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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Totenglocke Re:Never happen (301 comments)

Yeah, people said that about Yahoo! and AOL as well. Now most people barely remember that they exist.

2 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Totenglocke Re:EU is getting too powerful (301 comments)

Yes, but are those economic benefits worth the loss of sovereignty? Why should people in the UK or France be forced to live by rules determined by the people of Germany (or any other nation)?

2 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Totenglocke Re:Standards (301 comments)

Google Drive / Google Docs are all included in that too.

2 days ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Totenglocke Re:Needs larger sample set. (123 comments)

All of your response had nothing to do with the issue in the article. None of those people were giving up money by doing what they did, at most they gave up a few minutes of their time. That is completely different than knowing that if you act like a jerk, you will be financially rewarded. All over the world, regardless of race, religion, gender, or nationality, the majority of people will go to great lengths to get more money.

5 days ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Totenglocke Re:Needs larger sample set. (123 comments)

You must work in a family business then.

5 days ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

Totenglocke Re:About effing time (214 comments)

This is why I've been saying for years that Android needs to take a page from Linux. Make the "skin" that manufacturers put on their phones a download via the play store (or a pre-installed manufacturer specific store) and let Google push all updates directly. That way users don't complain about updates and manufacturers can still put an awful skin on their phone.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

Totenglocke Re:I have one (135 comments)

The main thing I want is a heart rate monitor and calorie tracking. Everything else is just a bonus. Does it actually track calories burned based on heart rate? If so, I'll definitely consider getting one.

about three weeks ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

Totenglocke Re:someohow I think (215 comments)

It's always funny to see those who've never interacted with the police in a professional manner claim that it's a "minority" that are criminal.

about a month ago
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Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats

Totenglocke Re:mostly novelty item (51 comments)

Thermodynamics has been proven false by medicine? Please, show these brilliant "articles". People who want to bitch about being fat without having to DO anything to lose weight are always claiming that "SCIENCE SHOWS I CAN"T HELP SITTING ON THE COUCH POUNDING DOWN THE OREOS!", yet it's never true.

about a month ago
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Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats

Totenglocke Re:mostly novelty item (51 comments)

It's completely true. Anyone will lose weight by eating fewer calories, this is a scientific fact that only idiots try to deny. While the number of calories each person needs to stay at a given weight vary based on height, gender, current weight, genetic factors, etc, it is a simple truth that by eating fewer calories, you will lose weight. You will lose weight faster if you combine eating fewer calories with increased exercise, but that doesn't change the fact that you will still lose weight without changing your activity at all and just consume fewer calories.

about a month ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

Totenglocke Re:someohow I think (215 comments)

The difference is that the police work for us; we do not work for the police. Another way of looking at it is that an employer has every right to know where their employees are and what they're doing while they are on the clock - an employee does not have the right to know where their boss is and what their boss is doing while on the clock.

about a month ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

Totenglocke Re:someohow I think (215 comments)

When the police stop behaving like criminals, I'll worry about your concerns. Why am I more worried about the police than some thug on the street? Because a thug can suffer negative consequences for their actions, whether via the justice system or vigilantism. A police officer who commits a crime will rarely ever suffer any negative consequences for their actions and they are often rewarded with additional paid time off and promotions for their crimes.

about a month ago
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Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

Totenglocke Re:It remains unfortunate that this issue is so... (185 comments)

Well the problem was that Democrats wanted to use it to win elections - "If you don't vote for us, the oceans will cover the entire planet and we'll all die!!" Eventually, people will realize that it's horribly exaggerated and nothing major will even happen as a result of "global warming" / "climate change" / "whatever other terms are used because the previous ones didn't inspire enough fear".

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Totenglocke Re:good (331 comments)

I think he was merely stating the obvious idea that with the weapons used by current day military, the whole defence-against-government argument for gun ownership is no longer valid. Whatever car roof-mounted machinegun you might have is laughably underpowered for the task of overpowering government.

I guess you haven't paid much attention to the news for the last 13 years. A much smaller force with often inferior weapons to what the typical American has access to has been holding the mighty US military at bay for over a decade. Then Chris Dorner (one man!) was able to essentially shut down a large part of California and took out several police officers. If just one man could wreak that much havoc, imagine what 100 or 1,000 with the same ordinary weapons could do? Hubris like yours is what caused both the Soviet Union and the US to fail in Afghanistan.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Totenglocke Re: good (331 comments)

I'm at work so I can't go digging for sources right now, but I know research has been done showing that legal gun owners (so the overwhelming majority of people with guns in the US) commit crimes at a much lower (I think half?) rate than police officers in the US. Why? Because legal gun owners in the US know that pretty much any screw up and you lose your guns - for life.

about a month ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Totenglocke Re:Fewer candidates to draw from... (580 comments)

The FBI is a federal law enforcement agency. Their mission is to force the will of politicians upon the people.

FTFY

about a month ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Totenglocke Re:Monitoring software (236 comments)

If you're going to count the TV license, you'll need to include a portion of your cable bill in the U.S.

Except that I don't need to pay for cable (Netflix, digital antenna, etc). In the UK if you own a TV, you have to pay a yearly tax.

The $11,000 in 'lost' wages is quite questionable since it is compensated with vacation time

Do you honestly think that a few extra weeks of vacation time is worth losing 23% of your pay? A price differential, absolutely - I'd gladly take a small paycut for more vacation time. But nearly a quarter of your income lost? That's a horrible trade off for the increase in vacation days.

I'm not sure why you're comparing the NHS insurance to Social Security, when that's a separate program for them entirely - I just wasn't able to find numbers on what they pay as a tax rate for their equivalent of Social Security.

about a month ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Totenglocke Re:Monitoring software (236 comments)

Alright. I couldn't find data on the taxes to fund UK retirement, so that's not included here and SS is left out to compensate. If you can find the numbers, I'll gladly update with that data. I currently make $52,000 per year. Health insurance premiums are $50 $63.75 per bi-weekly paycheck for health, vision, and dental combined.

US - Federal Income Tax: $6,078.75 State Income Tax: $1,330.94 Insurance Premiums: $1,657.50 Healthcare Expenses (this year, highest I've had due to surgery, ongoing sinus issues, and a higher deductible): $1,123.90 Fuel Tax (assumed 12 gallons per week * 52 weeks): $404.35 Medicare: $738.92. Ohio Sales Tax (assumed $200 per month taxable expenses): $156.00 Grand Total: $11,490.36.

UK - Income Tax: $4,830.00 NHS Tax: $3,292.45 Fuel Tax (assumed 12 gallons per week * 52 weeks): $3,112.61 VAT (assumed $200 per month taxable expenses): $480.00 TV License: $234.26 Grand Total: $11,949.32. However, due to the mandatory additional vacation, paternity leave, etc, UK companies do not pay as high of a salary initially - I have been approached by UK recruiters and it seems that there's about a 23% decrease in pay for my field (Applied Economics / Econometrics) simply for working in the UK. That means that instead of making $52,000 per year, I'd make roughly $40,250.00 per year ( £25,000.00). Adding in the lost salary of an extra $11,750.00 (pre tax, so some of that money would be added to the taxes paid and the rest would be lost income), and you have a final value of $23,699.32 paid in taxes if I were to move to the UK and obtain a similar job.

That's an extra $12,208.95 in taxes paid if I were to work in the UK instead of the US. That's roughly twice as much in taxes paid. You also have to remember that the UK tax rate increases are much steeper, so as I would work and earn raises, my taxes paid would increase far faster in the UK than in the US.

about a month ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Totenglocke Re:Monitoring software (236 comments)

I was planning on it.

about a month and a half ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Totenglocke Re:Monitoring software (236 comments)

Sure thing. I'm busy (working) today, but over the weekend I'll pull up actual tax rates for a country or two and compare them to my actual rates and post them. Sound good?

about a month and a half ago

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AT&T gets rid of Unlimited Data plan

Totenglocke Totenglocke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Totenglocke (1291680) writes "AT&T announced new data plans for smartphones starting Monday June 7th. Instead of the current $30 / month Unlimited Data pan, there will now be a 200 MB plan for $15 / month and a 2 GB plan for $25 / month. If a user on the $15 a month plan goes over, they'll be automatically billed an extra $15 for another 200 MB. If a user on the $25 a month plan goes over, they'll be charged $10 extra for another 1 GB. This raises the cost of the highest data plan from $30 / month for 5 GB to $35 for 3 GB. These plans will also apply to the iPad as well. Is AT&T shooting themselves in the foot with this move? Will this cause Apple to break their contract with AT&T?"
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Hidden Cost of Obamacare

Totenglocke Totenglocke writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Totenglocke (1291680) writes "While the U.S. Congress is determined to pass a health care bill, there are many downsides not being openly discussed. On of them is the hidden costs of Obamacare . Not only will the middle class pay more in taxes to support the new plan, but the poor will suffer as well. Since Obamacare will make purchasing health insurance mandatory, the government will provide a subsidy to pay for it — but as your income rises, the subsidy decreases. Between the decreasing subsidy for health insurance and the decrease in the Earned Income Tax Credit as income increases, marginal tax rates increase dramatically. 'Jim Capretta, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, calculates that when combined with other policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit that also phase out, the effective marginal rate would rise to nearly 70% at twice the poverty level.'"
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