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The Pope Criminalizes Leaks

stepdown To put the punishments in perspective... (266 comments)

Anyone who reveals or receives confidential information or documentation risks six months to two years in prison and a €2,000 euro ($2,500) fine; the penalty goes up to eight years in prison if the material concerns the "fundamental interests" of the Holy See or its diplomatic relations with other countries.

Never mind the treatment of Bradley Manning, these punishments are tame even when you compare them to the 50 years faced by Aaron Swartz.

about a year ago

BitCoin Mining, Other Virtual Activity Taxable Under US Law

stepdown Re:Ebay Bucks? (239 comments)

In the UK at least, unless you are an eBay seller by trade the transaction would fall under capital gains rules.

about a year ago

German Ministry of Education Throws Away PCs For 190,000 € Due To Infection

stepdown Re:The Google translated article (347 comments)

That actually reads pretty well, we should pass Timothy's posts through Google Translate in future.

about a year ago

OpenWLANMap: Free WLAN-Based GPS Replacement

stepdown MAC Address Spoofing (39 comments)

It's pretty trivial to spoof a MAC address, should be easy to fool users if it's a simple list of MACs and coordinates?

about a year and a half ago

No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

stepdown Here in the UK... (631 comments)

In the UK food served in company cafeterias is generally tax exempt, as long as the cafeteria is open to all employees. It's usually where management get their own "premium" menu that their benefit would be considered taxable.

As far as food in general, anything considered non-essential is usually subject to VAT (Value Added Tax) which is our equivalent of US Sales Tax. This leads to arguments as to what is or isn't essential, with the recent Pasty tax being a good example.

about a year and a half ago

EA Responds To Its Appearance In the 'Worst Company In America' Poll

stepdown Re:Nothing will change (208 comments)

I've never heard of a gallery telling an artist what to paint.

Commissions are very common in the art world.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Makes Millions Renting Campus Space to Vendors

stepdown Re:Smart (95 comments)

I should have qualified that by saying that the accounting calculation of depreciation is usually very different from the tax figure.

In the UK at least no depreciation is allowable, instead capital allowances are given, sometimes a 100% deduction in the first year to encourage investment.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Makes Millions Renting Campus Space to Vendors

stepdown Re:Smart (95 comments)

Not every expense is recognised by the tax authorities, the classic example being depreciation.

This does seem deductible though, unless something else complicates matters like the companies being related parties etc.

about a year and a half ago

Solaris Machine Shut Down After 3737 Days of Uptime

stepdown Re:3737 days in years (409 comments)

Nice try, it's either 3652 or 3653 days with leap years.

about a year and a half ago

UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest

stepdown Re:So Microsoft lies (353 comments)

Might the costs of securing employees green cards etc. be treated as a benefit or part of the first year's salary?

The study also notes that 34% of financial analysts and 71% of lawyers hired from abroad earn over the $100,000 mark, when you consider all professions the figure is 21%.

about a year and a half ago

Troll Complaint Dismissed; Subscriber Not Necessarily Infringer

stepdown Re:Was this ruling because the content was porn? (189 comments)

I imagine that where the material is deemed unsavoury a John Doe approach might have better success.

If being publicly accused of downloading pornography is enough to cause embarrassment people might be more likely to settle out of court, regardless of whether they think the case has merit.

about a year and a half ago

Duke Nukem 3D Code Review

stepdown Re:Fuck, it's a 5 word title (128 comments)

Don't be so hard on tinothy, he got 60% of the words right!

about a year and a half ago

Dell Said To Be In Buyout Talks With Private-Equity Firms

stepdown Re:So what company instead? (150 comments)

We've moved from Dell to Lenovo, all new desktops and laptops now come through them. The people using the systems haven't really noticed, so I suppose that's a good sign?

about a year and a half ago

Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

stepdown Alternatives already exist (432 comments)

The article suggests Appcake on Cydia is a viable alternative.

about a year and a half ago

Moscow Plane Crash Caught On Passerby's Dash Cam

stepdown Re:Working video link (253 comments)

That might just be your country, link in the summary is still working in the UK at least.

about a year and a half ago

Blender 2.65 Released

stepdown 3D Comp[uter Graphics Software (93 comments)

For those wondering what Blender is, according to Wikipedia it's "a free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, interactive 3D applications or video games" with a built-in game engine.

about 2 years ago

Apple Patents Wireless Charging

stepdown Re:Worlds Gone Mad (253 comments)

You jest but there was an Australian patent granted for a "Circular Transportation Facilitation Device" in 2001.

about 2 years ago


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