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Comment: Got to be easier to land on stationary target (Score 1) 53

by BigFire (#49041117) Attached to: SpaceX Signs Lease Agreement With Air Force For Landing Pad

than a floating platform in the sea. While the latest launch is successful, they have to scrap the landing attempt due to choppy sea. NASA is paying for the launch, and not for the booster recovery. So if it's feasible to launch but not recover, they launch, because that's what the customer paid for. Recovery is currently just doing data gathering on the customer's dime.

Comment: Unlike German law (Score 4, Informative) 183

by BigFire (#48572059) Attached to: Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

where individual newspaper publisher can wave their fee and beg Google to reindex their paper, the Spanish version of the law is universal. The only way for the newspaper to get their content re-indexed is for the law to either be tossed out or they repeal it. Oh the pain will last longer here.

Comment: Re:Overstepping your jurisdiction much? (Score 2) 243

by BigFire (#43743063) Attached to: Irish Judge Orders 'The Internet' To Delete Video

Google threatening to relocate its business to a friendlier European state is probably enough to make Irish politicians crap themselves and change the law to suit Google.

You're kidding, right? There are no friendlier states.

Ireland does have low corporate tax rates, but that isn't enough for Google and other large companies (for example, my company's VMware purchases are bought on paper from an Irish subsidiary).

There's a technique called the double Irish Dutch sandwich which lets you create corporate structures resident in Ireland but Ireland considers them non-resident for tax purposes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Irish_arrangement

And this is perfectly legal. The European Union's tax code is specifically designed to foster competition between tax jurisdiction. You want business, lower your tax.

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