* Posts by Dave314159ggggdffsdds

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The AN0M fake secure chat app may have been too clever for its own good

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Re: Criminality

The criticism of the Sacklers would carry more weight if any non-Jewish owned pharmaceutical companies involved in selling opiates were also criticised.

As it is, it's plainly just far right propaganda.

Amazon exec's husband jailed for two years for insider trading. Yes, with Amazon stock

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Re: Got too greedy yet.....

Obviously not.

US slaps tariffs on countries that hit Big Tech with digital services taxes ... then pauses them immediately

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Re: About bl**dy time

"We need to move to a tax on revenue, not just for digital services but for everything."

ROFL. So all low-margin business should be abolished? Luxury goods only? Return to truly medieval inequality? Or alternatively negligible taxes on things only the rich buy? You're a nice chap.

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Re: About bl**dy time

"CGT only triggers when you liquidate assets, so you can't use that instead."

Why not? That is how we deal with growth rather than dividends. It's worked for many decades.

"LDS seems to be suggesting..."

A wealth tax, yes. As usual, it's a ridiculously terrible idea. We tax flows, not stocks in very nearly every case. (Let's ignore council tax bands. It's just a weird, weird system compared to everything else we do. Not terribly important in terms of taxing people with money, though.)

>> Because foreign people investing in our economy benefits us.

>It's not nearly that simple.

Yes, it's just that simple. Foreign direct investment raises average wages and low end wages. It is an increase in investment in productivity, and one that doesn't cost the recipient country anything. It is wholly good; end of story. (Obviously competition for investment opportunities isn't good for domestic investors' investments. But it's good for the economy as a whole. In other words, it increases the return to labour rather than capital. Was that what you intended to disparage?)

"It can be beneficial, but isn't automatically so - especially if that "investment" is of a form that means an increasing proportion of "our" funds are funnelled offshore. Trade complicates things significantly. Foreign investment into stuff we can export benefits us (as it effectively moves money into the country, despite some them moving out). Foreign investment that drives up imports though, isn't nearly as clear cut."

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume there's some meaning you didn't manage to put into words. I have literally no idea what you were trying to say there. I assume it's wrong, given how you started, but really I can't tell. I'm somewhat amused by the concept that people sending you money means 'your' funds being offshored. It's the exact opposite, obviously.

You appear to be labouring under the misapprehension that exports are good. They aren't. The benefits of trade are imports, not exports. This has been well-known for over three centuries.

Please, if we're going to try and talk economics, can't you at least learn the basics? It's like discussing maths with someone who argues about whether addition is commutative.

"You're a US company, and you've recently set up a warehouse in the UK, and are making a mint shipping widgets around the country, and into the EU (or wherever)."

Yes, and you're paying property taxes, transport taxes, fuel taxes, and employment taxes. You want to argue for an increase in those, that's defensible - I have no opinion on the subject in general; a justifiable rate is, by definition, reasonable. But we're here discussing corporation tax because _it doesn't work_. So why bother? Tax business activities, but not business profits until they turn into income for someone.

Ultimately, I think you're basing your ideas on the notion that the tax system is supposed to be fair in some way or other. Lovely concept, but in fact taxes are raised wherever there is the least political problem in doing so, and the budget is based on what can be raised, rather than what needs to be raised.

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Re: About bl**dy time

"What about a store on a British high St, benefiting from British infrastructure but somehow all the products they sell out of that store are actually sold in Narnia and so the store needs to pay no tax, while their British rival next door is taxed to pay for it all ?"

Another straight-up conspiracy theory.

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Re: About bl**dy time

"Starbucks didn't pay profit tax because they were losing money on every cup having to buy $$$$ coffee beans from their Swiss subsidiary and pay Starbucks Brand Services (Bermuda) $$$$ for the rights to use the logo."

Conspiracy theory time again, huh?

That simply isn't true. Starbucks' in the UK was not profitable aside from licensing fees and international taxes. The coffee beans were literally bought at an open market price, in that many other companies bought from the same supplier. Licensing fees for the branding are a proportion of profits.

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Tariffs don't affect exporters. They affect importers. They are simply domestic taxes - ones that happen to be acceptable to voters, for some reason.

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Re: About bl**dy time

"there are plenty of companies that have a subsidiary in the UK that serve millions of customers, yet apparently make no profit at all. It kind of makes you wonder why they bother to maintain a subsidiary here when it apparently generates zero profit, doesn't it?"

This is mostly because the tax system is deliberately designed to encourage reinvestment for growth, because it's better to take less tax now and more in future. For years Amazon were reinvesting all their profits, and now they're huge and are starting to pay enormous amounts of tax.

There are also companies like Starbucks, where they've just got it wrong. Starbucks didn't pay profit tax because they were paying too much in rent in the UK. They established a big market presence here, are very prominent, but haven't actually made any money.

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Re: About bl**dy time

You didn't read carefully enough. He is doing most of that in a third country.

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Re: About bl**dy time

" A property tax on shares then?"

No, a capital gains tax. Something we already have.

"why in such situation a foreign shareholder should not pay nothing"

Because foreign people investing in our economy benefits us. We don't want to get less of it, we want to get more of it.

Foreign investment should not be taxed. This is absolutely standard orthodoxy in almost any type of economics - even the Marxist-pseudoeconomics babble agrees with this one.

"Why they should not pay their share of it too?"

Because there is no such thing as 'their share'. Either the shareholders are residents, and you can tax them on their earnings as you wish, or they aren't, and as we've established shouldn't be taxed.

People sending money to your country don't 'owe' you anything.

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Re: About bl**dy time

You've literally referenced a conspiracy theory. QED.

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Re: About bl**dy time

How about, companies don't pay tax, people do? Corporation tax used to be a convenient way of collecting tax from shareholders, back in the days of paper and adding machines. It isn't convenient any longer, so why bother?

If the shareholders are in your country, you can tax their income. If they aren't, then their investment is 'foreign direct investment', which is something we want as much of as possible, and therefore shouldn't be taxed.

But to people of a conspiratorial mindset, it's all a conspiracy by whoever they've picked as a proxy for 'the Jews'.

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"Countries whose digital services taxes disproportionately affect the US tech industry have been slapped with 25 per cent tariffs "

No, US consumers of services from those countries have to pay tariffs. It doesn't affect the countries.

Tesla owners win legal fight after software update crippled older Model S batteries

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Re: Fuel is the least of the cost in the total life of the car

"And how much is depreciation costing you? For most people (and most people rarely keep a car longer than around 5 years), that's significantly more than the cost of the fuel."

Not judging by the average age of cars on the roads. Most people are buying cars that have already depreciated. A minority pay depreciation, and keep upgrading regularly enough to keep up the supply of depreciated cars.

If you look around, it's not hard to find cheap cars that actually appreciate. I've had a car that paid for tax, insurance, servicing, and fuel for the entire time I had it. Can't get cheaper than that :)

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Re: is clearly motivated by greed

The Reg has a few writers who love these conspiracy theories. And it is a conspiracy theory, literally, because what it describes is an Adolph-lover's fantasy rather than anything with any basis in reality. Companies, by law and by definition, are not 'greedy'.

You know who is 'greedy', in this conspiracy theory, don't you? And what we're supposed to do with them.

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Re: Carbon neutral

You clearly know nothing about maintaining cars. Engines don't go wrong, as long as they get basic servicing. On older cars you might have to change a water pump or something, once in a blue moon. Electric cars still need similar servicing to the batteries, motors, etc, after a moderately long life.

Meanwhile, the normal service items are almost entirely connected to running gear, braking, steering, suspension, etc. You know, the stuff you still have on an electric car.

Electric cars simply do not save on maintenance, and suggesting as much is the preserve of people who don't know anything about cars.

So, Tesla fanboys it is.

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Re: is clearly motivated by greed

No. But what you said _is_ a far right conspiracy theory, go figure.

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Re: Carbon neutral

Utter nonsense. The kind of lack of knowledge about cars that's required to fanboy Tesla?

Virgin Galactic goes where it's gone twice before, for the first time in two years

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Re: I didn't know El Reg was US-chauvinist

The definition of space is very much semantics. Karman himself put his eponymous line at a different height.

As any commuter in London knows, space ends at the Northern Line.

UK Computer Misuse Act convictions declined last year despite pandemic explosion in online criminal activity

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Is that the story about the family with the paedo parent? Sure, we all believe the excuse...

(Seriously, though, they probably did something dumb that isn't mentioned, like running a Tor node. They weren't 'hacked'.)

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Obviously the CMA does nothing to stop people scamming from outside the UK. Which is where all the scammers are, except the most stupid.

Cloudflare stops offering to block LGBTQ webpages

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Re: Filtering too much.

Someone must have been daft enough to try. Libraries block that kind of thing because you have to be stupid to input that data to a shared PC, not because of mistaken blacklisting.

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Re: Cloudflare stops offering to block LGBTQ webpages

Google shut it down a while back.

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I've been asked by a religious school to do exactly that. I laughed at them and told them they needed to monitor what kids were looking at, not expect filters to do the work. And then blocked their number, because I don't need clients like that.

ASUS baffles customer by telling them thermal pad thickness is proprietary

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Re: what a pile of drivel

You obviously haven't thought about what w mK actually represents. 3.7 or 15ish, doesn't matter, it's not milliwatts. The order of magnitude is more than sufficient to be vastly better than required. An increase doesn't mean you have better thermal transfer, it means you have more headroom - and even cheap past has plenty and enough headroom already.

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Re: eh

Simple answer is just not to buy a card that's been used for crypto-mining. Replacing the pad/paste won't make it like-new again, it'll make it flogged-to-death & with new pad/paste.

China all but bans cryptocurrencies

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Re: Re. Update

Obviously OP was FUDing, but now I come to think of it, surely 'wallets' create a mountain of regulatory issues for app-stores? Apple and Google set up their own pay systems so they could meet those regs. The fines for accidentally facilitating money laundering are many orders of magnitude higher than the revenues from app stores, so I can't see them wanting to take much risk.

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Re: "And then there’s the Digital Yuan"

And Jews aren't people, so it's OK to gas them?

Neither of your fondly held fantasies are true.

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Re: A very good idea

What it is about any mention of money or economics which brings the far right crawling out of the woodwork to spread nasty conspiracy theories?

Take-home salary pay cut in 2021? Billionaire Michael Dell feels you, slices off most of own yearly pay

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Oh look, someone mentions money, out come the far right loons.

Hate to tell you this, but Michael Dell isn't even Jewish...

Elon Musk hits the brakes on taking Bitcoin for Tesla purchases

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"Amanfrom has not mentioned Jewish bankers in any way - that connection is in your head."

I haven't mentioned them, and nor has he. You went straight there, though, proving me correct and you a full blown member of the far right.

I have no intention of legitimising your hatred by engaging with you, or anyone else from the Rapid Response Team. I'm just pointing out what you are, so no bystanders tumble down your rabbit hole by mistake.

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Re: Fantastic Market Opportunities ...... Ponzis to the Moon and Achilles Heel Arrows

"an interesting point about perpetual growth not necessarily being a wise path... that's not a hard-right opinion."

It isn't an interesting point unless you're a fan of Adolph. It is simply - literally - a nonsensical but key piece of far right propaganda. It sounds good to the useful idiots, but it's insane: is it better to do more with the same inputs by using them more cleverly, or to... Not do that?

As your second paragraph demonstrates, you're a fan of Adolph yourself, or one of their useful idiots. Money is not a conspiracy. Claiming it is, is a means to an end. That end is finishing the job so rudely interrupted in the 1940s.

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He means it 'finally solves' the 'Jewish problem'. Nothing more to it than that.

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Re: Prime Bullshit Piled High to Protect and Preserve the Perma Bullshitters Hides

Gimme an S! Gimme an I! Gimme an E! Gimme a G!

Gimme an H! Gimme an E! Gimme an I! Gimme an L!

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"mass traffic jams with creeping stop start traffic that cause health-damaging local air quality"

They don't, though. Only the diesels. You can have a city full of modern petrol engines and see no noticeable change in local atmospheric composition.

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Re: What is the point

"Bitcoin was meant to take the place of the banking system."

No, it's expressly designed to make sure it never can.

"some big current financial uncertainty issues (indefinate inflation, excluding most of the worlds population to banking)"

Far right conspiracy theories from a bitcoin loon? You don't say...

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"In theory you can make clean synthetic fuel from green energy, but in practice the efficiency is horrible."

No worse than electric cars, overall. But in any case the efficiency is pretty much irrelevant, since we don't have any large scale transportable storage alternatives, and solar is cheap but in the wrong place.

Of course we're going to cover deserts with solar panels and make synthetic oil. It's a no-brainer. That we can continue using the existing infrastructure, instead of junking it and starting again, is another huge efficiency boost.

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Re: Fantastic Market Opportunities ...... Ponzis to the Moon and Achilles Heel Arrows

What is it about bitcoins that attracts thus particular flavour of far right conspiratorial loon?

Preliminary report on Texas Tesla crash finds Autosteer was 'not available' along road where both passengers died

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Re: Automation

You think you know, but it isn't, which is precisely my point. It's somewhat safer. More than marginally. But not very much more.

Stopping on the hard shoulder is almost as dangerous as stopping in a live lane.

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Re: Funny thing

Sure, but the main reason we got rid of horses was the immense piles of horseshit they generated. Cities like London used to have to get rid of hundreds of tonnes a day, plus all the urine, plus the working horses that dropped down dead.

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"I will not have a car with automation installed"

Damn, you must have quick fingers to open and close the valves on each cylinder in time.

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Re: Automation

All lane running is fine, as long as you have the auto-detection equipment to instantly close the left lane when someone stops. I was genuinely shocked to find out that our so-called smart motorways don't necessarily have it installed. Without it, it's insanity.

With the technology sorted (and installed), you're not at significantly greater risk than with a hard shoulder. If that seems wrong to you, you're probably one of the vast majority who don't realise how unbelievably dangerous stopping on the hard shoulder is.

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"Seems like the local investigators might have been a bit quick to come to a conclusion that the driver's seat was unoccupied at the moment of impact."

As I pointed out at the time, they weren't investigators, they were small-town cops/first-responders. They came up with their usual sensational bollocks. People have been wrongly jailed for years over other cases of the same thing, where occupants of a crashed vehicle were thrown from their seats.

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Re: No

A tree is just about the worst thing you can hit, generally. Walls are better. Cars are best, usually, because you get two sets of crumple zones.

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What on earth are you babbling about? The NTSB is notorious for not liking to blame pilots. As with the 737-MAX, where despite the hype about systems and sensors, the fact is that the same issue happened many times, and only twice were the pilots - the particularly poorly paid and inexperienced pilots, in those cases - unable to correct it.

The simple truth is that whilst MCAS wasn't working properly, in every case where the pilots were up to the standard we would expect from airlines, it didn't cause a crash.

I would feel much safer flying if I thought that issue was being addressed as thoroughly as the MCAS issues.

Accidentally wiped an app's directory? Hey, just play the 'unscheduled maintenance' card. Now you're a hero

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It's a cock-up, alright, given that it's an admin error. Get the people responsible to set the default revision tracking settings correctly. Someone must have deliberately screwed around with them to cause that issue.

Bitcoin is ‘disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization’ says famed investor Charlie Munger

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Re: If not crypto...

That has nothing to do with the Nazi conspiracy theory posted.

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Re: If not crypto...

Are you seriously suggesting Nazis just went away after 1945?

That's the kind of thing you chaps would like the gullible to believe, obviously.

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Re: Insert meme here

If you aren't a criminal, why would you care about untraceability?

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