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Comment: Re:Finally (Score 1) 120

by jonbryce (#48022207) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

And that factory isn't where they are saving the money.

They have a company called Apple Operations International. It is registered in Ireland, and all the staff that work for that company are based in Texas. Under Irish law, the company does not pay any tax because it doesn't do any business or employ any people in Ireland. Under US Federal and Texas State law, it doesn't pay any tax in the US or Texas because the company is registered in Ireland. That company makes a huge amount of money, two thirds of all the profits the Apple Group makes, and doesn't pay tax on it anywhere in the world. Not the very low 12.5% Irish tax rate, not a specially reduced rate. Absolutely no tax whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Safe deposit box (Score 1) 268

by jonbryce (#47912531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

I have an HP Microserver with the Xpenology software on it. It serves as a Time Machine for the Mac, it has some iSCSI targets which are mounted on the Windows Machines as backup drives, and Synology Cloudstation serves as a DropBox like service which means that my most important documents can be synced remotely.

Comment: Re:NSA probably already has this technology (Score 1) 120

by jonbryce (#47898333) Attached to: The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

I spelt it out in words because I was talking about English. Obviously French is completely different.

When saying either of those words, first the tongue moves down from the top of the mouth, then you say a vowel, and the difference between them is at the back of the mouth where you can't see. Then you have the "n" which is the same in both words.

Comment: Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (Score 1) 288

by jonbryce (#47895685) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

In London, they are registered with Transport for London as a minicab company. Taxi drivers are unhappy with them their because only taxi companies are allowed to have meters. Minicabs (a cheaper licence) are supposed to quote the price of the journey in advance and charge that amount regardless of how long it takes them.

Addison Lee, the largest minicab company in London, has an app that is a bit like Uber's. However the difference is that when you enter the details of where you are, and where you want to go, it shows you the price of the journey on the screen, and if you press the "accept" button, that is what you will get charged. They generally seem to be cheaper than Uber and get you to your destination quicker.

Comment: Re:Fire = Zune (Score 1) 134

by jonbryce (#47865787) Attached to: Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

More to the point, the Amazon App Store has to compete with the Google Play Store. While all the most popular apps may be on Amazon, local / niche apps generally are not, things like the apps for my local bus service, public cycle hire service, theatre group etc. They are only available on Google Play and Apple App Store. While individually these apps may only have an installed base of a few thousand, almost everyone is in the market for a similar sort of app somewhere in the world.

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