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Comment: Re:This is (sort of) good news for Americans (Score 1) 215

by KiloByte (#49038257) Attached to: Russia Seeking To Ban Tor, VPNs and Other Anonymizing Tools

How come, in Litvinyenko's name, ladoga's post got moderated "troll"? Comrades, didn't you get the memo? The First Secretary is ok with people knowing that. He would use a speeding car or a dose of that invisible "100% natural cardiac event" poison, rather than polonium you can't get without being a state actor. Instead, the message sent means "yes, we did it, and if you fuck with us the same can happen to you".

Comment: Re:This is (sort of) good news for Americans (Score 2, Insightful) 215

by KiloByte (#49035913) Attached to: Russia Seeking To Ban Tor, VPNs and Other Anonymizing Tools

oh, so Putin invaded three countries

You mean, Georgia, Ukraine and (brewing) Moldova? With functional takeover of a number of ex-USSR countries as well (Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova differ only by daring to stand up to Russia)? And aiding bloody coups elsewhere?

Comment: Re:Double Irish (Score 1) 825

by KiloByte (#48954787) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

This is easily fixable: just declare I"P" to be not property, at least for this purpose. You already don't pay any taxes for holding it (which would fix some obvious copyright abuses).

This would leave physical property, services and financial operations as means of shifting cost.

Physical property is easiest to check: the company would need to ship a constant stream of one-sided widgets. These have obvious value: selling a box of screws $1M a piece is obvious fraud. Purchasing no end of usable wares at no more than 20-30% loss for 90% of the company's revenue, year by year, is not something reasonably doable.

Services mean the wealth is actually created overseas.

Financial operations are the hardest to oversee reliably, but if you skip all the creative accounting and look at the total net of money moved around, then again, shifting 90% of the company's revenue year by year is not something easy to hide.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 222

by KiloByte (#48894695) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

You're cherry-picking a single crime where NYC leads. In every other field, London wins handily. Compare: 1 vs 2.

I'd take a tiny chance to get murdered over not being able to walk in the middle of the city without being robbed or assaulted. Living in Poland, I have so far been robbed twice and assaulted 7 times (once with an injury), and murdered... still not even a single time. And by statistics, my chances to do so are really, really slim.

And these stats ignore the fact that murders happen predominantly between rival gangs, while robbery, assaults and rapes tend to target honest upstanding citizens.

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