2768 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007
Re: @ Neil
Plus companies like to promise ridiculous timescales, figures and other things to simply get a big name customer onto their books by hook or by crook.
That's direct sales of Amazon-provided items as opposed to stuff that comes from Amazon via Billy Boggin's Amazon 'shop'
That would sound more like that figure, maybe.
What clown would ever downvote the suggestion that an artist is paid solely and directly for their own work?
Maybe the MAFIAA are trolling El Reg.
Re: Always worth reiterating in these cases...
Well, yeah, but Cubby Brocoli's family won't personally sell me a Bond Box set for Xmas...
... will they?
I did buy How To Destroy Angels' latest 'An Omen' release direct from the HTDA site on principle.
Always worth reiterating in these cases...
Buy Second Hand. Starve them of revenue.
So why not something along the lines of
1. If you are an business of at least a certain size, or operating under the brand of a business of a certain size you are required to have a registered UK branch and offices.
2. If your turnover vs profits quotient is less than 1% (say) then you're not allowed to claim back your VAT.
So, it'll cost you your VAT clawback to cheat the HMRC by claiming your outputs are really close to your inputs when you're a known large organisation (or a convenient subsidiary of one) which is raking in money but claiming it all has to go to the licensor of the brand you claim to be under.
You get the idea, I'm far from an accountant which is why I pay for real ones ;o)
Friday pint for everyone
Before they make that 'theft', too.
Re: Ho hum
Which is why I never use torrents.
Even though I only ever hear of people being nicked for it rather than ever knowing anyone nicked for it.
Still don't get why the MAFIAA are going after the downloaders rather than the seeders/providers of the files. I guess it's easy to punish customers as they're in the same jurisdiction as you, normally. Is it now an offence to download (C) material as well as distribute it in the USA or if they spot your IP on a torrent swarm do they just punt out a scary letter in the expectation you'll roll over thinking you're bang to rights.
Re: These companies can blow themselves
$60 a month? Feck.
I just ordered Fibre upgrade and that's just £20 (~$32) a month for 40MBit plus around £14 (~$22) for the phone line and I have no problems with either the ISP or the phoneline.
And UK is usually expensive compared to many other countries, to boot. Perhaps not.
Have a pint by way of consolation.
"represented anyway by UN members from the US and Israel"
Why does that fill me with no confidence whatsoever...
Google being a troll
Something Microsoft would never do over something like maybe Android phones with mystery IP in them.
I wonder if they make around $4Bn a year from that trolling they'd never do.
All those inconvenient scientists LP keeps linking to, I guess they're all froth-mouthed denialist heretic lunatics too.
If nobody questioned anything then we'd all still be banging rocks together in caves. Which is presumably what ended the last ice age, I suppose, cos, you know, it couldn't possibly just be nature could it.
Pint for TeeCee for being willing to assume climate heresy might not actually be heretical.
I wonder how they're getting to Doha
Presumably all the delegates will be walking to Doha from wherever they are, not driving around in V8 limos/4x4s and definitely not running any aircon or having ice in their drinkies while they're there.
Because, you know, to fly there, be picked up in a luxury motor and then retire to their aircon hotel rooms with a Montrachet in a bucket of ice would be, well, disingenuous.
Re: An anagram of Lewis Page...
That is all.
Probably more like
Biting the hand that feeds you
But yeah. money going one way or another.
Do you think this will be covered on the BBC?
Re: I wonder
Aliens will just think we have a twin moon, natch ;o)
Maybe not FTL
But I'd put a fiver on a deep-space quantum-entangled probe relaying data almost instantaneously.
Who the fuck ever thought they'd hear a phrase like that spoken seriously in their lifetime, too?
Don't let the facts stop you foaming at the mouth for some free publicity
Re: What a load of crap.
Given the price tablet makers bend customers over for on flash memory I'd think he had a reasonable expectation for 80% of that storage to be usable at least. Losing half of it does seem unduly excessive.
Nobody 'gave' him 32GB memory though, did they. He paid for it in the price of the device.
I think even you would be pissed off if you paid for a 1TiB hard disk and found you could only use 512GiB of it.
You confused, innumerate prick.
Re: He does sounds like an possible idiot
If it's his IP it's his right to do wtf he fancies with it, surely?
But not anyone else's right.
Certainly Gold only
After all when you have to pay for a Gold account to access your already-paid-for SKY/Lovefilm/Netflix/etc accounts how is it going to be any other way.
The XBOX actually got turned on over the weekend after about a year... because Halo4 isn't available on PS3
Nissan are bothered about that Toyota?
When they have the R35 ??
'By Royal Appointment' ?
Can Sammy now put that on stuff? Can imagine a certain irked fruitmonger if they could
Re: Definitely need icons for
'Buddy Jesus' perhaps as in 'That's karma for ya' ?
For stuff like MAFIAA activities, censorship, etc...
Perhaps the old Monopoly face-behind-bars jail image or a taped-over mouth, etc
For, well, when various states/organisations are riding into people's metaphorical towns shootin' their sixguns in the air...
My first thought.
Re: Invite them back
The best incompetence money can buy
Greenwashing your information for you.
UK business owners are writing to Ed Quilty to seek guarantees of indemnification against any actions brought against them should this make its way into law.
If not, perhaps they should be.
Re: In other news
That's Karma for ya.
In other news
Unsubstantiated but someone in the office today was saying apple had been told to fork out for sammy's legal costs in the appleogy-gate proceeding because of their overly childish approach to it all...
Anyone else heard this?
"three of the top five sources"
Which cannot now be trusted to be 'impartial', presumably.
Re: God dammit
Agreed. Remember though, a clip round the ear is assault and that'll get you thrown in chokey.
Which is why we have Chavs...
Re: This is very wrong
Perhaps if the kid were a soldier it'd be OK...
Just like it's OK for Omid Djalili to make jokes about Iranians but not for me.
Hopefully his lawyer will tell him to claim it was an act of protest against war and the CPS will have to sod off and find some real criminals to prosecute.
Re: Big gotcha
Or just as likely, Apple realised they'd have to pay something to HTC for something HTC owned which was being used without permission so decided to settle instead of lose publicly in court.
Presumably the fact the BBC want to hide the info so badly
Is because the climate change Chihuahua's would be shown to be correct.
Which would make people who use phrases like 'Climate Change Debier Attack Dogs' seems a bit, well, like Apple fanbois or Creationists.
Oh, and it'd embarrass the Government immensely which is more likely the reason for the judgement.
It's also about time a distinction was drawn between Climate-sceptics and Anthro-sceptics. The former being folk who deny the bleeding obvious and the latter being folk rightly suspicious of the lobbying from a darn lucrative industry.
They may have no technical knowledge
But there's still room in their wallets and time for skiing trips or Mohitos in Tuscany
Re: How freaking obvious can you get?
Since the Roman Empire, at least... Caesar crypts (perhaps wrong name) would be like a substitution cipher for which you'd need the original scrambled alphabet 'key' just to transpose letters to recreate the original message.
Noooo use hipster-arty-farty-architect speak
And called it 'distressed'
What's the point?
Profit, presumably. They don't give a stuff what you do with them after they have your money.
Beautiful Polish women?
But.. She looks like Pete Burns....
Hmmm, or how about...
'Made in the UK'
A tax break based upon the amount of product creation you do in the UK. If, say, a product is 75% created in the UK then allow a tax break or other incentive.
Helps ensure a certain amount of work stays within the country which at least means jobs and PAYE stay within the country to some extent, too.
No, I haven't thought about this for longer than five minutes but it would seem to have merit on the surface. (This is where someone points out this already exists and doesn't work)
Yeah! And just think...
When a Starbucks closes down it might get replaced by a coffee shop... bonus!
Welcome to Capitalism
It's legalised piss-taking, essentially.
I recognise that however much it's needed, change is not going to come as the ones who can effect change are the main beneficiaries of the status quo.
Hence I do what I can to play the game from the inside using its own rules, instead. Less than ideal but at least gains a little altitude on the greasy pole.
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