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Comment: Re:Just keep in mind the tradeoff (Score 1) 556

by that_xmas (#39342579) Attached to: Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

The problem is, they've banned most "advertising" aimed at doctors. No more pretty girls giving out free tickets and sample packs of drugs to doctors. So, the drug companies have decided to advertise straight at potential end-users.

It's not an unexpected result in one of the most highly regulated and government controlled industries.

Comment: Re:Bogus premise (Score 1) 591

by that_xmas (#38711718) Attached to: The New Transparency of War and Lethality of Hatred

The 19 men involved with the 9/11 attacks, the USS Cole attack and even the attacks on US embassies in Africa were motivated by the US having troops stationed in the holy land of Saudi Arabia. The troops in SA were there to enforce the No Fly Zone and disarmament of Iraq after the first Gulf war.

If you think through what happened after 9/11, the US took care of this problem right away...by attacking Iraq and moving our troops out of SA. If you want the real motivation for the second Iraq war, you need to look no further than that. The House of Saud was about to be overthrown by religious zealots who were agitated by foreigners, especially female foreign soldiers, tramping around the same desert that was home to Mecca and Medina. Bush was already making plans to invade Iraq before 9/11 because of the growing Saudi instability.

Of course, the US cannot shout this out the world, as declaring the largest oil producing country in the world, and the de facto leader of OPEC, an unstable monarchy about to be overthrown by religious zealots whom plan on creating a worldwide Caliphate isn't really the best thing to say. But look at how quickly stories about the attacks on foreigners in Saudi Arabia left the news stream once the invasion of Iraq began. The attacks are still on going, but the newsworthiness of these stories has been downgraded.

Comment: Re:Canceled (Score 1) 500

by that_xmas (#37084322) Attached to: Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

I was going to say, it seems a bit of overkill for a country that already has one of the highest percentage of bicycle usage in the world. Plus, public transport there is fantastic. Besides business that rely on motor transport, this sort of program would affect the handful of people that live outside of cities or who need to drive somewhere relatively far away on their own schedule instead the train's.

There is a giant amount of taxation on vehicles already. Gasoline comes in at the equivalent of 1 to 2 dollars per liter. Vehicles are subject to taxes on top of the usual VAT charges. The have a yearly charge based on the fuel efficiency of the vehicle that is very steep if you have a gas guzzler.

Comment: Re:poor title (Score 1) 783

by that_xmas (#34906958) Attached to: Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

I'm not sure how this magical wealth creation is happening. You're assuming the Swiss banks are either investing the money for you, or are offering an interest rate that is much higher than inflation.

Since the purpose of a Swiss Bank Account is to hold money safely and secretly, it's unlikely that the bank is using your money to investing in anything risky enough to make offering a high interest rate a viable option. And, if they invest the money for you, there is a whole bunch of paperwork and tracking going on there, because Banking secrecy laws are not likely to apply to Investments.

Oracle

RIP, SunSolve 100

Posted by timothy
from the to-the-moon-instead dept.
Kymermosst writes "Today marks the last day that SunSolve will be available. Oracle sent the final pre-deployment details today for the retirement of SunSolve and the transition to its replacement, My Oracle Support Release 5.2, which begins tomorrow. People who work with Sun's hardware and software have long used SunSolve as a central location for specifications, patches, and documentation."

Comment: Lead in questions to determine voter type... (Score 1) 836

by that_xmas (#34102142) Attached to: 'Cellphone Effect' Could Skew Polling Predictions

Most polls use the turnout numbers for last election as a baseline for potential voters, then ask questions to determine to which party the respondent belongs. If polls spit out just the raw numbers, they'd be more than useless.

Your worries about skewed numbers are mostly unjustified....it's been 50+ years since the "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN!" days. (And younger, urban voters don't vote in mid-term elections anyhow.)

Comment: Re:If it makes tethering cheaper, I'm in (Score 1) 207

by that_xmas (#33695248) Attached to: Verizon Confirms Plan To Switch Away From Unlimited Data Plans

*cough*PDAnet*cough*

Oh...that's a shame that Verizon charges extra for tethering over the smartphone package...

I'm using a Droid with Verizon now. The Droid does almost everything that I would want to do with my computer on the road: read email including attachments, browse the web, watch on-line video (YouTube only). When they release the next patch, I should have a real version of flash on their too. If they're going to lock down the internet usage for

Games

EVE Online PVP Tournament Streamed Live 101

Posted by Soulskill
from the enemy's-gate-is-down dept.
infinitevalence writes "Every few months the good Viking programmers of the north organize and present one of the most geeky e-sports out there. Thanks to them, for three weekends in a row we get to watch player-controlled spaceships fight it out for accolades and unique in-game items available only to the first, second, and third place winners. This year CCP has all of the content live online and streaming in HD for your viewing pleasure. So find a drink, whip up some snacks, watch the shiny explosions, and listen to the soothing words of player experts as they walk you through the action!"

Comment: Re:Cotton: The New Frankenstein (Score 1) 435

by that_xmas (#32139590) Attached to: First Superbugs, Now Superweeds

Capitalism?

Soybeans, Cotton and Corn are the three most subsidized crops in the US. The Department of Agriculture gives out billions in subsidies to the factory farms that produce these three crops. Why else do you think they try to grow cotton, a crop that needs lots of water, in the deserts of Arizona?

So, a Round-Up resistant weed is a failure of government planning as much as it a failure of corporate welfare hogs.

The Courts

Games Workshop Sues Warhammer Online Fansite 182

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-anger-your-base-again dept.
chalkyj writes "WarhammerAlliance.com (run for the last five years as one of the leading fansites for the MMORPG Warhammer Online) is being sued by Games Workshop for the use of the 'Warhammer' name, 'cybersquatting' and 'unfair competition.' This lawsuit is yet another in Games Workshop's disturbing pattern of suing their fans and hobbyists, this time going after a legitimate fansite for their MMORPG franchise. The full complaint (PDF) has been posted online."
Bug

Outlook 2010 Bug Creates Monster Email Files 126

Posted by timothy
from the rodents-of-unusual-size dept.
Julie188 writes with this snippet from Network World "Office 2010 is still in beta and a patch is already out. Microsoft is trying to fix a bug in the email program Outlook 2010 Beta that creates unusually large e-mail files that take up too much space. The Outlook product team has offered a bug fix for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems that fixes the problem going forward, although previous emails will remain super-sized. This could be a problem for email programs that limit message sizes, such as Gmail or BlackBerry."

Comment: Re:Market rules work for countries, too (Score 1) 1505

by that_xmas (#27827265) Attached to: Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

What are you talking about? Any money earned in the US by these corporations are taxed at US tax rates. The purpose of off-shore holding companies is to handle money earned outside the US before it is repatriated into the US. Once the earnings are repatriated, they are required to pay US taxes.

The Bahamian and Bermudan governments give companies safe countries with stable banking systems and well-run legal systems for their off-shore business. They're like Delaware, but for international business.

Comment: Re:two ways to solve the tax "scam" (Score 2, Informative) 1505

by that_xmas (#27827221) Attached to: Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

You realize that the IRS accounting rules for taxation are completely different than the Account Standards Board's requirements for corporate reporting right?

The IRS rules are codified in the laws written by the US Congress, about 70,000+ pages of legalese that may or may not have anything to do with proper accounting of assets and earnings. While the Financial Accounting Standards Board has a set of accounting rules that are aimed at showing the true state of the company's economic health.

In fact, a company will have more than two sets of books, as European and Asian countries have their OWN accounting boards with their OWN set of accounting rules and their OWN tax laws with their OWN reporting requirements. And each of these books may show different levels of profitability.

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