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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Charcharodon Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

Teacher's unions
student organizations
emergency responders unions
military organizations
labor unions
political parties
professional organizations
rights & activities related organizations
consumer groups
environmental groups
local and state organizations
private certification agencies
etc, etc, etc
Yeah we are just a bunch of powerless peasants we is.

2 days ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Charcharodon Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

yeah but then what would all the lawyers, politicians, and accountants have to do? Even worse their children would be able to attend all those exclusive schools. THINK OF THE CHILDREN YOU HEARTLESS BASTARD!!

2 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Charcharodon Re:This is silly (712 comments)

Where the fuck do you live? I've had some "lean" periods in my life, where I was working 60-80 hours per week and living off one packet of ramen noodles per day. Occasionally, shit would get really bad, and I'd be living off one fucking potato per day.

Let me clarify myself. Because I too have worked 60-80 a hours a week, and have done so for the last 30 years. You start off with in your teens/20's with no responsibilities you need maybe $10 a day to get by. Everything past that is a choice or the result of a decision.

You working 60-80s a week, I'm sure includes rent, food, employment/business, entertainment, girlfriend/boyfriend, holidays, gifts, child care, education, a vehicle/transportation, cell phone, and lifestyle.

The "poor" as in actual poor people in the US, work less than 20 hours a week, per house hold I might add, and derive most of their resources from gov't handouts. These people have more than a little bit of time on their hands and are always making noise about needing more.

Now for you working your 60-80 hours a week and can only afford a $.25 pack of Raman a day or a potato: That represents maybe $10 a month for food. I call bullshit. I've lived off of nothing but Raman and potatoes myself and did so for most of a year. It was nearly a decade before I was willing to eat either again. You not being able to afford more means you are either trying to live in a major city on shit jobs, which is a lifestyle choice, or you have run yourself into the ground with obligations and debt, which is also a life style choice. That is called being part of the "working" poor and you've go no one but yourself to blame for that one.

I've been both part of the "poor" and "working" poor so I know the difference. In my personal potato and Raman days, it got to the point where all my personal possessions fit in a single suit case. I was either going to go home to my parents, or get on welfare. If I had gone either route I would have been a bum. Instead packed up my things and headed off to the recruiter station. I've worked my ass off ever since. If in your eyes that makes me a pompous dick, fine, but I own my past and have by building a career have earned he right to look down my nose at people who are quitters and whiners.

5 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Charcharodon Re:This is silly (712 comments)

So that means 99% of the population can go find something else to do with their time instead of throwing their entire day into getting enough food not to starve to death.

Without that you have no science, education, arts, military, recreation, etc which are all kind of important.

The reality that the world faces now is we have ALOT of people that cannot come up with constructive or productive things to do with their ENORMOUS amount of free time, and spend it instead of being envious of those that do.

Poor people in the US don't starve anymore, nor do they work. They literally have nearly their ENTIRE day to themselves and instead of devoting it to improvement of themselves, their art/craft, or their community they piss it away and then blame society of their lack of progress.

5 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Charcharodon Re:This is silly (712 comments)

Everyone "needs" resources, but people get confused really quickly between need and want. You need a bit of air, water, cool/warmth, food, and a place to stand beyond that you quickly get into the "want" category.

Producing resources means mixing a little bit of time, creativity, and effort into the raw "resources" that surround us. Billionaires become so because they come up with the best solutions that help everyone, NOT because they are stealing it from everyone else.

Think about that next iPhone you buy and answer the question about "just" compensation for efforts and contributions for the janitor that cleans the toilets at Apple, the sales clerk that sells the phone, the marketing team that comes up with the adds to get consumers to buy it, the engineering team that designed it, or the people that put their money up to build all the buildings and factories that are needed to make the phone.

Does the guy that wipes up piss off the toilet seat really deserve the same amount of compensation as the guy that spent $200,000,000 to build the facility that said toilet is located in? I think not.

5 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Charcharodon Re:This is silly (712 comments)

This eventually just forces society to finally face the facts that not everyone is supposed to be (biologically) successful and just throwing more resources at the chronically poor is a no win solution.

Free birth control will eventually turn into mandatory birth control for those of you who believe in statist solutions or a stipulation of your charity support contract for you free market types.

5 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Charcharodon Re:This is silly (712 comments)

Only .$25 per slice!!! What a deal!!. You do realize that is for EVERY SINGLE SLICE. When you start looking at it that way you are talking about a sizeable chunk of change across the entire city.

Thousands of dollars of productivity every day now go up in smoke to support people that provide nothing more into the system than they did the day before the minimum wage went up.

There is no such thing as a free lunch, even when we are talking about pizza by the slice.

5 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Charcharodon Re:This is silly (712 comments)

Based on all the media coverage I was already under the impression they couldn't support themselves now.

We don't have hungry people in the US. We do though have a lot of people who are not happy with what they are given, but then again beggars can't be choosers.

5 days ago
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3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids

Charcharodon Re:biocompatibility (64 comments)

So can you tell me what the long-term effects of wearing this $45 printed device are?

So can you tell me what the long-term effects of not having a $45 printed device are? Yeah it's just like not having a hand at all.

What a beady eyed little fuck tard you are. Long before big daddy gov't came in and took over every aspect of our lives, people used to use things like their ingenuity to make their lives better. This guy comes up with something cool and you are shilling for the medical-gov't industrial complex.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Charcharodon Re:That ain't working (839 comments)

The sad part of both gold and bread is they are orders of magnitude cheaper to produce today, yet they still cost a lot more than they used to.

If they hadn't inflated the currency so badly, bread would be so cheap that you would have to buy bread by the year because they wouldn't be able to make change for you even if you bought ten loaves at a time and tried to pay with a penny.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Charcharodon Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Already been there. I decided that being poor sucked. At that point in my life I could have gone with unemployment and welfare, or move back in with my parents, but instead I chose to work. Even when it took 3 jobs to have a shitty apartment to live in and lot's of cheap ramen to eat.

In the US, and from what I saw in England, most of the "poor" are nothing more than leaches. They make poor decisions destroying their own opportunities, have children they can't afford, and do nothing but consume resources and cause social problems. If that is not the definition of shit I don't know what is. I

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Charcharodon Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Every year, you lose 1% of your net wealth to taxes. Want more? Invest it.

You don't seem to understand what wealth is. Money is not wealth. Wealth is what you can buy with money. While it seems to be the same thing it is not. Machinery, land, services are wealth. A pile of $100 bills is NOT wealth.

Now as far as tax on piles of money, it already exists. The tax on money that sits around doing nothing, it's called inflation and it's claimed to be only 3% right now (more like 7-10%).

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Charcharodon Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

The problem is not "wealth inequality". The problem is why is wealth inequality a problem?

Answer that and you'll start seeing real solutions beyond the low brow knee jerk reaction of tax (eat) the rich.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Charcharodon Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

A better idea is to tax wealth. That will encourage people to spend, and drive the economy forward.

It's sad that this kind of idiotic statement still has any traction. Productivity (making things, providing services) is what "makes" wealth and drives the economy forward. Money has nothing to do with it. Money is nothing more than game pieces that let people play in the economy.

Your idea of taxing wealth is the same as cutting down a fruit tree to use the wood to build a fire while still expecting it to provide food. Wealthy people/companies don't have big pits full of gold coins and gems hidden in the basement. They invest in things, which creates opportunities to increase productivity which creates more wealth. Just taking money from them and giving it to the poor who immediately consumes it produces nothing but poo (shit & more poor people) and drags the economy down.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Charcharodon Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Money already has an expiration date. It's called inflation. Right now the Federal gov't claims to be only stealing 3% of your dollars value every year. (The reality is probably closer to 7-10%)

Don't believe me, look at prices 100 years ago and see that a penny could buy what about a dollar gets today.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Charcharodon Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Middle and lower income households absorb the greatest percentage of social programs, so why shouldn't they be the ones that contribute the most to them?

Remember if we didn't have all the welfare programs (social security, education, welfare, Medicare, Medicade, etc) the top 10% of income earners could pay a 5% income tax and everyone else would pay nothing.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

Charcharodon Get it done. (279 comments)

Don't be an ass, just run the network cable already for your main items. Use the wireless for all the junk items that can't take advantage of it anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Charcharodon Re:Survival (488 comments)

I'm not worried about it. If I want grid tied solar no problem. If I want to go off grid with a few things, pool, workshop out door lighting, hot water, back up power again no problem. If I hit all those items I'd be free from 50% of my electric bill.

Even if I had a different lender Hillsborough county in FL has a few things to say about being hooked up to the grid as well.

about a month ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Charcharodon Re:Survival (488 comments)

US Bank holds the mortgage, but it was a VA (military) guaranteed loan, so the VA had a thing or five to say about the terms as well.

about a month ago

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