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Comment: The problem is that they use antiquated capping. (Score 1) 142

by sethstorm (#48408481) Attached to: What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

The rules prohibited ISPs from interfering with internet traffic, except as a last resort, and urged them to instead combat network congestion with “economic measures” such as new investment or usage limits.

The problem is that the usage limits do not enhance innovation, but serve to squelch it. Remove that avenue and things would be ifne.

Comment: Then fix that. (Score 1) 158

by sethstorm (#48367729) Attached to: Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

First option:
Turn up the heat on the countries that aid and abet such evasion, such that they end up quitting the practice voluntarily. Offer to exchange information on theirs to gain wider cooperation.

Second option:
If cooperation cannot be attained, then take governmental action within the IRS to penalize such activity (as far as they can go). That doesn't mean taking a page out of Nixon or Obama, but to use any legal and Constitutionally approved means to stop the evasion.

Third option:
Start playing hardball through other legal means in other governmental entities. Their tax structure and obstinacy is enough justification. Offer large tax cuts that have a condition of taking a visible penalty or reward for tax structures.

Final (if nothing else at all works and something must be done) option:
The DoD does something outside of the US and K Street won't know the full implications until the public has a need to know.

Comment: Apple's creative accounting != your 1040. (Score 1) 158

by sethstorm (#48367669) Attached to: Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

Creative accounting and structuring implies an actively hostile posture towards the IRS as opposed to getting the last dollar out of your 1040.

You're doing it for the extra dollar, with negligible free-rider problems
Apple's doing it with the intent of having its cake and eating it, which creates a large free-rider problem.

Comment: ...for Barry Bonds asterisk values of "should" (Score 1) 158

by sethstorm (#48367635) Attached to: Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

They're paying what they should be paying.

Only with such structured evasion.

Yes, evasion in a manner that the IRS would do well to re-evaluate. No, it's not on the same level as what one might do with a regular tax return.

You may notice that the US is trying to tax businesses for doing business in the US, and also tax US businesses for doing business outside the US. US businesses are simply moving their non-US business outside the US, which is where it is anyway.

The problem occurs when US operations are made to look like non-US operations, creating a very harmful free-rider situation. They are getting US protections and services without the requisite revenue paid to the US.

In addition, it is the only effective way to pursue structured revenue, especially when the US has a few world-leading departments under the DoD to help.

Comment: Sorry victimologists, not going to happen. (Score 1) 827

by sethstorm (#48365497) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

This needs to stop, and while it's impossible to prevent all forms of harassment from occurring online, we can start by creating a culture that shames individuals who cross the bounds of decency.

Does this include shaming individuals that fake their own threats, such as Anita Sarkeesian and silence any attempts to call them out?

Similarly, it is never acceptable to dox, harass, post nude pictures, or in any other way violate someone's privacy due to disagreement with their opinions.

Does that include the kinds of harassment performed by Chelsea "Zoe Quinn" van Valkenberg, Sarkeesian, and the like? Or is it OK if they do it, but not if anyone else calls them on it?

Comment: China is proven, Snowden only has allegations (Score 1) 101

by sethstorm (#48355125) Attached to: Espionage Campaign Targets Corporate Executives Traveling Abroad

I guess you didn't read the Snowden allegations

FTFY.

If you think the USA is somehow on a moral high ground here, I really wonder why.

See my title - China has been proven to do it while Snowden hasn't even gone to a US court. The only people that think that the US has lost any moral ground are those that oppose the US, and/or additionally support Snowden's allegations.

Comment: No, thank immigration law fraud/abuse for that. (Score 1) 143

Nothing wrong with Europe's system

So you're fine with having someone's life be divined on the scoring of a few track-determining tests? The US system doesn't have that flaw.
One can improve your academic performance at any time, get a recommendation, and then move up to Honors/AP. Try that in compulsory streaming and you end up going through an entire lower track before your performance is recognized.

Europe and Asia schools teach the three "R"s, while here in the US, the kids are taught the three "C"s (conform, comply, consume.) The K-12 system is designed to get kids on the edge into jail until age 18 (23 in California) so that private prison companies can make some cash from holding them

I guess you went to a van der Snoot Academy, since you have a high disdain for public schools. Good public schools (yes, the ones run by governments) do exist and they do send people to very good places (even Ivies!).

This is why in college engineering departments, STEM majors are usually non-Americans, since H1-b/L-1/etc. guest worker programs make it non-profitable to pursue them.

FTFY.

Comment: Re:The US-hating world lied to you with test flaws (Score 1) 143

Any conclusions so far about tests can safely be considered as flawed since they do not take admission type into account. That is, an educational system that takes everybody is penalized while more selective systems (Asia, Europe) do not.

Comment: You cite flawed PISA/etc. studies. (Score 1) 143

Controlling for access methods (US all-access versus Asian compulsory streaming for example) would show something a bit less favorable to Asia. Never mind that the test score in Asia leaves no room for improvement - it simply forces you on one track.

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