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Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 0) 183

1) money will come back into the US and help our economy

False. Many of those who brought money back into the U.S. cut jobs. From the U.S. Treasury itself:

In assessing the 2004 tax holiday, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service reports that most of the largest beneficiaries of the holiday actually cut jobs in 2005-06 - despite overall economy-wide job growth in those years - and many used the repatriated funds simply to repurchase stock or pay dividends.

Also, as the New York Times pointed out, using the government's own reports:

About 92 percent of it went to shareholders, mostly in the form of increased share buybacks and the rest through increased dividends.

In other words, no help to the economy.

2) whoever does it will be crucified for being easy on big business income taxes

Which Bush was but then again, this was the same guy who handed over $700 billion of taxpayer money to banks and Wall Street firms so they could pay out their bonuses. Obviously he didn't care about being crucified or what the people thought. It wasn't his money.

Comment Question (Score 2, Interesting) 54

I know amber is fossilized tree resin, but at this point is it possible to somehow dissolve the amber without destroying what's inside it?

It would be interesting if it could be done so we could see the tail and feathers in real light without the amber being in between.

Also, from the picture, there are bits and pieces of vegetation not to mention at least one ant inside the specimen which could be recovered.

Comment Re:After Criticism (Score 1, Insightful) 68

And all this while fake news sites like CNN and the New York Times and the Washington Post continue to operate.

Probably because they're real news sites, with real reporters, who go out into war zones, or visit earthquake survivors or flood victims or report on government waste. You know, what real news organizations do.

Unlike those fake news sites like Breitbart who twist other people's work to suit their propaganda needs.

Just because CNN, the New York Times and so on report facts about Trump's crimes and lies doesn't make them fake news. They're doing their job. Or would you prefer to hear from Fox which which routinely reports fake news such as porn being shown on CNN?

Comment Re:Fitbit is next (Score 4, Funny) 182

Who on their right mind is going to spend hundreds of dollars for some minor functionality?

Back in the 1980s, I remember thinking "If only there was a way to have my girlfriend (at the time) send me her pulse so I could feel her love on my own wrist in real-time. Of course the technology wasn't there, and wouldn't be for some time, so I had to settle for her bloody heart in a jar and 25 years in a psychiatric hospital.

Comment Re:Yeah (Score 1) 73

Yep. I have a friend who worked for a now-defunct ad placement firm. They hired people specifically for the purpose of figuring out ways around ad blockers. Of course that was dumb, because for people who are determined not to be tracked and force-fed ads, that simply makes them more determined to find ways to block things.

Comment Re:There are Ads on YouTube? (Score 1) 73

I recently went to renew my /. subscription because it has been some time since I last had. They are no longer offering subscriptions, not sure if it's temporary or not. One of the nice things with it was the option to turn off ads. I still run uMatrix and uBlock Origin on the site but still wanted to support them.

So it seems like they may be going straight for an ad & tracker supported model.

Comment Re:magic internet money (Score 1) 247

My understanding is that the president can unilaterally launch a nuclear strike.

Your understanding is wrong. The president can't simply press a button and launch missiles. There are numerous steps that have to be done and cross-checked by a series of different people who all have to give their approval.

If any one of them give a reason not to launch everything grinds to a halt. And I'm not talking about someone who doesn't want to do it simply because. They will be replaced. I mean a legitimate, military or other reason not to launch.

Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 0) 320

Finally with an entrepeneur taking the reins we may be staring down a new golden age for America...

A) Trump is not an entrepreneur in the strictest sense. He had daddy give him a few million plus ready made contacts to get started. A true entrepreneur would be like Jobs and Wozniak or Gates or Musk.

B) The only gold we're going to see is the hideous gold paint Trump will plaster the White House with.

Unemployment at less than 5%? Puh-leeze. I guess maybe if you count crap work and part time jobs with no benefits.

Those people are working, aren't they? That means they are not unemployed. Therefore the number is correct. The survey only asks if you're working, not what kind of work.

Trump is going to take the world by the balls and basically start squeezing and say "stop fucking us over OR ELSE. Now would you like to talk?"

And in turn countries, such as China, will say, "Give us our money for all the bonds we've been buying from you." That then sends us into an economic depression as we have to come up with ways to pay those bondholders or do what Trump thinks is good business sense and throw up our hands and default.

Because the U.S. defaulting on its obligations will have no impact whatsoever.

Comment Re: This works for me (Score 3, Interesting) 407

No one trusts the mainstream media here and it's losing viewers left and right.

Agreed. No one trusts Fox because of their direct connections to the Republican party, lack of any opposing voices and putting out fake news.

The only people who keep saying they don't trust the "mainstream media" are the same people who ignored all the criminal assaults on women Trump has done, ignored his use of illegal foreign workers, his use of Chinese steel, his bankrupt casinos and numerous other businesses despite claiming he's a great businessman, not to mention having his name brand products made in China and Mexico while claiming he'll bring jobs to this country.

Anyone with a little bit of reading comprehension can see past the bullshit.

Except for the people I just mentioned who swallowed the con artist's bullshit hook, line and sinker. They believe he'll put up the internment camps for people of the Muslim faith (he's not), that he'll put Hillary Clinton in jail (he's not), that he'll get rid of Obamneycare on his first day in office (he's not), that he'll drain the swamp (he's filling it), that he'll do this or that, which he won't.

As Idiocracy showed us, people have gone down the rabbit hole of stupidity and Trump is the result.

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