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Comment: Re:Nope... Nailed It (Score 1) 177

by bickerdyke (#48437571) Attached to: It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

As a dev myself, I'm absolutely fine working with vague specs. As long as my manager accepts a few iterations for fine tuning. And considering the time that is spent for planning the smallest of details, that may even be more productive.

Just don't give vague specs and complain about not sticking to them exactly.

Comment: Re:Tax collection for hire (Score 1) 200

by bickerdyke (#48335673) Attached to: Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

Thank you for that US centric point of view.

Who cares if Amazon damages the US, France or Italy? (again: what damage do they actually take compared to WHAT? Counting taxes a company should have payed as damage makes as much sense as filing an insurance claim for the Picasso that COULD have bin in the trunk of your totaled car)

The biggest damage also isn't for the US at all, because as you mentioned, they create at least some high paying jobs there. But from all other states, Amazon (in this example - replace with any other company) funnels money out of those countries.

The damage is on every shop that is too small to be able to take any (granted: legal) tax avoidance strategy and is undercut by Amazon.

Comment: Re:Tax collection for hire (Score 1) 200

by bickerdyke (#48332387) Attached to: Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

Quite the contrary. It's not a bug it's a feature. The kind of deal Amazon was able to strike with Luxembourg is an important defense against overly greedy countries (like the U.S.) which try to tax more than they should be entitled to.

Well, then I'm supposed to say "thank you" fot this "defense" that allows to pay these companies much less than they "should" have to pay?

Sorry, but that is pure rubbish as there is no objective view on how many taxes a company SHOULD have to pay. (This holds for my above example, too, of course)

Entities have to pay as many taxes as the laws require them to pay. But defining how many taxes someone SHOULD have to pay, depends on who you're asking. Me for example, shouldn't have to pay any taxes, because I'm simply awesome.

Comment: Re:Fine, if (Score 1) 286

by bickerdyke (#48256613) Attached to: The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

And basically all passender accessible areas have a view to the outside. (Except the cheaper cabins which you want to avoid if you have a tendency towards motion sickness)

I can tell from my cruise experience that I could feel a slight vertigo comming up the smaller the room was. Noticeable in the (windowless) cabin, and starting to become slightly unpleaseant in the shower. It helped imaging the whole ship rolling on the ocean to help my brain explain the motion felt.

Comment: Re:Fine, if (Score 1) 286

by bickerdyke (#48248825) Attached to: The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

I'd gladly fly on a windowless plane if it gave me even slightly more legroom. Looking out the window was fun when I was 10 years old, but it's pretty low on my priorities for flying these days.

I'd dare you put that to a test.

even when not looking out of the window, they give you a visual link to the outside as a point of reference for your sense of motion. Being put in a small room that itself is moving is one of the best ways to induce nausea.

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