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Comment: Re:Objectively Guage Your Happiness (Score 1) 312

by edis (#48535221) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

I am keeping to my Nokia 6120 classique. It fits my hand nicely, slips into smallest pocket. I have dropped it again today, on pavement. It has got one more dent, but operates, as I used to expect. Screen is, of course, not broken. Sound is great and equipped screen is quite nice. Overall, quite classy looking, not a silly cheapo. It does not have wireless, but I hooked it to MS Exchange, in case I need badly to examine business email.

The best part, I will always remember, - I found it in the bin, where they collect disposed electronics garbage. Somebody has bought smartphone there, I guess. Just replaced covers with the new clean original ones, they were on sale for peanuts, took mixed set of cheapest colors. I love this phone, and having many times considered upgrade to smartphone, it did not happen yet - silly money, and much more risks for minusculous benefit in real deal functionality.

Comment: Re:I call bullshit (Score 0) 140

by edis (#48442195) Attached to: Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

You liar. Russia invaded Ukraine, and annexed Crimea. That's what any serious paper will tell you. As to Crimea (Qirim yarimadasi) "is Russian, because nearly everyone there is Russian", learn when and how it became populated by Russians extensively, how many natives still remain there, and how rightful is "mandate", being part of annexing campaign. Then think again how much rights to annex territory of independent state of Ukraine Russia has had.

Comment: Re:Still they are underpowered (Score 1) 140

by edis (#48442135) Attached to: Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

You don't get it right. They don't need these parts of Ukraine to be part of Russia, doesn't make most of the sense. Crimea was it, nice souvenir to get army of fools as supporters for a national hero, bringing lands back. And that's it. Chunks of Ukraine with influence of Russia need to obtain special confederation status, while remaining part of Ukraine, so retaining control over Ukraine. Just like Moldova is kept in halt trough Transnistria.

Putin is not afraid of the West at all, but he does not like them, and his country won't ever see themselves as a part. They protect their zone of influence, and Ukraine was pretty much still in it. Now it wants to walk own ways - and is made to struggle.

Comment: Re: Yah, sure (Score 1) 140

by edis (#48442079) Attached to: Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

Even then, extent of corruption and theft of resources in Russia itself remains unsurpassed, while not anybody else has been role model for Ukraine's oligarchy in modern times. Finally, people of Ukraine started looking at other neighbors, and understood that they can do in very similar ways. This is precisely when Russia started poorly hidden war on Ukraine, openly annexing Crimea. It is going to be extremely expensive adventure for Russia.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 839

by edis (#48163787) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Proper idea is to tax not the wealth itself, but its increase (often mapped to income).
It is easy to grasp difference, taking example case, that you accumulated some wealth by your efforts in some good times of the past, but do not have significant income at present. It's allright with you being wealthy at some constant level by itself.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 839

by edis (#48163515) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Hopefully (probably?) what he means is that the only taxes are on consumption.

FYI: majority of contemporary economies have VAT or similar, which is essentially that,
and makes major part of all taxes collected.

At the present level, this alone still does not solve much deeper structural problems with capitalism.
Very good roadmap of its problems and proposed solutions is explained in this excellent book:
Spiritual Capital: Wealth We Can Live by, written by Danah Zohar and Ian Marshall

Comment: Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (Score 1) 839

by edis (#48163265) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

...In the end economic systems are just ways of distributing resources...

Nope. They are systems to reap benefits by participating in. And once some have figured how they can benefit most,
no matter if at the expense of diminishing returns of the others, they do it to the extent possible.
Distribution? It's tax spendings. While speaking of tax collection, those top-beneficiaries are once again in
position to avoid these duties top-best, because of resources available to them.

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