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Comment Re:No difference (Score 1) 128

Standard model doesn't cover gravity

Right. I don't think the theory of evolution does much with it either. A theory or model will cover certain things and not other.

Last I remember it couldn't even explain why neutrinos have mass.

Neutrinos change type over distance, which means that they aren't going at C (if they were, it would always be "now", and there would be no time for any change to occur). They do have momentum. Hence, they have mass. If you're looking for why any part of the Standard Model has the value it does, we don't know. What we know is that it makes extremely accurate predictions of what we observe.

Comment Re:Here's one way around this (Score 1) 115

Let's look at possible hypotheses.

Hypothesis: Government investigators want to talk to certain individuals about crimes they likely witnessed. To this end, they get a subpoena to get the identities of the probable witnesses, after which they will talk to them as part of the investigation. Note that this is not any sort of power creep, as the government has always had the power to subpoena information relevant to a criminal investigation.

Hypothesis: Government, for some strange reason, wants to eliminate or discredit Glassdoor, and tries to do so by serving a subpoena to get the identities of eight commenters, presumably thinking that this will discourage people from leaving comments on Glassdoor.

Pick the one that looks the simplest, has the least dubious constructions, and is overall the likeliest.

Comment Re:Anonymity (Score 1) 115

The protections do apply online. What they do not apply to, and have never applied to, is legitimate law enforcement officers serving a subpoena they obtained from a judge. Journalists have often dealt with this by contempt of court and serving jail time to protect sources, but that isn't a trivial thing to do.

Comment Re:Teach your children (Score 1) 115

Law enforcement has always had the right to bring in possible witnesses to illegal acts and talk to them. The courts have always had the power to get information. The privacy concerns are normally about what people can do without judicial oversight and the need for a warrant, and don't apply here.

Comment Re:Baloney (Score 1) 273

I have an iPhone for convenience, so I can do things without having to research anything. If there's one app that drains my battery while not force-quit, it's easier for me to put everything on force-quit rather than figure out what I can and can't leave in the background. If there was one app, it's easier to leave it as it is rather than to change back and re-test.

Quitting doesn't seem to mess anything up. The iPhone is fast enough to bring back what I was doing in any case, and even if it drains the battery a touch to quit for good it seems to give me good enough life anyway.

Comment Re:Economics (Score 1) 252

IIRC, corporate income taxes are paid on profits. (This deliberately doesn't include corporate property taxes and the like, which are a cost of having such things as fire and police protection, and which are collected locally.)

This means that corporations don't pay income tax on payroll, since profit is what's left after expenses like payroll. Passing costs on to the customer is impossible here, since if the company could make more money by raising prices they would have. The price point that maximizes profit also maximizes profit*0.60. Profit is what goes to the shareholders, in the form of dividends or increased value of the company, and so if you were going to tax individuals you'd have to tax shareholders. Of course, many shareholders aren't individuals, but rather mutual funds and other companies. Taxing the ultimate recipients gets difficult.

There's nothing evil or deceptive about corporate income tax. It's a tax on corporate income, which obviously means on direct and indirect shareholders.

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