* Posts by bitwise

18 posts • joined 29 Nov 2012

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey


Re: hyperbole?

BigCO I'm working for loves beuracracy, so I don't think it's that.

Most of the contracts I work on are to build a specific thing and bugger off.

People like to bring in extra people to make something and their option now will be to use other countries.

Where I work there are teams in China and India, it just means less dev work will happen in the UK.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?


Re: Old people polarised by the news..

There is something wrong with your shift key.


Re: articles like this are just stupid

You know nothing about how much journalists are paid.

He did get people to hold up anti semetic signs.

His videos are clearly moronic.


Re: Get me a babysitter

Give me Nathan Barley over this any time.

Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook


Re: That Smell

It had a rubber coating that had a really nice smell. Though it all peeled off in the end :/

HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'


"The Smiley Company"

I had a takedown notice from "The Smiley Company" after I made a tshirt with (my own design) of smiley faces and used the word smiley in the name.

It was the biggest load of bullshit... it's not like I'd even sold any.

TPP: 'Scary' US-Pacific trade deal published – you're going to freak out when you read it


ISDS already in use

The Case Studies section of the wikipedia page for ISDS is interesting:

The Indonesian government was sued in June 2012 by a London-based mining company Churchill Mining after the local government revoked the concession rights held by a local company in which the firm had invested. The government is countering the Churchill case, claiming that Churchill did not have the correct type of mining licenses.

In October 2012, an ICSID tribunal awarded a judgment of $1.8 billion for Occidental Petroleum against the government of Ecuador. Additionally, Ecuador had to pay $589 million in backdated compound interest and half of the costs of the tribunal, making its total penalty around $2.4 billion.[19] The South American country annulled a contract with the oil firm on the grounds that it violated a clause that the company would not sell its rights to another firm without permission. The tribunal agreed the violation took place but judged that the annulment was not fair and equitable treatment to the company.[19]

Irish oil firm Tullow Oil took the Ugandan government to court in November 2012 after value-added tax (VAT) was placed on goods and services the firm purchased for its operations in the country.[20] The Ugandan government responded that the company had no right to claim tax on such goods prior to commencement of drilling. The case also attracted criticism for Tullow's use of local legal representation, Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA); the Ugandan law firm was founded by Elly Kurahanga, the president of Tullow's operations in Uganda and concerns were raised over his impartiality in the issue.

Tobacco major Philip Morris sued Uruguay for alleged breaches to the Uruguay-Swiss BIT for requiring cigarette packs to display graphic health warnings and sued Australia under the Australia-Hong Kong BITS for requiring plain packaging for its cigarettes. The company claims that the packaging requirements in both countries violate its investment.


BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage


BT Hub has f/a QOS !

Given that 1 device updating on my wifi, kills everything else - FON makes no sense, the router is just too poor.

We had to turn it off, as neighbours using it killed connectivity, get some bloody QOS on your routers BT !

We present to you: 840 fine, upstanding young disks stuffed into a rack cabinet – DDN


Re: 1 pound = 2 kg?

My immediate thought was that looks bloody heavy.. and at 237kg, you wouldn't want to drop it on your foot !

YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X


Re: RotM?

Vinegar ?

Entering the Dragon: A little data from Big China



A very interesting, readable article - this freetard certainly approves.

US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash


Re: Buy local

A traffic light system would work - people could affix the stickers to ads by the companies.

The data would need to come from an independent site somehow..

Frack me! UK shale gas bonanza 'bigger than North Sea oil'


Re: Lobbying

"powerful renewables lobby" does sound like a joke - Shell or BP probably spends more on renewables in their greenwash effort than this "powerful lobby" could dream of.


Re: Get it right next time

This sounds much like what norway did with their oil


Still, I doubt we could actually be sensible - when there are fatcats that need feeding.

UK.gov hires data-handling privatisation point man as CTO


What the...?

How does the data being in private hands mean we have more control over it ... this is insanity ..!

The latest tech firm to be accused of tax dodging: Microsoft


Re: Hmm...@Chad H.

It's a bit of stretch that noone would be employed in the UK construction industry, I doubt all building would just stop one day.

Sony tempts 4K Ultra HD TV buyers with free films


Automatically upscale..

That's nice, as it would be a bit crap looking at a small image in the middle of the screen..


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