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Comment Re:It could just be "sensitive" (Score 1) 13

I agree with just about everything you have to say about Trump, especially the lying part. He's the type of person to piss on you and tell you it's raining. I'm honestly not sure if he even knows he's lying, or if he's just a master of doublethink. Of course, most of that applies to Hillary as well

Acting like a six year old doesn't solve this problem, it just makes it that much worse. It also has the side effect of making many reasonable people dismiss your arguments out of hand.

Comment Re:It could just be "sensitive" (Score 1) 13

I've gotta ask, what's up with the Trump misspellings? At least "Shrub" had some humor to it when applied to Bush, but "Drumpf" makes you sound like a six year old. (If you're going to fall back on "that was his family name once upon a time," I wonder if you still refer to the Windsors as the Saxe-Coburgs?)

Grow up. Maybe if we can start having political discourse as adults, we can do something about the absolutely toxic environment we have today.

Comment Re:Summary missing important piece... (Score 1) 333

You seem to think I'm a Trump supporter or otherwise a "wingnut." I am, in fact, neither. I'm just irritated by hypocrisy, and Clinton supporters have that in spades (to be fair, so do most Trump supporters).

But hey, in the post above, you've called me dishonest, implied I am a racist, and used the words "chicken-fucker" just because I made a pointed joke. Might want to look in the mirror next time you're thinking about how fucked up American politics are.

Comment Re:Ex post facto (Score 1) 302

There is no need. Apple was violating existing EU law. There are no changes to the law being proposed here.

Actually, Apple didn't violate the law, Ireland did. Apple is just being punished for Ireland's violation of its treaty obligations, and the punishment is giving Ireland a bunch of money. That'll teach those guys!

Comment Re:SETI is a waste of time and money (Score 2) 146

SETI's cost is minimal. Not minimal in the governmental "a billion here, a billion there" sense, but in the "operating budget of a moderately successful mcdonalds" sense. We spend tens of billions on all the other things on your list, so saying "that SETI money could be better used over here" is simply not a credible statement.

Comment Re:Wow, Commiefornia! (Score 3, Interesting) 305

My company opened another office in the Houston metro, and when we were looking for locations, one of our candidates was in a new industrial park that was literally across the street from a group of multi-million dollar homes (and not in the California sense where an 800sqft shithole sells for half a mil, but in the rural US sense of a 5k sqft mcmansion on 5 acres). I had someone explain the zoning laws (or lack thereof) to me and had my mind blown. NIMBY definitely does NOT seem to be a thing down there.

It's rather mind boggling to me, but it seems to work for them.

Comment Re:Why would you want tech companies in the downto (Score 1) 305

> Wall street is downtown.

I wouldn't consider anything past Canal as 'downtown', that's financial district.

Manhattan has three basic divisions, "uptown," "midtown," and "downtown." The financial district is contained within the geographic area of "downtown" (which starts at the Battery and has a nebulous northern border somewhere between the Village and 34th St).

You're essentially claiming that "Times Square" is not located in midtown, it's in the theater district, or that Harlem is not "uptown."

Comment Re:Money (Score 1) 564

You're making a fundamental error, here.

You can't simply offset those billions of dollars against the number of jobs. You need to look at what would have happened had Ireland not made this deal to begin with. It's fair to say that Apple would never have funneled their profits through the Irish tax haven had this deal not been in place, so the question is really "Are the 6500 jobs, plus however much actual tax revenue was collected, a greater return for Ireland than not having Apple's money in the country at all?"

I don't know the answer to that question, and I won't speculate on the matter, but that's the calculation in play here. Claiming otherwise is either ignorance or bias.

Comment Re:I hate Apple, but no (Score 1) 564

Tax avoidance "schemes" must be registered?

For what it's worth, the use of "scheme" there is not pejorative (which is why I assume you have it in scare quotes), it's just a synonym for "plan" that is in common usage in British English (as opposed to American English, where it typically implies that something underhanded is occurring).

Comment Re:December 30th (Score 1) 314

It was also the "done thing" to lurk for a while before posting. Well, that was the case before Eternal September, anyway...

This. If I would have made an account when I started using /., I'd have a 3 or low 4 digit uid, and given that both of us made accounts around the same time, I'd wager you would as well. There's something to be said for actually learning about a community before you join it.

Comment Re: They're not capable of mind control... (Score 1) 148

TL;DR.

Your fine rant, though, ignores the fact that the Iraq war is the one without an actual reason. The war in Afghanistan started because they were harboring Osama bin Laden, and we demanded they turn him over to answer for what al-Qaeda had done. It certainly went off the rails from there, with many people believing the Taliban had something to do with 9/11, but the original reason for the war was good enough to pass muster with a large coalition, including multiple nations that have had a significant aversion to military action since the mid 20th century sending troops as well.

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