* Posts by katrinab

116 posts • joined 6 Aug 2016

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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

katrinab

Re: mostly Cupertino

Yes, obviously some of the money is earned elsewhere, but look at why people pay premium prices for something with an Apple logo on it. It is because they consider it to be a better product than kit from other suppliers. Where is the work done to make it a superior product? Mostly it is in Cupertino.

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

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Re: Careful there...

It is possible to give the app fake GPS data. This allows developers to test their apps without having to leave the lab.

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katrinab

Re: Careful there...

Über pay their drivers in London £5 per hour rather than the minimum wage of £7.20 (£7.50 from 1st April), they don't pay Employer NI (13.8% or £1 per hour) or VAT (20%). Driver expenses work out at about £2.40 per hour, Über charge around 30% commission, so about £10.50 per hour in total, and VAT on that should be about £1.75.

This is about £5.25 per hour they are avoiding by breaking tax and minimum wage laws, which is more than the margin they are currently making, and that is why they are so cheap.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, HMRC confirms Verify can STFU

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Re: HMRC

Viagra is allowable, but it goes on the P11d as a healthcare benefit and is taxable on the individual. Depends on the line of business whether bondage equipment is allowed. If you are producing porn videos, it is absolutely OK.

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Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk

katrinab

Re: “and focus more on my activities in public service.”

A job at Ofcom is more likely?

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Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

katrinab

Re: nice!

I believe the previous ban Trump debate is available to watch somewhere.

They take place in Westminster Hall which is also where MPs go when they call other people to give evidence to the House.

They had a very civil discussion, and had a non-binding vote which decided that he shouldn't be banned. This petition doesn't ask for him to be banned, just that he shouldn't be invited on a state visit, and it is very rare for US Presidents to be invited on state visits.

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

katrinab

Re: Listen and Charge at same time

This lets you do it, though not much use if you want to charge from an external powerpack while on the move

http://www.apple.com/shop/product/ML8L2AM/A/iphone-lightning-dock-rose-gold?fnode=97

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UK.gov tells freelance techies to slap 20 per cent on fees as IR35 tax hike looms

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Re: Both feet, and the ankles

Dividends have to be paid out based on shareholdings, otherwise they get taxed as salary.

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katrinab

Re: Both feet, and the ankles

This already exists. It is called an umbrella company, and there is anti-avoidance legislation targeting them.

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

katrinab

Re: HOW???

Nescafe comes in jar sizes ranging from 100g to 300g. Woukd you put 1/3 of a small jar or 1/10 of a large jar in a single cup? And bear in mind that Nescafe contains other things apart from caffeine.

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Shocked, I tell you. BT to write off £530m over 'improper' Italian accounts practices

katrinab

Re: A corrupt Italian business

Yes, http://www.globalservices.bt.com/mea/en/whybt/contact-bt

I'm not sure why they have put Greece in their Middle East and Africa division.

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

katrinab

Re: For Once

They do make a profit. Under Irish tax law, they make their profit in Texas, USA. Under US law, they make their profit in Ireland. Therefore they pay no tax in either jurisdiction.

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katrinab

Re: For Once

Most companies hedge their foreign currency purchases. These hedge contracts typically expire at the end of March, June, September or December.

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

katrinab

Re: And BT wonder why WhatsApp became so popular.

They get most of their money from line rental these days rather than from call minutes.

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Ransomware sleazeballs target UK schools

katrinab

Re: sleazeballs target UK schools

Most primary schools have a headmistress rather than a headmaster.

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

katrinab

Re: Bah!

The ITV / Channel 4 etc apps offer stuff for free and are perfectly legitimate. People who aren't familiar with technology won't understand the difference, and if they are on an app store alongside the likes of Channel 4 and BBC which isn't free, they will think they have been vetted and approved by someone.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

katrinab

Re: Great to see.

I've seen Google translate "Macedonia" as "fruit salad". Macedonia is the Italian word for fruit salad, but if you see it in a list of countries, then it is probably not the meaning you are looking for, just like if you see "Turkey" in a list of countries, then it probably isn't an ingredient for your Christmas dinner.

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Yorkshire council hit with prolonged web outage

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Re: Forced to close?

"OK, IT services may be "down" but how come that stops the physical bin collection with old fashioned men and lorries?"

Maybe it doesn't, but it does mean that residents don't know when they are going to come round, as the schedule tends to change over Christmas.

Where I live, the bin men have iPads in their lorries which tell them which bins to empty that day. If that connects to the same place / server room as the public website, then that would cause problems and they would have to go back to sheets of dead tree paper on a clipboard.

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

katrinab

Re: Reality check

And of course a laptop with Wifi Analyser is standard issue kit on aircraft.

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Amateur radio fans drop the ham-mer on HRD's license key 'blacklist'

katrinab

Re: Except you've paid for it

Toyota aren't doing it, but the technology is being used elsewhere - http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/car_lenders_use_remote_kill_switch_to_disable_cars_when_borrowers_miss_payments.html

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Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

katrinab

Re: Love a good pr0n investigation

Yes

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/annal

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Turns out there's a market for marijuana... plants' video surveillance

katrinab

Re: 10/10 for effort....

It is the same as for tobacco / alcohol producers surely?

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HMRC IT cockup misses nearly 1m Scottish taxpayers for devo PAYE letters

katrinab

HMRC have issued accelerated payment notices in respect of a similar scheme to the one you describe, except that the money was routed via Cyprus.

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katrinab

If you earn more than £45,000, the additional tax payable is £322.60, so not really worth the effort to try and avoid it.

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katrinab

Do people who live in Scotland and work in England or Berwick on Tweed know what the rules are?

If you live in Northern Ireland and work in Ireland or vice versa, your employer deducts tax and NI/PRSI based on where your workplace is, you have to declare it as foreign income based on where you live, and you claim double taxation relief. This is not what will happen in Scotland or England for cross border commuters. HMRC will tell your employer to deduct either Scottish or English tax based on where you live. They will give your employer a tax code such as S1060L if you live in Scotland or 1060L otherwise., So need to have the correct information, or they won't issue the correct code.

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Jimbo Welshes on pledge to stop fundraising

katrinab

Re: WMF Financials

$5m is property, plant and equipment, which is things they need to run their operations, such as computer equipment. That will depreciate and have maintenance / insurance costs associated with it, rather than have a return on investment.

$2m is prepaid expenses and other current assets, which is things like hosting fees and insurance paid for future periods. Again, you don't get a return on investment on that.

The actual return on their $73m of cash and investments is $0.4m and they made a loss of $1.3m on the foreign currency markets.

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Banks 'not doing enough' to protect against bank-transfer scams

katrinab

Re: Protecting consumers against money transfer scams

One example:

Hack into the email account of a property solicitor

Send out an email to one of the solicitor's contacts asking them to pay the house purchase money into a different account

Withdraw that money elsewhere as quickly as possible after it arrives

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katrinab

No it wouldn't. These people believe they are transferring money to their builder / solicitor / whatever, but someone else intercepted the communication and gave them different bank details.

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

katrinab

Probably not. Nothing stopping them doing it already except that the Sky channel likely only paid for distribution rights in the UK and Ireland.

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National Lottery whacked with £3m fine for suspect ticket win

katrinab

Re: What about the fraudster?

They were arrested and released without charge, so presumably either insufficient evidence to convict, they got the wrong person, or they didn't think a fraud took place.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

katrinab

Re: Economics of Solar in the UK

Your forgot that when you sell the property, not having mains electricity will reduce the value by a lot more than £5000.

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katrinab

Or electricity bills will increase, just like everything else. Gas powered stations have the same problem, as even if the gas comes from the North Sea, it is paid for in US$.

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Amazon's first live drone delivery flew last week in Cambridge, UK

katrinab

No, if the fine is levied on the company. Yes, if they pay it on behalf of an employee, but then the employee has to pay tax on the payment.

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

katrinab

Re: The problem with making £10m

Yes, but the tax on £10m of teddy bears is a lot lower than the tax on £10m of tobacco. 24.7% for the Teddy bears compared with somewhere north of 90% for tobacco.

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Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

katrinab

Re: Just digging deeper here

I usually spend between £10-£15 in Sainsburys when I go there, and get a voucher for extra points if I spend more than £30. I managed to use it once when I bought some one-off non food stuff, but otherwise, £30 of food in one go is going to mostly end up in the bin.

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Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

katrinab

Re: Goldsmith lost in Richmond because of it. Apparently.

The difference is that we will get a re-run in Richmond no later than May 2020.

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Sky: Stuff your quad play – customers want separate bills

katrinab

Re: Bizarre

3. Telefonica, who own O2, are short of cash, and are selling things to raise money.

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Virgin Media is so rustic and artisan you get to hand-sort your own spam

katrinab

Re: Words fail me...

My server bounces about 65,000 emails every day, and lets through around 25 emails. I am not going to start reading 65,000 spam emails to see if any are legitimate.

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

katrinab

Re: "on the UK island of Jersey"

The Duchy of Normandy nicked England from the English.

France nicked all of the Duchy of Normandy from the Normans, except for the Channel Islands.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

katrinab

Re: Yep

The distance from the North Pole to the Equator via Paris was originally defined as 10,000 km. Then it was based on a standard pole, then on the wavelength of a particular type of light. The number chosen for the speed of light was used to keep it constant with previous definitions.

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katrinab

Re: Creates more problems than it solves?

"I thought the speed of light was a constant by definition. If you allow the speed of light to vary, then another measurement would need to be defined as constant."

The meter would need to be defined as a constant. The second is defined separately, the speed of light is defined as a fixed number of meters per secon, and the length of the meter is derived from that.

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Don't rush into 5G until you've got a market, warns GTI chief

katrinab

At home, my 3G is actually about the same speed as my ADSL. I live in a suburban area with not that many people around, and the phone mast is about 20 meters away, which helps. It is also connected to the same street cabinet as my landline phone.

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Black Friday: Cashback site Quidco goes TITSUP* on payday

katrinab

Well in London, we got a real Black Friday experience, with power cuts putting the city into darkness.

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Microsoft still working to fix Outlook sync issues

katrinab

Re: Has El Reg finally soured its relationship with Redmond

El Reg sent the query by email, but as the article reports, their email isn't working at the moment, so they won't have had a chance to read it.

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

katrinab

Re: MS Exchange?

I wonder if that is the biggest email deployment in the world that isn't an ISP or webmail provider?

In the list of world's largest employers:

US Department of Defense[sic] That one could be larger, but they are spread over loads of .mil and .gov domains, so maybe each one has a separate email service? Also, I don't know if all the regular squaddies have email addresses.

People's Liberation Army Again, the regular squaddies probably won't have email addresses.

Walmart The likes of asda.com (their UK operation) will presumably be on a separate email service, and checkout operators, shelf stackers, warehouse operatives, cleaners and so on probably won't have email addresses.

McDonalds Only the largest if you include the employess who work for franchises, and the burger flippers probably won't have email addresses.

NHS is 5th on the list. Just over half the employees are admin staff, and they will all have email addresses. The clinical staff and most maintenance staff will also need to use email. That leaves the likes of the cleaners, hospital porters and catering staff who maybe don't need email.

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Cheer up, world! AWS instances just got cheaper

katrinab

Re: Your move Microsoft?

Amazon bill in US$, so it is still more expensive if you pay in £.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

katrinab

Re: Cardboard furniture?

You could buy a full sized fridge for not much more than that, and you get a free box with it. Just remember to ask the delivery person not to take the box away when they unpack it for you.

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

katrinab

Re: Santander must also not be hashing passwords

Santander UK, both business and personal versions, require a username, password, and 5 digit pin, all of which I chose. I can access my personal accounts from my business login, but not the other way round.

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

katrinab

Re: This is really bad

The reports are of debit card transactions in Brazil, so more likely they got the details to clone a load of cards.

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katrinab

Re: Is this different?

A lot of the accounts are people who put £3000 in to get the 3% interest and don't use it as their main account. They say that they've never used the debit card, and I would imagine they don't use the mobile app for something they are using as a long-term savings account.

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