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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

RoLi Re:Why does business exist? (323 comments)

Do you realize that we have that large criminal class right now? And that it did not exist before the welfare-state?

about a week ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

RoLi Re:'Pass it on to the consumer' (323 comments)

Why do some people who are intelligent enough to realize that higher taxes get passed to the consumer too dumb to realize that (in a free market) lower taxes get passed to the consumer as well?

about a week ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

RoLi Re:no taxes = no protection (323 comments)

Problem will quickly solve itself.

No, we can't have that. What would millions of "public servants" do if we run out of problems?

The state thrives by it's own incompetence. Let's take welfare:

Before the state was involved, private charity was taking care of the poor: And poverty actually declined! In the 19th century the society went from "on the edge of starvation"-poverty to "not being able to afford a car"-poverty. Nevertheless the "progressives" decided that the poverty is unbearable and that the state had to solve the problem. After half a century after the "New Deal" and more and more welfare laws the US has been effectively transformed into a welfare-state. And poverty did not decline, it rises! While the free society created a strong middle-class that dominated society in the second half of the 20th century, the welfare-state has created a society dominated by bankers and billionaires.

But the state thrives by it's own failures. And the failure of the welfare-state is just an argument for MORE of it - and so it will go on until the whole thing collapses like the Soviet Union.

about a week ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

RoLi Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (323 comments)

You'd end up in a shit hole of a society in which things like roads and schools don't work and don't get funded.

Isn't the US the country where the public schools are so bad that people pay twice for schooling (once for public via taxes and the second one for private schools) to give their children a chance for education?

Basically you made the GP's point by mentioning the school-system.

about a week ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

RoLi Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (323 comments)

Exactly.

But the stupid sheep don't realize it. Lower taxes would bring lower prices AND higher salaries - in effect that what politicians promise every election, but the sheep think that politicians are some kind of magic shamans who generate wealth by touching it. (which is called the "multiplier effect" - some people are actually dumb enough to believe it)

Also the billionaires spend huge amounts of money on "charity" to keep the sheep as dumb as they are. (Think of Bill Gates' "Common Core" or the the George Soros NGOs)

about a week ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

RoLi Re:Shortest version (326 comments)

The proper word for what RMS advocates is not free. It's public. He wants software to be strictly a public endevour, like a public park, or a public school.

Wrong. I can't change the "public park" according to my private wishes.

If you really want to call some software public, then it must be proprietary software because the government can send people to Microsoft or Apple any time and request them to spy on users, let them hack into computers, etc. - The Windows or iOS ecosystem is in that way just like a public park.

Free software is much more private than that because it is not controlled by a corporation which can be forced to do the government's bidding.

Note, there's nothing wrong with having public parks or schools. I take exception to the idea that we should have *only* public land and public schools.

In fact there is a lot wrong for public schools, and they are one of the things the state should immediately get out of. (and public schools among central banking was one of the planks in the communist manifesto, BTW.) But that is another topic altogether.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

RoLi Re:LibreOffice (190 comments)

Yes, there are still many small problems, but it really pays off filing a bugreport (with example file) - they have a much better management of bugs than most opensource projects and the chances are good that you will be able to get a fix in a few weeks. I have very good experience with that.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

RoLi Re:The problem of Microsoft (337 comments)

I doubt there are that many people outside of the stereotypical Slashdot demographic who view Microsoft the way you are describing them. Most people I know of know Microsoft as simply the company who makes the software they are familiar with.

Well, the problem is that Microsoft no longer makes software they are familiar with!

The ribbon-interface for Office was already alienating their users, although in the end it was accepted - but Windows 8 is just one step too far - a LOT of users are fed up. Apple is profiting from that, but also Android and maybe soon Steambox.

about a month and a half ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

RoLi Re:think big, plan for future (322 comments)

I wrote: "they also have a system in place to protect it from criticism - just try to criticize it and you will see the system in action"

You wrote: "thatsracist"

Q.E.D.

about a month and a half ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

RoLi Re:Chinese telecom billionaire (322 comments)

"my definition"? Huh?

The general definition is a centralized economy, i.e. no private property.

Of course that causes so much starvation and misery that even Stalin did not go "all communist" and just *had* to allow a black private market (and also private gardens).

But the Cambodian communists really believed in communism - and they really realized it - of course the whole thing collapsed after a few years.

about a month and a half ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

RoLi Re:think big, plan for future (322 comments)

"Spending money" is easy. Building something useful with it not so much.

If you want to build something in the US, you have to pay for the corruption (the Americans have even a catchy well-sounding name for corruption: "Affirmative Action" and they also have a system in place to protect it from criticism - just try to criticize it and you will see the system in action). The US has given over half a billion(!) dollars for the Obamacare Website to an AA-company - and even then the website didn't work. Obviously they are so corrupt that even with half a billion they couldn't pay a million (probably less) for a real company to do the actual work. They had to have it all. That is how inefficient things are in the US.

No way the US could build the Panama canal or go to the Moon today. That capability is long gone. It has truly become the Brazil of the North.

about a month and a half ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

RoLi Re:Chinese telecom billionaire (322 comments)

*every* communist country had enormous differences in wealth between their citicens. Compare the members of the Soviet nomenclature (who had even special shops with Western goods) with the Gulag-slave. (More than 10% of the population were Gulag-inhabitants, so we are talking about a large segment of the population here.)

A little known-fact was that the income differences in East Germany were about the same as in West Germany - but only when you assume that the people had equal rights which of course they hadn't. When you take all the privileges/penalties into account the differences were much greater than anybody in the West can even imagine.

about a month and a half ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

RoLi Re:Chinese telecom billionaire (322 comments)

That is not true, Cambodia under the Red Khmer was truly communist, they even disallowed private gardens and forced everybody to wear the same clothes.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

RoLi Re:ORLY? (138 comments)

Oh come on - the mouse in the video seems to be extremely slow and probably already heavily injured. The chickens outnumber the mouse and are so confused and timid that they let it get away.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

RoLi Re:Dinosaurs went obsolete (138 comments)

Aircraft carriers are only bigger by volume but they weight much less than the biggest battleships. So for all practical purposes (especially cost) they are smaller than battleships.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

RoLi Re:Dinosaurs went obsolete (138 comments)

Put a t-Rex into a forest with a pride of hungry lions. How long do you think the Rex would last?

Interesting question, the answer would obviously depend on whether the T-Rex would find enough food. Maybe the T-Rex could hunt elephants? Also new research hints that T-Rex may have been more of a scavanger than a hunter, so maybe T-Rex just follows the lions and chases them away everytime they kill a gazelle? On the other hand, a T-Rex probably weights more than a pack of lions, therefore it would have to snatch away the prey of several lion packs.

So probably you are right and the T-Rex would starve.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

RoLi Re:Smile (138 comments)

Wait, I've been told that evolution "stopped" 10,000 years ago and that is why human intelligence is exactly the same for everybody except for dissidents who are stupid, stupid, stupid.

I'd really be interested what kind of supernatural force made evolution "stop" for humans but allowed it for dinosaurs and all other non-humans. Also why - and how - does this supernatural force make an exception to the exception for dissidents and makes only them stupid, while everybody else is exactly equal?

Basically we have evolution which says that genes exist and that different populations have different traits. Then we have the unexplained exception for human intelligence, which is designed (uh?) to be exactly the same for everybody - which means that in some way evolution was suspended for the human brain which is designed (uh?) to be exactly equal for everybody, regardless of any genes - but not for the non-brainy parts, which are still dependent on genes. But then again we have the exception to the exception for dissidents who are all stupid and not equal at all. Hmmm....

Kind of hard to understand what makes evolution happen only in some cases, maybe somebody can clear this one up.

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

RoLi Re:The only solution... (170 comments)

Who talked about ostracism? Oh, that was you.
I also don't quite get it how you can mix up "screening for a disease" with "deny it's existence", isn't that the complete opposite?
So who is talking about denying Ebola's existence - or if not that not doing anything about it? Oh, you again.

100 years ago, screening for diseases was normal procedure for immigration in pretty much every country - especially if that disease was contagious.

Yes that was before political correctness.

Today we screen only for those "dangerous" soda bottles and creams that people like you think can be used to hijack a plane.
But AIDS, Ebola, Thyphus? No problem, who cares that thousands or even millions will die of it?

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

RoLi The only solution... (170 comments)

... let all ebola-infected people into Western countries, do not - ever - screen anybody for it (that would be racist), create a ribbon campaign for feeling good and kill the jobs of everybody who dares to disagree on that.

It worked great with AIDS, why shouldn't it work with Ebola?

about 2 months ago

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South African Health department blames Excel for loss of 4 million

RoLi RoLi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RoLi (141856) writes "The chief of the health department of the South African province of Limpopo, which has a population of over 5 million people, blames Excel for the loss of the equivalent of $4 million.

A committee has found irregularities in office supplies in the fiscal year 2009-2010. This was justified by declaring that the department had so much to manage that the result would no longer fit into Microsoft Excel. However, she admitted that their current asset management system was inadequate.

The committee seemingly found this explanation credible, because the only consequence of the affair are 13 million Rand (~$1M) for a new "asset management system" for the health department."

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Austria: Cardinal Puts Preaching Ban on Imam

RoLi RoLi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RoLi (141856) writes "Imam Shaker Assem will no longer be allowed to hold Friday-prayers in the Afro-Asiatic Institute (AAI), which is a catholic endowment organization in Vienna, because he called for reinstatement of the Califate, demanded the death penalty for adultery and rejected Israel's right to exist."
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Will Microsoft-IIS become legacy software?

RoLi RoLi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RoLi (141856) writes "The share in Japan, Germany, Russia and many other countries already lies below 4% for many years. But also traditionally Microsoft-friendly countries can turn away from IIS, for example in the last 10 years, the share in France fell from 35% to 5%, in Brazil and Taiwan from over 45% to 15% and in India even from 65% to 18%.

In more and more countries, Microsoft will face the problem that third parties (webhosters, IT-departments within companies, fleelancing programmers, etc.) don't even offer support for their products and the know-how is lost because Microsoft-webservers are seen more and more as a legacy-technology."

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12,000 dollars for a lemonade, or: Bilingualism in

RoLi RoLi writes  |  about 3 years ago

RoLi (141856) writes "On that day, Michel Thibodeau flew from Toronto to Ottawa (both English-speaking cities in Canada) and ordered 7up in French but got served Sprite. After having used the same trick to win a lawsuit against the same airline, he sued again for 25,000 dollars. Is it a justified indemnification for psychic damages or is it a type of "low intensity conflict" or a "civil war with juridical means" in which everybody, including judges, want to further the interests of "their side"?"
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Why there will be no IPv6 transition

RoLi RoLi writes  |  about 3 years ago

RoLi (141856) writes "The mistake in the design of IPv6 is not really in the technology. The mistake does not lie in the design of the protocol itself, but in the incompatibility of the addresses. Because it is not a technological but a administrative problem, there will hardly be a technical solution for it.

The future is hard to predict and it will be hard to predict how long IPv4 will live, but one thing is sure: What ever will come after it, it won't be IPv6."

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