Thanks John, and everyone else.
Funnily enough 'herding cats' was exactly how the job was described to me by Drew...
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I meant that the continuing attempts to ban substances mean developers will simply create different ones. The changes to the law push this development. If meph was still legal then that's what people would be buying/selling.
We might be interested in a longer article - but we can only pay in tomato feed or bath salts...
The question is something like - are you carrying pornography?
I failed to find a copy of the new incoming passenger card online - but the old version includes a list of items - you must tick if you are carrying them. These include wooden items. medicines, explosives, firearms, food etc. and now pron too...
If you answer yes to any of these you're expected to report to customs. Aussie customs are very thorough and check most food items. they also confiscate some strange stuff - like electric fly swatters....
Secondhand cars in most African countries rarely fall much below that in price. This is partly due to scarcity and partly politics. Gambia has a 100 per cent import duty on cars - but the rally organisers managed to do a deal to avoid this.
At the border we had a couple of offers from people who dismantle cars and take them over the border piece by piece in order to dodge the tax.
Dealing with the import duties, and other hassles, means that most imports are expensive cars to make the process worthwhile.
have to admit i've failed to get in touch with the buyer to find out what happened.
Pedantry (you may wish to correct the article) from a chartered accountant:
- Auditors do *not* produce accounts for a company, they merely certify them as being a true and fair representation (or whatever the approved wording is, as it varies from country to country, as well as depending on the size and type of organisation audited) of the company's financial situation, based on the information available to them at date of certification. Since the poor buggers (I mean the people that actually do the donkeywork, not the bigwigs) are inevitably overworked, underpaid (the company being audited hires the auditors and fixes the budget, spot the conflict of interest), hated and lied to by just about everyone they speak with - IT professionals may recognise the symptoms - yes, stuff gets past them, especially as the tests are by necessity only samples.
- Accountants produce the financial reports certified by auditors. They may not be the same people, or even the same firm; this rule is generally applied by the Big whatever's-left-of-them (was 10, which shrank to 8 over my year's postgrad course). 3 now, isn't it?
That comment is certainly not pedantic. And I'm ashamed to say I've made this mistake before.
But are you sure Lu is the first name?
I took this from the press release which refers to “Dr. Lu’s deep technical expertise" - maybe he's anglicized the order of his name?
cheers - happy to correct if I'm wrong...
I've just phoned Customs in response to these comments.
First of all they're insisting these are fakes, not just grey imports. But some of them are "grey dragon" machines destined for, the spokesman thought, for the Japanese market - these also had a dubious power supply.
The power supply is dodgy - a British kid was injured by a similar power supply used on a different console bought in Thailand.
As for the cost of reverse engineering such a console - as another commenter said these often come from the same factory using cheaper materials.
The MoD have got back to us now - they hold 220m records, not 200m, and they haven't finished counting yet.
They do not know how many people this refers to - one person is likely to have several different records but they have no average figure for records per person.
the audit is due to finish at the end of the month.
It was a DMCA request - copyright essentially. I was unable to find the actual takedown notice, or contacts for someone likely to tell me - YouTube use an Irish postal address to receive notices in writing - but...
The video included use of the Olympic rings - the IOC keenly enforces its copyright claim to the rings
see here -
Microsoft got in touch with the following statement: "Microsoft confirm that an MOU was signed between the Irkutsk government and Microsoft to work more closely on ICT projects and training, on 23 Nov. This MOU did not include any agreement on a data centre, either in the region or in Russia or anywhere else."
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