* Posts by LucreLout

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One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

If a country's judiciary, legislature and (non-police/military) executive are a bunch of evil corrupt murderous bastards, and 'freedom fighter' action against them WILL be against civilians.

The military, civil defence (police, nhs, fire etc), judiciary, civil serve etc are all organs of the state. People on a bus are not. People in a shopping centre are not.

While there's no once size fits all definition, the whole "one mans freedom fighter is another mans terrorist" schtik is just lefty doublethink and lazy politicking, as opposed to a reasoned view.

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

Whether they were freedom fighters or terrorists depends on which side of the fence one stands

No it doesn't. That's just vintage lefty doublethink.

Freedom fighters target the state while terrorists target the civillians. Bombing civvies makes you a terrorist in every case no matter what your ideals or how deeply precious they may be to you.

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

whereas back in the day they were calling him a terrorist

Well yes, because Mandela WAS a terrorist; he cofounded the MK FFS. They killed at least 130 people, most of whom were civillians, and most of whom were black! Whatever he became later in life he became after he was a terrorist.

This leftist revision of history in order to lionise those they adore is as demented as it is dangerous.

Register Lecture: Right to strike when your boss sells AI to the military?

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recruit young, shiney eyed idealists who think that offices contain ping pong tables, bean bags, free fruit and coffee

I wholly agree with your post, but this bit..... erm, my office does have all this crap, and free beer, free breakfast and a bunch of other nonsense. Oh the shame :)

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Re: That personal touch

Our grandparents are probably spinning in their graves at 10k RPM...

My grandparents fought. Unusually all survived, though my grandfather bore the camp tatoo and physical scars until the day he died, never having spoken of events during the war. My grandmother never forgave the Germans or the Japanese; she simply couldn't move past it.

They would have loved AI. The potential medical advances, labour saving, and entertainment value would have been worth it to them.

If you could top all of that with the idea that we could have fought the Nazis remotely, they would have been all for it. Having the best ideology simply doesn't cut it when the rubber meets the road - you need to have the best equipment, the best technology, and the best logistics.

I'm the first of my family line not to serve. I hope no future generations of my line will have to. Ultimately, that is going to need the best technology, because as the French Resistance proved during the war, the alternative to high tech is low tech and low tech is people.

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Re: A conscience is a fine thing

I don't see why under any circumstances I should involve myself

Working for your employer on projects they assign you is your job. Sorry, but you don't get to pick and choose what work your employer assigns you - thankfully you are free to pick another employer.

I've no problem working on weapons technology and have done so in the past (my involvement was admittedly very meta). In the unlikely event the payload for the product is ever used, it'll make all drone deaths seem like a rounding error on a rounding error. In the meantime it keeps our country safe and prevents civillian deaths because we can't be invaded conventionally.

You can't project your ethics onto your employer - you can't even project your ethics onto your friends or family. Your ethics, however derived or deeply held, are not my ethics and my ethics are not those of the next man. It's one to the main reasons why companies and people do things you consider to be unethical and why you do things others think are unethical.

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Re: The Eternal Cycle Continues...

Drones kill people, without trial or in some cases without any evidence of wrong doing.

You're going to find that on a battlefield, there are no trials. See someone from the enemy force (traditionally simply wearing the uniform of the other side counts), and you shoot them. The same thing applies if you're in a fighter jet, or a mall on the other side of the Atlantic piloting a drone.

drone pilot see a suspected ISIS member planting a road side bomb. *blam*

drone pilot sees suspected terrorist gathering. *blam*

You're getting irrationally hung up on the drone bit. If a pilot, soldier, or any other member of the armed forces sees a terrorist planting an IED or gathering for an attack it is expressly their job to eliminate those people. Forget the drone part because its causing you to miss the important bits.

Now, that's not to say mistakes won't be made, but the mistake would have been made from the cockpit of a jet or through the scope of a sniper rifle. It really doesn't matter that it was made in theatre or in Atlanta.

The only way to reduce civillian casualties in war is for combatants to wear clearly marked uniforms and for them to stay away from civillians. If the combatants dress as civillians and the civillians allow them to comingle, then both groups have accepted the increased risk of civillian casualties; you can't simply deflect that onto those being shot at or bombed.

'Now is the winter of our disk contents'... Decision on Lauri Love's seized gear due next week

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Facepalm

Lonely isolated stoners tinkering with language because they can no longer tinker with technology due to it's absence are a menace to both, themselves, and the world at large.

It took me a shocking amount of time to realise you weren't talking about the Reg headline wirters.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

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Re: Missing the obvious

They'd have to be within a few inches of hitting my knee with their pedal to make this viable; my arm only extends so far and I need to reach the cyclist before my arm is at full extension. Given the speed they're attempting to reach, that'll do too much damage to leave to chance.

I only fell the ones that come dangerously close - It's not like I'm out there knocking down every cyclist I see.

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Re: Missing the obvious

You may want to consider what happens if you badly injure someone by taking this course of action.

Nothing will happen - it's my right of way and they're hurtling towards me unable to take timely evasive action ensures that my self defence actions are justified and appropriate.

Had they given way where required, I'd not be able to push them off.

If they could take timely avoiding action, I'd not be able to push them off.

Were they a safe distance away, I'd not be able to push them off.

Sorry, but this will come down to self defence every time. If in the course of protecting myself the aggressor is accidentally inured, well, whose fault is that? The alternative of being crippled or killed by one of these clowns isn't appealing. Sorry.

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Re: Missing the obvious

Were you hit or nearly hit by one as a pedestrian?

This. Literally every single weekday in London. Usually on pedestrian crossings, or when the cycle should be stopping at red.

The law is pathetically weak in this area. As a result, I now simply push them off whenever they get too close. They don't much like the road rash, which is hopefully disincentive enough to ensure they pay attention and stop cycling at pedestrians who have right of way.

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Re: Missing the obvious

Speaking as a very careful cyclist, I can't wait for autonomous vehicles *which obey the highway code* to become the norm.

The irony is just too strong.

On my daily walk across zone 1 London, at best I see about half of cyclists stopping at red lights, often because the traffic has already began flowing across. At best I see about a quarter of them stop at pedestrian crossings when people are using them.

Sorry, but the average driver legally has to be trained to a higher standard than the typical cyclist. So you need to get your own house in order before bemoaning anyone elses.

Now, I will agree, the average standard of road use is appalling, but that spans the modes of transport, and while the typical car driver is abysmal, they are typically better than any other class of road user too.

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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If plod want to keep the evidance, they can make bitwise copies of everything, then return the hardware.

I'm not sure it's legally that simple. IANAL, but he was arrested because they believed the data ont he devices was not entirely his by right. Making a copy is one thing, but they have no right to return to him "my" data, or "yours" for example.

I commend Mr Love for filing the case himself though!

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Or he just wants his Bitcoin wallet back before they drop back before 2p each.

ROFL. Very very good.

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I'm saying that someone who is so "severely depressed that they're potentially suicidal" so not subject to Court process is perfectly able to take on the immense stress of representing themselves at court. I find that odd.

I make no comment on the first part of what you say, but the second part.... why assume it is stressfull at all? He wants some computers back - he can readily represent himself at lower court, and if the matter proceeds to the higher court he can instruct solicitors at that time or drop the matter. He's not on trial, and unless the matter goes tot he higher court, he's not even on the line for the oppositions costs.

Now, it may or may not be, that he lacks any real financial resources against which a costs claim could be made, thus his downside becomes very limited in order to make a point.

Bravo Mr Love - I have nought to say on how you found yourself before the courts originally, but on this occasion I have much respect for a young man willing to stand up for himself, and for refusing to be frightened by a legal system that has shaped itself to do so.

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Re: Representing himself

Access to justice? No, only for the wealthy.

There is no justice but that which we take for ourselves. Certainly there is none to be found in the legal system. Access to justice? Access to lawyers, maybe, but no matter how much you spend on your legal team, the law and justice have very little venn overlap.

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Re: Representing himself

There's a phrase even in legal circles: "A man who represents himself has a fool for a client".

Invented by lawyers for lawyers to generate more work for lawyers.

In none criminal small value matters it's perfectly reasonable to represent yourself. So far I'm 2 for 2 against some suprisingly wealthy company's legal teams (who were genuinely inept or suprisingly bad at the law).

In this case Mr Love isn't on trial and is simply seeking the return of some of his kit. I'd imagine it's a "f*** you" to those that tried him, or media generating showboating, as opposed to anything that will have a seriously negative impact on his life. He's got through 5 years without the kit and most likely has backups of any of his data he may have needed.

I imagine the aim is to attract a capable legal team pro-bono due to the media exposure, but if not, full marks to Mr Love for standing his ground on his own two feet and making his case. Just never ever do this in criminal matters!

Hands up who reuses the same password everywhere, even with your Nest. Keep your hand up if you like being spied on by hackers

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Re: My username & passwords are easy to remember.

Pfft. Tryhard. "admin"/"admin" for me.

Admin implies control. Since I got married I'm merely "guest".

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Re: 16 security cameras dotted around their home!

16 seems like a vast amount of overkill for security - I'm pretty sure my whole street doesn't have 16 cameras in it yet.

I can only assume it was to enable the working spouse to watch baby's first steps or some such from wherever they were? Or for keeping a distant eye on an elderly relative in case of falls?

Who are the last people you'd expect to spill thousands of student records? A computer science dept? What a fantastic guess

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Re: Confidential?

In my day your degree marks were nailed up in the town square for anyone to read (and in those days many graduates could read!)

Mine too - only they were sorted by grade and then alphabetical order of name, so you started at the top and gradually got a sinking feeling all the way down. If you got to the bottom before starting celebrating, then you weren't going to be graduating that year.

While I can appreciate it may have been embarrassing for those in the final segment, those leaving without a degree, there were never any suprises as to whose name you'd find listed.

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'

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Re: Bullshit

In the same way having $137 million in cash would present a problem trying to deposit any significant amount into a bank.

You'd be suprised. Not pleasantly.

Take a walk through the right Swiss Canton with a big enough bag of cash and one of the banks will take it in return for a numbered account. They'll all claim not to, but there are well worn routes to achieving this.

Only an idiot would actually try the above though - much easier to use the yachts or casinos routes if you only have a couple of hundred million to move.

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Re: Bullshit

If this outrageous B.S. story was actually true and only one person held the passwords, then they deserve to be sued into oblivion.

What would be the point? Despite government insistence to the contrary, a court order can't beat the maths in modern encryption. If, and I'll freely admit it's a big if, the stroy as told is true, then they have no recoverable assets, rendering suing them pointless.

If, of course, its a fraud - either the guy has a fake death cert, or the wife has the decryption keys and he's really dead - then proving that seems to be challenging. I may very well have this wrong as I claim very little knowledge of crypto currency, but presumably the 'coins' in the 'wallets' are identifiable, and could be watched/tracked; any movement of any part of the 'assets' at any time in the future would indicate someone having access to the keys?

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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Re: The 2000 AD solution

the roads are already congested with mobile homes driving around while people live in them, due to the housing shortage.

Yup - my self driving office / games room might not be the same physical size as my current daily driver. I'm more envisaging a living room on wheels.

My public transport currently takes twice as long to get to work than it did 2 or 3 years ago (train), so if I'm going to spend so long getting to and from work, then I might as well convert that time into something useful or enjoyable.

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Re: when Thatcher said

That's because I have been repeatedly assured that she never said "there is no such thing as society..." whereas I actually had a recording of the speech where she said it.

Yes, and mostly no.

What you don't have is a recording of Lady T saying "There is no such thing as society." Which is how the left present it ad-finitum.

What you might have, is a recording of Lady T saying "And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no governments can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbours." Which is very much not how the quote is presented by politicking lefties.

I'm not sure which bit it is they object to, because she was absolutely right.

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Re: I said that!

Or to encourage people to not own one of these but just use them as automated taxis, so once they arrive at work the car goes off carrying people around the city?

In the unlikely event these ever work properly (actually driverless), I'm kitting mine out like a home office & games room. Sharing it with last nights kebab sodden rutting yoot isn't going to be a thing I'm afraid.

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Re: Gaming the system.

Exactly what they proposed:

To alleviate Khan's taxing concerns, Millard-Ball's paper suggests a new charging model: "A time-based charge for occupying the public right-of-way, whether parked or in motion."

Simply moves the incentives to create congestion away from the JohnnyCab and onto TFL.

Romford Station, smile! You're in London cops' final facial recog 'trial'

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Re: Orwell ain't seen nothing yet

Go ahead, be calm and polite...

Being angry and rude will only ever raise the odds of all the adverse consequences you suggest. Polite and calm will never raise the odds of that. It's a simple choice. It's no guarantee, of course, but it's a really simple choice.

"Sorry Sarge, I ain't nicking this one - he was really angry and rude towards me and I'm too scared" Sorry, but that ain't a thing.

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Re: Orwell ain't seen nothing yet

The mistake the fella made was to swear at the officer. Be calm and polite.

This, in every interaction. Anything else you do will end less well for you than this.

Insist on your rights. Always ask what section and paragraph they are acting under. Always ask to speak to a superior officer even if that means going to the station.

This bit you might want to be more careful about. It only takes one arrest to permenantly muck up your elligibility for a whole host of visa waiver programmes that may or may not impact upon your future employment opportunities. (I've posted before about various proxies for "are you criminal?" and visa waiver programmes are one of the best).

It's not that I disagree with Baernard's sentiment or world view on this, by the way, only that this part of his advice may have uninetended and life long consequences.

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Re: Orwell ain't seen nothing yet

Monitors saw several other people stopped outside Romford station, in north east London, including a student who had pulled his hood up and a man handcuffed and put in a police van.

Just carry a Burka for such occasions. I really really can't see them stopping people in the street and removing their cultural face coverings.

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Re: Orwell ain't seen nothing yet

is anyone expecting anything other than Stazi levels of boots stomping on faces forever.

Given the seeming prevelance of people publishing their own face, name, vague location etc via Farcebook et al, the police could probably refresh a database of cache public information with a few api calls or a bit of puppeteer/selenium/other.

I'd imagine it'd generate a fresher dataset than simply using mugshots of criminals and other arrestees.

Year after being blasted for dodgy security, GPS kid tracker biz takes heat again for leaving families' private info lying around for crims

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Re: I'm not sure which is worse

It's a shame that parents want to abrogate their responsibilities so much.

That isn't what he's doing; that's the opposite of what he's doing.

But the decision to buy/use crap products is 100% the responsibility of the parent.

If they were labelled "crap" the parents probably wouldn't buy them. There are literally not the hours in a day to personally test every product your child might come into contact with. That's sort of why we have rules, and regulations.

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing

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Re: Import could be tricky

At least parliament has ruled out no deal

Erm, no it hasn't. Parliament has issued a non-binding advisory request to the government that they don't leave without a deal, but no deal remains the legal default position.

Sorry, but that is the fact. The Balls (Cooper) amendment would have ruled out no deal until the ned of the year, but that amendment was rejected. Spellman was non-binding, and so advisory in nature rather than statutory.

You like JavaScript! You really like it! Scripting lingo tops dev survey of programming languages

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Re: That's because everyone under 40 is a "web developer" now...

...and slapping together random Javascript fragments they got from Stackoverflow with the latest poorly-written scripted ads and releasing the whole sorry, bloated mess seems to be a reasonably viable career now.

It's a daily battle, and just another reason why I say it's time this industry was regulated - regular fitness to practice checks, entry tests etc.

There is literally no other way to save us from the cowboys. Sure, you can try to train them and teach them, but before ever they understand, they get replaced by yet another crop of half arsed kids with funny clothes and silly hair, clutching yet another mess of poorly thought through, bloated, and incompatible frameworks, which are this years must have "only way to do it".

JavaScript makes pretty and slick gui's, but its no way to do anything complicated, or anything at all on the server. If indeed you still have a server.

I helped catch Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht: Undercover agent tells all

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Re: Ignorance is bliss

Sure glad I'm not smart enough to set up something like Silk Road.

Don't be so hard on yourself. I'm sure that you, like me, are perfectly smart enough and capable of setting up an illegal enterprise that ends with us getting busted by the feds and jailed forever.

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Re: So the moral here is

When fingerprints were first used to prove that someone committed a crime

Most criminals are stupid. Thick as the prverbial pig poo. Which is why, 100 years after fingerprints were known about, so many criminals still fail to use gloves.

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Re: So the moral here is

So the moral here is

.... if you're going to run a drugs emporium, resist the temptation to go all Scarface and try to get people whacked; it just draws attention to you. If you get crossed, let it slide, you'll soon 'earn' it back.

Learn from the movie DPR, make a million or two and then hand the whole shooting match over to someone else in return for a sh*tload of bitcoin. That way when the feds raid the enterprise, you're long gone, and some new DPR is holding the bag.

Or just, you know, get a real job.

Nationwide UK court IT failure farce 'not the result of a cyber attack' – Justice Ministry

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Re: Why o why....

What benefits are there and what does it achieve?

Pop down to Chancery Lane and count the "trolley dollies" hauling box after box of paperwork around then tell me that's efficient. Or secure.

Intel applies hobnailed boot to countries where its men and women workers aren't paid the same

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Re: Sure

If "she" or even a "he" as only just started and is performing the same as someone who as been in the jobs years then I see no reason why they should get paid less.

If appraisal / performance grades reflected reality rather than make believe, then pretty well anyone under 30 would get sacked every year for poor performance. Sorry, but there's no dev with 6 years experience is keeping up with on with 26 years experience.

Learning something new works much faster and better when it can be related to something you already know. They typical mid-career dev will know an awful lot more than someone with up to 6 years experience and they'll be able to see a better solution a hell of a lot faster.

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Re: Sure

So you don't think there should be increments within a given salary band?

Only in the public sector. Annual increments don't really exist in the real world. There's fairly wide salary bands depending on role, and salary is negotiable before taking the contract.

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Re: Sure

If your doing the same job and your performance is the same you should get the same pay it should not matter how long you have been there, or how long you have been doing that job.

Sorry, but that's rubbish.

We have 5 appraisal grades at my bank, same as every bank I've ever worked at. And we have about 4 grades of developer role. There is no way, on any day, best or worst, that a senior developer with 7 years experience is going to do the same work as a senior developer with 25 years experience.

All the youngsters are not going to be happy with low grade appraisal scores because they can't work at the same pace as the older workers because they lack the experience to do so: that difference IS going to show up in salaries. It always has done and it always will do.

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Re: GenZ will see you now and throw you out.

This whole 'quota-based' hiring standard needs to GO AWAY anyway.

If it were only hiring it might not be the problem that it is. It's promotions too. For the last 10 years or so pretty much every male working in IT for any bank has had their career sidelined to "make room" for women to be promoted. That includes where they have less experience or ability.

The whole thing is toxic and were it aimed at anyone other than predominantly straight white males, would have the left in fits of apoplexy. Apparently you can be sexits, racist and heterophobic, because its not discrimination if it adversely affects straight white men.

I've been told twice not to send any more male candidates for promotion from my teams until my ratio is "in balance", by which HR mean 50:50 across grade and gender. The only problem with that, of course, is the applicants for the job, and therefore the team members, aren't split 50:50 across gender, and they never will be (unless we force women to do a job they don't want as a way to even the numbers). The result, while I have many talented and brilliant female employees, equally talented and brilliant male employees are languishing a grade or two below them.

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins

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This is human experimentation that Josef Mengele would have indulged in had he'd known about DNA.

I doubt it'd have been so benign. He'd have focussed on making consequences of disease worse for Jews with strains specifically engineered to target them, as well as making their people more susceptible to exsting strains of virus.

That's not to say I agree with He's work ethic, but he's hardly Mengele.

EU will have agreed a tech tax by March, says French finance minister

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Re: So...

That is unquestionably what has been happening in the last 35-40 years.

That isn't remotely what has been happening. Not at all.

Person A creates somethign and sells it for profit. Person B buys that thing and so makes no profit. Wealth accrues to those creating it by offering services or goods with which other people buy it. The value add is the new wealth, whether that value was in digging it out of the ground or in making something someone else dug up into somethign useful. Or just singing a song.

Wealth accrues to those that value it and that create it. Those that spend whatever they earn will accrue no wealth. How could it be otherwise?

And lets just shoot the "can't afford it breadline" fox before anyone sets it running. Everyone earning more than minimum wage is earning more than is required to live on and so has disposable income available that they coudl invest for profit rather thans pend for fun. It's a choice. Nothing more.

I KNOW that tax... is indeed to redistribute

No. Tax is to pay for essential services, facilities, and equipment. Nothing more. Redistribution is neither helpful to anyone nor is it desireable. The envious may think they want it, but they won;t when they realise it means giving away what they have to someone that has less. There's always soemone with less.

But given that currently the tax playing field is by design tilted towards the ultra-rich, I would like to see that playing field tilt the opposite way for a while before settling into a neutral balance.

Good luck.

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Re: So...

That will be much harder under these proposals.

No it won't. It's already very easy to avoid them, but in doing so will result in even less tax being paid. Sorry, but this will cost money, not make money.

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Re: why not

What am I missing?

Company A will be in a "tax haven" rather than America.

Software Biz (America) Plc sells to Sandy Shores Inc which sells to YouNeedIt (UK) Ltd.

SandyShores hangs on to the profit and doesn't repatriate it, thus it remains mostly untaxed. Because Software Biz (America) Plc owns Sandy Shores Inc, it can borrow against the money held there to pay dividends on shore.

That's a simplified version of what your favourite fanboy device company does.

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Re: why not

just ban multi-nationals from setting up local companies , then using IP transfer pricing to shift all the profits out of the country....

Unfortunately that simply won't work.

There are many legal jurisdictions where beneficial owner does not need to be declared so you couldn't say who ultimately owns the company.

The majority of transfer pricing doesn't relate to IP. JackassTaxFreeSunSpot sells its product or services to JackassUK which sells them to you at a 10% markup. Less tax paid here, more tax paid in the sun. StarryDucks Toffee do this.

The only proven way to raise the number of units gained through taxation is to lower the rate payable, thus making avoidance more expensive than it's worth. I realise its anathema to those who think taking taxes is a social good in itself rather than to fund essential services, but it does work, if you're honest about the aims.

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Re: That could plug the EU's brexit budget gap.

Not remotely enought o plug the budget gap.

The European Commission had suggested a 3 per cent levy on firms with a global annual turnover of €750m and annual EU revenue of at least €50m – but the measures were branded fundamentally flawed by some nations.

Three seconds thought or less and anyone competent with corporate structuring can see a way stright through this.

Firstly you have a compound condition so staying on one side of it will be enough, and secondly both sides of the conditional have numbers high enough to make staying under them easy, even for Amazon or Apple.

Big Red's big pay gap: $13,000 gulf between male and female Oracle staffers – reports

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Another factor discounted from their research is the time per employee spent in their own time furthering their tech skills. That extra hour a day I spend to stay on top of the game always comes in handy when I want a different employer or job. Those trying to do it only on company timeand not a minute of their own time may have my gender, and may have been in the industry as long, but they're missing more than 6500 hours of exposure. If we trust the BS metric of taking 10,000 hours to master something then my level of mastery and theirs can never be the same thing.

Thus we lay to rest for all time the myth of similar employees. There are no similar employees, let alone identical ones.

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Re: All else being equal...

Oracle find they need more consultants so they go on a recruitment drive and employ 3 more people: Jack, Amit and Jane. All 3 have equal skills.

Never happens. I've never worked with any two people with equal skills, never mind 3 of them. Excluding day one grads, obviously.

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Re: All else being equal...

In the UK men get 2 weeks paid paternity leave and both parents can then split the 12 months parental leave between them however they wish.

So it is entirely equal these days.

Correction: They can split it however the woman decides.

And in 100% of the cases I know of since that law arrived, is split 100% in favour of the woman, and 0% in favour of the man. I quote "That's MY maternity leave and HE's not getting any of it". I wonder why employers might be expected to make the same assumption.

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