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Comment: Re:just what we all love (Score 1) 67

by WolfWithoutAClause (#49761953) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

Yes, prices may go up somewhat.

But if you think about it, at the moment transnational businesses have an unfair tax advantage over national ones.

So companies like Amazon are creating and extending monopolistic positions; not because they're necessarily better companies, but simply because they're able to rig their tax positions; if you don't pay taxes, you can lower prices and take markets that you don't necessarily have any right to.

In other words, tax avoidance of the type they're legislating against is anti-competitive; and that too can raise prices in the long run.

Comment: Re:This isn't a question (Score 1) 373

by MightyMartian (#49760587) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

In most common law jurisdictions, a religious ceremony has no legal standing at all. The magic in a marriage ceremony isn't "by the power invested in me by God", it is " by the power invested in me by the State of Massachusetts."

Churches' attachments to marriage is historic and I doubt there is anywhere in English speaking North America where a religious ceremony was ever required.

Comment: Re: This isn't a question (Score 1) 373

by MightyMartian (#49760559) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Actually in many jurisdictions thee lack of marital status means even attempting to duplicate the full powers of a spouse in regards to incapacity can be all but impossible to replicate. Even powers of attorney and living wills don't quite deliver you the power in the event of your spouse's incapacity that a marriage license does.

Comment: Re: This isn't a question (Score 4, Insightful) 373

by MightyMartian (#49760539) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Up until recently beating the shit out of your wife and forcing sexual intercourse on her against her will (spousal rape) was considered lawful and appropriate. Some traditional views just plain suck and we should welcome their demiwey.

This has nothing to do with Marxism, any more than throwing out laws banning miscegenation had anything to do with Marxism.

Comment: Re:This isn't a question (Score 1) 373

by MightyMartian (#49760523) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Historically what constituted a marriage varied from place to place, and even in Medieval times there was no mandate in England requiring a church ceremony. In most jurisdictions in Europe where canon law governed marriage, all that was in fact required was for a couple to declare that they were married, and so long as they lived in that fashion, no ceremony was required at all. Marriage in ancient tienes, save where it involves the aristocracy, where marriage had political implications, wasn't that formalizeds an affair.

Comment: Re:Easier to learn != easier to use (Score 1) 373

by Raenex (#49760187) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

Type erasure, on the other hand, is pure evil - to me, it's the representation of what happens when a pragmatic language ends up into the hands of computer scientists.

Type erasure was the pragmatic way to add generics to Java by ensuring backwards compatibility in the byte code. You'll find that computer language academics almost universally despise type erasure.

Comment: Re: My personal favorite was (Score 1) 350

by Billly Gates (#49759449) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

Macs had cooperative multitasking since 1984. Windows 3.0 also had cooperative multitasking. It didn't need dos emulation and weird graphics hacks as it was built from the ground up rather than an add on hack for Windows. Mac II was color in 1987.

My point is Windows was a low grade hack until Windows 95 where it became a pseudo OS with more hacks upon hacks to get anything to work until XP came along and kicked the nasty model to the curb for all pcs

...there can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth. - George Jacob Holyoake