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Comment Re:Here's what I did (Score 2) 138

You shouldn't do that. The US power strip is likely only rated for 120v. If you use it with an adapter in a country with 240v service you may find that some of the clearances are not enough and you get arcing, thus a fire hazard. I've actually had this happen to me. A better, but similar solution is to get a 220/230/240v power strip with surge protector. You can even get one that will accept US style plugs if you'd like. As long as your power supplies are rated for up to 240v input you'll be protected from surges.

Comment Re:Not a surprise (Score 4, Insightful) 265

This. There was a time that ISPs and people on the Internet cared about port scans, that time is long gone (by at least 15 years). If you have a public IP you should assume it's being scanned all the time. Once you assume that these types of alerts have little additional meaning. If it really bothers you then you should implement some kind of pre-filter to block the IP range. I understand that your particular device doesn't allow that so put another router with proper access control list support in front of it if it bothers you so much. TLDR, unless you live in the past it's time to get over port scanning.

Comment Re:The cries of a dying business (Score 1) 418

This! I just counted and am monitoring 15 different email boxes in Thunderbird right now as well as two calendars. What are we supposed to do? Web email clients are not an answer for power users of email. Not only would I need to login to 15 different sites to check all of the messages but I also need to periodically move messages from one account to another. That's all pretty easy from a unified email client but not from any current browser based offerings I know of.

Comment Re:"SEAL" is already a used name (Score 1) 85

Yep, I was going to say the same thing. Cisco has supported SEAL as a VPN crypto algorithm for quite a while. Not only has it been around for a long time but it's actually in commercial software (e.g. Cisco IOS) and has been refined several times (version 3 came out in 1997). Clearly Microsoft didn't do their due diligence on the name...

Comment Re:What would you use it for in the U.S.? (Score 1) 262

You might pay dividends to shareholders, you know like companies did in the good old days...or use it for employee compensation or lots of other things. You might not build factories, but on the other hand you might if there were some advantages to doing so (rapid prototyping, flexible manufacturing, JIT with tighter chain) a company could do the right thing every once in a while.

But that's beside the point, point is you're going to need to use the money somewhere (and probably not in the tax haven where you're storing it). When you eventually move the money into whatever country you are going to use it in you'll have to pay taxes on it.

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 262

Sure, but it was money made outside the US to begin with anyway, right? I guess I don't have a real problem with it then being spent outside the US. I also question how much you can really spend outside the US which will be of any substantial benefit to the corporation or shareholders. Sure, you can buy some subsidiaries like Microsoft bought Minecraft but at the end of the day what are they going to do? probably make money? so you have just compounded your problem and now you are stockpiling even more money you can't use where you actually want to use it.

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 262

Yeah, I'm typically pegged by others as one of those 'tax and spend' types but really it seems to me that these corporations have become so adept at avoiding taxes that they don't actually contribute much at the high tax bracket they're in anyway. It might increase total revenue collection $ if we lowered the corporate tax and made it more cost effective for them to simply pay the tax than to avoid it.

Also, I still don't understand how having $100m in overseas reserves you can't really use adds much value for shareholders, sure it adds some but because of the cost of actually using the money it seems like the value it adds would be roughly the same as repatriating the money and paying the taxes on it in the first place.

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 262

Sure, but at the end of the day those expenses could otherwise just be paid for with a loan which could be repaid in a better year as a legitimate expense you could write off (plus write off the interest) so they're really not escaping anything they couldn't do anyway, right?

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 262

Oh I'm sure there are some games where you can repatriate some of it and avoid some taxes covering losses during poor periods of performance, etc. but at the end of the day it would seem to me that would only be a small fraction of the total amount held in these havens. It seems like a lot of it is just holding on to money for the sake of holding on to it, it's not enriching the shareholders to have such stockpiled money, nor is it enriching the executives, it mostly seems silly to me but I have far to much common sense to work in high finance.

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 2) 262

I understand that part, what I don't get is what's the long game? They build a huge amount of capital in Ireland, Bermuda, the Caymans, etc. but then what? If they want to actually use that money for something in a country like the US they're going to have to pay taxes on it, no? Seems to me it's really a tax deferral strategy and not avoidance?

Comment Re:Matirx KVM Switch (Score 1) 128

Disconnecting the inputs would be unexpected behavior... Most good KVM switches do not do that because it causes the system to reinitialize the video output each time which can present it's own set of issues, hence the popularity of EDID devices like the "DVI Detective". I think you'll have a hard time finding a KVM device (particularly a good one) which does not do EDID management. What's unclear is why this is a problem in your situation.

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