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Comment: Re:just what we all love (Score 4, Insightful) 158

by Runaway1956 (#49762259) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

Uhhhh - yes, there is something immoral about tax avoidance. Virtually all of the schemes used to avoid taxes were lobbied for by corporations, and often enough, bribes changed hands before the immoral laws were passed, making avoidance possible.

Simple loopholes that were never intended to start with might be addressed by representatives, but again, corporations are all over that, handing out bribes to prevent the closure of loopholes.

We didn't get where we are today by accident. The state of international taxes has been intentionally created and nourished by international corporations.

And, this state of affairs is indeed morally reprehensible.

Comment: Re:just what we all love (Score 1) 158

by Runaway1956 (#49762247) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

"I expect a certain return on that investment."

And, what do you deem to be an adequate ROI?

You do realize that millions of investors in this nation do not realize an ROI at all? A Mom and Pop convenience store may not turn a "profit" at all, instead merely supplying Mom and Pop with a stable occupation and a living salary. They "invested" as little as a few thousand dollars, or as much as a half million dollars, and the only real ROI is that they are their own bosses, with a stable job that they enjoy.

Comment: Re:just what we all love (Score 1) 158

by Runaway1956 (#49762231) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

What are "total sales"? First you'll have to define that.

It's been a long time since I studied business administration, but I remember terms like "net income" and "gross income". Maybe "cumulative net sales". But, "total sales"? Not a meaningful term, among accountants. And, your use of the term makes me question your qualifications to argue your position.

Comment: Re:just what we all love (Score 2) 158

by Runaway1956 (#49762219) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

All costs are always passed on to the end customer. You're not saying anything new here.

SAVINGS, on the other hand, are seldom passed on to the consumer.

In the case of most international companies, they have been saving millions, even billions, in taxes, simply by incorporating some legal fictions into the book keeping. Routing your profits through Luxembourg? Huh, WTF? If you sell products in the UK, you need to pay the appropriate taxes on the products, on the services, on the profits realized in the UK. Ditto if you're doing business in Mongolia, Yemen, Bangladesh, or on Mars.

Amazon has had a loophole closed on them, so they are going to stop cheating the UK out of taxes owed. It's not a new cost. They've been collecting enough money from customers all along to pay those taxes. Now - the profit margin dips a little. Big deal.

Comment: Re:KISS (Score 1) 93

Bingo. You shouldn't have to have an IQ of 300 to understand the process, or to use it. You shouldn't even have to have an IQ of 100. A lot of not-so-bright people live in this country after all. Probably 150 million or more. After all, 100 is the median IQ, right? Half or more of all Americans have IQ's equal to or lower than 100.

Comment: Re:This is the last fucking straw (Score 1) 520

by Runaway1956 (#49759111) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

LOL, of course I'm not the only person on earth. But, I may be one of the smartest. I'm not the ONLY person who refuses to play these DRM games. Which is smarter, the rats that run the maze, or the rats that simply refuse to run, knowing they'll be fed just the same after the tests?

Comment: Re: *shrug* (Score 2) 357

by Runaway1956 (#49758257) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

"Microsoft was already nearing monopoly position in the PC market"

Really? I never operated a Microsoft OS until Win 95 was coming out. THEN MS started dominating, and I was more or less forced to investigate how and why MS-DOS was any better than TRS-DOS, or any other DOS. I investigated Windows 1 point something, up through Windows 3.11, then finally Windows 95. My PREFERRED OS was DR-DOS. And, if I'm going to load any DOS, it's still going to be DR-DOS.

Windows 95 and then 98 gave MS their market dominance. And, let us remember the dirty tricks played against DR-DOS - "Check for MS-DOS, if not present, refuse to install, echo to screen "You must upgrade to a real operating system to run MS Windows". Or, words to that effect, anyway.

Comment: Re:IceCat (Score 1) 520

by Runaway1956 (#49755859) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

It creates that directory in the Mozilla directory because it's from Mozilla. And, it is probably using the same profile that Firefox uses.

When running multiple versions of browsers that are related, you really need to create a separate profile for each of those browsers.

If you should installl Chrome, then install SRware Iron Browser, the same thing will happen - Iron will use your Chrome profile.

Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 520

by Runaway1956 (#49752827) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

Yeah, I have. Not terribly recently, but - - - well, lemme check it right now.

guy# timedatectl
            Local time: Fri 2015-05-22 12:44:05 CDT
    Universal time: Fri 2015-05-22 17:44:05 UTC
                RTC time: Fri 2015-05-22 12:44:05
              Time zone: America/Chicago (CDT, -0500)
          NTP enabled: yes
NTP synchronized: yes
  RTC in local TZ: yes
            DST active: yes
  Last DST change: DST began at
                                    Sun 2015-03-08 01:59:59 CST
                                    Sun 2015-03-08 03:00:00 CDT
  Next DST change: DST ends (the clock jumps one hour backwards) at
                                    Sun 2015-11-01 01:59:59 CDT
                                    Sun 2015-11-01 01:00:00 CST

Warning: The RTC is configured to maintain time in the local time zone. This
                  mode is not fully supported and will create various problems with time
                  zone changes and daylight saving time adjustments. If at all possible, use
                  RTC in UTC by calling 'timedatectl set-local-rtc 0'.

Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 520

by Runaway1956 (#49752273) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

LOL @ the phones and tablets with half gig of ram. The wife decided she wanted a tablet. She wanted no input from me, she was going to do this all on her own. When it finally arrived, she was enthralled with it for a week or so. Install a couple "apps" and her memory was gone, and she's caching to disk, waiting MINUTES for a page to load.

When she bought a desktop, she handled that very much the same way. She sent me several links, and asked me to pick the best. I sent back the "best" link, and bluntly told her that if she didn't get AT LEAST 8 GB of memory, she was wasting her time. Argue, fuss, complain that I'm just trying to spend her money, blah, blah, blah - until I reminded her how much money she wasted on her tablet.

So, yeah, I'm with you on the memory - I need to upgrade. A second or third generation dual core Opteron at 1.8 Ghz and 4 gig of ram is ancient history these days.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Poul Anderson

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