Hollywood's insistence on bundled programming is nothing more than a subsidy for three quarters of the channels out there. Sure we have variety, but the quality of most programming out there is abysmal. If TV subscriptions went a la carte, we would see Hollywood's TV sector immediately shrink overnight. A lot of those BS programs that get bundled into packages wouldn't survive simply because there isn't any revenue for it.
The difference here chief is that the tax of $350,000 is a lot less then what you would have to pay on those billions. You've done nothing to refute my points other than argue semantics.
And charitable causes? Ha, sure. What's a few hundred thousand given away to poor souls for free when you can have a passive income from some BS foundation.
This always cracks me up how wage slaves erm people continually fall for this.
Foundations are the biggest tax dodge ever. In fact, since Zuck is opening up a foundation he can "donate" his shares to an organization he wholly controls who can then sell that stock capital gains tax free. The best part is he can use that f*ck all amount as a tax write off on his future earnings as well.
Then with whatever the obscene amount of money he can pay some small group of people to manage it. His daughter when she comes of age can then become a "director" or some other BS title and get paid $350,000 or more for the privilege of doing so. His family can then live off of this foundations free cash from being properly managed for the remainder of time. It's how the Rochefellers and Rothchilds continue their wealth without doing any real work.
He's smart to be doing this now before the next big dip in the market which should be coming soon enough.
I remember going to Toronto around 2002 and recalling how many video cameras were all over the place. I bet it wasn't any better in the 90s either.
What type of anonymity are we talking about? Personally in large cities I enjoy the sheer fact that other people do not know me. I can go to a bar and make a total fool of myself and no one will even care or remember. Sure there are a trillion video cameras around and if someone really wanted to they could follow my footsteps through my boring life.
Contrast that to small towns, where I may be "anonymous" but the corner store clerk knows my name and people all around recognize me even though it would be harder for an alphabet soup agency to track me. Try and make a fool of yourself at the local watering hole and you'll end up with a bad rep.
This "Space Treaty" restricting mining is a complete joke and an attempt by the world's bureaucrats to hamstring civilization into a highly pointless "approval" process fraught with do nothing committees making the entire process needlessly expensive. The first country that figures out how to cheaply get a payload in and out of the atmosphere will become the next thousand year empire with all others bowing to its feet. Dare I say it a galactic empire beyond our wildest imaginations.
Whether it's Russia, China, USA, or Sealand is a moot point. The potential riches are unfathomable out in space once the small problem of propulsion is well figured out!
I miss the good 'ol days of 2004-5 when smartphone innovation was huge. Nowadays what's left to innovate? There isn't much room left for Apple to do anything nifty besides up the memory and processor speed. Smartphones are so boring these days. The last phone I was excited for was the Droid 4 and iPhone 4 and the marginal software updates for each applicable platform. What is a mobile hardware geek to do?
I'd love it if some phone manufacturer made a device that was truly secure and could detect when it was being connected to a StingRay device used by law enforcement. Now that's an exciting innovation!
Brb, checking out the Blackberry Priv.
Jokes on them, after living in Europe for an extended amount of time I can safely say that the American leftard romanticization of European public transportation and mobile phone service is complete crap. Buses here suck just as much as you'd expect in any major American city and cell coverage is even worse (at least it is cheap)! There is no way in hell I'd take a bus into work every day and for the first time ever I miss Verizon.
Not to mention, owning a car and being able to take care of it without a mechanic makes ownership astoundingly cheap. You don't take your computer to Geeksquad learn to fix it yourself and reap the benefits.
If riding public transportation every day isn't an impetus for one to improve his life standing, nothing is. It sounds like there are lots of people willing to lower their standard of living. Good for them, makes roadways less congested for me.
Have you worked at a DMV before or any state run IT agency? I have and quite frankly nothing will get done in the immediate short term. The amount of time it would take to "implement" your system would be astronomical especially between all 50 states DMV agencies. Finally, I grab beers with my VW service manager. Pretty sure I can snag a "certificate" from him for a case of beer. Womp womp.
Yes once again, let us legislate all our problems away!
In the future, you're going to get computers as prizes in breakfast cereals. You'll throw them out because your house will be littered with them.