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Comment: just tax corp income where it's earned. (Score 1) 825

by markhahn (#48955587) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Most of these tax avoidance schemes depend on the fact that corps pay tax only on excess profits. They don't pay tax on income, like, you know, *people* do. Notice that it's always unambiguous where revenue from, so a corporate *income* tax would be relatively loophole-free. Yeah, yeah, we'd have to drop the rates substantially, since corps pay such a low effective tax (relative to revenue) today.

Comment: heat and patterned-media (Score 2) 215

by markhahn (#48472359) Attached to: Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

interesting that these density improvements could both be applied to tape as well.

yeah, "tape yuck", but it makes a certain amount of sense for cool data. which we have lots of, always increasing. tape seeks are a minute or so, and if density is competitive, tape has a good chance to beat disks on price. certainly on power. the real problem is that the tape industry seems to be sort of demographically challenged...

Comment: because they can (Score 2) 183

by markhahn (#48459021) Attached to: Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

Imagine the amount of mayhem being tacitly supported by makers of paper and pens.

Politicians think they are right to demand control of behavior because it is, theoretically possible. They don't seem to appreciate that their model for the online world is flawed: it's not like physical space, compact and easily policed. The net is a communication medium, which can no more be policed than paper, phones or *air* can be cleaned of mayhem...

Comment: nothing is 100% secure (Score 1) 150

by markhahn (#48307285) Attached to: Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

In a just universe, whenever some knob uttered a platitude like that, they'd be struck by lightning or a meteor or turned into a pillar of salt.

yes, I definitely would prefer a potentially secure wireless protocol over an obviously insecure physical key. this is a no-brainer! even better: make it a public, *STANDARD* secure wireless protocol, preferably exactly the same one I use to authorize NFC payments from my phone.

Comment: Re:Its not the technology - it is the tech company (Score 4, Interesting) 238

The problem with corporate taxation is that it's based on profit, not income. Personal tax is always income based - imagine if you were only taxed on the income you didn't manage to spend each year! If corporate tax was based on income, it would be commensurable (and would presumably also be a much lower rate). Corporate INCOME tax would also make all these tax dodges irrelevant, since they work only because companies manipulate their profit.

Comment: What don't they understand about (Score 2) 336

by markhahn (#48070997) Attached to: Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

"government of the people, by the people, for the people". our system seems to have lost track of the basic principles. just as the courts ignore portions of the constitution, such as "to promote the progress of science and useful arts", or "a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state".

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