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Comment: Re:Worldwide reach (Score 1) 233

by TubeSteak (#47759109) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

A State should not have to the power to force a separate product.

Why not?
They're not forcing a separate product, only product + California Requirements.
Don't want to manufacture the California Requirements? Don't sell in California.

The Feds can overrule this because it does come under the Commerce Clause.

That's not how the commerce clause works.
In this situation, the commerce clause can only come into play if State and Federal law conflict.
You would need to point to a Federal law that preempts or invalidates the California law.

but the State should NOT have the capability of shutting off my phone.

Most of us agree on this. Our legislators have been convinced otherwise.

Comment: Re:Watch Back (Score 1) 74

There isn't much we can do to stop government surveillance, the best we can hope for is being able to surveil back at them.

After 9/11, State/local governments began to understand that police communications were a hodge podge of frequencies.
Since then, there's been a slow, but concerted, push to move all State/local police to a more coherent system.

Unfortunately, many police forces are upgrading to encrypted systems at the same time.
We will never really be able to surveil "them" to the same extent as they can surveil us, if for no other reason than they'll make it illegal.

Comment: Re:I forced myself to watch it (Score 1) 300

by TubeSteak (#47748469) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Look how well banning Nazi memorabilia has worked out in France where they now have a HUGE uptick in the amount of anti-semitism.

The world wide uptick in antisemitism (and antizionism) is a direct response to Israel's treatment of Palestine.

In Europe, that's on top of xenophobia that has been exacerbated by the protracted recovery from the great recession.

Comment: Re:Avoid New York (Score 1) 145

by TubeSteak (#47748019) Attached to: Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

Every time I see a story like this or the problems Tesla has in NY, I can't help but think of the "New York is open for business" commercials flooded on the TV news channels.

New York is well known for its tradition of aggressive Attorney Generals and
that State has done more for consumer protection than most States' AGs combined.

Your complaints (Tesla, Airbnb) are with the existing laws, not the AG who makes sure they are enforced.

Comment: Re:Yeah, as music artists know, not so fun is it? (Score 2) 272

by TubeSteak (#47745319) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

'Free' is not a business model." - Aaron Levie (Dropbox)
Yes, something music artists know all to well...

Even the biggest artists make most of their money from touring, merchandising, and product endorsements,
In Asia, where large scale commercial piracy is a fact of life, music artists only make money from non-album sales.

Comment: Re:OK, fine, do it already. (Score 1) 83

by TubeSteak (#47742119) Attached to: Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

Try to buy something for a gift? Well, idiot algorithm thinks you're going to buy the same thing for the next six months....

IIRC, Netflix recently added an option for you to watch movies without them being added to the Netflix recommendation algorithm.

You'd think companies like Facebook and Amazon would be so smart as to offer you an option to remove items from their profile of you.

Comment: Re:Raptor? (Score 1) 107

by TubeSteak (#47740573) Attached to: Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

Bureaucracy is a cancer.

You forgot the part of your argument where you compare today's generally non-partisan bureaucracy with that of the Romans who gave themselves military rank.

And I'm not sure how you expect to have a government (or even a large corporation) without bureaucrats.
What's your alternative?

Comment: Re:Okay... and? (Score 5, Informative) 316

by TubeSteak (#47738559) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Instead they have double taxation treaties so if money is earned abroad and you pay taxes there, you can spend the money back home at your HQ without it being taxed a second time. America doesn't,

[Citation Needed]

Rebuttal: The US system works by requiring Corporations to pay the difference between the foreign and US taxes.

/Personal income is likely to get double taxed, but that's not what we're talking about.

Comment: Re:Okay... and? (Score 1) 316

by TubeSteak (#47738527) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Why should they repatriate it? What's wrong with keeping money earned abroad, abroad?

The tax law, as originally written, once required companies to remit the difference between local taxes and US taxes.
So if Irish taxes are 10% and US taxes are 25%, Ireland gets its 10% and the USA gets 15%.

Then the law was changed so that as long as the money stays overseas, [Company] can defer having to pay that 15%.

Instead of actual business being conducted overseas, the majority of those deferred earnings are the result of transfer pricing.
US Company will give its I.P. to an overseas subsidiary and then license the I.P. back in order to shift profits to the low tax country.

Transfer pricing is legal, but the USA and Europe are looking into it, as it shifts taxable income out of their jurisdiction.
There's also questions about how corporations (fraudulently) value the assets being transferred and licensed.

Comment: Re:Benjamin Franklin said once (Score 1) 391

by TubeSteak (#47731407) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

And it's been parroted sans critical thought ever since. Unless you think that we should all be free to randomly assault one another, you are trading the freedom to assault for the security from assault.

What a load of crap.
There was a functional legal system at the time Benjamin Franklin wrote those words.

Far too many people try to interpret the words and documents of America's Founding Fathers in a complete vacuum.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 1) 338

by TubeSteak (#47726123) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

What? No they aren't. This isn't telephone serviceâ"it's internet service. There are no regulations requiring them to provide service out in the boondocks.

Cable tv/internet franchises almost always come with a build out requirement,
or the cable companies would never do more than cherry pick profitable areas and build there.

How many hardware guys does it take to change a light bulb? "Well the diagnostics say it's fine buddy, so it's a software problem."