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Comment Re:"SEAL" is already a used name (Score 1) 85

Yep, I was going to say the same thing. Cisco has supported SEAL as a VPN crypto algorithm for quite a while. Not only has it been around for a long time but it's actually in commercial software (e.g. Cisco IOS) and has been refined several times (version 3 came out in 1997). Clearly Microsoft didn't do their due diligence on the name...

Comment Re:What would you use it for in the U.S.? (Score 1) 262

You might pay dividends to shareholders, you know like companies did in the good old days...or use it for employee compensation or lots of other things. You might not build factories, but on the other hand you might if there were some advantages to doing so (rapid prototyping, flexible manufacturing, JIT with tighter chain) a company could do the right thing every once in a while.

But that's beside the point, point is you're going to need to use the money somewhere (and probably not in the tax haven where you're storing it). When you eventually move the money into whatever country you are going to use it in you'll have to pay taxes on it.

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 262

Sure, but it was money made outside the US to begin with anyway, right? I guess I don't have a real problem with it then being spent outside the US. I also question how much you can really spend outside the US which will be of any substantial benefit to the corporation or shareholders. Sure, you can buy some subsidiaries like Microsoft bought Minecraft but at the end of the day what are they going to do? probably make money? so you have just compounded your problem and now you are stockpiling even more money you can't use where you actually want to use it.

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 262

Yeah, I'm typically pegged by others as one of those 'tax and spend' types but really it seems to me that these corporations have become so adept at avoiding taxes that they don't actually contribute much at the high tax bracket they're in anyway. It might increase total revenue collection $ if we lowered the corporate tax and made it more cost effective for them to simply pay the tax than to avoid it.

Also, I still don't understand how having $100m in overseas reserves you can't really use adds much value for shareholders, sure it adds some but because of the cost of actually using the money it seems like the value it adds would be roughly the same as repatriating the money and paying the taxes on it in the first place.

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 262

Sure, but at the end of the day those expenses could otherwise just be paid for with a loan which could be repaid in a better year as a legitimate expense you could write off (plus write off the interest) so they're really not escaping anything they couldn't do anyway, right?

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 262

Oh I'm sure there are some games where you can repatriate some of it and avoid some taxes covering losses during poor periods of performance, etc. but at the end of the day it would seem to me that would only be a small fraction of the total amount held in these havens. It seems like a lot of it is just holding on to money for the sake of holding on to it, it's not enriching the shareholders to have such stockpiled money, nor is it enriching the executives, it mostly seems silly to me but I have far to much common sense to work in high finance.

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 2) 262

I understand that part, what I don't get is what's the long game? They build a huge amount of capital in Ireland, Bermuda, the Caymans, etc. but then what? If they want to actually use that money for something in a country like the US they're going to have to pay taxes on it, no? Seems to me it's really a tax deferral strategy and not avoidance?

Comment Re:Matirx KVM Switch (Score 1) 128

Disconnecting the inputs would be unexpected behavior... Most good KVM switches do not do that because it causes the system to reinitialize the video output each time which can present it's own set of issues, hence the popularity of EDID devices like the "DVI Detective". I think you'll have a hard time finding a KVM device (particularly a good one) which does not do EDID management. What's unclear is why this is a problem in your situation.

Comment Re:Matirx KVM Switch (Score 1) 128

Since I don't own one or work for Aten I can't really check that for you but I think that you can do what you want which is to move keyboard and mouse control over to CPU4 but it may require multiple steps of switching things around. They are pretty clear in the manual that either screen can have KVM focus so you can flip KVM focus to the other screen and the two systems flip screens and then you can reassign the CPUs back to the original screens as you want them. Sure it's a pain but you're asking for something pretty unusual to begin with. You may be able to find something a lot more expensive that does exactly what you want or you could live with something like this which does what you want but maybe not as efficiently and for a lot less cost.

Comment Re:Matirx KVM Switch (Score 1) 128

Remember that you don't need to find dual monitor inputs! Because you can route any input to any display you can use two different inputs for connections to a single PC. If you want to use that PC is dual monitor configuration you just route input 1 to output 1 and input 2 to output 2, just ignore the keyboard/mouse inputs on the second input and just use the video switching portion for the second screen. Note that you'll need to find one with at least 2x5 capability though for your two dual output PCs and one laptop.

Comment Re:Matirx KVM Switch (Score 1) 128

The CM0264 is dual monitor output, see the description (2x4) though now that I read your description again I see you have 2 dual monitor PCs and not just one so you actually need a 2x5 matrix KVM switch. They're also available (may be 2x6 or something higher) but will probably be quite a bit more expensive. Now that you know what you want exists and what it's called though (matrix KVM) I imagine you can Google it yourself.

Comment Re:Is it worth doing this in hardware? (Score 2, Insightful) 128

Yes, except if you care about latency, etc. I'm assuming this user knows what they're talking about and has specifically requested a KVM for a reason. For example trying to do graphic design work, video editing, CAD, or a lot of other things over VNC or any screengrabber is not really feasible. Even just typing a word processing document is a bit of a pain with the lag...

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