The EU has no problem with Ireland's 12.5% corporation rate.
The problem is that Apple is paying about 0.01%. They aren't really paying any tax anywhere.
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The EU has no problem with Ireland's 12.5% corporation rate.
The problem is that Apple is paying about 0.01%. They aren't really paying any tax anywhere.
Not as much as us - Ulster Bank Ireland (despite the name it's Irish).
No, it's a UK bank, owned by RBS, sadly.
"Although Mrs has promised that there will be no border controls between North and South."
Except that's not up to Ireland, NI or UK, but up to the EU decide.
If there is no Right of Residence of EU Citizens and Freedom of movement to UK, then there will be a hard border for first time ever NI <-> Ireland. May's promise is hot air.
Also even during Dev's so called Economic War against the EU, there was always a Common Travel Area. That may end for first time ever. There will be the cost of a border fence. Even before 1973 and during troubles there has never been a physical border.
UK wants the NI-UK to Ireland border to be the Irish ports and airports, like 13th Century to 1922! Neither EU nor Ireland will agree to that.
In the long term Ireland may benefit if International and other EU suppliers ship direct to Ireland rather than is so often the case via a UK middle man. Books, Magazines, Music, DVDs, Games etc very much treat Ireland as a UK region. DVDs etc often have an extra added Irish classification sticker, though some are printed, but alongside the UK one!
Very many "Irish" papers are thinly disguised UK ones.
BBC & ITV are the next popular TV stations and available to near 100% FTA and over 82% get them in a PayTV package. PayTV historically high as UK TV wasn't always FTA on Satellite, though Dublin, East, South East and Border got Terrestrial TV from UK since 1950s, Irish TV only started hours before 1962.
This is biggest change since Irish break with Sterling in 1979 (In reality Ireland only had its own currency 1979 to 1999)
Ireland has suffered because UK left ERM and didn't join Euro. Brexit will not be as simple as Ni Unionists or Brexiteers claim. EU totally decides what it is, with any one of the 27 having a veto!
The Referendum had lies on both sides.
It's FAR worse for Gibraltar who face the border with Spain being closed and withdrawal of 14,000 Spanish workers and loss of Spanish trade. It's only because UK and Spain are both in EU that the Spanish - Gib border is cordial!
Real VR vs a strap-on phone is like BluRay vs Philips N1500, not even VHS.
Or pickled is OK, though helped by pickled carrot, onions, gherkins.
Getting rid of bespoke IT and using cloud for anything other than an auxiliary customer facing web site (not the backend database and Co-Lo makes more sense) or temporary collaboration tools across sites is madness.
The Cloud providers are in it to make profit (or in some cases mine your data).
Security, resilience, privacy, backups, disaster recovery, bespoke applications etc? Ultimately you have no clue how the Cloud provider is REALLY (if at all) doing these.
I fear the "Cloud" failure apocalypse when too much has moved to it more than WWIII
Some sort of compiler like tool to check the source. Problematic as ONE text file might have
HTML (rendered on client)
Javscript (executed on client)
Then executed server side never seen by Client
Actual SQL (evil!)
Santitsing function calls in language of the day calling SQL stored procedures.
maybe even Java too
Oh how I hate web development compared to a program / app entirely in C#, VB6, C, C++, Modula-2, JAL or Java (Embedded system from scratch so much nicer than Windows /Linux and console or serivices with no GUI nicer still, though actually VB6 + OBDC at the end was a nice RAD test environment for XP).
Samsung 6400 family layered package for ARM, Flash & RAM, simple to layout I/O.
Cut down OSX -> iOS
GUI bought in from fingerworks. Trolltec actually had similar.
Switch from resistive (needed for handwriting and miniaturised desktop GUIs) to LONG EXISTING capacitive touch as the Fingerworks GUI didn't need the better resolution input.
Basically catalog phone parts slapped onto an iPod.
Less features than other phones, but well marketed and killer feature was unlimited or large data from some carriers when most users paid lots per megabyte. It was the simple (bought in) GUI and the data use bundle plus Apple hype / reality distortion that made the original launch a success. Marketing, Not R&D or even the appearance which was bland and minimalist and not creative at all, copied from 1950s to 1960s products, replace a 1970s calculator front with an LCD touch screen.
The scope of the design.
The extent to which the design determines the overall appearance of the product.
Other components in the device.
The extent to which those other components can be separated.
** Extent to which the the infringed item is frivolous, obvious or a slight variation from prior art (like rounding corners is on every hand held thing back to wax tablets and slates). Thusly a bottle can't be a registered design / patent because it's a rounded rectangle cross-section, but needs to be more distinctive, like Cola-Cola's fluted bottle.
Complementary to Pi and Ardunio, I think.
Now figure AI that's not fragile and not annoying.
But don't listen to ANY operator!
Should anyone under 10 or not allowed to wander the streets at night on their own, have a phone at all?
Though at end of initial contract period they now have to unlock for free?
There should be affordable 6 month contracts.
No contract subsidy, that's hidden HP
Here the minimum contract on many sorts of subscriptions has crept up to 18 months and meanwhile PAYG credit expiry period keeps dropping, making it nearly impossible to have an emergency phone in glove compartment or drawer.
Are they too thin?
Is it a bending problem or bad design of charger HW?
Though I don't think they gave up ARM licence and I think they did keep at least one communications controller with an ARM core.
Lots of PCs have ARM cores on Marvell Ethernet / SATA chips and on the hard drives. The profit margin is too low for Intel on ARM, also "Not Invented Here" syndrome.
They have a dilemma now with Altera. FPGAs are lot more actual profit per chip than a $1 ARM SoC, the main competitor of Altera is Xilinx which has a flagship ARM core FPGA. So Intel can hardly abandon FPGAs with ARM and no X86 (there is only a tiny market to have both cores, people will want one or the other and often later go to volume SoC ASIC unless it's a niche market.) FPGA have two distinct markets, stepping stone to volume SoC / ASIC and niche markets where there isn't volume, but the chip is volume product for foundry as the same chip can serve many different niche markets as well as development as it's user defined hardware.
Umm, but it's not got an x86? (As well as the ARM), or did I miss something.
Isn't this mostly updated process technology for Altera FPGA? ARM cores in an FPGA have been around for a while. A good way to prototype an ARM SoC especially at the source can produce files for FPGA or ASIC (dedicated SoC)
Nothing to do with scary Clown craze?
Works on some 14 year old laptops and PCs. Admittedly good ones.
No one EVER needs uPNP. Configure the ports manually. If the SW can't use that, it's garbage. uPNP and related stuff are stupid, even if it's going to be on the LAN, no router should EVER have it.
It's a similar badness to Autorun, which should not exist.
Issue is battery replacement more than in use standby.
I agree expandable RAM will not happen.
Lots of things in the past were MORE waterproof and had removable batteries.
It's just a little more expensive. The problem (and reason for Apple ditching headphone jack) is cost reduction.
Watches to portable test gear.
Same gear on a sub or ship or aircraft.
A, AA, AAA, AAAA
The cleaner won't lift dust, the dishwasher will leave cups stained and have no rinse cycle, the lamps won't be bright enough and omnidirectional to light a whole room, the toaster will dry out the bread and only brown it at max setting and only take pan sized slices, not larger batch loaf, the coffee machine won't even keep warm for mandated 40min max but 20min ... etc.
Sadly we do understand the evil energy saving stickers.
That's no star—
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Why don't they fix the USPTO and stop feeding the lawyers.
In a sane world a huge percentage of USA so called "Design Patents" (Pure look & feel) and actual patents would be invalid in the first place.
Yes, it's at Apple prices without the Apple reality distortion.
Google's home stuff is totally irrelevant.
At least El Reg isn't captured by Big Companies. The UK media Eulogising every Apple release (though iPhone 7 not so much) and now lauding Amazon's Echo as "innovative" and "great". How much is Amazon paying them?
Why can't I find it for Firefox on Android?
I'd have written something similar, but too polite and boring to read.
AI doesn't worry me at all, but the idiots marketing the "Cloud" and IoT are the enemies of civilisation, besides which Google, Facebook and hackers are mere annoyances.
Sociopathic spawn of Satan. Even lawyers and weasel megacorps are not looking so bad.
Except in this case it's more like a dead cat bounce.
Sterling, on average, is going to continue to fall.
The FTSE 100 is mostly international megacorps, so now that it's clearer what May will do, it is logically rising, nothing much to do with export of UK services and manufactured products.
There is a short window for people to buy Sterling priced products and then there will be inflation on price of UK exports or web retail sales.
5G is about consolidation of back end infrastructure and better use of channels simultaneously, even if on separate bands.
>> “provides a platform for developing a number of power management solutions such as electric vehicle chargers, air conditioning systems, high-power LED lighting, and wielding equipment.”
Okay, okay, that's not something many of you will use any time soon. <<
But I bet nearly all the folks developing this sort of stuff come here. After all Wireless World is gone.
Sure they do, monetising your private data by selling adverts. Not as well as Google, but far better than Twitter, Microsoft etc.
Just like Facebook.
Why COMPANIES, never mind consumers use Facebook is a mystery, but perhaps Amazon and eBay don't let you hire labourers, sell baby hedgehogs and weapons?
Really? Or just more hyped and available?
They behave like it's part of their org, or else why do they promote it when they have their own websites?
Twenty to forty minutes to 1st boot.
All day to change all the settings, most of which are stupid defaults for the majority and have been for 20 years.
Unless you have preconfigured images etc.
No wonder most consumers home PCs are badly set up. This is not just an AD problem, but historic to almost every configuration issue of Windows.
Hybrid aircraft, blimps, balloons, rigid airships, helicopters etc don't have wings providing enough lift.
What is needed is competent independent investigation of all accidents, especially explosions.
Seems daft that FAA or some other independent of Politics and Manufacturer organisation doesn't do the investigating.
It should be treated more carefully and openly than an exploding aircraft, or by crazy logic are those only manufacturer investigated too?
The potential for cover ups or plain un-audited mistakes for self investigation is too high.
I always know where I am. I am here.
I don't always know where other people are, because I am not God, Google, NSA etc...
Probably more aimed at "stealing" personal information.
Beware Geeks bearing gifts!
Though the Pixels are obviously not gifts at those aimed at rich prices.
As an aside, the original NT was solid from 1993 to 1996, NT3.1, NT3.5 & NT3.51
MS broke it by starting to "migrate" Win9x features such as "video / print drivers in Kernel" and Autorun :)
Why are these people allowed to to peddle this?
With 60,000ft altitude the range is massive, forget cellular style frequency reuse. With massive range the capacity per user drops.
Unless they going to use 400GHz to fixed LOS small dishes? Even so, one street of fibre is more capacity.
They could still charge licences for the retail / resellers, though really it's a tax on consumers, the cost gets passed on.
TV needs it, or else you give a win to Sky & cable forever.
Mobile doesn't need 700MHz and the part of 800MHz isn't as much use as 1800 in reality.
The way to better mobile is more smaller cells.
The 0.92 GHz to 2.1GHz bands are already badly utilised.
2.3GHz is fine for smaller cells.
The 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz good for femto cells, LTE should have ZERO access to WiFi band.
3.4GHz though is better for roof top LOS or open plan office femto than conventional mobile.
No-one should "own" any of it, it's a fixed size national resource. Have a highly regulated single infrastructure with no licence fee.
Have all the operators as resellers / retailers.
The Spectrum licence windfalls result in poor licence condition for performance and coverage and Regulatory capture.
It would be more efficient use too. Up to twice the capacity or more. Because if you chop it up between operators, statistically one in an area might have almost no users online and another operator at same location can be oversubscribed.
The current system is purely to benefit treasury and is a misuse of the idea of competition serving the consumer.
Regulators and Government are "captured" by Telcos and Big Corporations. Thusly they avoid pro-actively enforcing existing privacy, SOGA and other consumer rights. They figure it's only worth bothering if the medja and a large number of activist voters protest,
Radio call in shows are a panacea, they only count OFFICIAL complaints, the actual department to complain to and the procedure are usually opaque.
This could be easily dealt with, products could lose CE / CSA / UL / FCC etc, companies and directors could be fined, as could importers and retailers. But Governments are not interested in enforcing EXISTING regulations.
Android has the vast bulk of market.
Google licences the playstore accessible version of Android with "Blob" to 3rd party makers.
Apple doesn't licence iOS to anyone. They make their own massively overpriced phones and tablets that no-one else makes. They are a niche product. It's not a crime to be a luxury priced product.
Alphabet / Google are quite different in their approach and make money downstream from their advertising dominance, the Android privacy slurp (on Google licensed versions with the not open "blob") search, analytics, location services, Youtube, API hosting etc, and playstore usage is quite different from anything Apple does. Apple are merely a greedy niche supplier, sucking up 4 of every 5 dollars smart phone sales profit and then sitting on it. It's only tax / accounting that Apple needs to be investigated for.
Alphabet/Google and most other Multinationals need closer scrutiny on tax etc too. But there is a serious issue how the version of Android allowing Google services is supplied and the information on users Google is gathering.
One solution is to only tax dividends, share speculation profits, etc. Workers and purchasers are taxed already. The current high USA corporate tax rates are damaging.