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Comment: Re:unfair policy (Score 3, Informative) 112

by phantomfive (#47801195) Attached to: Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

What I find most amazing is this: 97% of the best climate scientists we have on earth have concluded that we have a problem.

This is wrong, you read the poll wrong (maybe this one?). Here is the part you misunderstood: 97% of climate scientists say man-made CO2 has an effect on the global temperature (and the rest probably clicked the wrong box on accident).

Do you understand that there is a difference between "having an effect" and "is a problem?" Because there is a huge difference, and the people answering the poll understood that there is a difference. Even scientists who are frequently labeled 'deniers' will answer yes to that poll, it's almost like asking a non-question.

Comment: Re:Rules of war (Score 5, Interesting) 198

by phantomfive (#47797543) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

(heaven forbid they try, there are NATO air resources all around the place and those might get involved, resulting in a far larger-scale war).

NATO will not go to war with Russia over Ukraine. None of the members of NATO have that obligation since Ukraine is not a member, and moreover, none of them want to risk lives to defend Ukraine. It's a similar situation to Hungary in the 50s......did anyone help them? Of that situation, Krushkev said:

"In a newspaper interview in 1957, Khrushchev commented "support by United States ... is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man."

Comment: Re:re I don't care (Score 1) 393

So why do U.S. citizens have to pay tax on overseas income while U.S. corporations don't?

Corporate tax law is different than individual tax law, and it is fully within the power of congress to make it so corporations don't need to pay taxes on money earned outside the US. Congress can also close such loopholes.

However, corporations do need to pay taxes on money earned outside the US, just like citizens. Most multi-national corporations have ways of deferring that income through foreign subsidiaries and similar. That way they don't pay taxes until the money comes back into the US. Note that when the money does come back into the US, corporations do pay taxes on it.

Humans can do this too, start a foreign corporation to hold some of their money so they don't have to pay taxes on it, but that option is mainly used by rich people (which is perhaps why congress hasn't closed that loophole yet).

Comment: Re:This is huge ... (Score 1) 393

by phantomfive (#47793451) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

If America can force Microsoft to reach out to Ireland for data, then Germany (etc.) can force Microsoft to tunnel into America, right?

Germany can try. Or they can seize all Microsoft assets in Germany, and kick Microsoft out. Argentina recently did exactly that to a company from Spain.

Comment: Re:re I don't care (Score 1) 393

by phantomfive (#47793445) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

You can't apply U.S. laws to the world at large, regardless of your 'legal' standing.

You can apply it to US citizens, no matter where they are in the world. There is plenty of legal precedent for this (you have to pay taxes on money made outside the US, for one example).

You can also apply it to corporations.

Comment: Re:How much? (Score 2, Interesting) 142

by phantomfive (#47791159) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Seriously? Why do people that read a legitimate news story always try to assume something is advertising

It helps to increase that assumption when in the next paragraph you defend ad-block passionately.

If ads were guaranteed to be malware free, then I wouldn't block them, but ad-tech companies are more interested in vetting inventory than advertisers (because advertiser are the ones who pay, so ad-tech companies put a lot of effort into making sure they get a good product).

FWIW I thought your post was interesting.

Comment: Re:Tokyo is tiny by comparison (Score 1) 101

I wonder if, in time, we will see a regression back to city-states once urban populations get big enough. Tokyo is basically its own country, and the same goes for SF, LA, and NYC.

I believe the limiting factor on country size is 1) communication ability, and 2) transportation (force projection) ability.

Roads were a major factor in the size of the Roman Empire, for example. City-states were common when there was no force regionally large enough to conquer the city. City states also needed to maintain farmland surrounding them, so they could remain fed.

The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters. -- Jean-Paul Kauffmann