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Comment Re:WTF? (Score 2) 357

Hadn't seen this before. It's impressive, but I can't help but wonder what the editing environment is like. It's demanding enough to currently create a highly hyperlinked document (in terms of UI/window management and keeping track of where you are). I can't conceive of how to make a user-friendly editing environment for the Xanadu-type docs.

Comment Re:Why it won't affect the companies.. (Score 1) 809

And because the Irish pay so little tax other Europeans have to raise €85,000,000,000.- to bail them out.

Have you read any of the comments here? The individual tax rate has nothing to do with the fact that the gov't got suckered/bullied into guaranteeing bank bond holders in 2008. The irony is that a significant part of these bonds are held by German banks who don't have to/don't want to share the downside of the property bubble they basically funded throughout the 00's.

The Europeans are raising €85bn to loan the Irish and are charging 5.8% interest, which is 4.2% above the current European Central Bank base rate. All of this money will be paid back (hopefully) over the next X years by taxes on Irish citizens and cuts in public services.

Comment Re:Of course... (Score 0) 542

Not in the Irish case. Companies "in Ireland for tax reasons" don't necessarily employ many people there.

Google employs about 3,000 people in Ireland, Intel employs ~4,000. I don't have the numbers off hand for MS or the large number of pharma companies, but it's quite substantial when you consider the population that is of working age is ~1M.

Comment Re:Of course... (Score 5, Informative) 542

If having all those corporations in the country tax-free is so good, then WHY is Ireland going bankrupt?

Because they are not related. The country is going bankrupt because the government gave guarantees to a large commercial bank and a number of commercial/consumer banks that had lended heavily to support a ridiculous property bubble. They didn't do proper due dilligence on the guarantees, were lied to by the bankers about the size of the hole they were in and now the tax payer is now faced with a debt so large that the 'real' economy can't possibly generate enough revenue to repay.

There's a decent explanation here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Why-the-Irish-Crisis-is-Going-usnews-4028366968.html?x=0

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