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Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 1) 481

by CanadianMacFan (#49336841) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

In my first year of engineering I had a class in assembly but on a simplified processor simulator. I learned quite a lot on it because you saw how everything got modified by your commands. The lectures were terrible because the prof told the same jokes from the book that he wrote. I still have the software somewhere but it's on a 5.25" floppy.

Actually it's on my project list to create a similar program for the iPad if I ever get the time or the help to do it.

Comment: Re:Then ID would be required (Score 1) 1089

by CanadianMacFan (#49302323) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

I agree that people have a right and a civic duty to vote. However I believe that if you force people to vote then it won't make them more inclined to research their candidates/parties in order to make what they feel is the best informed choice. They'll see it as a chore and take the path of least resistance.

I wasn't saying that compulsory voting would make people disenfranchised. I was saying that making disenfranchised people vote was a bad idea. Compulsory voting doesn't address the reason why people don't vote. Address those issues and then people might actually want to be part of the process again. Of course that's much more difficult than just passing a law forcing everyone to go to the polling station and it seems that politicians only want easy "answers".

Comment: Re:Then ID would be required (Score 1) 1089

by CanadianMacFan (#49297923) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

The loony extreme fringes tend to balance each other out without the mandatory voting because they are motivated to vote. What the compulsory voting does is make the people that are too lazy/unmotivated/disenfranchised/etc to educate themselves about the issues and parties go out and vote for whoever looks the best or has the best sounding name. It's those people I really don't want voting. (Well, I'm not thrilled about the loony fringes voting either but you can't stop them from voting.)

Comment: Re:Arbitrary (Score 1) 342

by CanadianMacFan (#49288597) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

So what would happen in the case of a company such as Tesla (don't know if it's public or not). It's worth about $40B so it would have a hefty tax bill but it doesn't have a lot of cash because it's spending a lot on R&D and building up manufacturing. How about companies that are just coming out of bankruptcy protection or financial difficulties? I'm thinking GM a few years when they were still worth a few billion. A big tax bill on their market valuation might have finished them off.

And how would you measure their market valuation? Averaged over a year? If it was based on one day a year then you would have companies announcing bad news the day or week before in order to drop the share price to try and reduce the tax bill.

Comment: Re:BitTorrent Trackers don't infringe copyright (Score 1) 85

Heck, lots of people post unauthorized images on Facebook. (Do people post videos on there? Haven't been on in years so I don't know.) Not exactly what they intended with the copyright infringement law but they should be careful what they wish for.

Comment: Alternative to income (Score 1) 760

Make the fine based on the value of the vehicle at the time of the ticket. So a poor person who can't afford a nice car will pay a large fine and the rich person in a luxury car will pay more. Yes there will be some people that can afford to drive a fancier car than what they are worth. But at least you don't have to tie in the income tax system to every local police department. The officer would just have to look up the book value of the make and model of the car which could be automated when the license plate is entered. You would probably want a minimum fine for people that are driving clunkers that are only worth a couple of hundred dollars.

Comment: Re:How.... (Score 1) 1080

by CanadianMacFan (#49259295) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

Aside from the fact that the doctors aren't allowed to harm a patient by their oath, the manufacturers of the drugs are mainly based in Europe and there are laws preventing them from selling the medications to be used for killing people. If the US used one of those drugs in an execution the manufacturer would be prevented to selling it to the entire US for all uses. So one execution would prevent operations until a replacement source could be found (not an easy task).

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