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Comment: Re:Why..... (Score 3, Interesting) 259

by Marsala (#48147097) Attached to: "Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

A lot of countries do only tax on the revenues from their country. America is one of the few countries that tries to tax globally. That's why companies are leaving America.

There are just so many reasons to leave the USA. National security letter shenanigans would mean that I wouldn't even have any management staff physically in the USA, there would be no staff in the USA to deliver a NSL to. Taxes? I'd probably prefer to hire non-US citizens, it makes banking with foreign banks a lot easier.

Sell to the US consumer but have no presence in the country.

But.... you don't have to leave the USA. There aren't really any downsides to being an illegal alien here right now. They have the "right" to taxpayer sponsored health care, education, and welfare programs. You can even score a driver's license and vote in some places, too. Other than getting elected President and smoothing over security clearances (which most of us aren't going to ever do/need anyway), there aren't a whole lot of benefits to remaining classified as an Ugly American any more. I've been half waiting for some smaller country to figure out they can score some easy income by simply offering free citizenship to ex-USAans and a reasonable income tax rate of like, oh, say, 10%.

Just pay your renunciation tax, open up a new checking account at Bank of Mozambique so you can get paid directly by your company's Irish office, and shine on you crazy diamond. You don't even have to learn to drive on the wrong side of the road or get involved with that Communist metric conspiracy crap, either!

Comment: Re:Largely Demand Driven (Score 1) 490

by Marsala (#41438461) Attached to: Toyota Abandons Plans For All-Electric Vehicle Rollout

There will never be a large market for electric cars until the infrastructure has been upgraded accordingly. Where I have lived (Texas, Michigan), there are no charging stations. You can't expect people to buy the car if the infrastructure doesn't support the car.

There appear to be quite a few in San Antonio alone. The entire back row of the Silverado 16 theater parking lot was converted to EV recharge stations, and I'd put that at around 30 spots. I have yet to see even one in use.

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IDEs With VIM Text Editing Capability? 193

Posted by timothy
from the one-keybinding-to-rule-them-all dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I am currently looking to move from text editing with vim to a full fledged IDE with gdb integration, integrated command line, etc. Extending VIM with these capabilities is a mortal sin, so I am looking for a linux based GUI IDE. I do not want to give up the efficient text editing capabilities of VIM though. How do I have my cake and eat it too?"

Comment: additional instances and the loss of faith (Score 1) 520

by Marsala (#29152283) Attached to: Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or Battle.net

Over the past couple of months, WoW has suffered from the "additional instances" problem caused by the instance servers basically becoming resource starved due to the number of people trying to launch instances. A "temporary fix" was put in place back after WotLK launch to prevent the instance lag and crashes that would trap players in dead/crashed instances, but it turned out to be not so "temporary" as here we are 8 months later, it's still in place, and the population in certain battlegroups has grown enough to cause the "additional instances can't be launched" message to become a common sight for many players. Despite knowing that this day would come, when the problem first started showing up in June Blizzard told people who complained about it "working as intended", and indeed avoided doing anything other than explaining how the instance caps works up until mid July. The current solution appears to be hardware reconfiguration of database servers, but even that is a stop gap measure as it only opens up a few more slots... people on "patched" servers are still seeing this error message during "peak hours".

The entire situation has been a failure of capacity planning/engineering and managing customer relations, and while I can't speak for everyone else affected by it, personally I've lost a lot faith in Blizzard's overall competence at a time when you guys are apparently moving to a subscription model where customers will be heavily reliant on your competence to play their purchased games.

What steps are you guys taking to make sure that this isn't repeated in the future? Have you addressed the instance capacity issue in the expansion by creating a high availability system for the instance servers? Have your customer support policies been modified in any way to provide players with more information on service failures in a timely (ie, less than 3 months) manner? Have your program managers at least learned that they should pay attention to their developers when they say stuff like, "This could end up biting us in the ass in 6 months. I'd like to take some time and a team and improve this code..."?

In short: why should I, as a customer, trust you with a subscription payment ever again?

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