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Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 1) 151

Generally the corporations lobby, often with hard cash, for these laws that they've written.

Not in this case. There is pretty much universal agreement from business and economists that our current corporate tax laws are stupid and need to be reformed, especially the extraterritorial taxation that no other country does.

The problem is that many politician do not want to be seen as "giving in" to corporations, so they just keep the rates high, and then hand out plenty of loopholes to their donors.

Donald says he wants to fix this, but Donald says a lot of things.

Comment It must be nice... (Score 2) 12

It must be pretty cool to be in a position where you can commit fraud against ~2.8million people, sit on the proceeds for several years; and then settle the whole matter for 'compensation' that, at worst, might wipe out your original profits on the fraud.

Not quite as good as impunity; but perhaps an even better mockery of the perception of 'justice', since the whole process gets to play out as a pitiful farce, rather than just being ignored.

Incidentally, why is it that, given the American propensity for a good spree killing, you never hear about unpleasant things happening to the people behind schemes like this? Occasionally somebody shoots up their workplace and kills an immediate supervisor or the like; but nobody ever seems to go any higher up the food chain.

Comment Good News! (Score 2) 33

"But in the short term, AI will most likely help you be more productive and creative as a developer, tester, or dev team rather than making you redundant."

So, in the short term it'll make some of you redundant, with the 'more productive and creative' picking up their workload until the bots can finish the job. Sounds good.

Comment Re:Um, so? (Score 1) 151

I think the point is that major corporations are using US bonds as a tax shelter, and if they had paid taxes instead of investing in US debt, the US debt might not be at it's present level of 100% of GDP.

Well, if the US Federal Govt. didn't keep spending so fscking much.....more than it takes in, we'd not have the debt in the first place.

If they learned to live more within their means, they'd be much better off.

The Feds get PLENTY of tax revenue coming in each year already.

Comment Re:So the next botnet will be Audi cars (Score 1) 73

My biggest concern is...

How do you turn this car-to-anything-external comunication the fuck OFF?!?!?

Geez, I mean, I don't want this crap on my car, to aid in tracking etc.

Hell, its difficult enough to disable OnStar or any other myriad of car to base communications as it is....this sounds like even more potentially intrusive software/hardware reporting to authorities on the road.

Hell...I guess I am going to just stick to in the future...70's muscle cars, and other older 'fun' cars to ride in, without all this crap.

Hell, I'd pay EXTRA on a new car to get it without all this external to car communication.

Comment Re:I'm ok with that (Score 1) 60

most teachers still want hard copy versions of student work, because it is faster and easier to grade 30 assignments on paper than it is to do so on digital

This seems backwards to me. Digital docs can be automatically scanned for spelling, grammar errors, run-on sentences, and even poor paragraph structure. Then the human grader can just focus on the quality of the points being made.

Comment No price entices everyone from crime (Score 1) 27

> level of effort should never be a pricing metric, in much the same way that a surgeons salary should not

You may notice that becoming a surgeon requires a ton of effort. Therefore, people don't generally put out that level of effort unless they'll be well paid for it.

> at least priced high enough to entice everyone away from the black market.

There is no price, for any service, that customers are willing to pay and will entice everyone to do good rather than crime. Accountants get paid well to do things right, some choose crime instead. That'll always be true.

Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 2) 151

They should invest in the US by building a fucking factory here.

Apple is building a dongle factory in the US.* That should make you happy for an hour or two.

* Fake news. But, hey, this is Slashdot.

Comment Re:ARM Server CPUs, x86 on ARM (Score 1) 82

When I've heard people talk about "ARM servers," the fine print tends to be that they're not really talking about ARM CPUs, they're talking about ARM SoCs ... so however many ARM CPU cores paired with other components that tailor the SoC for specific workloads. The resulting ARM servers probably won't be general-purpose hardware for everybody to use, they will be marketed to people who know the specific thing they want to do and now they just want to hit the sweet spot on power consumption/cost/whatever.

Comment Re:Not all emulation (Score 1) 82

That's not actually that big of a downside. With Microsoft Office, for example, Microsoft still recommends most users install the 32-bit version, even though almost everybody is running a 64-bit OS these days. The exception is people who need to run crazy big Access databases (or ... shudder ... Excel spreadsheets).

Comment Going to the theater is a pain. (Score 1) 265

I like the fake IMAX screen at the local theater, but parking is always bad, line to get in, line to get expensive food and soda, packed seatting, might not get a good seat, always some kids talking during the movie, a few people checking cell phones.

Or I can wait, buy the blueray, watch on my theater, and pause it, make my own food,

Older I get, less hassle I want to deal with.

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