* Posts by DavCrav

2228 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

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"(I had deactivated it a few weeks ago, and decided I didn't need it, and with the recent announcement that they are moving all of Europe's records to the US, I decided to press the button and get rid of the slimeball once and for all.)"

Correction: it appears that they are moving everyone other than Europeans away from Europe to the US. I still do not regret my decision.

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"Annoying as these privacy issues are, I still feel it's up to you, mostly (sometimes you've not given a choice I understand that) to hand over your data to use their services for free. If you don't wish them to have your data, simply stop using their services."

I deleted my Facebook account a few minutes ago.

(I had deactivated it a few weeks ago, and decided I didn't need it, and with the recent announcement that they are moving all of Europe's records to the US, I decided to press the button and get rid of the slimeball once and for all.)

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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Re: RE: As a never-signed up non member....

"Again, your level of ignorance is worrying."

1) If he's not on Facebook, how can he know the exact way that tagging works?

2) The reality is that Facebook has photos of him, and are using them for commercial gain. It doesn't matter who gave them to Facebook, in order to use photos of people for commercial gain you need the explicit permission of everyone involved except in very restricted circumstances (e.g., news reporting). Holding the copyright is not enough.

More or less, Facebook's entire mode of operation is in violation of the future GDPR, particularly the personal data it holds of non-users. It's going to be interesting to see what happens.

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Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges

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Re: Case dismissed

"They would have been fine if they had put out a letter saying they would be treating Cryptocurrency transactions as foreign currency or as a cash advance but since its alleged that they didn't and it hasn't been dismissed, there's a strong chance the bank fucked up, and I'd hate to be in the Chief Risk Officer's shoes if they did."

I think cryptocurrency would always have been treated as a cash advance, and it was just a mistake it wasn't charged before. Result: you owe us fees on that previous cash advance, but we'll waive them because we are nice bankers.

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Re: @Bombastic Bob ... The Bank is RIGHT

"I agree with what you're saying. However its not that simple when it comes to a court case.

First Cryptocoins are not a recognized currency. That's still up for debate.

Lawyers being lawyers could argue that Crypto coins are not currency because they aren't recognized by the US as currency. Nor are they regulated as such. (There are some lawsuits still out there. )"

Gift cards are not a recognized currency, but you will pay cash advance fees for buying them I believe. The only issue here is that the change was not notified. But it's more a question of whether they should always have changed fees from the start, in which case the result of the case might be that a load of people owe Chase interest?

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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Re: Walls can be useful

"I've often wished my friend's PC was similarly walled; he has enough knowledge to screw things up but not enough to fix them. Unfortunately he's wilful, too, so will insist on doing things his way and not mine."

When you say you wish his PC was walled, you presumably mean a wall placed between him and the PC?

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Hookup classifieds ad sheet Backpage.com seized in Feds shutdown

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Re: Next?

"Next?

So, where do the ads move to next? Overseas websites? Dark web?

Oh, all prostitution will end, will it?"

No point in prosecuting criminals, there will always be more crime?

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Re: I'm surprised the founder is living in the US

"I know nothing of this site, but unless it’s super blatant I assume it’s doing the same as other classifieds and is not interested and not intentionally targeting that market and is being caught in the crossfire."

Yeah, no. They've been in court about this issue before. They know they are facilitating child prostitution, they just don't care.

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"If you wonder how the people of Backpage feel about this, then you must also ask yourself how the inventor of email feels. Or the telephone. Or the printing press. Or the first human-like creature to make an utterance which was understood by a fellow human-like creature to be a form of communication."

Oh fuck off. It's more like asking how someone who is delivering a package would feel if you tell them there's a kidnapped child sex slave in it, i.e., any normal person would, you know, not carry on. The people at Backpage can stop this themselves, they just don't want to because they are making money from it, and they are fundamentally sociopaths, they have to be. If you are in a job where you are making money from child sex slaves, most people would not just carry on regardless.

Let's not try to compare someone knowingly transmitting messages about child sex slaves (I'm going to carry on saying that because I think you are not quite getting it yet) and inventing a printing press that then someone else uses to go and do something.

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I'm trying to work out how the people who run Backpage actually feel about themselves.

"Looking at the top number here, we see that our revenues are up 10% in this quarter."

"What's this number below it?"

"Oh, that's the number of child sex slaves we've helped rape this quarter."

"Erm, why is that number not zero?"

"You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. Now if you turn to the next page, you'll see our revenue and child rape forecasts for the next fiscal year."

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Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

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Re: Sooo...

"you wouldn't see equal pay as a way for you to get your panties in a bunch about feminism."

It's not an equal pay problem. That's been solved. It's an equal representation in highly paid jobs problem.

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Re: Sooo...

"The other problem is that quite a few are throwing up this straw (wo)man argument that "well of course cleaners should be paid less that CEOs" or "pilots should earn more than stewardesses". That's nonsense, and not what the equal pay argument is about."

Actually, that's exactly what this is about. These figures are for all men and all women in a work place. The correct response to this isn't "pay women more", like some people have said, but "more female pilots".

For this to actually work though, you might have to do something about the motherhood issue. It's not being a woman that causes you to earn less, it's being a mother.

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"That calculation was on the basis of the median hourly pay gap across 56 companies – so essentially comparing middle managers' earnings, rather than including the chief exec or cleaners' rates."

Well, no. It excludes the CEO and it excludes one cleaner. Keeps the rest of them. As someone said above, it really does matter that there are more female cleaners than male ones, as this does drag down the median, unless all other women earn the same amount.

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How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters

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"Be interesting to run this on the Register."

It would associate 'an Apple spokesman' with 'declined to comment'.

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Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?

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Re: Moot

I think it means no longer legally relevant as the law has changed. Do you think it means unable to speak?

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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Re: What happens when pedestrians learn to spot autonomous vehicles?

"Once pedestrians learn that they can cross a busy road by walking in front of driverless vehicles, forcing them to emergency stop ... at least it will redress the balance between cars and pedestrians, very much in the pedestrians' favour!"

Evidently you haven't read the news recently.

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Donald Trump jumps on anti-tech bandwagon, gets everything wrong

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Re: brain farts

"The tone of your article belittles your professionalism as a journalist and supports Trump's arguments that the media is biased against him. This article is living proof of that."

It's not bias if you point out in a news outlet that someone is repeatedly lying. It's called 'reporting'.

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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

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"And every time you re-lay a road, you can retro-fit, until eventually everywhere will be connected (very few vehicle roads are more than 50-years-old in terms of the tarmac on them, I should imagine, even if the road has been there since the Roman ages)."

Sounds nice, but I was at a lecture by a civil engineer who was designing equipment to find all the stuff under the roads. First, some roads, particularly in London, are 'full', in the sense that with sewers, electricity, water mains, gas pipes, phone lines, cable TV, and more, there is no longer any room for digging underneath. Second, there are more or less no maps of this stuff. The recent pipes and cables have been mapped, but in most places in the UK, if you stand on a road and say 'where is the water main here?', the water company won't be able to tell you.

Retrofitting would mean that the water, electricity, sewerage, etc., would be cut off for over a week to somebody, probably much longer. I doubt you'd be impressed if someone said 'we are relaying your road. Move out for a week as you won't have any water or drainage'.

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Re: "It's compliemtary. It's not free." Words to *always* keep in mind.

"For I am Ozymandias, King of Kings. See my works and tremble"

It should be

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair".

FTFY, for once entirely appropriately.

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Corking story: Idiotic smart wine bottle idea falls over, passes out

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"Kuvee tries to solve a problem that only its founder and presumably a few hundred other people have: how to only drink a glass of wine at a time."

Yes, not really a problem I have.

"Everyone else has friends and family to share with."

Oh. That was your solution? Never mind then.

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UK Court of Appeal settles reseller's question: Is software a good?

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"We've already got rulings here in the Netherlands holding that a perpetual software license is treated as a good in all ways applicable to it, including right of sale and transference. AFAIK Germany and France have similar rulings."

That's weird. This appears to be an EU Regulation rather than a Directive, in which case it's not a transcription issue (as EU Regulations are not transcribed into local laws, they apply directly, so there's no issue there). There's a possible issue in the translation of the Regulation into different languages (this can sometimes cause a problem) or in the interaction between the Regulation and other UK-specific laws. I suspect a quick trip to the ECJ might be necessary, as this really should have a single definition EU-wide.

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"I other words, HMG being told to sort it out."

You mean the EU, but yes.

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DavCrav
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Did you find that in a dictionary or a legal textbook? Because only one of them is important for the law.

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US mulls drafting gray-haired hackers during times of crisis

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What are they going to do? Point rifles at you and say "You build database now"? You might be able to draft a naive 18 year old to fight, because he dies otherwise. But unless this coding is taking place in a warzone, that's going to be harder with a 45-year old software designer.

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UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

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"How does owning 15% make you a minnow when compared to someone who has only 9%?"

My guess, typo. 1) the numbers don't add to anywhere near 100%, and 2) Voda doesn't own 9%.

Edit: article has since been corrected. It's 29%.

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Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket

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Re: Jenny Agutter wearing that short dress

"Dammit, now I need a cold shower...."

That post should come with a trigger warning. Our bloody boiler broke last night and we have no hot water or heating.

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Fun fact of the day: Voice recognition tech is naturally sexist

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"This isn't true, they just scatter it differently. Some other commentard was able to provide a bit more information on how this is dealt with in the photographic industry."

I would have thought that black surfaces reflect less light than white ones. In particular, in low light levels, it's harder to spot black people in real life than white people.

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"It’s an inherent technical problem down to the fact that females generally have higher pitched voices. They also tend to be quieter and sound more “breathy”."

So in other words, women can't speak as clearly as men, on average. It's like saying facial recognition programs have trouble with black faces because they scatter less light, so in training that's fine because there's a big spotlight, but in real life it doesn't work as well, and can never work as well.

This beautifully complements an article in The Guardian the other day that stated that algorithms favour white men because there aren't enough female coders, along with a lot more idiotic garbage.

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Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

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Re: Journalists in court

"I was listening to an interview with Ian Hislop (as editor of Private Eye) He said he was amazed at how infrequently journalists now attend court hearings. He thought that journalists are shying away from stories that require more than five minutes work as many people are only interested in reading a few lines about a story before getting bored and moving on."

Also because it's fairly hard. You have to be careful and make sure you don't accidentally break the law. Easier to write an article 'Ten things you wouldn't believe have an effect on the Moon'.

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"Let's burn all the newspaper archives while were at it shall we ?"

If you really want to find out about someone's past, can you? Yes. Should anyone who knows you be able to find out all about stuff from decades ago at the click of a button? I don't see that one myself.

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Re: Add spent convictions to the discrimination legislation

"Add discriminating based on spent convictions to the discrimination legislation and be done with it."

Great, that'll help. That's why, since that legislation, all sexism and racism has ended.

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Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

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"The law gives you redress if its faulty so its irrelevant what a given shop provides in the way of consumer protection."

Does it? Even if the retailer is bankrupt?

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Yahoo! Can't! Toss! Hacking! Lawsuit!

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Re: Security?

"I've been trying to report that their "cached" search on the UK site points to 10.200.146.39 for months with no luck! Wouldn't hold your breath."

Wait. Yahoo does search? I thought it was an e-mail and vulnerability disclosure company.

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London Mayor calls for social networks and sharing economy to stop harming society

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Re: "our contribution to the overall health of the public conversation".

"The inability to open ones mind to debate and alternative ideas is, I completely agree, a failing on their part. Unfortunately not even trying is a failing on your part I'm afraid."

I'm not sure about that. It's a cost-benefit thing. If you judge your success rate to be essentially nil, then even if the benefit is high and the cost low, you shouldn't bother. Governments have different costs and benefits, so they might bother, but for individuals, it's a far better use of their time not to even bother engaging with cranks of any form. (Nazis, flat earthers, anti-vaxxors, hollow earth theorists, any of them.)

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Broadcom's buyout of Qualcomm bogs down as DC blocks merger

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So will Broadcom move to the US now? Don't see much reason to.

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Broadcom moves to the US: CFIUS-inspired redomiciling makes for happy voters

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Didn't work

CFIUS just canned the deal.

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Most IT contractors want employment benefits if clobbered with IR35

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Re: Contractor rights

"You don't really get £1000 a day tough do you, taking off the 20% corporation tax, thats already less than 3 times than the example permanent person is earning per day. Then take off all the other taxes, insurances, personal pension contributions and loss of money for sick days I can't be arsed to work out. You'll arrive at a very similar number, with far more hassle and less security."

Yeah, except Corporation Tax should be taken off at the end, not at the start. Unless you meant VAT?

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Re: Man...

"It's your company as a contractor so you can pay yourself as you see fit. Why would or should anyone want to pay more tax than than legally required? So generally contractors draw a salary up to the NI limit - so circa £8K a year and take the rest as dividends."

OK, do that. Then don't complain when the Government introduces strict laws stopping you from aggressively avoiding tax. It's the same argument with Apple. "You haven't told me this is absolutely illegal, so I'm going to do it."

If your only argument as to why you are doing what you are doing is 'it's technically legal', then you are legally allowed to continue, and everyone else is legally allowed to hate you for it.

But normally the same people who say 'don't complain to me, I'm only following the law' also are the ones who bitch and moan about IR35 and similar things.

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Re: re: Pay your Taxes

"Yep did that. Even had a pension but still got clobbered by IR35. Paying yourself the national average wage is in their eyes cheating the system."

Possibly because you're in an industry where the national average wage, about £15/hour, would be ludicrous and they decided you were therefore aggressively avoiding tax?

Here's a good rule of thumb: would you, or someone similar to you, work in that role for that money, under other circumstances, where you aren't also the boss of the company? If not, then you are cheating the system, if not legally then morally. If your company gets paid over and above the market rate for permanent staff because you are great, then that extra is your profit, that shouldn't be as wage. That should also be soaking up sick leave, holiday, pension contributions, etc.

It's much better definition of cheating the system than IR35, but harder in practice because it's difficult to decide on a market rate.

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Does Parliament or Google decide when your criminal past is forgotten?

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Re: Didn't CRB/DBS blow the RoA away anyway ?

"DBS is Basic, Standard and Enhanced - Standard and Enhanced also show unspent convictions and when you apply for a job in say Finance, Legal, Education etc. you may need an enhanced check."

Whoops. Yes, I actually meant the standard DBS, not the Standard DBS check... You cannot tell that since it is at the start of the sentence.

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Re: Didn't CRB/DBS blow the RoA away anyway ?

"Didn't CRB/DBS blow the RoA away anyway? Since they effectively meant all convictions "spent" or not had to be disclosed?"

RoO Act has, I was under the impression, never applied to cases of child safety, national security, or other situations in which DBS/DV is used. There are different levels of DBS for different situations. Standard DBS does not release spent convictions, very high ones release arrests without charge, police intelligence and even hearsay.

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Re: If...

"It is also against the rules to leave, even reformed, foxes in charge of henhouses..."

I'm not sure it is except for certain jobs, where spent convictions are taken into account (DBS, vetting for national security, etc.). If you are dealing with national security positions, you aren't getting your information from Google. If you aren't dealing with national security or DBS jobs etc., then the RoO Act applies.

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Re: The law says your conviction is spent after x years, legally....

"Trying to re write history is a completely different argument which amounts to "I don't want it to be easy to find out what I did before", and that's wrong."

Actually, not only is it right, it was the default position until about 2000. It's only the last decade or two where this has been a problem. So the more interesting question is why do you suddenly think it's your right to find out about every single conviction anyone has ever had at the press of a button?

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Re: Things can and do come back to haunt you

"Public interest in the fraud? Substantial."

Not according to the RoO Act. That defines the public interest (in the legal sense) of various convictions. Of interest to the public is not the same as public interest.

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British military spends more on computers than weapons and ammo

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Doesn't this just tell you that bullets are cheap? I spend more on tech than on milk, but that's because milk is quite cheap, nothing else.

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'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials

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"Congratulations to admitting to a criminal offence on an open forum."

I don't think it was a criminal offence. You hand over your card and then you are asked to confirm your name and address. When he'd have said his own name, but the right address, the mistake would have been clear.

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Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

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Re: Base taxation on inputs and outputs

"I see this suggestion has attracted a thumbs up, and two thumbs down.

Thumbs up I expected, the thumbs downs causes me to really wonder what motivates those people."

I can tell you what's going to motivate people to downvote that message. It sounds really whiny.

I've been guilty of it before -- moaning about getting downvoted -- but it's just a red rag to a bull. You should just take it on the chin.

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Re: Base taxation on inputs and outputs

"You are another person who condemns out of hand what they do not understand or are familiar with."

It is not impressive to explain badly and then act all smug if someone doesn't understand you. But I think I do understand you and you are just wrong.

You don't seem to understand what is taxed. Economic activity is taxed. If the UK levies a consumption tax, say VAT at 20%, it shouldn't send some of that money to another country because that good was an import. This is insane. If China wants to tax that good it can tax it as it leaves China, that's easy. The UK government, like all governments, raises money to fund UK services, and does so by taxing bits of the British economy. In an ideal world there wouldn't be any tax, but because of social and pure public good issues we need it.

Put it another way: since more or less all modern technology is based on British inventions, does that mean that the UK should be paid a sizeable fraction of everything anyone does? If not, why not?

Actually, I've decided you are the economics version of one of those people who thinks that they've found the real value of pi, and it's just that nobody else can understand their genius.

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Re: EUSSR

"Bullshit, you're just another greed merchant. You pretend that you have some right to what money others make - cunt."

Starbucks paid £8.6m on £3bn in sales in the years up to 2015. Now either that's one deeply unprofitable company, or they were lying.

So that's dealt with your charge of 'bullshit'. As for calling me a cunt, you should perhaps not engage in personal abuse on a UK site. The Prevention from Harassment Act applies, and 'Anonymous Coward' is just a button you press, your IP is logged and available to Plod if a complaint is made. I won't make a complaint, but you are approaching a public order offence. Note that the woman who recently left a sweary note on an ambulance was charged with a public order offence, and she did not actually engage in direct abuse and you have done.

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Re: Conflicted as usual.

"Stole from their parents through cheap sales of national assets"

Stole from their children you mean. National debt, house prices and pensions are a trillion-pound intergenerational theft, and my generation knows that your* generation is responsible. When we get in power, you'd better pray.

* If you are of that generation.

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