If we applied your argument about Neflix to open buffets, the buffet owner would try to get his food supplier to pay him so his customers could eat the food.
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As Amazon's stock price soars and Bezos adds to his billions, affiliates face massive cuts in their commissions
Re: This line of questioning is applicable..
Have a read of https://www.nber.org/papers/w10433 as it explains why, despite Bezos being super rich (and probably a total arse), we benefit from him starting and growing Amazon. TL;DR - Innovators capture only a small percentage of the value they create The rest goes to society as a whole.
Two years ago, 123-Reg and NamesCo decided to register millions of .uk domains for customers without asking them. They just got the renewal reminders...
Re: Network Solutions is better
The initial proposal was based on who registered first. However, this being Nominet, they changed that to prefer co.uk over org.uk over me.uk (see https://www.nominet.uk/three-month-countdown-begins-for-third-level-uk-domain-owners-to-opt-for-uk-equivalent/).
Therefore a org.uk that had a domain for 20 years was trumped by a co.uk registered only 6 months previously.
We dunno what's worse: Hackers ransacked Citrix for FIVE months, or that Equifax was picked to help mop up the mess
Raising children is an example of "unpaid labour"?
That's how human families units worked. If someone has to go out to do work, the other parent got to look after the kids (with some help from the previous generation once they had got rid of theirs). Traditionally this was the wife (woman) but as work was heavy manual labour and mothers less able to do it than fathers (men) on average. This was just how physical ability worked - it wasn't the patriarchy that deemed it to be the law.
Things continued like this until quite recently. Firstly because the industrial revolution opened up many more jobs that were more suited to women, secondly the World Wars mean demographics changed (especially during the war) so women had to work. But mostly because people wanted more stuff (bigger house, BMW on drive etc) and so women went out to earn more money.
Despite the liberation of women this has brought about, you could question how well it's worked overall. Within the last 30 odd years, women have gone from making the choice to work to needing to work as all the extra money has been spunked on more expensive housing and German motors. The family is not any financially better off than when Dad worked, Mum stayed at home and Dad's wages covered a 3 bed semi and a Ford Cortina and a decent life.
Now they have a 4/5 bed executive slave box on a toytown estate with a massive mortgage, BMW on PCP and are stressed because they can't make ends meet. How liberating is that?
So, that's cheerio the nou to Dundee Satellite Receiving Station: Over 40 years of service axed for the sake of £338,000
UK tech's gender pay gap: HP Inc closest to parity with 1.8% sliver – Civica, Huawei, Siemens straddle 40% chasm
Re: Median Pay Gap is a bad measure if you want to make decisions.
And that there is the elephant in the room - women (in general) earn less than men because they take time out from their careers to drop sprogs.
Career women without children earn the same (or in many cases more) than men. That's the sacrifice they make.
According to the numbers in The Telegraph (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/23/smart-meter-roll-could-cost-households-extra-100-means-homeowners/) the roll out costs £374 per household and provides for savings of £18 per annum.
Or to put it another way, a 20 year ROI assuming that the costs don't escalate and the savings materialise.
Sure, you can add on the impact of fewer unicorns farting CO2 rainbows into the atmosphere but any benefit attributable to this would have been better with a simple carbon tax as proposed by the Stern review.
That however didn't provide enough opportunity for the prodnoses in government to spunk away taxpayers money so wasn't taken up.
Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues
Re: Tax allowance for costs is a grace
This is why the public could do with a better understanding of tax. The allowance you reference isn't for the cost of the goods - it's to cover investment which can be offset over multiple years.
It's also worth noting that corporation tax is incident on the consumer rather than the company. The company already pays significant tax via their employees in the UK.
It'd be much better to simplify the tax rules so that these 'schemes' are pointless.
Re: UK needs the EU
Well, the member states propose their commissioner and it's rubber stamped by the parliament. The commission then proposes another 27 commissioners that are voted for as a single bloc.
Somewhat like what happens with the House of Lords which no one thinks is a good way of populating an upper house.
UK needs the EU
No rush of comments to show how much value the EU brings to the UK?
Perhaps you can add one to the effect that the UK would end up with a much worse solution? Not really sure you'll have a compelling argument for that however.
You could argue that civil servants and politicians in both the UK and EU are equally useless at coming up with workable remedies and I'd agree with that. The issue with them being UK based is we at least have the illusion we can do something about it (vote them out) even if we never do anything other than change from a blue coloured tie/dress to a red one.
Re: However ...
A trust if not a trick if it's perfectly legal. The beneficiary of the trust doesn't own the assets (that's the trust) so only benefits from any rents, income etc that the trust pays out.
So for example, the fuss about the Duke of Westminster inheriting £9Bn without any inheritance tax is wrong as he doesn't - it's still owned by the trust.
He might get some money from it on an on-going basis (let's for argument say 5%) but he'll pay tax on that. The trust also has to pay our 6% of its entire asset value every 10 years in lieu of IHT so it doesn't avoid it. In fact 'we' get money earlier as you don't have to wait for him to die.
Not quite how it's made out in the media.
Is it incompetence? I'm a civil servant looking for a nice well paid job in a military contractor. Do I make it hard for them in my current job, or easy so they look favourably at me in future? Need to stop the revolving door between public sector and the private companies to address this problem.
There is a difference between having the capability to provide a service (but discover on provision that there is no capacity) and not having the capability. In this case, BT can't provide FTTC but took the customers order anyway (presumably to boost sale commission, steal a customer from TalkTalk etc).
'On top of everything else, I'm disturbed by the correlation between those supporting "out" and those that have a habit of ignoring inconvenient science and facts, for example around climate change.'
smacks of the "Clerisy" outlined here http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/22/andrews_three_fabulous_reasons_to_leave/
Thank Labour for the VCRA
This crap prohibits replica firearms which might be a reasonable course of action apart from the fact that the burden of proof is whether a person would be convinced it was real. If some old dear sees your kid with a water pistol and thinks it real then there is trouble. Even better its a strict liability law so you have to prove that your kid had a legitimate right to have it.
Based on this just having it confiscated was better than being charged with illegal possesion of a firearm.
Dyson vacuum cleaners
Agree with other about the vacuum cleaners - I bought mine because it was meant to be better suction and not fade with the bag getting clogged. Was a tempremental piece of crap that contantly overheaded despite cleaning/replacing the filters. On advise of tradespeople got a Henry with is *much* better. When the Dyson went to the tip it joined a long queue of others that were there.