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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.

Comment: Re: The same old fucking tiring storylines (Score 1) 400

by Dzimas (#48717665) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

We often can't see the "good stuff" because its not showing at the massive multiplexes. They dedicate six screens to the hobbit in every theatre complex, but films like Wild that have generated a bit of buzz are only playing on two screens in the entire city. Sure, there are a handful of awkward-to-reach art cinemas in the city centre, but films tend to run there for a very short time, or they squeeze out the North American films in favor of foreign film weeks.

The studios have perfected their blockbuster sales approach -- show a handful of heavily promoted films *everywhere* to ensure that they rake in hundreds of millions over the course of a handful of weeks. Bonus points if you can sell dolls or action figures on the side. It's the McFilm approach to cinema.

Comment: What about other manufacturers? (Score 4, Interesting) 201

by Dzimas (#48630711) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

These conversations inevitably focus on Apple, but what about contract workers in similar factories who make phones for Samsung, Huawei, Microsoft (that still feels weird to write) and newcomers like OnePlus? I suspect that conditions are worse, simply because there is less external oversight.

Comment: Re: uh, no? (Score 4, Insightful) 340

by Dzimas (#48394667) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

It doesn't matter that it's obviously fake. These images were all over Russian media to cause a flurry of indignant response in favor of the Russian military and political position. Tomorrow's papers and newscasts won't bother to dissect the glaring errors -- all that matters is that millions of people saw "proof" that it was the evil Ukrainians all along. Sadly, many will believe the smear campaign.

After all, 10 or 20 million people honestly believe that your president was actually born in Kenya, simply because someone made up a preposterous tale that they desperately wanted to believe.

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. -- Plato

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