* Posts by keith_w

333 posts • joined 25 Jul 2012


Amazon triples profit to $11.2bn, pays ZERO DOLLARS in corp tax – instead we pay it $129m


Re: "That makes me smart"

Dividends are usually taxed in the hands of the payees, so unless you are planning to tax dividends as they are paid out by the company, they will be taxed by the destination country, not the sending one.


ALL taxes are paid by the end user. The name of the tax indicates WHEN the tax is paid.

I won't bother hunting and reporting more Sony zero-days, because all I'd get is a lousy t-shirt


Re: A little shortsighted

If there is a bug-bounty program of any sort, even swag, then you are asking someone to step up to your car and tell you what is wrong with it.

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers


Re: Header pic

"A ring makes a lot of assumptions about loads being relatively evenly spread and if you concentrate all the loads in the kitchen, which might be close to one end of the ring, it can run a tad warm."

The ring has an end? I thought the point of a ring was that it was a complete loop, ending where it started. (North American here, no UK electrical standard knowledge)

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...


Re: So I gather

When I took my kids to Canada's Wonderland 20+ years ago, they did photos on cards.


Re: So I gather

WRT the part about getting the photo on the card - yes they still need to see you to produce the card - but so do they need to see you to obtain your fingerprint.

Everyday doings of a metropolitan techie: Stob's software diary


Re: Not from the Midlands...

Having read Verity over the years, for some reason I had the impression that she was a person of the female persuasion. It I am in error, I apologize.

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!


Radio Commercials

According to radio commercials in Canada, it is pronounced Wah-Way.

Iran satellite fails: ICBM test drive or microsat test? Opinion is divided...


I am fairly certain that Iran is aware of the location of Israel and Riyadh.

What's the fate of our Solar System? Boffins peer into giant crystal ball – ah, no, wait, that's our Sun in 10bn years


Chrystal Stars

Would the continued existence qualify as "Shine on you crazy Diamond"?

Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues


Re: HIgh streets

How do you tax dividends that are paid to citizens of a different country - if, in fact, they are even paid? Lots of companies don't pay dividends, the shareholders make their money from increases in the share price.

Microsoft vows to destroy Office, er, offices: Campus to be demolished and rebuilt


Re: Didn't Apple do this when they moved HQ?

Shouldn't that be "Apple Genius"?

Huawei exec out of jail, just as US accuses China of Marriott hack


Re: So...

As I understand it, while in the United States, she stated (under oath?) that Huawei had not sold American equipment, in violation of US Export control laws, to Iran, and that if Skycom had, it was nothing to do with Huawei because Huawei did not own Skycom. The US is stating that Skycom did, and that Skycom was a defacto subsidiary of Huawei and therefore Huawei was in violation of those export laws and Ms Meng was lying to Federal authorities when she denied it.

It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff


Re: I wouldn’t mind, but....

It's still not as bad as getting the patches from Digital Equipment for PDP-11 RSTS/E and sitting there at the la100 typing patches into the patch area, having first typed in the branch to the patch area and finishing with the return branch to the address following the "patched" code.

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss


Re: I did use Edge...

In the settings main pull down there is a switch to turn on the favorites bar.

OM5G... Qualcomm teases next Snapdragon chip for phones: The 855 with a fingerprint Sonic Screwdriver, er, Sensor


Not a European, so how do you pronounce the sub-whole number Euro numbers? e.g. the € 0,70 mentioned above?

ICO to probe facial recog amid concerns UK cops can't shake their love for unregulated creepy tech

Big Brother

Just chip everyone, no need to worry about false positives, or too many faces to process.

Microsoft Surface kicks dust in face of Apple iPad Pro in Q3


Re: 316,000 stored in warehouses, NOT SOLD

what do you imagine they will order in 316,000 units at who know what cost and let them just sit there? If they ordered them, it's because the expect to sell them.

Ethernet patent inventor given permission to question validity of his own patent


"The idea of the lone inventor patenting his crazy idea and becoming wealthy is another American pipe-dream used to decieve the public into supporting a system that benefits those with vested interest in controlling technology and limiting competition."

Don't tell Ron Popeil that.

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time


Re: Don't forget arcnet

No, it's not.

Attached Resource Computer Network (ARCnet) is a type of LAN protocol that provides network services to 255 nodes at data rates of up to 2.5 Mbps. ARCnet is similar to token ring and Ethernet network services. ARCnet was fast, reliable and cheap, and it allowed different transmission systems to be merged and implemented on same network.

Attached Resource Computer Network (ARCNET) - Techopedia


Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works


Re: Not Surprised

My 7 year old car has that, as did my previous 2 cars. They also had locks in the door(s) in case the fob battery died.

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Re: AppData folder

Should they not be dumping them into c:\programdata? Also, the easiest way to clean up APPDATA is to backup desktop, favorites, documents, pictures, video, and music and then delete the entire user profile. When you log back on, copy the stuff back. Did that to my son's machine on Sunday, went from 28MB to 5.81GB on a 32GB (Cdrive 28GB) Asus tablet.

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Re: OneDrive - Why even touch user folders?

my 32GB acer had 8.xGB free and successfully updated. How much counts as "Not Much"? OTOH, I didn't have any personal files on it as it was strictly used for email while travelling. so of course there was nothing available to disappear..

New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'


Re: Australia has more draconian laws

I am pretty sure that nothing in their constitution applies to anyone, citizen or not, crossing their borders, and if you are found within 100 miles of a US border, by the CBP, it also doesn't apply.

Overexcitable UK ads regulator gabbles that Amazon broke EU law


Re: Soooo.....

Personally, I buy margarine because it is less expensive than butter. It neither more nor less healthy than butter. They are both based on fats.

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?


Re: In view of the site preferences

"Loyalty cards used to be used to buy loyalty. Now they are used to track you and to add data points to your "file" online."

This was always the entire point of "loyalty" programs.


Re: Another reason to keep on truckin' a WinPhone

Not available on BB10 either - Hurrah!

Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges


Re: Emergency service

the cable modem/phone service boxes that the local cable provider supplies has a built in battery to prevent such an occurance.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)


Re: It's become a search engine box?

Bing does that too.


Re: Dislike

Although I don't know how Google Chrome would use, as opposed to display, a website that started "https://www." there are sites that are not available if you do not use that prefix. Specifically, I was working at a location doing deployments where the site id for RSA tokens was https://www.<token location>.<company name>.com. Their DNS would not recognize the request if you did not include the "https://www.". I am sure that that company will truly appreciate it when Google Chrome dumps the prefix for them.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep


Re: @Sam Liddicott

in mathematics, it's the symbol for Equal but Parallel

Windows Server 2019 tweaked to stop it getting clock-blocked


Re: "Microsoft has included support for negative leap seconds just in case."

Don't forget the Moon! Lunar and, to a lesser extent, solar tidal forces have already slowed the Earth's rotation from 6hrs to 24hrs (approximately) and continue to do so, that will eventually tidally lock the Earth and the Moon together, thus ending the entire issue.

US drug cops snared crooks with pre-cracked BlackBerry mobes – and that's just the start


Re: Illicit drugs and Alcohol/Tobacco

WRT legalizing MJ, Canada will let you know how it goes in a couple of years. Hopefully the number of street dealers will be down, the tax income will be up and everything will be Copesthetic. Of course persons under the legal age of purchase will still be getting their MJ on the street, or ripping off their parents homegrown supply, but why should MJ be different from booze?

Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics


Re: 2nd pic

"Utter genius........that has to be the best use of an old RS232 Cisco management cable ever :D"

What old? Looked like the one I used fresh out of the box a couple of weeks ago.

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?


Re: Only yesterday...

I see that one a lot. I think it is to prevent the radio waves from microwaving the brain. I also see people with wired headsets ) where the microphone is embedded in the wire (the sort that come with phones)holding the microphone close to their mouths.

Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more


Re: "...Chinese have developed a laser rifle..."

"And in related news, JeffyPoooh Instant Inventions Incorporated hereby places into the public domain the concept of employing surface arrays of innumerable precision retro-reflectors to send 98% of the high power laser beam 'right back at ya'."

Bullard Reflects: Author: Jameson, Malcolm: Published: 1941: Publisher: Astounding Science-Fiction:

Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running


Re: Random USB

Isn't that what Brother P-Touch or variants was designed for?

BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them


Re: Cack-handed commentard here.

you can get both left-handed and ambidextrous scissors, if you can be bothered to.


"Interviews are via skype"

"that's nice, I don't do skype"

"well, that's our policy"

"you're talking to me on a perfectly good phone are you not?"


"so, proceed"

note on interview record, interviewee unwilling to comply with corporate policy, recommend declining to hire.

Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU


Re: Fgs

This assumes that the US will allow Space-X to launch your satellites for you. It may be necessary to build a British launch facility near the equator - possibly Belize (formerly British Honduras), which could use the investment.

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist


Re: Yeah - but if I am a "common criminal" I'll definitely find another non-indiegogo to pawn

"two 24x7x365

how do these differ from 24x7 mutts? "

They take leap-days off.

Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes


No problem with windows 10 update

got W10 on 3 machines without issue. CPU on the one I am writing this message on (a 4 year old Dell) is between 2 and 9%. Most likely the vast majority of people are in the same situation, no problems so no commenting about it, which I wouldn't have done until I saw this thread.

Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions


Re: Lira?

I wish people would stop pastaing these bad puns all over the Reg!

Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster


Re: Reminds me of French sales

Obviously you are the epitome of a modern Major General.

UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather


Re: additional energy

Technically, this is precisely how hydro-electric power is generated. The water used to turn the giant electric making water wheels, aka turbines, originally fell as rain at the beginning of its land based journey to the afore mentioned giant water wheels, and then fell again from the temporary fallen rain holding facility to turn those self-same giant electricity producing water wheels. Have a wonderful Friday.

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom


Re: We need some ...

I believe that Dyson has pointed out that if you wash your hands with soap and water (following, of course, the posted health department instructions on how to properly effect this activity) before using their dryers, there should be no microbiological items to disperse.

Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings


Re: Vi

CR/LF (or LF/CR if you prefer) was standard in DEC PDP-11 Basic+ long before windows was invented (or if you really prefer DEC Basic+ Chr$(11)+Chr$(13) )

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?


Re: I recall even my mum (a bit like Dilmom) telling me a fire story

Since it can be, literally, set off by the touch of a feather, or the touch of alpha particle radiation, how on earth do you manage to paint it on a cycle path?


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