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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Khashishi Re:fwd.us! (279 comments)

Basically, if you are simply acting in accordance to already existing unequal systems, then it is exploitative, even if people don't feel exploited. It takes a proactive stance, not a neutral stance, to combat exploitation. It's understandable that people from poorer countries will gladly accept lower wages and will be thankful for opportunities granted by a multinational corporation. Probably they are better off for it. Nevertheless, the corporation is still exploiting them. They are arbitraging in labor in an unfair labor market in which people are not free to change national allegiances. Corporations should pay a wage commensurate with people's skills and not based on where they happen to come from, not because it makes business sense, but because it is more fair. Yes, call me crazy, but I do expect people to act outside their own self interest.

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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Khashishi Re:What 3500$? (279 comments)

That is a totally reasonable point of view, but it's important for USA to put its foot down to prevent this from being used as a loophole to pretty much all labor laws. Pretty soon US companies would only hire foreign nationals to do their work.

yesterday
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Khashishi Re:What 3500$? (279 comments)

read up on mens rea

yesterday
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Khashishi Re:$3500 fine? (279 comments)

People have more to spend when you put less restrictions on what they can do with their labor.

You mean, rich people have more to spend. You are perhaps morally opposed to redistributive effects of taxation, but you'll have a hard time arguing that it doesn't improve the spending power of the poor.

yesterday
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Khashishi Re:$3500 fine? (279 comments)

You got things confused. Government is supposed to act in the interest of all citizens. Businesses act in the interest of their shareholders, not the typical consumer. Sometimes these interests align, and sometimes they don't.

yesterday
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Khashishi Re:$3500 fine? (279 comments)

You don't personally know a good representative sample of people.

yesterday
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Khashishi Re:That's great and all but... (396 comments)

Exactly. To generalize an attribute to sex is sexism, because people aren't average. If we need strong people to be firefighters, then should we require that firefighters be men? No, because we can simply require people to pass a strength test.

4 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Khashishi Re:So? (396 comments)

And how does the most metabolically active female compare to the least metabolically active male?

4 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Khashishi Re:Jails are easily repurposed (407 comments)

That's actually what they do with the jails in many places.

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Khashishi Re:Prison population (407 comments)

Is crime dropping because of "tough on crime" or is it dropping because we phased out leaded gasoline?

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Khashishi Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

There's no point in arguing with people like you, who think of poor people as poo. The only way your worldview could be redeemed is by experiencing poverty yourself.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Khashishi Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Perhaps I should have emphasized progressive. It is very simple to collect a flat (regressive) tax at the point of sale. The store doesn't have the information to collect a progressive tax.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Khashishi Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Never is too strong a word. Taxation does of course reduce people's buying power, but the numbers can be tweaked so that people can still buy houses and stuff while still funding government. There can be a progressive scheme if necessary, but the nature of wealth tax makes it already pretty progressive.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Khashishi Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

I want to know where you got this idea that taxes on consumption tend to be progressive. It's almost certainly regressive, unless you exempt the right mix of basic goods.
What counts as "consumption"? A poor person spends most eir money on rent, food, possibly car, and possibly cigarettes and booze.
A rich person invests a bunch, buys several million dollar houses, hires maids and gardeners to clean these houses, buys some cars, new electronics, and probably eats out a lot and goes to high-end concerts and travels the world.
A rich person spends a far higher percentage on capital goods and on employing people and only a small percentage on consumables. Also, you can't really tax consumption while traveling. The best you can do is tax the transportation, and tax rich tourists who come _here_

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Khashishi Re:We already have a tax on consumption (838 comments)

Who uses the nonrenewable resource? The company that digs it from the ground? The person who burns it? The company that converts it into a manufactured product? The person who buys the product? The person who throws it away?

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Khashishi Re: Let me get this right (838 comments)

You don't "consume" expensive toys like yachts. You invest in them. Or at least, that's what you will tell the IRS. If that won't fly, you form a company that buys yachts and you invest in the company.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Khashishi Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Taxing consumption is stupid. It encourages people to save and hoard till the day they die, which defeats the purpose of money. The rich are the most capable of doing this, which big trust funds and investments. Also, the idea of a progressive consumption tax is mind-boggling. How can a sales tax be progressive? Right now, sales taxes are collected on point of sale, which is a flat (actually regressive) tax. Do you have to fill out everything you buy on some IRS form?

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

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Khashishi Re:I'm not holding my breath (566 comments)

And we had a proof of concept for tokamaks in the 50s.

There are several aspects of this announcement which cause me to disregard it. First of all, there doesn't seem to be any journal article describing the work. I'm of the impression that science journalists are mostly full of shit and one must go to the primary sources to get any semblance of reality. Where are the technical documents?

The idea of a magnetic mirror is not new. For a state-of-the-art mirror system, take a look at the Gas Dynamic Trap. You see that it's mostly science and not hype. There's plenty of actual journal articles and technical documents. (With Lockheed, we are supposed to just take their word for it, based on their layman explanations to journalists?) Note that scientists working on GDT are much more modest about what is realistically attainable using this technology. A fusion reactor based on GDT technology would be 1km long [AA Ivanov and VV Prikhodko. PPCF 55 (2013) 063001], and so people look at it more as a neutron source for fusion material research than a viable reactor concept.

Lockheed spokespeople were making the claim that they could develop more quickly than tokamaks due to the small size of the system. Well, you know, first generation tokamaks were also pretty small. We have a good understanding of how reactor parameters will scale with size, and that's why ITER is so large. (The original plan for ITER was even larger, in order to guarantee ignition (fusion gain=infinity), but we have scaled back our ambitions to achieve a fusion gain of 10.)

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Khashishi Re:wow (566 comments)

Power != energy.

about two weeks ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Khashishi Re:At least the infrastructure is in place (237 comments)

All else is not equal. If you didn't have solar panels up there, you could put some light-colored paint on the roof, which reflects much of the sunlight. Solar panels tend to be quite dark, and get quite hot since they aren't anywhere near 100% efficient.

about two weeks ago

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Hackers steal 2 million tonnes of EU carbon credit

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "Taking advantage of the lax security systems in place, hackers stole some 475000 European Union carbon Allowances on 10 Jan through a variety of phishing attacks. The European Commission has closed the trading on 19 Jan, until at least 26 Jan, in order to beef up security measures. Is it a political statement, or just greed, that drove this act?"
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Elan sues Apple over touchscreen patents

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes ""TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan chip designer Elan Microelectronics is suing Apple in the United States for what is says is infringement of two of its touchscreen technology patents by the MacBook, iPhone and iPod Touch.""
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Giuliani predicts deadly earthquake, censored

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "Seismologist Giampaolo Giuliani claims to have predicted the deadly earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, that killed at least 92 people. His attempts at warning the public were reported to the authorities and his warnings were censored to prevent public panic.

It must be noted that accurate earthquake prediction is not well-established within the science community, so what is the government's proper response?"

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Supreme Court to rule on TV censorship

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "LA times and Associated Press report that the FCC v. Fox Television Stations case is being heard in the Supreme Court. The FCC policy would impose a heavy fine on use of "indecent" words on broadcast television, which Fox and others are claiming is a violation of free speech. The case was appealed after being ruled in Fox's favor in a federal appeals court in New York. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Antonin Scalia support the FCC policy of censorship."
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