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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Citizen of Earth Re:it is all going to go horribly wrong (487 comments)

I can't understand why the UK is playing along with the 50%+1 idea. It is illegitimate. All Constitutional changes require a supermajority and this is the most fundamental of all Constitutional changes. Canada dispensed with the 50%+1 foolishness after the 1995 Quebec referendum with the Clarity Act which quashes all hope for legal secession (since no more than 40% of Quebeckers have ever really supported secession). A simple 50%+1 majority would surely disappear in the face of the years of economically disruptive negotiations, capital flight, and population flight. (On second though, the latter might help the Yes side.)

2 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Citizen of Earth Re:This isn't scaremongering. (487 comments)

If the UK is divisible, then so is Scotland. What do the people who live near the oil think about independence?

2 days ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Citizen of Earth Re:Golden opportunity missed... (190 comments)

This project was very successful, considering that the central purpose of all alternative-energy projects is to extract government subsidies. Any other outcome is coincidental.

2 days ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Citizen of Earth Re:Not the only strategy (318 comments)

I think that a fair way to approach taxation for multinational corporations would be to tax the revenue/profits earned in each tax jurisdiction according to that jurisdiction's rules. Instead of the concept of a jurisdiction providing services to enable corporate operations, view it as the jurisdiction providing consumers to corporations. That way, profits Apple earns from consumers within California are taxed the same way even if Apple moved all of its operations to Ireland. However, to avoid the huge burden on small companies from reporting to several hundred tax jurisdictions, set a lower limit that jurisdiction reporting is only required when revenues from a jurisdiction reach $20M for a company (or whole aggregation of shell corporations).

2 days ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

Citizen of Earth Re:You cannot patent an idea (118 comments)

opened the floodgates for "... on a computer" patents

followed by new patents on the same old ideas for "... on the web", "... on a smartphone", etc.

5 days ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

Citizen of Earth Re:Time for GATT Article XX tariffs (427 comments)

You get total emissions by taking per-capita emissions and multiplying it by "capitas". Do you see how that has a big impact with China's number of "capitas"?

about two weeks ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Citizen of Earth Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (362 comments)

Why is a taxpayer-funded broadcaster even allowed to own copyrights in the first place?

about two weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Citizen of Earth "accidental" breakage (455 comments)

The cameras are likely to "accidentally" break anyway

The won't be "accidentally" breaking when the perp is actually being belligerant, which is most of the time there is an incident. If we were to posit that the cop is telling the truth in the Michael Brown case, the weeks of disruption, rioting, looting, vandalism, and arson could have been obviated by the timely release of the video.

about three weeks ago
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3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

Citizen of Earth Innovation (90 comments)

How many years in until Cook finally produces an innovative product? For the past three years, it's been all about belatedly adopting Android features. This fall, it will be the bigger screens Android phones have already had for years.

about three weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

Citizen of Earth Re:Wait (465 comments)

or "the dog ate my homework!"

about a month ago
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The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

Citizen of Earth Re:I have a better idea (174 comments)

To paraphrase, "How about just shutting down all industry and going back to the caves?" A de-industrialized civilization could only support billions fewer people than are alive today. You would need to 'cull' all of the excess. But really, westerns will never voluntarily accept even energy poverty, so your mass-extermination plan is a no-starter.

about 1 month ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Citizen of Earth Re:Our they could use Planes (140 comments)

Commissioning ariel photography is very expensive, is only done occasionally rather than continuously, and Putin would take a very dim view of you flying your plane over his army that he says isn't even there.

about a month ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Citizen of Earth Re:but... my face is smaller than 25 cm? (140 comments)

But the CSI folks will be able to zoom in on that one pixel far enough to see your DNA.

about a month ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Citizen of Earth Re:I'll enjoy this.... (530 comments)

365 / 7 = 52.14 weeks. 366 / 7 = 52.29 weeks. The workers might appreaciate having a few more bucks.

about 2 months ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Citizen of Earth Re:What else is safe ? (349 comments)

"Slander of title" is already illegal. You can sue if someone else asserts that they own the copyrights to your copyrighted work. The SCO Group tried to sue Novell for it and lost because SCO doesn't actually own the Unix copyrights.

about 2 months ago
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FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

Citizen of Earth Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (128 comments)

Step 1: Get a smartphone for yourself and put music on it.
Step 2: Get in-ear earbuds that filter out most ambient noise.
Step 3: Press Play.

about 3 months ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Citizen of Earth Climate Science (305 comments)

So where is the same study for the other politically influenced sciences such as Climate Science? Or should we make assumptions about the political motivations of the researchers behind *this* study?

about 3 months ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

Citizen of Earth Re:Screen size (198 comments)

That's odd, since a 7" tablet fits comfortably into my hand. Does your mommy know that you are posting personal information on the Internet?

about 3 months ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

Citizen of Earth Re:Wait for tha Apple zealots... (198 comments)

"And a 4" screen is the optimal size... right up until this Fall when Apple releases the iPhone 6!"

about 3 months ago

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