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Comment: Re:Good! (Score 1) 619

by AdamThor (#47276839) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

"At this stage the tax should be on the odometer; read and applied when you renew your insurance."

I heartily agree! But you know they're just dying to mandate GPS in your car so they can track you... for taxation.

I'm down with paying by the odometer (maybe by withholding as income tax, so you don't get a big hit when the odo gets read), but I worry that the government would take the next step to GPS.

Comment: Re:Unsurprising ... (Score 4, Insightful) 300

"My immediate reaction to seeing Facebook was buying it was "well, there goes some promising technology"."

Everyone still loves the VR idea though. I think Notch and all the others will just be looking for the runner up product. Which all the Me-To folks are working on. Sony and Xbox are already on that train, I understand. Hopefully there will be someone to sell me one without a walled garden that they're trying to push.

How much IP is there around the oculus? I understood the rift to be mostly an implementation of better / newer technology, not so much new invention, but I could be off. How hard will it be for others to pick up the baton?

Comment: Re:Kickstarter is not an investment (Score 5, Insightful) 535

by AdamThor (#46579507) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

"It what sense is this like being killed off?"

Oculus wanted to sell you a monitor. It's in 3D, it straps to your face, it tracks your head, it does a bunch of way-cool stuff, but fundamentally it's just a screen.

Facebook doesn't want to sell you a screen. Or a keyboard, or a THING. They want to sell you an ECOSYSTEM. They want you to provide them with your data. They want you to be their product. Their continuing revenue stream.

I just want the screen.

Comment: Re:The norm: we NEED to shame them. (Score 1) 288

by AdamThor (#46425383) Attached to: How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

Yeah, but comparing it to tariffs against other _countries_ isn't accurate. It would be a tariff against a _company_. So would it accelerate into some sort of trade war? I'm not enough of an economist to say for sure, but it's not like Apple could start taxing American products in retaliation...

Comment: Re:The norm: we NEED to shame them. (Score 1) 288

by AdamThor (#46423089) Attached to: How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

It is true that companies will demand things of the government, and threaten to leave if they don't get them. And it seems like governments are routinely screwed in this fashion.

Governments need to respond with import duties on the products of companies like this.

A trade war with another country is destructive and expensive, and quickly tangles up uninvolved parties. But a set of punitive taxes on the output of a company is targeted. Government needs a stick to hold over the head of multinational corporations.

We all like praise, but a hike in our pay is the best kind of ways.

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