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Comment Why do we still bother with corporate taxes? (Score 0) 716 716

I'm hoping someone with some econ knowledge can enlighten me, although I fear since this is the Internet and Slashdot comments it's probably not going to happen ;-) I've never heard of a situation where companies tried to pay taxes because they like them and if they're publicly traded they had a fiduciary responsibility to avoid them in order to maximize returns to the shareholders, and when forced to pay them they just try to find ways to force the cost down to the customer.

So why do we bother at all? Personally, I'd rather pay higher property/income taxes and abandon corporate taxes so that money comes back into the country for reinvestment and so that the companies don't leave the country and expand their business elsewhere.

Comment I know everyone is going to hate on Bill but... (Score 5, Insightful) 618 618

I 100% agree with him. I can't type /at all/ on my iPad 2. Because I'm not the disciplined type that raises their fingers 100% before hitting the next key I find the iPad trippng up a lot. It also doesn't keep up when I'm typing quickly and I'm not patient enough to slow down to wait for it. I've even tried two third party keyboards and wasn't impressed with them (1 because it was small and travel sized, the other is that new fangled overlay .. I can't remember the name but I was a part of the kickstarter). Anyway, when it comes to typing anything of substance I always put down the iPad and go to my desktop computer.

In the end my iPad 2 has become the samething my X-Box has become, a bad, over-priced Netflix player.

Comment I keep seeings announcements for E17... (Score 2) 124 124

but my calendar doesn't say the April 1 yet, what gives?

In all seriousness, you've been working on e17 since you were what? 25? How did you go from "I want to make a window manager" to "Everyone is doing this horribly wrong and I'm tired of being everyone" at that age?

Comment they immediately publish your cell # (Score 3, Informative) 124 124

Worth noting - when you supply a phone number (btw, my Google Voice number didn't work at all for this.. had to use my actual mobile #).. they immediately publish it on your profile.

Thanks Facebook! (i immediately removed it and disabled the feature)

Comment Re:side effect (Score 3, Insightful) 261 261

You should believe it.. It's the main reason family sizes have shrunk in modern civilization - the need to have many children to do these activities has diminished, thus the need to have many children has diminished.

It might seem bad, or not politically correct, to think this way but if you look at family sizes over the last 1000 years in first world nations you will see the trend.

Comment Are nerds not aware (Score 5, Interesting) 844 844

That they are essentially mechanics? They're just not auto mechanics, they're more or less computer or software mechanics?

That shouldn't be a surprise to any. Especially as we see more about self-fixing computers, the furthering of object oriented programming which is leading to simpler and simpler APIs so you don't even have to be a programmer to make things happen. Or technologies like Sharepoint where you don't even have to have a GED to prop up multiple sites / data sources, etc.

Comment Re:it was only a matter of time (Score 2, Informative) 451 451

I think what y'all are missing is the comment that followed where she said "racial profile does exist and for good reason, just look at the prison population," or something to that effect. Implying racial profiling is ok because blacks are obviously the majority of criminals because they make up the majority of inmates.

Comment Re:Complex? Non-populist? Meditative? (Score 5, Insightful) 834 834

I'm not sure why this got marked as 'troll'. He's absolutely right. I love me some sci fi TV, but this show was best watched in Fast Forward on my DVR.

It wasn't complex. It wasn't meditative. It wasn't non-populist either. It was crappy, though.

Just because something has a shoddy storyline that barely pieces together doesn't mean that it's complex or meditative.

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