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Comment Re:Conversely... (Score 4, Insightful) 224

They are written vague on purpose, because to be specific, would allow others to build upon your patent, and patent their improvements, locking you into a stale old way of building said invention, never able to improve it.

As a libertarian, I am all for the repealing of most patents, and the shortening of the term of protection. As it stands now, patents do not protect anyone from anything for very long. If something is popular, and patented, it will be cloned and ripped off anyway.

Patent abuse is like anything else the government does, it doesn't help many people, and hurts more people than it helps.

Comment Re:Worked@IBM in 1980's, left, because sucked. (Score 1) 292

Yeah, I worked the noon to 9 shift at IBM Boca for a while. About half the time, the afternoon rain storm would blow in a bit early and I'd get drenched walking from the car to the building, which they kept at 72 degrees all year round. The next couple of hours usually consisted in trying to avoid slipping into hypothermia and dying in the building.

Last time I left was in 2005 in Colorado. At the time, they would just throw a bunch of people in a room. They were nice enough to throw up some half-cube walls so we could face the wall and get some semblance of a distraction-free environment. They still think they can pay well below market rates just because they're IBM, even when they're hiring you on as a third party contractor and even though their FTE benefits program is only marginally better than the third party contracting houses are offering these days.

Comment Re: That's their job (Score 1) 447

Basically my reasoning is nothing like your emotional projection says it is. My reasoning is: "Taxes are regressive, all of them. The rich can avoid them, the poor doesn't pay them, and the middle class is stuck paying them". I personally don't pay any more taxes than I have to, to avoid going to jail. I expect everyone to do exactly the same thing.

This case (Apple/NZ Taxes) kind of proves the first two of the chain in reasoning. I expect a witty expletive riddled retort to follow.

Comment Re: This is extortion (Score 1) 226

The CIA presumably got the hacks from Russians, so that they would want the Russians to take the fall.

The CIA is actually working with affected companies, and they really can't disclose the vulnerabilities to the public, because they already know about them.

The CIA would love to undermine the public trust in WikiLeaks, so blaming the Kremlin for everything is logical (cold war mistrust)

The CIA would love to be able to shift the focus off their hacking skills and put it on the Kremlin.

OR Perhaps both the Kremlin and the CIA are both pissed at the other exposing them and are using public press to wage a war for the minds of citizens of the world. Meanwhile, I'm pissed that nobody seems to give a shit about doing the right thing, except it appears ... WikiLeaks.

Comment Re: This is extortion (Score 1) 226

you made a vague accusation that the Kremlin is influencing WikiLeaks. Do you have any evidence?

This is the second time I've seen this accusation, and the first time the guy offered no evidence, just that he "was Russian, and knows things". My guess, is that this is all part of the vague "Russians Hacked the US elections" thing, that was exposed as being based on vague accusations ... from the beginning.

It is actually more likely that it was Seth Rich that gave WikiLeaks at least part of the treasure used to upset the election. And having "Password" as your password ... revealed in a Phishing attack is evidence that said person shouldn't be anywhere near sensitive/secret information.

So far, vague allegations are all that is needed to upset people with Trump. The fact that he is playing the game back is popcorn worthy material. Nobody gives a shit when the Press lies with its unsubstantiated allegations, but when Trump does it, all hell breaks loose and his is "unhinged"!

Comment Re:Yeah, the bubble will pop long before that (Score 1, Flamebait) 372

but in America the special snowflakes can't possibly be judged academically

Because systemic "Racism", "Sexism", "Genderism", "Homophobia", "Transphobia" ... basically anyone that is not a white male has "societal discrimination" in their favor, so we must accommodate.

Comment Re:Tax incidence vs competition (Score 1) 447

I would suggest to you that end users always pay the taxes, and usually additionally more. Taxes reduce competition (eventually) when those that can afford less profit in the short run, are able to absorb the costs of new taxes, better than others. Eventually, the market shrinks as taxes take out the corporations that cannot afford to not pass on the cost are removed from the market. Eventually a smaller number of companies can provide said services, and eventually they raise prices when there is less competition.

The end result is, the user always pays the taxes, and usually more. Taxes should always be as minimal as possible. Zero if we could manage it.

Comment Re: That's their job (Score 1) 447

And yet most individuals pay more income tax than Apple.

irrelevant emotional reasoning. There is no reason anyone should pay more taxes than is legally required. NZ doesn't require taxes from Apple, because the tax laws says that Apple owes nothing. Again, if you don't like the laws, change them.

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