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Comment Re:Why would you want tech companies in the downto (Score 1) 113

nominally they are "cities", in reality they are incorporated neighborhoods in a much bigger, continuous metropolis. You wouldn't know it's a new place/city/town exept for a map or maybe a label on the street sign.

Or the "Welcome to XXX" sign along El Camino Real (assuming you're reading signs in the medium or along the curb rather than watching traffic).

(Or the color and/or font of the street sign, but see previous parenthetical note.)

Comment Re:Understandable (Score 1) 113

I can understand how the mayor feels because software coding is just like finance, it does nothing to contribute to the economy other than offer a service. We need a manufacturing economy to bring jobs back.

Presumably manufacturing stuff that has no processors in it, otherwise, you'd have to write software for those processors, thus reducing the contribution to the economy of that manufacturing.

(And what about the engineering work done designing the stuff being made? Does that also do nothing to contribute to the economy other than offer a service?)

And the number of jobs offered by a manufacturing economy depends on the volume of production and the productivity of the labor - the higher the productivity, the fewer jobs offered per unit produced. Enough robots and you don't get as many jobs back as you might want.

And those manufacturing companies may even need finance to grow, although it might not involve some exotic financial derivatives and an huge pile of servers doing high-frequency trading to get the finance.

Yes, it's reasonable to ask to what extent the software or finance industries are contributing to the economy, and whether we'd be better off with smaller versions of either of them, but that's different from casually dismissing those industries.

Service economies are third world.

So an economy with 75% of its citizens working in service industries and with 70% of its GDP coming from service industries is a third-world economy?

Comment Re:They seem to think they have a say in this (Score 2) 340

What they haven't learned is the Universe doesn't care about the FBI, or even criminals for that matter. If mathematics makes hard-to-break encryption possible, then that is simply that. Unless Congress plans to pass laws banning encryption, or demanding back doors, which will set it up for a big fight in the Supreme Court, the government should just shut its fucking pie hole and get about investigating crimes. Criminals have been hiding and destroying evidence as long as there have been criminals, and I've seen absolutely nothing that suggests that more criminals are getting away with crimes now than they did a couple of decades ago.

Comment Re:For the Yanks who are confused. (Score 1) 507

It's not like a treaty, it IS a treaty. The ECC has been around in one form or another for nearly sixty years, and the whole point of the common market is to allow the free flow of goods and services between member states. That requires rules to deal with member states who try to gain unfair advantage by, say, granting large multinationals absurdly low tax rates, and, once they've set up shop, can now gain access to the entire Common Market.

I'm not clear what critics are objecting to here. Are they saying nations should be able to just ignore treaty provisions which they willingly and freely signed up for whenever they want? Are critics saying that other signatories to said treaties have no right to demand redress?

Comment Re:countries are no more? (Score 1) 507

If they want to be part of the European Common Market, they have to abide by the rules all the members, including Ireland, agreed to. If Ireland wishes to go its own way, it can invoke Article 50 like Britain has. Of course, that would likely mean companies like Apple and Microsoft would move their European headquarters, because the real reason that Ireland and these companies struck up these rather favorable tax deals was because they could gain access to the Common Market while gaining a very advantageous tax rate from being taxed in Ireland, rather than, say, Britain or Germany.

Comment Re:With a reason? (Score 1) 215

So long as there's rhyme and reason to the numbering scheme, I have no problem with it.

BMW does this, and it's awesome. The first digit is the body style (3 is small, 5 is mid, 7 is large), and the next 2 digits are the engine displacement.

Except when they aren't; these days, the next 2 digits may, or may not, have any connection to the engine size. For example, both the BMW UK page giving technical data for the 3 series and the BMW USA page for building your own car, after selecting the 3 series sedan indicate that both the 320i and the 330i have a 2-litre turbo 4, with the 330i just having a more powerful version.

Comment Re:SubjectIsSubject (Score 2) 507

If Ireland doesn't like EU rules it can always depart the EU. If course then it will lose its privileged access to the Common Market, and let's be clear here, the tax deal with Apple was littl more than the creation of a tax haven for Apple to gain cheap access to the Common Market.

Comment Re:Good (Score 2) 507

If Irish tax law contravenes it's treaties with the rest of the EU, that very treaty requires Ireland to abide by the EU's decision. Ireland willingly and knowingly violated it's treaty obligations in its deals with Application and Google, so there is nothing arbitrary or capricious about this ruling.

Comment Re:'Refutes' or 'denies'? (Score 2) 507

They are going to attempt to refute the ruling. Whether they refute it or not in fact depends greatly upon whether their appeal is successful.

At any rate, Ireland's reputation for basically being a tax haven that allows cheap access to EU markets has long been established. The EU is finally getting around to fixing what amounts to a significant problem. If Ireland wants to be part of the Common Market, it needs to play by the Common Market's rules.

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