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Comment Re:End of Great Britain? (Score 1) 1592

I think in the short term there will be a desperate scramble by the cities to protect their interests, as best they can.

Many of the places voting to remain have service and technology industries, some of which will be lost. I can't see Airbus staying in the UK being owned by the French and German governments, for example. That accounts for over 10,000 jobs in the West of England and Wales. Can London keep its financial interest when banks will be obliged to move their HQ because of EU rules. I think we will see two things.

  • Increased polarisation, whereby resources are shared less evenly by London and other big cities.
  • The new "leave" government, desperately doing its best to "leave" whilst changing as little as possible.

We already are hearing that the prospective leadership are looking at how they can maintain their position within the economic framework and that does inevitably mean some free movement of people. Trouble is that central have admitted government really does not have any sort of plan, other than to keep bailing.

One other issue that will likely become critical very quickly is the Le Touquet Agreement between UK and France. This sets the UK border at Calais, which is where refugees wanting into Britain are stacked by the French, in the Sangette camp. There are calls in France for that treaty to be reviewed, so I wonder where those refugees will end up? - not to mention the other camps being built at Dunkirk and Le Harve.

Comment Re:British Airspace (Score 1) 198

Bitter?? ITYM laughing at a bunch of skirt wearing professional whingers north of the border who blame everyone except themselves for their non existent economy.

Yeah well. You'll soon have managed to get rid of us and then you can start of the Welsh and the Irish and those irritating Northern Folks, who moan when it gets a little bit damp. A sad, selfish and short-sighted attitude, typical of the Southern "Elite".

Comment Re:You see this in small businesses (Score 3, Insightful) 616

Trouble is that people have learnt that it is possible to not use Windows. They know about iPads and Nexus or Galaxy tabs. Until recently there was no real Microsoft option in this area.

Up pops Microsoft with their Windows tablet and hurrah! Except, it isn't quite the Windows we all know and relatively expensive and it flops. So MS try again, failing miserably to make it a compelling experience!

The least MS could have done is make the price so competitive that people will think about it. They need the consumer and I mean really need them! They need to grow the market and they need to help/encourage other manufacturers by way of subsidy.

Comment Re:GET READY.... (Score 1) 242

He is a writer and director and has picked up awards for both. He also has an Oscar for best short film which he wrote and directed. His acting range includes both drama and comedy so he ought to be able to keep the DW team on their toes.

A fine choice and someone who really wants the role and willing to sacrifice to get it.

Comment It is a flying boat car thing (Score 1) 377

I am really struggling with this tablet phenomenon or fad. I do have one but I still do understand them. Sure they are good as a (bulky) personal media player and web surfer. Yup, they can work well enough as big PDA.

They are fairly useless at document creation meaning they are really only a consumption device and that's what puts them in the ranks of flying boat cars. How so you fill the gap between the smartphone and the desktop? I don't think it is the tablet.

Comment Re:This is not how VAT works (Score 4, Interesting) 184

Indeed you are right that VAT is a consumer tax. Transactions between companies are not VAT-rated (unless they themselves are the consumers). However...

Due to a loophole, Amazon pay VAT for books sold in the UK to the Luxembourg Government (at 3%). I am no VAT expert and it is a stupidly complicated tax but it may well be that Amazon is forced to pay UK VAT on ebooks it buys from UK publishers because they are the end of the chain and seen as the consumer for UK tax purposes. In fact Amazon UK is classed simply as a distributor. The real business is in Luxembourg

Amazon now class themselves as just a distributor in the UK with their main business located in Luxembourg. On UK sales of £3.3 billion last year they paid precisely no UK tax. Amazon in Luxembourg employ 134 people, who must work very hard indeed compared to the 2300 box pushers in the UK. Amazon also get a Federal tax credit in the US because they pay (ahem) tax abroad. This means they pay less than the standard rate (35%) companies would normally pay.

Comment Re:Prior art (Score 1) 434

And indeed the Nokia 7710 had a touch screen and multi-tasking back in 2004.

If companies are allowed to combine lots of technologies together to produce new patents then, effectively innovation in the West is finished. Future developments and sales will be done by countries who don't give a flying fig about Apple or Google or IBM etc patents!

Comment Re:Yeah.. (Score 1) 418

Yeah... yeah.

Well FUCK THAT, I will still be playing games as much when I am 60 as now that I am 30.

I am sure you will, but not like you do now! I consider myself a gamer but now at 48, I play games in a different way. I no longer wish to spend hours and days and weeks on the same game. This change happened about 2 years ago.

Now, I need a quick football match, a spin round the block, blow the head off some dude, just as much as I ever did... but now only for short periods of time and not every day.

If you can't find something fun, look harder or GTFO.

It is called growing up and not growing old. I can still out play the kids at football (real with a real ball) and out run them over a distance.

As you get older you learn there is more to life than any single thing and you have to regulate your activities accordingly

Now get off my lawn.

You, my friend, are welcome to visit my lawn any time you like. One of the things I don't do are lawns!

Comment Re:Come to Verizon! (Score 1) 738

GM - Bust!
Coca Cola - prefer Pepsi
McDonalds - We got em in town. Not a Yank in sight! Most seem to come from Central Europe. Probably true of many staff in American franchises too.
Microsoft - You got me on this one. You can proudly to have sole bragging rights!
Anheuser Busch - From the famed Bavarian state in the US?
Fox News - Owned by that well know American philanthropist from... Adelaide. Having forced him to become a US citizen, could you do the rest of us a favour by keeping him there? Just when we thought we had got rid of him, he pops up just to irritate us. Thanks for your help.

I remember when I was small, I used to hear of these "commies". AFAIK, Margaret Thatcher sorted them all out in the 1980s, with a bit of help from some actor chap-or-other - I am a little vague on the details - something to do with minors and dents or dentists or somesuch.

Nowadays they are all fine upstanding people who, having seen the error of their ways, reformed themselves and bought most of our stuff. Apparently they got a good deal because all the things were second hand and a bit old-fashioned and worn out. Anyway we don't call them "commies" any more. We call them "sir".

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