
4) Do your own research, don't rely on those employed by the company
There have been articles for some time questioning the FB IPO valuation, so unless there's some malpractice uncovered in the way the IPO was handled, the investors have no one to blame but themselves if they have lost money.
"Government department is technologically clueless" shocker.
Hasn't that been the case since someone discovered fire?
Did she take a running jump at it?! I can't see anyway that walking at a normal speed into a glass door, presumably made from toughened security glass, would cause that kind of bullseye affect.
Yet another case of the blame culture, in this case blaming a company with $97Bn in the bank, probably hoping that they'll pay up to make the problem go away.
"I have almost £100 on my Game card. Should I go blow the lot on something before they go titsup?"
Yes, without any hesitation at all. I was given a £15 game voucher for Christmas, and was waiting for ME3 before spending it. When the news broke about Game not getting ME3, I went down and got MS points instead. Better than not getting anything at all.
A shame to see another high street retailer go, but in my town there' s Game and a Gamestation within 50 yards of each other. Over saturation, and online competition will be the end of many a business.
Sex ed question
"What should you do if you have a sexual urge?” The answer, apparently, was “call friends to go play football”.
Doesn't seem curb the urges of many of our current crop of Premiership players.
Long live the Moderatrix, the Moderatrix is gone!
I can't say that a moderators posts have made me laugh out loud the way yours sometimes have, http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2011/06/22/stolen_guitar/ @16:03 being a prime example.
Good luck, you'll be missed.
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