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Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

Loco3KGT Why do we still bother with corporate taxes? (716 comments)

I'm hoping someone with some econ knowledge can enlighten me, although I fear since this is the Internet and Slashdot comments it's probably not going to happen ;-) I've never heard of a situation where companies tried to pay taxes because they like them and if they're publicly traded they had a fiduciary responsibility to avoid them in order to maximize returns to the shareholders, and when forced to pay them they just try to find ways to force the cost down to the customer.

So why do we bother at all? Personally, I'd rather pay higher property/income taxes and abandon corporate taxes so that money comes back into the country for reinvestment and so that the companies don't leave the country and expand their business elsewhere.

about a year and a half ago

Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents

Loco3KGT I know everyone is going to hate on Bill but... (618 comments)

I 100% agree with him. I can't type /at all/ on my iPad 2. Because I'm not the disciplined type that raises their fingers 100% before hitting the next key I find the iPad trippng up a lot. It also doesn't keep up when I'm typing quickly and I'm not patient enough to slow down to wait for it. I've even tried two third party keyboards and wasn't impressed with them (1 because it was small and travel sized, the other is that new fangled overlay .. I can't remember the name but I was a part of the kickstarter). Anyway, when it comes to typing anything of substance I always put down the iPad and go to my desktop computer.

In the end my iPad 2 has become the samething my X-Box has become, a bad, over-priced Netflix player.

about a year and a half ago

Call for Questions: Rasterman, Founder of the Enlightenment Project

Loco3KGT I keep seeings announcements for E17... (124 comments)

but my calendar doesn't say the April 1 yet, what gives?

In all seriousness, you've been working on e17 since you were what? 25? How did you go from "I want to make a window manager" to "Everyone is doing this horribly wrong and I'm tired of being everyone" at that age?

about 2 years ago

Facebook Adds Two-Factor Authentication

Loco3KGT they immediately publish your cell # (124 comments)

Worth noting - when you supply a phone number (btw, my Google Voice number didn't work at all for this.. had to use my actual mobile #).. they immediately publish it on your profile.

Thanks Facebook! (i immediately removed it and disabled the feature)

more than 3 years ago

Officials Use Google Earth To Find Unlicensed Pools

Loco3KGT Re:New phrase for me (650 comments)

I would assume it's less about being "licensed" and more about meeting code and having your plans approved by the city council and having your house reappraised to accommodate the increase in value (and thus increase in taxes).

more than 4 years ago

Officials Use Google Earth To Find Unlicensed Pools

Loco3KGT Re:TOS? (650 comments)

busy filling out the paperwork to get your (already built) pool approved by the city council?

more than 4 years ago

First 'Malaria-Proof' Mosquito Created

Loco3KGT Re:side effect (261 comments)

You should believe it.. It's the main reason family sizes have shrunk in modern civilization - the need to have many children to do these activities has diminished, thus the need to have many children has diminished.

It might seem bad, or not politically correct, to think this way but if you look at family sizes over the last 1000 years in first world nations you will see the trend.

more than 4 years ago

Google To Challenge Facebook Again

Loco3KGT Re:Your lives belong to us (197 comments)

It's not about Google teaming up with Facebook. It's about Google trying to replcae Facebook and all your base belong to them.

more than 4 years ago

Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

Loco3KGT Re:Taking Jobs at his word (1713 comments)

Serious question - does it do phone calls? I saw microphone and speaker listed as features, but I saw nothing about voice calls.

more than 4 years ago

Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

Loco3KGT Are nerds not aware (844 comments)

That they are essentially mechanics? They're just not auto mechanics, they're more or less computer or software mechanics?

That shouldn't be a surprise to any. Especially as we see more about self-fixing computers, the furthering of object oriented programming which is leading to simpler and simpler APIs so you don't even have to be a programmer to make things happen. Or technologies like Sharepoint where you don't even have to have a GED to prop up multiple sites / data sources, etc.

more than 4 years ago

Dad Builds 700 Pound Cannon for Son's Birthday

Loco3KGT Re:traitor (410 comments)

and I could be mistaken, but back then the word "state" really meant nation, and thus WV formed its own nation and remained a part of the United States (nations) of America. The word 'state' has changed greatly in the last 200 years.

more than 5 years ago

Real-World Consequences of Social Networking Posts

Loco3KGT Re:it was only a matter of time (451 comments)

I think what y'all are missing is the comment that followed where she said "racial profile does exist and for good reason, just look at the prison population," or something to that effect. Implying racial profiling is ok because blacks are obviously the majority of criminals because they make up the majority of inmates.

more than 5 years ago

Swedish Court Says IP Numbers Privacy Protected

Loco3KGT um, honeypots and IDSes? (108 comments)

So are they now illegal in Sweden?

more than 5 years ago

Sarah Connor Chronicles — Why It Died

Loco3KGT Re:Complex? Non-populist? Meditative? (834 comments)

I'm not sure why this got marked as 'troll'. He's absolutely right. I love me some sci fi TV, but this show was best watched in Fast Forward on my DVR.

It wasn't complex. It wasn't meditative. It wasn't non-populist either. It was crappy, though.

Just because something has a shoddy storyline that barely pieces together doesn't mean that it's complex or meditative.

more than 5 years ago

Why Power Failures Can Always Lead To Data Loss

Loco3KGT My personal favorite experience... (456 comments)

At my company's NOC the UPS failed... so everything failed, except the fancy new generator they had just installed.

Big problem though: when the UPS totally crapped itself, power from the generator couldn't get through the UPS to any of the devices plugged into it. Whoops.

more than 6 years ago


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