3412 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
How is it happening now?
If a car driver decides to save his hide and run over pedestrians, do they get prosecuted? I doubt it. Egoism is usually a valid defense. Cowardice is only a crime when facing the enemy.
Until humans solve the problem themselves, I don't see how we can expect cars to do it for us.
Well fix the law then
You're in luck, soon you won't have to convince the rest of Europe anymore.
In principle, I understand why having to pay tax in every single country where they do business would be a prohibitive cost for small companies, and I assume that's the (official) reason why the rules were written in this way.
I am not convinced that the politicians who wrote the rules could not predict global corporations taking advantages of those rules. In particular, I believe that the UK politicians thought this was going to be a boon for UK and its low corporate tax, and they just felt totally betrayed when corporations chose dirt-cheap Ireland instead of London.
Maybe the rules could be amended in some sensible way, forcing companies to pay taxes in countries where they have a sizable workforce?
Re: Do the math(s)
There is related quote from Mark Twain:
"There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist"
Re: "These are people who are tormented by their ambitions."
I'd say it takes one to know one...
Do you think we deflected it?
Re: And Apple?
Neither is Android really. If you don't want an Android phone you don't need to have one. If you walk into any phone shop they'll sell you non Android phones.
I think the argument is that for phone manufacturers, Android is a monopoly. And if you're not Apple, it's rather correct that Android is the only way you can survive these days.
Though I'm not sure how it makes sense that 1) Google Search is a monopoly & 2) Google is leveraging their Android monopoly to force phone manufacturers to use Google Search. Surely if 1) is true, then 2) is unnecessary.
Re: no micro-sd, no removable battery
Really? It seems to me removable battery and SD cards have become niche markets, really. I'd be surprised to learn that more than a few percents of users want them.
Re: The future
I actually think that it's the small players who gain from the current situation. Look at what happened in Spain when Google closed Google News because they refused to pay for snippets. Traffic to news sites went down overall, but big sites saw an increase in market share, because people flock to them since they're famous brands. The small players got completely killed, though.
The big players would likely say this is a good thing, because they regard small players as cheap and low-quality. Springer essentially have that argument against news aggregator: it forces them to compete for eyeballs with two-bit outfits who cannot offer quality journalism. It might be partly correct, but that would mean we need to protect big news organizations, not small players.
In 2016, the first signs of the war became noticeable...
Re: Could get interesting
The question is, will people want to use Oracle's software, no matter how good it is? They don't seem to have that many happy customers.
Re: Only in US
Governments can have legal monopolies, have law enforcement and law making authority. They can also subsidize a service and undercut the prices of private business at the expense of the local taxpayers.
The situation here is rather that the government is the only entity willing to provide the infrastructure (and the local taxpayers are willing to pay for it), because private businesses do not want to provide it for such a low ROI.
CDMA isn't dying
It's still more or less stable in the US, along with the Verizon market share, unfortunately. But it's nice that Intel is ignoring CDMA. Hopefully, this will bring down the price of other technologies, and help kill the abomination.
"The conduct occurred in the United States"
Is that correct? Was Lauri Love physically in the US at the time? Or is it rather that "the computer was in the US"?
The world is changing
Maybe at some point, people will stop thinking that innovation can only happen in Silicon Valley.
Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!
Re: Mansfield bars
Actually, Mansfield bars are also mandatory on the sides of trucks in Europe.
Re: I wouldn't worry
"Before criticising other peoples grammar, check your own."
Any post criticising another poster's spelling, grammar or punctuation is certain to contain a spelling, grammar or punctuation error of its own. It's like a law of physics or something.
Indeed. In this case: "peoples grammar".
Android TV still exists? I've lost track. Or I'm confusing with Apple TV.
Re: 1200+ for a ceramic???
I assume you put the scrotum in your ears?
Re: Did nobody notice...?
My assumption about the zoom not matching the larger picture: those are two pictures taken at different times, which means the lighting is different. The reason they didn't simply zoom the larger image is that it would mean crap resolution, so instead they used a different picture taken with different optics.
Or maybe they simply didn't have a larger picture showing where the zoom is, and they just put any old picture.
I am reminded of Groupon
Groupon was also a fast growing business, and they seemed to be inevitably successful. But in the end, like Uber, they had two problems: 1) They relied on uninterruptible supply of people willing to offer something really cheap 2) there was not much barrier to enter the market.
Apart from their ventures in self-driving cars, there isn't much that Uber does that is very hard. The fact that they were so successful shows how complacent the taxi industry has been, rather than how intelligent their system is. Which means, it's eventually going to be harder to justify leeching a 20% cut, when the only thing they do is connect providers to customers.
Uber might think that self-driving cars are going to come soon enough that they can solve their problems, but it seems highly doubtful that they can convince regulators that self-driving cars are fine to have on the road, especially after pissing off half the local governments on the planet.
Not sure what the Americans have to say about a matter between European countries...? Isn't Ireland big enough to appeal to the WTO?
It's "Küss meinen Arsch", not "Küss meinen arsch".
Wow! In Germany?
The country where you're not even allowed to take pictures of people in public without asking for their authorization? This is gonna be interesting.
They just need a pretext to start again
I'm just surprised Oracle didn't simply appeal the ruling. They said they would do it, and It looks like the Circuit Court was sympathetic to their arguments the first time around.
How many Messengers?
There's Yahoo Messenger, Facebook Messenger, Android Messenger... Can't these people have some imagination?
What are those devices that don't support HTTP, and access YouTube? How do they even do that?
It's the nice thing with standards...
... There's so many to choose from.
Both are currently on bail?
For people who scammed millions, which I assume haven't been recovered?
Re: "Google took 7.4 per cent of the market but grew 80 per cent." @Pascal
Maybe it would have been better to report what percentage each player had last year. The important thing is who will have enough critical mass that third parties will develop tools for their ecosystem.
Pocketful of change
Seriously, I'm not usually one to defend the evil empire^W^W^W AT&T, but the sums are so small here that I assume the minion simply didn't know the rules.
Re: Time machine anyone?
You're in luck — the car has almost certainly complete recollection of everything that happened during the whole thing.
Clash of Kings?
Is that like Clash of Clans, or like Game of War? Or is that War of Thrones?
That video would be so boring without the music
Seriously, I was a bit underwhelmed. Jupiter is so small on these images, you can't even see the big red spot.
The San Bernardino case meant them creating a new version of the phone software that would allow the feds to get inside. This case just means going through their own databases. That I understand, that's the reason why they could legally fight the order then and not now.
Re: CBA's absence may be conspicuous....
Android pay is probably going to work in other countries. Will CBA's app work in the US?
Why payments work better in China
There you go. Largest phone OS maker launches a payment system in a country, and the largest bank in the country refuses to participate, because they also have an app for that. Everybody wants to "own the experience".
Wonderful pic choice
Thanks for the laugh
The reason China is more advanced in terms of online payments is by and large due to the dismal US banking industry, which still relies on cheques, and does not yet seem to have gotten the idea of account transfers.
It does not help that every player in the industry, from stores to credit card companies to phone makers to OS makers are hindering each other in the great race to a sliver of that sweet cash.
QR codes are nice, but in that particular case, they offer no particular advantage over NFC. The miracle is rather that the store and the bank simply accepted the use of Alipay without throwing a fit and attempting to create their own incompatible and buggy system.
No you don't have to. You register for Content ID, you tell them to pull down any video that matches yours. From that point on YouTube stops showing any video that contains your IP.
In b4 "Gartner always gets everything wrong, Apple will probably have a blockbuster year"
I like beer, but I'd rather drink water than Heineken.
I've been to a music festival where Heineken had exclusivity. It was a sobering experience.
Re: According to the BBC...
If by that they meant gaming on mobile phones, then yes indeed.
The weird thing is that it probably largely uses the same code as Ingress, which has been operating since 2012, at the time when Niantic labs was part of Google. It would be a bit surprising if the holes had been there the whole time and nobody noticed.
It's surprising to me that the IRS would ask questions about the money funneled through Ireland. I know that the US taxes corporations on the money they make abroad and bring back to the US, but I thought that the money they make abroad and keep abroad was off limits...?
I take objection to "Shooty McBangbang"
It should obviously be Shooty McShootFace
The fine is still small at the moment. It's going to be interesting to see how long Facebook considers starting in the country is worth it. On one hand, WhatsApp is life and blood for many Brazilians; on the other hand, Brasil is one of the biggest emerging countries. It would really hurt Facebook to leave...
I suspect that UK in particular hoped that their low (for EU) corporation tax rate would have lots of companies selling stuff in France and Germany and paying taxes in UK. They thought they were gaming the system.
They never saw Ireland coming.
It's normal that there would be no fine if Google can convincingly claim that the way they paid taxes looked fair. When the additional tax paid is, as you said, so small, it's not unreasonable (and presumably the amount also looked fair to the tax service before politicians insisted they take another look).
What is unreasonable is the law that makes it possible for Google to book all their sales in Ireland, when they have such a massive presence in UK.
I still don't understand why the British legal system cannot sentence hackers themselves. Surely the crime itself happened in UK. As a simple matter of jurisdiction, the prosecution should happen in UK.