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Comment: Re: Funny, that spin... (Score 1) 329

by macsimcon (#49766089) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

Wait, has there ever been a time when a more advanced civilization encounters a less advanced one, and the less advanced civilization prospers?

My point: if we develop self-aware AI, it's over for humanity. I think the real question is are we ever going to be capable of creating AI which becomes self aware? Can human beings create software that complex?

Comment: Re: Funny, that spin... (Score 1) 329

by macsimcon (#49766049) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

Totally. It takes real genius to lose nearly $9,000 for every car you make.

And more genius still to turn a profit in just a single quarter in a decade.

To nearly go out of business, saved only by a government loan. Or a government contract.

And let's not forget a home battery which might be economical in California or Hawaii, but nowhere else.

Pure genius.

Comment: Re: No fault insurance, done (Score 1) 408

We can't have loser pays, because the more money you have, the greater the chance you'll win in court, regardless of the merits of the case.

Sorry, but class actions against large companies by injured consumers are just a cost of doing business, and being a huge corporation.

If companies don't like being sued, don't break the law.

And I hold this opinion as someone who was the victim of a frivolous lawsuit. We need patent reform, NOT tort reform.

Comment: Re:Whatever (Score 1) 252

by macsimcon (#49099701) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."

I’ve got tens of thousands in SDS. When the powers that be decide it’s time to crash the market (because they’ve shorted it), I’ll make out like a bandit.

SDS moves dollar for dollar as the S&P does, but in the opposite direction. In the last crash, SDS went up more than 20X. This time, the banks are much larger, and the federal government will not have the money to bail them out, so we’ll have a true depression, with SDS going up probably 40X or 50X.

And I’ll make hundreds of thousands on the way down. After that, I'll buy into the S&P on the cheap, and make tens of millions on the way up as the market rebounds in the years after the crash.

Hey, isn’t this how the Kennedys made much of their money, by betting against the market?

Comment: Re: Wrong Koch (Score 5, Insightful) 222

by macsimcon (#48995577) Attached to: GPG Programmer Werner Koch Is Running Out of Money

Another right-wing canard to debunk. Oh well here goes...

For every Soros who is spending money to promote "collectivism" (code used by Ayn Rand-loving sociopathic troglodytes who haven't had a date this century) , there are ten or more Adelsons and Kochs promoting their fascism. It isn't even close dude.

I think it's great that the Koch brothers give to charity, but at those levels, it's like someone who earns $40K per year giving $100 in total to charity each year. Not exactly a sacrifice.

It's even worse because that worker earning $40K per year can't pay for all of their necessities for life on that salary, where the Kochs have already paid for everything they'll ever need.

Comment: Re:Did Obama literally just say... (Score 1) 825

by macsimcon (#48954515) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

I'm just goofing around with you, don't be a brick, and try reading for content.

If a U.S. company designs products in one country, manufactures them in another country, and sells them in a third, in which jurisdiction should the company pay tax? The country in which it's domiciled?

I have no problem with Apple paying federal income tax on every product designed in the U.S., and then paying sales taxes or VAT to the governments of the countries in which those goods are sold. I don't think the country of manufacture should matter at all when it comes to determination of corporate income tax.

Apple is a U.S. corporation. So long as it reaps the benefits of incorporating here, they have to pay for it.

Comment: Re:Double Irish (Score 1) 825

by macsimcon (#48954157) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

I'm not trying to be argumentative, but do you have any proof of this, or is this supposition on your part.

For example, is there anywhere in the quarterly report that I could find proof that this occurred? I don't doubt that Apple is doing this (as I'm sure Cisco, Google, et al are), but how can we prove it?

Comment: Re:Did Obama literally just say... (Score 1) 825

by macsimcon (#48953895) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

No, those would be examples to support my argument, the total argument itself.

It DOES read "Designed by Apple in California" on the box for every hardware product Apple makes. So, by your argument, shouldn't Apple pay US and California state taxes on every hardware product it sells, no matter where?

Comment: Re:And he wonders why there's no wage and job grow (Score 2) 825

by macsimcon (#48953825) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Ah, Atlas Shrugged. Written by a sociopath, rule book for the selfish, prized tome to Libertarian wackos everywhere.

Go ahead, you John Galts! Take your ball and leave, like a four year-old throwing a tantrum.

You THINK that you’re special, but the truth is you’re completely disposable. There are a hundred Americans just waiting to take your place with great ideas and hard work. Perhaps they’ll even do your work better than you could.

As an entrepreneur, I relish this mindset, as I don’t have to compete against pouting quitters.

You won’t be missed.

Comment: Re:That would require congress to sign off on it.. (Score 2) 825

by macsimcon (#48953803) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

It’s part of the budget, which the President submits to Congress. I’m pretty sure that counts as talking to them.

Congress can always strip it out, but there’s nothing requiring the President to sign that modified budget, and then we’re right back to CRs to pay for everything, like we’ve been doing for the past several years.

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