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Comment Re:So you exclude half the taxes and what you get? (Score 3, Insightful) 903

If they did not take into account state taxes, they also skipped city, township and county taxes. Sales tax can come from state, city and county, I think.

Gas taxis 18.4/gallon at the federal level, so it should be already in there, right? I am not sure. Anyway, state and city can add their own gas taxes.

Does the UK's VAT replace the income tax there or do both exist?

A more thorough report would be nice regardless of whether the U.S. is higher or lower on the chart.

A report for value obtained by those taxes would also be nice. However, that can be highly subjective.

Comment Re:So you exclude half the taxes and what you get? (Score 1) 903

Exactly my thoughts. Ignoring a lot of different tax avenues that governments utilize is one deficiency in the report. The other is the value provided. Ignoring whether the country should or should not provide services (i.e., healthcare), what the country does provide as part of taxation(s) should also be accounted. Well, I guess that could go into a separate report.

Also, what about evaluating the individual states of the United States? The European Union countries were rated individually while the United States was rated as a whole. I am ignorant on how tight the EU is, so evaluating them individually may be appropriate.

Comment Re:Cynically thinking... (Score 1) 128

I get a bad feeling for the transfer just from the list of supporters: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Cloudflare and Yahoo. It feels, to me, that they are not doing it for freedom but rather for money. They are going to have services or other means of making money off the transfer where they cannot do it currently.

The problem is the Congressmen trying to block the changeover aren't doing so in the interests of online freedom, but rather in the interests of maintaining control over the internet. Either way it's all about power.

Oh, yes! I concur. However, this comes to mind: Better the devil you know. ;) We would switch from one government in power to multiple governments, corporations and trade organizations in power. It is already hard enough to protect people as it stands now. After the switch, it would be much harder.

Comment Cynically thinking... (Score 2) 128

I get a bad feeling for the transfer just from the list of supporters: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Cloudflare and Yahoo. It feels, to me, that they are not doing it for freedom but rather for money. They are going to have services or other means of making money off the transfer where they cannot do it currently.

However, this is just a feeling. I would like to understand it better for why they want it. Time to read since the article is scant on details.

Comment Re:Competitive my a$$ (Score 1) 145

I just switched from Verizon to Google Fi. Verizon is still more expensive if that is the same plan I had (Unlimited Talk & Text & 1GB) since that price does not include the $20 charge for the account (or phone?). Anyway, I was paying close to $58/mo for 1GB on Verizon while I was not even using 100MB/mo there. If I had stayed, the change would have added $5/mo to my expenses with no benefit.

Comment Re:Which internet? (Score 2) 211

I drive on the roads but have not had the opportunity to use The Roads. If I visit there, I could use the roads of The Roads to explore the area.

Do you live on the Earth or the earth? Personally, I live on both. Technically, I live on the Earth and on top of the earth while relying on food grown from earth on the Earth. :)

I have used internets that are part of the Internet.

Comment Re:Slashdot is not far behind... (Score 1) 264

Slashdot has become a war zone. I do not mind heated disagreement, but there are many people that want you to conform to one side or the other even if you are on a third or fourth side. :)

I glance at Slashdot at times and sometimes go to OSNews to stay geeky with limited messages to read. My Slashdot ID is only as high as it is because I took forever before making it.

Comment Re:....shortly before she entered office... (Score 3, Informative) 348

Right, so that's the best Fox could dig up? Email from before she was in office? Before her duty to keep all the emails!

You mean Reuters. The only involvement I could see in the article by Fox was a poll.

People need to stop frothing at the mouth at the mention of Fox. Even some of the articles on their site are not from them; they are from other sources such as Associated Press.

Comment Re: Can't they just get it right? (Score 1) 88

My XFX PVT80GGHD4 8800GTS 320MB is still working quite well on FreeBSD. I bought it almost eight years ago for $300.

My next system will have an Nvidia due to the quality of their drivers on FreeBSD and Windows. I have a laptop with an ATI card in it, but I had to wait a long time for it to be supported on FreeBSD. Pragmatically, I will have to stick with Nvidia unless something changes regarding drivers. On the bright side, I like the hardware and drivers, so it is good with me.

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