How much data do they want?
Oh, you want my health record, Google? And you're paying me how much, Google? Nothing?
OK, fine. Bye.
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Oh, you want my health record, Google? And you're paying me how much, Google? Nothing?
OK, fine. Bye.
"VAT is also the cheapest tax to collect per pound collected."
No it isn't, property taxes are the cheapest to collect. Avoidance is very low: houses don't generally move around you know who owns them. Google "unpaid VAT HMRC" and you'll see how much VAT is owed.
I don't necessarily disagree, but what are you taxing exactly?
Are you taxing a corporation just for being a corporation? Or profits earned in the USA? Uncle Sam is very keen to repatriate foreign earnings, I would expect Trump to go after Apple and Microsoft .
From my experience, I have concluded that Californians struggle to hold anything "deeply", let alone a belief.
But it's nice to learn something new.
You have fallen into the trap of thinking that Shiny New Thing is always better than Older Thing, and always obliterates Older Thing.
The Thing here is complex: it is knowledge, but not just knowledge, it's also a desire to acquire knowledge. Which means rewards and social skills like group work.
A classroom of kids clicking in silence through a "gamification experience" while the teacher does a crossword is not progress. It's actually what North Korea looks like. But without the technology.
I have a theory is that this series of self indulgent, content-free advertorials is a new kind of torture weapon devised by the CIA, as a retaliation against Vladimir Putin's bot army. All I can say is "Go CIA!", but please stop inflicting it on us guinea pigs here.
Phew. Just in time, too.
"not a legally binding referendum."
But it is a morally binding promise: sovereignty was handed to the people for this decision (and this decision only).
"The City is too powerful. We need to rebalance the economy away from the City. Goldman Sachs is evil"
- The Guardian, BBC, academics etc for as long as I can remember.
"The City is wonderful. We must do everything we can to keep the City happy. Especially Goldman Sachs. This is a disaster".
- The Guardian, BBC, academics now.
So either they didn't know what they were talking about, or they're just hyping every bit of bad news they can find.
"With computers getting smarter and more inventive"
" the law was changed just over 20 years ago to allow *any* *old* *shit* to be filed as a patent..."
The law didn't change. Patent Offices employ monkeys.
"As if the patent system isn't already full of rubbish and inhibiting the progress of humanity"
Of course it is biased - the author is a renewable energy fanboy.
He has omitted any evidence that might put the wind operators at fault for the blackout. (Eg, they failed to turn off the turbines.) Fortunately we can read all this in the comments.
"Using the expression "SJW" pretty much signals "I'm a dick" IME."
SJW is a derisory term for the self-righteous, smug and intolerant personalities who attach themselves to some Left Wing political causes. Tom Lehrer wrote a song about them. Look it up.
I suspect you hate the phrase SJW because it's a truthful and accurate description of your personality, too.
This is just a wild guess based purely on intuition... and on your posting history.
So demonstrating your lack of gender bigotry by demonstrating religious bigotry.
It is hard to tell what the author objects to, since not one example is cited.
Perhaps the next one will enlighten us all.
Diddums. You lost, you're in the minority. Get over it. (Etc)
Davis & Co won't get everything they want. But a brake on unskilled immigration and easier skilled migration is pretty feasible.
And that's good enough for most people, except sub-minimum-wage paying bastards. Slave labour is not a good thing
"Norway has said it will veto us joining the EFTA"
More desperate Project Fear FUD. Norway has the potential to block the UK's application, but it also has lots of reasons not to do so:
EFTA was originally a club for the non-EEC states - the UK helped found EFTA and was a leading member along with all the Nordics.
Yes, I would say the outlook has tons of potential and upside. It's really up to the UK's exporters trade negotiators to make the most of it. For once it's up to us to make the most of the UK's advantages in contract law and the English language, rather than whinging about Brussels or whatever.
Our trade with the Rest of the World was rising anyway - that's where the new markets and strong demand is coming from. The EU is falling because a) it's in a slump and b) Germany has it sewn up. As I wrote, our emphasis has been and should be on the RoW regardless of Brexit.
"And you really wanted to say the outlook looks good? OK then..."
The needle seems to be stuck on Project Fear. Are you doing this so I can say "I told you so". It sounds very childish.
Our trade balance with the Rest of the World is positive and rising.
Our trade balance with the EU is negative and falling.
Therefore, regardless of Brexit, we the UK should have been focussing on global not EU trade any way. On balance, we got out in time. Trade is the biggest Brexit bonus. A recent David Davis article has lots more useful stuff in it.
"Neoliberals" ... "Shock doctrine" ...blah.
I'd rather assess TTIP independently for myself, rather than take the world of a ranting soap-dodger.
The two countries with the highest per-capita EU science funding go to... two countries not in the EU.
"if I were the EU dishing out grants, or a group of Italian scientists looking for some partners, I wouldn't be waiting around for the us Brits to invoke Article 50, let alone the actual leaving date: I would start making arrangements to do less and less work with British scientists starting right now."
You don't seem to have a clue.
Israel and Switzerland participate in EU science projects, receiving funding. Neither is in the EU.
"The real cause of the industry decline is people spending all their time on facebook."
Nothing to do with not paying for content. That disposable income still gets spent though. It gets spent on other leisure goods and services. If you were right the economics would be reflected in higher savings. The evidence for that isn't there.
It's probably you. I think we can all guess who he means: Guardian readers.
Are you seriously saying that there isn't a metropolitan Left? Is that your point? Then you seem to be demonstrating Kotkin's argument at that people who are signed up to the club are incapable of self-awareness.
I agree, it came over as four completely clueless Americans who had skim read the headlines.
SAP is a German company. The sterling to Euro exchange rate was around 1 : 1.25 for most of 2014 and spring this year. It's now just under 1 : 1.20. There has not been much of a sterling to Euro fluctuation.
There is no justification for a 20% price hike.
So the headline should really be: Giant multinationals uses Brexit as an excuse to gouge their customers. I am guessing this news upset the new corporate El Reg and its multinational-friendly ethos. Does anyone still bite the hand that feeds IT?
"N.B. I am not a fan of globalisation, but it is currently inescapable"
No, you're just making excuses.
A sensible immigration policy lets employers hire skilled workers from abroad without lots of red tape. We consciously took the decision to replace low skilled workers with cheaper imported substitutes. Then we ran the education system down so our own can't read or write. Which means we need more cheaper imported workers...
Stop blaming globalisation and take some responsibility.
"You and whose army?"
Putin's going to be quaking in his boots now.
However you voted, managing the costs of building our infrastructure ourselves is one of the bonuses. The 34 billion is less than 3 years net contribution by the UK, and about 20 months gross.
Try Googling "European Investment Bank" and "corruption" to get an idea of how much fraud and waste goes on. By contrast we sort of managed to do the Olympics on budget and on time.
"We didn't. Call-me-Dave found he was in a spot because of a stupid manifesto promise he decided he'd have to keep"
You're blowing smoke. Call-me-Dave tried to gain more influence and failed miserably. He pulled out all the stops and all he got was a worthless piece of paper. This is what "pushing for reform" means in practice - a kick in the nuts.
You are starting to sound a bit deluded: QMV replaced the veto for most things after Lisbon, so we can't really veto anything. I suppose you already know the EU doesn't actually have a free trade agreement with either the US or China? Switzerland does.
That's all you need to know right there in the Title. The Gravy Train rolls on.
Can we hear from someone who doesn't have a vested interest? That disqualifies you, @Charlie Clark.
I agree Potemkine, but your insistence on conformity and rules reminds me why people do not like the EU. The financial rules imposed on Italy, Spain and Greece has condemned a generation.
Like Andrew, I'm not against an EU, I'm against THIS particular EU and the only way it will ever change is by member states voting to Leave. If the UK does many more will follow.
There are many models of co-operation this one looks like it's had its day.
"Simple one-word answer: Capitalism."
Russell Brand has entered the room.
I think you will find that roaming charges are basically socialist.
The charges fall on the wealthiest, who expense them to their employer (amortising the cost over a business), and generally fall on people who can afford to travel. The profits from roaming charges keep prepay PAYG prices down, keeping costs down for people who tend to be the poorest. Your definition of capitalism is therefore "the rich subsidising the poor" - which will be news to most people.
Of course understanding this requires you to think a bit, rather than give moronic one word answers.
When roaming charges were introduced the tariffs for the poor went up. Another EU triumph, but one that leaves bureaucrats (who roam a lot) very happy. Trebles all round.
I upvoted you as the Europhiles here don't seem to be able to read.
Most standardisation measures the EU takes credit for have nothing to do with the EU - they just add pointless gold plating. That doesn't mean as Brexiters claim that we wouldn't have no red tape if we weren't in the EU. It probably is likely we'd have less, and it would be more sensible.
"I think the deal was supposed to be granting visa-waivers but that hasn't happened as Turkey won't meet EU demands on the definition of terrorism among other things."
It will happen, because Erdogan has the EU over a barrel.
"Whoops, did I just let through another 1m migrants. Sorry about that!... Whoops, I did it again!"
The EU knows this, and I think you are in denial a bit. Or just naive.
Do you think rules for membership to EU institutions are rigid? Have a look at whether Greece or Italy met the convergence criteria for joining the Euro currency. They failed to meet the rules, so the EU bent the rules. Oh, and Turkey's on the path to full membership - which Cameron fully supports ASAP.
"Posting calories and warning consumers is fine as far as it goes, as is a soda tax, but in our view these policies don’t go nearly far enough."
Obviously, because the gravy train would stop. More taxes, more work for Public 'Elf psychologists.
I agree with the poster above - the same Conversation articles appear all over the internet: on the Daily Fail and clickbait blogs. Why should they appear at The Register?
"It was my understanding that if you have a patent or own copyright on something, then unless you actively protect it you will lose it"
Time to get that "Teach Your Toddler IP" book you've never got round to reading.
Trademarks need to be actively protected. Patents need to be registered, then periodically re-registered. Copyright is automatic.
"Public surfaces are not subject to copyright"
If it's code, then it is covered by copyright. No exceptions.
What you mean is to say "interfaces should not guarantee that spurious copyright infringement claims are will be successful", and I agree 100 per cent, they shouldn't. But that's what the courts are for, and the standard has been set high. So high nobody tries to make infringement claims unless they have a very good chance of winning. Removing copyright from code without the giving it a special class of protection, which is discussed inter alia, means the developer cannot protect that code. That not only fucks up commercial software development but the GPL too.
"or, more accurately, without swamping internet companies with billions of requests."
My heart goes out to these huge tech corporations who can't seem to turn their image filters on.
Along with fossil fuels, are the root of all evil.
Copyright terms could be shorter in some cases, or longer in others (I prefer shorter) but either way it doesn't really matter. If you can't protect your work when you publish it on the interwebs from being scraped or pirated, then copyright does not really exist. See the tree falling in a forest problem.
Andrew freetards like Ms.Reda will only get this when they lose a major F/OSS case. Then, miraculously, they will be in favour of strong copyright that you can defend without calling on an expensive lawyer.
"If it remained straightforward to move between the two countries despite Brexit, Paddy O’Connell anticipates more British IT contractors working in Ireland due the attractions of the stronger euro."
So much for the headline.
Mature commodity cloud services are available in the shape of Azure, AWS and Google. Given the EU's reputation for efficiency and value-for-money, how do you think this will compete?
I agree but reform isn't likely unless something drastic happens, like a major economy leaving either the Euro or the EU. Ironically even if you believe strongly in the ideal of the Union, you probably should be voting Leave to save it. Nothing else will work.
You want a gigantic corporation to intimidate an elected official. So the gigantic corporation doesn't get investigated.
Are there more where you come from, AC? How's the Brown Shirt fit?
You mean you hadn't guessed how the government views the governed from the plans for an ID card or the Snooper's Charter?
"Leaving hurts us more than 'them'"
It depends who the "them" is. Not the citizens in the EU. The EU is in a lot of trouble - the Eurozone is in depression and right-wing/fascist parties are on the rise.
If Brexit makes halts the march to an "ever closer union" and makes it more democratic and accountable, then the UK leaving will have done the other 27 members a massive favour. Britain has saved Europe from fascism before.
Correct, although Windows 3.0 preceded Windows 3.1. They were identical.
The author seems to have a very limited knowledge of the personal computer history.
DevOps is a middle management conspiracy.
QTWTAIN of the day.
Of course not, but a solid open access alternative to El$evier, one that publishes good work, will diminish their rent seeking abilities. Prestige journals will always be that: prestige. Most journals are not prestige journals however.
Progress comes from creating a working alternative, not from the mass theft of property, as the author seems to believe. Authors of papers should assert their rights and remove the power of academic publishers to milk the Universities for millions.