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Comment Re:Not the same (Score 1) 192

I don't think the military is trying hard at all to develop a do-it-all bird. In fact, I doubt most of the military cares, including the Air Force where they are far more interested in unmanned vehicles and cyber. JSF is a congressional project for money re-distribution. The portion of the military that cares about doing important things like winning wars, moved on from JSF a long time ago. It is a boring, uninteresting program.

Comment Re:Oh yeah? Then what are you gonna do about it? (Score 1) 410

Forget about Ireland. The irish tax rate is not the issue. The problem is that when they "sold" the assets to the Irish company, they blatantly and intentionally misrepresented the value of the assets. As a result, the IRS lost out on the taxes on the revenue of that sale of assets.

The test is simple. Would Apple have been willing to sell Microsoft, Google, or anybody else that IP for 10% more than they sold it to the Irish company? Wouldn't it be logical for a for-profit company to want to sell their products for more money?

Comment Re:Oh yeah? Then what are you gonna do about it? (Score 1) 410

It is not the payment of taxes in Ireland that is in dispute. It is the transfer of assets proceeding all of this and the subsequent huge adjustment of asset values after the transfer. That is what makes the whole scheme work and the IRS and other government tax authorities have always cracked down on this sort of stuff. It is tax evasion.

Comment Re:Oh yeah? Then what are you gonna do about it? (Score 1) 410

IMO, it is not just the tax break in Ireland that is the core of the issue. The real problem is the manipulation of the value of an asset (in this case IP). The value of the IP magically takes on whatever value that Apple needs it to take in order to transfer it across borders and then charge themselves royalties equal to the amount they would have otherwise earned. It is not new that this sort of thing is tax evasion.

Comment Re:Oh yeah? Then what are you gonna do about it? (Score 1) 410

Its not really a retroactive change, in my opinion, it's just that someone has finally decided that the law should be carried out and blatant tax evasion should not be allowed.

The scheme is called double irish, or more recently, double irish with a dutch sandwich. Essentially, Apple starts up a company in tax haven Ireland, then they sell their intellectual property to that company at an extremely small valuation. Then they license the technology from the new company at a royalty cost that is coincidentally exactly equal to the amount of earnings that they need to shelter from the governments.

When citizens like you try to fudge the values of property during a person-to-person transfer in order to cut the government out, the IRS will call it tax evasion and come after you.

Comment Re: Ham-handed (Score 1) 280

I do not think it is really a matter of trust. If the DNS system is not being managed well, then it can be taken control of more easily than you might think. For instance, if the EU wanted to take 100% control of all of their TLDs and make them subordinate to a new root, it could be done. It would create issues temporarily, but nothing that could not be worked around. I think the issue with handing over control of the existing root and management of new TLDs is that it is hard to identify an organization and funding that would do a better job of competently managing the system, but there are certainly many organizations and countries that we don't want involved in managing the system. So the low risk approach is "If its not broke, don't fix it".

Comment Re:hurray... Slasdot, the new corporate apologists (Score 2) 392

The money is overseas because the sold products overseas and had revenue overseas. On top of that, the products were probably built oversees. So now that they want to bring money back to invest in the U.S., we tell them that they need to give us 30% of the money? They shouldn't take that deal and we shouldn't be crazy enough to ask them to take that deal.

Comment Re:Corporate States of America (Score 1) 259

Obviously their are mathematical reasons why breaking strong encryption is hard, but security is only as strong as its weakest link which in the case of an iPhone is the 4 digit pin code. Modifying the OS to allow brute forcing of the pin code isn't a mathematical impossibility.

Except in this one case where they would have to be able to modify the OS of a phone that is already locked.

Comment Be an Entrepreneur (Score 3, Insightful) 174

You either need to find an entrepreneur or be an entrepreneur. Seriously, the hard work is just getting started. You may have a technology, but you don't have a product, a market, a business model, or a customer. So start learning about how you build companies. There are plenty of online classes or books at the library. And forget about starting with big companies just because they are big, you need to find the companies that are hurting the most from the problem you are solving - electrical fires.

Comment Re:Naw, it's Doctors (Score 1) 696

Depends on the state maybe. In some states (Michigan I know), they are expected to be as far right as practical. Also, they can be ticketed for impeding the flow of traffic. Unfortunately, this is part of the problem. Most cyclists think that the laws are the same for them as it is for everyone else. They end up doing lots of stupid things that eventually catch up with them.

Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 1) 149

Networked sensors, actuators, and communication devices have been shown to be of value all sorts of applications. Thank god for the visionaries and dreamers that try to make a new reality instead of always looking backwards.

Sure, technologies that change society always get over-hyped at some point before reality bring everything crashing back down, but then the technology adoption will move forward on a more sustainable trajectory.

And... cities should care about and support their innovators if they want to grow their city to attract new businesses and start new companies.

Comment Re:marketting (Score 5, Insightful) 92

I think that it was more than just marketing. Prior to Arduino, it as hard to get started in working with microcontrollers. Almost every manufacturer focused their products on already trained engineers. Arduino, from the beginning was primarily targeted toward learning for beginners.
1. Arduino was cheap
2. Arduino did not require specialty hardware for programming
3. The IDE was free, cross platform, and worked out of the box without any complicated set up.
4. They focused on lots of accessible documentation and learning material.

Now that Arduino has been successful, everybody else has jumped on the bandwagon and in many ways have developed superior ecosystems. But I credit Arduino for being the trailblazer. I have recently reallly been into MBED and Spark Core, but I doubt that those systems would exist as they are today had it not been for the creators of Arduino.

Comment Re:How about baked in, not strapped on security? (Score 1) 108

I think a lot of IoT implementation have that idea of a central server. There is nothing wrong with it, but even then, IP still comes in handy because so many integration issues are already solved. For instance, there are existing IETF protocols for device discovery currently used for devices like printers that would work well for other devices as well.

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