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Comment Re:Amazon fire is more locked down (Score 1) 104

Which is IMHO actually a great selling point of the Fire line, they are the best devices for young children going, especially as they now sport a microSD slot so you can load them up with video content.

I'd just go for Kodi to my NAS... which is what I actually do. Runs great on the Fire TV Stick so far. AFAICT the Fire TV stick is the cheapest reliable platform for Kodi which comes with a halfway decent remote, and I do mean it's only about halfway decent. Still, it has enough buttons to drive the interface.

Comment Re:Why encourage them? (Score 1) 175

why is anyone entitled to anything others produce?

Why are you entitled to go on breathing if you have something I want and you're standing in my way? What makes you think you have the right to life, liberty, or personal property?

because I do. you can personally try and take any of those from me, but you will pay with your life.

You are such a trite and tedious brand of moron. First, let's just say you're right, and I can't possibly take any of those from you even those I have a scoped rifle in a high power caliber. (This is explicitly not a threat; we are discussing capabilities. I have no intention of killing anyone for any reason. ObDisclaimerWhee!) I and a few of my buddies clearly could do so.

which is why you cowards group together and have government do all your dirty work for you and think it's ok, "because democracy".

That's not how it works at all. In practice, you really can not keep any of your stuff without the system of law, or some other system of law. You would be forced to group up (like a coward, apparently) with other people who have stuff in order to protect all your stuff, both because you have to sleep sometime and because you are not invulnerable even when awake, whatever your personal Rambo fantasies might look like. And that's why others are entitled to a share of what "you" earn; they're helping you keep it.

If you don't like the entitlement argument, you can consider this alternative one, which I also consider to be valid: If you don't share your wealth with them, they will share their poverty with you. People with nothing to lose have no motivation not to take your stuff. You can help them better themselves, you can give them stuff, or you can watch them take everything you have because they have no other recourse and they have every bit as much right to life as you do. What's right doesn't even enter into it. This is basic biology. It's how the world works. You can put your hands over your ears and shout right up until the world shows up at your doorstep and eats your fingers.

we are a nation of laws,

HA HA HA HA HA

and Apple is doing nothing illegal or immoral.

Apple may or may not be doing anything illegal, but what they are doing is certainly immoral. Even if you don't care about the moral aspect, it's also unsustainable.

no one is obligated to pay the maximum taxes possible. avoidance is not the same as evasion.

And legality has never equaled morality.

Comment Re:it's amazing what you can accomplish (Score 2) 46

That is because Burning Man treats the land like it is theirs and theirs alone.

It's a fucking desert. One does need to clean up, but they have cleanup crews for that. That's where most of the non-permit money apparently goes.

Now it's just a way for 20-30 somethings to burn through mad amounts of cash, all while feeling like they're somehow counter cultural.

When was it anything else? The ratio of cool shit on fire to people just getting wasted may have changed. But I know many longtime burners. They went for entertainment, not to make a statement. Some of them have deluded themselves since about it, but it's bullshit.

When the event is over the land looks and smells like human waste and takes an insane amount of resources to reclaim, clean, and restore it to some remote resemblance of what state it use to be in.

Which helps explain why payroll is the single largest expenditure at burning man.

Comment Re:Time IS on Apple's Side (Score 1) 104

Actors are on the way out because of course as computers increase in capability so virtual acting bots become possible and they live forever

I was with you until you took a left turn into sheer fantasy. The most compelling stories are about humans (or analogies), after all, so I have a hard time believing we'll be discarding the human element entirely from story-driven entertainment.

Actually, I think he's right. I don't think they'll go away completely; it's really cheap to make a movie which mostly consists of some people doing mundane things. You can shoot on location (getting easier and easier as gear gets smaller) so you don't have to build sets. Your only big cost is talent. On the other hand, I think we'll see action movies without real humans in them eventually.

I also think we'll see more and more video games, and they will have digital actors. More and more of the public plays games now, and every time I watch an action movie any more I think "this would be better as a video game." Er, granted it was any good to begin with, but most of them would make great FPSes.

Comment Re:it's amazing what you can accomplish (Score 1) 46

It seems to me like this is what deserts are for. We should be trying to reclaim as much of them as possible, but we ought to use them while we have them.

Which reminds me... Not that I've ever gone or will go, but it's tragic what burning man has to pay for permits now, especially when it takes place on land that supposedly belongs to all of us.

Comment Re:pivoting (Score 1) 155

No, I don't know. What difference does that make?

It's not your mom and pop computer store up the road, where if it folds a couple of people lose their jobs. It's Microsoft, and when they lay a bunch of people off they're changing course and it affects the whole industry. It can have negative downstream effects as businesses who have [foolishly] depended on them have to change their course, as well.

Comment Re:Incorrect (Score 1) 175

I'm NOT suggestion that the tax rate here should be 0, but if it were, that money would be in our economy and working, thus a net benefit to us.

Unfortunately, that's not how it works. Without taxes, the wealthy and corporations mostly transfer wealth among themselves, and very little of it ever actually manages to trickle down. Perhaps you missed the memo, but "trickle down" economics doesn't work, and never has done.

Comment Re:Read again - reality is fixed for transfer (Score 1) 175

The argument is also stupid because it ignores completely the primary reason we all want corporations to pay taxes. If they don't, then we all (taxpayers) subsidize their operation. If they do, then only the people who use those products do so. Let's just say that Apple actually would increase the price of an iPhone by $100 to maintain their profit margin if they were taxed properly; the corollary to that is that for every iPhone now sold, the taxpayers of this nation are having to eat $100 to protect Apple's profits.

Why anyone wouldn't want corporations to pay their fair share of taxes when the alternative is that they pay it is beyond me.

Comment Re:Current U.S. corporate tax equally fraudulent (Score 1) 175

we used to have the best cars

When was that?

great electronics

Yeah, but...

now we dont even make electronics anymore (we "design" them)

What happened is that we were surpassed. The Japanese made better electronics than we did. Remember when Sony was a watchword for quality? Ah, those were the days. Which days? The days when we stopped making electronics because nobody wanted them any more, so they weren't selling. Sony, because Caucasians are just too damn tall.

How many of those companies left specifically due to taxes? None in an industry you've given an example of.

Comment Re:Which is why we need a gross receipts tax (Score 1) 175

The value you get from the government running the military, maintaining safety programs,and building and maintaining our transportation infrastructure isn't based on how much you made last year,

You're right. It's based on your net worth at any given time. So arguably, what we should do is tax everyone on their net worth every year, because the more stuff you have the more the nation is effectively spending to protect it, the more it cost the nation to enable the commerce that led to it, and so on. Forget how much you made this year; what've you got?

Oh, you don't want fair? Well then, you'd better settle for the deal you've got now, which is better.

Actually, I'm fibbing a bit. I don't think that it's good that we have to pay for bombing brown people just because they're brown and we can get away with their oil. But the idea that you should pay a percentage of your earnings is the most just part of the whole thing. I don't think you should have to pay any property taxes on a basic dwelling, for example; that's regressive.

Comment Re:Amazon fire is more locked down (Score 2) 104

And their fire line is far more locked down than Apple could ever dream of, with a small pool of apps.

Locked down what? You can sideload any app you want to any fire device you want. And what's more, you don't even need to plug in a USB cable to do it; They have ES File Explorer in their store. Once you have that installed, you can install anything you want, and uninstall ES if you like afterwards. The latest revision of the launcher on the Fire TV stick finally integrated non-Appstore apps into the app menu, so you don't have to launch them from application settings.

Comment Re:It's a feature (Score 1) 303

So, yea, if you're willing to pay the inflated black market prices for the devices and supplies, you'll probably be able to find a way to do so.

Except the stuff tends to actually be cheaper on aliexpress than it is in the local shop...

But wouldn't it be better if they had some reasonable regulations that businesses can actually deal with, rather than send it all underground and encourage people to buy them (with who-knows-what kind of manufacturing and safety issues) from criminals?

Yep. And the regulation should be that as long as the device itself has other uses, it should be legal. Even if they ban the juice, you can still do other things with a vape.

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