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Comment We have stop the race to the bottom. (Score 1) 403

"Profits made in Ireland" "profit due to sales in EU" are all really meaningless. Apple A sells something to Apple B. It can price it such that A makes 100% of the profit or vice versa or any percentage it chooses. We do not want governments to enact laws, regulation about these internal details. Enforcement will be difficult, and compliance will be too onerous to the companies.

What USA says is, "don't care who makes the profit where. Your total tax burden can not be below this threshold. Pay this much tax to any jurisdiction you choose, using whatever law/accounting practice you want. If all the taxes paid to all the foreign governments do not add up to this threshold, you owe the rest to US government".

This is a very logical, clean, simple effort to derail the race to the bottom. But industry spins it as "US government taxes world wide income! Onerous, We don't owe US government for profits made outside USA!" No USA does not really want to tax profits made abroad. USA just wants to make sure you don't play one country against another to reduce your tax burden. We just don't want you to game the system. Pay X% as tax to any government you choose.

Comment Re:It's not aliens (Score 1) 255

What's to say they will not have actually learned anything or grown beyond their imperialist phase by the time they are so advanced?

That's not really the argument, is it? By the time they're that advanced, we have nothing they need. If we have anything they want, it's either food or culture. Maybe sentients are a delicacy, so that's a potential threat, but otherwise we'd be more valuable as we are — producing art, literature and so on. Then they can point at the monkeys and laugh.

Comment Re:It's not aliens (Score 5, Interesting) 255

Aliens that are advanced enough to signal us with that kind of power aren't going to find us advanced enough to be worth talking to if they can even understand our primitive methods of communication at all.

Sometimes we make noises that will attract animals so that we can study them.

Comment Re:Next Phase (Score 1) 599

The speed is less important than energy delivered at site of impact. [...] Fan rotors move slower, but are more massive, and have more total energy behind them. You dont need something to be sharp or fast moving to cut you in half; it just needs to exert enough energy over a small area to cause mechanical shear of your body.

Okay, let's try to stay on topic.

Getting a loop of wire from a wench wrapped around a leg and slowly slooped up will chop it off just as surely as if the wire was moving fast but at less torque.

Unless the wire catches on a bone, and the wire is thin enough to snap there. But let's fucking stay on topic. We don't need ridiculous examples designed to distract people because they contain an injury to discuss the topic at hand, you sensationalist nutter.

In fact, there are multiple factors involved in determining how much force it's going to require to break the silly string, and in how much force is being delivered. One of the factors is the force applied, one of the factors is the time in which the force is applied and how that affects the material in question, one of the factors is the quantity of material the force is being spread out across. And in spite of being a lot smaller and less massive, the tip of a quadcopter blade is going to impart a lot more energy to a much smaller section of silly string than a metal fan blade is, because the fan blade is squared off (being stamped from a piece of metal) while the tip of a rotor is very sharp, and the rotor is moving much much faster and F=MA. There's a lot more A in the quadcopter system. But wait, there's more; you only have to consider the effect of its mass until the string breaks. If the string breaks at a level of force which can be achieved with the current acceleration at lower than the actual mass, then the additional mass of the rotor is irrelevant here.

There are lots of other factors, but these are the ones that we've been talking about in this discussion already.

To be a proper experiment, it needs to be a high speed metal bladed fan, with big heavy blades. I can probably find one if I look hard enough.

Only the speed is likely to be relevant, and it will still have a dramatically lower tip velocity than a quadcopter doing anything but hovering.

Comment Re:"topic of discussion for many across the world" (Score 1) 111

Since when is CNN left?

So you mean the external renaming to 'Clinton News Network' was only because the letters matched?

So you mean the external renaming to 'Clinton News Network' was only because the letters matched?

Clinton is not a liberal. She is a neocon. Trump is not a conservative. He is just a sleazebag.

I never said she was a liberal, historically liberals believe in personal liberty... she does not. She's very much a illiberal progressive.

What? You just contradicted yourself there completely, smart guy. Care to rephrase your sentence until it makes sense? Here, this might help. Don't go alone, take one of these. Maybe then you'll have some idea what the words you're using mean.

Comment Re:We Americans should hit Apple with an European (Score 1) 194

What all these companies do is to shift profits. Apple USA sells the right to use Apple brandname and products to Apple UK. At what price? You can sell it at high price, and Apple UK will make a loss, Apple USA will make a profit, Apple pays tax in USA. Or it can sell it at some bargain basement price, make no profit in America, and make ALL its profit in UK. It is completely arbitrary and it is completely at the discretion of Apple.

USA does not want to mess with the internal of the company or how it prices and deals with different divisions internally. All USA is saying is, we will tax you on worldwide income. You declare profits anyway you want, anywhere you want, pay whatever taxes you want to pay to any government you want to pay. If by US law you would have paid X$ as taxes, you pay that much in tax. If all the taxes you have paid to all other governments does not add up to X$, you pay the rest to ?USA. This is completely logical, completely made with one goal. To stop companies from racing to the bottom. Companies shop around for governments to pay the least overall tax. What USA wants to do is to make sure that they can't race to the bottom.

You declare profit anywhere you want, pay any tax due to any government. But overall you can not reduce your tax burden below a certain threshold. That is the stand taken by the US government. It is entirely logical and necessary to prevent the race to the bottom. Only people fooled by the billionaire funded media and the paid shills of them believe USA is taxing too much and the corporations are victims.

Comment We Americans should hit Apple with an European tax (Score 1, Interesting) 194

What Ireland did to Europe is exactly what Europe is doing to America. We should cite this European ruling as a precedent and hit Apple with 2 billion dollars of dodged taxes.

The corporate tax has been shrinking in America and the burden has been foisted on individuals. It is time to reverse the decades old trend.

Comment Re:Next Phase (Score 1) 599

A thought occurs to me. Functionally, a desk fan with metal blades is an appropriate analog for a drone rotor if the housing is removed.

Aside from the speed not even being in the same ballpark, sure. If that doesn't work, then it certainly won't work on a drone. If that does work, it might work on a drone, or at least, one which is only hovering and not actually going places.

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