Let me know when it works on computers.
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I'd like a magic tool to auto-block all domains outside of the traditional .com, .net,. .co.uk, .org.au, .gov.nz, and so on. Frankly, I remember seeing sites that were actually worth visiting even once on weird TLDs (and I count .biz, for example, as another "weird" one) possibly as often as twice. Ever. Wouldn't miss any of them in the slightest.
Movement at last
Great to see some genuine movement at last. It seems like years since we have seen a capacity increase. Hell, it is years, and way too many of them.
None of these drives is of general interest - i.e., all three are specialised items for particular, narrowly defined uses - but we now have reasonable grounds to anticipate a long overdue lift in capacities of standard drives. Seagate's brilliant 750MB and 1TB laptop drives have given great service, but they are way too small. Put me first in the queue for a 2TB 2.5 inch hybrid as soon as they make it. (It's even tempting to look at the 2TB drive announced today, but it would seem like a terrible slug after the luxury of a hybrid.) Bigger desktop drives will be more than welcome too.
Not stupid, just ignorant of the way hard drive heads work: the height of the head (which is critical - if that is wrong the drive fails!) is determined by aerodynamics. The head flies just barely above the surface of the disc, never touching, held aloft by the rush of air (or helium) as the drive spins.
Not before time. But the real question is why haven't the other browsers done this long since instead of slavishly apeing the dumbed down Chrome UI and ignoring the aspects of Chrome which are actually good? (Yes, I'm looking at you Firefox. Stop staring out the window and pay attention like the other children.)
Re: "A simple fix for this is,,,
An even simpler fix is to use a decent bloody browser in the first place. Using Internet Explorer is - no two ways about it - just plain stupid.It gets pawned time after time after time. Just don't. It's not that hard.
What is the point of complaining about Flash when you are still shipping Quicktime? Two shocking duds which were dreadful early on and haven't improved. When they are both gone - may that day be soon - neither one will be missed in the slightest.
Re: Bit of a shame most of you can't read
Quite so, 1980s coder. Just in case you missed it (from your reply I'm unsure) my "nobody cares much outside the enterprise" remark was directed at the Think-branded desktop products, not the much-loved Thinkpad laptops.
Bit of a shame most of you can't read
Bit of a shame most of you can't read. As with (almost) all of the recent Lenovo fails, it does not apply to Thinkpads, only the el-cheapo "Lenovo" branded kit.
There was one batch of cheap(ish) consumer-grade Thinkpads that had a completely different embuggerance a year or so ago, but that was the only one and it's long gone.
Lenovo bought the entire IBM PC company, remember, including the R&D people, the management, everything, and although that was quite a while ago now, the Thinkpad operation still runs much the same way that it always has. (I.e., with that same extraordinary mix of brilliant engineering and stupid bureaucratic bungles which has made us laugh and made us cry for decades.) Presumably the business-oriented Think-branded desktop line also, though nobody much outside certain enterprises would care about that too much 'coz not many people buy them, or indeed any other name-brand desktop. Why would you?
Well of course they are broke
Well of course they are broke. They treated their users with absolute comtempt and now they are suffering from the inevitable backlash.
Presto, by the way, wasn't what made Opera. It never was. Users generally couldn't care less what rendering engine a browser uses so long as it puts stuff on the screen in more-or-less the expected manner. The UI is what makes or breaks a browser. It is the broken no-better-than-Chrome UI in the third-rate browser rebadged as "Opera" today that turned Opera users off en masse, not the rendering engine underneath.
The switch of rendering engine wasn't impoirtant. Presto was far better than most critics realise or admit (and still is for that matter: 12.17 works perfectly on most sites to this day). Secondly, no-one would notice if (by some magic) you switched the rendering engine underneath the browser from Presto to Gekko to Webkit every 10 minutes, so long as the UI was the same. Rendering engines don't matter. The UI matters. Opera ASA have only themselves to blame.
Re: Brainstorming ....
"You really don't want anything radioactive integrated into a VLSI chip. Each radioactive decay can corrupt a bit of data, just as well as contributing to a bit of random numbers."
So you are saying the result of your calculations, given the corrupt bits, is likely to be a bit ...er .... random?
Hello from Pluto
"Opera's browser is very well-regarded" - what planet are you writing from? I can't believe I just read that! FMD, 99% of punters quite correctly regard Opera's browser as a no-account fifth-rate clone of Chrome with added major flaws and nothing much anyone can think of to recommend it.
Opera's brower used to be very well-regarded - indeed many good judges regarded it as best-of-breed and even its detractors granted that it pioneered all sorts of features which the other browsers eventually copied and which are now regarded as obvious standards.But that was years ago before Opera Inc inexplicably abandoned its one great product along with its loyal users and chose instead to shoot itself in the head. Nobody knows why.
(Yes, yes, Pluto isn't really a planet anymore. That's my point, really.)
If every new car sold today was electric, emissions would go up - yes, burning petrol is bad, but we'd be charging most of those new electric cars on coal, which is worse. Naturally, where there is an opportunity to go EV and charge it using renewable power instead of coal off the grid, it should be taken. The point is that these opportunities are - as the article itself makes clear - quite limited at present.
I don't see any major market for electric cars in Australia in the near future. Not for Mr Ordinary. Thre are particular special circumstances which will suit a significant minority, of course, but we don't have the sort of major generation facilities (nuclear, in some places run-of-river hydro) which make overnight off-peak charging sensible. Here, overnight charging = mostly coal which is madness.
Best to focus on other tasks first and revist non-fossil transport in a decade or so when the technology mix and the cost reductions have both evolved a little furter.
Re: That is (hopefully) good news
"There needs to be at least ONE browser that delivers maximum power, not minimum UI."
There is. Its name is Seamonkey. These used to be another one which was even better, but it hasn't been updated for a very long time and won't be. The company (ir)responsible now markets a pointless Chrome clone under the Opera name, though nobody knows why.
"Firefox will soon be almost the only browser not using the WebKit rendering engine. "
Ahem .... Seamonkey and Pale Moon say hello.
Re: Too complex
"A cut down version ... that could only play videos with no scripting ability would meet over 90% of user requirements."
Well yes, but I reckon you could safely say somewhere around 98-99%.
If you set aside Flash video playing and consider only the scripted stuff, on my (wild!) guess, it would account for some pitifully tiny share of the market and be dwarfed by even dead things like Silverlight.
Disclaimer: I am deliberately excluding areas of zero possible interest to the intelligent person, such as on-line games. They can have some other thing, with some suitably trendy name such as MutantSonOfFlash, based on the same lousy code as the existing Flash, and installed only by those who want it - i.e., practically no-one we care much about. Meanwhile, Flash can just play videos. Surely they could get that right. Couldn't they? Er ...
AC wrote: "W3C, BSI, ISO ... *someone* should define a standard."
Oh, there is a standard. You just don't like it.
(For those who have forgotten, the standard is called "Do whatever the hell you like" and don't waste any valuable time on it 'coz it's not as if users mattter, let alone security, next question please". Everyone uses it - well, nearly everyone - but most people have a bit of trouble remembering the acroynm, which is DWTHLYD .... DWHYLC .... er ... can I have three guesses?)
I've been thinking about upgrading my systems to Windows 10.
I'm not thinking about it anymore.
Re: Now more people will get to feel the pain
The mice aren't too bad, but then any of several of the better mouse brands are just fine and go on doing exactly what you expect them to do for years. (Hint: stay away from the expensive ones, you really don't get anything from an expensive "luxury" mouse that you don't get from a plain basic model so long as it is of decent quality - anything made by Logitech (or for that matter Microsoft) in a basic OEM mouse is usually cheap, practical, and reliable).
It's the trackballs which drive me spare. Logitech make a line of trackballs which are head and shoulders superior to pretty much anything else from an ergonomic point of view. Once you get used to one you'll never want to use anything else. But they are absurdly expensive (which I can live with) and the damn things wear out very quickly (which is unforgivable in a product costing this much).
Compare with the Kensington Expert Mouse in the same broad price category which is built like a tank and lasts pretty much forever. Sadly, although the Kensington mechanical design and construction is first class, the ergonomics are not even in the same street as the cheaply-built, expensive Logitech product. So you grit your teeth and pay through the nose and buy yet another new one every couple of years.
In revenge, I make a point of buying non-Logitech OEM product for our mainstream products. Not that it achieves anything, but what can you do?
EDIT: I see that Kensington have redesigned the Expert Mouse and it's now a more sensible and practical shape. Time to try one out again, I think. If it's even half as well-made as the old model used to be it will be a winner.
Who wrote this? A Western Digital employee? Or just someone cutting and pasting from a company press release? It is an absurd nonsense to pretend that reducing competition even further would lower prices. Good for China! Nice to see that someone (for whatever reason) is acting in the interests of consumers and businesses the world over instead of spinelessly caving in to oligopoly.Damn shame that none of our own governments have the balls to do their duty.
I am honestly gobsmacked. If you had printed this story on April 1st I'd have thought it a poor effort, obviously far too exaggerated, a parody which would take no-one in, and a failure because an April Fools Day story is supposed to be absurd and ridiculous ... but just sensible enough to be credible.
WTF are those tools at Mozilla smoking? When you are in a hole you are supposed to stop digging, not send out for jackhammers and a bigger shovel.
Are you sure about the date?
Half-past nine local time, and my Iinet connection is unusably slow. As usual.
I'd up-vote several posts above but I can't be bothered waiting 60 seconds each time for the page to reload. Sorry guys.
Since their idiotic Netfix deal, Iinet has become terrible - and this is nothing to do with local DSL problems or anything like that, I'm on HFC cable here which is technically the next best thing to pure fibre and perfectly capable of delivering high speed - indeed it has done just that these many years. The day Netfix hit . BAM!, it turned to carp, carp, carp.
Entirely their own fault
Iinet have only themselves to blame. Their idiotic decision to offer Netfix downloads quote-free to all their customers is the problem here. You pay for (say) 60GB a month and you expect that 60GB to be delivered reliably and at a decent speed. Generally, in the past, it was. Now you are still paying for your 60GB but the Iinet service slows to an unreliable crawl anytime after about 4pm and all evening long. Why? Because Iinet is delivering massive amounts of streaming video and doesn't have the bandwidth to spare to provide basic service to its customers who want to do other things on the web.
If you use Netfix of course you take advantage of the free, unlimited downloads. Who wouldn't? And if you don't, you are stuck paying the same amount for a much worse service. Whatever brainless twit at Iinet decided to implement this compulsory cross-subsidy of movie watchers by everybody else on their network should be put out to pasture immediately, or just sentenced to endure the same slow, unreliable Internet service Iinet customers are now putting up with.
Most people have trouble taking Wikipedia's bleating about copyright in photographs seriously now - not since that organisation's disgraceful and utterly self-serving campaign to post-hoc justify the monkey photographs they stole.
"I'm told by my rural chums that the pick of the crop is the Outlander" - I think you mean OUTBACK. The Outlander is a Mitsubishi.
Re: Am I the only one who likes the new keyboards?
"Am I the only one who likes the new keyboards?"
Quite possibly. They seem to get a lot of flack. I like them too, but I liked the old ones also. They are a bit different but I have no strong opinion either way. Thinkpads have always had excellent keyboards and that applies to both new and old. Nice to see the tradition continues. (Disclaimer: I mostly use external keyboards with the Thinkpad docked, so others will be more aware of the finer touches.)
It's nice to see another tradition not continue - the longstanding Thinkpad tradition of near-ruining an otherwise excellent machine with a dim, not-very-clear, generally horrible TN-film screen. Starting perhaps a decade back and up until ... oh ... maybe three or four yours ago ... Thinkpad screens were awful.Well, some were almost half-decent, many were awful, and not just the c heap ones. My much-loved T400 has a terrible screen. (My current T530 is much better.) All that seems to have changed now: the last six or eight new Thinkpads I've used for any length of time had screens which were at least decent and sometimes rather good. Are you listening Lenovo? Spend the extra $30 or what ever small amount it is. We will pay it and pay it happily if you give us screens as good as the rest of your hardware.
Pickle me grandmother!
Blimey! Does he mean a real screen? A proper one with a bit of height to it so I can do stuff? Work without scrolling all the bloody timer?
Count me in! Sign me up! Write down this credit card number!
PS: I don't especially care either way about the cosmetic stuff, and I don't fancy paying some insane premium for it either, but I'd kill my Granny for a proper screen on a Thinkpad.
PPS: Typed on my Thinkpad using the very, very last of the 5 x 4 format external monitors: 1600 x 1200, IPS, 20-something inches, old as the hills, and still vastly more usable than any new screen I can buy or borrow. If Lenovo wants to sell me another one only bigger, I'll strangle as many grandmothers as you please. (Or kittens, prime ministers, lawyers, Microsoft UI designers, you name it, I'll do it.)
"Let me be clear here: use Google. Don't use Bing. If you try to use Bing to solve patch issues for Windows Server using KB numbers you are going to go mad."
Could you express that less ambiguously please? :)
Cheers J Cooper. I remember President Computers: they were worthy competitors and made good kit.
Re: Only assembled in Australia, not 'made in Australia'
"If I recall correctly, the Osborne branded displays were re-badged Philips units and the motherboards were made by Micronics, although I stand to be corrected"
Just so. And to their undying credit, their keyboards were rebadged versions of the matchless Honywell 101WN - to this day one of the best keyboards ever made. Even now they command a premium, I see here one advertised second hand for an astonishing $285 US - http://www.classicautomation.com/Catalog/ProductDetail.aspx?partnum=101WN638-1E - which seems too much even for that quality. Although I hoarded them and never failed to substitute an inferior new keyboard whenever I resold a traded-in Osbourne system unless I particularly liked the customer, alas I wore my last one out three or four years ago and now must make do on inferior modern units.
The only better keyboard I've ever used was - astonishingly! - one of unknown origin shipped new with (of all things) otherwise quite horrid little Amstrad 386 units. I still have two of those little treasures, much loved and still in daily use.
The missing bit
This looks to be an excellent article and I'll read it more carefully when I get a moment free, but on first glance it seems to miss the real key to the Osbourne story, which is this:
Osbourne grew at a fantastic rate at a time when computer prices were falling very fast. It grew largely at the expense of other Australian manufacturers and retailers simply by pretending to offer amazing prices, prices often below the cost price of the components required to build a similar system. Many competing organisations went to the wall at this time because Osbourne were undercutting them.
How could they do this? It was a simple trick: Osbourne took the money six weeks in advance.Six weeks was a very long time in the computer industry in those days, long enough to see prices change considerably, often by hundreds of dollars. (Typically, the retail price of a typical system wouldn't change so much, but the components would: you'd be shipping a 486DX/2-66 instead of a 486DX/2-50 as your most popular model, or upping the RAM or the graphics card, installing a 5400 RPM 850MB hard drive instead of the 4500RPM 500MB unit you using a few weeks prior.
Osbourne, in short, had found a way to sell into today's market at much lower future prices. By the time they actually delivered a system, it was about the same system at about the same price as most competitors were shipping on that same day, so they could break even or make a small profit - but most buyers were not awake to the trickery and thought Osbourne gear was very cheap. And, of course, Osbourne had had the use of the customers' money in the meantime.
Eventually, inevitably, prices stabilised for a little while and the currency moved the wrong way, leaving Osbourne with no competitive advantage, no cash on hand, and a huge backlog of paid-for orders but no stock to fill them with. They went spectacularly broke and their many gullible customers paid the price. I remember selling several $2000 and $3000 systems at this time to people who had already paid in full for an Osbourne and got nothing at all except an expensive lesson in shonky business ethics.
I largely agree about aggregation sites, aaaa, they are a bit of a scam as a rule. They do however serve a useful purpose for many, many businesses. My local car mechanic is a perfect example. He needs his customers to be able to find him with a simple search, and the aggregation site he is listed on is perfectly sufficient for that task. Yep, a small standalone site would be a little better (and I have offered to build one for him), but in his view not enough better to be worth the trouble and expense. If you want to find his number to book your car in for a service - and that's pretty much all you ever want to do bar maybe find out what his trading hours are - the aggregation site does the job.
Many, probably most, small businesses are constrained not by lack of customers - if you are any good you'll most likely have plenty of customers already - but by other factors. Sticking to the same example of the chap who services my car, he already works five and a half days a week and has zero interest in working Sundays. He already has four or five other mechanics on staff and three hoists and no room for more short of the vast expense of buying a larger site and building a whole new workshop on it. He has no intention of doing that 'coz he's not stupid. What would be the point of him getting a fancy new website to attract more customers? He's already got all the work he needs or wants, he'd just have to spend longer answering the telephone and telling people he's booked up this week, please call someone else.
This example is replicated across thousands upon thousands of small businesses across the country. Getting more customers in for many ( probably most) small businesses is simply not an issue. There are other constraints, such as space, capital equipment, availability of suitably skilled staff with the right qualities, and above all, time. Most small business people already work 50 hour weeks. Who the hell wants to have to work even longer hours? Or take on extra staff beyond a comfortable number and as a consequence incur nasty adminisatrative overheads such as (but by no means limited to) significantly more onerous Work Cover and insurance requirements and ever-bigger rake-offs for bloodsuckers like accountants?
For every business, there is a right size which provides the best balance between turnover, profit, long-term sustainability, and work-life mix. Mindlessly expanding beyond that size is usually the first big mistake small business owners make. The successful ones, the ones who stay in it for the long haul, usually learn from it and adjust their business model appropriately.
How sad that this article, which really only contains obvious plain sense applied to some recently-released statistics, must be rated as excellent. It is indeed an excellent summary by the standards of much else written on topics of this nature. Of course many (perhaps most) small organisations regard most of what happens on the Internet as nothing more than a time-consuming distraction from the core activities of doing business. Small business people - the ones who are successful enough to stay in business for any length of time tend to focus firmly, even ruthlessly, on the fundamentals of delivering their product.
If you are not involved in small business, you might be quite surprised to discover how little effort many concerns put into spruiking themselves (on the Internet or anywhere else). Very often, management is instead clearly focussed on actually dealing with the job in front of them - fulfilling the Johnson order, calling Smith back to make sure that last week's little problem has been properly sorted, deciding how many so-and-so parts to order this week, and the like. Fulfillment of existing orders at a profit and to the customer's satisfaction - as any competent small businessman knows - is the be all and end all of success. Get that right, and you will always have plenty of customers. Unless your business happens to be Internet-based in its nature (selling stuff on-line for example) the more time and energy you waste on updating your Facebook page when you have real work waiting for your attention, the less successful you are. If you have to spend a lot of time and energy on web pages and social media, either your business is one of the minority where this stuff actually matters, or else you aren't doing it right, which is why you need to keep on drawing in new customers because the ones who have bought from you in the past are going elsewhere.
It's not hard. Just pretend you are a normal, rational human being and use the phone until it doesn't work anymore. At that point, it's worthless, throw it away. (Or destroy it in any manner you please if the data matters enough.) Along the way, you've saved enough by not buying unnecessary new dorky consumer tech-head gear every few months to treat yourself to a holiday at the destination of your choice.
Fond memories of the days when blank CDs cost 20c and you could fit all of your important stuff on one or two or three of them. Use write-once CD blanks (never re-writables) and every time you make a fresh backup, thow the older set into a shoe-box. When the shoe-box is full, put it in the shed and buy some new shoes. Result: an endless set of incorruptable backups, proof against anything bar fire, a maniac with a hammer, or your girlfriend having a little tidy-up.
Re: Choose a question (and answer) on car numbers
What was the registration of your first car? (Ans: PWT-377. Easy.)
What was the registration of your previous car? (Ans: I didn't *have* a car previous to my first car! Or maybe you mean the one previous to the one I have now. Easy: IOW:682.)
What was the registration of your red car? (Ans: GTE-221. Simple)
What was the registration of your father's car? (Ans: TJQ:710. I'll never forget that one.)
What is the registration of your current car? (Ans: Um ... hang on a minute .... I'll just go outside and look.)
easy to remermber? really?
Great post, Dan1980 but just one thing: "Bleeding obvious really - unchangeable, factual answers (like city of birth) are easy to remember but the easiest for someone else to find out."
Well, actually, no. I was born in .... well, sometimes that particular part of Melbourne is regarded as Elwood, sometimes it's East St Kilda, but people mostly save confusion and say Elsternwick (which is right next door and better known) or possibly St Kilda. On your power bill it might say "Elwood", but your electoral registration is "East St Kilda" .... and I haven't even mentioned the rates notice, which says "St Kilda, East". Then again, whichever way you think of it, it's part of the municipality of Caufield. That might be a better answer. On the other hand, maybe I should just say "Melbourne" as all these are suburbs of Melbourne. But that's too easy for third parties to guess - probably 70% of all Australiand living in Victoria were born somewhere in Melbourne.
Right: it's three years later and some stupid website is asking me where I was born so that I can get back into my account. Do I feel lucky?
(Disclaimer: I wasn't really born in the place(s) I mentioned, but in a different part of town with an equal multiplicity of possible names. Better not to menton these things on-line. At least not truthfully. Especially not when I don't even know for sure what the "truth" is! Should I just give a lat/long instead? Or possibly just go to a different website where the IT gnomes are slightly less stupid.)
Please learn how to spell aeroplane.
This is a disaster
This is a disaster for Aussie consumers. All iiNet customers will now be handed over to TPG - a company which would be famous nationwide for cheap and lousy service if only Dodo wasn't even cheaper and even lousier.
TPG promise that they will retain iiNet as an individual "premium" business. Yer right. That's code for "charge these suckers more, give them the exact same lousy service we give all our other suckers".
Australia has basically three sorts of ISP:
1: Major telcos with fair to poor service standards, highly questionable techical competence in some cases (e.g., the Vodafail mobile network, anything that has to do with Big Pond), long lock-in contracts, and very, very high prices. Telstra, Optus, Vodafail, various other-brand fronts for them such as Virgin (which is Optus).
2: Cheap price-price-price vendors with no technical standards worth mentioning, appalling customer service on a good day and none at all on a bad day, and prices that look attractive until you actually try to use the service. (Dodo, TPG, various others.)
3: Serious players in between those two extremes with generally reasonable pricing, and generally decent service. (Internode, iiNet (which now owns Internode), hopefully there are some others but I don't know who they are, if indeed there are any others left.)
On first glance, it looks perfectly sensible. This leads to the following supplementary questions:
(1) Am I too old? For a moment there I thought I'd read that the Firefox UI team did it. Time for my milk and arrowroot. Where did I put my slippers?
(2) Is it actually not nearly as sensible as it seems to be after all?
(3) Did all the smart Firefox UI people (yes, both of them) stop working on the browser years ago and switch overr to TV development?
(4) Does anyone actually watch TV these days anyway? Yes? Quite a few, you say. OK, I'll take your word for it. But how many of them are under 50?
(5) But what do I know anyway? My last TV blew up one cold, rainy Tuesday and I haven't got around to replacing it yet. Life seemed nicer without it for a little while, and seeing as it blew up near-on 20 years ago, possibly I'm slightly out of date on the TV tech scene. On the other hand, I've made my living tinkering with electronic machines I don't really understand for the last three decades, so who let that stop me now?
(6) What was the question?
Re: It isn't about efficiency.
"You are assuming that Singapore levies the same tax rate on all companies."
No. I just left that aspect aside in order to avoid too much detail not directly relevant to my main points. No objection to you raising it though: the Singapore-BHP scam recently exposed by the Senate enquiry was indeed gobsmackingly unethical, and we have no reason to believe that it was particularly unusual.
I see huge difficulties with your "no company tax" notion though. To make it work, you'd need to deal with two big problems:
(1) It's very hard to tax unrealised gains, which is what the value of a company is unless you close it down or sell it. How does one even assess them? And if one does - maybe by some formula involving market capitalisation - then that leads directly to horrible complications such as a company having to sell part of itself to pay tax just because its share price went up at an inconvenient time. And if you don't use market cap, what do you use instead?
(2) This would mean that foreign-owned companies could operate in your country without paying a red cent towards the cost of all the benefits that country goves them (such as roads, police, rule of law, educated workers, willing customers, natural resources, hospitals for its staff, and so on). Only the locally-owned companies would pay any tax. That's insane.
Two points to make here:
(1) Australia's corporate tax rate is frequently claimed to be higher than that of other similar countries, and quite wrongly so. Australia has a single corporate income tax set currently at 30%, where many other countries have a lower headline rate but don't count various other charges which, together, add up to about the same amount - especially when you count in the extraordinarily generous diiscounts and subsidies and assorted perks. ("Investment allowances", fuel subsidies, and a host of others.)
(2) Singapore is a special case. Like all tax havens, Singapore doesn't try to tax its own companies at anything like a sensible rate. Instead, it sets absurdly low corporate tax rates and encourages foreign companies to pretend to be doing business in Singapore so that they can avoid large amounts of tax they should be paying in Australia or the UK or the USA or France in exchange for paying a very small amount in Singapore. The Singapore tax economy, in other words, is parasitic on the economies of other countries.
Where does the value-add take place?
Some posters above claim that the tax should apply in the jurisdiction where the value was added. Let's try that idea out then, shall we?
In the case of Apple, it costs $499 to produce an iThing in China, the branch office in Taxhavenstein buys it for $500, and sells it to the branch office in Australia for $998. The consumer buys it for $999, and Apple makes $500 but only pays tax on $1. Neat trick if you can work it.
But if the value-add is not in Taxhavenstein, where is it? This is Apple, remember. Most of it takes place in the mind of the consumer, who willingly pays $999 for a product functionally near-identical to other (non-i) Things selling for $499 retail, or sometimes as much as $599. The value-add, in other words, is located in Australia, and that's where the tax should be paid. (Or the UK, or New Zealand, or whichever other country is getting iShafted today.)
The Firefox developers have gone totally ga-ga. They have committed more than a few stupidities over the last couple of years, but this is beyond ga-ga and well out there into completely insane. Is there no cure? Someone had better reach for the humane injection. And don't bury the corpse. Burn it to be sure it's not infectious anymore.
Um. Last time I checked, CapEx on LCD screen production was much higher than CapEx on CRT plant. Clearly, LCD screens cost much more to produce and so can't be expected to take over the market: CRTs will remain dominant.
How was that again?
Re: Won't somebody think if the Greybeards
^ Spoken like a kid with wet ink on his tech certicate who thinks the answer to every technical problem is a newer iPhone.
Re: A stalking horse
In one word, no.
First, the percentage of advertisers able to claim back their GST component is much smaller than your 99% estimate.
Secondly, there is usually a lag between the payment of GST on a supply and the refund of that GST via a periodic income statement. Depending on the frequency with which the GST payment is rendered by the supplier as opposed to the frequency with which the purchaser claims a GST refund via a periodic income statement, that money can sit in the ATO coffers for a considerable time, where it is (of course) used to generate interest. As I recall, large companies reconcile their GST obligations monthly, where smaller organisations do it only four times a year. So that alone adds up to enough income to be worth having.
Too little too late, but better than nothing. Sydney to a brick they bury this and nothing at all happens, more is the pity.
Re: Demand for Labor's FTTP network: 38% at 12Mbps, 38% at 25Mbps
Two problems here:
1: takeup of faster speeds was always going to take time. In any case, most users aren't as fussed about speed (within reason) as they are about download allowance. People willingly pay more for extra download, but generally don't see the value in extra speed until they start having trouble maxing out their download allowance or see stuttering video.
2: FTTP is cheaper than FTTN. Once you average out the extra cost of replacing the cheapskate short-term upgrade Turnbull is building, over time doing it once and doing it right the first time is far more cost effective.