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Comment Opposit of Sarkozy's fiscal shield. (Score 1) 2115

What I understood of Obama's proposal is the opposit of France Fiscal Shield

In France, whatever is your incomes and wealth, you should not pay more than 50% of your income in taxes. I guess the top bracket in France is higher than 50% and there is also a wealth tax. So if you are rich in property that do not bring you lots of cash (Old castle), that may help you. So they are in the process of removing the shield and reducing the wealth tax.

Obama propose that whatever the deduction you can have, whatever is the source of your incomes, if you earn more than a million dollar, you should pay at least the same rate than middle class americans. That make sense to me.

People may start playing with their money so that they do some do not register as income but If you want to buy a plane, or a house or a cruise ship, you need some income.

I don't know what to think of wealth tax. If the incomes they generates are taxed, why tax the capital? What about the capital of companies?
There is always the inheritance taxes to redistribute them from time to time.

Comment Re:no free energy (Score 1) 326

Thats very simplistic.

Cover the sea, you reduce evaporation. that means less rain. So the price to pay is increased desertification, There will be also less photosynthesis in the sea, so less food to produce sushi.

The heat is also released away from the production sites so the climate is disturbed with colder country side and hotter cities.

The production cost is also not included in those estimates. I never heard of a solar cell manufacturer completely powered by its products.

Comment no speed limit is kind of a myth (Score 1) 349

There are portion, short, with no speed limits that but they are surrounded by random portion with limits.

So you can't legally travel from one side of Germany to the other at 240 km/h.

About the Swiss stickers. Some people collection them on their car. Putting the new one next to the old ones. Others remove them. Like the car tax sticker in UK, they are designed to destroy themselves during removal.

Belgium will probably introduce a sticker like Switzerland for cars and a kind of GPS tracker for Trucks.

Comment Arianespace (Score 1) 156

is the the world’s first satellite launch company.

They build and launch satellite commercially since the 80's.

Government is one of the shareholder but I don't see that it makes a big difference. Subsidize or big fat contract are not that different.

It is like the battle between Boeing and Airbus

Comment Re:EU != ESA (Score 1) 156

EU have started to invest in space. The Galileo project is a EU project, not an ESA one.

This development is important because the rules to distribute the work to industry is very different in both entity. ESA projects are distributed geographically according the money the countries invest. EU is free competition.

Comment Re:Awe (Score 1) 29

I'm impressed that you can see microwaves. Warming up leftover should be very interesting.

Unfortunately, I only saw the milky way on rare occasion. It is difficult to be far from civilization in Europe. Which may explain why I prefer satellite observation than looking at the sky directly.

My wife made a Planck shaped cake with sugar mirror and marzipan detector. Unfortunately the talks were too long and the biscuit got soggy. At the same occasion, someone made ALMA.

Comment Bluff (Score 1) 1015

Broadcast very loudly that we are here and very technological.

Aliens that need to find new plannets will avoid us because

1) They believe our bluff that we are very advanced and can protect us.

2) Realized that we are not so advanced but that we probably have destroy or planet through pollution and/or wars. And if it not yet done, it would be by the time they arrive.

So they will go to the next star that do not broadcast their position and have planets.
We know which stars have planets so that's not the difficult part.

We already knows hundredth of planets and by 2020 (release of the GAIA catalog) we will knows thousands more.
http://gaia.esa.int/

Comment Re:Not everyone is an Apple whore (Score 1) 532

17" is not very portable. you could have had a desktop with even better spec for less money.

I have a laptop 13". That I use on my lap (on a book because it gets hot) and that I carry around.
When I really work with it, I like to connect it to a second screen. Small screen can be very annoying.
Also Having to move my main computer when I want to rest in my sofa is annoying. Having to unplug it and disconnect it from the printer, stereo, ...

Laptops are an effective solution but not always the most satisfying.

When my laptop die, I would replace it with an iMac and an iPad.
The iMac for the time I need to do heavy stuff on a large screen. The iPad when I consume media and do light stuff ( e-mails, ... ).

Not sure if I will get an iPhone or not. I may use the iPad when I want internet everywhere and keep a cheap mobile phone for the phone part. Why risking loosing an expensive toy when I go to the swimming pool, ... I can leave the iPad at home.

Cellphones

How Do You Extend Your Wireless Connection? 214

ganjadude writes "So I am moving to a location where the cell signal is very poor (I don't get signal inside my house), and I have been looking at wireless extenders such as the ones that Sprint and Verizon have. I am brought down by the cost (Sprint charges monthly, Verizon $250 up front, AT&T.... well they are AT&T). Being that this is Slashdot, and a lot of us live in basements (I kid!), I assume that some of the crowd has had this issue in the past. What have you done, or what alternatives are available to someone in such a situation?"

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