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Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 293

by jcr (#49374655) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

I'm trying to come up with a good argument that taxing production is more easily made progressive than taxing consumption, but now I'm not sure that's right.

That's because it isn't right. If someone's spending a million bucks a year, they get taxed on a million bucks a year. If they're earning a million bucks a year and living like a monk, then the funds they've earned aren't out there competing with yours for goods and services. A miser is an ideal neighbor.

-jcr

Comment: Re:Moats are still a good idea (Score 1) 175

Water features also provide significant air quality benefits, especially if you aerate them. There's just lots of good reasons to implement them. Trees, as well; I cringe when I see posts permanently erected for vehicle control. Removable or sinking bollards, certainly. They have their purpose. But fixed ones?

Comment: Re:Why people care about sports (Score 2) 165

by drinkypoo (#49370063) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

So you truly have no comprehension of what makes sports popular do you? It's PRECISELY the fact that people think of these teams as "their team".

I like motorsports because I like motorsports, I don't care about any particular team. It's thrilling just to see it. That's what's great about stuff like world rally.

Comment: Re:Engine noise serves no purpose (Score 1) 165

by drinkypoo (#49369605) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

Why? Seriously, why? What does that have to do with the outcome of the race?

What does the outcome of the race have to do with the enjoyment? You're not racing. What do you care who wins? They're doing it completely and totally without you. Same for sports. That's not your team. You just bought some of their marketing crap.

Comment: Re:Wrong Focus (Score 4, Informative) 121

by jcr (#49365325) Attached to: SpaceX's New Combustion Technologies

As it happens, back in the '80s I worked at a company (Commonwealth Scientific) that built ion-beam guns based on the Kaufman duoplasmatron, which was the basis of the mercury-vapor thrusters that NASA had developed in the 1960s. The company was trying to make the aperture of the guns as wide as possible, and the difficulties included neutralizing the ion beam on the way out, keeping the plasma inside the gun stable, and keeping the beam density even. Basically, the bigger the gun, the harder it was to make it run steadily. When I was there, they had 8" apertures and were working on scaling them up to 12" apertures.

-jcr

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