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Comment: Re: It's not the gas... (Score 1) 120

by Maxo-Texas (#48953575) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate

Seems they could develop a way to non-invasively confirm pressure of the footballs that sits in front of cameras on the sidelines.

Some storage box that puts the football under a standard pressure and confirms the deformation is within the expected range. Or is 1 to 2psi too small to be noticeable that way?

Comment: Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 1) 361

by Maxo-Texas (#48953537) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Without the government, apple wouldn't be able to exist.

There is nothing to stop widespread theft of their IP by other countries (can you say "Patent protection for 0 years).
There is nothing to stop widespread copyright infringement of their products.
There is nothing to stop people from kidnapping and/or murdering their top employees.
There is nothing to stop people from attacking apple stores and destroying product.
The roads fall into disrepair.
There's no guarantee of the quality of gasoline in their delivery vehicles.

A functioning government is necessary for businesses to exist.

Comment: Re:Double Irish (Score 1) 361

by Maxo-Texas (#48953495) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

An increasing number of vehicles don't use gasoline or diesel fuel.
And many of the ones that do are getting higher gasoline mileage than they did 20 years ago.
We are going to have to increase the license fee and/or add in a mileage fee.

Corporations are just a structure the wealthy use to hide their wealth and income from taxation. If you are not going to tax corporations then they need to be disallowed from building up substantial piles of cash. It should all be forced to pass thru the corporation in a timely fashion.

Comment: Re:Double Irish (Score 1) 361

by Maxo-Texas (#48953481) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

No they don't. There's a huge deficit because tax income hasn't met the cost of running government for a long time.

And our government recently just dropped another 2 trillion dollars and took on another trillion in vet benefit obligations to fight a couple wars to benefit oil companies in the middle east.

Comment: Re:GRRM shouldve hired coauthors (Score 1) 173

Harsh and really unrealistic.

I enjoy the series- not a fanboy. It's a big book series. I doubt that anything you do in your life will approach this size of work.

It's comments like this that drive creators to away.

But creators should be aware that there are probably a thousand patient fans enjoying the work for every bitter unrealistic comment. And there's always at least one person who will spit in your face even when you try to give them a 20 dollar bill.

I hope he finishes the series. He owes us nothing.

Comment: So you could use this tool to make your code anon. (Score 4, Interesting) 218

by Maxo-Texas (#48927675) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Write a version of pretty-printer that rerenders your code into a different style.

Have a lexicon of mipelled words for each "personality".

Another lexicon of variable names.
a vs inta vs int_a vs x.

Refactoring and unfactoring for subroutines.

Run the comments through google translate and back to english.

Synonym and antonym substitution in the comments.

The mind dances at the possibilities to mess with this algorithm.

Comment: Re:Damn! (Score 1) 128

by Maxo-Texas (#48923251) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

That's pretty trivial and already occurs.

The convention center effectively gets no signal due to the way it was constructed anyway and so the major brands have repeaters inside the hotel while the minor brand phone's don't work.

DFW Hyatt is a good example of this. If you are not on Verizon- good luck using your phone inside the convention center downstairs.

Comment: Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (Score 1) 339

by Maxo-Texas (#48918571) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

So you are actually asserting that taxes after the money has been taxed once are unfair?
In the face of all the taxes that we have to pay after we've paid income tax and social security premiums which I removed from the list ( might have missed a couple )

#1 Air Transportation Taxes (just look at how much you were charged the last time you flew)
#2,3,4 Biodiesel Fuel Taxes #3 Building Permit Taxes #4 Business Registration Fees
#5 Capital Gains Taxes #6 Cigarette Taxes #7 Court Fines (indirect taxes) #8 Disposal Fees
#9 Dog License Taxes
#10 Drivers License Fees (another form of taxation)
#11 Employer Health Insurance Mandate Tax
#12 Employer Medicare Taxes
#14 Environmental Fees
#15 Estate Taxes
#16 Excise Taxes On Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans
#19 Federal Unemployment Taxes
#20 Fishing License Taxes
#21 Flush Taxes (yes, this actually exists in some areas)
#22 Food And Beverage License Fees
#23 Franchise Business Taxes
#24 Garbage Taxes #25 Gasoline Taxes #26 Gift Taxes #27 Gun Ownership Permits #28 Hazardous Material Disposal Fees #29 Highway Access Fees #30 Hotel Taxes (these are becoming quite large in some areas) #31 Hunting License Taxes #32 Import Taxes
#33 Individual Health Insurance Mandate Taxes
#34 Inheritance Taxes
#35 Insect Control Hazardous Materials Licenses
#36 Inspection Fees #37 Insurance Premium Taxes #38 Interstate User Diesel Fuel Taxes #39 Inventory Taxes
#40 IRA Early Withdrawal Taxes #41 IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax) #42 IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) #43 Library Taxes
#44 License Plate Fees #45 Liquor Taxes
#46 Local Corporate Taxes #47 Local Income Taxes #48 Local School Taxes #49 Local Unemployment Taxes #50 Luxury Taxes
#51 Marriage License Taxes
#52 Medicare Taxes #53 Medicare Tax Surcharge On High Earning Americans Under Obamacare
#54 Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax (if you donâ(TM)t buy âoequalifyingâ health insurance under Obamacare you ill have to pay an additional tax)
#55 Obamacare Surtax On Investment Income (a new 3.8% surtax on investment income)
#56 Parking Meters #57 Passport Fees
#58 Professional Licenses And Fees (another form of taxation)
#59 Property Taxes #60 Real Estate Taxes #61 Recreational Vehicle Taxes
#62 Registration Fees For New Businesses
#63 Toll Booth Taxes
#64 Sales Taxes #65 Self-Employment Taxes #66 Sewer & Water Taxes #67 School Taxes
#68 Septic Permit Taxes
#69 Service Charge Taxes
#70 Social Security Taxes
#71 Special Assessments For Road Repairs Or Construction
#72 Sports Stadium Taxes
#75 State Park Entrance Fees
#76 State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA)
#77 Tanning Taxes (a new Obamacare tax on tanning services)
#78 Telephone 911 Service Taxes
#79 Telephone Federal Excise Taxes
#80 Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes
#81 Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes
#82 Telephone State And Local Taxes
#83 Telephone Universal Access Taxes
#84 The Alternative Minimum Tax
#85 Tire Recycling Fees
#86 Tire Taxes
#87 Tolls (another form of taxation)
#88 Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)
#89 Use Taxes (Out of state purchases, etc.)
#90 Utility Taxes
#91 Vehicle Registration Taxes
#92 Waste Management Taxes
#93 Water Rights Fees
#94 Watercraft Registration & Licensing Fees
#95 Well Permit Fees
#96 Workers Compensation Taxes
#97 Zoning Permit Fees

Your position is unrealistic. The one thing most noticable about these taxes is that most of them are FIXED amounts. So they fall heavily on the poor, are burdensome to the middle class, but are miniscule to the wealthy. Almost all of them are extremely regressive taxes.

Comment: Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (Score 2) 339

by Maxo-Texas (#48916975) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

Moving gold or large amounts of dollars from your basement when the country goes to hell doesn't happen. Over and over, wealthy people have had to leave their physical wealth behind when they fled for their lives.

So put it in electronic banks? Well -that "wealth" can be invalidated by an over turn in the government and new policies with the stroke of a pen. That also happens all the time in less stable countries.

It is very much in the wealthy segment's self interest to promote a stable happy society where they are currently based.

Most people don't need a lot of money to be non violent. Give them 3 squares, a roof over their head, some entertainment and a couple grand of spending money a year and they will never be a problem.

Once they lose faith in the system and lose hope, they are capable of anything. It is in every one's self interest to avoid letting people get to that state.

Comment: Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (Score 1) 339

by Maxo-Texas (#48916825) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

China is making huge investments in their military. It is just obscured by low labor costs. They can build an aircraft carrier for half (or less) the cost the united state does. I think china is preparing for war or at least to be able to back down the U.S. in their corner of the world.

Their economic policy is really just warfare without guns too. I think china has a massive superiority complex laying over a foundation of an even more massive inferiority complex. Bad combination.

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