* Posts by Gary 34

5 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

Gary 34

Re: Where's Worstall?

"Their economies"? The economy belong to us, the treasury is the government's chunk of it that they took off us.

Yes, I'd quite happily scrap corporation tax.

What have former employees of companies Google bought got to do with anything?

Gary 34

Where's Worstall?

You appeared to have traded in Worstall for a Tumblr SJW.

Turnover has no bearing on profit.

VAT is a tax on consumers, not businesses.

Companies use whatever tax laws are in place to minimise tax bills.

The benefit of Google is Google not what they pay in taxes. They could pay zero, we'd still all be much better off than not having Google.

Why OH WHY is economics so bleedin' awful, then?

Gary 34

Re: Economics Smuckonomics

If you're going to invoke the invisible hand, at least understand the context in which it was used. It was relating to people's propensity to invest locally. Nothing more

Torrent crackdown pushing pirates towards file hosting

Gary 34

Fair treatment

First, stop with the "stealing" comments and comparing it with stealing physical goods. It's not the same and never will be. You visit the Register and probably work in technology; I'd expect a greater level of intelligence than that. Do we really need to spell out the difference to you?

As for fair treatment... No it doesn't mean give us all your stuff for free. It means a sensible pricing model with delivery channels that suit the customer.

Take DVD Rentals. Faffing around posting optical discs back and forth when you could download it in next to no time. DRM it if you want, I don't care I only want to watch it once. If I want to buy it, fine. A nice DRM free h.264 file available in the resolution of my choice.

Music. Sorry, why would I want a case and disc cluttering up my house? Why would I want a lower than CD quality file with DRM tieing me in to one manufacturer?

I fundamentally believe that people don't mind paying for things as long as they feel they're geting a fair deal. Current models are not providing that.

'Overweight' people live longer than those of 'ideal' weight

Gary 34


"Actually, studies done on American Football players suggest that muscle weight is just as bad for you as fat-based weight so in this respect BMI is valid."

Does it take into account diet, steroids, aerobic capacity, physical intensity of work, etc,etc?



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