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Comment Re:Actions of a few.. (Score 1) 89

Given in the UK, for example, the largest 19 US owned companies currently pay 3% of the 26% corporate tax. When people call that unfair, it is not jealousy.

Given all these companies executives also pay little to no personal tax and they pay their employees beneath the living wage, benefits are required for those individuals to survive. These benefits are indirectly being given to these so called 'constructs of the state', while the state is on it's hands and knees before them being milked for all it's worth. To call it a Stalinist to actually ask the wealthy elite and mega corporations to pay anything remotely like what the little guys on the street pay stinks of either outrageous, brainwashed naivety at best. This is not a demand for equality of outcome. It's equality of the rules by which everyone is forced to play by. The way you illustrate this as some kind of underachieving, petty, socialistic jealousy is both astonishing and dangerous.

Comment Re:Figures (Score 1) 165

The Israelis would use a nuclear bomb as a last resort to keep what they have, a tiny strip of land.

The real concern though is how far are they willing to go these threats. People who believe a higher purpose guides their destiny have a diminished sense of responsibility and should never be allowed to possess nuclear armaments.

Comment Re:wait, what? (Score 1) 467

80 percent think outsourcing has been positive? They must not be working with the resources we do... They lie, lie and lie some more. Shirk responsibility and ignore questions.

I repeatedly warned him against doing it, but our fearless leader decided to outsource all the menial work in our office to Eastern Europe. Of course when the bosses up on high realised it was only the menial work that was actually making any money, we didn't need to come into the office any more.... ever again.
At least when our entire office was closed down, the manager that screwed us all for a Christmas actually screwed himself out of his own job too; and hence also his Christmas bonus.

Comment Re:Sarcasm (Score 2) 173

> And if you don't believe in homeopathy, there is no point in buying the medication in the first place.

So homeopathy is one of those things that requires faith to work? Very scientific indeed.

So, could I in theory make a homoeopathic bomb. As it becomes more powerful the more it's diluted, eventually I could just rid the world of stupid people.

Comment Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (Score 1) 870

So it is about costs.. just the reduction of costs from increased efficiency and production rates caused by the automation

A minimum wage worker will typically have to get some kind of governmental support just to survive. Technically then the government is giving the corporation who employs minimum wage workers the hand outs. Is raising the minimum wage really encouraging companies to employ more high-tech solutions? Or is it about reducing subsidisation of big companies by forcing them to actually pay their employees a survivable wage?

The alternative obviously becomes replacing them with robots but I'll bet people who have to maintain these machines and replacement parts don't come cheap. It wont always cost effective even if it seems cheaper at a glance.

Comment Re:Sadly, not the first time (Score 2) 85

BTW I am European. "Sad" is perhaps a strong word, but yes, in general my satisfaction is pretty high (App Store and all!) so while they do a lot of things right in my experience, it is irritating that they do this so obviously wrong.

My apologies, I misread your post and made myself seem a little bit dafter than usual. I mistakenly believed it made you sad that Apple were being strong-armed into following local laws, rather than sad that they had to be forced to comply with local laws. Hence my rather unfounded sarcasm in the previous post. My bad.

Comment Re:Sadly, not the first time (Score 1) 85

I have several Apple products and in general I like them. Still it is sad for such premium products that the maker has to be strongarmed into agreeing to local law.

Thankfully, with the ugly exception of worldwide tax avoidance, it's only in the USA that Apple appears to be above and beyond the law. Because you love them so much, this genuinely makes you sad?

Comment Re:Of course (Score 2) 293

It's not as daft as you might first think. This is a genuinely serious avenue that many will believe should be monitored.

When I worked for another huge online MMO catching exploiters, botters, real world traders and gold farmers, there was a genuine and perhaps justified concern about real life criminality among the player base. The fact is that virtual currency has real world value. Buying very sought after items or mountains of gold and then reselling it in a different currency gives you a perfect way to quietly transfer funds from one country to another or launder it. Even just using in game private messages to pass on information.

Comment Can you smell my sarcasm or should I spell it out? (Score 1) 106

Seen as its not easy to judge a countries health care with limited information, I looked instead at life expectancy instead to get a vague idea and your right... only countries like the USA have real health care. Why on this link the average American male lives two full years longer than the average Saudi male. Imagine that!
Of course the typical American male lives about 3 - 4 years less than someone in Europe due to their primitive health care system so I guess they are also screwed if this thing gets out.

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