* Posts by katrinab

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Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud

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Re: "Fulfilment centres" physically based in the UK

VAT is payable on import on the wholesale price, not the retail price they would sell it at from the Amazon warehouse.

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You could make the rules the same as for download stores.

If you put something up on Google Play, you treat it as a sale to a VAT registered business in Luxembourg, they put the sales to end customers on their MOSS return, and the Administration de l'Enregistrement et des Domaines distributes the money to the other EU governments.

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"She told The Register, she would believe eBay and Amazon were serious about tackling this issue, when they voluntarily introduced a system of automatically deducting VAT on behalf of sellers."

Amazon are not allowed to voluntarily deduct VAT on behalf of the sellers.

If you want to sort this problem, you need to change the law, not blame Amazon for complying with existing laws that don't work.

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Future of Misco UK hangs in the balance – sources

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I used to work in their Greenock office, about 20 years ago. They were called HSC Global back then, had an office in Wellingborough called Misco, and also Simply where your friend worked. Even with the staff discount, it was cheaper to buy from PC World, or the independent resellers under the railway arches in the south side of Glasgow.

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Re: I wonder....

Buy another cable, get two weekly catalogues for the next 10 years.

They had targets for "second name capture", I believe it was 80% of orders, and the only way to achieve that was to make names up. But the marketing manager seemed to think that if you sent out 50 copies of the catalogue to a customer, you would get more order than if you sent out 25 of them. That's probably why they've gone bust.

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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Re: The big problem

I get the weather forecast whenever I want by tapping the Yahoo Weather icon on my phone or iPad.

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For me, it was

"You parked your car in the middle of Piccadilly Circus. Here's the directions to get home by bus/train/another bus/a load of walking."

I actually parked my car at a Zone 6 tube station near a motorway.

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Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

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Re: A lot of self righteous types in today

To access social media at work, I need to use Putty to tunnel to a proxy server at home, access a browser over Remote Desktop via a Remote Desktop Gateway at home, or use my phone.

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Android ransomware DoubleLocker encrypts data and changes PINs

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“Just, probably a lot of porn still requires Flash....”

All the porn sites I visit work fine on my iPad, which doesn’t have Flash.

Anyway, why do men feel the need to pretend they never look at porn?

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Beware the GDPR 'no win, no fee ambulance chasers' – experts

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Re: In the recruitment industry the panic is just starting to set in.

What if the candidate table is linked to your tax invoice table, which you are required to keep for about 8 years (6 years from the tax return deadline date, which for a company is one year after the end of the accounting period).

Your tax invoice must contain a description of the product or service supplied, which would be the candidate.

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

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I’ve seen this

But it was a “feature” of the Intel Display drivers that were installed. Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Keys allowed you to rotate the display in the direction of the arrow.

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Scouse marketing scamps scalped £70k for 100,000+ nuisance calls

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Re: "The leads experts"

They already have

Mr Aaron Federick Stalberg is listed as a director and the Person with Significant Control of The Lead Experts Limited.

It filed for voluntary strike-off on 8th August 2017. On 18th August 2017, he set up a new company called The Money Saving Monkey Ltd, at the same forwarding address.

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Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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Re: Sadly, a decision which needs more clarity

The PA would argue that it was authorised access because their manager gave them the password and instructed them to use it to carry out certain tasks for the company.

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Re: Interesting opinion to have...

That's not the point.

The Feds, who are US citizens, and are in the country, presumably log onto Facebook using these passwords.

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Brit bank fined £75k over 1.5 MEEELLION text and email spamhammer

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Re: Pathetic

Do a criminal property recovery for 100% of all income generated from the campaign, with no deductions for expenses, VAT, etc; following the same rules as for drug dealers etc.

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

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Re: Brave New World

"The streets exploding under your feet is a completely different kettle of fish (don't plug it in!)"

And happens very frequently in London.

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Re: Brave New World

Excise duty is 57.95p per litre. VAT is 20% of the pump price excluding VAT, so 1/6 of the price you pay. I paid £1.139 per litre last weekend, so 18.98p per litre in VAT. That means the total tax is 76.93p per litre, or 67.6% of the pump price.

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When Irish data's leaking: Supermarket shoppers urged to check bank statements

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If their system was pwned, then it could be capturing this information even if it wasn't supposed to be stored.

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Twitter to upgrade from micro-blogging to milli-blogging with 280 chars

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"Does his attention span last long enough for 280 characters?"

No, because despite the negative press covfefe, his attention span on that particular tweet lasted only 34 characters.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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Microsoft (Windows CE) + Blackberry + Nokia (Symbian) were the first movers in the market, and IOS/Android were the ones that came along and fixed the problems that those systems had.

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Re: Have I lost my bet ?

Well right now, Carphone Warehouse don't have any Win Phones for sale, so they haven't survived to December 2017.

Does anyone know when they stopped selling them? I guess the time of death is when the last one went in the Reduced to Clear bin.

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"Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) was an awesome platform"

Apart from the fact that it was hopelessly unstable and needed rebooting regularly.

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They should have focused on the enterprise market

i.e. the sort of people who like to have phones with barcode scanners. Put stuff on it to make it easy to integrate with the corporate network, push updates and new apps onto the phone remotely, block the user from doing non-work stuff on it and so on.

Obviously that sort of phone wouldn't sell in Carphone Warehouse, but sold through the right channels, there would be people who would buy it. Your market is work phones for anyone who doesn't work at a desk.

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

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Re: Benefits for women here too yanno

The thing is women tend to look for a relationship rather than primarily for sex and I don't think a robot can do that.

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Re: Poor Samantha

"could Samantha be considered a RAPE victim?"

Yes, definitely.

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Royal Bank of Scotland customers say digital services gone TITSUP

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Because only a small number of customers log in on any given day, especially when it isn't pay-day time of month.

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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Re: The sector that paid the highest average margin in 2016 was the NHS

If you look at the prices of drugs on the British National Formulary, and compare them to what is typically charged in the US, then it is way cheaper for the NHS usually.

Where the NHS overpays is for over the counter drugs, such as paracetamol. I can get a pack of 16 in Asda for 19p, whereas the NHS would pay a lot more proportionately for larger packs.

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Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

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Re: Common English words with very different meanings.....

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/rout

Rout - A disorderly retreat of defeated troops, An assembly of people who have made a move towards committing an illegal act which would constitute an offence of riot, A large evening party or reception, A pack of wolves

If your Cisco box does that to your network packets, then there is something very wrong.

If it directs them on the correct route to their intended destination, then it is pronounced rooter.

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Web uni says it will get you a tech job or your money back. So our man Kieren signed up...

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Re: product manager course

“Not forgetting learning all of the latest buzzwords. Obviously nothing will get done if we aren't in sync on communicating our convergence on the action items.”

There’s no cloud-based internet of things blockchain, so it can’t be any good.

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Google finds 200m more people to advertise to in a single day

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And when are they going to do actual proper English as spoken / written in England rather than that mangled up version used in a former colony?

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Snap, crackle ... patch! Apple kicks out iOS 11.0.2 to tackle crappy calls, fix email glitches

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I've updated all my iDevices and haven't had any problems, including no problems in connecting to Exchange 2010.

High Sierra on my MacBook was a different matter. I had to go into recovery mode and restore from backup as I got stuck in a reboot loop.

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Amazon told to repay €250m in 'unfair state aid' from Luxembourg

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Re: But this brings up the critical question

"lso consider that capital costs like building a new warehouse are not charged against taxes, at least not in the US, but rather are depreciated over a period of years...typically 39 years for a building. Not sure how that works in the EU, and it may be different for different countries."

In the UK, you don't get any allowance at all for the cost of a basic warehouse, but you will get allowances for certain things in the warehouse. For example you can get Energy Saving Enhanced Capital Allowances on the lighting if it meets Energy Trust requirements, and you will get Plant & Machinery allowances on fire protection stuff, conveyor belts and so on.

You are more likely to have to pay Capital Gains Tax at some point in the future on the building.

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Re: Rule of Law

"If you paid your taxes in year X and the government you paid them to agreed that you had paid in full then it should require a trial where the taxpayer is found guilty of having deliberately misled the government in some way."

There was a trial, and they were found guilty of passing brown envelopes to the Luxembourg government in order to get a favourable tax deal that wasn't available to local companies.

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Re: Anyone care to do the sums?

"Unlike Apple who basically leave it under a mattress in Ireland"

No they don't leave it under a mattress in Ireland. If they did, then they would have to pay tax on it there. They merely use Ireland as a conduit to get the money out of the EU tax free to another offshore location.

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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I ran it using my calculations and got the following:

Test once per year - 4.62%

Test twice per year - 9.02%

Test every month - 43.28%

Test every week - 91.43%

Test every day - 99.9995%

The assumption I made is that every day, there is a 12/260 probability that they will go in drunk, and that each day, the probability of going in drunk is not determined by how many times they have gone in drunk so far in the year, so there is a very small chance that they might go a whole year without getting drunk.

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Re: It's a version of the birthdays question.

If birthdays are evenly distributed throughout the year. In the UK, 26th September is the most common birthday, and that is the most likely birth date from a Christmas session.

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Another thing you forgot

If you test every day, employees will probably modify their behaviour so they don't get caught, or find another job.

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Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

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Re: How did they get to 3 billion accounts?

TalkTalk manage their own email. Does that make them any better?

I still have a @lineone.net address from the days when you accessed the internet by paying 3p per minute for a dial-up phone call. It still works, to usual TalkTalk levels of reliability, even though I left them about 20 years ago.

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Re: How did they get to 3 billion accounts?

They were / possibly still are the market leader in Japan.

Back then, they were the biggest email provider, slightly ahead of Hotmail. Gmail may have overtaken them now.

Also, a lot of people have more than one account. For example sexylegs69@... might be a good choice for signing up for dating sites, but not for signing up with recruitment agents.

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Developers' timezone fail woke half of New Zealand

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Re: *Would have been* valuable to residents

The other half use someone other than Vodafone for their phone service - Spark and 2degrees are the other two big networks in New Zealand.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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"Yet you keep asking in public for magic technologies that can't be made."

Isn't that like every government IT system ever? They don't have a very good track record of success.

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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"Secondly, men are more likely than women to tell people trying to get into their house to sod off."

You haven't met my mother.

Or me.

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

I don't watch the BBC or any of the other channels, mostly YouTube, and I still get pestered by them.

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Nadella says senior management pay now linked to improving gender diversity

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Re: Female CEO

“So a handful of female CEOs that screwed up "give women a bad name", but thousands of years and millions of male leaders of companies/governments/transcontinental empires etc. don't give men a bad name?”

Yes, I know. It shouldn’t be like that, but it is.

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Re: Female CEO

As long as it's not an idiot like Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorinia, Dido Harding or Marissa Mayer. There are plenty of useless men as CEOs as well, I could go on for ever, but still, people like them give women a bad name.

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I think you will find it is the "moronic ingrate" LBTIQA militants who don't like Peter Tatchell, because he focuses on the G part of the alphabet to the exclusion of everyone else.

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IKEA flat-packs TaskRabbit to crack assembly code

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Re: Can't wait for the first call...

You might get a deployment of a Grauniad reporter, but you won't get an armed response unit unless you are a black or brown man.

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Re: Reading a manual

"1) not reading manuals is a Y chromosome trait..."

I don't read manuals either. Having said that, I've never had my chromosomes tested, so who knows ...

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Ouch: Brit council still staggering weeks after ransomware bit its PCs

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Re: Random, malicious, professional?

Professional means they do it for money rather than just to show that they can

Malicious means they intend to cause damage

Random means there was no particular reason picking that rural council rather than someone else.

So yes, I think it can be all three, and probably was.

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

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Re: is it my fault?

No working in the field isn’t your fault, but people who assume women can’t program when women were actually responsible for many of the early inventions in software are a problem.

Examples of inventions by women

The whole idea of computer software

Assembly Language

Programming languages and compilers

Command line interpreter

Software engineering

First program on general purpose computer

Word Processor

Relational Database

Flight reservation software

The software that put the first man on the moon

Men have done a lot of stuff as well of course.

Accounting software

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