this follows the suit for both google and apple. Apple paid 300M, was asked 900M at the beginning. Google is still in trial, will probably have to pay around 100M out of the 300M originally asked. Both were just the regional tax, probably amazon has the same problem?
Seems to be yet another case of "We made these tax loopholes to attract foreign business. Now look at all this growth in business that's resulted! Hey wait a minute, you're not paying as much tax, that's cheating!"
No, you wrote the law that way to attract them, and so they came exactly as you had hoped. You just didn't think about the consequences.
It's like those idiots that want their taxes lowered, and then complain about the drop in social services that result in the drop in taxes. You made your own bed, now time to shut up and lie in it.
Except that the claims of strong AI 'real soon now' have been coming since the '60s. Current AI research is producing things that are good at the sorts of things that an animal's autonomic system does. AI research 40 years ago was doing the same thing, only (much) slower. The difference between that and a sentient system is a qualitative difference, whereas the improvements that you list are all quantitative.
Neural networks are good at generating correlations, but that's about all that they're good for. A large part of learning to think as a human child is learning to emulate a model of computation that's better suited to sentient awareness on a complex neural network. Most animals have neural networks in their heads that are far more complex than anything that we can build now, yet I'm not seeing mice replacing humans in most jobs.
For some time now the death penalty has been the opposite of torture,
Nope. A death sentence is psychological torture, no matter how careful the executioner might be to dispatch the condemned with a minimum of physical pain.
At least it is POSSIBLE. With closed source, it is absolutely impossible for the end user to know what the program is doing.
Double bullshit. For example, with Apple's iMessage it would be absolutely possible to detect if Apple was performing a MitM attack instead of just encrypting the sender's message with the receiver's public key.
here in the usa we have a separate government branch that handles taxes and enforcement, the IRS. (Internal Revenue Service) And that name is usually spoken with a bit of a grind of teeth of course.
But in Italy... do they really have their police enforcing tax codes?
What does Amazon have in the way of a "local presence" in Italy to justify taxing them? And what sort of taxes are we talking about here? (do they have like a warehouse or distribution center there? guessing they do, but just confirming) Sales? Income? Property? Capital Gains?
I suppose the general rule of thumb here is that anytime money changes hands, the government wants to stick their hand in and grab a bit of it, as a means of funding government and public interest in a fair way, but it seems like they go a bit overboard sometime.
... says the guy posting on a forum during work hours.
Stop working for assholes. In 17 years I've had one employer try to do that to me. Every other one I've signed, including with major tech companies, explicitly state the opposite.
Only if you were stupid enough to sign a contract giving it to them. Not only are such contracts illegal in some states, but you don't have to sign them. Refuse. Watch them quickly get rid of it.
not quite the average toddler's level of understanding.
Spoken like one with no clue at all of NASA's decades of hostility to private enterprise in space. Google for "OTRAG" for one example of a potential competitor that they pulled out all the stops to kill off.
Money cannot buy love, nor even friendship.