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Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 297

Just like cash, they can't tell if you give your friend a few coins in return for something. But any company in the business of providing goods and services had better have their books in order. (Even drug dealers pay their taxes if they're smart -- too much attention on them otherwise.) They are going to tax volume sellers and cover the majority of transactions that way. Your piddling little trade doesn't factor into the grand scheme of things.

Comment Re:Bill needed (Score 4, Insightful) 245

Everyone else long ago noticed how MS flatlined when Bill left, besides the fact that he was obviously a visionary and genius (and not half bad at business either). You may disagree with a ton of things he did, and rightly so on many of them, but you can't look at Microsoft's massive rise and Bill's obvious driving of said rise and go "Yeah, Bill leaving MS was the best thing that happened to them". It's patently ridiculous.

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Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?