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Comment: Re:I don't get why the government is involved at a (Score 1) 166

by kamapuaa (#49502109) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

The market has already decided, and that's why the FM band is being closed.

Of course there will always be s few stragglers, the way some people (myself included) still shoot pictures with film. In this case, the public has an interest in the underutilized radio frequency, so instead of entertaining the stragglers, they open up the frequencies to people who will use them.

Comment: Re:In before JERB-KILLITAXES AND REGULATIONZ (Score 3, Insightful) 166

by kamapuaa (#49487015) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors

WTF? How much does it really matter for a somewhat independent game studio to be on the same time zone? This isn't finance or news. And the significantly higher cost of transportation? Really? That hasn't held back China from shipping to the US (shipping prices are miniscule), and anyway of course this is all being sent over the internet.

Australia has a small population (23 million, less than metropolitan Shanghai) and higher education is lacking, of course it would be more difficult to have a competitive software company there.

Comment: Re:FWIW (Score 1) 698

by kamapuaa (#49478085) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Except, churches aren't busy doing business and earning profits. They survive off the voluntary contributions of members, who have already had this salary taxed. Why should the government tax it twice? Clearly (from an accounting perspective) it wouldn't be double-taxed if church members just individually bought things for the church they attend.

Money contributed to the church is money pooled in aggregate for the benefit of the contributors, and really no different. Churches do pay tax on income from rental properties and the like.

Comment: Re:Discrimination (Score 1) 147

Right, and that's exactly the point. White people are more likely to hire other white people, it's an inherent bias. Even if they are not the most qualified for the job, even when studies show that a minority candidate would be a better choice (as with this study). A certain amount of programs encouraging the hiring of minorities is a necessary step towards counter-acting this bias.

Comment: Re:Outsiders will forever be outsider if ... (Score 2) 147

So if a minority doesn't care, then it must be true? How about if a white guy does care, does that not count? Why does a minority opinion count more?

And why the total ignoring of science? If a well-run study suggests minority teachers are helpful, doesn't that trump personal anecdote from some stranger who says "hey guyz I'm chinese and I don't care!"

Comment: Re:And it's not even an election year (Score 1, Funny) 407

Because we want to brain drain other countries? The smartest people come to the US, they stay here, they're better educated and make the entire country better. Maybe they go on vacations back to their home country, maybe they send their parents some cash, but it's a huge win when the smartest people from all over the world move to the US. All this nativist bullshit on Slashdot drives me crazy.

Comment: Re:So - the fact that others are doing it makes it (Score 2) 312

by kamapuaa (#49429583) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

Of course people don't want to pay their taxes - they just want to reap the benefits of living in a civilization (what taxes pay for). It's the prisoner's dilemma, and what is best for the individual is that they don't pay their taxes and that everybody else does.

This unwillingness to pay taxes doesn't prove taxes are inherently stupid, just that people haven't collectively worked out the dilemma yet.

Comment: Re:Did this really need demonstration? (Score 2) 113

by kamapuaa (#49420517) Attached to: Turning the Arduino Uno Into an Apple ][

I hate to quote the fucking article because who reads that anyway? But When the 6502 was first released it was priced at $25 USD. At the time this was unheard of, being up to six times cheaper than the nearest competitors. Some people even thought that the low price had to be some form of scam. does in fact establish that the processor was considered a cheap processor.

According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.