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Comment: Re: UPS (Score 1) 241

by wheeda (#44277463) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Enterprise Level Network Devices For Home Use?

Sometime back someone stole the formula for the electolytic and sold s bunch of it. Sadly the didn't get the formula right. The world is still suffering the consequences. Replacing the barrel caps is usually the right answer. You could open a service store and only know how to solder and order caps and probably do OK.

Comment: Re:Gid Rid of All Sales Taxes (Score 1) 229

by wheeda (#39571971) Attached to: Federal Court Tosses Colorado's Amazon Tax
This is true. It is also true that only 50% of people actually pay income tax. If we had a flat tax with no deductions, the whole population would be interested in reducing government spending. Right now 50% of the population wants more government spending because it doesn't cost them anything. Who wouldn't?

Comment: Beginnings of a violent criminal (Score 5, Insightful) 260

Most violent criminals have their beginnings as a crying baby. Ergo, we should collect DNA from all crying babies. This will allow our helpful government to keep us safe. I'm way more concerned about turnstile jumpers than our government collecting a little DNA.

Comment: Promote innovation by taxing it... (Score 1) 380

by wheeda (#36668008) Attached to: How America Can Get Its Tech Mojo Back
..end troll headline.. I propose that IP (ideally both patent and copyright) be taxed. Now as a good republican, this feels revolting, but I think it might help. Owners of IP would state the value of their IP. In order to keep the size of government from swelling like a festering bug bite from all the audits, people should be able to purchase the IP at face value into the public domain. This will keep the owners honest while giving potential non-owner innovators a known cost forward. (wheeda turns on lawyer shield. Shields at maximum!) The original owner will be fully compensated for their contribution to society, or even make a hefty profit depending on their stated value, while the rest of the community is able to further leverage the idea. I believe this approach will make being a patent troll very expensive, while busting up the tie that bind innovation. Further more, in this climate, passing a new tax should be relatively simple. Not simple, just relatively simple.

Comment: Re:Think of the jobs (Score 1) 561

by wheeda (#33854890) Attached to: Google Secretly Tests Autonomous Cars In Traffic
Rather than holding society back because we don't want people to lose their jobs, we can pay all the current drivers to hold road signs. Of course, I'm not sure why we would need road signs if we have automated driving. Similarly, I would be happier to send my accountant a $1000 check for doing nothing than actually going through all the hassle of actually using an accountant. (flat tax please...)

Comment: Re:I wold love a car that drives itself... (Score 1) 561

by wheeda (#33854836) Attached to: Google Secretly Tests Autonomous Cars In Traffic
The other efficiency angle to look at this is traffic density. We can probably triple traffic density using automated cars. Figure out the cost to implement automated car. Figure out the cost to triple the number of lanes on all our freeways. I'll bet getting automated cars working is more financially efficient.

"I'm not a god, I was misquoted." -- Lister, Red Dwarf