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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

jonbryce Re:Finally (120 comments)

And that factory isn't where they are saving the money.

They have a company called Apple Operations International. It is registered in Ireland, and all the staff that work for that company are based in Texas. Under Irish law, the company does not pay any tax because it doesn't do any business or employ any people in Ireland. Under US Federal and Texas State law, it doesn't pay any tax in the US or Texas because the company is registered in Ireland. That company makes a huge amount of money, two thirds of all the profits the Apple Group makes, and doesn't pay tax on it anywhere in the world. Not the very low 12.5% Irish tax rate, not a specially reduced rate. Absolutely no tax whatsoever.

2 days ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

jonbryce Re:Finally (120 comments)

Ireland doesn't actually get that many employees out of these deals, maybe one person to sign official documents, and another person to answer the phone / email and open the mail.

2 days ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

jonbryce Re:Finally (120 comments)

The legal basis is EU State Aid regulations, which prevent governments doing this sort of thing without permission from the EU.

2 days ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

jonbryce Re:more direct connection to producers (191 comments)

alibaba.com targets the wholesale market; but there is also aliexpress.com which is for the consumer market and you can buy items individually there.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

jonbryce Re:Safe deposit box (268 comments)

I have an HP Microserver with the Xpenology software on it. It serves as a Time Machine for the Mac, it has some iSCSI targets which are mounted on the Windows Machines as backup drives, and Synology Cloudstation serves as a DropBox like service which means that my most important documents can be synced remotely.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

jonbryce Re:Safe deposit box (268 comments)

On Windows, you want C:\Users and C:\ProgramData. ProgramData is a hidden folder.

about two weeks ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

jonbryce Re:NSA probably already has this technology (120 comments)

I spelt it out in words because I was talking about English. Obviously French is completely different.

When saying either of those words, first the tongue moves down from the top of the mouth, then you say a vowel, and the difference between them is at the back of the mouth where you can't see. Then you have the "n" which is the same in both words.

about three weeks ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

jonbryce Re:NSA probably already has this technology (120 comments)

You can't for example tell the difference between "nine" and "ten" by lip reading, and often either could be equally likely in the context.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

jonbryce Re:Guess I'll have to use google wallet or paypal (34 comments)

Which is free in the same way that sending a Western Union transfer reference to someone is free. You still need to get the money to and from the Bitcoin exchange.

about three weeks ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

jonbryce Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (288 comments)

In London, they are registered with Transport for London as a minicab company. Taxi drivers are unhappy with them their because only taxi companies are allowed to have meters. Minicabs (a cheaper licence) are supposed to quote the price of the journey in advance and charge that amount regardless of how long it takes them.

Addison Lee, the largest minicab company in London, has an app that is a bit like Uber's. However the difference is that when you enter the details of where you are, and where you want to go, it shows you the price of the journey on the screen, and if you press the "accept" button, that is what you will get charged. They generally seem to be cheaper than Uber and get you to your destination quicker.

about three weeks ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

jonbryce Re: Can we please cann these companies what they (288 comments)

Your cost in this situation is either $0 (the marginal cost of taking the friend, as you are doing the journey anyway), or $3, your friend's share of the cost.

about three weeks ago
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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

jonbryce Re:Fire = Zune (134 comments)

More to the point, the Amazon App Store has to compete with the Google Play Store. While all the most popular apps may be on Amazon, local / niche apps generally are not, things like the apps for my local bus service, public cycle hire service, theatre group etc. They are only available on Google Play and Apple App Store. While individually these apps may only have an installed base of a few thousand, almost everyone is in the market for a similar sort of app somewhere in the world.

about three weeks ago
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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

jonbryce Re:It's not apple this time! (134 comments)

Well Amazon are planning to sell the Fire Phone through O2 in the UK. Problem is that most people in the UK buy their phone separately from their airtime contract.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

jonbryce Re:it was 2 years ago (127 comments)

It is still available in China, but not for much longer, hence the announcement.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jonbryce Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

No, it is owned and managed by an Irish company which happens to have only one share holder which is an American company.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jonbryce Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

The directors of Microsoft Operations Ireland Ltd are obliged to follow Irish law, not US law. The US parent company could vote them out of office at the next AGM of the Irish company, but if they were sacked for refusing to comply with Irish law, they would have a claim against the company for wrongful dismissal.

about a month ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

jonbryce Re:It's about hotel taxes (149 comments)

Provided you don't get Carbon Monoxide poisoning from a faulty heating system for example. In England, I know that if there is a problem with that, I contact the local council's Environmental Health department, not the police, if there is a problem with that. I've no idea what the rules are in other countries were I go on holiday.

about a month ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

jonbryce Re:Waaah. (338 comments)

Because the sort of things you see on sale in Best Buy in the US are the sort of things you can only find in museums in the UK. Things like stove-top kettles and top-loading washing machines.

about a month ago

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ACS Law found guilty of misconduct

jonbryce jonbryce writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jonbryce (703250) writes "ACS:Law the law firm involved in a campaign of "speculative invoicing" against alleged copyright infringers has been found guilty of breaching the solicitors' code of conduct in the Patent County Court in London.

The firm closed its doors earlier this year following a disastrous court hearing. The latest ruling means that the 27 defendants in the copyright cases can claim wasted costs of around £90,000 each (approx $150,000).

The head of ACS:Law, Andrew Crossley, faces an hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal later this year, and could potentially be banned from acting as a lawyer."

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Pirate Bay prosecutors suffer legal setback

jonbryce jonbryce writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jonbryce (703250) writes "Swedish prosecutors today dropped the most serious charges against The Pirate Bay after failing to prove that the illegally distributed files had been distributed from The Pirate Bay's website.

This means they have been found not guilty of the more serious charge of assisting copyright infringement, but they are still being tried for the lesser offence of "assisting making available copyrighted content".

Clearly the prosecutor doesn't understand bittorrent technology, and this hasn't helped him in this case.

This case is getting pretty good coverage in the European mainstream media. In addition to the Manchester Guardian report above, it has also been reported in the Times (London), and the Independent. VNU Net describes it as a farce."

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English courts allow software patents

jonbryce jonbryce writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jonbryce (703250) writes "The court of appeal in England has ruled that companies should be granted patents for "complex" software products. In this particular case, Symbian had written something that makes mobile phones run faster.

The court case has received very little attention because of the bank crisis, but it can be appealed to the House of Lords and then the European Court of Justice."

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