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Comment: Re:C or C++ (Score 1) 296 296

Re: There's an illusion that because these two languages share a common origin that they're somehow the same

I think most experienced C++ programmers know that the C-core of C++ is very similar to "C" but not exactly the same. But it's a good point. There are differences and they are not exactly the same and it can really burn you even if your program compiles.

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

It sounds fair. It also is a statement that companies should pay taxes on earned income just like individuals do. And let's not forget, it's not really the company that's at issue here, it's the stockholders. If I understand this correctly, by moving earnings overseas to countries that have less or no taxes and therefore increasing profits the stockholders and increase their dividends essentially at the expense of the average tax payer.

But it's a fine line for the government because they run the risk that companies will move their headquarters overseas if the taxes are too high.

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

Presumably, if the company was already taxed at a higher rate, they would be refunded all the tax they paid to the USA.

I believe this would be handled like it is for individuals: on certain types of income you deduct the taxes paid in the country you are in from the taxes owed. If you paid less than the US taxes you pay the difference. If you paid more then you don't owe any more to the IRS. This is because most countries have a non-double taxation agreement with each other.

Comment: Re:Now if only... (Score 1) 225 225

4. Give up trying to be different and use Windows. You'll have far less issues and less headaches compared to running a niche (for the desktop/laptop) system.

I have a Windows laptop and a Linux laptop on my desk but I use linux simple because, in reality, for those who actually know both, you have a lot less issues with Linux than Windows.

Comment: Re:Deliberate (Score 1) 652 652

I have two good friends in France and they are paying .11 euro cents (currently .1375 per KW/h). I actually just got off the phone with one.

Nonetheless, I think the real cost of Nuclear is that it just takes one accident to make it so much more expensive than anything else in monetary terms and incalculable costs in human terms (Chernobyl, Fukushima).

Comment: Re:Maybe, maybe not. (Score 1) 652 652

Germany is making renewables work and the US has better prerequisites for renewables than Germany. Germany now exports electricity. You can't completely get rid of coal, gas or nuclear for the base load but you can get much large percentage with wind and solar at competitve prices than we do now.

Comment: Mixed Feelings (Score 1) 572 572

On the one hand I commend him for exposing the extent to which American's communications are being monitored outside of what I consider to be the bounds of the constitution (no unreasonable search, etc). On the other hand, information about what the US is doing to other countries is a very delicate matter. True, we like to think of ourselves as the good guys who don't spy on our allies but, the reality might be that all countries are doing it. Certainly the Russians and the Chinese are.

My hope is that we will have some clarity and limitations on US spying respecting our constitution. Let's not forget that most of the people working at the NSA believe that they are doing the right thing to protect our country, but let's also not forget that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,

Comment: Re:Cop was "in his car"? (Score 1) 1010 1010

vehicle owners have no right to plug in whereever they find an outlet.

I agree. I wouldn't be happy if I came home and someone had parked their car in my driveway and was charging it using the external socket on my patio. Of course, I live in Germany where our electricity costs 28 euro cents (about 38 US cents) per KW.

Comment: Re:Playing the race card again (Score 1) 1078 1078

Oh where have the real "conservatives" gone? It used to be, growing up in rural America, that we, a politically conservative family back then, believed in not labeling anyone according to some physical trait. So the secretary at my father's office wasn't black or African American or anything else, she was just "Jinny" just like everyone else was who they were.

Of course, now the republican party has turned in to "the best government money can buy" and the democrats seem to have elements of the entitlement crowd both from the lower income side and from the big business side.

Sigh .....

Comment: Re:Playing the race card again (Score 1) 1078 1078

After reading the article (RTFA) it appears that it had nothing to do with race. Had a white kid done the same experiment, he/she would have probably been treated the same way. The fact is, it creates an explosion. Now, expulsion and a felony for that is way overdone. A reprimand and a warning would have been enough, IMHO.

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