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Comment: Re:Double Irish (Score 1, Interesting) 825

by TFAFalcon (#48956401) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

But it seems companies are not doing it. They are just opening subsidiaries overseas and funneling all of their earnings to them. So why not force them to pay (just like everyone else) for the privilige of staying in the US?

If you don't want to pay taxes, then leave. Or stay and obey the law just like everyone else. And just think of the benefits if they do leave - the rest of the companies will no longer be forced compete against someone who skirts the rules and the US might even start making some sane decisions when it comes to IP.

Comment: Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (Score 2) 219

by TFAFalcon (#48469677) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

But there would still be a reason to cooperate. If the punishment for the crime is X to Y years, confessing would make it more likely that it would just be X. So in cases where evidence is strong, the public will likely be spared the cost of a trial and the criminal would still 'profit' by confessing. But a guilty person couldn't be forced into 'accepting' a sentence of X just to avoid being charged with crimes totaling 1000X.

Comment: Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (Score 4, Interesting) 219

by TFAFalcon (#48468245) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

How about not allowing prosecutors to change the charge depending on the plea bargain?

If the prosecutor thinks a person is guilty of X, don't allow them to accept a plea for Y. The most they should be able to offer is a recommendation to the judge of non-maximum sentence.

Comment: Re:The one area where patents have reasonable term (Score 1) 132

This would make it kind of pointless to develop drugs that have a high production cost.
You could count profit instead - but not profit on the drug, but profit on the patent. Let the company pick any cost per unit of product as the 'patent profit', then count that down for each unit of product sold. However, also force the company to license the patent for the same amount to anyone else that wants it.

Comment: Re:First to say it (Score 1) 425

by TFAFalcon (#48080571) Attached to: Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

From what I've experienced, capitalism is about as likely to take away human rights and material wealth as communism. My country was doing OK under communism. Most people were happy, they had steady jobs, owned their homes, had free healthcare and education. Since we switched to capitalism not much has improved, while many things have gone and are continuing to go down-hill. And 90% of the people now have less wealth than they did under communism.

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