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Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 1) 153

Generally the corporations lobby, often with hard cash, for these laws that they've written.

Not in this case. There is pretty much universal agreement from business and economists that our current corporate tax laws are stupid and need to be reformed, especially the extraterritorial taxation that no other country does.

The problem is that many politician do not want to be seen as "giving in" to corporations, so they just keep the rates high, and then hand out plenty of loopholes to their donors.

Donald says he wants to fix this, but Donald says a lot of things.

Comment Re:I'm ok with that (Score 1) 60

most teachers still want hard copy versions of student work, because it is faster and easier to grade 30 assignments on paper than it is to do so on digital

This seems backwards to me. Digital docs can be automatically scanned for spelling, grammar errors, run-on sentences, and even poor paragraph structure. Then the human grader can just focus on the quality of the points being made.

Comment Re:Why notSimultaneous release toTheaters and iTun (Score 2) 49

There is a word for such behavior: Price Gouging.

"Price gouging" is just the free market at work. Movie rentals are far from a necessity, so if you don't want to pay what the market will bear, then don't rent it. Government intervention to prevent "price gouging" is only justified in emergency situations, such as the aftermath of natural disasters, and even then it often does more harm than good. Gasoline shortages after Hurricane Sandy lasted several days longer than necessary because government imposed price controls disincentivized fuel deliveries. Low prices don't help when the storage tank is empty.

Comment Re:What is pushed aside? (Score 5, Insightful) 75

Ok..well, the civility has broken down greatly over the past 20 years or so...

By every measurable criteria, the opposite has happened. Crime has gone down. Violent crime has gone down even more. Formerly marginalized groups are doing better.

That and parents not raising their kids to respect others over the past 30 years...

Can you point to any actual evidence that kids today are less respectful than they were in 1986?

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 2, Interesting) 216

Cut out the greedy RIAA pigs and give the money straight to the artist.

The RIAA represents the labels and distributors. There is no requirement for musicians to sign with a label, or to use a distributor. The are completely free to go-it-alone, and many do. However, many independent artists would leap at the change to sign with a label, since 10% of something is better than 100% of nothing.

It is common for creative people to assume that they create the only value that matters, and that marketing, promotion, and distribution are all worthless.

Comment Re:Not the reason Apple is behind in AI (Score 1) 26

Poor A/C, it's not a super computer.

Actually, it is. Until the early 1990s, a "super computer" was a really fast computer. That is not true anymore. Today a "super-computer" is big array of commodity CPUs and/or GPUs. You can rent these by the hour or minute from AWS or Google.

The current version of Watson runs on a cluster of 90 Power7 CPUs with 8 cores each, and a total of 16 TB of RAM.

Comment Re:Trump's job just got easier (Score 2) 31

No patent protection on tech manufactured overseas?

Different things are patentable in different countries. For instance, America allows patents on software, and DNA sequences. Many other countries do not. There are also issues of jurisdiction. In this case the infringing product was sold in the UK, so maybe it should be resolved in British courts.

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