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Comment: Re: It's not the gas... (Score 1) 151

by Maxo-Texas (#48953575) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate

Seems they could develop a way to non-invasively confirm pressure of the footballs that sits in front of cameras on the sidelines.

Some storage box that puts the football under a standard pressure and confirms the deformation is within the expected range. Or is 1 to 2psi too small to be noticeable that way?

Comment: Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 1) 436

by Maxo-Texas (#48953537) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Without the government, apple wouldn't be able to exist.

There is nothing to stop widespread theft of their IP by other countries (can you say "Patent protection for 0 years).
There is nothing to stop widespread copyright infringement of their products.
There is nothing to stop people from kidnapping and/or murdering their top employees.
There is nothing to stop people from attacking apple stores and destroying product.
The roads fall into disrepair.
There's no guarantee of the quality of gasoline in their delivery vehicles.

A functioning government is necessary for businesses to exist.

Comment: Re:Double Irish (Score 1) 436

by Maxo-Texas (#48953495) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

An increasing number of vehicles don't use gasoline or diesel fuel.
And many of the ones that do are getting higher gasoline mileage than they did 20 years ago.
We are going to have to increase the license fee and/or add in a mileage fee.

Corporations are just a structure the wealthy use to hide their wealth and income from taxation. If you are not going to tax corporations then they need to be disallowed from building up substantial piles of cash. It should all be forced to pass thru the corporation in a timely fashion.

Comment: Re:Double Irish (Score 1) 436

by Maxo-Texas (#48953481) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

No they don't. There's a huge deficit because tax income hasn't met the cost of running government for a long time.

And our government recently just dropped another 2 trillion dollars and took on another trillion in vet benefit obligations to fight a couple wars to benefit oil companies in the middle east.

Comment: Re:GRRM shouldve hired coauthors (Score 1) 173

Harsh and really unrealistic.

I enjoy the series- not a fanboy. It's a big book series. I doubt that anything you do in your life will approach this size of work.

It's comments like this that drive creators to away.

But creators should be aware that there are probably a thousand patient fans enjoying the work for every bitter unrealistic comment. And there's always at least one person who will spit in your face even when you try to give them a 20 dollar bill.

I hope he finishes the series. He owes us nothing.

Comment: Chernobyl? (Score 1) 174

Why wouldn't Chernobyl be an ideal place to park nuclear waste? A large "exclusion zone" around the plant is already cordoned off with some degree of security. There have also been ongoing efforts to consolidate the waste and construct dry storage containment facilities for it. Just expand the construction project so that it has more capacity.
The USA recently gave an enormous aid package to Ukraine, maybe they should return the favor by taking and storing some USA nuclear waste?
Would it be too dangerous or risky to move it across the ocean and over/through Europe to get it there? Otherwise, why not?

Comment: Not really that disconcerting. (Score 1) 96

by moeinvt (#48939161) Attached to: 'Anonymized' Credit Card Data Not So Anonymous, MIT Study Shows

From what I can tell, they first need to know the identity of the individual who made those 3 particular purchases. From that, they can link the individual to the entire set of his/her purchases in the "anonymized" CC data.
I'm very concerned about privacy issues, but this doesn't really surprise or disturb me. It would be quite a coincidence for another person to engage in transactions at the same three places I did and at approximately the same times.

Comment: Re:Lack of corruption (Score 2) 475

WTF? Of all the anti-US drivel on slashdot, this is some of the stupidest. Tipping is custom, not corruption. It isn't for the right to get access to government service, it's something done in private businesses.

Two party system is wonderful. Take a look at the recent election Greece, where the far left party forms a nonsensical coalition of the far-left and far right. Or in England, where party that received the most support is kept out of power by a similar coalition.

And the economy of Europe is being pulled up by Northern/European counties? Have you read a paper in the last year or two? Europe's economy is in the shitter and going down.

Is the US not getting things done? It has the highest rate of worker productivity, the economy is growing, it has the largest manufacturing economy in the world by a large margin, top colleges are basically all US, Nobel prize winners are more US than elsewhere, government patent filings are mostly US, and the US has won the world series for like 20 years in a row. The lack of government subsidizing of ethernet to some bumfuck exurb is just a sign that the US doesn't treat broadband as an inherent right of being a citizen, and personally I would agree.

Friction is a drag.