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Comment Re:I hate Apple, but no (Score 1) 164

Tax avoidance "schemes" must be registered?

What happened to the concept of a free society where every citizen may demand of the government to know if a particular action is legal or not...before doing it?

Government is not supposed to be able to rub their chin and retroactively apply law in new ways that they had no problem with at the time. This is one of the tools dictators use to deal with uppity opposition, along with general warrants, or no warrants, to filch through the opposition's stuff until they find something illegal.

Doesn't apply here? So this isn't a political response to outrage over Apple's Ireland operations, at the demands of those in power, to assuage hoi polloi?

Comment Re:I hate Apple, but no (Score 1) 164

What should have been illegal all along is government overreach, stripping of sovereignity, and politicians retroactively punishing for legal behaviors decades later.

So much vomitous, vile smugness on the part of some citizens who enjoy their overlords wielding unlimited power to satisfy transient outrage.

Comment Re:IP law has nothing to do with logic. (Score 1) 387

It's amazing (and hopeful) how human beings evolved to be cooperative and work together for the benefit of the group.

There's lots of research on that, in anthropology, biology, behavioral economics, etc.

I read the Wall Street Journal editorial page for 30 years. Milton Friedman was wrong. Ayn Rand was really wrong.

People aren't motivated by money, once they're financially comfortable. In published studies, they will sacrifice real money in order to satisfy their sense of justice. Look up behavioral economics.

Comment Re:Reading comprehension failure (Score 1) 387

the core problem created by our "friends" in places like the UK and Canada who do it. Those foreign governments doing it for their socialist medical services are what forced the American consume to bear all the R&D costs and drove-up OUR drug prices; they threatened to break the patents and let the American companies get ripped-off if the American companies did not sell at prices too low to cover all the costs. The result was that the companies lowered the prices over there to a level that allowed a profit on the manufacturing costs but no margin to cover the R&D costs which went entirely onto the US customers and their insurance companies.

I take it from your comment that your expertise is not in pharmaceuticals.

Did you ever hear of insulin (Canada), statins (Japan), penicillin (England), cancer chemotherapy (Italy) or monoclonal antibodies (Argentina/Switzerland)?

I am leaving the Wikipedia search as an exercise for the reader.

Comment Re:see what the Union free work place get's you! (Score 5, Interesting) 280

Where independent unions are banned.

Basically when China and Russia gave up on socialism, they created a version of capitalism in the image of what they imagined capitalism to be; not the kind of liberal society you find in advanced Western democracies with their regulated market economies and worker's rights guarantees.

Comment Re:indigenous? (Score 2) 49

Indigenous means "originating where it is found", or "naturally occurring in a particular place". It can be used referring to individuals, groups of people, flora, fauna, minerals -- pretty much anything. It shares many of the same dictionary definitions as "native".

The word usage problem is using "indigenous" for an artificial, mobile invention, which is a bit unusual. You wouldn't say "indigenous airplane" because it's not something naturally found in a place or confined to a place. That would be an unusual usage, but people would understand what you meant -- you'd mean "domestically produced".

Comment Re:Eh, was this necessary? (Score 1) 173

Well, it depends on what your research objectives are. ISS is in some ways a better model, in some ways a worse one. It's better in that it's in space with microgravity, but ISS crew members rotate in and out. Even if individuals spend the equivalent time of a Mars mission on the ISS there will be new faces, a constantly changing research workload, and the ever-changing panorama of the Earth below.

So it's not a very accurate model of the social dynamics of a Mars mission where people are cooped up in a can with the same faces, same scenery, and nothing but busy-work to keep them occupied. Let's say we lick the radiation and microgravity problems; the question then becomes what kind of people can successfully negotiate the trip to Mars, arriving ready to work successfully there?

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