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Comment Re:FTFY (Score 1) 194 194

Deciding who broke the law and what the punishment should be is not the job of the military. A military coup involving a new election isn't necessarily any better than one where the military just directly takes over. Look at Egypt. Military stepped in because the president "broke the law." Military called a new election, which resulted in an unmitigated disaster of a government.

Comment Re:Wake me up when they stop using 28nm (Score 1) 76 76

To some extent, you are running into that problem everywhere in computing. If you had bought a processor in 2012, you would also be struggling for a reason to upgrade. Heck, my Q6600, which is now 8 years old, still suffices for 1080p gaming with contemporary titles. It could very well be a decade processor. Imagine trying to game with a 10 year old processor in 2007. It seems that video cards are starting to hit the same wall, and die shrinks probably won't change the things much- they haven't with CPUs.

Comment Re:"Get as many credit cards as you can..." (Score 1) 1032 1032

In this case, the concepts would likely overlap.

Taxing large endowments would cause wealthy universities to slash financial aid and charge more tuition. Harvard doesn't even charge tuition if your family is middle class (less than ~$125 income) or lower because it has a huge endowment and can afford those kind of things. For profits have no endowment and charge almost everyone full freight. Hardly the desired result. Most of the really bad universities out there (the ones that don't get graduates jobs) don't have huge endowments.

Comment Re:pricing (Score 1) 1032 1032

Those provisions are not entitlements (the term "entitlement" refers to direct payments the government has bound itself to make, such as social security benefits), and some of them aren't really aren't even tax breaks. For example, Oil and Gas development expensing (known as IDC expensing) was created in part in reaction to the specific economics of drilling for oil. Arguably, it simply creates a more accurate reflection of income.

Comment Solution in Search of Problem (Score 5, Insightful) 837 837

The gas tax works. It's hard to evade and benefits from existing taxing infrastructure. The only problem is that it was never indexed for inflation. Tell me why we need a completely new system? Are people really less resistant to this than paying a few more cents a gallon at the pump?

Electric vehicles and hybrids can't be the reason. Electric vehicles still represent a tiny portion of vehicles on the road. Hybrids don't really get much better fuel economy than the tiny econoboxes of the 90s. People still drive big trucks everywhere. Since less fuel efficient vehicles also tend to be heavier, they cause a disproportionate amount of road damage (and effectively get taxed more per mile).

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams