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Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats

bobintetley Re:Don't You See... (327 comments)

He said he paid no income tax.

If he's in the UK, he probably has a small limited company and he'll pay himself his personal tax-free allowance as income and the remainder as a dividend. He's still paying 20% corporation tax on the profits, plus 22.5% on dividends that take him over 35k. Not as much as he would have paid in income tax, but he's hardly a non-taxpayer - it's just good planning if you can do it.

... or he could be using a tax avoidance scheme where he "invests" all his salary in an overseas scheme who then "loan" the money back to him. In which case, yes, that's pretty dodgy.

about a year and a half ago
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Intel To Help Stephen Hawking Communicate Faster

bobintetley Re:I have an idea (133 comments)

Two points.

  1. 1. Stephen Hawking is British. We in the UK have a healthcare system that doesn't bankrupt people unlucky enough to have degenerative and terminal illnesses. Obamacare is irrelevant, but on that note you're a fool if you think any steps towards social healthcare are a bad idea and that the US' current mercenary healthcare system is good for anyone but insurance companies.
  2. 2. If you and the dimwitted GP could think of repurposing available tech, why do you assume that engineers at one of the biggest, smartest tech companies in the world couldn't?

about 2 years ago
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Jeremy Allison Calls Microsoft Dangerous Elephant

bobintetley Re:You screwed up badly in the post inside BobbyBo (306 comments)

Wow. I'm well aware of the "don't feed the troll" rules, but I'll reply this one time.

You sound like you were foaming at the mouth and punching the keyboard while typing these responses. Relax, it's just an internet forum - nothing's worth that amount of anger.

Also, re-read those posts if you like because there's a lesson in there. That guy was wrong, I explained why he was wrong, he didn't pay attention and said something that showed he hadn't understood what I'd said so I gave up. If people aren't interested in what you have to say, then don't worry about it - just leave them to it. I suggest you do the same in future, instead of bursting a blood vessel over it.

Life's too short to let the ramblings of random strangers get to you, so just have a drink or a smoke or whatever you like to do to calm the fuck down before you hurt yourself. Losing your temper just makes you look like a dick and destroys your credibility in any debate.

I won't be replying again, so don't waste your time with a response.

more than 4 years ago
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Jeremy Allison Calls Microsoft Dangerous Elephant

bobintetley Re:"Security by Obscurity" = *NIX variants' best p (306 comments)

Dude. I'm clearly not the only one who can't be bothered to argue with your rabidly ignorant and whackily formatted diatribes. Could you just do us all a favour and stop posting until you've grown up, please?

more than 4 years ago
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G-WAN, Another Free Web Server

bobintetley Re:Other good C web frameworks? (217 comments)

I wrote one. It's a simple inetd-based process forking webserver in C (see inetdxtra). It uses about 80kb per process, is scalable (and obviously memory protected using separate processes for both responses and CGI) and was designed for embedded hardware. It supports CGI, so you can write pages in C, Perl, PHP, Java, or anything that can use stdio and read environment variables.

Lots of people must have written webservers like this, I have no idea why slashdot consider this newsworthy.

more than 4 years ago
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The Golden Age of Infinite Music

bobintetley Re:bobintetley is mistaken. (294 comments)

Did you even read what you linked to?

(a) Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. Works of authorship include the following categories:

It then even goes on to say:

(b) In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.

How does that contradict what I said?

more than 4 years ago
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The Golden Age of Infinite Music

bobintetley Re:It's yhy anti-piracy is a BAD thing... (294 comments)

I would create two monstrous supercomputers. The first would create musical melodies based on the number of notes required by copyright statutes to qualify as unique; the idea being to try and copyright all possibilities of note/time combinations for that level of uniqueness through brute force computing over time.

Except you can't copyright music and melodies.

You can copyright lyrics and you can copyright sheet music (as both are written works). Copyright covers the expression of an idea, not the idea itself. That's why recordings of songs get copyright protection, but not the songs themselves. People seem to have forgotten this somewhere along the way, or recording companies would try and have us think otherwise.

more than 4 years ago
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The Commodore 64 vs. the iPhone 3G S

bobintetley Re:C64 didn't use a 6502 (238 comments)

It also ran at half the clock speed of the 6502 (6502 = 2Mhz, 6510 = 1Mhz). I used to code stuff on the C64 demo scene. What I really miss nowadays is the fact that it was the last time I fully knew all of the internals of a machine I was coding for.

more than 5 years ago
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First Look At Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

bobintetley Re:Yay! (236 comments)

On the other hand, Visual C++ still has the most reliable C++ code completion of all IDEs that I've seen, and it's got even better in VS2010.

I don't know what you're doing with it then, but as someone paid to write C++ all day every day with VS2008, I can hand on heart say that the C++ code completion in VS2008 is fucking awful. It kills my dual core CPU updating the intellisense database frequently (ok, I'm working on a large project made up of about 140 modules), then fails to find globals and class members quite often in the same file.

Most times it's only about as useful as grep, but even then manages to be worse since it gives no priority to context - if I have two global variables in two different modules with the same name and ask for the definition in one module, it will quite often open a source file in the other module.

When testing alternatives, I found eclipse-cpp and netbeans-cpp to be far superior at C++ code completion. Unfortunately, I work for an American corporate who "standardise" on Microsoft products :-(

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Reaches 1% Usage Share

bobintetley Idiots (414 comments)

Why is everyone laughing and saying "1% OMG LMAO Windows FTW!" ? Do you realise what a large number 1% is in this context?

more than 5 years ago
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Unix Dict/grep Solves Left-Side-of-Keyboard Puzzle

bobintetley Re:Past tense disqualified? (423 comments)

Google "Mornington Crescent" and "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue".

more than 5 years ago

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Linux Users Can't Sell On eBay

bobintetley bobintetley writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bobintetley (643462) writes "Many Linux/Firefox users are reporting problems uploading images to eBay. Having tested this myself, it is indeed completely broken. Why eBay would break standard HTTP uploads by using IE specific javascript to "check the file exists" boggles the mind. This problem has been reported to eBay since late October, but so far with no resolution. eBay have since stated that only IE is supported. I guess when you have no real competition you can pull stunts like this."
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bobintetley bobintetley writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bobintetley writes "I (and many other Slashdotters) recently signed a petition to the UK government:
"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to create a new exception to copyright law that gives individuals the right to create a private copy of copyrighted materials for their own personal use, including back-ups, archiving and shifting format."


The UK Prime Minister's office has now responded with an encouraging:
As you may be aware, in December 2005 the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, announced that there would be a review of the intellectual property framework in the UK, led by Andrew Gowers.
The findings of this review have now been published and recommend the introduction of a private copying exception for the purposes of format shifting. This would allow individuals to copy music which they have legally bought on compact disc onto an MP3 player without infringing copyright.
The Government welcomes this recommendation and is currently considering how such an exception should be created in UK law.
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