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Comment Re:Still Catching Up (Score 1) 44

The carriers that need CDMA (MetroPCS and Cricket both piggyback on Sprint/Verizon) get the Qualcomm modem. The ones that only need GSM get the Intel modem.

Without having to support CDMA, the cost of the modem likely is lower. Qualcomm themselves own the patents to CDMA but others would have to pay a licensing fee to make a CDMA chip, which would increase the cost of their modem solution.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 548

That's not what's being implied, but you had to made this a partisan thing as well. People who vote on single-issues are pretty looney in general. That's all that was said. But again, you had to come in, Anonymously (cowardly), with the tried-and-true predictable partisan talking point "well the other side!!!".

That being said, some issues are more worthy of being a wedge issue than others. I don't care how good a political candidate's policies are towards economic growth if they advocated, say, genocide.

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 548

There are definitely wedge issue voters. But I'd be hesitant to claim that they're even the majority of Trump supporters. From statistics I've seen, the biggest demographic is white males with lower levels of education and fall in pretty bad economic situations.

There was an interview with a guy who feared Hillary to death because he's convinced she will raise his taxes and cut his disability checks. I don't think he ever connected that disability checks comes from taxes nor that if you're on disability, you're probably not making enough for progressive taxation to affect you negatively.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 168

There's a few things in 5G that make it more friendly towards massive numbers of small, low-bandwidth devices.

1. Unlicensed spectrum usage. So anyone can make a device that does short-range communication amongst sensors or with a hub.
2. Low-bandwidth, single-mode LTE. Arguably already existent in 4G but no real unified standard so far.

It's possible to do sea-of-sensors type devices today with chips from various vendors, but they're all geared towards closed and proprietary networks of machines deployed all from the same vendor/ISP that uses that ISP's licensed spectrum.

5G lets small, low-power cellular devices hop on unlicensed spectrum, which lets any vendor deploy it.

Comment Re:Taxes = theft (Score 1) 579

The widening gap in wealth has been about the top 0.5% vs everyone for a while now. Like I said, about ~5 million in net worth (liquid) seems to be where the cut-off is. After that, your effective tax rate takes a steep dive and it's a lot easier to make way more money than if you were simply someone who earns a high salary.

Comment Re:HQ Redo (Score 1, Insightful) 579

I don't buy that. If companies had room to raise prices, they would've raised prices already. There isn't some level of profitability where they go "well, that's enough guys".

If taxes were higher, all a company would do is make less money (or close up shop because they're not making enough money to justify the trouble). By definition they were already pricing their product at what the consumers were willing to spend. And they were paying their employees as little as those employees were willing to make.

And since taxes are only on profit and not revenue, no business would lose money with higher taxes. Only make less. Now, whether it's a good strategy to try to tax corporate profits....that's a separate question.

Comment Re:"Spirit of the Law" is BS (Score 3, Insightful) 579

There are plenty of cases where "spirit of the law" comes into play. That's why we have courts and justices interpreting laws. But tax law, in general, is pretty open-and-close. However, in this case, there is some interpretation to be had. Including whether or not Apple's tax advantage was available to any other company.

Comment Re:Lying is not "fair and square" (Score 1) 579

If you consider the Irish tax authorities giving a written compliance ruling "lying", sure. That's what the entire EU case is based on. The Irish tax authority blessed Apple's internal allocation of profits in a 1991 and 2007 ruling. The EU claims this is anti-competitive as no other company was blessed to do this (whether any other company tried, who knows).

Comment Re:Next the gov't decides YOU have too much money. (Score 4, Interesting) 579

The laws have already been changed going forward. These types of tax evasions in Ireland, at least, are closed to new companies and existing agreements will expire in 2020.

This is actually a case of anti-competition. The EU is asserting that only Apple received the type of tax ruling that allowed it to hide profits behind a mysterious "head office" that wasn't taxed in Ireland.

It may be true that no other company had done this. But I don't know whether that can qualify as anti-competitiveness since they'd have to show other companies being denied such a blessing.

Comment Re:Taxes = theft (Score 4, Interesting) 579

How much of the current government's spending do you think are on those "unreasonable" things? I see strawman argument against things like the FCC (what business is of the government to regulate the airwaves?), FDA (safe food? Privatize that!), EPA (clean air?! pfff) and other such "things that aren't in the constitution".

Usually with the argument that said things, if abolished, would lower taxes. But have you actually looked at the FY2015 federal budget? If you got rid of everything except Defense and disability (FICA/Medicare is its own tax, so I guess you can argue for getting rid of those), you'd still basically have the same budget. Those "not in the constitution" things are in the noise margin in terms of spending.

Now, I could be persuaded to re-think FICA/Medicare.

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