160 posts • joined Wednesday 19th June 2013 15:54 GMT
Its about time a simple rule was put in place, patent cases have to be heard in the state on which the company starting the complaint runs most of its business in that country. If it does not run any business itself in said country then the state should be randomly selected. This would get rid of selective state choice for good decisions going your way.
I think you will find this entirely depends on how far you go back, "da man" as you put it only realised this was a good idea in fairly recent human history.
Well, I do find it quite the opposite to be honest, most people understand that their own tax bill is ludicrous on a personal level and when we talk about the types of figures in play at a company level, most people agree that they too would do the same. I haven't met anyone outraged, most people either blame the politicians for the current tax laws or just empathise that tax rates are too high and so people go to crazy lengths to avoid them. If I was earning say 2 million a year, would i want to pay around £800,000 odd in tax, of course I wouldn't and no sensible person would think anyone should. This is why individuals of wealth or corporations of wealth avoid it. It doesn't serve the government because people don't pay it, so why not lower it and at least get some money!?
Re: Questionable but legal.
We don't see any public outcry at all, what public outcry? What you really mean is we are told by the politicians and the media that we should be outraged and that indeed we are. But I am yet to meet anyone who is truly outraged, we are all still using these companies. There is no outrage, we are just being told we should be for many reasons.
Thats crazy, how is it the same as Harry Potter book, if I wrote a totally new book containing different content, but the character was a young wizard on a mission and he wins in the end, I would be copying the equivalent of an API but changing the implementation in the methods behind the API. Their argument makes no sense and in fact proves themselves wrong. They can't ask for a change in the law so that they can retrospectively apply it to Google, regardless of whether the change is valid or not (which it is in no way valid at all in my opinion).
Governments will never like the currency because they don't control it, bartering with livestock you owned used be a valid 'currency' which worked fine without any government intervention. At the end of the day you should be free to use whatever means you want to pay for a good, as long both the buyer and seller value it, then the deal can be done. All other missing attributes are just the attributes the government likes to use as control, those are the things missing. The problem is, as an increasing amount of trade is done online, there isnt much they can do to stop people largely carrying it all out using Bitcoin.
Re: ..."a whopping 80 per cent of crashes ... involved male drivers"
Also, as the article itself says, men generally do the driving and do drive more, so of course the percentage is higher, you have to consider the total numbers of both sexes driving for it to make any sense. Without this info it could well just be stating the obvious.
Indeed that was pretty much my point, but i was actually saying that the UK should allow those patents here for a while, so that we show the USA how stupid they are when they get sued for millions in our courts, just like the US likes to do with other countries companies.
I agree the ad is misleading, but the reasons for the objection are questionable! The performance of the companies over wifi? Errr, thats entirely down the router in use surely and nothing to do with the ISP, granted they give you a router but you could just buy a different one if they are otherwise the fastest. Personally if they are indeed faster when wired then i'd choose them and buy my own router (not that the BT wifi router is bad anyway, its far better than the Sky offering anyway).
Apple gets away with this stuff because the USA does nothing to sort out their patent situations, rather than invent they would rather help their companies sue hundreds of millions out of other countries companies. To be honest, they should be a taught a lesson, its about time UK companies started to get ridiculous patents so that they can sue US companies for hundreds of millions or stop trading the UK. Maybe then they will realise something needs sorting.
Re: Ok so...
Well, if your in the global cloud market, this isnt really a consideration as all the major players are head officed in the US, so this issue applies to them all, and you know the answer, its yes they will give to the NSA because they can not say no.
People really miss the point on this. If the corporate tax were lowered all those companies would move their operations here to avoid the high tax elsewhere. We shouldn't be angry at the companies for avoiding tax in the ways we wish we could personally. We pay too much tax and the companies are asked to pay too much tax. The problem here is an oversized state taking up all the resources, but the politicians want to shift the anger away from high tax and onto companies using legal means to avoid paying it. We should be angry at the tax rate, not the companies.
Re: "must have" apps
Errr, what? Yes they can hot the target, if developers wanted to make their apps for windows phone at the same time they make them for other platforms. Ultimately the reason they cant hit the moving target is because everyone launches their apps on Android and iOS and then port to windows when they have time. If it was impossible to hit the moving target then the same thing would be said about Android and iOS, but it isn't because they are the target precisely because developers care about them first.
The problem is, I think a lot of people are themselves fed up of paying stupid amounts of tax and so a fair amount of people feel empathy towards the companies avoiding equally outlandish tax rates. If the country was sorted out and services cut that are not needed and ones that are run efficiently I think both individuals and companies would see a tax rate that they would be happy to pay.
Until then, I don't think the ethical choice is to boycott these companies, its actually to join them and get tax sorted out, not help the government squeeze yet more blood out of every stone it can.
Re: HollyHopDrive, Just a geek etc
Haha, no actually I don't wish we had all the free stuff, I wish I wasn't paying for everyone else to have the free stuff. I'd happily pay for my own stuff.
Re: Do what we want, not what we say
Haha, yea and of course all of these things are being run efficiently without waste. If they were then the tax bill could be cut by billions and hence income tax reduced as there would be less to pay for. If 90% of the money we paid went to the police (and they stopped spending too much time enforcing stupid laws), fire service, NHS and defence then I wouldn't have a problem, but it doesn't, vast amounts go on nonsense projects and unneeded services and red tape. Cut all that out completely and only pay for the core services and at a much more efficient running level and I would happily pay the remaining cost, but as it is right now if my company is ever a success or I earn too much money as an employee I will be moving myself out of here.
Errr, yes because on top of paying too much Tax myself I want to buy more expensive goods from a different retailer so that they can also pay you too much Tax? Hmmm, think i'll give that one a miss thanks.
Yes, and this is going to stop China continuing to steal secrets through industrial espionage isn't it.... hmmmm... no I didn't think so. China will just ignore the court order and carry on stealing secrets for their products the way they always have. If an EU country ever steal a Chinese companies secret however, you can bet they will be taken court and told to destroy everything, and given they are based in the EU will have to comply. This creates a disadvantage to companies basing themselves in the EU, why bother when its easier to get away with things if your not here?
In the Valley yes it is all about Vision...the problem is I would say for the past 10 years Vision has been entirely absent from Redmond, so perhaps a visionary is what they need and not someone practical, so that they don't miss the next bandwagon that comes along.
Not playing an audio sound is hardly the problem, personally I wouldn't want an audio alert every time some random person decides to send a class 0 SMS to me because they think its important. What is the issue here is that the applications that handle SMS need to handle large volumes correctly without crashing, im astounded really that the primary function of the application, receiving an SMS can not handle load, i mean, was no load testing done on the application at all to ensure that it can cope with any number of SMS being fired at it? Total idiocy.
The biggest problem is that programming is not just a technical or mathematical thing. Its a creative subject, you are by definition creating something. Lots of people can learn to programme, but to be a good programmer you have to be creative too, otherwise you will only be able to work from a brief someone else has given you and you'll probably write technically proficient solution that miss the point when it comes to human expectations.
Lots of people learn to programme, not as many come to the party with a creative side as well and that's what companies want, they want people who can create, not execute.
Putting the cart before horse? I think Microsoft's strategy is more along the lines of inventing a new type of cart and a new type of horse, completely different to previous horses and carts. Then making them impossible to hitch together, so your left riding bareback on something that resembles a horse but isn't or your sat in a cart, that sort of looks like a cart but has no wheels and doesn't move.
You could probably put in a claim in that case for it back, as long as you did nothing illegal on there or elsewhere that would mean you can't come forward of course. But otherwise yes, once the currency has been used as evidence in the trial, it could be returned if legally used and owned.
Right, so you feel that Google should provide you with email for free? With no recompense to themselves at all? Do you have the same view in a supermarket? You just block out the tills from your vision and walk on out for free?
Basically if you don't like the way Gmail is run, use someone else who obtains their revenue a different way. Don't try and sponge from a service you like but are not willing to pay them the way they ask to be paid.
You've missed the most incredibly obvious point. If FF fell by the wayside, Chrome would be venturing into the monopoly side, and given how Google promote that it's better you use it on all their sites, this would cause them a possible problem from the Microsoft side, who hate no one likes IE, and so, queue Europe investigation. Google needs there to be competition, even if its them supporting the competition.
With Twitter, all thats matters is post information, so IP addresses and geo data. Ultimately geo data is public anyway on the site, much as the tweet content is, so all that needs to be protected is the IP address. What else matters? They could just stop logging IP's against sent messages, problem solved.
This is clearly more rubbish than I have herad recently, is doing research and writing reports really this easy?You just state some bullshit backed but up bollocks? I mean, yes, it will add extra load, but then the trend has continually been towards more load anyway. I would say Youtube has added far more load than any games console or software update. Ultimately, things upgrade over time, as consumption increases. Clearly these guys think a certain part of time is going to stand still, while everything else moves forward. Numpties.
Re: hottest girl in the bar
This is of course a pretty crass assumption that the hottest girl can't also be the most intelligent, looks have nothing to do with intelligence at all, so they are spread equally between good looking and ugly people. Of course, finding yourself an intelligent girl who is also the hottest in a bar, may be above your skill... ;)
Why did they trade out of that position? They could have kept the stock until the price went back up...surely a better bet than the alternative that they chose, effectively ending the business.
The fact that there was no public opposition to this is testament to the fact they got the decision right. Who on earth would have thought leaving it as wasteland is better than development, Apple being the only ones with the cash and want to redevelop it.
Re: For shame
It probably wouldnt have to remove it from sale to be honest, it could just stop their servers listening for the data. It could also supply a firmware update automatically.
I really don't get why Tim actually meets up with him. He only 0.4% for gods sake! He should just tell him to stop bothering him, hes got more important things to deal with. If Steve Jobs was still around, I wonder if he would have given him the time of day? I think not.
The problem of course is, this assumes that those other services are in fact inferior, in most cases I find they are not, so would agree with their ranking in the results.
Err, yes right, so Google are the bad guys because they crush startup companies by developing their own competing products, and this time delay in them being recognised facilitates that? The only gaping hole in your conclusion is that Google is one of the largest purchasers of startup companies out there. They often buy companies out, not develop their own crushing tech inside the company. Right or wrong, this is what a lot of startup owners actually want!
Re: "sophisticated attacks"
Presumably because the people carrying them out have huge ego's and so like to claim it was sophisticated, and even when no such claim is made by the group, a sophisticated attack gets more readers to a story :)
Re: Anyone remember
Well, to be honest I really don't think the vast majority are caused by the equipment not being safe. Ultimately there is a risk, you know what that risk is when you use the machine. The majority of the injuries are caused by complacency after a few months using the machine and no longer giving it the respect it deserves, think you've already learnt it and nothing it going to happen to you. If you approach it with the same thoughts you do on your first day when you see for the first time the power it has, you would never crush/cut your hand or arm or whatever else in it. Being used to it and complacency is the problem, and like I say, if you cur your hand off in a machine you have been instructed to use, and told about is risks then you frankly didn't give it the respect it deserves and it won't be banned because of this, you'll simply recover (or not) and someone more capable will start using it and probably never injure themselves on it.
Re: @bigtimehustler - "moral" duty
Indeed it does, I am not anti conservative or anti labour, im more anti all of them! So I agree with you completely.
They use coldfusion? Oh right I see, so thats who's using it!
I totally agree with you on this, under Cameron, everyone has a moral duty, as long as that moral duty is what he says should happen.
Im pretty sure he uses this phrase in practically every speech he gives lately with anything he knows he would never get outlawed if he tried to take to a vote in parliament, so instead we have a moral duty to do what he says instead.
Thats not really the point im trying to make is it, in some places filtering out the keywords is could be said to be illegal because you could be searching for open discussion on the subject and not the subject itself. How are they going to differentiate between me searching for articles about historic abuse for example which may include the words "child porn" and me actually searching for child porn? The typing in of search terms does not indicate intent unless you understand the context the searcher is searching for them in.
My main point is, what one government wants, another may want the opposite, so at the end of the day, people are just going to use the version of Google from whatever country suits their aims.
The joke about the Indonesian president issue is that Oz PM actually said that the term spying should not be used as it is "kind of loaded language" and that instead it should be described as "research". Hold on one moment, is research using convert means on a foreign government not the definition of spying? What an idiot.
I suppose the other question is, will google actually be doing this worldwide or just for the UK version of the site? Surely eventually they are going to be stepping on freedom of speech issues in countries with more protection, so there is only so far they can ever go on a global level. This just means you can use a VPN to access the US version of google and see your normal results.
As soon as I go to a site where the download link is so well hidden its clear they are trying to trick you into clicking ads or downloading an installer you don't need. I leave and download what I want elsewhere.
The punishments for making a kid grow up that way when doing this are already there, its causing death by dangerous driving. No more legislation is required. If your stupid enough to risk going to prison for the next 10 years of your life then your stupid enough to risk any fine for using a phone.
Re: Anyone remember
I also remember a time when there were no safety obsessed morons all over the place...oh what a better a world that was!
But seriously, things do sometimes get more dangerous because of inventions, that's life. Before the age of industry, there were no people getting their hands crushed in large press machines. I don't see anyone calling for industry to be banned however because some people are still stupid enough to get distracted and crush their own hands. There are safety guidelines in place and if you choose to ignore them, you pay the consequences.
I wont try and convince you it wouldn't make roads safer, what I will tell you is that im not too concerned about making them safer. You do realise that its a reported fact that more people die in the home of accidents than on the road right? Plus, life has always been dangerous, when you take all risk out of life, you also remove all of lifes enjoyment because to make a truly safe world we must just sit down and never move. There has to be a limit to how safe things need to get and personally, if roads are safer than the home, we are there already.
I don't think there is any room for non factual personal possibly even political opinion from a coronor, there job should be to establish the facts, not further their own personal crusade.
What about passengers, should they not be allowed to make a phone call? What about the many more distracting things that go on in cars, like fiddling with your child in the seat next to you, having an argument with your partner etc...
Absolute nonsense, this of course also ignores the fact that more people die in their home from accidents than die on the road, what next...ban moving from your sofa in case you kill yourself at home.
Re: good use case
Errm, yea because it has really harmed the way Netflix delivers its websites and content right? There are many companies that a cloud host like AWS makes sense, if your a new company but to be a success you need to scale like crazy, then a service like AWS is the only option. What else are you going to do? Buy millions of pounds worth of kit yourself...with no money to do so...for scale that may never happen? No I didn't think so.
Re: Personal introspection
Haha, indeed, I wonder if they give sound and non biased advice to their own customers about their own companies stock price? These companies always have an ulterior motive when they give this advice, it is never an analysis, its a direction they want things to move in that would benefit them. So they try to convince the market to move that way.
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