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Comment Re:U.S. profits too??? (Score 1) 174

The EU is applying the back taxes to worldwide profits, as Apple is choosing to transfer those profits to the EU

Apple doesn't transfer U.S. profits to to the EU, so how is it fair for the E.U. to tax Apple on U.S. profits again exactly?

That, kids, is why they play this game.

There are $14 billion reasons why the EU is playing this game but legality or fairness is not one of them.

Ireland does not charge taxes for profit made in other countries. Apple transferred their profits to Ireland to avoid paying taxes in other countries. If they transferred US profits to Ireland then, yes, they do have to pay tax on it. This is because of the way that Apple transfers the money - as a patent licensing fee. The subsidiary in Ireland is making a profit on all those fees they paid to Ireland worldwide.

Comment Re:Facebook use plummets during business hours (Score 1) 116

While I tend to agree, I think there are some times when it's appropriate to have auto-playing content (maybe only restricted to silent content). For example, multimedia-rich pages such as this benefit from a tasteful (in my opinion) use of multimedia. That said, the ability to choose click-to-play settings (either globally or domain-specific) would be a Good Thing. And of course, there's a special place in hell for any website which allows auto-play ads with audio.

Do you work for the NYT or something? I have yet to see a single news website that succeeds at "tasteful use of multimedia." NYT might be better than most because they're historically a print media, but I don't go to a freaking news website to watch a video! I go there to read the news! If I wanted to watch a video and listen to some multimedia, I'd probably go to YouTube or turn on my TV. In the rare instances where the article makes me want to watch some footage, I'd like to be able to choose to do so instead of having the video shoved down my throat at the top of the article I am trying to read. I can read the whole article in half the time it takes some news anchor to blabber on about the content.

Comment Re:AD shaming (Score 1) 172

I always thought it was interesting that you can mention another product by name in a TV spot here in America. It is actually illegal in some other countries. You can't name a competitor directly. So most of the time you are left with references to a white box with a generic label like"Product X" or similar. The way they talk about it though, usually makes it clear which other company they are referring to. American advertisers do not have to go through such a loophole.

If you pay attention, most of those US commercials that compare Brand A to Brand B are actually comparing two products owned by the same conglomerate. They get a double bang for their buck on those kinds of ads because it tends to make people think that their only two options are A and B and either way that conglomerate picks up a sale. At least this is the case with household chemicals, diapers, etc

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 359

Eliminating left turns to save time at the expense of longer distance is plausible.

Making the journey shorter by eliminating left turns is not. So what is the article not telling us?

I'm assuming the distance saved is overall, and by employing a smaller fleet. One truck can cover more area and therefore the total distance is shorter because they can have one truck serving an area that used to be covered by two. So each individual driver is driving a little more, but in the same amount of time that two drivers used to cover the same area.

Comment Re:Labor intensive jobs (Score 1) 114

Never mind that the factory jobs that left the US did so because of high labor rates and the only way to get them back and keep them is to pay people competitive wages... for China.

Manufacturing jobs are returning to the US because labor is getting too expensive in China, as Chinese workers want a middle class lifestyle. But the new factories in the US require fewer workers and those workers must possess a college degree, eliminating the vast majority of Trump voters who are eagerly waiting for the 1980's manufacturing jobs to return.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/education/edlife/factory-workers-college-degree-apprenticeships.html

In the meantime, Common F. Sense is eagerly waiting for someone to justify why factory workers suddenly need a college degree.

When college goes from optional to mandatory, it's time to start aligning the price of that degree alongside K-12 education. Fuck the greedy institutions who feel burying students in college debt for a decade or two is somehow the "right" answer.

...I know that the cost of public universities has increased since I finished school, but there's no requirement that you become overloaded with debt to get a bachelors degree.

Based on how you've marginalized the cost of higher education, I can tell you have no idea how expensive it has become to get a bachelors degree, a cost that has risen over 200% in the last 30 years. Not to mention actually landing a job after you spend $40,000+ getting a degree, unlike history when a degree all but guaranteed you employment. There's a reason outstanding college debt is now measured in trillions, and working a menial job through college used to be a way to avoid taking loans. That's hardly the case today.

I'll bet you and are not that far apart in age. I have a bachelors degree. My family was incredibly poor and I started paying my own way for almost everything (except shelter) at 16. By the time I was 19, I was completely independent and in school. I graduated with honors in 3.5 years, and had less than $10,000 in student loans. All while working full time and without any scholarships or grants. I'm not marginalizing the cost of school. I've been there and done that. I did not drink while in school, take girls out to dinner, go on all those fun and exciting trips all my friends went on, none of that. Every dime I made went towards my degree and every hour possible was spent in class to decrease the number of semesters I would be working for a low income. This was all in the 2000's. I broke up with my high school sweetheart when she tried to pressure me into going to a private school with her that would have run me $40,000 a year just in tuition costs. So no, I have no sympathy for anyone claiming that school is just too expensive these days. Maybe the problem is that they've never faced hardships and don't know how to sacrifice? Oh and my student loans are already paid off, too.

Comment Re:Labor intensive jobs (Score 0) 114

Never mind that the factory jobs that left the US did so because of high labor rates and the only way to get them back and keep them is to pay people competitive wages... for China.

Manufacturing jobs are returning to the US because labor is getting too expensive in China, as Chinese workers want a middle class lifestyle. But the new factories in the US require fewer workers and those workers must possess a college degree, eliminating the vast majority of Trump voters who are eagerly waiting for the 1980's manufacturing jobs to return.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/education/edlife/factory-workers-college-degree-apprenticeships.html

In the meantime, Common F. Sense is eagerly waiting for someone to justify why factory workers suddenly need a college degree.

When college goes from optional to mandatory, it's time to start aligning the price of that degree alongside K-12 education. Fuck the greedy institutions who feel burying students in college debt for a decade or two is somehow the "right" answer.

There are 33 public universities in the State of California alone. There are over 600 public universities in the entire US. There are over 1000 public community colleges in the US. If you are/were buried in college debt for multiple decades then perhaps that is your own fault? Two years of community college followed by two years of a public university should not cost you a fortune. If you work while you go to school, you can save even more money. I worked full-time every year except for my senior year and was able to graduate in less than 4 years. I know that the cost of public universities has increased since I finished school, but there's no requirement that you become overloaded with debt to get a bachelors degree.

Comment Re:Make it fair (Score 1) 899

Last night you have a young lady being interviewed on ABC punched in the face and pepper sprayed by one of these "oppressed" liberals. You have another pulled out of a car and beaten for no reason.

Watch those videos again and you'll see that the guy with the pepper spray was wearing black nitrile gloves and was reportedly masked. In the videos I saw, the crowd went nuts and tried to chase the guy down after he did that. It's not the crowd out there that is acting this way, it's a few asshats that are trying to cause chaos. Whether they are left wing, right wing, or just plain anarchists is impossible to tell. But clearly those people showed up with the intent to commit crime and to leave behind no evidence. You don't see the rest of the crowd wearing rubber gloves and masks, do you?

Comment Re:$190 / kWh and $20 / kWh less than $100 / kWh (Score 1) 212

This summary is unreadable, it literally makes no sense.

Look, fifth grade teachers need to make a living. If that means plagiarizing their student's science reports and selling them to online new services, so be it. We do not need our teachers starving. The last thing we'd want to do is actually pay them ourselves!

Comment Re:Straining? (Score 1) 128

Having and using Prime, I can't believe the number of items are shipped UPS but when you track it you find out they dropped it in the US Mail... Surely it would be cheaper for Amazon to just mail the item themselves.

Amazon already has trailers upon trailers of packages getting picked up every day by UPS and FedEx. FedEx and UPS are finding it hard to deliver all of these packages that Amazon is shipping. It's not too difficult for UPS or FedEx to add an extra trailer to a truck / train departing from one of their hubs. It's difficult to have enough trucks / drivers to deliver the last mile. So, they give Amazon a price break to have them deliver the package to the Post Office for them. Now UPS / FedEx can deliver a few semi-trucks worth of packages to the main post office in a region and then the USPS decides how to do the last mile - something the Federal government requires the USPS to do Mon-Sat anyway.

Comment Re:Bad incident; great response (Score 1) 101

Obviously, data loss is embarrassing. I think we all appreciate the importance of not only having multiple backups, but testing to ensure that your backups work, and are sufficient to fully restore operations. GitLab is just the latest in a long tradition of sites and services that have found themselves facing the consequences of not regularly testing their recovery plans.

But I do respect their response. They quickly recognized what had happened, and they diagnosed what went wrong with their backups. They did not try to use PR-speak to conceal their mistake -- they publicly copped to it, in plain industry-standard language that their users would understand, and even offered a livestream of their team resolving the issue. I think this has been a masterclass in how to recover from a blunder. I bet you that this is not a mistake GitLab will be repeating anytime soon.

Also, I think it's very fortunate that they're in the git repo business, and presumably users who had data that was affected by the loss still have a copy in their own local repos. Thank god for distributed SCM.

They claimed they did not lose any Git data, only database records pertaining to users, issue tracking, tasks, etc. I don't know of anyone who backs up their bug tracking and other databases, so some people probably would have preferred to have lost their git data. It's easier to restore on an active project.

Comment Re:Can someone clarify "secret rules" for me? (Score 1) 189

Am I oblivious to the US Constitution? How can you have "secret rules", not approved/ratified/signed/passed/whatever in and by a public law.making body such as the upper house, the lower house, an executive order (am I missing something here?)? Aren't all these supposed to publicize new laws to those that vote? So people actually know what the guys they voted for are doing, and, you know, actually know if they are following the "most recent law"?

Because the way I see this, when you have ad hoc "secret rules" applied by justice or intelligence bodies, that is the definition of abuse of power (or spying, which is basically "abuse of power" for non-judicial purposes). One thing is to know there are gag orders put in place to companies - those gags were approved publicly, so the people basically "know companies might or might not be screwing with your privacy rights", but such a thing as "secret rules" would turn that to "every government executive body or law enforcement might or might not be screwing with your _rights_" (as in "all rights", that's how broad it becomes).

The existence of such rules mean, in essence, there can be rules like, for instance "allowing your or your entire family's execution because you ate a pretzel this morning without giving tip and a police officer didn't like it"; or milder, yet stupider things like "ban you from Netflix because you watch too much foreign movies". It gets that stupid.

I don't know how they justify it in their heads but the way they keep the charade up is by making it so that no one has legal standing to sue. Then those pesky judges in the supreme court don't have to spend a few minutes thinking about the constitutionality of these things. No suit? No hearing, no ban on NSLs. Its the perfect plan and the judges that sit on the FISA court let it go because they're hoping the cooperation will allow them to attain that high seat on the Supreme Court!

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