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Comment: Re:Fixed it for you (Score 1) 199

by dryeo (#49796271) Attached to: FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband

Every tax and fee government imposes on customers is passed on to business.
Both are equally true, business passes costs onto customers and customers with high costs don't have anything left for business.
There are exceptions such as costs that can be written off by business which are used to stop new not yet profitable businesses from entering the market. Taxes on employees is a good example, employee pay is a write-off for a business as long as they are profitable, if not profitable then they are a pure cost. This is why big business pushes the meme that it is better to tax people then business, slow down competition from starting.
The best thing for costumers is usually more competition, the best thing for businesses is less competition.

Comment: Re:It only increases accountability (Score 1) 288

by dryeo (#49779937) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Ultimately, the engineer is responsible for the safety of the passengers

Actually a lot of that responsibility is on the conductor and in this case possibly both. Duties of the conductor include,
* Making sure the train stays on schedule
* Ensuring the train follows applicable safety rules and practices
* Jointly coordinate with the engineer and dispatcher the train's movement authority, and verifying this authority is not exceeded
* Be alert to wayside signals, switch position, and other conditions that affect safe train movement
The engineers responsibilities include
* Their duties require that they control acceleration, braking and handling of the train underway.
* They must know the physical characteristics of the railroad, including passenger stations, the incline and decline of the right-of-way and speed limits.
(Above from wiki, )
So two people in the cab and both responsible with the conductor managing and the engineer operating.

Comment: Re: This isn't a question (Score 1) 620

by dryeo (#49772517) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Yea, my memory and posting when drinking. it was actually 14yr old so old enough for consent (at the time), the case was in the BC Supreme court and was more of a reference case on the Constitutionality of Canada's polygamy laws.
The real problem is/was getting enough evidence to prosecute for sexual abuse. To quote the special prosecutor,

On August 1, 2007, Richard Peck concluded that there isn't enough evidence to charge the group with sexual abuse or exploitation charges as it has been extraordinarily difficult to find victims willing to testify and the defendants are likely to claim "religious freedom" as a defence.

Comment: Re:US Military lets you retire at 38 (Score 1) 742

by dryeo (#49771701) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

And yet the really dangerous jobs (logging, farming, fishing, construction, being a pilot are all way more dangerous) mostly don't come with a pension.
Subtract driving accidents and being a cop is a very safe job and the number of military deaths have been very low since Vietnam.

Comment: Re:Inflation is *good* (Score 1) 742

by dryeo (#49768423) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

While officially inflation is very low, unofficially, at least here in Canada, food is projected to increase another 12% (produce 22%) and has been going up steadily for a while. Gas is almost back to the same price as before the oil crash. Housing is also going up very fast, electricity doubling, even my cell phone just went up 50%. Bank fees are also going up with fees to pay the mortgage recently introduced. Toys and things that only the well off can buy are going down.

Comment: Re:To be more precise, Amazon will collect on taxe (Score 1) 241

by dryeo (#49765899) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

Aren't you being backwards? Personal taxes often come from corporations, if the personal tax rate goes up, then corporations will need to pay more to employees to maintain the same take home pay and not only that but startups, smaller businesses and such will be hit harder as payroll has to be paid whether a company is profitable or not while taxes on profit only has to be paid if the corporation is successful.
The idea that it is better to not tax corporate profits is a lie pushed by big corporations to stop competition from forming and lack of competition leads to higher prices and worse product. If Amazon one day was the only online seller of goods, they could jack up their prices secure in the knowledge that no-one else can afford to enter their business due to payrolls being so high as only personal taxes would have to pay for everything including the infrastructure that Amazon depends on to do business.

Comment: Re:This isn't a question (Score 1) 620

by dryeo (#49763773) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

I know that my government is not that representative, as an example the ruling party won with 38% of the vote, not including those who didn't vote. So 62% of voters voted for others. This government has consistently tried to override basic rights and keeps getting smacked down by the courts.
An example is that they are talking about prosecuting people who call for boycotting Israel due to the Israelis targeting civilians. In a democratic society I believe that people should be able to peacefully organize a boycott and probably the courts will agree.
In countries such as America, due to the influence of money in the election process, choices are limited to the ones that big industry wants rather then the choices that are most in agreement with the people.
Democracy is flawed, just seems better then the other choices as long as there are some checks and balances.

Comment: Re: This is how organized religion dies (Score 1) 620

by dryeo (#49762029) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Single people have the right not to have to support other people just because they married or parented someone. As a married father, I have to ask, why do single people have more rights? Too much of my meager income goes to supporting others and I get supreme shit if I go out partying or even if I work late without reporting in.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile OS/2 and Xenix existed (Score 1) 386

by dryeo (#49761845) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

I happily ran OS/2 v3 on a 386/33 with 4MBs of ram for quite a while. Had to use an alternative shell to the WPS and be careful about your config.sys and how many sessions you opened, at the time I ran a lot of DOS and Win16 apps but it worked pretty well though I was sure happy when I upped the ram to 8MBs. The big difference between Windows and OS/2, OS/2 was more modular and you didn't need to load everything and could even have a simple full screen text session much like DOS
On the other hand, my brother bought Warp v3 and installed everything on a 4MB system. It was unusable so he gave it to me.

My computer can beat up your computer. - Karl Lehenbauer