* Posts by Kracula

22 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Mar 2014

The Epic vs Apple trial is wrapping up, but the battle has just begun


Exactly the core of the issue

Bravo Sir. One of the few here that seems to have grasped the most significant outcome of this trial. The real question here is if Apple is entitled to force developers to use it's payment system for apps and in-app purchases or not. I know the Apple argument of their app being the best and allowing them to keep customers safe from fraud and scams, but for me this 'everything Apple' doctrine resembles a lot the Windows + IE thing Microsoft got in trouble for a few years ago. Who is to say that the current 30% would not became 60% or 80% if there is no other alternative to reach iOS customers?

NASA primed for 9-minute live test of mighty rocket motor


Interesting design...

Somehow reminds me of a space craft I designed for the Kerbal Space Program.

It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE


New experiment proposal

Instead of storing alcohol in space, why not sending some good stuff up there (min 12 years) and study the effects of that on the human brain and body. What are the differences between getting wasted in space versus your regular pub binge?

BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs


As always, wait it out

Not sure "Microsoft is delivering a faulty new OS" still qualifies as news these days. It seems that this kind of launches have become the industry standard - either were speaking OS, games, consoles etc. I guess the economic forces at work say that it's more efficient to work out bugs as you also record sales, rather than spend millions on closed testing environments.

Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m


Re: Physics

"...idiots like to see balls on TV"

I totally support your view that balls on TV are degrading. Maybe Bulgarian airbags will appeal to a more educated audience?

EU: Explain your tax affairs. Google, Amazon, Facebook: Mmm... nah


Re: Can someone help me ...

Let me take a crack at it ...

The main flaw in your argument is that fiscal authorities cannot assume anything. That's why as a company you have to keep tons of receipts, invoices, contracts etc. All that paperwork should be the base of what you report to the Tax man.

The way the tech giants do it is that they make sales of GBP 100,000 in the UK and report expenses of GBP 99,000, leaving peanuts for the UK taxman. When you dig deeper into the GBP 99,000 you will probably see that GBP 45,000 are actually expenses paid to other group companies: royalties, R&D, training, support services.

So you could be tempted to say, just ignore the GBP 45,000 exchanged between group companies and tax the difference, but that would be unfair if those services were actually performed because if someone in Google spent 10,000 man-hours developing code for all of Google subsidiaries to use and sell stuff based on that code, then Google subsidiaries should pay up for the development time.

In essence, how does the tax man know what is the real value of those cross-charges and working in such a structure myself I can honestly tell you we don't know either. Some gross-fromage just puts a number down and we run with it.

Thus, returning to the main problem: what's a fair tax amount? And because the world tends to operate on the "innocent until proven guilty" assumption - the tax guys cannot ask for more payments unless they have solid proof that the company actually cheated.

Makes more sense now?



I guess Interstellar was right ...

Some interesting places out there in space, but because of the time-space-gravity relations, even if we find a way to travel there, it's going to be a one way ticket.

Mortgage data splashed all over the net. Thanks HSBC Finance



I totally support your comment my dear fellow reader. I say enough to this 'corporate veil' nonsense. Corporations are made and run by people. Thus when a company messes up, the guy running it should be punished in such a way that he really gets how his error affected others.

I for example, would have sent the entire BP Board of Directors to shovel oil from the beach.

Intel teams up with rap chap 50 Cent on heartbeat headphones



Is it just me or the time stamps of his tweets show that 50 Cent got angered for being asked to take out the trash, left in his car, was almost hit in traffic by someone else tweeting while driving, which led to his life-enhancing advice about prostate check - all within 2 hours?

If I were to conclude, not taking out the trash led to an illuminating, but life-threatening event. Or is it that even rich people post way to much of their on life online?

Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch


Very disturbing news

Just watched Valve's Dota 2 International finals on Twitch's mobile app in HD, no lag, no buffering - just straight action. The Final itself was pretty crappy, but I think that final with Google Ads would have been even worst.

Victim of Tor-hidden revenge smut site sues Tor Project developers


1 mil for a couple of pics...?

... not bad. I always thought that there is no good reason for taking sex pictures, except blackmail, but I will suggest my wife that we take some pics next time, have someone post them on whatever site and ask for millions of dollars... oh wait, this does sound like blackmail.

Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the worst

Paris Hilton

Yeah, yeah ...

... I get that it might not be able to do reckless overtakes or go twice the speed limit, but think of the possibilities. The way I see it:

No driver = No need for see-through windows

No see-through windows = Private party ;)

That really is life changing technology.

US Supreme Court to decide if cops can search mobes without a warrant


Very debatable matter

But if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the convicts, this means that probably all police stations will have to get more equipment, software and people able to do a forensic image of the phones, while waiting for the search warrant. This is not gonna be cheap.

EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?


Re: Krapfula Let me see if I got this right

Dear Mr. Bryant,

Although I've tried several times, i fail to draw a conclusion from your comment. Presumably due to the high number of meaningless "investor jargon" terms. Therefore, I believe that I owe you a chance to come up with a decent rant.

To make it simple, I believe investment funds should engage into both high-risk and low-risk investments to get a decent return. But I would like to find an investment fund which funds for example a start-up in India or an SME in Poland and the managers of the investment fund work their ass off to make sure those businesses grow and thrive, rather than have my pension invested into market manipulations, high speed transactions or other "complex instruments", which are nothing but blind bets.


Let me see if I got this right

So instead of telling those guys to stop gambling my pension away and put that money to real use, the EU will review and approve their code before? I feel much safer now.

I guess there is a "sucker management/transaction fee" parameter in the code, easily adjustable to compensate any loss to the trader's CEO bonus.

MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants


I'm no MIT...

But I can think of a couple of examples of "unsinkable" machines that now lay on the bottom of the sea. I'm not sure that a power plant nuclear reactor should be one of those.

I don't know about MIT boffins, but I like my fish with two eyes and a tail.

Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it


Re: For home users

"someone who used her XP laptop for facebook, Youtube, email, occasional word processing, solitaire"

I do agree that public officials use their workstations mostly for facebook, Youtube and Solitaire, but any decent hacker will know how to tell the difference.

But hey, I love your Linux advertising spin on this one ;)

Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS


New era of malware?

Government giving up on their Windows fix is indeed welcoming news. Still, i cannot help wondering how long it will take to speculate Linux flaws and even more, which of the Linux distros will adopt the Patch Tuesday program.

Vodafone brings African tech to Europe


Interesting to see if banks respond

The official release does not clearly mention if you can transfer money over borders, but personally I don't see any issue, at least within the EU. That will probably appeal to the millions of people working abroad in the EU.

Also, I hope these kind of services will make traditional banks reconsider their current trend of increasing charges and fees for basic services such as maintaining a current account or withdrawing cash from ATM.

Heck, if they expand to Russia, you would be able to pay by M-Pesa for those SIM exploits sold by those nice Russian gentlemen working as "independent security researchers".

Bitcoin bloodbath as China shutters all trading sites

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Re: Money for nothing

Because those papers are covered by goods and services produced, which have a lot of practical applicability ... like giving you internet access. Also, there is a very simple adjustment mechanism:

- too much paper and no goods/services renders the paper useless

- too little paper for the goods/services means one paper can buy a lot.

... and if for your next trick, you were planning on the old "...but we're just exchanging paper for digital strings..." I'm not convinced. We already changed paper for plastic.


Money for nothing

I guess BTC is the closest we got yet to the Dire Straits vision. As someone who actually tried to study how economy changed during history, I'm amazed to see I'm living in a world were money does not equal value and money does not necessary get its value from something else meaningful and useful.

BTC Process:

- Crunch numbers

- Solve problem with no/limited practical applicability


- Money

'I like big butts and I cannot lie, hackers take Pinterest on a joyride'



Maybe it's time to sign up on Pinterest...but only if they ensure new pictures daily