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Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 821

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) 821

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) 821

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.

Comment: Re:Nothing's changed (Score 1) 264

by edis (#48145651) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

... About the availability of source code and the permission to examine, modify and redistribute it. It doesn't mean better security or indeed better by any quality metric, and that's not the point...

Of course, that is the point: permission to examine and modify is directly setting preconditions to instantly enhance code examined. And if examination with sufficient eyeballs really takes place, process goes just as doctor prescribed. It does not, however, mean, that code escapes possibilities to hack completely - it is too complicated structure to expect that, unless looking at it with idealism of topic.

Comment: Re:The reality (Score 1) 264

by edis (#48145511) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

The reality is, that nobody ever should have gave badge of non-hackable software to products of any development model. For thousands and millions of software lines, and multitude of situations regarding mutual relations of its parts, multiplied by possible input fluctuations additionally depending on execution environment, you have imperfect software somewhere somehow, rather than perfect one. Constant float of patches for live products of any model is reality. What we can talk about, are certain and numerous benefits, that open source has over proprietary one. If confidence in idealism is shaken, this is only for good, because reality was certainly far from being ideal.

Comment: Guy struggles, recruites, killed in Ukraine (Score 1) 789

by edis (#47820259) Attached to: Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Mother of Anton Tumanov from Mari El republic, Russia tells story of her son, who struggled to get decent job,
recruited to army, was forced to participate in military activities at Ukraine, killed there August 13th with 120 others,
450 injured out of 1200 soldiers of 18-th brigade. Russian soldiers, Ukrainian soil, real bloody war.

https://translate.google.com/t...

Comment: Russian trooper from Pskov describes death of 80 (Score 1) 205

by edis (#47819543) Attached to: Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

Intercepted conversation was published in local Pskov media, editor was heavily beaten for these activities,
snapshot from cache, original publication was taken down:
http://web.archive.org/web/201...

Authentic rude Russian language, swearing every second word, sorry it may be hard for automatic translators.
Describes to caller activities of his team of about 90 troopers on territory of Ukraine at 10AM of August 20th, with about 80 killed on spot.
For those, who still can't see war going on: nothing new - you are supposed to continue your way.

Comment: Russian trooper from Pskov describes death of 80 (Score 1) 848

by edis (#47819445) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Intercepted conversation was published in local Pskov media, editor was heavily beaten for these activities,
snapshot from cache, original publication was taken down:
http://web.archive.org/web/201...

Authentic rude Russian language, swearing every second word, sorry it may be hard for automatic translators.
Describes to caller activities of his team of about 90 troopers on territory of Ukraine at 10AM of August 20th, with about 80 killed on spot.
For those, who still can't see war going on: nothing new - you are supposed to continue your way.

Comment: Russian trooper from Pskov describes death of 80 (Score 1) 789

by edis (#47819427) Attached to: Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Intercepted conversation was published in local Pskov media, editor was heavily beaten for these activities,
snapshot from cache, original publication was taken down:
http://web.archive.org/web/201...

Authentic rude Russian language, swearing every second word, sorry it may be hard for automatic translators.
Describes to caller activities of his team of about 90 troopers on territory of Ukraine at 10AM of August 20th, with about 80 killed on spot.
For those, who still can't see war going on: nothing new - you are supposed to continue your way.

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 789

by edis (#47817187) Attached to: Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

No, it is not.

China, and a bunch of their allies in South America who have formed a political/economic union, get together and oust the democratically elected president and parliament...

How come, essential part of vast and insistant public manifestations got skipped, playing like these folks of Ukraine did not even took part in forming further course, while somebody somewhere did? Maidan can have own negative sides, but it is no doubt, that people were primary exhibitors of will for changes, as they had too much of wrongs accumulated on state side. They have been very firm at standing in the cold and demonstrating their will, demanding changes.

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