* Posts by bitwise

12 posts • joined 29 Nov 2012

TPP: 'Scary' US-Pacific trade deal published – you're going to freak out when you read it

bitwise

ISDS already in use

The Case Studies section of the wikipedia page for ISDS is interesting:

The Indonesian government was sued in June 2012 by a London-based mining company Churchill Mining after the local government revoked the concession rights held by a local company in which the firm had invested. The government is countering the Churchill case, claiming that Churchill did not have the correct type of mining licenses.

In October 2012, an ICSID tribunal awarded a judgment of $1.8 billion for Occidental Petroleum against the government of Ecuador. Additionally, Ecuador had to pay $589 million in backdated compound interest and half of the costs of the tribunal, making its total penalty around $2.4 billion.[19] The South American country annulled a contract with the oil firm on the grounds that it violated a clause that the company would not sell its rights to another firm without permission. The tribunal agreed the violation took place but judged that the annulment was not fair and equitable treatment to the company.[19]

Irish oil firm Tullow Oil took the Ugandan government to court in November 2012 after value-added tax (VAT) was placed on goods and services the firm purchased for its operations in the country.[20] The Ugandan government responded that the company had no right to claim tax on such goods prior to commencement of drilling. The case also attracted criticism for Tullow's use of local legal representation, Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA); the Ugandan law firm was founded by Elly Kurahanga, the president of Tullow's operations in Uganda and concerns were raised over his impartiality in the issue.

Tobacco major Philip Morris sued Uruguay for alleged breaches to the Uruguay-Swiss BIT for requiring cigarette packs to display graphic health warnings and sued Australia under the Australia-Hong Kong BITS for requiring plain packaging for its cigarettes. The company claims that the packaging requirements in both countries violate its investment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Centre_for_Settlement_of_Investment_Disputes

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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

bitwise

BT Hub has f/a QOS !

Given that 1 device updating on my wifi, kills everything else - FON makes no sense, the router is just too poor.

We had to turn it off, as neighbours using it killed connectivity, get some bloody QOS on your routers BT !

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We present to you: 840 fine, upstanding young disks stuffed into a rack cabinet – DDN

bitwise

Re: 1 pound = 2 kg?

My immediate thought was that looks bloody heavy.. and at 237kg, you wouldn't want to drop it on your foot !

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

bitwise

Re: RotM?

Vinegar ?

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Entering the Dragon: A little data from Big China

bitwise
Happy

Excellent

A very interesting, readable article - this freetard certainly approves.

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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

bitwise

Re: Buy local

A traffic light system would work - people could affix the stickers to ads by the companies.

The data would need to come from an independent site somehow..

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Frack me! UK shale gas bonanza 'bigger than North Sea oil'

bitwise
FAIL

Re: Lobbying

"powerful renewables lobby" does sound like a joke - Shell or BP probably spends more on renewables in their greenwash effort than this "powerful lobby" could dream of.

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bitwise

Re: Get it right next time

This sounds much like what norway did with their oil

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/99680a04-92a0-11de-b63b-00144feabdc0.html

Still, I doubt we could actually be sensible - when there are fatcats that need feeding.

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UK.gov hires data-handling privatisation point man as CTO

bitwise
FAIL

What the...?

How does the data being in private hands mean we have more control over it ... this is insanity ..!

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The latest tech firm to be accused of tax dodging: Microsoft

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Childcatcher

Re: Hmm...@Chad H.

It's a bit of stretch that noone would be employed in the UK construction industry, I doubt all building would just stop one day.

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Sony tempts 4K Ultra HD TV buyers with free films

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Trollface

Automatically upscale..

That's nice, as it would be a bit crap looking at a small image in the middle of the screen..

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