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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

LordLucless Re:Difficult to assess (377 comments)

I'd also say that the group of people willing to install a non-default browser (not IE, not Safari) are also more likely than average to change default search providers.

2 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

LordLucless Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (107 comments)

If you have a look at the pictures, you can see that it has more than a similarity to the iPad mini than just "rounded corners". It basically looks identical except for the Apple Logo and home button.

What else is distinctive about an iPad apart from those two things? Really, all tablets look the same. They're basically just a rectangular touch-screen. About the only variations possible in their hardware are colour, size, and buttons - and some utilitarian designs as to which ports are located where, which are hardly distinctive.

2 days ago
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

LordLucless Re:Can someone expolain what's so great about HTML (132 comments)

By "retire" I mean "not use anymore". Of course, we'll still be stuck supporting the legacy crap for decades to come. Much as we'll be stuck supporting HTML5 when the new shiny comes over the horizon.

3 days ago
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

LordLucless Re:Can someone expolain what's so great about HTML (132 comments)

It's basically just a bunch of new features that are wrapped up into a bundle with the label "version 5" slapped on it. It's usually accompanied by CSS3, which adds new features for styling stuff.

There are two reasons people like HTML5, in my experience. Firstly, the canvas element lets you do arbitrary drawing with javascript, opening up a large range of applications for pure-HTML that used to rely on stuff like Flash or Applets (most notably games). Secondly, HTML5 does a lot of stuff natively, that used to have to be added (somewhat hackishly) by javascript and UI libraries - form validation, colour pickers, date selectors. When you add CSS3 into the mix, you can make quite rich UIs with very little (if any) use of javascript.

Basically, HTML5 will let us retire a whole bunch of crufty old legacy hacks from the bad days (Javascript everywhere, Flash, Applets, etc)

3 days ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

LordLucless Re:Is Tax Avoidance Necessary for Success? (158 comments)

Are tax rates so high that it is necessary to engage in complicated tax avoidance schemes in western democracies to be successful in business?

When you get to international scale, tax is just like everything else; it's a competitive market. Once they have the size to make it feasible, corporations will go to whatever country offers them the best benefits for the least money, just the same as corporations inside the US shop around from state to state looking for the best tax deal.

It's no different to what happened in Soviet Russia with individuals, really. Those that were the most productive, and earning the most money, were those "taxed" the most. They didn't like that, so they left the country. Faced with the mass exodus of their most valuable citizens, the USSR made it illegal to leave. We're just seeing the US government go through the same cycle. Rather than control its own massive spending on military campaigns and welfare, the US is trying to squeeze more and more income out of their tax base, and their tax base is leaving the country. All this crying about "tax avoidance" is just the first step in trying to compel them to stay.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

LordLucless Re:Can Luxemborg enforce the IP rights? (158 comments)

Then everyone says: "Hey look, the USA is ignoring international patent treaties. I guess we're not bound by them any more either." China sends the USA a gift basket.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

LordLucless Re:Good for them (158 comments)

Up until about a decade or so ago in Australia, some clever private individuals established companies and worked their 9 - 5 job through the company, enjoying much lower tax rates and other such benefits of corporate law (shifting losses to other years, etc).

The Australian Tax Office stepped-in and declared if you look like a private individual, walk like a private individual and quack like a private individual ... you're a private individual and will pay tax at the appropriate rate. You'll also receive a fine for trying to be clever.

This isn't the way I remember it - unless we're remembering different things. From what I recall, companies were forcing their employees to get a business number, and hiring them as contractors so as to avoid paying for entitlements like superannuation, holidays, etc. The Fair Work Ombudsman slapped them down.

In any case, you'll pay more tax as a company than you will as an individual - you will pay corporate tax on your company's profits, and then personal income tax in all money that you receive from your company. If you spend corporate money as if it was your own to dodge tax, then ASIC will want to have a long, hard talk with you, regardless of what the ATO does.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

LordLucless Re:Simple fix (158 comments)

Then you'll drive every retail industry into the ground.

Say I'm an electronics store. I operate on a profit margin of about 2%, because there's really not that much margin in electronics (or most retail, except the high end). I buy $100,000 worth of stock. I sell that entire volume for $102,000, making myself $2000 profit. I then receive a tax bill based off my revenue of $100,000, instead of my actual income of $2,000.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

LordLucless Re: Open records isn't the issue here (461 comments)

And I'm sure a licensing requirement would have totally stopped that. I mean, he might have been willing to flaunt federal laws against sexual exploitation of a minor, but he would totally have respected state licensing requirements. Right?

about two weeks ago
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PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud

LordLucless Re: Just (208 comments)

That's pheasant. Although, traditionally, it was fine to harass peasants, but peasants weren't allowed to hunt pheasants.

Bloody English.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

LordLucless Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

It's not vague, it's inclusive.

Same thing. It's inclusive, by being vague.

They meant to criminalize the destruction of evidence in federal criminal investigations and that's what they did.

Yes, I'm sure that when they sat down to formulate legislative regulations on corporate finance records, they thoroughly intended that it be used for punishing fishermen who caught undersized fish.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

LordLucless If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

If they're going literal, then the groupers weren't destroyed. They were just placed in an indeterminate location. Hell, take it up a notch, and rely on the second law of thermodynamics.

Stupidly vague laws resulting in legislative over-reach is one of many reasons the law is an ass.

about two weeks ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

LordLucless Re:Bitcoin... (353 comments)

I know, right. I've been making payments online by stuffing bank notes into my drive case for years. Funny, I never seem to get the goods I order.

about two weeks ago
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Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

LordLucless Re:yeah ... Are You Kidding? (219 comments)

You mean, programs about educating people on how to engage in useful and productive activities?

How terrible.

about three weeks ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

LordLucless Conflict of interest much? (331 comments)

But not everyone is convinced the rules go far enough. "The rule is far too weak to address the grave misconduct of predatory for-profit colleges," writes David Halperin.

Says the man who works at a public college teaching English, women’s studies, comparative literature, and classical studies - fields noted for the career prospects of their graduates.

David Halperin

about three weeks ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

LordLucless Re: The US tech industry (283 comments)

MP3 players existed before the iPod
Smartphones existed before the iPhone
Tablets existed before the iPad
Smartwatches exist, and the iWatch doesn't

Apple doesn't create new categories; they polish and popularise them - sort of the way Blizzard has done with the RTS, action-RPG, and MMO genres in gaming.

about a month ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

LordLucless Re:Let me FTFY (294 comments)

Or, you believe the government should be limited in the things they are allowed to do, removing the incentive for bribing them in the first place.

about a month ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

LordLucless Re:Bad summary? Or horrible editorializing? (259 comments)

"Tax evasion" has one legal meaning and another colloquial one. Colloquially speaking, "tax evasion" includes tax avoidance of this character.

In other words, tax evasion is what other people do when I don't like it.

about a month ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

LordLucless Re:please no (423 comments)

Consider, I'm going to roll a 6 sided dice. What number am I going to roll?

The whole of climate science and meteorology is predicated on the fact that those systems are not random. Yeah, the more iterations of a random event, the closer you get to the statistical average. But that doesn't mean that the more variables you add to a system, the more it converges on a predictable single value.

I'm not sure I'm going to agree with this statement however. Is an apple a simpler fruit than an orange?

Is an orange the aggregate of millions of apples over a long period of time?

about a month and a half ago

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Australia Elects Libertarian Senator (By Accident)

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  about a year ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "Australia's Liberal Democratic Party, which describes itself as a classically liberal, free-market libertarian party, has had their candidate for New South Wales elected to the upper house, with roughly double the number of votes they were expecting.

In part, this has been attributed to them being placed first on the ballot paper (which is determined by a random process) and similarities in name to one of the major parties, the Liberal Party of Australia."

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Australian spy agency seek permission to hack third-party computers

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  about 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "ASIO, Australia's spy agency, is pushing for the ability to lawfully hijack peoples' computers — even if they are not under suspicion of any crime. They seek the ability to gain access to a third party's computer in order to facilitate gaining access to the real target — essentially using any person's personal computer as a proxy for their hacking attempts.

The current legislation prohibits any action by ASIO that, among other things, interferes with a person's legitimate use of their computer. Conceivably, over-turning this restriction would give ASIO the ability to build their own bot-net of compromised machines.

Perhaps inevitably, they say these changes are required to help them catch terrorists."

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NSW Police taken to court for massive software piracy

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "The New South Wales police have been sued by Micro Focus for around 15 years of copyright infringement. Allegedly, they have been using Micro Focus' mainframe software throughout the entire force, while paying for only a fraction of the required licenses. More, they supplied other departments — NSW Police Integrity Commission, NSW Department of Corrective Services and the NSW Ombudsman's Office — with the software.

The other departments have already settled out of court, but the police are still stalling."

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Man charged for possessing book in London

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "The Metropolitan Police have announced that they have charged a man for possession of a book.

Mohammed Shabir Ali "possessed a document of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism", a crime under the Terrorism Act of 2000."

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LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LordLucless writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that New York City is banning the use of the word "nigger". There is no penalty for using the word, but the city hopes that the moratorium will discourage its use nonetheless. Is this a futile PC gesture, or does it present the specter of more draconian measures in the future?"

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