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Comment: Re:Not the only strategy (Score 1) 321

by the grace of R'hllor (#47920137) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

And this amendment to international agreements would force countries to lower their corporate taxes to actually be desirable to companies that want to do business within it. This has as consequences that corporate tax income will remain mostly constant, since the lower taxes will be paid by more corporations, while every non-multinational company will basically be getting a tax break, thus stimulating your own nation's economy at the level where it'll do some good: The local level.

The countries it'll hurt are, for example, my own. The Netherlands isn't tax-less, but we do have corporate tax laws which make us suitable for tax avoidance.

Comment: Re:A solution in search of a problem... (Score 1) 326

In addition to Germany's near strict-liability laws, which mean a driver is virtually always at fault in case of accidents with non-drivers, I'd like to point out the following:
- Most of Germany's road system is non-Autobahn. People are used to driving with restrictions. And are going to be nervously looking about to slam into them with a 100+kph speed difference.
- If you drive faster than the recommended maximum (130-140kph) and there's an accident, regardless of who caused it, your insurance company will try to blame you to at least some degree.
- They drive regular cars, with regular 5 speed gearboxes, for the most part.

That all means Germans tend, as a rule, to not go much faster than normal highway speeds, and yet pay attention more than on other roads.

Comment: Re: all that money (Score 1) 97

by the grace of R'hllor (#47839995) Attached to: Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

"about 0%" means that it isn't 0%. And these people are surrounded by infected people. Who may not have used soap or hand sanitizer anyway.

It's the same thing as herd immunity: If everyone disinfects, then you're good. If a fraction disinfects, then even that fraction is at risk simply by being surrounded by infection sources.

Comment: Re:Calorific value? (Score 1) 588

by the grace of R'hllor (#47806075) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

They didn't do caloric restriction here. Apparently, a low carb diet allows people to lose weight better than a low fat diet. People ate how much they wanted. Whether it is because they ate fewer calories or because the body processes the food differently is irrelevant for the conclusion that low-fat works better.

Also, a claim of this study was that fat is *not* bad for you, and better than high carb.

Comment: Re:customer-centric (Score 1) 419

Employees of companies are not legally required to be obedient. They can tell their US bosses 'no'. At which point it would be up to the discretion of the US bosses to decide to take action like firing the Irish employees, or to shrug and say 'oh well'. They are not legally obligated to fire them.

Comment: Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (Score 1) 83

by the grace of R'hllor (#47772263) Attached to: $33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

When I worked for a mobile app startup, we saw major usage spikes in Indonesia, India and the Middle East, as well as some African countries. They required data. Part of this is that they pretty much skipped the whole landline thing for the majority of the populations, so they could jump ahead on the technology curve.

I would not be surprised to see the 80% figure being true, even with the income difference.

Comment: Re:How many years could he be charged with? (Score 5, Insightful) 299

by the grace of R'hllor (#47696707) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

There's law, and there's international diplomacy. If they yank him out of an embassy, every embassy is at risk of wanton search, and you can say goodbye to diplomatic immunity. If, at some point, Sweden extradites Assange to the US and there's a bit of outcry, they'll say "Oops, maybe we shouldn't have done that", and there will be no repercussions (except for Assange).

I haven't heard Sweden state that they will categorically not extradite him to the US, though.

Comment: Re:Pauses my 16 GB desktop working on 4K program (Score 3, Informative) 371

by the grace of R'hllor (#47631809) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

I can write a one-liner script that will bring a Unix machine to a crunching slowdown. Stupid in, stupid out.

If your little editor / mini-IDE craps out your machine, it is poorly written. Noticeable garbage collection will only be triggered if your Old Gen memory space is too full, which means you're maintaining references in memory which you should not (circular references are fun-- in someone else' code). Also possible is that it's simply not updating the UI while running a compile script, which is definitely bad programming. Blaming Java for that is idiotic.

Disclaimer: I write high-performance Java applications using Spring. Also maintaining a pile of spaghetti that has grown over the past ten years, that still performs adequately.

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