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Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 826

by Dzimas (#49736899) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

All taxes are regressive. This is just another example of regressive tax ideas from the left, trying to even out the playing field.

Um. What? Left wing politicians tend to find regressive taxation *less* desirable because it results in low to middle income earners paying disproportionately more of their earnings.

Comment: Re:And Cuba will be fucked ... (Score 3, Insightful) 84

by Dzimas (#49638221) Attached to: Export Ban Drives Cuba To Non-US Analytics Software To Boost Tourism

Your perspective is completely wrong. Cuba isn't Disneyland, it's a country with a population of over 11 million people. Tourism is currently a significant source of income for many on the island, and even professionals with university educations are drawn to the resorts out of necessity - I know an air traffic controller who works full-time in Varadero and conducts private tours on the side to earn much needed money. He's one of the lucky ones.

Cuba needs industry and business. The country introduced reforms a few years ago to encourage small private enterprises, but access to capital and markets has kept people from being able to take advantage of those changes. As it stands, there is foreign oil investment from companies like China's Greatwall and Canada's Sherritt, but the nation's basic infrastructure is in crisis; a lot of the infrastructure was obviously built under the guidance of Soviet engineers -- concrete apartment buildings dot the outskirts of Havana that are familiar to anyone who has visited Vilnius or St Petersburg. The electrical poles are a classic Soviet concrete design, as are the 1970s and 1980s era bus shelters. Even shop doors cause me to do a double take, because they're right out of my 1990 memories from the Baltic states.

But anyway, I digress. What Cubans need is access to capital and encouragement to start small diversified businesses that extend the economy beyond rum, cigars and tacky booze holiday tourism. They also need access to the US market in a manner that isn't exploitative (American companies that see the island as a cheap labour source for large manufacturing facilities would not be beneficial, because the wealth would flow out of the country, as an example).

Comment: Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 194

by Dzimas (#49531415) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

And Walmart is laying off people because of "plumbing issues". Yeah, right.

The employees are being flushed. Seems clear and direct enough.

Would be amusing to see what would happen if every Walmart in America tried to unionize. They can't all experience plumbing issues, because there'd be nothing left except some confused buyers and warehouse staff. Oh, and a few hundred thousand shipping containers filled to the brim with Dora the Explorer dolls and Hello Kitty t-shirts.

Comment: What they really mean is: (Score 4, Insightful) 38

by Dzimas (#49407145) Attached to: Forking Away: OnePlus Introduces Android-Based OxygenOS

"We released an almost vanilla fork of Android Lollipop because it's the easiest thing to do to step away from Cyanogenmod."

  And that's actually a good thing, because picking up an "Android" phone that's running some perplexing launcher with everything in the wrong place and packed with dozens of horrible branded apps that you can't remove is utterly stupid (Yes, Samsung, I'm looking at you).

Comment: Re:The BBC doesn't have much latitude here. (Score 1) 662

by Dzimas (#49346683) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

The chef had gone home for the evening, so he was unable to order *steak and chips*. Instead, he was told that only cold sandwiches -- presumably containing nutritional vegetables instead of greasy fried potatoes -- would have to do. And, quite honestly, I fully expect that lunch was provided for the cast and crew.

I admit that I'm a tad concerned about the build up of toxins that you mention -- are you trying to suggest that the cast wasn't allowed to go to the toilet for the entire day?

Comment: The BBC doesn't have much latitude here. (Score 5, Insightful) 662

by Dzimas (#49345315) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

The BBC is a public broadcaster, funded and owned by mandatory license fees in the UK.Clarkson was on contract to the BBC. Once the organization confirmed that unprovoked verbal and physical abuse had occurred, they had to take action or leave the corporation open to an indefensible lawsuit from the victim. They can't exactly say, "Yeah, get stuffed. We have extensive policies promoting equality and prohibiting harassment and violence in the workplace, but we're ignoring them because the presenter is popular and profitable."

No doubt Clarkson and pals will make a profitable jump to Netflix or Sky to make a similar motoring comedy show. Meanwhile, the BBC has a chance to reinvent Top Gear with younger presenters and a reinvigorated format (there are only so many new Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Aston Martins that can be driven around a track in a cloud of smoke every week and only so many routes for contrived road trips through war zones in ancient sports cars).

Comment: Well... (Score 4, Insightful) 734

by Dzimas (#49192265) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

It sounds like you've already made up your mind. I suspect that you can delay the decision until a year or so before the kids turn 18. Your son and daughter will no doubt have a few good ideas about what they'd like to do at that point and I'd seriously recommend allowing them to participate in the decision as near-adults.

Comment: Re: Double Irish (Score 2) 825

by Dzimas (#48956023) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

The issue is that US Corporations are using foreign shells to shelter profits in jurisdictions with significantly lower tax rates. In essence, they're claiming that their subsidiaries based in Ireland (for example) are immensely profitable -- at a rate of only 12.5% -- while their North American operations claim hundreds of millions in R&D and management expenses to reduce tax paid to Uncle Sam.

Comment: Well... (Score 5, Insightful) 236

by Dzimas (#48914469) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

I suspect you could also use an unregulated trebuchet to launch something over a fence, or perhaps an unauthorized weather balloon with a payload to drop something on your neighbor's lawn from altitude. Or a slingshot (although those might be illegal within city limits). The notion of a serious "security gap" is farcical because any reasonably intelligent person could come up with a number of clever ways to outwit fences and exclusion zones.

Comment: Silly assumptions. (Score 2) 172

by Dzimas (#48833751) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

My refrigerator needs to maintain a consistent temperature to prevent spoilage. Turning it off to save electricity is a daft idea. Same goes for my furnace -- where I live, it can hit -35C in the winter and frozen pipes are a real risk if the furnace is shut off for a few hours in the middle of the night. Automatically dimming the living room lights and turning off computers and TVs wouldn't really work, either. ;)

Comment: Re:No Fox News channel? (Score 1, Troll) 196

by Dzimas (#48742053) Attached to: Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

Then no deal. There, I said it. Now you all can mod me down to hell if you want. I don't care. Fox News is number one on cable for a reason, and most of you will never understand that reason.

It's the same reason that Discovery and the History Channel are popular -- it's great entertainment. In the case of Fox News, it's all about watching political commentators take extreme positions and make a series of outlandish claims and statements about "socialists" and "liberals" without realizing that the mainstream political landscape in your country is completely right-wing.

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