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Comment: Re:Dissolve Fed? Replace with new Model! (Score 1) 825

by euroq (#48956869) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

I would rather the current government not only be dissolved but replaced by a fully transparent institution that actually protects everyone's rights equally.

Just curious, how exactly would you do that? A democracy? An oligarchy? Even if you had 24/7 monitoring, how exactly would you give such an entity the ability to protect yourself from bad guys and also defend the rights of Muslims and gays equally without bias?

This is not a troll question, this is actually a question that comes up a bunch when drinking with my buddies.

Comment: Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 1) 825

by euroq (#48956845) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Well, the issue that so many Slashdotters are up in arms about is a very relevant issue to the tech industry in America. You say that there is no legitimate reason to tax, but what everyone is arguing is that the business IS done here, but accounting witchcraft makes it seem like it's not.

Now, there are plenty of legitimate arguments about certain topics such as the iPhone which is manufactured elsewhere, but the reality is is that there are a lot of American corporations who pay little to no taxes while making tons of money while benefiting from the American government. Many shades of gray? Yes. Feds wanting to tax something that they don't have a legitimate reason tax? Actually not so gray; there are legitimate problems with the tax system that the feds feel like they need to clamp down on.

Now, don't take what I say to be an approval for high taxes or in fact taxes at all; what I'm saying is that you are dismissing the argument of tax loopholes as invalid when in fact there are serious problems that could be solved and simplified for the greater benefit of both American corporations and the American society.

Comment: Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 1) 825

by euroq (#48956793) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Ever read the Diamond Age by (Neal Stephenson I think)? It has a very realistic proposal of a future in which the collapse of governments happens due to the inability for governments to collect taxes based on hypothetical Bitcoin technologies. In fact, in this realistic future, people still do continue to exist, and (some of them) do indeed have individual freedoms. The governments of said future are actually akin to collective corporations. The problem is that it's like Atlas Shrugged; it's fiction. In fact, we have proof of the reality of a lack of government: the first 100,000 years of humanity.

Comment: Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 1) 825

by euroq (#48956721) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Actually essential liberty is not having your property and earnings stolen from you by any government.

Although I admit this is a subjective statement you just made, I still think it's complete bullshit. Not having your earnings taxed has never been an "essential liberty", and I am aware of no major society on this planet that doesn't tax.

... USA. It's trying to steal money that was earned from foreign operations from foreign customers.

Although I presume your'e trolling, you should realize from the article and all of the comments that all of us are actually considering the money that is actually made in America but not taxed (hidden by the double Irish scheme for example).

Comment: Re:We used C in high school (Score 1) 648

by euroq (#48911607) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Holy shit AC.

It's reliable, you never get in the position VB puts you where you can have a working program which you copy over to another identical machine, and suddenly it stops working. Or you where you shut down the computer and come back later, only to suddenly have it suddenly not working.

That never happens with C? Are you kidding me?

C programs are easy to deploy, as opposed to for instance java.

WHAAAAT?

Compiler error messages tend to be pretty concise, readable and comprehensible

OK I've officially been trolled.

Comment: Re:Pascal (Score 1) 648

by euroq (#48911589) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

You know, this perked my interest and I went researching why GOTO is bad. As it turns out, it was a long process. Dijkstra himself made "a case against the goto statement" which was later presented as "goto considered harmful." Donald E. Knuth also made a statement which disagrees with GOTO always being evil.

Dijkstra:

Finally a short story for the record. In 1968, the Communications of the ACM published a text of mine under the title "The goto statement considered harmful", which in later years would be most frequently referenced, regrettably, however, often by authors who had seen no more of it than its title, which became a cornerstone of my fame by becoming a template: we would see all sorts of articles under the title "X considered harmful" for almost any X, including one titled "Dijkstra considered harmful". But what had happened? I had submitted a paper under the title "A case against the goto statement", which, in order to speed up its publication, the editor had changed into a "letter to the Editor", and in the process he had given it a new title of his own invention! The editor was Niklaus Wirth.

Knuth:

I believe that by presenting such a view I am not in fact disagreeing sharply with Dijkstra's ideas, since he recently wrote the following: "Please don't fall into the trap of believing that I am terribly dogmatical about [the go to statement]. I have the uncomfortable feeling that others are making a religion out of it, as if the conceptual problems of programming could be solved by a single trick, by a simple form of coding discipline!"

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad

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