* Posts by sanmigueelbeer

379 posts • joined 5 Oct 2016


US prosecutors whack another three charges on list against ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch over $11bn HP biz gobble

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Re: Not necessarily!

It's interesting to me that virtually all the commentators so far believe that HP simply failed to do its due diligence.

Allow me to explain: Let's say that Mr. Donald T met Stormy Daniels for the first time. The two hit it off and before "entry" to the "horizontal mambo" Stormy turned to Donald and said, "Please be careful. I'm still a virgin."

And "off he went" and, when morning came, he was sporting a grin that no one can wipe off.

Let's say that a few days later, he realized that he got "the clams".

So who's at fault here? Donald T or Stormy Daniel?

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Re: You never know

and refuse to extradite

And that is what I am implying.

Extradite terrorist. Check. Extradite war criminals. Check.

Extradite someone who cooked the books?

It's not as if this scam defrauded the US Government or something. I think HP "reached out" (and paid someone) in the US Justice Department because HP cannot extradite someone.

Seriously, the person HP should go after is the person who signed off on this deal (and not just Mike Lynch).

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In lay-man's-term

In short, it is alleged the pair inflated Autonomy's sales numbers to hit quarterly targets so as to pocket fat performance-linked bonuses

In english, the US Government wants to prosecute these two because HP didn't do a proper "due diligence" audit?

Top personnel general joined Capita months after firm won its Army recruiting IT contract

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Re: No different than in Trumpland

On Planet Trump in the USA this kind of crap happens all the time

Don't blame Don.

Look for Kellog, Brown & Root (KBR). They made a ton (US$ billion) in military contract during the war in Iraq. Pay close attention to the members of the board. I believe there was a recently deceased US president in that list.

Autopilot engineer drove off to Chinese rival with our top-secret blueprints in the glovebox, Tesla claims in sueball

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I don't get it ... Really, I don't.

So if Elon doesn't want China to steal corporate secrets (including designs), why bother standing up a production plant in China?

Carolina coward fesses up: I was a tech support scambag, and I made millions out of defrauding the elderly

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Seems he will.

Then it's not enough. There is a fine line between scamming old people and scamming (filthy) rich people (who deserves to be scammed).

Karma is a bitch, they say. And I'm sure the inmates will make/turn him into one.

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I hope he spends (a long) time in jail.

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes

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Re: Send in the lawyers!

Because obviously loss of human life invariably and inexorably leads to the idea of cash payouts

That's how "life" goes in America: People sue.

Someone slips on a banana peel in mall, they sue the mall owner (get a generous payout). If one rides on public transport and gets t-boned, someone (will) sue the public transport authority and get a hefty payout (free health check to boot).

`tis America. People for sport.

(No offense to the Americans.)

What a catch you are.

Thank you. My wife agrees with you.

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Re: Simply Ghastly...

If you're thinking of the 2 Yank pilots: minor correction:

I'm talking about the pilots to the two previous Lion Air flight before the fatal one.

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Which airline wants to be the first to test the revised system?

I'm going to be brutally honest: Every operator will need to have this software installed.

Airplanes make money when they are flying (and not flying INTO).

The good news to this is every MAX pilot will now be armed with knowledge and skill to disable MCAS. Who knows, maybe pilots who didn't get simulator time (for the new "revised" syllabus with MCAS included) will/might just disable MCAS during (or immediately after) take-off.

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Send in the lawyers!

Once this blows over, I'd like to see if Ethiopia Air (and/or Lion Air) will launch a lawsuit against Boeing.

It will be interesting to see how much compensation (outside of insurance) will Ethiopia and/or Lion Air will get from this.

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Re: Simply Ghastly...

Whatever happened to the stick shalers of old that used to warn pilots of an imminent stall?

The trigger points to the stick shaker is no longer just stall.

In the Lion Air incident, the stick shaker was activated the moment the aircraft was airborne until it crash. In previous two (or three) flights, the pilots also observed the same thing. Except, those pilots "accidentally" (or mistakenly) disabled the MCAS and made it.

Another thing about the stick shaker is how company policy defines it. In the initial Lion Air investigation recommendation, the pilot has the "final say" if the plane is deemed "flyable" or not. But when the stick shaker got activated immediately after takeoff that alone is grounds for any pilot to invoke that the flight is not "flyable" and turned around. Apparently, this policy is not "standard" in Lion Air. However, even if this was standard, it wouldn't make any difference because the aircrew didn't know how to disable MCAS.

software update for the troubled Boeing 737 Max airliners is coming "soon".

I hope Boeing did extensive testing of this software in a LIVE aircraft.

So good news and bad news:

Bad news: Operators and passengers are going to be caught between a rock and hard place. Ever operator will have to take the risk and load this software. Immediately.

Good news: Due to the two incidents, it would seem that every pilot (will) know how to disable MCAS. Maybe some pilots will just disable MCAS before take-off.

Ransomware drops the Lillehammer on Norsk Hydro: Aluminium giant forced into manual mode after systems scrambled

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Anyone know of an example?

Will will know in the next TheRegister installment of "To Pay or not to pay -- Insurance escapes (again) paying out Cyber Insurance claim".

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Norsk Hydro has cyber insurance, he said.

`tis alright, folks. Norsk Hydro is fully covered.

Now let's see if the insurance company will pay up or will they find an "exemption".

Sign of the times: Mirai botnet strain fine-tunes itself to infect digital signage, projectors

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Re: Some good news.

OTOH a boardroom projector suddenly running a competitor's ads might be a less damaging wakeup call

Boardroom projects have very small "target audience". Think bigger.

Those LG Supersign panels with built-in digital signage in them? Some of them can be found in airports. Imagine what would happen if some fut nuck would hack into them and start spewing out messages like "I have hacked the airport. I have hacked your aeroplane. Have a safe flight".

The word "panic" would be an understatement of the year. I'll take Petya/Wannacrypt over this.

Apple bestows first hardware upgrades in years upon neglected iPad Mini and Air lines

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Most recently they have been bombarded by phone calls that show "APPLECARE" on caller ID.

Until STIR &/or SHAKEN is implemented, don't bother reporting the number to any relevant government body because the numbers are spoof. Do Not Call List won't make any difference if the scammers are from overseas.

These are some of the reasons why fed up people are doing something no government can do: Fight back. And one method of fighting back is Lenny.

I've had Lenny installed for a number of years now and the calls have dropped. I am lucky if I actually get a scam call a month.

Bombs Huawei... Smartphone exploded in my daughter's pocket, seriously burning her, claims dad in lawsuit

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Re: Original charger (or at least a good one)?

as her phone was in her pocket at the time.

Which pocket? Front or back?

It must be me but most of the time I saw a female putting a mobile phone in a "pocket" it's normally the back pocket ... and then they sit down. *Crrrrrrunch!*

Protip: If you'd rather cyber-scoundrels didn't know the contents of your comp, don't apply for a Pakistani passport

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While the command-and-control server went dormant shortly after the threat research firm started poking around

This to me says someone, like the owner, is actively "monitoring" the state & status of the C&C.

China still doesn't want iPhones despite Apple slashing prices, say market watchers

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but denied its models were overpriced.

but denied its models were overpriced.

If the models weren't overpriced then why increase the trade-in values?

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches

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This was readily resolved and the 777 carries on with it's reliable career with that software intact.

And don't forget the fleet-wide grounding of the 787 when ANA discovered the batteries were overheating.

If the cause of the latest crash is the MCAS, I hope FAA will implement a re-certification of the 737 MAX family.

(I must humbly admit: Donald Trump is one "funny" (for lack of a better word) character, however, there is still hope for him.)

Airlines in Asia, Africa ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after second death crash in four-ish months

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Re: Dubious

It amuses me that those that would only ever accept any findings that are contained in the 'final report' even bother to visit the forums where it's inherently speculation. So, why are you here?

I am not speculating anything. Exactly what is wrong with "waiting for the final report"? Do tell?

FAA and NTSB don't even know what the cause of this accident is. The black box was just found <24 hours ago. And it takes, at least, 48 hours to begin retrieving the information from them.

If you know what the real cause of this accident, tell the FAA and NTSB.

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Re: Dubious

have suffered very similar failures

The jury is still out as to the cause of the Ethiopian Air crash. They've just recovered the black box and haven't even began to analyze the contents.

Until then, I'll wait for the final report and form my conclusion.

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Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community

FAA has issued a CANIC (Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community) regarding the 737 MAX (737-8 MAX & 737-9 MAX).

The objective of this document is to inform every operators that the FAA & NTSB are aware of the accident and working with ET (Ethiopian Air) to determine the cause of the crash. (Translation: FAA & NTSB are not sleeping.)

Take away notes: Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018-23-51 and simulator sessions to ensure pilots are able to correctly identify when AoA is working or not.

In the meantime Boeing is about to release a software patch to "enhance" MCAS (Translation: Make it easier for pilots to know if AI is going bonkers) .

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no pilot retraining required

That was what Boeing Sales Team said BEFORE the Lion Air crash.

MCAS is a new system. That needs training. That needs simulator time. Senior pilots of SWA may have access to simulator to be able to know when to determine if MCAS is going-to fight the controls.

Right now, it is too early to tell if this is MCAS-related fault or not.

UK joins growing list of territories to ban Boeing 737 Max flights as firm says patch incoming

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Re: Avionics experts and the court of public opinion....

Is it prudent to ground the entire fleet?

I agree that the "jury is still out" and the cause of the latest accident has just started (and the press isn't helping).

Is it prudent to ground the entire 737 MAX? Yes and no.

No it is not because no one knows the cause of the latest accident. The trust in the aviation industry is on shaky grounds. Remember the SARS epidemic? A lot of airline executives are still haunted by it. Airline industry spend billions (combined) in PR and they don't want to waste all that money because the press & media are fanning the flames of how "unsafe" the 737 MAX is even without knowing the cause of this latest accident.

This is not a "stunt": If individual 737 MAX operators won't ground their planes voluntarily then passengers will fly with someone who doesn't have them. Now that is a nightmare no airline executive wants.

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Re: The reason that the Max series need MCAS

If one is faulty how can the software detect which one?

Boeing's soon-to-be-released software patch (for the MCAS) is meant to address this issue. Don't know how the system is going to "coin flip" if two AoA sensors are giving false readings. Which one to trust?

Another thing is pilot training: FAA directive instructs operators to provide simulator time to pilots in order to get them "acquainted" to this new feature.

Pilots must also know how to diagnose a potential MCAS issue as well as know how to manually disable MCAS.

In Australia, there are only two known airline companies operating 737 MAX and they are SilkAIr (an SQ subsidiary) and Air Fiji (QF and VH don't have any).

As for now, the investigation is still fresh. No one is yet certain that the cause is due to MCAS.

Vodafone: Daft Huawei comms gear ban will cripple UK – and cost punters loads

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Re: Would be ironic

I assume you are referring to lawful intercept?

No, he's talking about lawful intercept used unlawfully.

Huawei to the danger zone, ride into the danger zone... Chinese giant denies America's secrets theft, fraud charges

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Re: Huawei fights back

But then, who does look as pure? Cisco?

The three "big" manufacturers of mobile phone transmission equipment are: Huawei (number one for a number of years), Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco. (Nokia used to be in that list.)

A lot of European-based Huawei customers are not shy admitting that they favor Huawei gear because it is more "stable" and has more feature than anyone else.

All of them agree that Huawei's prices are nowhere near anyone.

For obvious reasons, Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco will reap a lot when Huawei will be removed from any future installation.

This may hit Huawei's bottom line, however, Ren Zhengfei, has told the BBC that "there's no way the U.S. can crush us. If the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine. And if the North goes dark, there is still the South" and "The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit.".

In short, Huawei will still be able to "influence" areas where the dominant players aren't able to compete in prices.

Unlike Cisco &/or Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei CEO doesn't answer to the board of directors. If profits drop, then Huawei can easily "downsize" (and farm off their staff somewhere).

Going forward, as competition in the 4G/5G market heats up, subscriber cost will come down. This means that profits will be cut down to the bone. Customers may (be forced to) use "endorsed" manufacturer now. But the question is "for how long"? 4G/5G equipment prices aren't going to come down any time soon. And customers are always looking for the hype.

There is no question about security implications, however, I wonder if this entire fiasco isn't just a way for western-based-company-but-made-in-China isn't just trying to keep their profits to themselves.

Fan boy 3: Huawei overhauls Air-a-like MateBooks

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Re: Stop, just stop

The Apple-copying tactics of Huawei are almost cringeworthy.

What is cringe-worthy is Apple doesn't seem to mind Huawei copying not just the looks but the name.

If this was some company outside China, Apple's lawyer would be all over them like a rash. Unfortunately, Apple is very selective/sensitive about suing anyone from China.

How politics works, part 97: Telecoms industry throws a fundraiser for US senator night before he oversees, er, a telecoms privacy hearing

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AT&T's political action committee and telco trade group USTelecom will host a fundraiser for Wicker literally the night before that hearing at the Capital Grille restaurant

Is the phrase "host a fundraiser" (still) synonymous (or euphemism) to "hookers and blow"?

No yoke: 'Bored' Aussie test pilot passes time in the cockpit by drawing massive knobs in the air

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Re: I salute him...

Look ma, NO HANDS!

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Re: I salute him...

Stop jerking around and get the job done, ok?

U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead

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Other than this ...

Mann noted: "Examples include reminders to patients for healthcare appointments."

There are also messages from a Nigerian prince and a large sum of money one has "inherited".

PS: My grandfather was a "ladies man".

Australian prime minister blames 'state level' baddies for Oz parliament breach

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That's total rubbish.

Someone wants to know what Australia's real reason for banning Huawei. That's all.

Where's me coat?

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

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Major tax accounting firms make money finding and exploiting tax loopholes in every country. This is what they're paid for by large multinationals who don't want to pay the right amount of taxes. And these loopholes takes YEARS (even decades) to fix.

And once a loophole gets fixed, the accountants find another means to exploit somewhere else.

The solutions are fix the loopholes QUICKLY in months instead of years/decades & make sure there is cooperation from all countries.

One final thing: No more tax exemptions, tax "credits" or "special tax agreements".


Back in 2014, I was in Paris for holidays and me wife and I decided to take a guided tour which included pickup from our hotel. Anyone on our way back the tour guide cum driver asked what is going to be the biggest problem with the world. I responded with "big multinational corporation REFUSING to pay taxes". The tour guide turned around and gave me the what-crack-are-you-smoking look.

Anyway, fast forward to 2018 and I'm reading ElReg's coverage of French citizens protesting about Apple's tax avoidance activities in the EU. Wierd, eh?

How do you like them Apples? Tim Cook's iPhones sitting in the tree, feeling unloved by the Chinese

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Dear Tim Cook,

Cut the price of all Apple products by 20% and then we talk.

Regards/Ex-iPhone User

Slow and steady for Cisco: Yep, people still need network gear, and together they'll pay billions of bucks for it

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Cisco, your QA sucks

He noted that, at the end of the day, everyone still needs networking gear.

Everyone needs networking gear that isn't buggy or crashes regularly.

Prez Trump orders Uncle Sam to step up AI efforts – we all know the White House knows a lot about artificial intelligence

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Re: We could replace him with a Raspberry Pi...

Shirley an OrangePi would be more appropriate?

OrangePi, made by a Chinese company, is inappropriate.

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Re: We could replace him with a Raspberry Pi...

Remember the guy is a genius....and a very stable genius at that!

You forgot "handsome".

Oh dear, Lads: Spam marketing bosses banned from forming UK firms for clobbering folk with 500k calls and texts

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There are so many ways to circumvent this ban without even leaving the country &/or EU.

Easiest way is to set up shop in India (where I heard that call spamming is the new "backyard industry").

Google: All your leaked passwords are belong to us – here's a Chrome extension to find them

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Re: Which password manager to plump for?

I heard ZTE and Huawei is about to launch to launch a password repository app for Android.

100% guaranteed to be safe and secure.

Bug-hunter faces jail for vulnerability reports, DuckDuckPwn (almost), family spied on via Nest gizmo, and more

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Re: "16 cameras placed around that home"

True Story: An old man was woken up one evening and discovered that a group of thugs were in his shed. He did what any law abiding citizen would do and called the UK police (hotline) only to be told: We are busy right now. We might swing by in the morning.

So he hang up the phone and waited for a few minutes before calling the UK police again.

Don't bother, he said. I shot and killed them.

Within minutes about half a dozen police cars came screaming in in every direction, guns drawn and subsequently apprehended the thieves.

You said you killed them, the police asked incredulously.

And you said you were busy, he fired back.

Where's me coat?

Texas lawyer suing Apple over FaceTime bug claims it was used to snoop on a meeting

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Sounds like an opportunistic grab by a failing lawyer.

That and/or he's trying to get others to join in the lawsuit.

Personal data slurped in Airbus hack – but firm's industrial smarts could be what crooks are after

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Nothing is stolen "by chance". Everything happens for a reason.

Contacts may be stolen but then again phishing infiltration starts at somewhere.

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?

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battery replacement program

Apple used their strength to negotiate for a reduced cost (to the consumer) to replace the battery even though the "design choice" of the battery was the real cause of the issue. Instead, consumers are asked to pay for an Apple design flaw.

Other than that, the new phones will have more cameras and, guess what, Night Mode.

However, the main question I would like to ask is not about whether or not Apple will lower the price. Instead, I would like to know by how much. $100 "discount" is a token gesture and a joke. 10% doesn't even count. Since Apple has voiced their concern about the slump in sales in China, I would presume that Apple is going to drop the price there. And since the sales in US is strong, there won't be any significant discount. And before anyone could say about "gray import", Apple is one of the few companies who offer "international warranty" of their product but with proviso as to where the warranty claim can be used (like what they're using in Australia).

If Apple is serious, I'd say 15% to 20% would be sufficient.

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'

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Re: Apple boredom

Steve Jobs at least made sure that there was some evolution, whereas the current numpties seem to have lost all NO creativity or sense of adventure.

There, FTFY.

What other usable\useful doddad can be added to a phone?

But the new range will have THREE/FOUR/FIVE cameras. That's still falls under "creativity", right? </SARCASM>

Miscreants sweep internet for unpatched Cisco kit, fears over bugged Chinese parts, Roger Stone nabbed...

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You don't have to be authenticated, you just have to be able to reach the router's web-based management portal.

I would expect this kind of sh1tty code (easily exploitable) and wrapped in an equally cheap-n-nasty IoT product from some eastern Asian country.

I was not expecting this sort of code exploit to be in an expensive product made by a multi-billion dollar company called Cisco. Makes me think out aloud if Cisco actually sub-contracted the code from some the same east Asian country (and not bother checking)?

Another thing, Cisco own Talos. So Cisco (and Talos) didn't bother checking on their own product and it took an outside security firm to spot this?

Is it April 1 already?

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Re: bugged Chinese rail cars

Won't they need to check the sleepers too

Offer tinfoil hats before stepping into the carriage?

I've got a better idea: Buy American (made products not buy a lawmaker)

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

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Death to Taxes

She proposed a marginal 70 per cent tax on earnings above $10m

Pfffft. Get real, Alexandria. It won't make any difference. Led by American conglomerates, none of the top 1000 companies are paying their right amount of taxes anyway. (And you want INDIVIDUALS to pay higher tax bracket?)

It is a well known secret that large multi-national companies hire top accounting law firms to find a way to skirt tax law (Double Dutch Irish Sandwich) and this scheme is still cheaper than paying taxes.

Sure, government around the world are just beginning to clamp down, however, for how long before another E&Y or PWC find another loophole?

Look at what China and (Kingdom of) Saudi Arabia is doing now.

In KSA, the super-rich Saudi Arabian are "invited" to stay in the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh while the government goes through their "books".

China is worst. Several well-known business people, politicians, actors/actresses (one is Fan BingBing) have "disappeared" while having been audited. And no, they're not staying at the Ritz-Carlton Beijing. Not even close. And no, there is no appeal, there is no "deal" & the option is simple: Pay up or else. (While world government can only watch in envy.)

Anything (corporations) and anyone (individual) can pay 35% income tax as long as they pay their taxes correctly (and not because of some deal or loophole).


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