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Comment: Re: So - the fact that others are doing it makes i (Score 3, Informative) 312

by prefect42 (#49431853) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

That's not true. Companies charge what the market can bear, and if they had lower taxes, they'd mostly just reap higher margins. Do you really think Apples prices would significantly rise if their tax burden went up? That's certainly not true of all markets.

Comment: Re:So - the fact that others are doing it makes it (Score 1) 312

by prefect42 (#49429535) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

In an ideal world, the electorate can deal with the immoral government, and the government can deal with the immoral company by making their actions illegal (if indeed it's the will of the people to crack down on immoral activity).

I'm not arguing that they should be punished for being immoral, but long term, they probably *should* expect the law to stop treating them so favourably.

Comment: Re:Lower taxes (Score 5, Interesting) 312

by prefect42 (#49429319) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

If you think the government gives you nothing back, you're right to be annoyed. I get free health care, free education, free social care, a welfare system to look out for me if I'm in trouble, a pension when I got old (perhaps). I get police to keep things in order and try to make sure that I get to keep what's left of what I earn, and a fire brigade to look out for me. An ambulance that'll take me to hospital if that doesn't pan out. I get money channelled into research no company would have an interest in pursuing, but that makes people's lives better. I get roads to drive and walk down, and parks to take my kids to. I get playgrounds and lakes. I get food that doesn't kill me, and toys that don't hurt my kids. I get a computer that doesn't injure me.

But yeah, down with the government.

Comment: Re:So - the fact that others are doing it makes it (Score 4, Interesting) 312

by prefect42 (#49429243) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

Your definition of not hurting anyone is fairly important though. I think in this case, the company *and* the government could be morally but not legally in the wrong. They transferring money from the government to their own bank account. If you pretend for a minute that the government does things that are good for the people, then they're preventing some of this from happening.

Comment: Re:Educational Purposes (Score 1) 68

by prefect42 (#49273977) Attached to: GCHQ Builds a Raspberry Pi Super Computer Cluster

If you're just wanting to learn MPI, then a regular multicore PC/laptop is perfectly fine, since it's basically a tiny HPC with a very fast interconnect. If you have access to more than one machine, even better, as you've then got two machines connected with a slow interconnect, so you properly feel the pain of communication costs, and how to distribute your workload best.

Comment: Re:What special about beliefs if they're religious (Score 1) 894

by prefect42 (#48820935) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Judaism has the same fundamental conflict with Chrstianity, but we get by. But then to be honest, we get by pretty well with Islam too.

I'd hate for all Christians to be tarred with the brush of the worst, as much as I'd hate the same for Muslims, or indeed any group. The problem with the majority of Muslims is... there really isn't one. It's no more true than me saying that the problem with most Americans is that they're gun toting, pie eating idiots.

Comment: Re: Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 398

by prefect42 (#48199209) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

There's one junction I know of, where you can't see the exit is clear if you turn left at a crossroad because of buildings and the white line being a long way back. As a result you honestly can't know for sure the exit is clear when you go. At least with the daily mail example, you have the option of not doing it, although depending on the cycle of the lights you may never progress...

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 398

by prefect42 (#48195173) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

There's one intersection in my city where I enter it on a green, and it turns red before I'm on the other side. People have learned to wait 20 seconds after their light turns green to let traffic in the other direction finish.

I don't know what it's like in your country, but in the UK, the light you pass when you enter is the relevant one. The other is just there to make it easier to see. There's always a white line to denote the real stop line.

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