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Comment Re:The EU found a solution to this long time ago (Score 2) 247

This is what actually happens in the EU: You buy the stuff in other member states of the EU that don't worry about giving worthless pieces of paper away or that have a waiver from the EU which allows them to just export it to Asia.

This issues surrounding 'cheaper' stuff in other EU states is so prevalent that electronics stores in Western areas are often no longer feasible and many over the last few years, even web shops that had been known for decades for being "cheap", shut down.

Manufacturers don't make anything different for the EU, you really think things are so different there? They get their gear from the same Asian factories as the US does. It's just much more expensive.

Comment Re: Go visit Mar-a-Lago and complain (Score 4, Informative) 495

The Trump trademark was granted several months ago, when the majority of news sources still put him at a huge disadvantage in the polls. There was a 3 month period where you could dispute the trademark which ended last week.

Making up stories does nothing good to the press, it only makes people distrust them more.

Comment Re:Great idea (Score 1) 378

If "poor" people (not sure how anyone in the US can be considered poor) spend their income and "rich" people spend their income, they would be taxed at equal rates. People that are richer, already pay premium prices for products and have more of them, so they would pay accordingly. Obviously you could tax luxury goods higher, my proposal would be that if they spend it on things produced *locally* they would pay less taxes so that more money goes around in the local economy, less is wasted both environmentally and fiscally on long-haul shipping.

I would not advocate for just a flat tax, there is a point to income taxes, most of us already pay sales taxes but we only pay sales taxes for local commerce which is ass-backwards, it's cheaper and easier to buy stuff out-of-state including the shipping than buy locally (locally you have to jump through all sorts of hoops to get the tax removed)

Currently there are too many loopholes and exceptions in the tax code that benefit the 'richer' people. Sure they pay more in taxes absolutely but compared to 'us' as a percentage, they pay way less. I'm close to the threshold myself where I can spend a little bit on various 'investments' in order to reduce my tax burden, so I do but in the end, these investments benefit primarily the bankers. According to my tax accountant, the percentage and even the absolute amount of taxes paid has gone down as my income has grown.

Comment Great idea (Score 3, Interesting) 378

Let the countries that don't tax their robot manufacturers take all the production AND the jobs.

The problem isn't robots or automation, it's corporations like Microsoft and people like Gates that are the problem. They pay taxes at zero or even negative rates and then expect the government to provide "free" healthcare and unemployment for their employees (which in turn makes their employees pay for it).

I'd say repeal all taxes and only tax things coming in over state borders at one rate and things coming in over national borders at a higher rate for all finished products and "intellectual property". This would encourage more local and domestic development. If Microsoft wants to import code from India, have it taxed based on the time and resources it took to develop abroad -or- if they want to avoid that, have it put into public domain.

Comment Re:Why trust in the media is at an all time low (Score 1) 905

But it's that honesty (for better of for worse) that attracts people to them. If you haven't yet understood history, Hitler told it how it was - the German economy was in tatters because of losing a war and some really bad policies (the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, loaning money overseas with German assets (railroads etc) as collateral) that temporarily increased employment numbers but in the end only benefited the 'foreigners' and made things worse for the middle class (taking on massive debts ending up in hyperinflation).

Really, the social policy of the "golden twenties" in Germany reads like the Obama presidency:
48-hour workweek, "universal" health insurance for non-working people, tax reforms, increases in taxes on capital and an increase in the high income tax rates, unemployment programs, housing programs, weak borders. Until a foreign economy (primarily the US) crashed, they appeared to be all good on paper, although there was a great deal of unrest among workers and conservatives which was happily ignored because young people were being "Americanized" and having a good time participating in the arts, cinema, jazz clubs etc, because in the end, when your money's value disappears in a few hours, you better spend it all right away and worry about debts later.

And then you're surprised you get a Hitler-esque person in charge? History repeats itself. Governments care about getting elected, just like the German government did, you get elected by giving out free stuff and promising more, the majority of people doesn't care or doesn't understand how a country gets there, the majority of 'free stuff' is paid by taxes and debts and then when the situation gets untenable, the politicians will lie and cover it up (eg. Obama's unemployment numbers, Bush's debt numbers). You want healthcare, unemployment, minimum wages, you go in debt or you raise taxes. At some point there will be a huge portion of people reliant on the social services paid for the people that still work. The next election cycle you get a bunch of politicians promising to end those services, no more free stuff, no more handouts, secure the borders, put our people back to work, the people don't trust the politicians because they've been lied to for so long and false promises have been made, you only need a single person that isn't politically correct, that calls things the way they are, that promises to use the status quo and that person will raise to power.

Comment Re:Why trust in the media is at an all time low (Score 4, Informative) 905

I wouldn't consider them upstanding but they are at least honest about their views. Whether or not you agree with them is another thing entirely, but making up stories about them seems to be the status quo lately.

Look at an entirely "pointless" narrative. Harward turning down the offer for some position:
This is what Harward says:
"Like all service members understand, and live, this job requires 24 hours a day, 7 days a week focus and commitment to do it right. I currently could not make that commitment.", basically, I'm retired, I don't want a new job.

According to CNN, they cite the letter then go on with this narrative:
A friend said Harward called it a shit sandwich (no verifiable sources)
A Republican official told CNN (no verifiable sources)
A senior Republican familiar with the process (no verifiable sources)
Marks said he didn't want to speculate why Harward turned down the job, but said turmoil in the White House was likely a contributing factor (basically, I don't want to speculate but here is my speculation)

In the end 5 journalists work on a piece that had just two verifiable sources in it, Harward himself and a senator that says all of the above is untrue.

Comment Re:Try to read more carefully (Score 1) 640

I only read the /. article which says:

The Tesla could have been been trying to maneuver around a vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the street

Given the poor English writing of the whole summary indicated by "The Tesla was maneuvering" (Autopilot? Or was the driver maneuvering?) I just assumed a poor writer missing a comma. And if I call it poor writing, being myself a non-native English speaker, the entire thing lacks proper sentence-building, the name of the father in the next sentence could refer to the attorney or the father, only context makes it clear later on. There is no indication as to what party the part "traveling on the wrong side of the street" refers to just like the owner of the name Speckman later on. It could mean the Tesla was trying to get around a vehicle, traveling on the wrong side of the street or the Tesla was trying to get around a vehicle *which* was traveling on the wrong side of the street.

Given she was drunk, I would assume she was on the wrong side because she tried (and failed) to maneuver around it - either way, if she was on the wrong side or the other driver, you should slow down or stop if you're heading into any oncoming vehicle, not try to get around it or speed up. She was a drunk moron placed in a very common traffic situation and her drunkenness caused her to badly negotiate the situation, it's her own fault and the fault of whoever let her have and drive (or get in with her) an expensive vehicle when she was both too young and irresponsible to handle it.

Comment Why? (Score 1) 144

Are security protocols that broken at larger organizations or is it just Microsoft asking for government protection from improving and finding bugs in their software?

It's easy to defend against a security attack, you could use perhaps a large amount of sites small enough to be managed by a 2 or 3 man team and then connect those sites with a network that takes different routes around when one goes missing. We could have ARPA develop the thing and call it ARPAnet.

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