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Comment Re:$92 billion in cash parked offshore (Score 1) 46

You have the mentality of a peasant, now let me tell you as insultingly and snarkily as I can why my shit doesn't smell bad...

I see - you don't have a CPA or a tax professional minimize your tax exposure. You donate extra funds to the IRS in your generosity. You want big businesses to replicate your attitude. Good for you!

Personally, I don't like giving up what I've earned to a government that has proven at every turn to be terribly incompetent, corrupt, and incapable of financial responsibility. I hold no ill feelings towards other people (include boards of directors) who feel the same.

You keep riding your high horse though, and prance about. Or go back to your Occutard bullshit.

Comment Re:$92 billion in cash parked offshore (Score 0) 46

Nice little tax dodge we give away to them, huh? Eh, whatever, I guess we're all okay with it. It's not like this would ever be an election issue or anything. Certainly not in this cycle

You can mod this offtopic if you want, but it was at the top of the summary, so I figure somebody is interested in the abyss where our money disappears

It's not a tax dodge if it's legal. Also, MS and all the other companies doing it are being good corporate stewards. I want that money back into the U.S. as much as anyone else. I bet it could do tremendous things for our economy. But as it stands under current tax code:
-MS brings $92 billion back to the U.S.
-IRS taxes $32 billion of it away from the in corporate tax incoming to the U.S.
-MS pays the remaining $60 billion into their stock buyback / dividends / debt program.
-IRS taxes $12 billion of it as capital gains tax from the people who receive it.
-The remaining $48 billion get spent by MS Shareholders.
-Sales Tax, Income Tax, etc eat the money on the other side.

I sympathize. With the U.S. government double and triple taxing the same money, taxing it forward and backwards, taxing it every time it changes hands - I'd leave my earnings overseas too.

Comment Re:There is no cure for absolute fucking stupidity (Score 2) 232

Maybe start by telling us which jobs women and minorities SHOULD NOT be employed in?

That would be (and includes non-minorities and men) any position that was filled due to racial requirements, diversity requirements, bigoted hiring managers, or affirmative action (IE, more racism).

Racism by definition is the belief that people are different because of the color of their skin.
Bigotry is when you do something about it.

Comment Re:Not me, not in California (Score 1) 940

Not everyone is trying to buy a home.

In fact, many people are not interested in buying a home. When you move from career to career, or take promotions within a company that move you around a state or country - you don't buy and sell a house every 2-3 years, you lease. When you change careers, or get a family and move to a new place - the smart buyer leases for a year so they can get a feel for a town on their own, and figure out where you want to build / buy.

Comment Re:Trolling Douchebags (Score 1) 211

Or - instead of having a choice between a paid service plan, or a non-paid service plan with no registration....

Perhaps there's a middle ground where people can register a phone to their name and service for zero dollars, with the phone only capable of making 911 calls. There's no reason that donated phones can't be attached to a new owner.

Comment Re:Spot the Fed comments in TFA were pretty tame (Score 1) 102


I went to DefCon 2005, and got spotted. It was quite friendly. During one of the keynotes, someone shouted out that they had spotted a fed, and pointed at me - then I was asked up on stage for a series of Q&A.

A military haircut, shirt tucked into your pants, and wearing socks with sandals was apparently enough of a giveaway. I did get a "I'm the Fed" T-shirt, and it was quite fun.

Comment Re:Far too expensive for a used car (Score 3, Informative) 65

No, you do not.

If you look at the federal tax credits at, the tax credit only applies to the first owner of the vehicle, only for new vehicles, and only in certain years.

If you lease a new EV, the dealership keeps the federal tax credit as well. If you look at the forms at, it's pretty specific.

Comment Re:if that were true (Score 1) 348

I don't have IT experience, but you said "tech workers", so I'm going to chime in.

In my experience, our open positions are filled in three ways:
1. We have an internship/co-op program and hire kids who work out well while on co-op.
2. Poach from other tech firms when they lay off or close down.
3. Advertise the position, sift resumes, interview, and hire.

Most - actually, almost all - of our hires come from #1 or #2. The chances of finding a decent person with method #3 is very, very low. You have a lot of people who, I don't know if they suck at interviews or just suck in general, but not many come through the door that I'd like to work with based on the interview. We get a lot of co-op duds as well, but those just go away in a few months. The good ones are trained cheaply while they are co-ops and then can start right away as full-time engineers... win-win. Another real score is when places like Lockheed or Honeywell close a facility nearby. It isn't that frequent and you feel bad for the employees, but man we get some good talent from them.

This - except with four bullets, and #1 is referrals from current employees.

I dread sifting resumes. Contractors are hired through a third party company, and the only time I've ever seen talent come from them has been when I send them someone to hire to work here. Non-contract work job-postings are a mix between HR and hiring managers for what goes into the listing...and I'm starting to feel incredibly jaded by the process.

Don't blame HR for everything - hiring managers generally have as much input as they want, and HR is there to support them. Unfortunately, many hiring managers outsource their responsibilities to HR, thinking that since the HR role / department exists, they don't have to do anything except open their arms and receive the best and brightest candidates, pre-screened. If only that happens.

Possessions increase to fill the space available for their storage. -- Ryan