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Comment: Re:I've questioned that myself (Score 1) 221

by u38cg (#48229139) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"
Well, not exactly. They've simply said explicitly they intend to go on investing their profits in the long term in pursuit of growth. They're free to do so and their investors are free to agree or disagree. Their competitors can do the same thing (and have access to the same sources of finance), but they simply wish to keep repaying profits to investors than invest, which is a legitimate choice.

Comment: Re:Automation and jobs (Score 0) 668

by u38cg (#48221501) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes
Several reasons. Firstly, people don't simply move to the cheapest tax location, as being in America gives you access to things like...well, I don't know why people like being in America, but many of you plainly do. Secondly, because there's no real evidence that a basic income would cause people either to stop working or to choose not to work. Thirdly, characterising taxation as theft is sophistry. Clearly some uses of tax are more worthy than others; that doesn't make the principle unjust of itself. Fourthly, we already tax rich people and give it to the poor, in various forms. Fifthly, who said anything about stopping people leaving?

Comment: Re:No respawns (Score 1) 156

by u38cg (#48219369) Attached to: British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks
In this day and age? Who do you think the British Army is going up against with anything comparable? Last time they fought a serious tank war they had to take it slowly so the rest of the army could keep up. It can be stressful at times, and shitting in a bucket in front of your mates isn't great, but it's certainly not the worst gig a soldier can get into.

Air is water with holes in it.

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