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Comment Re: Dear Apple fans: (Score 0, Troll) 471

Actually it could. Apple pays every dollar of tax it is required to by law. That is a fact. What is also a fact is that Apple keeps huge sums off money off shore because the tax imposed on that cash were it repatriated to the US is relatively astronomical. A more corporate friendly tax system could see that money brought back and used here for lots of things - salaries included.

Comment Re: Dear Apple fans: (Score 2) 471

Apple has already stated that in the current market the cost to produce an iPhone in the US would be double what it is now. I don't expect an extra $100-$200 in cost would equate to an increase quite as large as that. With some tax cuts, incentives and deregulation the cost could realistically stay the same.

Comment Re: "Civic Society" not a very impressive euphem (Score 1) 805

This is really what some of us are talking about. Immigrants used to come to America and assimilate into the culture (my ancestors included). What we have in many cases today are people coming here and not assimilating, simply continuing to live as they did in their native countries creating these pockets of culture that are in many cases incompatible with American culture. Slow the influx of people, vet for people who want to be a productive part of our society, and help them assimilate.

Comment Finger Pointing (Score 2) 48

Nothing here or in the article indicates if the information was downloaded as part of this individual's job responsibility. The article does call the information stolen but offers no support for that. The company is at least equally at fault here for PII being misplaced. Why were the USB ports enabled on a device that had access to sensitive data unless this was approved behavior? Why was there no DLP solution in place monitoring in real time a device with access to sensitive data and enabled USB ports and presumably internet access?

Comment Growing backlash against online... (Score 1) 70

At least here in the US there seems to be a growing backlash against online retailers, Amazon especially. A large part of this is due to counterfeit products being misrepresented. When you have a million products on your site it's very difficult to properly vet each product and each provider. This is damaging the Amazon brand and similar online sellers with all but the lowest of the consumer, those that shop strictly by price and treat every product as if it is a commodity.

Comment Re: Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 3, Insightful) 425

Home invasion? We don't all live in pristine gated communities where these things never happen. If you listen to most people after they experience an home invasion they typically start by saying "we didn't think this could ever happen here". Be prepared, not a victim is the point.

Comment Re: Halfway There (Score 5, Insightful) 425

I don't know any gun owners who aren't also college educated professionals. Now that is just my personal experience, it by no means speaks for all legal gun owners. However your (anonymous) comment that gun owners aren't smart is likely just troll bait, but if it isn't then it is ignorant and part of the problem.

Comment Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 5, Insightful) 425

Here in NJ they tried to pass a law to force gun shop owners to stock these "smart guns" and it failed. If people wanted these, they would stock them. For something as important as a firearm the added complexity of fingerprint readers simply increases the likelihood of failure when it is needed. These features aren't safe, they are dangerous and potentially deadly.

Comment Re: Phone (Score 1) 246

I agree completely. His leaking what he's leaked has served the purposes for many of us Americans by providing evidence of a lot of the criminal,activity we knew was going on, especially in the Hillary camp. However this man is not a hero, he is a criminal trading in stolen goods - goods he stole from every American. We need to keep that in mind.

Comment Re: And you can thank all the ad blocking for that (Score 1) 59

Good. I block ads because I don't want to see them, not because ads are inherently bad but because ads have become so intrusive due to targeting algorithms. If the online ad industry continues to evolve as it has been that industry can expect more people to "fight back". Anyone running an ad supported site these days should take note.

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