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Comment Re:exaggerate much (Score 2, Funny) 149

No. It's a million times worse than this article could ever possibly suggest. Unrepairable products are worse than Hitler and they will cause a plague of giant, unkillable kitten-eating spiders to build hidden nests in your home and workplace to covertly drain your blood little-by-little when you're distracted -- possibly by the crippling fear that your gadgets might break and you might have to buy the new improved one for yourself. The only thing worse than unrepairable products is people who exaggerate.

Comment Re: Good! (Score 2, Informative) 347

How often did Apple employees use U.S. roads, rely on U.S. public education for their children in primary school or college, drink water provided by the state or federal government, use telephone or network infrastructure developed and constructed by the government, benefit from federal safety regulations on aircraft? Do you think all those things appear for your benefit at no cost or obligation from you?

There's a fuel tax to pay for roads.
There's a property tax and a state income tax and a state sales tax to pay for education for children.
There's a state income tax and a state sales tax and tuition to pay for colleges.
There's a water bill from the water district every 2 months to pay for water.
There's a telephone bill and a special telephone tax to pay for phones, and an internet bill to pay for Internet.
There's an airline ticket tax to pay for air traffic control.

But the question was: what percentage of Apple's profits did the US government earn? Any thoughts on that?

Comment Re:Spare us the hype (Score 1) 93

I never knew that nut farmers had such godlike powers.

It's called a telephone. You call up the bee supplier. He arrives with bees. Hives are setup near your crops. Bees pollinate. Later, the bee supplier picks up the hives and invoices you for the bee rental.

I wonder why they're not using those powers right now to bring the perfect amount of rain to California, though.

This is called irrigation.

You must think farmers just have big plots of land and food crops just randomly happen to grow there.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 3, Insightful) 347

Pfizer makes 60% of it's revenue outside the US. Why should they pay US taxes on profits earned entirely outside the US? Other countries do not tax foreign profits the way the US does.

Obviously Pfizer doesn't think they should be subject to such an unfair system. They found a way out. They will still pay US tax on US profits.

Comment Re:Spare us the hype (Score 1) 93

The implication is that we may someday be "without insect pollinators". We won't. It's hype - hyperbole - an exaggeration for effect -- to imply a future condition "without insect pollinators". Perhaps that's not what the scientist intended, but now the words have been quoted and re-quoted in a different context.

People who grow "fruits, nuts, seeds, and oils" know what they are doing. If they need insect pollinators, they'll make sure they have insect pollinators in the right quantity, with the right pollinating ability, to make their crop a success.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato