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Comment Re:Taxation (Score 1) 302

My statement didn't concern sales tax, but thank you for the reply. I was not aware that there is a band for sales tax in the EU. After a little search, I found that there is only a lower rate of 15% and a special lowest rate of at least 5%. See

That there is no sales tax on goods moving between European countries is not completely correct. A private person buying goods in another European country is required to pay sales tax in the country where they buy the good. Regarding online purchases the following is stated: The seller will calculate VAT based on either VAT rate of the Member State from which the goods are shipped to the buyer (which is usually the Member State from which the goods are bought) or VAT rate of the Member State into which the goods are shipped.

Private persons do not need to pay additional tax/import fees when bringing goods over the border.

That companies do not need to pay sales tax on goods moving within the EU is a pure administrative optimization. Previously they could request their VAT to be returned but this was (especially for smaller companies) quite a burden. Note that in many EU countries, companies still need to declare VAT that they would have paid on EU internal trade. This is again pure an administrative issue in order to calculate the trade between countries and EU subsidies for that.

Comment Re:umm (Score 2) 145

I've seen this argument a few times now, but why would it be relevant where the content is stored or even served from. Shouldn't we look at where the content is consumed?

Your argument is like snail-mailing cannabis from a country where it is legal to grow and sell to a country where it is a prohibited substance. Should that country allow the goods to enter the country as it was produced and served from abroad?

Comment Apple should consider when the change was made (Score 1) 410

I feel Apple has neglected it's customers in this case.

During upgrade to the new iOS, they should detect the replaced sensor and issue a warning to the user that the phone should not be considered as a safe device anymore. Maybe even re-issue this warning every week to remember their owners.

When a replaced sensor is detected AFTER the upgrade (i.e. after an original sensor was detected previously after the upgrade), then Apple can take more serious actions (I leave in the middle if bricking is the right solution). Yes, it will affect 3rd party repairs, but not their customers who repaired their phone for a more reasonable price in good faith.

Sorry Apple, you could have made this upgrade much smoother for your customers but you willingly choose not to.

Comment Re:Quite a version jump (Score 3, Informative) 128

If you want to know why PHP skipped 6, this is an interesting read:

But the key reason seems to be (selective c&p from the page):
- PHP 6 already existed and it was something completely different.
- PHP 6, the original PHP 6, has been discussed in detail in many PHP conferences.
- PHP 6 was widely known not only within the Internals community, but around the PHP community at large.
- There's lots of PHP 6 information, about the original PHP 6, that exists around the web. Books are the smallest part of the problem.

Comment Re:The reason for these laws (Score 1) 728

Thank you for posting this. From the article:

In Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc. (1974), the Supreme Court decided that there is "no constitutional value in false statements of fact". and Secondly, knowingly making a false statement of fact can almost always be punished..

With that in mind, Germany considers the existence of the Holocaust as a fact and hence their actions against denial would be in line with US law. Interesting.

Comment It is their process that is interesting (Score 4, Interesting) 29

The main point of the article is not about using open source, it is about HOW they created such a policy.

From the article:
First, it was published on the party's website so that everyone could read and comment on it by email. It's common practice for the party: publish, discuss, and acknowledge comments as accepted, rejected, or just as comments. In one year ORaH published more than 30 policies that way.

Comment Re:wtf? (Score 1) 394

Mod parent up, this is about having the system locked-down so that the end user cannot configure the system as they would like to.

They complain about usability, incompatibility and that the system is locked down.

They then ask to install Windows, Office and increase the user privileges.

Note that these complaints are not from normal employees but elected city representatives (don't know the right translation for Stadträt). These are probably new users that have to get used to the new environment.

Comment Re:Outside help (Score 1) 431

Those provisions in contracts are normally not valid when your contract is terminated my the employer.

In a previous position, I was not allowed to take any position at a direct competitor or at any of our suppliers (within a 1 year time-frame). When I was made redundant, I received a letter from my former company addressed to any potential new employer that there were no legal issues in case they wanted to offer me a job.

The letter itself was not required by law (the content was), but it made my life much easier.

Comment Re:Outside help (Score 1) 431

From the article:

Companies, however, are experiencing a shortage of developers. "SEPE has undertaken recently an initiative to train 3,000 people, to fill this digital gap in Greece, and at the same time to certify another 3,000 Greek ICT professionals," the Federation's spokesperson told ZDNet.

IT jobs are the sixth hardest ones to fill in Greece, according to ManpowerGroup's 2015 Talent Shortage Survey, with senior developers' gross monthly salary varying between €2,600 and €3,200.

Please, do at least read the article before repeating popular misinformation.

Comment Re:Outside help (Score 1) 431

So what is your point with this?

I never stated this should not be allowed. The OP presented moving abroad as a positive thing, I made this statement to show that it is not in the interest of Greece. Every comapny expects/hopes for a return on their investment, there is no difference for countries/governments.

Does that mean that those employees should be forced to pay back that education if they move to another company

That is not uncommon in Europe when such training is extensive and expensive. It is often provided with a clause that if the employee is leaving the company within a x number of years, an equivalent share shall be reimbursed. Often this is happily paid by the new company the person will work for.

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