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Comment: Extort rather than Fix (Score 1) 241

by cjb110 (#49761861) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

So if they can introduce a 25% penalty tax for companies deemed not to be paying enough tax, why the hell can't they fix the rules that these companies are using to avoid paying the existing tax? The companies aren't doing anything magical, they're just following the convoluted mess of tax law to pay the minimum tax possible, which is exactly what they should be doing.

This could get the Government in a sticky mess, if some years down the line a company challenges the 25% as a unlawful extortion (which it pretty much is) then they'll likely have to pay that tax back.

Comment: Re:Also (Score 1) 865

by cjb110 (#38546816) Attached to: Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

ah wait, you present that suggesting that the Star Wars guys ripped it off from the other films...is there anything to back that up?

This keeps coming up, somebody takes a scene or character from a current movie and strongly suggests it was nicked from some classic.

Surely there is an alternative, in that there is a certain flow/makeup of scenes that 'people' in general find more compelling than others? So the Star Wars trench scene started as something, then was edited etc till it felt right. The Dambusters scene most likely went through the same process. Given both involve flying things in a line, there are bound to be similarities...as even though Tie fighters and X-Wings have no need to behave like WWII fighters, its easier for the creators and our believability that they do. Which means they are going to use the same manoeuvres, and have the same restrictions. They're both climatic sequences too, so both directors will be going for similar psychological responses (intentionally or just case it 'feels right') etc etc

I've no idea if anybody as studied this aspect of films, but tbh I find it more likely, than modern films painstakingly copying old scenes, that just seems a pain in the arse to do.

Comment: Patent Jury (Score 1) 223

by cjb110 (#37301368) Attached to: Interview With 'Idiot' Behind Key Software Patent

As the article said one of the problems seems to be that there isn't enough knowledge to deem whether the patent is obvious when its granted.

Maybe one solution would be a Jury of experts. Basically the same as traditional jury service in the US/UK etc, you get called up and then, instead of deciding if he did or not, you spend a week going through patents in your field with other experts?

Comment: Re:And we care why? (Score 1) 205

by cjb110 (#36201102) Attached to: Confirmed: Microsoft Says It Will Open Source VB 6

it's weirder than that, MS scrolls tended to work, Logitech (and the rebranded) didn't.

But FreeWheel (http://www.blackfiveservices.co.uk/freewheel.shtml) fixes all that, and in Access 97 VBA windows which behaved differently again...and yes unfortunately I still have to use both on a regular basis.

Comment: Another (Score 1) 163

by cjb110 (#34696426) Attached to: A Real World HTML 5 Benchmark

My results for Chrome 10.0.612.3 were around the 12k mark too, which seems to show that the browser performance is no where near what our CPU's are capable off. As the Intel i series is performing the same or worse! Either that or the engine in chrome 9/10 is vastly improved!

Core 2 Duo 2.66 @ 2.81Ghz
4Gb
Win 7 64Bit

Comment: Re:DOOM E1M6 (Score 1) 54

by cjb110 (#34214764) Attached to: Long-Delayed <em>L.A. Noire</em> Gets Trailer, Spring 2011 Release

Thanks for that! I knew I recognized it as soon as I saw that 'squiggly' (well squiggly for doom) tunnel.

But fuck knows why my brain decides that remembering map layouts of game I last played 16 odd years ago is a good idea! Maybe it's because your using most of your senses and non-repetitive muscle movements??

Comment: Shame (Score 1) 120

by cjb110 (#33330950) Attached to: Canon Abandons SED TV Hopes

A shame this, as a lot of the earlier reviews of the SED technology picture quality had it just about equalling CRT, but it was firmly beating Plasma, and obviously LCD was a distant 4th.

Oh well, maybe OLED can be ramped up in size and down in cost, as that doesn't do too bad in the PQ stakes.

Comment: Good Thing (Score 1) 184

by cjb110 (#32688844) Attached to: Nokia Trades Symbian For MeeGo In N-Series Smartphones

tbh I think this is a good thing. Meamo died because there was just 3 devices that ever used it, so all the promise it had as an OS were stunted. With this descision MeeGo will *have* to evolve and at least keep up with Android and iOS.

Nokia have always had a problem with their ranges, they produce so many models that whats supposed to be high-end has less features than the middle phone of the other range...see the N and E ranges for quite a few examples of this.
This will give the ranges a consistent and global difference.

Having said all that, Symbian S60 and ^3 still has (and had for a while) features that other phones are only just getting!

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