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Ciaran Laval

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  1. Perrie Juran wrote: Consider food commodities. We have over the years improved yields per acre. All the technology is in place now. But we don't see food prices going down. Why is that? A farmer gets more out of an acre than he did twenty years ago. We can talk about relative prices all day long but you can not apply it across the board with out considering all the factors involved. Food prices have come down over the years in plenty of cases when adjustments are made for inflation and costs of living.
  2. Drake1 Nightfire wrote: I love how people compare tech from ten years ago with todays and say LL should lower prices. Food prices keep ging up, as does rent, cars, clothing, schooling, books, gasoline and many other things.. but itech is better so it should all be cheaper!! That's largely because tech has become cheaper over the years, which is good for a whole range of industries, not so good for some, bricks and mortar shops have felt the pinch. Private regions are at their lowest level since June 2008, LL need to get more creative with their income streams.
  3. Deltango Vale wrote: Crudely, £10 = US$15 = 12 euros. The separate UK price was introduced about a year ago. Before that, UK residents paid in euros. CCP does not add tax to these prices; the tax is included in the price. Yes, the euro price is slightly out of line with UK and US prices, but it has more to do with choosing a psychological price-point base (9.99 v 14.99, one or the other) and fluctuating exchange rates than deliberate price discrimination. I believe CCP anticipated that the euro would approach parity with the US dollar (which it is slowly doing). In which case, I understand
  4. Unfortunately I only have a link to the mp3 recording and I don't know how far in he said it, it's a long recording: http://lecs.opensource.secondlife.com/tpvd/meeting/2012-02-24.mp3
  5. Amethyst Jetaime wrote: I always hear that LL lost a lot of European business when they started to charge the VAT, but never saw any proof of that only some Europeans saying it is so. But I know a lot of Europeans that still own sims and don't complain. In fact some of the largest estates in SL are owned by Europeans. I don't know where most large estate owners are based, I know some are US based. I know there's one in Germany, but I believe her business is registered in China.
  6. Maelstrom Janus wrote: ..and in my opinion tiers are too high WHEREVER you live... the tiers remain the same while the service seems to decline continually. Instead of the useless 'premium baubles' that keep been proferred how about a tier cut or an increase in free land. And how about increasing the tier points so that people dont have to make massive leaps to increase their land. Its about time long term customers were rewarded for loyalty despite the continual bollocks ( a nice english word for you) they keep being offered as service.... The tier is too damn high, far too high. Linden
  7. Cully Andel wrote: I'm not basing it so much on their turnover, I'm quite sure that they're way over the threshhold. More on the fact they they are not registered here, and no longer have a UK office. (At least I dont think they do any more.) Im not aware that HMRC ask overseas based companies to pay their UK VAT. My understanding is that VAT in this country is paid by customers how have income in this country paid in pounds sterling. I'm not sure they can take VAT on payments made to an overseas company paid in their own currency. Even if the UK office were still here, they themselves wo
  8. Oz Linden said of parcel windlight : "If Parcel Windlight didn’t already exist, this parcel windlight that you guys are doing and have been doing for a while now would be a good example of violating this rule." However as LL were supposed to be developing it too, it was given a free pass, so it's not in violation.
  9. Sy Beck wrote: Gawd this ol' chestnut again. This was brought about by the enactment of an EU law, which was an honest attempt to stop US companies (primarily digital sales/services) who sold their wares in Europe VAT free and basing their nominal company's HQ in the lowest sales tax states in the US while European companies sellling in the US had a blanket (I forget the big % figure) imposed upon them. Obviously not fair and another US trade barrier that had to be countered. The issue was that US companies could sell VAT free in Europe. Things came to a head when an ISP started m
  10. Charly Muggins wrote: It is possible to reclaim the VAT on SL fees if you can make a case that it contributes to the marketing effort of a business, or if your business is focused on services provided to virtual worlds. And before Phil turns up to say "piffle", I have succeeded in doing so. Mind you, you're not likely to get it back if selling cheap virtual furniture IS your business. Although I'd back myself to convince the HMCE even then. I contacted HMRC and the government when all this came about. HMRC told me that transactions that take place within a virtual world are outside th
  11. Land impact is the only score that matters and all rezzed objects have a land impact score, some older viewers will show prim count, rather than land impact score when you view an object, but the only score that matters with regards to parcel capacity is land impact.
  12. Innula Zenovka wrote: I wasn't complaining about the educational discounts, or the charity ones. I was, though, questioning the wisdom of the suggestion that LL should consider providing discounts to private sims on the basis of their being valuable parts of most people's SL experience. While we can all think of plenty of sims run by residents, as opposed to educational institutions or charities, that contribute lots more to most people's SL than do many educational institutions or charities, I think giving the resident-run sims, no matter how deserving, discounts would end in a massive
  13. Innula Zenovka wrote: This is going to sound really horrible and hard-hearted, but I am very dubious about giving discounts to sims for their value to SL, no matter how great. We've seen the grumbling and complaints when -- not unreasonably, it seems to me -- the large land barons get discounts on their sim pricing. I can't think of many contexts other than SL where the proposition that someone leasing 100 units of something normally leased in much smaller quantities might reasonably expect a discount would be particularly contentious, but it is here. So if LL start giving people di
  14. I don't know about the other viewers but Firestorm needs to be 4.4.2 to work.
  15. Motor Loon wrote: I've had issue (mabye this past week, but never before that). I'm running Firefox - as it turned out telling AdBlock to allow ad's for the second life website seems to solve the issues I've had. . Saw this mentioned on another website, someone said unticking "Allow some non-intrusive advertising" it works too, I think that's a new feature that has been added to adblock, I don't use it myself but saw the discussion elsewhere.
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