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Favorite clickbait hook?

Ihlosi "xxx hate this man!" (208 comments)

With xxx being power companies, doctors, etc, because this man supposedly knows something that will save you lots of money and put xxx out of business.

3 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Ihlosi Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

With a consumption tax, it's up to you how much you are taxed.

Great. So "not being taxed" becomes even easier - no tax loopholes required!
Unfortunately, this will also result in the government collecting too little tax and having to look at increasing tax rates or coming up with other ideas for taxation.

This system is basically being designed to fail.

It would also get rid of the inequity between income tax and capital gains tax, which benefits the wealthy a great deal.

There are easier ways to get rid of this obvious problem, such as not distinguishing between the sources of income in the first place. Some sources might possibly be exempt or don't fall under "income" (lottery winnings), but everything else is just added up as "income" and you pay your taxes on that.

5 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Ihlosi Minimum "asset critical mass". (348 comments)

The question is basically "What kind and amount of $STUFF does a colony need in order to grow without outside assistance?"

If it does have this "critical mass" of assets, it has the potential to grow exponentially.

5 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Ihlosi Re:Maybe the results can only be as good as the pl (348 comments)

LEGO seems to have figured out how to make a whole lot of stuff work together. Maybe they could hire LEGO.

Ask the guys who make Fischertechnik instead. LEGO ist mostly for architects (with a little bit of engineering stuff thrown in); Fischertechnik is solely for engineers.

5 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Ihlosi Well, let's see: (348 comments)

3D-Printing is nice, but in the early phase, a space/planetary outpost may need to do a lot of chemical processing on a small scale (to create the raw materials for the 3D-printer, to manufacture all kinds of chemical products like lubricants, medications, etc). So the chemical equivalent of a 3D-printer would be extremely helpful (e.g. put in water and carbon dioxide, hook it up to power, and tell it to manufacture basic hydrocarbons).

Such a device would be helpful, if not critical, for the success of colonies away from Earth. It doesn't matter if it's not very efficient, as long as it works, since it could help expand the colonies power generating facilities, life support, etc., and it's probably easier to outfit a colony with a big power supply than with all the chemical products in might possibly need.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Ihlosi Re:Taxing consumption is archaic. (832 comments)

However, progressive taxes like this are a bit unfair because they hit the poor who save up for luxuries; it's very difficult to progressively tax _true_ consumption.

They're also highly arbitrary, because you'll have some kind of government guy/committee/whatever deciding what's necessary and what constitutes various degrees of luxury.

Should a poor photographer who saves up a lot of money to buy one really great camera and lens be taxed more than the wealthy dentist (usually) who buys it and leaves it in the box?

Very good question. It's even more interesting if the photographer earns his living with photography, so the camera may not be a luxury, but an investment.

This system of taxation appears to be even more nightmarish than the current mess.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Ihlosi Re:Taxing consumption is archaic. (832 comments)

As for consumption tax being regressive, that would have been a good point, except that TFA quite explicitly talked about progressive tax on consumption (i.e. don't tax basic goods but do tax luxury items).

That leads to all kinds of issues.

How do you define "luxury item" for tax purposes?
How do you rate degrees of luxury in order to determine which luxury items are taxed how highly?
How do you deal with the inevitable black market/smuggling issues? Making something that is desired illegal or outrageously expensive pretty much automatically creates a illegal market.
What do you do when people stop buying the defined luxury items and your tax revenue plummets?

Just tax income, regardless of the actual source. I am convinced that todays level of tax revenues could be reached with far lower actual tax rates.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Ihlosi Taxing consumption is archaic. (832 comments)

Taxing consumption comes down to value-added tax, which is a relic from times where income was difficulty to assess and tax.

Also, for people with low income, taxing consumption is actually worse than taxing income, since the lower your income, the higher the percentage of it you must spend on consumption in order not to starve or freeze.

5 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Ihlosi Re:and eventually your DNA will be your resume'.. (366 comments)

I just hope the "in-valids" will still be able to find nice janitorial positions...

Why, if everyone else is super-intelligent, the last person on earth who can stand being just a janitor will make a killing.

5 days ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Ihlosi Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Or a bank of capacitors that collected energy to be released over time.

If you have access to capacitors advanced enough to make this feasible, why should you bother putting batteries in cars?

about a week ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Ihlosi Criminalizing a language. (323 comments)

... why aren't there mandatory whippings for blatant disregard of the Constitution when making laws?

about a week ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

Ihlosi This is news? (216 comments)

"Well-known social/sexual hormone regulates social/sexual behavior."

Err ... okay. I'm sure you can do a lot of research into the finer points of oxytocin action, but that it is an immensely important hormone affecting all kinds of social behavior has been known for quite a while ...

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

Ihlosi Re:Wait... (315 comments)

No cloud of radioactive death spreading across the land.

What happens when you vent a few kilograms of tritium?

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

Ihlosi Too bad Kaveri wasn't ready yet. (338 comments)

Too bad Kaveri wasn't available when the APUs for the consoles were designed, so they had to use Puma cores which, from a performance point of view, are quite underwhelming.

No, I'm not considering Kaveri a race car, but in comparison to Puma it has a lot more CPU horsepower.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

Ihlosi That's only a matter of size. (315 comments)

but the problem with fusion is getting more energy than is put in...

That's just a matter of size. Fusion power release rises as a function of plasma volume, heat losses rise as a function of plasma surface, so just make it big enough.

.. and keeping that reaction sustained indefinitely.

A year or so would be nice, but shorter periods might be useful, too.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

Ihlosi Re:Working fusion reactor (315 comments)

I already have a working, self-sustaining, exothermic fusion reactor.

Oh, that one ... the one that causes millions of cases of skin cancer each year, among other things ... that's yours?

Wait a minute while I call my lawyers.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

Ihlosi Re:Costs (315 comments)

some catalysts to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugars and oxygen, and ferment it under pressure and heat for a few million years until it's in an easy-to-use portable form.

You're suggesting to do what to prefectly good beer?

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Ihlosi I usually beat the manufacturers numbers. (403 comments)

I'm usually getting a 10% better fuel economy than what's stated by the manufacturer.

Maybe the people complaining about the numbers should try driving more efficiently?

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

Ihlosi Re:Land of the Free (191 comments)

You can't really do satire about the U.S.A. anymore.

Yes, you can!

The only problem is that your satire will become reality sooner than you think.

about two weeks ago
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US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

Ihlosi Re:Why not just shoot them and be done with it? (142 comments)

You notice you wrote "presumed", right?

If you presume another vessel to be sufficiently hostile to unleash a swarm of robot boats armed with, among other things,

".50-caliber machine gun and a microwave direct energy weapon or heat ray."

on it, then you might as well give it a warning shot and, if it doesn't react, shoot it with a real gun.

about two weeks ago

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