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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

EuclideanSilence Re:Lobbying aside (372 comments)

You would also have to end corporate income tax, and put the remaining balance directly onto payroll income tax (with the appropriate raise in income). You'd also have to end payroll taxes (taxes that employer pays on your income) and put the balance of that onto your taxes and income. You'd also have to end sales tax and put the balance onto your income tax. You'd have to do it for both state and federal taxes.

This doesn't even begin to take into account how much your income is reduced by the fact that your company's customers and suppliers have to pay all of those taxes as well. More income for customers = more income for you. Less taxes on suppliers = cheaper prices for you.

Anyone working in the private sector has well over 50% of their working hours siphoned away by taxes.

13 hours ago
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London's Public Bike Data Can Tell Everyone Where You've Been

EuclideanSilence Re:Seems ridiculously easy (41 comments)

Frankly, it is actually putting people in danger in a way that is especially enormously terrible since it would be so easy to avoid. Why would you EVER publish unique identifiers that map to people like that? I can understand this was probably an oversight, but it really is indefensible as an intentional disclosure.

I consider this publication beneficial. If the data was restricted to government employees only, then only a small portion of the population would be in danger and the monitoring continues unchallenged. When everyone has to share the same danger, monitoring people becomes an issue.

I hate when people are so naive as to believe that collecting data on people is fine as long as only the government has access to that data. If it is not acceptable to make the data available to everyone, then it is not acceptable to make the data available to anyone.

4 days ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

EuclideanSilence Re:Singapore (381 comments)

Did you ever try to do something significant? Run a company, run a political party, publish a popular newspaper, build a marvel of engineering? To call a legal system unobtrusive, it requires more than insignificant people not being bothered by legalities. A legal system should also not hinder those make progress for humanity. If the defense against a legal system is to be a serf, then to hell with it.

4 days ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

EuclideanSilence Re:Singapore (381 comments)

Japan should never be used a comparison for any statistic. Japan is a country that existed for thousands of years in isolation, only opening up to foreign trade for the last couple hundred years. They have around 98% ethnic purity. Their language is unique, their beliefs are unique, there is no other place in the world with similar social expectations. They have 2 dominant religions that have (and with 1 exception due to an emperor, always have) existed in complete peace with each other. Japan is so unique that any correlation between them and the rest of the world is actually intriguing. To try to find significance to a single statistical difference is practically impossible.

4 days ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

EuclideanSilence Re:What. (284 comments)

In a free economy, yes.

When companies exist only by monopolistic decree of congress (utilities, ISPs, overbroad patents and IP, quotas preventing competition), then that company should at least be held to the same restrictions as congress.

If McDonalds wants to regulate speech in their restaurants, that is fine. If Comcast wants to, that is not fine, Comcast is effectively a creation of the government. I imagine a search engine is closer to free than privileged, so in this case the courts are probably ruling towards the intent of the First Amendment, but that isn't necessarily always the case with every company.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Hacked Huawei, Stole Source Code

EuclideanSilence Re:Good for NSA (287 comments)

It's pretty much open season on the US now, and you can expect to see virus attacks on US infrastructure in the future. All thanks to the NSA.

I wouldn't mind getting some new infrastructure. Burn it all down.

about three weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

EuclideanSilence Re:Fuck that guy. (397 comments)

He has a problem with not enough black people being hired? Well he's black. Lock him in a room with a semiconductor design textbook, and don't let him out until he is qualified to be hired. Let's see how much he cares then.

about a month ago
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Full-Disclosure Security List Suspended Indefinitely

EuclideanSilence Re:Nonsense. (162 comments)

I'll jump into the middle of this AC argument!

Godel's incompleteness theorems don't mean that you can't make fully verified software. It means that you can make software which can't be verified. Big deal. Verification is coming; in some areas, like medical/aero software and processor design it's already here.

about a month ago
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Full-Disclosure Security List Suspended Indefinitely

EuclideanSilence Re:Nonsense. (162 comments)

Entire processors have been verified mathematically to perform as designed. That's some serious complexity right there. Much medical and aeronautical software is verified.

...Apple, Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, and Red Hat...

... all create consumer products for casual users. Casual users don't demand perfect software, so of course they don't get it. Some companies do have that expertise though, and it isn't cheap.

about a month ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

EuclideanSilence Re:**criminal elements of...** (320 comments)

Having money isn't corrupt. It is the means by which the money is acquired that may be corrupt.

Granted, as US law is setup now, it's nearly impossible to become rich without your hands in the US treasury, or special legal status not afforded to the general public. But it's not the "being rich" itself that is the problem.

about a month ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

EuclideanSilence Re:Like giving away the Panama Canal (279 comments)

The Suni / Shiite fighting are constantly fighting each other in Iraq, even leading to a named Iraq civil war...as I said. The US has completely avoided going to war with any country that is actually willing to fighting back. The question isn't whether the US would win in Panama, it's whether or not Panama would be willing to fight back. The only thing a country really has to be able to do to defend itself against the US is to make it known that they will attack the mainland US in retaliation.

about 1 month ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

EuclideanSilence Re:Like giving away the Panama Canal (279 comments)

Yeah, the US would kick their ass faster than we won in Vietnam. I mean against North Korea. I mean the last country we fought that wasn't dragging it's bleeding body out of a civil war. When was that, 1940?

about a month ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

EuclideanSilence Re: Hmm.... (279 comments)

If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

--Thomas Jefferson

about a month ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

EuclideanSilence Re:Already denied (382 comments)

A single point is certainly a triangle, all side lengths are zero. It would be very irregular not to include a single point in the definition of triangles.

about a month ago
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Physicist Proposes a New Type of Computing

EuclideanSilence Re:Ray was right! (60 comments)

To be fair, a digitally-switching transistor is almost infinitely simpler than a neuron, but you could make the argument that a transistor configured in analog mode that summed several inputs and acted as a decision maker is much closer to a neuron. The trick is getting all of those transistors working together in some sort of "analog computer" fashion, as the brain's network reconfigures itself quite a bit, which is a lot harder to achieve at billion-scale on a die.

Using human neurons as a model for the future of computing might not be the utopia that we are all dreaming of....

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

EuclideanSilence Re:Makers and takers (676 comments)

because after 40 years in the military, getting a pension check means you're a "Taker".

There hasn't been any power in 70 years that has attempted or been remotely capable of overthrowing the sovereignty of US citizens over their own government.

So yes, your assumption is a safe one, the military the largest welfare organization in the US, and everyone knows it.

about a month ago
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How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

EuclideanSilence Re:Remember Legal != Moral (288 comments)

Yes, little more than freeloading scum. As opposed to all the government employed military welfare, government paid teaching unions, government quota taxi drivers, government guaranteed student loan payed university staff, government paid arrest-you-for-smoking-marijuana workers... Instead paying attention to the mooching class actually spending this tax money, and call the ones who work to earn it "freeloading scum".

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

EuclideanSilence Re:Sure (500 comments)

I've heard of this happening as well. It's why I believe that the most important election anyone can vote in is for Judges. Judges decide what police are allowed to do and that will affect your life more than any Federal and even most State policies.

about 1 month ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

EuclideanSilence Re:Frog is boiling.... (500 comments)

They tried this in Florida for DUI checkpoints. Refusing a search was sufficient to make you "suspicious". They have a judge on site and everything.

http://www.attorneys.com/dui-d...

about 1 month ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

EuclideanSilence Re:Sure (500 comments)

Depends on how silly the charge is. In the case in the article, it wasn't silly. Even if they threaten to arrest you, then you should still deny permission because a search can only hurt you.

The only real question remaining is whether to rely on the courts or vigilante justice to correct the police.

about 1 month ago

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