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Comment: Re:Finally (Score 2) 120

by Carewolf (#48021723) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

It's not a race to the bottom, it's an optimization. If corporate tax rate is X and total tax revenue is Y, past a certain point as X goes up, Y goes down because of competitive forces elsewhere.

Yeah, but if you give away more free stuff than you ever get back in revenue you will be losing money. This is what Ireland did. They got less than a thousand jobs out of it, and would lose them in an instant if they ever tried to make Apple or Google pay for what they actually use of public resources. Selling for less than cost is BAD BUSINESS.

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 2) 120

by Carewolf (#48021083) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

What lesson is that? Would Ireland have been better off if Apple and Microsoft and Google moved those jobs to Wales or France or Spain? Ireland is collecting income tax from all those employees, and sales tax from everything those employees buy. Why push employers away out of some fashionable drive for 'social justice'?

I made no comment on social justice. I said it was bad business. A race to the bottom leaves you at the bottom, and since the rest of the EU was not racing against Ireland, they just raced themselves to the bottom. It was bad business and economically idiotic.

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 3, Insightful) 120

by Carewolf (#48020021) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

They do pay taxes. They just negotiated lower taxes in exchange for bringing those jobs to Ireland. It's a WIN-WIN solution for Ireland and Apple. Ireland still collects more revenue due to all the new jobs. The only losers are the countries who want to maintain a high tax rate and don't appreciate competition from Ireland, hence the EU getting their panties in a bunch.

Yeah, all that win for Ireland was why they went near bankcrupt and had to bailed out by the rest of the EU?

Ireland sold out, but sold out so cheap they didn't even get rich from selling out. Hopefully they have learned their lesson, though it seemed some people like you haven't.

Comment: Re:the next logical step (Score 1) 85

by Carewolf (#47994269) Attached to: Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

However, the engineer in me can't help but think of how far they can take the cyborg theme.

Are you kidding me? Imagine having one that you could just strap on for an hour, get on a treadmill, and then read a book or surf the net while your legs did their thing. I'd exercise everyday.

Sign me up!

What would the difference be? Unless you detach your upper body, it is still going to follow the legs and bump und down as much if not more that if you ran normally. Reading a book is not going to get any easier, the main problem is all the bouncing, so I recommend audiobooks.

Comment: Re:Why not KDE (Score 1) 394

by Carewolf (#47982255) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

Maybe Gnome is friendlier for noobs or something. Are there noobs left in the world?

Apparently they determined KDE has NO accessibility features, because KDE doesn't have full support the GNOME API for accesibility that is only used by screen-readers.

So apparently all the settings KDE has for accessibility doesn't matter. Maybe because Gnome doesn't have them?

Comment: Denmark hit 33% wind (Score 1) 169

by Carewolf (#47981507) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

See http://www.windpower.org/da/ak... (2013), or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... (28% 2011).

Now that is renewable. Of course the rest is made of coal power to fill the energy holes both in Denmark and in Sweden that is using hydro and nuclear only, and therefore can't supply peak energy on it own.

Comment: Re:at least the rationale is good (Score 1) 468

by Carewolf (#47959897) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Regardless of the particulars of this project, it's good people are waking up and realizing what a bloated feature-creeped rube goldberg contraption systemd is, a non-Unix non-Unix-way solution no serious Linux/Unix admin wants, it hinders troubleshooting and configuration. Systemd is what happens when inexperienced people with high IQ fly off on a tagent without engineering ability.

Actually systemd might be bloated, and new and less reliable, but it was the old init system that was rube goldberg machine, it was an ancient well tested and well unstood rube goldberg machine, but it did run a many random independent tools one after the other handing one result to the next sequentially like a rube goldberg machine. Now it is all parallel and all part of the same machine.

Comment: Re:launchd (Score 1) 468

by Carewolf (#47959847) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Plenty of people use OS X to "get things done". About all people "get done" in a satisfactory manner using Linux is network administration.

And software development. Though it works acceptable on Macs too (compared to Windows development), though only when developing for Apple products naturally. Problem is still that productivity on Macs is lower because the OS keep getting in your way, and there is no way of making it stop, because giving power features to power users is not the Apple way.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 221

by Carewolf (#47958811) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

Have you ever seen a problem in government where the proposed solution wasn't giving a particular agency more taxpayer money to squander?

Yes(!?), the single most common solution with the current congress, is to "solve" the problem by cutting funding to the agencies they don't like. Which is why so many of them simply doesn't work, and gets worse and worse, as they get punished for their issues by cutting their funding even more.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 474

by Carewolf (#47945201) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

(Somewhat related: according to a Reuters poll, one in four Americans want their state to secede from the union.)

Didn't South Park point out that 1 in 4 Americans are idiots?

At least in polls they are. Ask any question, no matter how stupid and one in four Americans will support it. I think it is safe to say: One in four Americans are either idiots or trolling. I could believe either or even both.

Too bad there is so low support for independence though. I think US politics would work better if the states could have their own two party separation and could try different legislation and FAIL instead of being bailed out. Europe has it's share of "challenged" southern states, but it is pretty obvious which nations are succesful and which are not. Also though nepotism imight behigher, monetary corruption is smaller in smaller nations.

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