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Comment: Re:I guess they were wrong (Score 1) 143

by leonardluen (#46778527) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

so...to paraphrase, what you are saying is that tax law is excessively more complex than it needs to be and should be simplified greatly.

i mean no offense to you, but taxes should be simple enough so that people like you aren't needed for the majority of people to complete their taxes. and for that matter tax software shouldn't be needed either.

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Microsoft Promises Not To Snoop Through Email 144

Posted by Soulskill
from the we-apologize-for-getting-caught dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft took some much-deserved flack last week for admitting they examined the emails of a Hotmail user who received some leaked Windows 8 code. The company defended their actions at the time. Now, after hearing the backlash, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith says they will not do so in the future. Instead, they'll refer it to law enforcement. He wrote, 'It's always uncomfortable to listen to criticism. But if one can step back a bit, it's often thought-provoking and even helpful. That was definitely the case for us over the past week. Although our terms of service, like those of others in our industry, allowed us to access lawfully the account in this case, the circumstances raised legitimate questions about the privacy interests of our customers. ...As a company we've participated actively in the public discussions about the proper balance between the privacy rights of citizens and the powers of government. We've advocated that governments should rely on formal legal processes and the rule of law for surveillance activities. While our own search was clearly within our legal rights, it seems apparent that we should apply a similar principle and rely on formal legal processes for our own investigations involving people who we suspect are stealing from us.'"

Comment: Re:If Comcast were Exxon (Score 1) 520

by leonardluen (#46323031) Attached to: Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

oracle still has a useful product that people want. (not sure why) but because of this they might survive. people would be willing to trade other resources to them for their product. which requires specialized skill and knowledge to produces, and this creates value.

a company like Apple on the other hand is potentially screwed. simply because they hold so much money in the bank all of which would be useless now, so they would lose nearly all their value. the only value they would have is whatever products they currently have in a warehouse, and their manufacturing abilities, which much of that they purchase from other people and don't do in-house. however they would have some intellectual value in their developers.

i don't agree with all you are saying but some of the tech companies would possibly be screwed.

Intel might survive as they still own most of their foundries and their product takes a lot of specialized skill and knowledge to produce.

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