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Comment Re:Thanks, Trump! (Score 1) 154

Lick my balls, bro.

Buying "carbon credits" and the like don't mean that you're actually using sustainable energy. What happens when the wind plants and solar plants aren't producing? Covering average demand is ONLY covering average demand. Idiots.

Its an accounting trick. They are actually using energy produced by non-renewable generators much of the time. They are simply signing contracts and paying a bit more to say it comes from renewables. Meanwhile, every neighbor is using the exact same mix of power from the exact same generators. The only difference is the piece of paper..

No, there's a little more to it than that. The fact that they're paying more for renewable means that utilities can afford to invest in more renewable production. Buying renewable energy, even if it does get all mixed together with non-renewable in the grid, actually causes renewable energy production to be built out -- and eventually to replace non-renewable production.

Comment Re:No investment opportunities big enough (Score 1) 129

They can't pay it out as dividends without repatriating it, nor can they invest it in anything in the US.

So they bring it back and pay taxes on it, and pay the remainder as a dividend. Then they tell the shareholders they would have got more if not for those taxes and deflect the blame, easy peasy.

And their stock price would take a big hit as they reduced the assets on their balance sheet by a huge amount, to no benefit. Shareholders would be pissed, and the blame deflection would not work. At all.

Bottom line: the reason they have big piles of cash is because the US has the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world.

No, it's because the US has a pathetic tax structure that makes it easy to dodge taxes.

You don't know what you're talking about. The taxes we're talking about here are taxes that companies in most countries wouldn't pay at all. The US is nearly unique in trying to tax overseas profits.

Comment Re:US tax policy is NOT the problem for Apple (Score 1) 129

They don't have to repatriate it to do useful things with it. Believe it or not you can actually do interesting things outside the USA. I know right? Who knew?

Lose the snark. They already do about as much as they can with their cash outside of the US. There are a lot of reasons they keep the bulk of their operations in the US, and in Silicon Valley.

Have you wondered why Apple has taken out loans in recent years despite having gobs of cash and no actual need for the money?

No, I haven't wondered because it's blindingly obvious, and it's not the reason you state. The reason they do it is because they can borrow against overseas capital and use it to obtain cash for operations and growth in the US. It's a way of partially working around exactly the problem I described.

Over 50% of Apple's business is outside the US.

Revenues, yes. Operations, no.

The effective tax rate in the US for corporations is actually below the world average.

Only because many corporations have big writeoffs available due to depreciation, losses, etc. Apple already uses all of those to reduce their tax liability for US revenues. They'd pay full rate on money they repatriated.

I won't bother rebutting the remainder point by point, because it's all predicated on your above errors.

Comment Re:Music industry != artists (Score 3, Interesting) 54

I think artists of the progressive rock genre are ones that suffer most from streaming

I think they are probably among those who suffer least.

Artists in most of the less mainstream forms of rock have basically never made any money from royalties. Their album sales have always served primarily to feed fan interest in their live shows, and they've made most of their their money from merchandising at the shows. I'd expect prog rock to be in this category. And for artists who make most of their money from touring, YouTube is a *good* thing because it does an even better job of feeding fan interest, enabling a lot more interaction with fans. YouTube does this so well it's enabled artists who would never have made it in the old world to make a decent living with their music. One of my favorite examples is Lindsay Stirling, the dancing pop violinist. She actually makes considerable money from YouTube streaming (because she doesn't go through a label), and sells out concerts in respectable venues worldwide.

The artists who in decades past made their money from royalties rather than touring are the ones who are most hurt by streaming, because their contracts generally pay them a pittance of streaming revenues. On the other hand, the artists in question, the ones to generate massive royalties on album sales, are the big pop acts who are rolling in cash in spite of being ripped off by their labels.

Please don't interpret this as a defense of the labels. I spent a while writing a royalty calculation system for a big label, and it's crazy how much crap they get away with and how badly they rip off the artists, with or without streaming. They suck, and I'm rooting for artists to exploit YouTube, iTMS, Google Play, etc., and social media to reach their fans directly and cut the bloodsucking leeches out completely.

Comment Re:good (Score 1) 354

And Christians have been dicks to people, but it's not in the same league as jihadis.

Ignore the particular insult. The point is any reasonable reading of history, of what muslims believe, of how they behave once they have achieved a certain population density and it's obvious one should never allow Islam to take root in your nation. You're just dooming your kids or your grandkids to civil war. But no amount of calmly pointing to similar historical situations like Lebanon, showing someone Pew Research polls about what muslims believe, obvious common sense will get your average brain-dead person to wake up and say "hey, stop letting muslims immigrate to the west." You need to scream about goatfucking rapefugees if you want to get anyone's attention.

Comment Re:Fake? (Score 1) 735

Just sayin', when people say they saw a UFO, the g-man comes out and says "no it's just swamp gas reflecting off a weather balloon." Podesta and the people connected to him exhibit very strange behavior and there's no explanation except "FAKE NEWS FAKE NEWS!!!" If someone can't come up with a better explanation for their behavior and communications then it'll never end.

Comment Re:"self investigate" == alt.right (Score 2) 735

So are you agreeing Pizzagate is not fake news? It's a conspiracy theory. Nobody just made it up. They found weird emails with weird statements that no one would make that look like some kind of code and weird social media accounts with weird stuff posted to them. And nobody's bothered to explain "oh...this is what a pizza-related map handkerchief is, don't you feel silly now?" Or explain how one...I can't remember what it was "plays dominoes better on pizza or pasta" or whatever that weird message was.

I'm not saying it's true. I doubt it...it's probably confirmation bias. But screaming "fake news!!!" isn't going to make it stop. Someone needs to offer an alternative explanation to the weird language and debunk the conspiracy theory. When people think they saw a UFO the g-man needs to explain that no, it was swamp gas reflecting off a weather balloon or whatever. You can't just stand there saying "nothing to see here move along."

Comment Re:Spinning even now (Score 3, Insightful) 735

Sure, but conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory keeps coming true. If 20 years ago you were rambling about government mind control experiments, the CIA letting crack into black neighborhoods and the government recording all your phone calls people would think you were crazy. All that stuff was true though.

Doesn't mean this is true, of course. But I just think we're kind of past the point where one can say "lol conspiracy theory" and have that be an argument.

Comment Re:Spinning even now (Score 0) 735

Even Fox News don't seem to have covered this as anything other than a conspiracy theory.

Actually the thing I find weird (from the media point of view that is...the whole thing is weird) is that they're wrapping it up in this "fake news" narrative. Pizzagate isn't fake news...it's a conspiracy theory. Nobody sat down and said "oh man we're gonna make up this thing about this weird pizza place!" People followed clues and made connections (which are likely just a perfect storm of confirmation bias) but conspiracy theories are different than "fake news."

Comment Re:Why air gaps? (Score 3, Insightful) 272

Double glazed windows have a vacuum (or sometimes a noble gas) between the panes.

Or dry air. There's no need to use anything other than air to avoid condensation. You just need to make sure the air is dry and the windows are sealed so humid air can't get in. I doubt many windows are vacuum-filled; that's just begging for trouble, and would also limit the size of panes. 15 pounds per square inch adds up to a lot of pressure very quickly.

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