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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Shatrat Re:NYT is wrong... (197 comments)

Faxes are secure? Not likely. It would be easy to tap into the phone line of a hospital or a lawyer, run the receive pair to a fax machine, and print off a copy of every fax that comes through. See here for a more detailed overview.

4 hours ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Shatrat Re:Very flawed data (229 comments)

There's nothing wrong with the data. This data does say something about the driver. The BRZ costs more than the FRS, which means FRS drivers tend to be younger and dumber and get more tickets.

8 hours ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Shatrat Re:Finally (120 comments)

Did you make that up, or did you have someone else make it up for you? Apple has thousands of employees in Ireland. http://www.independent.ie/busi...

2 days ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Shatrat Re:Finally (120 comments)

It's not a race to the bottom, it's an optimization. If corporate tax rate is X and total tax revenue is Y, past a certain point as X goes up, Y goes down because of competitive forces elsewhere.

2 days ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Shatrat Re:Finally (120 comments)

What lesson is that? Would Ireland have been better off if Apple and Microsoft and Google moved those jobs to Wales or France or Spain? Ireland is collecting income tax from all those employees, and sales tax from everything those employees buy. Why push employers away out of some fashionable drive for 'social justice'?
For perspective, this same line of thinking comes up around here all the time. The county granted some tax incentives to an automotive factory to come in and unemployment dropped, new business opened up to support all the new faces and new incomes, and the county revenues went through the roof. Every now and then I hear somebody in a bar complaining about how Toyota isn't paying their fair share but most of us are too busy enjoying all the new parks and schools and better roadways.

2 days ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Shatrat Re:I would like to see a return... (120 comments)

This happens all the time.
Some county or city negotiates lowered taxes for some factory to move in.
20 years later the mayor gets greedy and lets those agreements lapse.
The company builds a shiny new factory in the neighboring county or across the country.

Competitive forces don't only apply to widgets in micro econ.

2 days ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Shatrat Re:Finally (120 comments)

They do pay taxes. They just negotiated lower taxes in exchange for bringing those jobs to Ireland. It's a WIN-WIN solution for Ireland and Apple. Ireland still collects more revenue due to all the new jobs. The only losers are the countries who want to maintain a high tax rate and don't appreciate competition from Ireland, hence the EU getting their panties in a bunch.

2 days ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

Shatrat Re:How is Yelp supposed to work? (249 comments)

Since when is 200k a small town? If I can't take a piss in my back yard, it's not a small town. That's Shatrat's Piss-Test of Town-Significance.

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Shatrat Re:Still pretty affordable (393 comments)

It's not about what they 'need'. That word's almost as arbitrary and useless as 'deserve'. This is about incentivizing people who can afford to buy the Tesla Model 3 instead of the V8 sports car they might otherwise be showing off.

about two weeks ago
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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

Shatrat Re:NSA Tampering (85 comments)

Only in the USA. In other parts of the world the NSA collaborates with like-minded agencies from allies like the UK and Germany, and in parts of the world that are unfriendly they do rely heavily on backdoors.

about two weeks ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Shatrat Re:We need more like this (290 comments)

But, German law is not infallible. "German law disagrees" doesn't have any bearing on whether or not this is logical.

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Shatrat Re:2nd phone (364 comments)

The ubiquitous surveillance that this measure would also advocate...

about three weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Shatrat Re:ISIS don't exist .. (448 comments)

You're so set on your conclusion you don't even see that your arguments contradict it directly? ISIS united in opposition to the Syrian government and spilled over into Iraq from there. Al Qaeda formed in opposition to the Soviets and thousands of miles and decades separated from either Iraq war.

about a month ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Shatrat Re:Good timing for this suggestion NOT! (322 comments)

Also what is happening in the Ukraine is a clear message about what happens to countries stupid enough to take Nuclear Disarmament seriously.

about a month ago
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The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

Shatrat Re:Put me squarely in (116 comments)

You should check out MotoGP next spring as well. It's got all the noise and power of F1, but with actual overtaking.

about a month ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Shatrat Re:change.org petition (441 comments)

My brain totally skipped over the word 'change.org' in the post I replied to. Once again this proves that nobody pays attention to change.org.

about a month ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Shatrat Re:change.org petition (441 comments)

Well, there was the Declaration of Independence, but those people followed up the petition with gunfire.

about a month ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

Shatrat Re:Which kernel? (205 comments)

That's like linux for old CS professors right?

about a month ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

Shatrat Re:Republican? (111 comments)

The one that doesn't conform to the group-think stereotypes of online forums.

about a month ago

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