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Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK 48

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-kind-of-them dept.
Mark Wilson sends word that Amazon will begin paying corporate taxes on profits made in the UK. The company had previously been recording most of its UK sales as being in Luxembourg, which let them avoid the higher taxes in the UK. But at the end of last year, UK regulators decided they were losing too much tax revenue because of this practice, so they began implementing legislation that would impose a 25% tax on corporations routing their profits elsewhere. Amazon is the first large corporation to make the change, and it's expected to put pressure on Google, Microsoft, Apple, and others to do the same.

Comment: Re:Transparency (Score 1) 76

So it is important to replace the voting process with the digital age because that will allow faster and more informed decisions.

1) How will replacing the voting system result in faster or more informed decisions by the voters? That's like suggesting making high tech toilets will get people to make better choices about what they eat.

2) What on earth do we need -faster- decisions for? Because having to wait a few hours a few times a decade is the major problem with our system of government?

I for one would replace it with something more 2.0, the sooner the better.

Better how? Fewer people would know how it works. Therefore Few people should trust it. Doesn't sound "better" to me. Election systems need to be simple enough that everyone can understand them, everyone can see that hasn't been tampered with.

A show of hands is simple but not anoymous.

Physical ballots placed into a physical box. Then removed and counted in full view of everyone is also simple, and you gain anonymity. And a child can understand it and validate it. There is zero reason for an election to ever be more complicated than this.

Comment: Re:Demographics (Score 1) 123

by PopeRatzo (#49761413) Attached to: Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession

I was playing guitar but stopped to check the various feeds before shutting down and heading to bed. Snowshoeing early tomorrow.

Right on, brother. Tomorrow morning I'll be busting some broncos and then base-jumping off the Sears Tower with a parachute of my own design. After that, I'll be having sex with the entire wait staff of Hooters, one of whom is my wife, Morgan Fairchild.

Comment: Re:Thai music is heptatonic (Score 1) 39

by KGIII (#49761369) Attached to: Favorite musical scale, by number of pitch classes?

Hey now... I blame drugs, alcohol, and youth but I actually majored in music theory at one point and the minor pentatonic (or sometimes called the pentatonic minor) is my favorite scale as it is both useful for jazz and blues and, well, you can transpose it with ease and at least "fit in" with most any type of music western music. It is like the adjustable wrench of music, not the perfect tool but will do in a pinch if you need it. Then again I am fatalistic and pragmatic all at the same time. Utilitarian is good, no?

Comment: Re:In case you were wondering, (Score 1) 359

by PopeRatzo (#49761063) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Nope, that has nothing to do with the issue, that's a parable about forgiveness.

Is there anything creepier than using the Bible to explain why child molestation isn't really all that bad?

Try reading in context sometime.

Considering the fragmented way the Bible came into being, "context" varies from verse to verse.

Here is the text of Matthew 18:6:

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Now, the word that's translated here as "sin" is actually "skandalizo" (Greek): to “scandalize”;to entrap, that is, trip up (figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure): - (make to) offend.

So I'm sorry, there is no "context" about that verse that makes it any less about scumbags who would mess with kids.

Comment: Power to the blamers! (Score 2) 123

by smitty_one_each (#49761001) Attached to: Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession
Power to the blamers! There is far too much power to be garnered from inflaming (occasionally real, but often wholly manufactured) biases.
But things like the Rolling Stone UVA rape hoax, global warming, GamerGate, &c have blown the lid off what a bunch of cheap hucksters the Grievance Industrial Complex are.
Go back to hell and stay there, creeps.

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