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Comment: Another setup from the big 4 accountancy firms (Score 1) 602

by amias (#48523101) Attached to: UK Announces 'Google Tax'

this is actually an announcement of new tax loop holes but spun as a shutting down old ones.

The big 4 accountancy firms in the uk regularly place staff in the treasury as a gift , this allows them to get privileged information about the the new tax rules , by the time the rules are implemented these firms already have tax avoidance schemes setup to exploit them which then they then sell on , typically each scheme will raise them several times the cost of the staff secondment to the treasury.

labour , libdem and conservative all do this , please if you can vote in the uk vote green so this will stop.

Comment: Re:Contamination (Score 1) 67

so NASA doesn't buy rockets from russia ? components from the far east ? raw materials from africa ?

and all of them ethically sourced you say and all taxes paid with none of it going into tax havens ?

and some completely unqualified assertions with no working , why you are spoiling us.

Comment: Re:Concern for high values? (Score 2, Insightful) 356

by amias (#48350879) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

you are the one spreading lies about vegans , that is forcing your beliefs on others.

I pointed out your are wrong and suggested you change , thats not forcing my beliefs on others.

maybe if you ate less meat you might less agressive and defensive , i've heard it does that to people.

Comment: Re:Concern for high values? (Score 4, Informative) 356

by amias (#48350557) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

actually not , most people in the world are too poor to afford meat unless they grow it themselves and even then they eat it sparingly. This has been ever since humans have traded foodstuffs.

Meat is a diet for rich western people who have first world medical facilities , for most of the world , eating meat is a cruel joke , a slow suicide of the planet as land used for meat production is typically orders of magnitude less resource efficient.

there i fixed it for you , now please fix your diet and mindset

Comment: why do we need secrets ? (Score 1) 104

by amias (#48301305) Attached to: Chinese Hackers Mess With Texas By Attacking Fracking Firms

i can't see any value for citizens in frackers being able to keep secrets about how they drill , this secrecy makes it harder to fix any problems they cause because we emergency services will not have simple access to the list of chemicals being used.

also , wtf is the government allowing the pumping of tones of unspecified chemicals into the ground ? how can that possibly be sensible custodianship ?

This secrecy has created the value in this industry , if there were real scrutiny of what was being done by frackers it would not be allowed so the need for secrecy was created and sold as a requirement for investors instead of the abuse of process that it actually is.

I suspect these hackers are targeting this info not for commercial gains , its not that valuable as there are probably only a few drilling equipment suppliers to choose from , but for its social disruption value. If more people knew what was actually being done by frackers they would not allow it.

Worse , this posturing that the chinese are trying to steal our valuable secrets for commercial purposes is directly misleading.

Comment: Why do governments need this ? (Score 1) 152

by amias (#48219383) Attached to: Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

At what point do we decide that giving the ruling classes more and more technological weapons to use against its citizens is a sign that our system of government has failed ? i think that happened a while ago to be honest. If your government needs weapons to stay in power its not leadership its tyranny.

I reject the assumption that the worlds need weapons to be safe , we need NO weapons to be truely safe.

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra