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Honeywell To Sell Miami-Dade Police a Surveillance Drone

Ironsides Re:Important question (253 comments)

What predator drone? They're getting T-Hawks.

more than 3 years ago
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Honeywell To Sell Miami-Dade Police a Surveillance Drone

Ironsides Re:Important question (253 comments)

Have you ever seen the T-Hawk? No one is going to weaponize it. Too small.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Ironsides Re:Mugabe (669 comments)

If Iraq was about the oil, I'd like to know why we haven't gone into Sudan, which has lots of oil. Or why once we were in Iraq, we bothered to do anything other than pump oil.

more than 3 years ago
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The Right's War On Net Neutrality

Ironsides Re:I have to deal with this all the time.... (945 comments)

As a liberal, I can play this argument too: It starts with short-term tax cuts to stimulate spending after a recession. Then later on the short-term has become a decade and then permanent.

And as a Liberal you ignore inconvenient facts. Facts such as the origin of the income tax and how it has not always been around. Or how it was originally passed by liberals as a "soak the rich" amendment (class warfare at its finest) that eventually was being payed by everyone and included a 25% starting bracket within 20 years of its passage. Or shall we look at Social Security, which has been expanded to included people over the years who were never supposed to have been covered under the original scheme. Or Medicaid, which last year cost over $700 billion more than the Medicaid tax brought in. So yes, you do work incrementally.

more than 3 years ago
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Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

Ironsides Re:indirect taxes are important (377 comments)

That's so typically american - whenever I buy something, I'm expected to look and see if I paid tax. Then I'm supposed to put aside a percentage of that, then declare it and pay it in my tax return. Seems insane to me.

And typically European, both apathetic and completely misunderstanding. If you do not buy it from a physical store, the store charges the tax and you do not even need to look. It is only for online ordering and mail order that you need to even consider it.

In Europe, I can buy something in any country in the union, tax is paid there and then and I can take my item home with me with no further duties or taxes. The same goes if I buy online from any country in the union.

In the US, you can do the same with the exception of internet/mail ordering. Quit trying to make this seem harder than it really is.

It's one of the things I hate about visiting the US - what you see is NOT what you pay. I'm used to seeing a price on a shelf, taking the item to the till and giving them the amount of money that the price on the shelf said I would have to.

So you dislike the tax system that actually lets you see how much the government is charging you for the purchase. And apparently averse to any change in that.

It's one of the reasons European visitors don't tip too well over there - we just got surprised with the bill being more than we were expecting until we get used to it, now you want MORE ? :p

And here you're just being an ass, regardless of it being true or not.

more than 3 years ago
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Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

Ironsides Re:Relevance (377 comments)

A Use Tax is basically a Sales Tax. A VAT is something slightly different, but with major effects. A Use/Sales tax is a tax levied on the final price of an item. A VAT is levied every time the item is transferred/incorporated all the way up the production chain. For example, the raw materials used in a capacitor placed on a mother board used in a computer. In a sales tax, the final cost of the computer is taxed. Under VAT, there is a tax applied on the price increase at each stage of sale. If you're talking something produced and sold entirely in country, there is no difference. However, anything that is produced outside of the country is not taxed under VAT but is effectively taxed user a sales tax. For items sold outside of the country, the reverse is true. This basically has the end effect of a sales tax treating imports and domestic production equally which a VAT gives a penalty to domestically produced goods for goods sold in country.

more than 3 years ago
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Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

Ironsides Re:indirect taxes are important (377 comments)

You ever look at your annual state income tax form? Most, if not all, have a line item from goods ordered from outside the state such as through mail order catalogs or the internet. If you didn't pay state sales tax on it when you bought it, you are supposed to pay a Use Tax on it. So, Tax Holiday? Not so much. Just a matter of people not paying the taxes.

more than 3 years ago
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Thought-Provoking Gifts For Young Kids?

Ironsides Games (458 comments)

How about a game a bit more complicated than Monopoly? Start with games by Avalon Hill.

more than 3 years ago
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Humans Will Need Two Earths By 2030

Ironsides Re:And the religions of the world.... (738 comments)

Well, we could always start by decreasing the surplus population. I vote we start with anyone posting as Anonymous Coward.

more than 3 years ago
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Humans Will Need Two Earths By 2030

Ironsides Re:Bull (738 comments)

Expanding on the search for alternatives, they also fail to account for changes in technology. Whale Oil was replaced by natural gas. The same will happen when Coal, Oil and Gas start to become scarce. Fusion may or may not be viable by that point but we still have Hydro, Wind and Solar going in the mean time.

more than 3 years ago
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News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision

Ironsides Re:Net Neutraility? (316 comments)

Joy. Another AC Troll. A business has no rights its owners do not. When a 'business' murders someone, some individual(s) at the company murdered that someone. Those individual(s) are punished.

Would you blame the car used in a hit and run or would you blame the driver? Your analogies are trying to blame the car and leave the driver blameless.

more than 3 years ago
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News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision

Ironsides Re:Net Neutraility? (316 comments)

In which case your question is the same as to why we have decided it is not acceptable to restrict individuals. The question is then to ask why is it acceptable to restrict the government but not individuals? Well, lets see. Because the government is made up of the people. The people being you, me and every citizen in the country. You, in your home, have the liberty to choose to restrict yourself with regards to your own property or not. The people who own the corporation, which likely includes you if you own any stock, have decided to place no restrictions upon the company you own. The simple reason is, because we have decided to place some restrictions upon ourselves, but not others.

If you want to know why that is, I suspect we all have our own reasons for this. But let me ask you this, since you believe businesses should be restricted. Do you believe you should be restricted in the same reason as the government? Do you believe you getting together with a couple of people for some reason means you should be restricted in the same reason as the government? Do you believe you opening a store means you should be restricted in the same reason as the government? Do you believe you opening a store with a couple people means you should be restricted in the same reason as the government?

A business has no rights that its owner(s) do not. To remove rights from a business is to remove those same rights from the owner(s). So just because someone decides to open a business, alone or with other people, is no reason to deny them rights that those who do not open a business have.

more than 3 years ago
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News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision

Ironsides Re:Net Neutraility? (316 comments)

Because of equality under the law. Because of this thing called the 14th amendment. Because we, through our elected representatives, have had the government restrict itself to prevent tyranny by the government.

more than 3 years ago
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The Rise and Fall of America's Jet-Powered Car

Ironsides Re:Turbines are fuel guzzlers (338 comments)

Turbines are fuel guzzlers It would make your sedan's fuel consumption put an HMMWV to shame

You got a source for that? Your standard Gasoline engine is 20-25% efficient. Gas turbines have are over 60% efficient. That's one reason they are used in power plants.

more than 3 years ago
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Searching For Alternatives To China's Rare Earth Monopoly

Ironsides Re:China is just the cheapest producer like Saudi (199 comments)

Don't think "right now today", think five years from now. If you only think today, you'll always be in crisis management.

The number of ipods 10 years ago? What does that matter? If you want to look at ipods, look at how many people have owned in the past 10 years. Most people are on their 3rd ipod at this point, with two previous ones in the trash. Think about the amount of electronics we've thrown away in the past 30 years.

By the way, what makes recycling successful is not that demand outweighs supply, it's that the cost to make new is more than the cost to recycle. Aluminum takes 20 times as much energy to extract new as it does to recycle. That's why recycling is driven. All that is really necessary is for the cost to recycle to be less than the sale cost.

I haven't seen anywhere where recycling rare earth metals have been done near as cheap as extracting new quantities

Before last month, have you seen recycling of rare earth metals anywhere? It's been economical to recover the gold in circuit boards for five years or more now. We already have places to drop off old computers in the US. To add rare earths to the mix is not a stretch.

more than 2 years ago
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Searching For Alternatives To China's Rare Earth Monopoly

Ironsides History repeats? (199 comments)

In 1920 the operators at AT&T striked. This led AT&T to pick up the pace and change it's entire network over to switches and the rotary phone. AT&T had resisted this prior to it realizing how vulnerable it was to a strike.

It would be just history repeating itself if this action by China led us to a way to replace Rare Earths entirely rendering them obsolete. But that still depends on us being able to duplicate the effects.

more than 3 years ago
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Searching For Alternatives To China's Rare Earth Monopoly

Ironsides Re:China is just the cheapest producer like Saudi (199 comments)

Consider it is still possible to recycle/reuse the rare earths from the existing equipment when it wears out. Recycling exists you know.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple's Long Road To $300

Ironsides Re:How is Apple's stock price not a bubble? (264 comments)

Apple has a P/E ration of 22.6. That is about right for a company providing a large annual growth. It's not cheap, but it's not a bubble. Now, Amazon on the other hand has a P/E of 64. For comparison, the P/E of the S&P 500 is around 15 to 16 normally.

more than 3 years ago

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Google Censoring Google Maps?

Ironsides Ironsides writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ironsides (739422) writes "After reading about the Russian-Georgian war for the past two days I decided to pull up Google maps to get an idea of where everything was. To my surprise, I found nothing. Google has apparently removed all cities, roads and anything else from Google Maps on anything located inside of Georgia. Armenia and Azerbaijan are also blank spots on the map other than for their names. Given that in neighboring countries (Turkey, Iraq, Iran Russia), they at least include the roads and locations of cities and towns, this is suspicious to say the least. Satellite photos are still available, but good luck trying to find out what anything is called."
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Ironsides Ironsides writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ironsides (739422) writes "My family has a number of old negatives that we would like to digitize. While we could spend the cash and have them all turned into prints and scan the prints, we would preffer to scan the negatives directly. One other problem is that several family members scattered throughout the country also have collections that would need to be sacnned in and we could not possibly pay to have them all turned into prints. Now, here's the catch. A sizeable number (at least 100 hundred, possibly several hundred) are 1:1 negatives. Meaning that are 4x5 inches (yes, these are very old negatives). Now, I've been looking at slide and negative scanners and unfortunately it seems they only go up to 6x9 cm (2.3x3.5 inches). Does anyone know of a high quality scanner that will handle such large negatives?"
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Ironsides Ironsides writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ironsides writes "Washington Post reports: Here's how Jon Dugan's business idea was born: Last year, Dugan, a student at the University of Maryland, went to a used-video-game store with his brother and a pile of Xbox games. For a stack of 17 used titles, they got $34 in store credit. Out of curiosity, the two went back to the store the next day. The games they traded in had been put on the shelves with prices ranging from $12.99 to $32.99. They decided to set up their own business for trading used games online called Goozex."
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Ironsides Ironsides writes  |  about 8 years ago

Ironsides writes "Weather Street is reporting that as of yesterday the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season is showing below average activity. The average for this time of year is slightly above three named storms, with 1.5 of those being hurricanes. To date, the first Hurricane of the year has not formed. So much for having another active season."

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