* Posts by TheTick

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

TheTick

"Not a higher rate taxpayer then... My figure is 47%."

Not anymore (just made redundant), but I was then (just above it).

It's quite possible I have forgotten to add some of the many other taxes they hit us with so I can quite believe your figure is correct.

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Re: Sigh

"Hi,

Your claim was that PC sales should be subsidised by Consoles. To quote :"

Err, I was being facetious you know, I don't really think they should be, just like I don't think the BBC should be.

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Re: Sigh

"You playing console games doesn't provide that which is why there is no console tax."

Many of us do not believe the BBC provides what you say it does, it is not independent, especially from politics, because the charter comes up for renewal every now and then. Also it is not a public good because everything the BBC does can and is provided by private sector businesses, and I am excluded from watching it when I don't pay the licence (as I don't).

You may prefer the BBC but it isn't a public good. That argument is about 50 years out of date (since ITV started anyway).

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Re: Sigh

"then the PC target is already subsidised"

Isn't a percent of every console game sale going direct to MS or Sony, which isn't the case with the PC?

In which case no, we're not subsidised if the Sony/MS tax is more than £3 for Destiny 2 etc.

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Re: Sigh

"Because as you know it would have to be much more expensive."

Which is what my follow up point was about. They want people who don't watch BBC to pay so that they spend less. Don't we all want other people to pay for our stuff? Most of us don't get to threaten people with jail unless they comply though.

Note: I don't pay the telly tax and we don't miss it in our household one bit. Advert free Netflix and Prime are top notch.

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@ Lee D

"Taxes are paid, a small amount by all"

Ho ho ho.

Last financial year I was taxed 35% from my salary alone. Total, not marginal (I include employers NI as well because, yes, that is a tax on the employee despite the name). Add on to that council tax, car tax, VAT and all the rest and it could well be in the 40-45% range or more. My salary was above average but only a bit above the 40% rate so hardly rolling in dough.

40-45% of a slightly above average earner's annual pay is not "a small amount".

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Sigh

As with every article about the telly tax a horde of commenters pop up telling us we should pay it because it's great value for money, no adverts etc etc.

So here I am once again saying: If you think it's such great value for money then why are you so afraid of the thought of it no longer being a tax and being subscription instead? Surely plenty of people will pay it?

The reality is you want other people to pay for the things you use to make it cheaper for you. In which case I'd like to institute a console tax to subsidise my PC gaming, you will support that won't you? No?

The tax must go (but it won't).

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

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'"That just makes everyone in the organization angry and encourages the perception that this is not a merit-based hire," she said.'

Yes - because it's clearly true and the perception is the reality.

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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Re: It didn;t used to be this way

Are you suggesting that in America you can waive your right not to be a slave if that was in the terms and conditions, and that the courts would uphold it and the federal government enforce it?

If not - then you cannot give up your fundamental rights by signing them away in America and what you say is total tosh.

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Re: Godwin not applicable here

Forgot I posted that, interesting to come back a few days later and see how divorced from reality so many of you are.

The sad thing is that some of you at least are so wedded to your false notion that you will never back away from it, because to do so is to admit how utterly, utterly wrong you can be. And if you had to admit that then maybe...gulp....even your belief in socialism might be wrong!!!

Secret Nazi in the white house...lol. At least I get a laugh out of you lot :)

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Re: Godwin not applicable here

That was a quick downvote so I guess the answer is yes.

Get a grip on reality.

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Re: The thin line between right and wrong

"I teetered between hitting "report abuse" and "downvote" here. In the end, I downvoted."

What abuse did you see in his post? I see none, just arguments that seem perfectly reasonable. Especially about events like these being exploited to create new laws that encroach on freedom.

What did I miss?

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Re: Godwin not applicable here

"On Sunday night John Oliver said that Trump's reluctance to condemn them"

Are there really people so demented that they think Trump has some secret sympathies for these people?

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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Re: Be fair

It's as fair as paying the same amount for a mars bar.

But no discussion of tax should use the word "fair" without words like "not" or "un-" in front of it.

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Re: Haven't had a TV licence in years

I wonder how your comment managed a downvote?

You're not saying you watch the BBC but don't pay for it. You're simply saying you don't watch it because it has nothing for you, therefore you don't pay it. I guess for some people even that is heresy.

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"Is the answer that you want it, and you want me to help you pay for it? It is. Isn't it?"

Yes, it is.

But to admit that would make them feel like BAD people which would induce congitive dissonance because people who think like them are GOOD!

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Can you imagine a programme like Watchdog on a paid-for-by-adverts tv channel?

Wasn't The Cook Report on ITV a bit like that?

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

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Re: "virtually zero" How are Morgan Stanley counting?

"From what I can see, markets seem to need speculators in order to fail catastrophically."

Nonsense, when Nixon blamed speculators for him having to cease redemption of dollars into gold he was outright lying. It was because the US had been printing more dollars than there was gold to back them, breaking the promise of Bretton Woods and the US was being called on it by France and other nations by redeeming their gold - emptying the coffers of the US.

People who blame "the speculators" are more often than not trying to shift the blame from their own malfeasance or incompetence.

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Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

TheTick

"'Drop the Dead Donkey'

Another satire that has been apparently overtaken by real life."

Yep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8-4uSlg3J8

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: Give it to us

@ Lee D

No.

Taxes are only ever levied for one reason - to raise revenue for the government so they can spunk it around and claim it's for the good of all.

The sin taxes you mention are simply an excuse that they know most people will swallow.

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Give it to us

When they eventually privatise it, which they will because the telly tax is indefensible, instead of the government getting the cash they need to simply give every taxpayer an equal share. It belongs to us after all - yes even people like me who don't pay the tax.

Sorry guys but that's what tax is, everyone gets what tax pays for :)

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Re: People who do not pay up commit a criminal offence

"remember, citizens, THEFT is A CRIME. And we're all the victims, etc."

Indeed, and yes we know those radio signals are being transmitted into your house whether you asked for them or not, but if you dare tune into them without paying....

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Google can't spare 113 seconds of revenue to compile data on its gender pay gap

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Re: My anecdote

"Feminism is about trying to make the world more equal for all."

If that truly is your goal (in terms of equal opportunity rather than equal outcome of course) then perhaps it's time to start calling yourselves "Equalists" and practice "Equalism".

One might almost call it "Individual Rights".

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Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?

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Mr Obvious

"It's a great example. The data tells you there is 100 per cent LTE coverage for where the people actually are. If they stray out of range, then it falls below 100 per cent," he said.

I'm not sure an app of any form was required to find that out.

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Oh dear, Prime Minister! Nearly 100 Beeb bosses make more than you

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Re: PM Base Salary £150k

"All MPs should be paid the average income of their constituencies. That is the only way to get them to concentrate on raising the average salary of all.

Please note this is NO WAY NEAR £150K."

Hey that's my idea! I'm delighted someone else has thought of it too :)

Though I would suggest the median *private-sector* income of their constituents as the benchmark or they would just goose their numbers by spamming high paid public sector jobs in their areas.

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Re: Ahah! Not so fast Mr Scientist

"Yes indeed, I can think of several fools who "know" that climate change is a conspiracy."

Conspiracy or not (I suspect probably not initially) it's the perfect excuse for certain types of people and politicians to do what they always want to do: tax us and tell us what we can and cannot do all the time.

So they big it up as much as possible so that they can get their bossyness (sp?) fix in.

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

TheTick

Power corrupts

Who would have thought it?

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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

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Scary

The most worrying thing about this is the amount of comments supporting the krauts in this.

Krauts? Whoops is that a hate crime.

Ridiculous.

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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Re: Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot!!??

"If your alternative to our arrangement is the Merkin Model then for my money we'll just stay as we are, thank you very much."

But a great many of us Brits don't want to stay where we are thank you very much. However we are forced to under the threat of violence (ultimately jail if you are stubborn). The only way to avoid is is not to watch TV even if you are not watching BBC.

Thankfully it's a ton easier now with Netflix etc to get by and I don't pay those b'stards a penny.

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Re: re: End this insanely illiberal tax now.

"I pay tax towards all sorts of services that I don't currently use, that doesn't make those taxes illiberal."

Actually all taxes are illiberal so perhaps I should just have stated "End this f*cking tax now!"

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Re: How..

@Solarflare

I think there are on average about 150,000 prosecutions a year for the telly tax. It's 10% of all prosecutions in the type of court where this thing is done apparently. It was a while since I saw the story but it's around those numbers as I recall.

So not a rather small number by any measure.

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The bastards target whoever they think might be vulnerable, whether female or not.

End this insanely illiberal tax now.

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Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

TheTick

Re: A deeper issue

"You want to believe that Brexit will make things better for ordinary working folk"

Or if you want to believe that staying in the EU makes things better for ordinary working folk.

Some things really are a valid opinion.

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You know IoT security is bad when libertarians call for strict regulation

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Re: Your role in a movie is coming soon

"Auto regulations have saved countless lives and prevented countless injuries. "

Including mine. If that steel bar which you see at the bottom of lorries at the back wasn't there (I think thanks to a law mandating them) I would probably have been decapitated when I drove my car into the back of one. The car body would have carried on under the lorry while the top would have been sheared off taking my head with it.

I'm very very free market but some things are just necessary.

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Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

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Re: if Russia WAS behind the e-mail hacks...

"You really ought to move to a country where even the illusion of democracy has been erased, which, if I read the signs correctly, may include the US as of 2017."

So you think they are going to succeed in overturning Donald Trump's outstanding electoral college win?

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Re: Evidence it was the Russians what dunnit

"the genocide they commit against Palestinian children on a daily basis"

I doubt that committing genocide every day is sustainable, surely they would run out of children to murder?

Or you're just talking crap.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

TheTick

Re: Pros and Cons

Oh you beast!

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Pros and Cons

I see a lot of "hah you STUPID Brexiteers!" in these comments, with lots of upvotes.

The reasonable people (the vast majority) who voted both leave and remain are fully aware that the EU decision was a balance of pros and cons and most people had slightly different weightings for these to make their decision.

This is clearly a pro for the EU and even as a proud and happy Brexiteer I cheer for this ruling.

Vapid point-scoring in comments isn't going to change the result, or change people's mind, or make people think better of you.

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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Re: Let's try it... dev style!

Changing my name to Zebediah Zakariah as we speak...

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Murdoch's 21st Century Fox agrees £18.5bn Sky takeover deal

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Re: And no doubt..

"(and you wonder why the Sun was so pro-Brexit)"

Yes of course! The Sun wanted to leave the EU just to get rid of the BBC!

I'm glad we have people like you to enlighten us as to the deeper motivations of these evil corporations, how could we have been so silly to fall for such a ruse?

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

TheTick

Re: Cheap == Good is a fallacy

"What you propose is a race to the bottom."

Completely wrong, what I describe is competition. The same competition that has raised wealth and living standards across the entire world that has any measure of a free market. Even the Chinese have accepted it as the road to wealth.

You are right about one thing, cheap does not always mean good. But if you sell the *same quality* product at a lower price because you have structured your business in a superior way to your competitors, and in such a way that the government doesn't punish you for it then that is *a good thing*.

Honestly it's amazing how tough this is to get into people's heads. I'm not saying you're stupid, but you are clearly ideologically incapable of understanding the free market.

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Re: He missed the point

Utter crap. What you describe is a protection racket.

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@ Esme

I'm English, the Obamacare example was simply the most recent one that sprang to mind, probably due to me listening to Peter Schiff a lot (the one who got it bang on about the sub-prime crisis way before it happened).

I have no idea whether it really is cheaper/easier to hire full timers rather than part timers, but it's got naff all to do with their political leanings and everything to do with lowering labour costs. Which, as in my answer to the other chap, makes products cheaper for the consumer all else being equal. This is a good thing.

The rest of your reply is interesting, you believe right-wingers do things that are in their best interests, but left-wingers don't and that this is a plus for the left-wingers? The road to hell is paved with good intentions, perhaps those you call right-wingers understand that by pursuing their best interest they also help others. Building a good business not only employs people, but provides value for the customers who choose (voluntarily) to purchase the products. Win-win all the way.

You are right, it IS in everyone's best interests to live in a cooperative society. Which is why I don't understand why left-wingers are so set against businesses and free-market capitalism which are the essence of voluntary cooperation which benefits all.

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Re: @ the tick

@ Alistair

You didn't fix it, you ruined it. But at the same time still agreed with the point I made - thanks.

Companies will do what they can within the law to pay the least amount for the same labour. Yes. Good.

Good because companies that do that are then able to undercut their competition, which means lower prices for the same good or service for the consumer. Excellent, that's what we want - we want cheaper products.

Unless of course you are prepared to pay a higher price for the same quality of product? (You will probably say you would, but we both know you would be lying if you did).

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Re: He missed the point

@Filippo

I'm glad you admit that taxation is violence, but what do you think it is if it's not theft? An organisation with the monopoly on violence tells you to give it a portion of your earnings or it will throw you in a cell for years, and if you dare to defend yourself it will cause great harm up to and including death upon you. You think that's a "social contract"?

What social contract? When was this contract put in front of me to sign? When was I given the opportunity to negotiate terms? Was it when I was a child, and first received state services such as schooling? But contracts signed by children are unenforceable. Was it my parents? Parents have no authority to sign up their children into slavery.

There is no social contract - stop making bullsh*t up to excuse the fact you want other people's money, and will threaten them with violence if you don't get it. That's what we call a gangster. Social contract my arse.

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Re: Mixed feelings

"It's reminiscent of Marx ""From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" which sounds great in theory, but only works if people don't game the system, and people will always game the system."

Exactly, this silly idea requires that someone somewhere assess both people's abilities and people's needs. It's not surprising that the people making these decisions discover that they, their families and their associates need more than anyone else...

It's also a philosophy that the current leader of the Labour Party believes in (if I recall, I heard him praise it in a YouTube clip of an Oxford Union debate). Yet I don't see him actually doing it, nor any other of the champagne socialists. There's nothing stopping them voluntarily spreading their wealth about.

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Re: He missed the point

Do you pay tax?

Do you know what happens if you don't pay tax?

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Unhappy

Re: Er..

God forbid!

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"Unfortunately the right-winger types tend to dislike the notion of employing 40 people for 20 hours a week rather than 20 people for 40 hours a week, and understandably so, because in the politco-economic system we currently have, it's more expenive to do the former rather than the latter."

Nonsense - on what do you base that claim? Under current legislation it's more of a problem to employ full time workers than part time ones. In the US lots of companies are hiring 2x part time workers rather than 1x full time worker so that they don't have to pay Obamacare fees for example.

Unfortunately most left-winger types tend to dislike looking deeper into the claims they make because vague generalisations that disparage the people with political views different to them are much more fun to post...

I base the above statement on your previous post.

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Re: He missed the point

Yes, although I struggle with the morality of state welfare (because it uses violence to extract wealth from workers to fund it), the reality is welfare isn't going anywhere for a long time.

This method makes things entirely simple and understandable, and also no more prostrating yourself to government workers to get it. And if people want to better themselves, they can take a risk to do something they might not otherwise have justified being able to take. Start a business perhaps, or a job you always wanted to do but didn't think you would make it.

Some people would simply live off the minimum true, but most people actually earn over minimum wage, which means they are prepared to do more than the minimum to make life better for themselves.

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