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Comment Re:Yup (Score 2) 319

There's something wrong when you need "plenty of money" in order to assure your rights aren't violated. We need to modify the system where, if you challenge a bad law and prevail, you get your legal costs reimbursed.

In many states it does work that way. Recently in Wisconsin, our Republican Gov and Legislature had to reimburse Planned Parenthood over a million dollars for legal expenses when the latest anti-abortion law was thrown out.

The problem is you still have to have someone who can front the legal expenses as you go through the multi-year legal process.

Comment Re:12% is dangerously low (Score 3, Informative) 191

Actually if you look at the Gartner numbers (broken out by brand), you will see that Android owns the low end market with off brands. If you just compare Samsung vs Apple at the high end, it is about 63% to 37%. So while still a commanding lead, it isn't the overwhelming majority when you consider Apple's target customer base.

Comment Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (Score 1) 255

You should realize that he is also benefiting from the US government more than either of us as well. Without the infrastructure and legal system of the US government he wouldn't have been able to accumulate all that wealth. No one would like to go back to the era where you needed your own private army to protect your wealth.

I'm not seeking to "punish" anyone, I am just pointing out that people who think that the wealthy are actually providing the vast majority of the funding for the US government are wrong.

Comment Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (Score 1) 255

Actually it's both. There is a portion of the payroll tax that is taken out of your paycheck for both Social Security and Medicare. There is also a portion of these taxes that is paid by the employer.

However these taxes are capped to approximately the first $117,000 of earned income, not income from capital gains or dividends. So for someone like Mr. Ballmer, they are just round off error.

Comment Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (Score 1) 255

we are talking about total dollars, not percentages. you said you want them to pay their fair share, well they are as this article shows. being that that top 1% give the governement 38% of ALL money the government gets and the top 50% pay 97% of the total. meaning the bottom 50% share paying 3% of all taxes

Need to stop with the idea that 100% of the government's revenue is from income tax. You should realize that the amount of money from income tax is roughly on par with the amount of money from payroll taxes - revenue breakdown.

Now realizing that since payroll taxes are capped, meaning they are essentially round off error for the top 1%. So realizing that the top 1% with their 28% of the total income in the US are really only paying about 20% of the actual tax revenue doesn't sound quite so unfair anymore.

Comment Counteroffer (Score 1) 575

Allow the government to install back doors on our crypto only after the same back doors are installed on all the government crypto systems.

It is only fair that if the government thinks they have a need to monitor the people for criminal activities, that the people have even more of a need to monitor the government for malfeasance and criminal activity.

Comment Value vs Price (Score 1) 573

I had the option of upgrading to Time Warner's new top tier of 50Gbit download speed and passed. Of course, they wanted an additional $50/month for the upgrade, so roughly a total of $100/month for the service.

At that price it wasn't worth it. If the upgrade were more reasonably priced, I would consider it.

Comment Re:How about graduated scale or deregulation ? (Score 1) 582

Except UPS doesn't charge a flat rate to ship a envelope sized package to anywhere in the country. There are distinct rates for business addresses, and also escalating charges based on where the destination is.

Compare the cost to send a small package via UPS to a business in a major city near to you with the cost to ship something to a residence in Nome, AK and note that there is a significant difference in price between the two. That is something the Post Office is not allowed to do.

Comment Re:How about graduated scale or deregulation ? (Score 3, Insightful) 582

Actually, the people who have tried anyway had a rate half that of the USPS. Of course the government shut them down, because monopolies are efficient and virtuous.

Actually in that article the "American Letter Mail Company" did exactly what UPS, FedEx or any other private company would do if allowed to compete - pick large cities and only serve that market. USPS has the mandate of serving any address in the country for the same cost, regardless of whether it is the middle of Alaska or downtown Manhattan.

It is easy to undercut USPS if you only serve New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Comment Re:Language is hardly relevant (Score 1) 437

I been a Java developer for 8 years, worked at several different consulting companies and large in-house corporate environments. I've never seen Windows+Tomcat being used in an actual production setup.

I work for a large corporation and we have several in production. It almost always boils down to vendor A supports a few different OS's. When none of the Unix versions comply with corporate standards, then you deploy Java applications (including Tomcat) on Windows.

Comment Re:The technical issues (Score 1) 309

The next question is what exactly are these people going to do for a job out there? While the population density may be similar to Manhattan, there is no easy way to go anywhere away from where you live/work. Especially when you consider what it would take to make a floating runway capable of supporting commercial airliners. So it may be really hard to find enough people who would be able to tolerate living on these floating communities for any length of time.

Comment Re:There are cheaper alternatives (Score 1) 439

But the problem is with the publisher, not with the educational institution.

I'll take issue with that, at the college level at least. Go back and look at your college texts, how many of them were written by some professor at the school? If institutions didn't insist on using using the textbook from "their professor", you could have significantly larger printing runs of the textbooks which would greatly reduce costs.

Not saying the publishing companies aren't making a profit, but both sides are responsible for gouging the students.

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