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Comment Re:Business focus, not consumer focus... (Score 1) 913

The worst thing we did under the Bush years is make it so that a full 40% of the population no longer has any stake in government spending. That's way too big of a chunk of population to have expecting that someone else will pay for their free stuff.

wait, i thought he raised taxes on the poor and reduced them on the wealthy. so is it that 40% of the highest earners no longer pay taxes? actually, the bottom 40% of earners do have a stake in government spending. it is called all of their 'free stuff' besides, isnt it a sign of a developed nation to help those less fortunate? what better way than to eliminate income taxes? now, if only we can make it so that 40% doesnt have to pay social security and medicare.

personally, i think it is a sick country that (before deduction, credits etc) skims 25.3% off the income of the lowest earners and 40.3% off of the average households income. look up payroll taxes(both employee and employer contribution), tax brackets and household income.

Comment Re:Real world learning from video games? (Score 4, Interesting) 150

couldnt this go horribly wrong?

i know a guy who used to be a sniper and he said that he had to be extremely careful with communications devices for fear he could give up his position in the field. essentially the enemy could conceivably monitor for communications and determine general locations.

granted local police and the military are different. yet, couldnt a troublemaker get a hold of this information and use it to their advantage?

The Internet

Data Centers Work To Reduce Water Usage 225

miller60 writes "As data centers get larger, they are getting thirstier as well. A large server farm can use up to 360,000 gallons of water a day in its cooling systems, a trend that has data center operators looking at ways to reduce their water use and impact on local water utilities. Google says two of its data centers now are "water self-sufficient." The company has built a water treatment plant at its new facility in Belgium, allowing the data center to rely on water from a nearby industrial canal. Microsoft chose San Antonio for a huge data center so it could use the local utility's recycled water ('gray water') service for the 8 million gallons it will use each month."
The Courts

MP3 of RIAA Argument Available Online 73

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Download this: an MP3 file of the hearing in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, over whether a lower court proceeding in an RIAA case can be made available online, is now available online. The irony of course is palpable, not only because a court which freely makes its proceedings available across the internet is being asked by the RIAA, in SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, to prevent the district court from making similar proceedings available across the internet, but also because the end product is an MP3 file which can be freely downloaded, shared by email, shared through p2p file sharing, and even 'remixed.' The legal arguments focused on relatively narrow issues: the interpretation of a rule enacted in the District Court of Massachusetts, and the legal effect of a resolution by the First Circuit Judicial Council, rather than on broader First Amendment grounds."

Comment Re:Nationalise the networks (Score 2, Informative) 280

from what i understand the government is buying up troubled assets (TARP) from banks and whatnot to get them off the banks books. in return the government gets equity warrants which allows the government to purchase non-voting shares (which probably may or may not be preferred) in the bank from which it bought the troubled assets.

this really all goes back to how our finance system works. normally a bank has 'x' dollars to lend out. once they lend out the 'x' they package up those loans and sell them to someone else. now the bank has more money to loan out. problem is, no one wanted to by debt anymore since many people have been defaulting on those loans.

here is a basic place to start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troubled_Assets_Relief_Program

Comment Re:Always looking for a pocket to pick... (Score 1) 226

On the other hand, if they want to take my Everquest Gold, or my World Of Warcraft Epic Mount, they can byte my virtual posterior. It doesn't exist, it can't be taxed.

does that mean that the music on my digital music play doesnt exist? or the words i see on the screen in front of me don't exist?

dood! have you ever looked at your HANDS?

Comment Re:feh (Score 1) 226

what is so hard about a line that says: "enter income here (all sources)_________ * x% = income tax paid." then the government can define income as: wages, tips, dividends, etc. see your first point.

taxes on goods would work the similar to how it does now. new goods are taxed, used goods are not. it discourages waste. necessities are not taxed (food).

last i checked, services weren't taxed. the services provider pays taxes on what they are paid to provide a service. i don't charge clients taxes for my professional services. though, what i have to pay in taxes are calculated into what i charge.

better, i think, if you only charge a sale tax then you get taxes from hookers, drug dealers, "rich" people buying caviar etc.

morally, i think, taxes, as a percentage, should be equal. i shouldnt pay a higher (or lower) percentage of my income because of some magic number the government pulls out of its cornhole.

however, i should be able to give the government more money if i want to. do high tax advocates do that? i havent met any that do.

Comment Re:Chiropractors are quacks anyway (Score 2, Interesting) 180

i know a guy who used to suffer back pain. he was tall and drove a tiny car. he had to sit funny so his head wouldnt rub the ceiling liner. he was always going to the chiropractor.

then he bought a larger car in which he could sit normally.

no more chiropractor. anecdotal. posture.

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