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Comment: Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (Score 1) 385

by ssam (#46757651) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

(UK resident) I am happy for it to work automatically. Just like I am happy that if I need to see a doctor or go to A&E it is paid for automatically.

Here you don't pay any income tax on the first ~£10k/a that you earn. To be paying enough tax to be worth complaining about you must be taking home enough money that I have little sympathy for you.

But maybe some people like spending their life being annoyed about numbers.

+ - Blender Foundation's Sintel video taken down on Youtube for copyright violation-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "As if the automated take downs on Youtube weren't already bad enough, today fans of the popular open source 3D software Blender were greeted by a copyright take down notice for their third open movie, Sintel, despite it being released under a creative commons license: "This video contains content from Sony Pictures Movies & Shows, who has blocked it on copyright grounds." It is believed that the take down was a result of Sony Electronics adding Sintel to their official 4k demo pool."
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+ - Fluke Donates Real Multimeters to SparkFun as goodwill gesture->

Submitted by Actually, I do RTFA
Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "We recently heard about the confiscation of a delivery of multimeters to SparkFun for infringing on Fluke's trademark. One common thread in the discussions was the theme that Fluke should have let that shipment through ("lawyers" argued about the legal ramifications of it) as a goodwill gesture to SparkFun and the Maker community. Well, Fluke did one better. They announced they were sending more than $30k worth of official multimeters to SparkFun for them to do whatever they want with.

SparkFun is most likely going to give them away.

A great example of win-win-win?"

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Comment: Make sense (Score 1) 91

by ssam (#46531823) Attached to: OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

I have been using BTRFS for a while now with no problems. Even been through a couple of unclean shut downs, and unplugging mounted drives.

I suspect that some of people reporting corruption have bad hardware. If they run ext4 the corruption happens, but they never notice. When they switch to BTRFS it spots the corruption quickly because of checksumming, and makes noise about it. Not to say that BTRFS is bug free, but neither is any other file system.

+ - SPAM: Pitivi has raised 13,000 € of their 35,000 € goal!

Submitted by Mathieu_Du
Mathieu_Du (3547027) writes "Yesterday the crowdfunding campaign for Pitivi has received a sizable donation from GStreamer, € 2,500. This came immediately after DistroWatch, the news website for Linux distributions, donated € 280 to the campaign as part of their monthly donation program, and helped raise the current amount of donation to € 13,000 ($ 18,000) at the end of their eleventh day of fundraising. The website for the campaign is at [spam URL stripped] ."
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+ - UK tax authority clarifies Bitcoin policy - VAT exempt for mining and exchange->

Submitted by Qedward
Qedward (2499046) writes "Exchanging or mining Bitcoins is exempt from value-added tax (VAT) in the UK, but accepting the virtual currency for goods and services is subject to it, HMRC said yesterday.

The guidance should give those handling bitcoins a bit more confidence about tax questions, as authorities around the world mull how the five-year-old virtual currency should be regulated.

HM Revenue & Customs described in a brief how it views Bitcoin in light of four taxes: VAT, corporation tax, income tax and capital gains tax.

While Bitcoin miners and those exchanging it for British pounds or foreign currency are exempt from VAT, people selling goods in exchange for virtual currencies are required to collect it. VAT is charged for most goods and services in at a rate of 20%.

When goods are sold for bitcoins, the amount of VAT to be paid will be calculated based on "the sterling value of the cryptocurrency at the point when the transaction takes place."

The guidance is murky on whether other activities involving Bitcoin are subject to corporation tax, income tax or capital gains tax. Like any other activity, the agency said, it "depends on the activities and the parties involved," and each case will be considered on its own."

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