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Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 1) 377 377

That statement, while probably true, entirely misses the point.

Since I was responding to the guy who claimed the effective US corporate income tax rate was over 50%, I'd say it's exactly on point.

Now we have a situation where the US receives zero tax from multinationals instead of 13%. If the US had lowered its corporate income tax rates, perhaps the US would actually be receiving 13% from those multinationals instead of 0.

I guarantee, if we were collecting 13% from multinationals, the line out of the American Enterprise Institute would be, "This is unacceptable! We need to make the tax rate 0% on corporations so we can be just like Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba, where rich people are left alone and colored people serve them drinks!"

Here are some countries that have 0% corporate income tax:
Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
Cayman Islands
Isle of Man

You know what they all have in common? You or I can't live there unless we win the lottery, and the only jobs in those countries are hotel maid and lickspittle.

Comment Re:because Gamers are really Graphics Snobs (Score 1) 44 44


I went back and played the original X-Com again (for the first time in a decade or so) after I finished the remake. And what I found was a game whose graphics hadn't held up quite so badly as others of a similar vintage, but whose gameplay was showing serious signs of age.

On the tactical side, squads felt overly large, micromanagement was excessive by any reasonable estimation and the random number generator was allowed to become far too dominant in determining the outcome of combat. The need to play "hunt the last alien" before you could successfully complete a mission made certain missions, particularly some of the terror missions with complex cityscapes, an absolute grind.

By contrast, the remake is slicker and smarter. I felt like it was doing more than the old X-Com to make me use all of my assets in the field and was striking a more appropriate balance between luck and skill. Moreover, with the troopers being a little less vulnerable and having more defined traits to carry over between missions, I felt a sense of connection with my squad that was missing in the old game.

Now, the remake isn't perfect; I think allowing an extra 2 soldiers in the tactical squads (so 8 rather than 6) would have struck a better balance. The strategic game is undeniably less sophisticated than in the original (though also less repetitive in the late-game stages).

But on balance, I would rank the remake as being the better game, in objective terms - and in terms of both gameplay and graphics. Admittedly, the original was a far more striking game when it was first released and had a genre-defining impact that the remake didn't. But put them side by side and I'd take the remake.

Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 1) 377 377

You need to add capital gains and corporate taxes if you want to know how much the US government actually gets from every dollar earned by a corporation: []

I thought you objected to politically-motivated reports.

The papers and news reports you point to are bogus

Says the guy who just cited tax foundation dot org.

Comment Can this be used to trace the money back further? (Score 1) 175 175

If they could identify the source of the money, could they work it back a little further to figure out where that source got its money from? That could be useful information. I rather doubt that ISIS is getting most of its funding through a kickstarter page or other such structure involving lots of small contributions.

Comment Re:Shorter d_r: (Score 1) 55 55

and has the Ivy league degree

So you don't respect Ivy League degrees when they are held by democrats, but you hold them in very high esteem when they are held by non-democrats. Gotcha. I expect we won't see you calling for this guy's transcript, then.

a clown on the take

Oh come on. Can you name anyone in the senate or house who is not on the take from someone?

Comment Re:Compelling products from Detroit? unlikely (Score 2) 110 110

I find it unlikely Detroit will put out any compelling auto no matter if it runs on electric, gas, diesel.

The current Corvette is broadly considered to be the best deal in high performance... in the world. The new Cadillacs are awe-inspiring and built like they mean it. Even Ford has apparently discovered reliability. You're talking bollocks.

I'll grant you a lot of garbage is still coming from the big three, but look around the world. Everyone makes shit cars.

Comment Re:Startup management subsystem (Score 1) 323 323

Wow... that's inefficient. Polling to see if a service is running then restart it.

Wow... that's something that every other operating system's service manager can handle.

And that's the problem with the init scripts - they make the whole thing less efficient. If a process spawns another process, that parent gets notification by default when something happens to its child.

OK, so exec the daemon from your script, whatever. It's not a problem for me. However, not doing this gives you a chance to do more stuff when the daemon dies...

Comment Re:Smart (Score 3, Informative) 110 110

They *are* doing them, but there are several manual steps currently. Go to if you don't believe it.

I've been there, and what I saw was a bunch of people who don't own Teslas slapping each other on the back while looking at photos which don't provide any proof that swaps are occurring.

For what it's worth, battery swaps are a dead end.

Sure, I agree. But credit systems are bullshit, too, and Tesla is gaming the credit system on top of that.

Comment Re:Smart (Score 4, Insightful) 110 110

Hey I like Tesla as much as the next guy, but wake me up when a corporation lobbies government in a way that goes against their own self-interest.

Wake me up when they prove that they're actually performing battery swaps, which is required at this phase to get all the credits they're getting. There's no evidence that they can do it, let alone that they are doing it. (If anyone feels differently, let's see some photographic evidence of a swap actually taking place; I am not interested in seeing the pictures of the car sitting in the swap station with nothing happening.)

Disobedience: The silver lining to the cloud of servitude. -- Ambrose Bierce