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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Harlequin80 Re:well how would you like it if... (272 comments)

I agree that the woman who was raped is the true victim. I also am not commenting on the suitability of the punishments, either for the rapist or what is being proposed as punishment for comments posted on social media.

My initial point is that according to the guidance the law applies only in the cases where "communications that are credible threats of violence, harassment, or stalking (such as aggressive Internet trolling) which specifically targets an individual or individuals, or breaches a court order designed to protect someone (such as those protecting the identity of a victim of a sexual offence) will be prosecuted" (taken directly from the guidance).

Being a Troll in and of itself is not something you will be prosecuted from. This is no different to if you were texting the person or posting letters to their house. If what you were doing there was a crime it is also one to perform it on social media. So if you Troll go for it, if you want to threaten a specific person with harm you are going to get caught in these laws.

3 hours ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Harlequin80 Re:you don't like what I say? (272 comments)

These are an excerpt from the guidance. It covers the part about a joke and in essence shows it is restricted to credible threats of violence, harassment or stalking. Like every other law whether you are guilty or not will be decided after you are charged and put before a jury.

In 19 December 2012, to strike a balance between freedom of speech and criminality, the Director of Public Prosecutions issued interim guidelines, clarifying when social messaging is eligible for criminal prosecution under UK law. Only communications that are credible threats of violence, harassment, or stalking (such as aggressive Internet trolling) which specifically targets an individual or individuals, or breaches a court order designed to protect someone (such as those protecting the identity of a victim of a sexual offence) will be prosecuted. Communications that express an "unpopular or unfashionable opinion about serious or trivial matters, or banter or humor, even if distasteful to some and painful to those subjected to it" will not. Communications that are merely "grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false" will be prosecuted only when it can be shown to be necessary and proportionate. People who pass on malicious messages, such as by retweeting, can also be prosecuted when the original message is subject to prosecution. Individuals who post messages as part of a separate crime, such as a plan to import drugs, would face prosecution for that offence, as is currently the case.[11][12][13]

3 hours ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Harlequin80 Re:you don't like what I say? (272 comments)

You know it only applies to specific types of comments right?. ie "I'm going to kill you" "I'm going to rape you" type comments. You are free to be as much of a troll-tard as you like as long as you are not threatening someone.

From TFA one particular example was a girl who came out not supporting a return to professional football of a convicted rapist. She had extensive death and rape threats sent to her via social media. If you were to have written the same comments on a letter and posted it to her it would also have been a crime.

These laws are separated to libel or defamation laws.

8 hours ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Harlequin80 Re:Let me get this right (818 comments)

Flat tax rate is easier. Not easy. I run my own business with multiple entities. There are different taxes applied to different items at different rates. Where I live I pay payroll tax, that is a tax equal to 4.75% of my employees salaries must be paid to the state. This is separate to the income tax which is with held from their earnings. On top of that if I decide to give a meal voucher or some other incentive to an employee as a reward it attracts Fringe Benefit Tax, this is calculated at 48.5%. So if I give you a $100 restaurant voucher I have a $48.50 tax liability.

Then there is GST. I sell something for $1000 I have collected $90.91 in GST which is to be remitted to the tax office monthly. Except I have to subtract from that the GST I have already paid - So if I bought that item for 900, I have already paid $81.81 in tax so I have to remit $10.09 to the tax office. And when do you calculate this on? When the invoice is raised or when you actually receive the cash?

Then there is the difference in capital gains tax. Ie I bought a capital item for $100,000 and sold it for $150,000. I get taxed on the 50k difference. But if that asset is owned in a trust I pay tax on 50% of the capital gain, so only $25k.

Tax law is fiendishly complicated. And part of what makes it complicated is that different things are taxed at different rates. If there was simply 1 or 2 taxes and they were flat it would be brilliant. But before we look at a flat tax rate we need to dump the millions of tiny taxes.

3 days ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Harlequin80 Re:Why..... (257 comments)

The problem is that different asset classes generate different types of income and these are defined differently between countries.

Did you make your profit as a capital gain or as a income from normal business operations? If it is capital gain it faces tax structure A in Country 1, B in Country 2 and 3 in Country 3. If it is income from normal business operations it face tax structure C in County 1, A in Country 2 and something else entirely in Country 3.

So what is done is you structure your business for the type of revenue you will generate and locate it where ever it is most favourable. There is nothing saying that your company is not made up of multiple entities (in fact it really really should be) which allows you to book different income streams in different countries.

For example. In Australia corporations tax is 30%. Google creates "Google Australia pty ltd" to operate in Australia. That is who invoices people. In a year it makes $100 million profit internally in Australia from Australian customers. So that should be $30 million in tax please. Except that Google Australia has to by its "Google Name License" from Google Ireland and that cost in this financial year was $115 million. So actually Google Australia pty ltd lost $15 million. So no tax is due.

That $115 million lands in Ireland and is classified as income generated from licensing, that is treated differently to income generated from normal business and is subject to a lower tax band of 2%. Bang tax bill is down to $2 million and no laws have been broken.

* Note examples used are not representative of tax laws in the respective countries and are meant as an indication of possible methods for minimising tax.

4 days ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

Harlequin80 Re:"A Song of Copper and Fiber" (139 comments)

For me it takes out all bar one "valid" reason for downloading. And that is it is streamed. I can't get a broadband connection here fast enough to stream effectively and streaming requires some awful in a browser spawn of satan thing where as I have XBMCbuntu and a backend server. My front ends use a remote control and no keyboard so trying to pop into a browser to watch something is actually quite painful.

4 days ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

Harlequin80 Re:How balkanized? (139 comments)

Actually I think there is one more logical step next. First we will see a Balkanization, but then I think we will see a Steamization. There will come a platform with better technology that will sell content from multiple sources. Initially the content providers will resist this but when an independent has enough content and they are missing out because their choice was 3rd on peoples list and so people refused to pay we will see a by episode / season purchasing option with someone else covering costs of things like bandwidth.

4 days ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Harlequin80 Re:Why..... (257 comments)

I don't have an easy solution to the problem. The only way I could think about it working would be as a transaction tax. In my head there would be 2 transactions when an international purchase is made. 1 is the transaction that occurs in the home country of the purchaser and the second transaction is the one where the billing institution shifts the funds from one currency to the other. In essence an international transaction would be taxed twice, once in each country. In my example I would say that the tax is collected in Australia and the US. NZ would get nothing. But while on holiday in NZ I would get the NZ tax and the AUS tax if I say went to a coffee shop.

I'm not saying it is a fair system. Just its the only thing that comes to mind that could catch the loopholes of shifting booked revenue.

4 days ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Harlequin80 Re:Why..... (257 comments)

It simply can't work. While you are trying to force a tax on income and that income crosses national borders it will be almost impossible to decided which tax system it should fall under.

If I purchase something from Amazon, while in New Zealand, with my UK credit card, shipped to my Aussie address. Who pays what tax where?

Realistically we need some kind of transaction layer tax system that captures at point of sale. Think VAT or GST style but on every transaction. This should be implemented and income and capital taxes removed.

5 days ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Harlequin80 Re: Why..... (257 comments)

You cannot take tax out of deciding which location is optimal or not. It is exactly the same as social stability & conflict risk. These all have to be taken into consideration when deciding where you will base an operation.

A particularly clear example of this is if you watch capital flows in the mining industry. There are a lot of similar deposits around the world, but why does a particular multi-national choose Australia over Canada or vice-versa. For a long time Australia won because of a favourable royalty environment plus geographical proximity to the major consuming countries. Then changes were made to the tax system around mining and capital has moved towards Canada. The mines are not as profitable as the Australian ones would have been (mainly due to distance) but they are now the better option due to tax. It is still the corporate choosing the optimal solution.

5 days ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Harlequin80 Re:Biased summary (280 comments)

There can be no argument that they are working exactly as a private hire car does at the absolute minimum. You are organising a driver to transport you from location a to location b for a fee. Only in the most twisted world could you argue that is hitch hiking.

5 days ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Harlequin80 Re:Biased summary (280 comments)

The audition is a 5 minute performance in front of a panel of 5 people. 1 from council, 1 from Brisbane Marketing (it is essentially the entity that does all the promotions on behalf of the businesses in the area), 1 from Performing Arts Queensland, and 2 from the Queensland Conservatory of Music. Personally I think it is a pretty good selection panel for the purpose.

Anyway, can you ever judge music in an objective, scientific way?

5 days ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Harlequin80 Re:Biased summary (280 comments)

I have no objection to Uber or the service in principal. My objection is that they are not complying with the law, at all. The requirements for a private car service here are stricter then what uber work to. You require a different license, insurance, registration and permit. Should Uber drivers operate the same as private car services do here and follow the same laws I have ABSOLUTELY no issue with them. Their non compliance with the law is the reason they are a safety risk.

In Australia private car companies are not allowed to do street pickups, the fee must be agreed in advance, they must have Limo plates, the driver must be a certified driver (this is the same level of background and skills check as a taxi driver) their state issued ID must be on display at all times. But the biggest thing is that they MUST have a Limousine license and this is where Uber is going "nah why should I".

Basically my issue is that Uber does not comply with even the more lax rules surrounding private hire vehicles, let alone the more stringent ones surrounding taxis. Also the rules haven't changed in years around what qualifies as a private hire vehicle, uber are just saying "fuckit" we want to do it so we will. This has nothing to do with wanting the legality settled and everything to do with try to bum rush an industry and a regulator.

Also as for the term Taxi it is exactly the same as I would have an issue in you calling yourself an engineer if you did not hold an engineering qualification, or calling yourself a doctor without being certified. I know this is different between the USA and Aus but here Engineer is what is called a protected term, similar to Dietician for example. You can call yourself a Nutritionist (which isn't) here and it has absolutely no meaning, you cannot however call yourself a Dietician without certification. Calling yourself a Taxi service has specific meanings which Uber do not meet.

 

about a week ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Harlequin80 Re:Article ignores variability (607 comments)

It depends on the regulatory environment in which you are operating.

China is continuing to open new coal fired powerplants because they are the cheapest option and they have a rapidly climbing electricity demand due to urbanisation.

If you are a developed country with a stable power demand then you are unlikely to fund a large scale coal power plant.

about a week ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Harlequin80 Re:Read the Report (607 comments)

Sorry this isn't true. Have a look at Australia's Uranium reserves - in particular the Olympic Dam site. There is a ridiculous amount of easily accessible (ie open cut) uranium ore there. There is also a massive amount of copper and gold there to supplement the uranium operation.

If the Australian government hadn't screwed around with mining taxes over the past 6 years Olympic Dam would be being upgraded now to be one of the biggest mines in the world. But the scope of the over burden removal meant that they were no longer willing to take the investment risk because the Australian government kept changing the tax landscape.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Harlequin80 Re:Biased summary (280 comments)

To be allowed to play music for money in the centre of the city. Yes. It only applies to Queen Street Mall, Redacliff Place and King George Square. These are pedestrianised areas set up as commercial districts. Outside of those areas you do not require a permit. Given that the permit is free and available to all I have no problems with it what so ever.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Harlequin80 Re:Biased summary (280 comments)

No I have absolutely NO problem with them limiting the number of people who can busk in the main street of Brisbane city. The ABSOLUTE last thing I want is to have a busker ever 2 meters trying to drown out the person next to them.

There is NOTHING stopping you from playing music in your own home or infact in 99% of the public spaces. There is a restriction on the number of people that can "play music hoping to be paid" in the dead centre of the city.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Harlequin80 Re:Biased summary (280 comments)

Not at all. In Queensland it is perfectly legal to pickup hitchhikers. HOWEVER, the police strongly advise against the practice (both picking up and being a hitch hiker) as it is a risky practice - see Ivan Milat - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

However hitching a ride from an unmarked vehicle should not be considered the same as ordering a taxi. The taxi is the vetted service where the expectation is that the driver is not a danger. The problem with Uber is that there is no vetting process that compares to a regulators process (at least here in Australia) so you lose that certainty. That certainty costs money to provide, so if you want to operate as a taxi service you must go through the regulated process to become a taxi driver and you must wear those costs.

No one is saying you can't hitch hike, or car pool or anything like that. What is being objected to is claiming to be a taxi service without going through the licensing and audit process of genuine taxis.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Harlequin80 Re:Biased summary (280 comments)

Yes the laws are different State to State. Australia is a federation. And seriously if you are talking about 1 man band taxi company what does it matter that you need a different license in Queensland and NSW? It's not like you might decide, hmmm actually today I think I will do a Sydney day and tomorrow a Brisbane one.

Taxi licenses are expensive, but they are also an asset. They are not something that expires. Many taxi drivers purchase the license knowing that it is expensive but that they can work to pay down the debt associated with it and have a sizeable capital asset in the future. It is no different to an investment property. Also the license is for a vehicle and you see a number of trusts holding the license with multiple drivers working together.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Harlequin80 Re:Biased summary (280 comments)

This isn't a product, it is a service. So ergo the only way to regulate the service is to regulate the person doing the selling.

about a week ago

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Samsung stops sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia

Harlequin80 Harlequin80 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Harlequin80 (1671040) writes "This morning Samsung has agreed to suspend sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia due to Apple's patent lawsuit.

Samsung will also provide Apple three samples of a new Australian version of Galaxy at least seven days before it plans to start distributing it so Apple can review it.

If Apple's claim is not upheld then Apple has agreed to pay damages to Samsung though the amounts are unknown.

It seems that US patents are now going to cause problems here in Australia. Sigh"

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