* Posts by ZanzibarRastapopulous

317 posts • joined 30 Mar 2012

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Friday: SpaceX will attempt to land rocket on floating, robotic 'spaceport drone ship'

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Re: After landing

I bet they haven't thought of that, as soon as they read this comment section they'll scrap the launch.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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You ask them, read the guidelines.

Looks pretty unworkable to me, and they also seem to think IP address is evidence of geographic location...

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Re: what happened to the single European market?

I suspect phase 2 will be a unified VAT rate, it's supposed to be in a band as it is.

Following this, it will be daft not to have a unified rate, and then we will have given fiscal control to Europe.

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>Yes, but how do you know who these customers are?

Get the address of the payment card.

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>Could a dispatch note not say something like ....

No, the supplier is liable for VAT.

It's why governments love it, it's cheap to collect.

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Re: Knick-knacks...

>The Single Market means your wife cannot refuse to trade with the EU.

No, individual organisations can, it is governments that cannot put obstacles in the way.

Here's the HMRC guidance on the VAT issue, seems to say it's only digital services:-

http://tinyurl.com/kmxx2ec

Physical knick-knacks or "knacks-du-knick" as they no doubt say in furrin, carry on as before.

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Knick-knacks...

Isn't this just for "digital delivery" rather than physical objects ordered on-line?

Otherwise it'll be easier for my wife's business to simply stop trading with the EU.

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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Merkins....

They can do very good bacon, it's just hard to find.

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Screwball ruble closes Apple's Russia store, whole kit and caboodle

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10 dorrar?

Apple needs to learn a trick from Vietnamese prostitutes and price their offerings in dollars.

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Re: On a more serious note...

tl;dr

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Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows

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Re: No no no

>reclaim the cost of the spectrum through lower taxation

In effect they've paid tax upfront on a cost rather than after the fact on their reported profits. Looks like selling the spectrum is more effective than trying to tax the profits - which would no doubt all be in Luxembourg anyway.

In a way there's an argument that the tax should be on access to the market rather than what they appear to get out of it.

Alternatively one wonders if there's any need to tax businesses at all. Perhaps the "retail consumers" - that is - "the people in the country" should be the focus for the cost their services anyway?

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Reserve?

Given that we know what an acceptable price is - as the price that has already been paid, and the telcos still turn a profit - government could just set a reserve on the auction? Maybe the previous price adjusted for inflation?

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

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Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

Cat pics.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: All electric?

...and the car of course.

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Re: Dunno about warming

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/actualmonthly

Looks like it was indeed a wetter than average summer, and also warmer.

Dunno why people presume that hot means dry when we all know that if you want to get water into the air you heat it up.

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UK.gov STILL won't pop a cap on stolen mobile bills

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Re: Thief defrauds mobile company, why do you pay?

You were the one holding the phone, why does the company have to pay?

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Re: PAYG

No contract, no huge bill.

If everyone ditched contracts over this, then the contract terms would change quite quickly.

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Re: Does one assume

The mobe operators are dragging their feet because they have you on a contract tie-in, if you could just declare your phone to be stolen to get out of it then the contract wouldn't be worth much.

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PAYG

Don't sign a contract that you aren't willing to honour.

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Cool technology: Submerged blade servers escape the heat

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Baby oil

Toms hardware did a machine in a tank full of baby oil a while back.

Not sure why water is preferable in an electrical environment...

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

ZanzibarRastapopulous

Re: uber is a giant minicab co

Yes, I don't understand why they don't fall under the private hire regulations either.

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Re: Driver costs

>If everyone needs a car at 8:30am, you won't cut car ownership...

I might consider a bus that I book to stop by my house at a certain time every weekday, provided it wasn't full of the chavvy weirdos you get on the existing buses of course.

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Re: Maintenance

Mass production will result in millions of these things, one being off the road for a day or two won't make a jot of difference anyway.

The thing about robot hordes is that there's always another one fresh off the production line.

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Oi, UK.gov. WHERE'S THE DETAIL on your Google Tax?

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Re: But they already comply with the law

I get the impression that the plan is to change the law.

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Tax havens...

The various crown dependencies - with rather more clout than you expect for the size - will stop this dead.

The right way to do this is to ditch corporation tax entirely, and simply tax any money moved either outside the company or outside the tax regime.

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Oracle bypasses SAS/SATA controllers in flashy new servers

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Re: Coding solution?

On the other hand good database design helps reduce IO load.

It's probably fair to say that anyone buying kit this high end has probably invested some effort in design though.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: 50 million @ ZanzibarRastapopulous

I honestly didn't realise they intended to do gas too.

You must be one of those socially dysfunctional geeks you used to get in the '80s. I haven't seen any in a while.

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50 million.

But there are only 25 million-ish households in the UK?

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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Re: Um... What Gonzalez vs Google Sp. actually said:

I love the hypocrisy of "No-Comment" Orlowski commenting on someone else's article.

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Re: And stories like that are why I oppose the reform of the Lords

> The worst they can do is force the commons to re-examine proposed legislation...

The worst they can do is force the commons to vote three times on any piece of legislation, if they did that for everything that would reduce parliamentary action to a third and some things simply wouldn't get done.

Legislation blocked by the lords is often abandoned because of the time lost to other legislation.

You have a shockingly low opinion of your own judgement that you would prefer a government chosen by someone other than yourself.

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Re: All Worstall articles, ever - the Digested Read

The scale of government spending shows that it does too much.

The scale of the deficit shows that we're not willing to pay for it.

So he has a point.

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Re: And stories like that are why I oppose the reform of the Lords

> the Lords cannot directly affect legislation

In practice a delay can block legislation. There's only so much that parliament can get through.

Also, in practice, they get consulted to ensure a smooth passage for legislation.

Personally I believe in democracy as the best system of government and un-elected positions are contrary to that ideal.

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Re: My name is Barbra

...and god knows what this farce has cost us.

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Re: Hold the bandwagon, I can't find my pitchfork...

Then why doesn't Mario go after the people who are putting the information online and demand erasure from them?

Getting Google (or any other middle man) to do it is just setting yourself up for legal whack-a-mole.

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Re: Mario Costeja González

It would be similarly daft to insist that all the other people who had been on the bus should start denying having seen Mario on it in the special case where someone asks "Was Mario on the bus" but when someone asks "Who was on the bus" they can quite freely say "Mario was".

It is an impossible principle to apply, and as such makes bad law.

How much money was spent hiding this one link? And yet it isn't hidden.

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ZanzibarRastapopulous

Re: And stories like that are why I oppose the reform of the Lords

>A seat in the House of Lords is not a position in Government.

You're just nitpicking. The lords are most definitely part of the system of government, but we know what you mean.

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Mario Costeja González

Naturally I had to Google him and the first link explained what he didn't want anyone to know

Here's the offending article, he's about two thirds down on the right.

http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/preview/1998/01/19/pagina-23/33842001/pdf.html

Because of his right to be forgotten I now know who he is and what it was that he wanted to be forgotten when I had no interest in it in the first place.

Don't you just love utterly pointless legislation?

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Re: None needed...

I might have been twice, but it can be so hard to say when one mass murdering ends and the next begins...

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Re: Dopplegangers...

> Because you ask for a specific link to be excluded..

So on my website deriding the other Zanzibar Rastapopulous I just have to have loads of links and he has to individually request each one of them to be removed?

He'll have a hell of a time with that 64 bit session number embedded in there...

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Search Jazz

Looking at the EU web site for this (painful):-

"The judgment expressly states that the right only affects the results obtained from

searches made on the basis of a person’s name and does not require deletion of the

link from the indexes of the search engine altogether. That is, the original

information will always be accessible using other search terms, or by direct

access to the source."

So in your example a search for "That idiot that got his head stuck in the railings when he was 15" will return articles with your name, but searches on "DavCrav's brilliant nobel prize winning research" won't because it's got your name in it. Inadvertently making you look more like a tit and less like a genius.

Then we can have fun with partial names, will Josephine Stalin's quest for ignorance bar all searches for Joe Stalin? Or is "Stalin" considered a sufficiently generic term? What about LiLo? If she decides to be forgotten will we have to search for "inflatable beach toys" instead? Will she still be in the results?

We are left with a kind of "Search Jazz" where you search around the subject but not directly for it.

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Dopplegangers...

There just happens to be another Zanzibar Rastapopulous who is a mass murdering paedophile rapist professional footballer, if he decides to be forgotten how will google know it is that one who is to be forgotten and not I who naturally craves youtube cat vid fame as all innocent people do?

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

ZanzibarRastapopulous

Re: Has anyone read a Google digitised book?

No worse than the Telegraph.

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Re: 99.8%

I so need their OCR machine...

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Re: E-ink displays

Hmmm.. particularly chugging that one, I'm sure I've seen faster e-ink than that.

All the same, I still reckon it would be sufficient if it meant you got weeks of battery life.

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E-ink displays

Quite a good idea for a phone, for those of us who would be happy with black and white of course.

Most websites work quite well in black and white and I couldn't give a sh!t about angry birds or youtube videos.

But didn't I hear they're rather flimsy? Has that been solved?

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Bloke, 36, in the cooler for leaking ex's topless pics on Facebook

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So, if we had this law in England....

The honourable member who sent photos of his less honourable member to a deceitful journo, would be able to prosecute?

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: RCA? Pah. Young 'uns know nothing

> "Also, only brats owned a BBC."

That's just racist.

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By the Rivers of Babylon, where the Antikythera Mechanism laid down

ZanzibarRastapopulous

Re: Been in the museum where they have this object

You have a point, but the right was born of support for the aristocracy, or centralised state control by birthright.

Basically, there are some people who want to control all the other people.

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Under the Iron Sea: YES, tech and science could SAVE the planet

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"Has myxomatosis taught us nothing?"

Ummm... no not really.

The rabbits getting wiped out by it was intentional, not an accident.

Perhaps you could explain how vaccination - a similar messing with eco-systems - is bad too?

Maybe farming - also messing with eco-systems - is bad too?

Perhaps clean water - also a result of messing with eco-systems is also problematic?

Maybe you scavenge berries and hunt small rodents to nourish your diseased body crawling from water source to water source clad in rabbit fur?

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Re: " It's only..."

So is food, so is shelter....

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