* Posts by Kaal Alexander Rosser

10 posts • joined 17 Oct 2007

EU VAT law could kill thousands of online businesses

Kaal Alexander Rosser

Re: SIx years, and they foud it is an issue only now?

As a self-employed IT guy I made enough to qualify for VAT registration, but then I could also afford an accountant. That's not at issue. We're not looking to be exempt, entirely, we're looking for the same threshold as any other business to apply to VAT/MOSS registration, preferably an EU-wide threshold which would actually serve a single digital market model.

We're also looking for the guidance on evidence to be collected to actually make sense (as in it being available to collect, for a start), and a legal statement from *some* tax authority that those evidences will be honoured when presented. Currently these things are missing.

Many/most micro-businesses we not around 6 years ago, so there would not have been the recognition of the necessity to comply with this new rule. There has been little-or-no communication from HMRC on the matter, even at times when they could guarantee reaching those who need to know, say around self-assessment time each year. Or when you attach a new service in the Gateway. Plenty of options. Nothing.

The basic concept is widely regarded as a good idea -- by myself included -- the implementation, however, is utter pants.

Regardless of your unfounded belief, it is a real issue, for real micro-businesses/sole-traders.

Artemis Fowl scribe to pen sixth Hitchhiker's novel

Kaal Alexander Rosser

We apologise for the inconvenience...

I guess he'll take up the story from where it finishes in the radio adaptation of Mostly Harmless. In order to be not quite so depressing, the ending changed - or, at least, extended... It was a bit deus ex machina, but it was a happier ending.

I'm in two minds about whether this is a good idea, I'm even more ambivalent about the choice of author (never read the Artemis Fowl books as they never appealed) but as I'm sure they'll go ahead despite the fan-base's reservations I'll reserve judgement until the piece is produced.

I just hope that they don't end up having to release a statement, post-publication, along the lines of the title...

El Reg salutes ultimate shed anthem

Kaal Alexander Rosser

Well it's worked on me!

I'm definitely getting a shed from there now!

SCO ordered to pay Novell $2.5m Unix royalties

Kaal Alexander Rosser

@Those asking if SCO can file for bankruptcy...

They did that just at the end of the last part of the Kimball trial (August last year). They're in Chapter 11 and have been very effectively spending Novell's money since then.

The bankruptcy court will determine how much of that 2.5m SCO will actually have to pay Novell and it's other creditors. There's a whole timeline & much comment on groklaw.net which is well worth a read if you want a factual round up of the whole shebang.

Fastscale sends Windows Server to Weight Watchers

Kaal Alexander Rosser


I assume that with the decrease in disk image comes a decreased memory footprint as the OS/App will not be loading tonnes of redundant drivers/apps/modules into RAM. That is incredibly useful in the virtualisation arena; even on normal bare-tin boxes it'll mean the whole thing being more efficient.

That's the way I see it. From the blurb it also seems that it can deliver a defined subset of functionality to a particular server/blade/VM which would mean being able to run up a migration environment from the old bare-tin an app was on to a VM. Damned handy that.

Assuming the blurb is accurate. ;)

AMD to pair CPUs, GPUs with Intel's physics tech

Kaal Alexander Rosser

@Gregg Bond/kain preacher

Kelvin is an absolute scale. You don't talk about 'N degrees Kelvin', it's just 'N Kelvin'.

El Reg collectible pops up on eBay

Kaal Alexander Rosser

@John Lettice

"So in principle I could find it and rebuild it. (-:"

Well, get to it, man! An eager public awaits!

The, er, full length leather, thank you so much...

Software pirates put sizeable dent in UK economy

Kaal Alexander Rosser

FAST also exists...

@Dale Morgan: Yes there's a FACT, but there's also a FAST: http://www.fast.org.uk/

Bloke finds missus working in brothel

Kaal Alexander Rosser


Do you mean which came first?

LHC@home gets new home

Kaal Alexander Rosser

Migrated a little while ago...

LHC@Home moved to QMUL back in May but hasn't had any where near the amount of work units for many people. There's been quite a bit of controversy over the last few months down to lack of WUs and yet more at the moment due to the throttling of WUs. The website for the BOINC project is: http://lhcathome.cern.ch/lhcathome/


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