Started good, but then
seeing their work be exploited
2003 posts • joined 22 Aug 2006
It would be good to know the total tax generated by Google in the UK:
- corporation tax
- income tax paid by employees
- VAT paid directly or indirectly as part of a service
- all of the above for firms Google use in the UK
That would be the correct number to look at. Only reporting one of the ways Google generates tax seems a little disingenuous.
You're sort of talking as though "tax" isn't already a rule defined.
And the power dynamics are inverted: multinationals only define "rules" because they create enough value to have money. Rules-defining happens constantly by government because if you don't follow them you get locked in a box.
Bear in mind every build will pull in the package afresh. There might be hundreds of builds to support a live change.
Also this is faker. Generally used for faking data in nonproduction. Lots of the packages that depend on it probably use it as a test dependency.
Youtube does a similar thing with its subscriptions. A portion of the amount you pay every month goes to the creators you use. Similarly a portion of paid-for GitHub accounts' fees could go to open source dependencies.
That should be pretty hard to game, as you can't get back more than you pay for, and the amounts involved will be small.
> because they have a statutory duty to maximise shareholder return - in dividends and the share price
I don't think so. Businesses all have reserves to deal with cashflow problems. Share price is just "the price the last person bought a share at", it's not something that businesses pump money into at the expense of knowing where next month's salary run is coming from.
> Maybe someone realised that it's a very bad idea to expect a new language to fix all the software safety problems in the world.
While all languages engender frothy excitement at one time or another, there's no point extrapolating those moments into being everyone's permanent emotional state towards them.
> Naturally, because of the rampant Not Invented Here Syndrome of the Linux industry
It's not NIH when it's just competition between different parties. There's no Linux industry, except in the sense that, say, there are different databases in the database industry. Rampant NIH in everyone not using Oracle!
Windows on Arm has yet to set the world on fire, and developers would have been forgiven for wondering if Microsoft was about to tip the poor thing down the basement stairs to the dingy dungeon where the likes of Media Center, Zune, and Microsoft Bob lurk.
Don't forget Windows RT, which was, of course, Windows on ARM 10 years ago.
> But there's always room at the bottom. Back in 2013, it was already possible to profitably sell a $13 phone. Unfortunately, there are a great many very poor people in the world, and the cheaper tech gets, the more it can help them.
The "unfortunately" sounds as though the poor people counter the $13 phone. Maybe omit it - no one's going to assume you think low income households are a good thing without you saying it.
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