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Comment: Re:Good for greece (Score 2) 626 626

Everybody inflates these days, because it's just easier to pass a silent flat tax on wealth than anything on earnings (realistically it's probably recessive, since the wealthy are likely to have a greater share of their wealth in investments more resistant to inflation). Modern central banks also feel an obligation to inflate their currencies at accelerated rates in times of recession. The thing is, a tourist economy is going to experience recessions that lag those of the industrialized nations where the tourists live. In this case, the industrialized nations who dominate the Euro got through their recession, sounded the all clear, and turned down the tap. Problem for Greece was, they were a couple of years behind.

Comment: Re:I can see it now (Score 3, Informative) 43 43

The metal bits aren't what go obsolete. The tooling to produce the engines, the frames, the aerodynamic surfaces were destroyed only after the planes were retired. 3D printing doesn't help build microchips, wiring boards, etc.

Could some of those parts have been produced better with 3D printing? Sure. Particularly inside the engines, there are very complex forms that are difficult to make subtractively. But the whole plane? Big simple forms are far stronger and consistent when stamped from rolled stock than sintered up from powder.

The reason those planes were retired is that new requirements emerged, and it was decided (rightly or wrongly) that a new design was the right way to meet them.

Comment: Re:How would aereo tv service work into this? (Score 2) 184 184

Taxation of Illegal Income in the United States

At least in the US, tax collection agencies have never balked at collecting their share of your ill-gotten gains. In fact, it's a worse tax situation than legitimate business, because there are classes of expense, such as bribes, which cannot be deducted.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 312 312

What I'm saying is that jailing a teenager for giving a lift, no matter how much he knew, isn't going to fix anything. Sure, he knew is buddy was going abroad to "wage jihad".

But how much meaning does that have for a 17-year-old who grew up in Virginia?

He needs to be taught about the horrors of war, and the difference between an independence movement and a terrorist organization. 15 years of prison is going to intensify his misguided anger towards western democracy, not weaken it. When he gets out, all he will have is no future (because he's an ex-con), social bonds only with criminals (because that's who he's had to talk to for half his life), and an abiding anger towards America.

Yes, this kid is screwed up. Yes, he was a tiny part of someone else's journey to do something very screwed up. But I don't think it's a felony, I think it's something that could be corrected by talking and by teaching.

Comment: Re:Mixture (Score 1, Insightful) 312 312

I'm not sure that "giving a ride to the airport" is really what laws against "material support of terrorism" are supposed to be about. Heck, even flying to Syria isn't against the law (though the State Department has a two page explanation of how terrible an idea it is). It's more of a "teachable moment", if anything.

Brutal responses are what the terrorists want; this kid was misguided, but when the US government is done with him, he'll be radicalized.

Comment: Re:Service, not software (Score 1) 49 49

I would think that open-source SaaS products would be, if anything, MORE viable than open-sourcing a traditional, locally-hosted application. The code only gets written once, so the provider isn't really producing a product afterwards. This makes it hard both to keep rivals from releasing the same product, or to charge for the product in the first place. With SaaS, you're providing maintenance, hosting, and reliability to your customer continually. Any competitor would have to do the same thing, keeping the bar to entry high.

Comment: Re:Transparency (Score 1) 103 103

I concur with your points, but have a few corrections to (3) and (4), as the best way to win an argument is to not allow any holes:

The "winner takes all" system means that all of a state's electors are pledged to the winner of the popular vote in that state, regardless of the margin. What happened in 2000 was that Bush won his states by narrower margins than Gore won his states, resulting in the "packing" situation that is the principle argument against an electoral college.

The electors in 2000 all voted as they were assigned. The controversy over Florida's electors was over who to assign them to vote, as the results were within the margin of error for the voting process. If electors were assigned proportionally, the "hanging chad" would have come down to the one odd elector, rather than all 25, and we would never have heard about it.

Separately, I think that (2) is one of the most important points, and the one that is least likely to see attention. I remember my frustration in the run-up to 2008's election to hear Howard Dean in an interview on NPR defend not only the primary system, but having different states vote different ways. If one of the more progressive voices at the time is married to that system, we have a long way to go to change it.

Comment: Re:seems kinda pointless (Score 1) 143 143

I'm not sure that we should rely on economic motivations to constrain abuses, for two reasons:

1- While a dragnet search might be impractical, an individual can still be targeted. For example: a corrupt authority has a cocaine-using informant hold a glass, which is then given to their target in a restaurant and taken as evidence afterwards. Bam, their target is on coke, liable for some of the most egregious penalities in our legal system.
2- While today a test might be beyond the reach of budgets, technology advances. Particularly now, in an era where we are learning to apply 50 years of micron-scale manufacturing from the semiconductor industry to commoditizing previously complex chemical analyses.

Comment: Re:The IMF should be worried (Score 3, Informative) 294 294

Seigniorage is the difference between the cost to produce currency and the face value of the currency. Hypothetically, a cashless system would eliminate this inefficiency. There will inevitably, though, be "service fees" or somesuch taken from each transaction for administering the system.

At the end of the day, though, seigniorage is chump change compared to the power to deficit spend. What the Argentinian government really wants is to have its population to use a currency that they can make more of. If citizens are only accepting a foreign currency, or some private credits, the state has to directly collect taxes, which can be problematic politically. Forcing citizens to accept the Banana Dollar or whatever is simply the formalization of the state consuming goods and services from the population without having to answer to a set revenue policy.

Comment: Re:I'm just glad (Score 4, Informative) 213 213

You do know that hydroelectric power plants also have large, oil-cooled transformers, of similar design, which have exactly the same chance of exploding as this unit, right? Of course, it doesn't actually matter, since this transformer explosion had the same chance of causing a nuclear accident as an explosion at Niagara Falls does of flooding upstate New York.

Comment: Re:Is this Google's fault? (Score 1) 434 434

Fellow Moto G owner here. I've seen the Google release come out for the GPE version, the Motorola release come out for the OEM version, still waiting on AT&T to finish whatever it is that they do. I've looked for help on converting to GPE, but everything seems to involve a step where you download a ROM from Uncle Bob's Totally Trustworthy Download Service. Google could do a lot by putting out an official place to find upgraded ROMs for those willing to unlock, particularly for devices that they already have the software for.

As an aside, the reason that I have the AT&T edition is because it was difficult to find reliable information on what AT&T's frequencies are vs the frequencies supported by a particular model. Carriers obviously have an incentive to keep things ambiguous (certainly worked on me), but perhaps Google could help by adding "all band radio" to the minimum hardware list ("camera" is already on there for no discernible reason).

Comment: Re:Some good data... (Score 3) 434 434

I am asking that the google apps (gps, gmail, etc) WORK. they all crash and are not reliable on my N1.

Yeah ... that's actually just a Google apps problem. My phone was built in 2013, and I feel like I find every problem I have perfectly described in a Google Groups thread from 2010.

Comment: Re:Every Dog's Day (Score 1) 216 216

The ace that cable has up its sleeve is that your $8 Netflix subscription is riding on a cable internet pipe. In my area, the local non-Comcast provider actually publishes a real pricing scale, and 50 cable channels is a $10 add-on for internet access: http://www.tvcconnect.com/wp-c...

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