Mark's Musings

A miscellany of opinions, thoughts, rants and comments

31 December 2012
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2012 and all that

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So, it’s the end of the year. It’s been a bit of a funny one, in many ways. We started with a drought, and ended it the wettest year on record. On a personal note, it’s the year I was … Continue reading

30 December 2012
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Cyber-crime, terrorism and the big bad wolf

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A rather strange article in the Daily Telegraph claims that Britain is losing the war on internet crime, a leading police officer has admitted, after it emerged that cyber crime cost UK businesses around £205 million in lost revenue last … Continue reading

29 December 2012
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Some facts about Google

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Prompted by yet another economically illiterate tweet criticising Google for the relatively small amount of corporation tax paid in the UK, I decided to do a little research myself and find out a bit more about Google’s financial situation here. … Continue reading

20 December 2012
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Prime Minister promises porn block, fools newspaper editors

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Online porn has cropped up in the news today, with an article in the Daily Mail by the Prime Minister that’s now being picked up and reported elsewhere. The article is about changes to make it harder for children to … Continue reading

7 December 2012
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BBC headlines are ‘mostly guff’

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One of the things that irritates me a lot about the BBC news website is its tendency to use quotes as headlines. That is, where all or part of the headline is simply a quote of what someone else has … Continue reading

4 December 2012
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Tax? Wake up and smell the coffee…

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Tax is in the news. In particular, the tax arrangements of multinationals such as Starbucks, Amazon and Google. Because, when it comes to corporation tax, they aren’t paying very much of it, at least not in the UK. I say … Continue reading

1 December 2012
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Leveson musings

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So, the long-awaited Leveson report was finally published this week. I haven’t read all of it (it’s over 2,000 pages and runs to four volumes!), but I have at least skimmed it, which is more than can be said for … Continue reading