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Comment: Re:You know.. (Score 3, Insightful) 400

by QuantumBeep (#43407091) Attached to: Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

Less sweepingly, I propose that all traffic fines be pooled on a state level and distributed by population proportion - this will be easier to get passed, but will prevent shitty little townships from funding themselves entirely through farming their nearby interstate highway for tickets.

The fact that enforcing traffic law is wildly profitable means that the system is naturally and automatically corrupt and attracts corrupt people to run it. When you uncouple the action from the reward, bad behaviour tends to stop.

Comment: Re:Raspberry or Pork? Raspberry (Score 2) 159

by QuantumBeep (#42738369) Attached to: Google Gives 15,000 Raspberry Pis To UK Schools

The idea that all corporate money eventually winds up being spent by a tax-paying consumer somewhere breaks down under these circumstances:

- The corporation just sits on the cash
- The corporation sends the money overseas to a tax haven somewhere
- The corporation outsources jobs.

It seems fair - if a corporation wants to have free speech like a person, have rights like a person, and own assets like a person, it should pay taxes like a person. Otherwise, people would be forming communal corporations ("financial guilds", if you will), and running all of their income through them in order to reduce their tax rate to zero.

Comment: A thing about reviews (Score 4, Interesting) 627

by QuantumBeep (#35327278) Attached to: New Apple MacBook Pro Reviewed

I'm no Mac fanboy. I'd probably attract criticism for being a Mac hater. In any case, I think some negatives are just unfair.

TFS says that Light Peak doesn't have peripherals yet, and paints this as a negative on the MacBook Pro. Why do all reviewers feel a compulsion to make up shit if they can't think of anything negative? That's like some video game reviews I've seen, where they can' t find anything to complain about, so they take a star off because they just don't like the genre. That's a good reason to fire a reviewer, in my opinion.

Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.