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Comment Re:FFS (Score 1) 276

Back in '03, it was quite a rough time for the site. There had been a lot of navel-gazing after the "Great Summer War": what are we here for? what is the site all about? Microsoft astro-turfing became the focal point because we needed a banner to rally around. Something to make people feel good inside. Nobody can say that they don't feel superior after reading that shit - and you have to remember that a lot of the people who come here don't have a lot else going on in their lives. They need that lift.

Prior to '03 we were preoccupied with performing a land grab on the low user ids.

Ah, good old Operation Maybe-They-Have-Oil-Oh-Look-Its-A-WMD. I made the mistake of registrering my real name in the 115ks. Realised my mistake far too and bagged this johny come lately uid long after the war was over.

Comment Re:FFS (Score 2) 276

Back in '03, it was quite a rough time for the site. There had been a lot of navel-gazing after the "Great Summer War": what are we here for? what is the site all about? Microsoft astro-turfing became the focal point because we needed a banner to rally around. Something to make people feel good inside. Nobody can say that they don't feel superior after reading that shit - and you have to remember that a lot of the people who come here don't have a lot else going on in their lives. They need that lift.

Comment Re:Tactical Move (Score 1) 302

No, the current issue is evasion. Apple evaded taxes by declaring them in an imaginary company that was not based in any country on earth. They did this solely for the purpose of tax evasion.

Ireland is not free to choose its own tax laws (which would have made it a "sweetheart deal" rather than an illegal subsidy). Apple broke the law of the EU (which is the highest sovereign power in Ireland). The money is legally owed - to the EU, and one provision in the deal is that if Ireland does not take it the other countries of the EU where Apple products were sold can claim the money for themselves.

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