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Comment Re:Refreshing honesty (Score 1) 247

Klimenko said forcing Google and Apple to pay more taxes and banning Microsoft Windows from government computers are necessary measures, as he is trying to raise taxes on U.S. companies, thus helping local Russian competitors such as Yandex and Mail.ru.

Well at least, unlike France and Spain for example, he's being honest about his true reason for arbitrary and specious attacks and restrictions on, and extortion of, US tech companies.

I wonder how much of a financial stake he or his family has in those companies...and there's also his own company (LiveInternet) which appears to be something similar to Yahoo's homepage, albeit more barebones.

Comment Re:High altitude nuclear EMP (Score 1) 202

One can only hope the North Korean regime values its survival enough to not actually follow through on any threats.

Of course they do. This is literally how the country makes their living. They either make some crazy statement or do something stupid like shell an island or launch a rocket, get sanctioned, then promise to stop doing/never do again whatever they did in exchange for some kind of concession. Then a few months later they do it again. It feeds NK's propaganda machine and (to a much lesser extent) feeds it's population as well. The Kim regime can only maintain control by limiting access to the outside, so beyond limited trading partners such as China and South Korea (who I believe are suspending the shared manufacturing agreement that brought in much of NK's foreign currency). I believe they were also trading with Syria at one time, but obviously Syria isn't the best of trading partners at the moment for anything other than arms. So the whole sanction/concession game is really the only way they can get access to outside goods such as food and luxury items without onerous terms that would threaten regime stability.

Comment Re:Advertising Bubble (Score 0) 263

But wait, all these marketing people keep telling me that they're important. That they know how to make people buy something that they don't want or care about! Oh think of the advertising budgets why don't you!?

Whenever a marketing person asks for and tries to justify a budget, just remember that their entire job is predicated on overhyping a product and talking people into spending money on something they don't need, so what makes you think they are being honest when they are coming to you?

Comment Wrong image in second link? (Score 5, Informative) 130

CNN shows a roped off area in what appears to be a small thicket, while the second link shows a crater in a rice paddy. If you read the article in the second link, the 4th paragraph mentions another incident believed to be a meteorite struck a rice paddy on Jan 26. So the caption on that image is probably incorrect.

Comment Re:Isn't the R for redundancy? (Score 1) 176

set a percentage of a wage and make everyone pay. That's the only fair way to do it. Those who make more will pay more.

A percentage on wage is grossly unfair, as all those executives and CXO's who get paid a salary of $1 but get millions worth of stock options would literally pay pennies in taxes. The only fair way would be a percentage of all income:wages, capital gains, disbursements from foundations/non-profits/corporations, etc.

Comment Re:Why you should care about 3D printed handguns (Score 1) 293

A handgun is an expensive machine, not something one can typically purchase on a whim.

Really?

Granted, those are crap guns and basically are new Saturday Night Specials, but are easily affordable and legal to purchase. With the right connections you could easily get a sub-$100 gun on the street illegally, or even legally on the internet/in person with patience and no scruples regarding quality or condition.

Comment Re:Please Explain (Score 1) 127

" an example from the 1950s US Air Force where the "myth of the average resulted in a generation of planes that almost no pilots could reliably fly, and which killed as many as 17 pilots in a single day"

Did I miss the part of the story that explains HOW it managed to kill 17 pilots in one day?

Apparently it had something to do with cockpit dimensions. Basically an inexperienced lieutenant fresh out of college tried to be slick. While I have never served in the military, all of the memoirs and personal accounts I've read point to that being a rather common occurrence unfortunately.

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