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Comment Re:Wheres the source of the cash? (Score 1) 256

Wealth is absolutely a fixed size pie. Scarcity of resources is the fundamental problem that economics tries to solve.

You are applying 19th century economics to the 21st century. Five of the biggest corporations in America are Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook. None of them rely on coal or iron ore. They rely on human ingenuity and intellectual property, neither of which is inherently limited.

1. Legal expenses, which are a one time cost

I incorporated on-line for $200. I spent $0 on legal fees.

2. Double taxation, which my plan would eliminate

Most corps in America are S-Corps, which are not subject to double taxation.

Comment Re:Don't shoot until you see the whites of their e (Score 1) 367

That only keeps the peace for the people back home... in the land of the dominant enforcer. Everyone else has to deal with war on their doorstep.

It keeps the peace for everyone who accepts the current world order. Today, that is most of the world, which is more peaceful than ever before in history. Even most muslim countries accept American hegemony. The only real challenges to the Pax Americana are in a few Shiite countries (Iran, Syria) and a few non-state entities (ISIS, Hezbollah, the Houthi tribe in Yemen). China may challenge America in the future, but their current activities in the SCS don't amount to much, and are not a direct threat to American interests.

Comment Re:Value of crypto currency (Score 3, Insightful) 66

Is all crypto currency over-valued when it is so frequently anonymously stolen?

It was not "stolen". Crypto-currencies are based on the implementing code, and the only "rules" are in the code. So if the code allowed someone to transfer ownership, then that transfer followed the "rules" and is just as legitimate as any other transfer. Just because some people misunderstood the rules, that doesn't make it "wrong" for someone else to follow them to their own advantage.

Comment Re:It's a matter of time... (Score 1) 367

What if you miss?

The ship is generally lower than the target, and the earth is a sphere. So a miss will exit the atmosphere and dissipate in space.

Air travel would be a no-go if certain nations had these things.

Commercial aviation tends to avoid war zones. But the risk is infinitesimal anyway. During WW2, 50,000 anti-aircraft rounds were fired for every downed enemy aircraft. These were actually aimed at the aircraft, and many of them had proximity fuses and were area weapons. Even in the extremely unlikely even that this laser hits a commercial aircraft, it needs to be held on target long enough to heat it up, and that is even more unlikely to happen inadvertently.

Comment Re:Don't shoot until you see the whites of their e (Score 2) 367

So you'd rather ban lasers and force armies to stick with bullets,

Throughout history, people have claimed that new more efficient weapons would lead to less killing. Prior to WW1, some people claimed that a future war would have few casualties since a single machine gun could replace 20 soldiers with rifles. It didn't turn out that way.

The best way to keep the peace is to insure that the dominant enforcer of the current world order remains dominant. In 1914, that was Britain, and the challenger was Germany. Today, it is America, and the future challenger may be China.

Comment Re:It's a matter of time... (Score 1) 367

The reason to ban nuclear weapons is the dangers they pose to places and times far away from and long after the battle.

Another reason that NW could be banned is that a ban could actually be enforceable. Nukes require a lot of infrastructure and emit detectable radiation. With these $1 per shot lasers, there is no way a ban could be enforced. They are dual-use technology, so it would be easy to disguise a weapons program as an industrial or scientific project.

Comment Re:one solution (Score 1) 125

You'll find hot tech start-ups in the Bay Area with very high churn rates.

Churn is good. New employees bring new ideas and fresh perspectives. Geographic areas with high churn rates have higher productivity rates than areas with more stability/stagnation. Churn-friendliness is one reason that California has been successful despite the high taxes and stifling state bureaucracy.

I have found that the most productive workers are "boomerangs", that leave, work somewhere else for a few years, and then return. They already know the people and culture, and return brimming with ideas of how to fix our processes.

Comment Re:When will Tesla lose the name "Autopilot"? (Score 3, Informative) 125

The name "Autopilot" (while great) implies that nothing needs to be done by the driver

I have heard this said many many times by people that all have one thing in common: They don't own a Tesla, and have never driven one. So it doesn't matter if it is misleading to them, since they aren't actually using it. Likewise, it doesn't really matter if you misunderstand what a aircraft autopilot does if you aren't a pilot.

Meanwhile, for those of us that actually drive Teslas, there is no way that we are stupid enough to believe that it is "hands-off" just because of the name. Anyone that uses the system can see that it requires human interaction.

Comment Re:But does it work? (Score 2) 194

Tax the corporations something insane like 80% of their profits

You would quickly see massive capital flight and job losses, as corporations moved assets overseas. You might think that with enough totalitarian restrictions and secret police survelliance you could stop that, but China has lost $3.8 trillion over the last decade, despite severe capital controls.

Historically, capital controls have been about as effective as grabbing smoke.

Comment Re:Slippery slope to communism (Score 2) 194

Fat and lazy peopel are not a problem, when there aren't any jobs for them to have anyway.

Yet we are in a full employment economy, and the rate of people being replaced by technology is going down, since most the the easy-to-automate manufacturing jobs are already gone, and service jobs are proving much harder to automate.

UBI is a solution to a theoretical problem that doesn't actually exist.

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