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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

Richard Rae

"Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the public accounts committee, has chastised a number of companies about the apparent exploitation of legal tax loopholes by multinationals such as Google and Amazon."

Change the tax law if it's that big a problem. At what point is following the letter of taxation law exploitation? Sure if it was, then the 'loop holes' should be addressed? But aren't these the same rules they use to attract businesses?

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Measure for measure: We visit the most applied-physicist-rich building in the UK

Richard Rae

Re: Just saying....

every country has failures in their history. I was not talking about that, but more that the current thought process in this (and so many other countries) is more axed towards the belittling of the place and what people achieve as opposed to taking stock of what has, is and will be done.....

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Richard Rae

Just saying....

..... It would be nice if the general populous looked at this country through the achievements of these kind of installations instead of the football failures, Big brother and other mind numbing society dumbing drivel that is the main entertainment.

Maybe then they will actually have more respect for the place, themselves and what this nation has contributed to the world....

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What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

Richard Rae

I think it's brilliant

A bit like the baby trolleys in supermarkets that have the flag on a pole, it allows you to spot the idiots at a distance...

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

Richard Rae
Facepalm

and the point?

So drive to the car park, have the car loaded, after waiting for the notification that it's ready, then bugger off for a while while they load up and drive home?

Yeah, that is a whole lot better then waiting at home for an hour slot, or ordering online and having it delivered to the office... where I am sitting there anyways!

Creation for creation sake?

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

Richard Rae

For me it;s simple

If I am in a crisis then please by all means track me withing 1/2 a millimeter of my position. If it means that there is someone that can help me / save me or whatever go for it.

In regards to the 'wider net' of monitoring think of this...

Facebook - checking in location and tagging your 'chats' on the fly

Photos - geo tagging

Google - Google now service and g+

WEather widgets taht are set to 'my location'

Instagram

would not be surprised for twitter (don't use it so no idea)

numerous applications that get this info...

So people are happy to 'share' their location with these coorporates but as soon as the 'gov' wants it.. OH MY GOD THEY ARE BIG BROTHER etc....

Wake up, smell the coffee you are not that important!

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Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR

Richard Rae
Joke

Re: What?

££££££££££££££££££ or in this case $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

Richard Rae
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Mythtv Backend + XBMC

runs really smoothly for me and they now integrate beautifully...

No interruption etc.....

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Japanese toilet can save penalty kicks

Richard Rae
Joke

A new way....

......to take the piss

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Hey, Third World! We know what you need: Mmm, patent wars

Richard Rae

Can we send them to the USA?

They seem to need some help understanding things.........

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NASA: WE'VE FOUND Four-toed NON-HUMAN FOOTPRINTS

Richard Rae
Joke

found.....

in Norfolk?

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Virgin Media SuperHub 'upgrade' hangs up on IP phone punters

Richard Rae

Re: Can the SuperHub be flashed?

I wish.... but 2 months trolling and found nothing :(

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Richard Rae

Re: The solution is pretty straight forward....

Oh I had forgotten that FTP one! That really wound me up. There is a fix somewhere on the net where you have to modify the FTP server to constantly send a packet through!

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Richard Rae
Pirate

The solution is pretty straight forward....

As a VM customer, I was fed up with the so called superhubb.

- no local resolution for wireless

- VOIP stuttering at best

- No QOS

and the list goes on.....

I slapped the 'superhubb' into modem mode and added a linksys wrt320n (and stuck ww-drt on it) and no issues at all since then!

I can see that for most people the hub is fine, but those of us that are needing that little bit more (and lets face it know better) slap your own router into the mix and enjoy!

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

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Re: A bit low...

I confused the crap out of mine by installing a log burner....

The gas consumption hardly went up during the winter and they had to send me a cheque for £300 :p

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Ministers consult public on 'opt in for smut' plans

Richard Rae
WTF?

At the same time lets

Put the pill in water to stop teenage pregnancy

Put Valium in the water to stop dangerous behaviour

Put slimming tablets into fat food to counteract the fat effect

Put insuling into all foods / pop to stop diabetese

put chemo everywhere to stop cancer

etc.... etc... etc....

Seriously, parents and co need to take control here, not the government or the schools.

You shagged without a contraception, you have a kid you TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS EDUCATION!

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Zuck weds self to lady friend in surprise ceremony

Richard Rae

black tie

to his own wedding.....

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Jetting off abroad? Pack protection ... for your Wi-Fi

Richard Rae
Joke

In more recent news....

.... Noah has built an Ark.

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Queen unveils draft internet super-snoop bill - with clauses

Richard Rae
Black Helicopters

No communication contents?

So maybe they can explain this

To quote:

"May and her department have tried to bat aside criticism from civil liberties groups by saying that "no emails would be read in real-time"."

To support

"The proposed bill described communications data as being "information about a communication, not the communication itself"."

If there is no communication content held, then how can they say that no email will be read in real-time, implying that they can (or will) be read after 'real-time' ie 1 seconds later by a person or batch job.

this puts me in mind of the Great Wall of China, unfortunately not the nice stone one......

Now, where is that tin foil hat of mine....

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Fanbois froth as Apple claims 'iPhone5.com' rights

Richard Rae
Joke

Re: LOL

"As if most of those are real users..."

They are real users, whether or not they can be classified as people is another matter....

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Syndicate

Richard Rae
FAIL

How to ....

..... kill a legendary game

Dosbox for me with my old CD please, thank you!

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Netflix set to make your video history public

Richard Rae
FAIL

Who says that the government only passes laws that suit them???

"The Video Privacy Protection Act was originally created after a Supreme Court nominee was discredited by having his video rental records turn up in a newspaper."

'Nough said really....

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TalkTalk bleeds punters, revenue in Q2

Richard Rae
Go

Let me paraphrase....

"We are pleased that we are delivering a better experience for our customers, demonstrated by the continuing reduction in calls into our contact centres and a significant increase in the number of customers' queries being resolved first time,"

Continued reduction in calls = more people leaving therefore less calls

" significant increase in the number of customers' queries being resolved first time" = improved leaving process

Glad to say that I have never been with them....

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Microsoft gives BPOS customers credit note for latest crash

Richard Rae
Joke

I like the wording....

On 'a' monthly invoice..... not saying which one....

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Glaswegian arrested for pro-riot Facebook posts

Richard Rae
Trollface

Simple solution...

Water gun, tear gas and rubber bullets.

If that fails, get their Grannies out and you will see them all run like hell!!! There is nothing more scary then a pissed off granny. Especially when they are broadcasting your family secrets. Guaranteed to destroy street cred!

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PayPal teaches Androids to swap cash

Richard Rae
FAIL

I will admit

That I have never used paypal to send money to people. Cash works just as well and they have it there and then without fees.... or a simple BACS transfer if they are too far away or need the cash on their card... Free, fast and efficient.

Paypal, go back to where you belong which is Ebay!

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Oz alkie gets hammered on hospital hand sanitiser

Richard Rae
Coat

well....

He is clean inside and out now....

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BOFH: CSI Haxploitation Cube Farm Apocalypse

Richard Rae
Joke

Was thinking about

publishing a CSI stupid idea top 1000, and realised that I'd have to show all the shows back to back, and 5 USA have already beaten me to it....

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Midlands council laughs at zombie-apocalypse threat

Richard Rae
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just call

Milla Jovovich, not only will she kick their arse, but it will be a very enjoyable view....

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AOL waves goodbye to 900 staffers

Richard Rae
WTF?

said Armstrong. "The changes today for me are very personal."

Why? You still got your high paying job right? or did you have to forfeit your new ivory back scratcher?

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Whitehall to puff punters: 'Hide your fags'

Richard Rae
FAIL

What about the fat people????

I'm sure that the cost to society is a lot larger for the fatties that are amongst us. When are they going to start banning McDos, donoughts and all other fat inducing, heart attack causing, diabetes causing foods? Not to mention the eye sore.....

It all boils down to 'lets pick on the smokers cause they are an easy target'. We should start the 'lets pick on the fatties to make them loose weight' and see how far that flies, after all it is for their own good!

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Google brings 2-factor authentication to Gmail

Richard Rae

@not enforceable

Yes it is, I've done it have a look in that thing called settings.

Now, need to find a way to explain how to do this to my old folks....

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Microsoft discovers disposable email

Richard Rae
Coat

Next new discovery from MS

An operating system that reboots at each change, 1/2 baked updates, and security holes

Can't wait!

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Crematorium to heat council swimming pool

Richard Rae
Pint

Not a bad idea

When you really think about it. Why waste that energy? use it somewhere else.

You could also offer the mourners a 'free' ticket to the pool to bath in their loved ones emanations.

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Microsoft warns of 'irreparable harm' on court's Word injunction

Richard Rae

"stranded without an alternative set of software"

Really?

Open office anyone?

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Profs: Sex with oldies or youngsters will give you the clap

Richard Rae
Joke

Well there goes....

.... the favourite UK game of pull a granny!!!

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Multi-sense VR helmet in development

Richard Rae
Paris Hilton

@ Liam

What you like the taste of skeletons?

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Brits find accommodation a little uncomfortable

Richard Rae
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text speak... really?

Not sure if this has dawned on people yet... but when I was at school, not that long ago but admittably in France and not here, we were taught how to spell way before we were allowed near computers etc...

So if the average person in this country is taught to spell at age 13-14 on the computer or the mobile, then there is a problem....

Where as the younger ones using the machines, I think that you will find that the programs are designed to teach them spelling.

When I was at school, we were graded out of 20, the higher the mark, the better and 20 being perfect, that including spelling. In every single discipline we were required to spell correctly, and around 5 points of the overall was dedicated to it. If you made the very very stupid mistake of spelling your name wrong, it was an instant fail. The logic was, if you can't spell your name, then you must not be able to answer the questions put to you!

Harsh, but much better. I regularly see letters, emails and other communications go out with spelling mistakes and punctuation flaws. And people wonder why if I have children I flatly refuse to put them through education in this country!!

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GM Volt to get regular software-style updates

Richard Rae
Gates Horns

updates....

please please tell me that this is not running windows.

I can just see the exchange time bug all over again. You have 50 minutes juice left, now you have76789578268952346578056843582375785 hours

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Microsoft's 'ordinary Joe' promises Windows 7 bliss

Richard Rae
Coat

I miss read the title.....

..... thought it said

Microsoft's 'ordinary Joke' promises Windows 7 bliss

Mines the one with the long sleeves.... and the buckles in the back

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Fluorescent sow drops glow-in-the-dark piglets

Richard Rae
Coat

PC modding turned human

Just imagine all those sad people people can now match their computers..... and cars......

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School-dodging Mexican lad glues self to bed

Richard Rae
Coat

There's a moral in there somewhere.

yeah, don't be stupid enough to glue yourself to far from the bar!!

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Drivers on the phone face the slammer

Richard Rae
Flame

Ok, I find this stupid....

for several reasons.

1 - jails cost US (you and I the ones tha t are careful) money

2 - jails are overcrowded

3 - people tend to get out earlier just to start all over again.

Now let's try something a little more hurtful...

£5000 fine + driving ban for 2 years + criminal record.

This will entail that

1 - you hit their wallet (so what the rich say)

2 - you hit the ability to drive (people in category 1 shut ip at this one)

3 - you give them a criminal record that will stay for ever and a day.

On the upshot

1 - the government makes money

2 - less people in jail

3 - you can laugh at them

I think that approach is much much better. of course the cynical (me) would say... They will drive without a license.

In that case

1 - tow and detroy the car

2 - £10000 fine

3 - jail

There you go. Tough laws the way they are supposed to be!!!!

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Child protection site to show Scottish sex offenders

Richard Rae
Black Helicopters

Check list

right so

1) GPS, check

2) Shot gun check

3) biere check

4) look alike offender, or actual offender check

I doubt that people would just 'report' without any form of direct action....

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Datapocalypse Now

Richard Rae
Alert

Why not help them out

Honestly, the pour government is trying really hard to be transparant here. We should help them out.

please fill in

First name

Last name

number of kids

bank account number

bank address

mother's maiden name

Pin number

Online bank access codes

Oh, and for the first 100 people I have £1000000000 left to me by this really nice barister in Nigeria that has died and told me that he wanted this money to be given to the first 100 people that help the government in it's transparency project!!

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Tesco slaps cutlery ban on under-18s

Richard Rae
Black Helicopters

offensive...

This is a good stance, but there are still a number of pointy / sharp objects that can be used from the criminal (or practical mind) is easily available... lets see

- screwdriver

- copper pipe (stamp on the end, or hit with stone for pointy edge)

- stone used above

- nice thick branch, use the road to sharpen it, works a treat, and has helped me cook fish in the past on the fire.

- tent peg

- road sign, the nice pointy ones going left (bit extreme, but can be used)

- keys, especially those nice long ones, go straight through

But on the other hand, we can let them kill each other, that would decrease the hoodie population and do us all a favor by reduce the amount of benefits that are paid out to these rejects, and reduce the crime rate in the long run.

Another one along the ‘funny’ vein, you are not allowed to take sharp objects on planes, but look by the emergency exit, nice axe isn’t it.

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Trick or trojan - watch out for Halloween malware

Richard Rae
Black Helicopters

If you are dumb enough ...

.... to open it, you deserve to be infected.

this is not a new tactic!!!

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Sony threatens to evict naughty gamers from Home

Richard Rae

Extract from Sony EULA

Article 1) If and when Sony decide that you are not acting correctly, we reserver the right to make more money by blocking your machine and charging you

Article 2) Should such a block occur, please contact our letting agents to arrange a new, safer house.

Article 3) Our stores reserve the right to charge you a 'reconnection' fee after blocking out your machine and forcing you to buy another one. This fee will not exceed the annual revenue of the company.

Article 4) The company reserves the right to charge you the 'fee' to anyone should the end of year figures not please us

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Twitchers in a flap over 'cock' gagging

Richard Rae

You can just imagine the same people....

.... censoring big brother

you **** ******* ******* ********* ******* ******* *** ***** **** **** **** ****** ********** ******* ***** ***** ****** ********** **** and ****** ***** ******** ****** ***** ******* ******** because **** ********* ** you ****** ** and then you **** you know

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