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Comment All Trump's fault (Score -1, Flamebait) 102

This makes me feel triggered. I want to be able to continue trampling over people's rights, especially their right to free speech so I don't get emotionally hurt by what they say. This only enforces the ageism and sexism in mainstream media, they are raping these poor actors, rape I tell you.

Comment Re:Tesla Coil (Score 1) 98

It practically is a Tesla coil in the middle of the room, except it's not shooting off streamers, the electric seems to be conducted by the walls.

Efficiency is only 95% in a very small portion of the room (around the pole), for the rest it goes down to ~40%. So yeah, you'll be heating it up just like a regular transformer.

Comment Re:Getting paid for ruining unlicensed spectrum (Score 1) 63

The nice thing about WiFi is that it's chips are easily configured. I know the FCC a few years ago wanted to kill it under pressure of corporate interests, but I have no problem shortening various timings on my OpenWRT box to the point I can drown out pretty much any non-WiFi channel.

This is indeed a very idiotic plan, this won't work well once the 5GHz band gets sufficiently saturated like the 2.4GHz band is right now. Let them use the 2.4GHz at 100mW or less if they don't want to pay for a license.

Comment Re:As for the ink (Score 1) 86

Given it's an inkjet with 42k nozzles, I highly doubt the heads would be replaceable therefore any clogging from the ink (whether it's dried out or cheap after-market) would utterly destroy the printer. Actually looking at their website, it seems that the only way to get any repairs is to get a service contract.

Comment And so history repeats itself (Score 1) 118

I remember when we had computers in the last 80's, the 'radiation' and light from the CRT's would burn your retina's, cause insomnia and the sole contributor to poor eyesight.

All forms of 'solutions' in particular screen covers but also various color lens glasses were for sale, ended up being a fad.

Comment Re:The EU found a solution to this long time ago (Score 2) 274

This is what actually happens in the EU: You buy the stuff in other member states of the EU that don't worry about giving worthless pieces of paper away or that have a waiver from the EU which allows them to just export it to Asia.

This issues surrounding 'cheaper' stuff in other EU states is so prevalent that electronics stores in Western areas are often no longer feasible and many over the last few years, even web shops that had been known for decades for being "cheap", shut down.

Manufacturers don't make anything different for the EU, you really think things are so different there? They get their gear from the same Asian factories as the US does. It's just much more expensive.

Comment Re: Go visit Mar-a-Lago and complain (Score 4, Informative) 505

The Trump trademark was granted several months ago, when the majority of news sources still put him at a huge disadvantage in the polls. There was a 3 month period where you could dispute the trademark which ended last week.

Making up stories does nothing good to the press, it only makes people distrust them more.

Comment Re:Great idea (Score 1) 387

If "poor" people (not sure how anyone in the US can be considered poor) spend their income and "rich" people spend their income, they would be taxed at equal rates. People that are richer, already pay premium prices for products and have more of them, so they would pay accordingly. Obviously you could tax luxury goods higher, my proposal would be that if they spend it on things produced *locally* they would pay less taxes so that more money goes around in the local economy, less is wasted both environmentally and fiscally on long-haul shipping.

I would not advocate for just a flat tax, there is a point to income taxes, most of us already pay sales taxes but we only pay sales taxes for local commerce which is ass-backwards, it's cheaper and easier to buy stuff out-of-state including the shipping than buy locally (locally you have to jump through all sorts of hoops to get the tax removed)

Currently there are too many loopholes and exceptions in the tax code that benefit the 'richer' people. Sure they pay more in taxes absolutely but compared to 'us' as a percentage, they pay way less. I'm close to the threshold myself where I can spend a little bit on various 'investments' in order to reduce my tax burden, so I do but in the end, these investments benefit primarily the bankers. According to my tax accountant, the percentage and even the absolute amount of taxes paid has gone down as my income has grown.

Comment Great idea (Score 3, Interesting) 387

Let the countries that don't tax their robot manufacturers take all the production AND the jobs.

The problem isn't robots or automation, it's corporations like Microsoft and people like Gates that are the problem. They pay taxes at zero or even negative rates and then expect the government to provide "free" healthcare and unemployment for their employees (which in turn makes their employees pay for it).

I'd say repeal all taxes and only tax things coming in over state borders at one rate and things coming in over national borders at a higher rate for all finished products and "intellectual property". This would encourage more local and domestic development. If Microsoft wants to import code from India, have it taxed based on the time and resources it took to develop abroad -or- if they want to avoid that, have it put into public domain.

Comment Re:Why trust in the media is at an all time low (Score 1) 914

But it's that honesty (for better of for worse) that attracts people to them. If you haven't yet understood history, Hitler told it how it was - the German economy was in tatters because of losing a war and some really bad policies (the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, loaning money overseas with German assets (railroads etc) as collateral) that temporarily increased employment numbers but in the end only benefited the 'foreigners' and made things worse for the middle class (taking on massive debts ending up in hyperinflation).

Really, the social policy of the "golden twenties" in Germany reads like the Obama presidency:
48-hour workweek, "universal" health insurance for non-working people, tax reforms, increases in taxes on capital and an increase in the high income tax rates, unemployment programs, housing programs, weak borders. Until a foreign economy (primarily the US) crashed, they appeared to be all good on paper, although there was a great deal of unrest among workers and conservatives which was happily ignored because young people were being "Americanized" and having a good time participating in the arts, cinema, jazz clubs etc, because in the end, when your money's value disappears in a few hours, you better spend it all right away and worry about debts later.

And then you're surprised you get a Hitler-esque person in charge? History repeats itself. Governments care about getting elected, just like the German government did, you get elected by giving out free stuff and promising more, the majority of people doesn't care or doesn't understand how a country gets there, the majority of 'free stuff' is paid by taxes and debts and then when the situation gets untenable, the politicians will lie and cover it up (eg. Obama's unemployment numbers, Bush's debt numbers). You want healthcare, unemployment, minimum wages, you go in debt or you raise taxes. At some point there will be a huge portion of people reliant on the social services paid for the people that still work. The next election cycle you get a bunch of politicians promising to end those services, no more free stuff, no more handouts, secure the borders, put our people back to work, the people don't trust the politicians because they've been lied to for so long and false promises have been made, you only need a single person that isn't politically correct, that calls things the way they are, that promises to use the status quo and that person will raise to power.

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